Introducing Katelyn! This Tough Mama joined Mom Strong back in the spring and we are so glad she did! She is the perfect addition to our community. Her calm demeanour is encouraging and supportive. She works hard and is strong as hell and her pipes are freaking impressive. Her commitment to taking care of herself is admirable. She drives from out of town two days a week because she knows she is worth the effort.
What's your favourite family activity?
Hiking on the trail which runs behind our acreage, or cruising the aisles at Peavy Mart when ticks or extreme temperatures don't permit us to be outside.
What's your favourite thing to do to fill up your cup?
Being trapped (self-imposed) inside the house with a new baby made me realize I'm actually more extroverted than I once thought! I crave social connection, bonus if there's wine. I also find cleaning, gardening, baking, and grooming our horse very gratifying, when I can see the results of my efforts, even if they only last for a few minutes...
What is one thing that you wish you knew coming into Motherhood?
Through no fault of my girlfriends, who tried to tell me:
This too shall pass
This "advice" applies to the tough, sleepless times, as well as the good ones. It all goes by SO QUICKLY. I've tried to be more mindful the second time around; savor the moments, keep difficult ones in perspective and for god's sake don't worry about cleaning the bathroom!
Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Did it change?
I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was in grade 2. Before that, I was debating between a waitress or a hairdresser.
What is something your are very proud of?
My ability to (apparently) persevere. When I look back at what I consider to be my greatest accomplishments (running my first half-marathon, finishing my undergrad degree, 2 unmedicated childbirths) perseverance is a common thread. And I say apparently because I didn't think too much about it at the time but, looking back, I've surprised myself.
How did your return to fitness differ from your first baby to your second?
I was a lot more impatient with my first born. I started a walk to run program less than 2 months post-partum, and saw a pelvic floor physio only AFTER I began to experience symptoms of urgency, leaking and, at one point, incontinence. I could not run on the treadmill or hike with my son without stopping multiple times to pee.
With my second, I saw a pelvic floor physio at 6 weeks post-partum and, when I got the thumbs up from her, I joined Mom Strong. I waited 6 months before doing any cardio and put my twice weekly training with Michelle to the test when I went for my walk/run AFTER 2 cups of coffee -30 minutes on the treadmill and NO SYMPTOMS!!! I can't believe after 2 kids and no "kegals", but instead an awareness of pelvic floor for 2 hours a week, I've been able to REVERSE the dysfunction I had after my first baby.
What exercise gets you excited in Mom Strong?
Anything that makes me walk like a cowboy the next day because I know the exercise has targeted my inner thighs! Also, any exercise that I never thought I'd physically be able to do, let alone 4 sets of 12 (box jumps!)
Tell us two truths and a lie and let's see if we can figure it out!
My one and only tattoo is a portrait of my 1st boxer, Lennox.
I considered a career in Funeral Sevice before getting into vet school.
I don't own a single piece of Lululemon clothing.