When you are a freelance writer/editor and the mom of two young kids, your schedule is seldom your own. It’s tough to carve out time for fitness, but moms like Sarah Caron are making health a priority. Sarah had a wake-up photo (see the full article) taken in Cape Cod. She’s now on a mission to trim down before she hits the big 3-0.
To make matters event more complicated, Sarah is an incredible chef–when you can cook like she can (check out her blog Sarahscucinabella.com) it’s easy to be tempted by the Marshmellow Fudge you are making and skip a workout. I like the way this mama sets attainable goals and squeezes in fitness where she can. Can’t wait to see the final results!
Fitness goal for 2010: To lose all of my excess weight before my 30th birthday in June. I have a ways to go, but I’ve come a long way.
Biggest fitness accomplishment: Being able to make running a workout. I’ve been asthmatic since I was a young child and could never run for more than a minute at a time. And then when I was pregnant with my first child, my asthma became so severe that I was rushed to the ER. It took a great doctor and a lot of patience to make it through. And now, thanks to that doctor, my asthma is better controlled than ever before.
Definitely A — It’s my me-time. But I don’t mind when my son or daughter joins me.
Typically C, although we have a home gym and I like to use the treadmill and elliptical when I can break away.
My favorite time of the day to workout: Early afternoon. My daughter naps and my son is in preschool, so the first chance I get, I stream an exercise video from Netflix and work up a good sweat. Then I head to my home office to work before wake-up and school pick-up comes around.
My sneaky fitness trick: I workout daily and try to get in little spurts of cardio whenever I can. For instance, I dance or walk in place in the bathroom while the kids are in the tub or in the kitchen while I am cooking — every little bit adds up!
Why I workout: I have three reasons: 1) You know that feeling when you’ve had an awesome workout and your legs are jelly-ish? I love that. My mind clears and I feel like I can take on the world. 2) I don’t want to enter my 30s at an unhealthy weight. And 3) I want my kids to see that exercise is something you do — like brushing your teeth or bathing.
Favorite fitness brand (shoe, apparel, etc.): Adidas for apparel and shoes — the shoes are perfect for my feet and I love the breathable material of their exercise apparel. I am also a big fan of BodyBugg. The company sent me units to try and then review, and I just feel in love. The best thing about it is that it’s helped me really understand my body and why sometimes I struggle with my weight.
Zumba! I am not a fan of group classes in general, but I have heard so many good things about this class that I need to give it a shot.
Best workout song ever: You’re going to think I am crazy, but I love Elvis Presley music while working out. My fav is All Shook Up. It never fails to get me moving.
A typical week’s worth of workouts looks like: I work out for at least 10 minutes a day every single day. So I alternate between 10-Minute Solution videos, Biggest Loser cardio and strength videos, and Crunch dance videos every day. I try to slip in a workout in the home gym at least once a week. And I dance while cooking daily.
I stay motivated by: Keeping my eye on the goal. It’s really important to me that I am fit and healthy for myself and my family. If I don’t set a good example, who will? And I also have a wonderful group of fellow-losers who support me and vice versa on SparkPeople.com. They really help me pick myself up when I start to slump — which happens to everyone sometimes. What’s important though is what you do about it. Do you keep eating poorly and loafing around? Or do you get up and get moving? I choose the latter.