October’s Ambassador of the Month is…..Jesse! Jesse is a busy mom of 3 boys! She’s an advocate for exercising during pregnancy and has a mission to educate moms on safe methods to remain fit and healthy not just during pregnancy but throughout motherhood. Her positive energy and supportive nature is exactly what we look for in an Ambassador!
We wanted to find out more about what makes this inspiring fit mom tick!
FMSM: What is your favorite exercise? Favorite body part to train?
Jesse: My favorite exercise landmine reverse lunges. I love being able to hit my legs (my favorite muscle group to train) all while engaging my core because of the offset loading.
FMSM: Favorite workout gear/clothes/brands?
Jesse: My favorite workout gear are resistance bands and my Garmin Vevoactive! I keep is simple with my workout clothes and I’m not big on brand names. I’m a Maxxinista so whatever cute workout outfits TJMAXX sells, I’m all over it!!
FMSM: Favorite go-to healthy meal? Favorite treat/snack/dessert?
Jesse: My favorite go-to healthy meal is simple: chicken with Quinoa, veggies, and peach mango salsa. As far as snacks, oh man, where do I begin?! Haha. I LOVE Good n’ Plenties— those white and purple licorice candies. I could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lol
Jesse: The biggest challenge I have had to overcome is having to stretch myself like a rubber band to juggle it all. I want to do it all, but I can’t do it all. Having three busy boys while working, exercising, after school activities, and trying to keep my home semi-presentable, it’s hard to manage time. I have HAD to make it a point to keep everything on track. Simple things like making school lunches the night before, using a crockpot, picking school clothes out the night before, meal planning, and putting a weekly calendar up in my kitchen with that week’s plans, have helped me a lot!
FMSM: What is your next big fitness goal in the next year?
Jesse: Within the next year, I plan to train hard and qualify for Nationals again for triathlons. I love constantly competing with myself and striving to do better than the run, or the race, before. Fitness is a one-person competition. It doesn’t matter what the person next to you did. It’s YOUR PR that you need to beat.
FMSM: Some people still don’t understand why it’s ok for some women to continue to exercise at a high level more than other women during pregnancy – what do you have to say to those people and what do you have to say to the moms-to-be who want to keep exercising, but are getting push back from loved ones?
Jesse: Fitness and pregnancy is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach. As moms in the fitness industry, we all know the importance of exercise during pregnancy. Not only for us, but for our unborn baby. We know that we don’t need to “eat for two”. We know that we only need an additional (about) 300 calories a day as we enter our second and third trimesters. Explaining the importance of exercise to those who don’t understand, or agree with you, can be an uphill battle. When I was pregnant with my boys, you wouldn’t believe the negative remarks I received for teaching cycle classes, running, and lifting. I just smiled, laughed it off to myself, and carried on. I was happy to listen to them when they asked me questions or made ridiculous remarks, but ultimately, I knew I was doing right by myself and my baby. I have three beautiful and HEALTHY boys to prove it.
The best suggestion I can give is first, find a doctor who is on the same page as you. Make sure he or she is aware with your intended exercise program and intensity. From there, talk to your spouse or family member, about exercising and pregnancy. Listen to their concerns, and address them. Once they understand, each day that push back will be less and less.
Your loved ones are the people you need to acknowledge and help educate–not those making snotty remarks in the gym. Trust me. For all those people who may think you are being “selfish” or “hurting the baby”, there are plenty others who are “high-fiving” and commending you.
FMSM: What advice do you have for newly postpartum moms who feel alone and without an identity, besides being “just mom”? What do you suggest they do to still have “me” time and pursue any goal.
Jesse: This is a topic near and dear to me. First of all, postpartum moms, you are not alone. You have just had a baby, you are overwhelmed, you’re trying to lose your baby weight, you feel like you are drowning. I have felt like that too. I guarantee we have ALL felt like that! Breathe. You aren’t drowning. You are beautiful and you are doing an amazing job. Motherhood is hard. It is hard because along with our new baby, we cannot lose sight of our lives before our baby. Our lives in which we actually liked our husbands, wore makeup, and showered. I recently wrote a blog post about this. I used the example of the air mask on an airplane. We all know when the flight attendant says, “Put your air mask on first before you help put it on the person next to you”. If you don’t have any oxygen, you’re not going to be able to help your child get his or her mask on. We cannot help others if we are not helping ourselves.
Yes, you are a mom, and a damn good mom, but you’re more than a mom. You’re a beautiful woman. A gym rat. A loving wife. Maybe a dancer? You like to read? Play an instrument? Don’t lose sight of who you once were. Of WHO YOU STILL ARE. 🙂