Todays interview features 31 year old fit mom Melanie Darnell, a CPA from Los Angeles, California.
Melanie has 2 children, a son called Sage who is 3 years old, 18 month old daughter Olive and she is currently 36 weeks pregnant with another boy… due 24th May 2017. Congratulations Melanie!
On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is it that you workout and why? (10 being very important).
10!! Working out reassures me I’m still me. As you take on roles as mom and wife sometimes you lose that sense of who you were before those titles. Also, you are often caring for everyone else that your own priorities fall to the way side. Just having those 20 or 30 minutes to do something for me is so rewarding, regenerating, and resets me to be the best mom, employee, wife I can be.
Did you work out during your pregnancy? If not why not?
Yes! and for anyone experiencing an uncomplicated pregnancy I cannot recommend staying active during your pregnancy enough.
How much time do you dedicate to exercising each week?
I try to do something active everyday. But I try to dedicate at least 30 minutes to a workout 4 days a week in addition to a yoga practice.
What keeps you motivated when you’re tired or the little ones have worn you out?
There are tough days where you didn’t sleep well or the kids are not cooperating but I have never regretted a workout. So on those tough days I remind myself I will feel so much better after a workout. I tell myself just do something, and once I start moving the motivation to keep moving usually follows.
Do you follow a super clean diet or just eat sensibly?
I would say we eat sensibly. The whole family is vegan so we do not consume any animal products. We try to stick to whole plant-based foods. The less processed food I eat throughout the day the better I feel and then there is really no restriction on quantity. I do not count calories or macros.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I usually wake up around 6am (roughly an hour before the kids), get ready and grab some breakfast then start working. I work from home 4 days a week. Then the kids get up (around 7am), I get them dressed and feed them breakfast. Either my husband or the nanny takes over at 8am and I head back to work. I try to get my workout in during my lunch break and wrap up my work day around 4pm when I take over as mom! I usually try to take the kids to the park or we play in the backyard before dinner. We start making dinner around 5pm and try to eat between 5:30/6pm. After dinner, we do bath then bedtime routine. The goal is to have the kids down between 7:30/8pm. Then my husband and I have some us time, try to get some work done on our personal businesses and usually head to bed around 9pm.
What do you find is your biggest struggle? Food, exercise, time, motivation?
Time is always the biggest struggle. I often feel as though there are never enough hours in the day. However, writing out weekly goals and mindfully setting daily tasks to accomplish those goals really helps me still end my days feeling accomplished.
What is the best part of your day?
I love the hour or so we get at the park or outside just playing with no worries before dinner.
Finally, if you could give one piece of advice to new mums or mums-to-be what would it be?
I know it’s cliché but the best advice is finding balance not perfection. You have to find a balance that works for you and your family. Also, I know its hard but try not to compare yourself to others. You see another mom who looks like she has already lost all of their ‘baby weight’ or manages to keep her house always clean and you find yourself wondering why you haven’t been able to achieve the same thing. However, you don’t know what you have achieved that she has not. You cannot judge a book by a cover and you have to focus on yourself and set your own goals and accomplish them in your own time period.
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