Todays interview is with fit Instagram Mom Keri Schundler, aka @makeitworkmomma.
36 year old Keri from NYC and NJ is a stay-at-home Mom to 3 children, a new 5 month old baby boy, a 3 year old little girl and 5 year old boy.
Keri is a certified ACE personal trainer specializing in pre and postnatal fitness.
Read our interview with Keri further down…
When I get some free time in the day, this is how I like to spend it. I can’t tell you how amazing this exercise ball has been for me over the years with each pregnancy. I find it so relaxing to just lay over it and rock back and forth, side to side. I can read, watch tv and play with the kids when I do this! I’m officially 5 days past my DD and I’m starting to get the feeling this little man will hold out until next week, just like my other two did. Can’t complain though, I’m still feeling good 👍SI joint pain has subsided, I just get a little achy at the end of the day. #overdue #laboranddelivery #fitmomsofig #pregnancyworkout #homeexercises #hipopener #readyforbaby #healthypregnancy —————————————— 💫TIP: For all your pregnant women out there, I highly recommend trying out these poses as you approach your due date. If you don’t have a ball, try a couch, your partner, pillows…Not only will this relax and open your hips and pelvis but it can help guide your baby into a good labor position —————————————— 🎶River Lea, Adele —————————————– *Always consult your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially when pregnant
On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is it that you workout and why? (10 being very important).
(8) Working out is important to me because it makes me feel strong and allows me to keep up with my kids. I would never want my physical state to limit how I can interact with them. I also think that when they see me exercise and stay strong it’s a good example for them, especially my daughter.
Did you work out during your pregnancy? If not why not?
YES! It kept me feeling strong and energised! It also helped me with labor – had 3 fast and easy labors. I also found it easier to regain my strength afterwards thanks to muscle memory.
How much time do you dedicate to exercising each week?
I like to dedicate 3-4 days a week where I commit to 30 uninterrupted minutes. This doesn’t always happen so my workouts can be as short as 15 minutes – but it all counts! I try not to beat myself up about it and sprinkle in as much active movement as I can.
What keeps you motivated when you’re tired or the little ones have worn you out?
Being a good example for my kids — I want them to see dedication and that hard work pays off.
Do you follow a super clean diet or just eat sensibly?
Eat sensibly. I try not to set too many restrictions for myself, otherwise I feel guilty when I eat certain foods and I don’t think it’s healthy to feel guilty when you eat. I think about food as energy to keep me strong and breastfeed my baby but I also indulge when I want to. I don’t think I could ever say no to a nice aged gouda or salted dark chocolate 😉
What does a typical day look like for you?
NON STOP! 3 year old or baby wakes me up around 6am, I nurse the baby then start on the older kid’s breakfast, get everybody dressed/brushed/packed and out the door at 8am for oldest one’s school drop off, hit a playground for the middle one (and try and get my workout in) or we go to a class or playdate, early lunch and nurse baby then home for naps (this is also a window for me to workout if I missed the am), after naps I nurse again and we hustle to pick up the oldest from school then hit the playgrounds until 4:30pm, head home and start dinner around 5, starting baths around 5:45pm, books at 6ish, littlest one goes down after nursing at 6:30pm and other two at 7pm…PHEW….and this is when the day goes perfectly well. Which it often doesn’t, of course.
What do you find is your biggest struggle? Food, exercise, time, motivation?
Hmmmm food and time I think. They go hand in hand. I feel like I don’t find enough time for myself in general but especially to prep food – so I end up eating kids scraps or more processed foods then I would care to.
What is the best part of your day?
First thing in the morning after I nurse my 5 month old – the two older kids climb in to bed with me and we have a little family cuddle time and chat with my husband about the day as he’s getting ready for work….it’s heavenly (and also only bout 10 minutes).
Finally, if you could give one piece of advice to new mums or mums-to-be what would it be?
As they say, “It Takes A Village”, so ask for help and take help when it’s offered. A happy mom creates a happy family/household.
This is a serious lower body burn 🔥🔥 #momof3 #postpartumfitness —————————————— Try each move for 10 reps and go for 3 rounds! —————————————— 💫TIP: Working one muscle in a few different ways is a great way to take your routine to the next level and create some serious sculpting. In this case, I start with a slow lunge followed by a weighted lunge, then a pulse and some cardio. Try and do all the exercises on one leg before moving to the next 👍🏻 —————————————— 🎶Woo Woo, Sheryl Crow
Huge thanks to Keri for taking part in our ‘An interview with…’ interview series and helping to inspire and motivate other moms.
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