By Carly Church
“This isn’t who I am!” I would scream in my head day after day of living in a messed up version of Groundhog Day that I unaffectionately titled, “The Covid Crap Show”. My patience for my kids, and more importantly for myself, had flown out the window along with all the other things I took for granted in my pre-covid life. Week after week, month after month, I started to lose hope. Hope that I could keep sane amidst the chaos of the immense challenges our country and our world were now facing. Hope that I could even semi-successfully help my 4th and 1st grade kids as they attended school through an iPad. Hope that I could handle a super social toddler screaming, “I just want to be around my size kids!” I miss my friends too, I’d tell her.
It's borderline miraculous that every child-centered activity we deemed normal three months ago is now being normalized by technology and staying connected through a screen. But the truth is, all of this virtual stuff with kids is actually a lot more work for moms than sending your kid to camp, school, ballet class or anywhere that provides outlets for our kids creativity, intellectuality and ENERGY.
by Amy Iglow
"My first pregnancy was blissful ignorance in both fantasy and reality. My second and current pregnancy looks quite different and in the midst of all of this madness, I have taken a moment to really soak in how my first stay-at-home order has affected me."
Dr. Irene Yaymadjian, PsyD., LMFT
You think you know what high anxiety is until you become a mother. Suddenly, you’re not only responsible for yourself, but also a small human that now fully depends on you for food, sleep and love. This new life leads to many "What if’s?" With every new family visit and doctor’s appointment, your worries just grow bigger, you become more stressed, and the feeling of losing yourself becomes more of a reality.
While we are under strict stay at home orders, many of us are spending more time in the kitchen and honing our home chef skills. Bread has been a harder-to-find commodity these days and bread-making essentials like wheat and yeast are selling fast through online retailers. What's a carb-loving family to do? Add homemade bread to our kitchen skills of course! If you are ready to take your relationship with bread to the next level, we've got a simple homemade bread recipe just for you! Making bread requires few ingredients and is actually a simple process. All you need is time and a little patience and your house will smell better than any scented candle. Ready?
By: Anna McMaster, PT, DPT, PRPC - Women's Health and Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist
As a pelvic floor physical therapist, I get questions about Diastasis Recti every. single. day. There is a ton of information out there on social media and Google, but everyone seems to have a different opinion and it can become confusing very quickly. So, I've put together a list of the top 8 questions I get about Diastasis Recti and answered them. I hope this helps to set the record straight!
by Anissa Seymour, What a Babe Kids Studio
When we discovered homemade play dough, our daughter couldn’t believe how soft and doughy it felt between her fingers. Homemade play dough is so easy and fun to make that even my first attempt came out a hit. Then I started experimenting and it became amazing.
The relationship you have with your workout routine is oddly similar to the one you have with your significant other. At first it’s thrilling. You have finally found someone or something that catapults you into the potential actuality of reaching your life goals. You will have the perfect house and a golden retriever and a bunch of little rascals playing Ring Around The Rosie in their rooms and not behaving badly - the same as you might fantasize about flying high from all those endorphins you’ll get on your early morning run or from imagining yourself losing your baby weight, fitting into jeans from high school and running into your ex that dumped you back in the day.
Scott Lasker, New York Life Agent & FIT4MOM Sponsor
Life insurance might not have crossed your mind before you had a child relying on you, but a growing family changes everything. Getting coverage is a simple way to make sure your family will be financially protected if something happens to you.
Spending time outdoors is what makes summer so special. Unfortunately, hot temperatures can stop you from enjoying the summer sun. What's a mom to do when she wants to exercise outside and keep her baby cool and safe?
Registering for a race can seem like a big commitment, especially when you don’t feel like a seasoned runner. It's easy to forget that every race doesn’t have to be competitive. Think of some races as practice or just fun runs! We've learned that even though you may not have a PR (Personal Record) every time, the important thing is to feel good about your performance and know that you got out there and did it! I've learned some important skills as runners which have helped us start races with confidence and finish with a sense of accomplishment. At FIT4MOM, we are often asked for our favorite tips, so we've put together a few of our best for you!
When you have a baby, you’re forced to get to know not one, but three new people - your baby, yourself and your vagina. You’re holding a new stranger, your inner labia has fallen apart, and you feel like your old self died. Well, at least that’s how those of us with Postpartum Depression feel.
Remember the days of Sunday Brunches and Bottomless Mimosas? Lunches where you ate sitting down and not over the sink? Dinners after 6pm and high heels and having time to chew your food? I don’t remember it either. But I am certain that when it happened it was a good time and that just because I have an adorable maniac toddler doesn’t mean I shouldn’t get to have those days again. Being a parent doesn’t have to mean adjusting your entire life to serve your children, it can also mean incorporating them into fun outings while YOU are being served by someone who is NOT you.
Here are the top 10 LA food and drink spots I believe to be the best at providing play for both our kids and for us.
There are many misconceptions about what women should and shouldn’t be doing during their pregnancy and they have steered soon-to-be mamas in the wrong direction for basically, ever. Some of these myths include the green light to overindulge in calories because you’re “eating for two,” that listening to classical music will guarantee an Einstein baby and the worst of them all, the idea that exercise is bad for pregnancy.
I went to my first Stroller Strides class on September 27, 2017. Jemma, my 6 month-old baby’s, nap time was right when the class started. I was terrified she was going to cry the whole time and all the moms would hate me and that I would be late and everyone would know each other and I would be the super weird intimidated “new mom” with leaky boobs and disheveled hair. All that stress just to love it so much that I signed up on the spot, eventually became an instructor and have come to class nearly every single day for … math is hard but my 6 month old is now 20 months old, so… for a long time.
