So excited to share our very first Movin’ Mama feature…
Melanie is 29 years old, living outside of Boston with her husband Keith and two beautiful children–2 year-old daughter and 6 month-old son–who are keeping her insanely busy these days! Melanie is a full-time Mom, Esthetician, and currently working as a Sales Consultant out of her home so she can spend more time with her little ones.
We asked Melanie to candidly share her personal wellness goals and some challenges on what it’s like to be a new mama trying to stay healthy amidst her regular day-to-day grind. Here’s what she had to say…
What is your favorite workout right now, and why?
Hot yoga when I can. I just started an Ab challenge and a squat challenge (Check out what your form should look like from Greatlist.com). The ab and squat challenges are great since I can do them at home. The yoga is amazing so I can have “me-time” and get out of the house.
Name two fitness goals for 2015 and how you track your progress.
I would like to lose about 40 lbs. and have lots of energy to keep up with my two kids. I am tracking my workouts on a calendar and eating better. I am also taking some all natural supplements.
What has been your biggest challenge with wellness since the birth of your last child, and how do you typically relieve stress?
Finding the balance for everything. Taking a long shower. Getting some sleep! Having a fun girls night. Definitely taking a yoga class helps!
Who do you lean on most for support when it comes to wellness, and why?
Friends who are fellow mommas!! I feel like I can relate more to them than others.
What is your diet like on an average day? Where would you like to improve?
I typically have a protein shake in the morning. Lots of water throughout the day! I make yogurt with fruit and granola for lunch, and try for a healthy variety for dinner.
What do you love most about being a new mom so far?
I really enjoy watching them [my two kids] grow and learn, and all of the love they have to give! Also I love their innocence.
What is one piece of candid advice you’d like to share with other new moms regarding general wellness?
Definitely SLEEP whenever you get a chance!