Our interview today is with super fit mom Sandy Sklar, personal trainer and owner of Prescriptive Fitness in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Sandy is 39 years old and mom to 5 children! (they include 3 step-children)… 4 boys (17, 15, 13 and a 5 year old) and 1 daughter aged 3.
On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is it that you workout and why? (10 being very important).
Definitely a 10. Working out throughout the years has keep me physically fit, yet mentally strong. I’ve managed to bounce back quickly after 2 pregnancies and it keeps my mommy sanity in check!
Did you work out during your pregnancies? If not why not?
I worked out up until the day I gave birth, with both pregnancies. Along with maintaining a healthy, balanced diet, I worked out and felt strong. I believe it made my deliveries easier and I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight, within 9 weeks postpartum.
How much time do you dedicate to exercising each week?
At least 5-6 days a week. A combination of strength training, including HIIT and aerobic exercise such as running or the stair climber. I always make sure to stretch and rest.
What keeps you motivated when you’re tired or the little ones have worn you out?
I know that if I don’t get things done, they’ll never get done. I have little ones that rely on me, look up to me and I try to stay positive and use every bit of energy I have, to keep going throughout the day. When the tank gets too low, a hot cup of coffee helps too!
Do you follow a super clean diet or just eat sensibly?
I eat sensibly, everything in moderation. I try to stay away from highly processed and refined foods and eat as many whole foods as possible. I admit, I do LOVE pizza and wine, but I workout hard enough and eat clean enough to earn it, on occasion!
What does a typical day look like for you?
I wake up at 4 am and start my training day at 5 am, M-F. I get home by 1:30-2:00 pm and spend the rest of my day with my children. This includes: The kids extracurricular activities, walking the dogs, cleaning, laundry, cooking and just being mom! When the kid go to bed at 7:30 pm, I prepare lunches and snacks for the following day. Around 8:30-9:00pm, I’m working on my training schedule, fitness program designs and returning business/personal emails. I’m alway keeping fingers crossed to be in bed by 10:00 pm!
What do you find is your biggest struggle? Food, exercise, time, motivation?
My biggest struggle is time. I wish there were more hours in the day!
What is the best part of your day?
Coming home to see my little ones! Although balancing work and family can be a challenge, being a working mom, definitely makes me appreciate and enjoy the time I have with my children even more.
Finally, if you could give one piece of advice to new mums or mums-to-be what would it be?
A healthy, balanced life = A happy, balanced home.
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