Dr. Mina Grigoryan PhD
It probably comes as no surprise to learn that women experience greater levels of stress in comparison to men during the holidays. The hustle and bustle of this time of year usually results in women acting as event planners, organizers, gift hunters, bakers, and entertainers (to name a few), on top of already hectic work and family responsibilities.
The average American generates 4.4 pounds of waste every day, and only about 1.5 of those pounds are even recycled or composted (EPA, 2016). The good news is, little adjustments can add up to big impacts.
Candy. Who doesn’t love it? But maybe there's a way to avoid eating it ALL this Halloween season…
We asked your favorite instructors and here’s what they said:
Back to school is around the corner and while you are making plans, don’t forget to take time for yourself and remember the goals you set at the beginning of the year. We’ve all heard the phrase “summer bodies are made in the winter”, but healthy bodies and mindsets can start at any time as long are you are ready to commit.
Fourteen months ago I became a brand spanking new stay-at-home mom to my daughter Jemma. I’d love to be able to say that becoming a first time mom was an all around blissful experience but that wouldn’t be the entire truth. Being home those first few months with my newborn baby were disorienting, isolating, and terribly lonely. I didn’t feel like myself, I didn’t look like myself and there were days upon days where I didn’t speak to anyone other than my baby who couldn’t talk or to my dog who doesn’t speak English.
It’s not just for runners anymore.
Ahhhh, the elusive runner’s high… We’ve all heard about it, but with only a small portion of self-proclaimed “runners” in the world, it may seem out of reach to most. So, is the runner’s high only for an exclusive club of very fit people? The answer is NO. The truth is, all it takes is a little push and some heart-pumping exercise. Chances are, you’ve already experienced it yourself!
Unstoppable. This year I decided to do something new, and instead of writing out a list of resolutions, I chose a word. Unstoppable. If you asked me 22 months ago if unstoppable would ever be a word I would describe myself with, it would be a no.
I don’t know about you ladies, but my husband and I have always liked to make the most of our days off. When we were both working and had different schedules, it was rare we had a day off together so we would try to fit as much into one day as we could. Now that I stay home, we both look forward to my husband’s days off for different reasons. He looks forward to a break from work and a chance to be with his son. I look forward to a break from MY work and the chance to relinquish some of the control of our son.
The year I turned 30 was the same year I became pregnant with my first child. Before I turned 30 I would read those silly articles that said “30 Things You Realize by the Time You Turn 30” wondering if there was any truth to them. However, when I turned 30, I realized they were true! You know who your true friends are, you know what clothing items work best for you, etc. but overall you know yourself well enough to trust your instincts.
There is a lot of buzz right now around Intuitive Eating. As someone who is normally skeptical of dieting and weight loss trends (looking at you Paleo, Keto, & Whole 30), this nutritional philosophy got my attention.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, people sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week.
(Eye roll) Tell that to a new mom…
Do you need some ideas for your favorite fit mom? Look no further than this awesome holiday gift guide! Pick a gift up for a friend or send this list (with a few directions) to someone who might need a little help picking out your perfect gift.
Becoming a mom means that your calendar will fill up with birthday parties, ice cream after school, play dates with snacks (hello pumpkin bread), dinners out and brunch with the family. All of these social events can add up to a lot of extra weight and make you feel low energy. Now layer on the holiday season and there will be more parties, more temptation, office snacks and daily opportunities to “just have one.” Fortunately, attending holiday parties doesn’t mean you have to throw your plans for healthy eating out the window! We’ve got 8 tips to get you through the holidays with a lot of cheer, so you can toast to good health instead of stretchy pants!
This is the number one reason moms of toddlers won't try a class, even though our classes are filled with toddlers. And I get it! There was a period of about 6 months where my daughter didn't want to stay in the stroller either. She fussed, she whined. She took off her seat belt and would run around, so I would have to teach and try to catch her at the same time. It was frustrating and exhausting, but it didn't last. If there is one thing I've learned while raising my children, it's that I can be infinitely more patient than them and I will always win in the end. It's because I am their mom and eventually they will have to follow my rules. So to all the moms of toddlers struggling with the idea of coming to a Stroller Strides class, I'd love to share a little mommy-to-mommy advice.
I love you with all my heart. I promise that I won't tell you how to live your life, but I will try to show you.
Guest Blogger: Mariam Barnes
Most of us can agree that almost everything changes once you become a parent. Our relationships change, and the type of conversations we have with people change. You will notice that the same friend that you used to chat with about the “hottest club in Hollywood,” is now the person you call to talk to about your favorite non-leaky sippy cup. If you are the mother of twins then there are just some extra things that come with the territory. As the founder of twinmom.com I hear twin parents talk about the same few things all the time. I thought I would put a list together for your laughing pleasure.
Please, people, let's do away with the expression "One and done".
Ever since my daughter was a year and a half, I've been asked (mostly by people I've just met) whether I'm planning on having another child. When I've answered in the negative, I've often been met with reproach, disbelief (of the "don't you know you're supposed to have two?" variety) and a firm admonishment that I'm bound to raise a lonely, selfish, entitled child.
Yep. That's a description of yours truly on an average day. I'm on a mission to downsize, organize and prioritize. How's it going, you ask? Hmmm.... I guess that's where the stressed out and out of time part comes in.