I made the commitment last year to focus on my physical health. A lot of my self-care is exercise. I have two young daughters who look up to me. With a family history of high cholesterol, heart disease, and type II diabetes, exercise and eating healthy is part of my lifestyle. I have my daughters feel my arm muscles. We talk about how exercise keeps us healthy. I talk openly about weight lifting. I tell my girls that lifting weights makes me stronger. I no longer have sciatica after nearly six years of struggling with it while pregnant and postpartum. That freedom from pain was due to building strength back up in my core.
I am in the final months of my diabetes prevention class. We are on the maintenance plan now which is fantastic. When I look back to where I was, the difference is staggering. I love coaching soccer, and i find that I am barely winded after our warm ups. I could run all day long. I can exercise and lead the exercises without getting winded. The difference in my overall cardio endurance, my strength, and my flexibility is 180 degrees different. I love knowing that I am not only a role model for my own daughters but for the little girls that I coach. Making a difference in the lives of others is what I am passionate about. I want daughters and mothers to be healthy in all aspects of their lives – mental, physical and spiritual.