Even with five kids, I can find five minutes for myself. So can you.
Name: Queen Cee
Location: Hamilton, ON
Occupation: Artist, mother, daycare provider, director
My life is busy. I’m a mom of five children between the ages of three and 16 and I run a home daycare. I am a career musician, an artist, a community activist and have a not-for-profit creative girls self-esteem organization, Be-You-tiful Girls Club. As a mom of five, my body has taken a toll from the many changes it has been through. As I get older, maintaining certain parts of my physique has become harder. I don’t bounce back like I used to.
Before Heather’s 30-day challenge, I tried to fit workouts in, but I’d be so tired most times that I’d never make it downstairs to our home gym. We eat pretty healthy in our home. We don’t eat red meat or drink cow’s milk. I was in the process of transitioning my whole family into a vegetarian lifestyle with the goal of going vegan for myself. Since I was already changing my day-to-day diet, I knew that adding Heather’s program in would help me jump-start my own health goals. It was a “seize the moment” kind of thing.
The greatest struggle was time and getting workouts in on days when I was tired from working all day and taking care of my family. But I was determined. I learned how to push my willpower and scheduled in my exercise even on my most hectic days, whether it was getting my full workout in after work and before family meal prep time or implementing the exercises during breaks in my day. I’d even use tiny breaks to do stop and drop pushups, squats, crunches, lunges, etc.
Today, my routine today is the same. I’m not as rigid, but I like to use my throughout-the-day routine or work out after daycare before I start family life and at night do exercises if I decide to chill and watch a movie or after getting my youngest to bed. Now that summer break is here, my days are looser and I can get exercise in more easily.
My philosophy is: Do what works for you, your time and your family. Simple as that. As a mom, the schedule of my day can change it the blink of an eye. Everything can get thrown off, so go with the flow of life and work it in. Exercises can be challenging enough so find ones you love to do. Variety is key. Focus on exercising your body overall, not just targeting certain areas because a lot of exercises have more than one or two benefits. Cardio is necessary. You can’t strive for weight loss and strong muscles with a weak lung capacity and heart.
Women come in a variety of beautiful body types and shapes, so don’t strive to have someone else’s body structure. At the end of the day, you’re an individual with your own beauty. Age is nothing but a number that measures your time here on earth. Your body is a vessel, a machine for survival on this planet. It holds your spirit and energy. Maintain it. Just like tuning up a vehicle, the same energy has to be invested in your body and health. It’s not about trying to get skinny, but striving to make sure this bodily vehicle is in prime working condition so you can enjoy it for as long as you can—and that can be a very long time.
P.S. For those in positive healthy relationships, a positive loving sex life does wonders for women and men’s energy, self-esteem, self love, communication, drive and creating a support system. Exchange of positive Love is energy sharing with many benefits.
As a fitness and nutrition coach, I’m always looking at ways to help and inspire not only my clients, but others too. It doesn’t take long to see results when making smart health and wellness decisions and following the right program. My Fierce N’ 30 Challenge was created based on years of trial and error with just some of the exercises and food combinations I’ve used successfully on myself and clients. This challenge is only 30 days and the majority of the workouts can be completed in less than 30 mins. The beauty of this program is that you can do it at home or the gym.
Our next Fierce N’ 30 Challenge Starts Aug 1st. Follow the link for further details:
www.thefitnessempire.com/fierce-n-30-challenge-aug1st or www.thefitnessempire.com