I first met this mom of the month years ago, waaaaay before being a mom was on anyone’s radar, when we were in seventh grade. Our paths have been periodically crossing over the years, and so she seemed a natural choice for a featured mom after our most recent “re-meeting.” She is fun, smart, and does her best to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle as a silly mom of two. Read on to learn more about this busy mom, and be sure to check out her tips on how you can incorporate the basics of health living in your everyday life.
Jaimie’s Runitlikeamom Run-down:
* I have two kids: Lola, my daughter is 3 1/2 years old. Such a fun age!! Dean, my son is 9 months. It’s amazing how much they learn to do so quickly at this age.
* I am the Scientific Research-Based Interventions, commonly known as SRBI, Support Teacher at an elementary school in CT. In this role, I coordinate and keep data for any and all students who require intervention school wide. I also help to support and coach teachers to better meet students’ individual needs and learning styles in the classroom.
I also have my own wellness business where I help people live healthier lifestyles through changes in their diet and physical activity. I also get to have my own comparative shopping website that pays cash back. Awesome gig!
* Before kids, you could find me at the gym 3-4 days a week or running when the weather was nice. Aside from chasing Lola around and lifting all 21 pounds of Dean, I try to fit in some Pilates at home and go on runs or long walks when the weather is good. We live right near a university and a great downtown area, so the kids always enjoy being dragged along.
* In terms of fitness goals…This year in October, when Dean was 6 months old, I ran my first 5k with my husband. It was totally cold turkey and totally awesome! My goal this year is to carve out some time and create a more consistent exercise and running schedule for myself. I can see some more races in my future for sure!
* The funniest things my kids have said…Lola is quite the character. The latest funny thing she is doing is creating her own Doctor office and diagnosing anyone who comes to our house. “Wide-openitis” is one of my favorites. When I ask her what I have she always says, “You’re fine Mommy.” I guess it’s true mommies can never get sick.
* If stranded on an island with my children I would bring… 1) My iPod- Lola and Dean both love music, and we love to have family dance parties. Even Dean already has some moves; 2) Books- We read books before bed each night, and it is such an awesome part of our day. Even though Lola usually makes me read the same books every night, it’s something I would miss if we didn’t do it; 3) My Husband- Because I think we would have so much fun as a family on a deserted island. I’m actually laughing right now thinking about it. It makes me want to take a beach vacation.
* My favorite indulgence is iced coffee. A coffee shop is the first place I run when I have a minute to run errands solo. Lola has also benefited from this addiction, she even has her own regular order at the Dunkin down the street.
Can you tell us more about your wellness business?
I have always been interested in nutrition, health and fitness. I own an online business with a specialization in weight management by creating new healthy behaviors and improving body composition through low glycemic impact eating, exercise, education and supplementation. I have a website (www.tlsslim.com/fisco), with the personal touch of having a coach (me) available in an online, 1:1 or group format. I work with a team of other coaches and industry professionals to individually customize plans for each of my clients to help them meet their health and fitness goals. This is why it’s important for me to sit with my clients and learn about their lifestyles and goals to offer and coach them through a plan that best fits them. I love that I am able to meet people where they are and help them to make small changes with a big impact.
Do you find there are some basics to a healthy lifestyle and diet that anyone can follow?
I take a customized approach based on the client, their goals and their starting point, but I always coach through a 3-pronged focus of low glycemic impact eating, body composition (losing fat and gaining muscle), and behavior modification (exercise, coaching and education).
Here are a few tips I give my clients:
- Take before pictures and measurements as well as body fat percentages. It’s possible to lose up to 10 inches before you lose a pound, so it’s important to have other benchmarks to compare and measure progress.
- Journaling is a way that anyone can be more mindful of what they are eating, how it is making them feel, and how they are moving their body. Studies say people have 50% better success with changing daily habits when they use journaling. It can be as simple as using your smart phone to take a picture of what you are eating!
- Detox 3x per year (not while pregnant or nursing! For those mom’s I customize a clean eating plan to boost their metabolism and give them energy!)
- Be prepared. We often take care of everyone first and us last. When prepping food for the family, prep for yourself too!
- Include your kids. If you model and teach them healthy eating, it will be an easy transition to a healthy lifestyle and you won’t become a short order kid cook.
- Think protein and veggies as the main part of your meal. And remember that dairy and grains can have a negative impact for many. Listen to your body!
- Most processed foods that are marketed to us as “healthy” may not be the best options for maintaining your weight or losing baby weight.
- Low cal and low fat isn’t the key to boosting your metabolism. It will actually have the opposite effect. You have to eat foods that help your body lose body fat while maintaining or gaining muscle.
You definitely have a lot going on with two young kids and everything else you do. What works for you in terms of staying balanced and not getting overwhelmed with work and being a mom, and a partner? Or is being overwhelmed just part of it sometimes?
I figured out early on that I am a person who craves busyness and structure. There is a lot of pressure put on moms today. It’s easy to get lost in being the “perfect” mommy and neglect your partner or sense of self. It is something I have definitely had to work on. Rich and I have worked really hard on having good quality family time whether it is out and about or just being at home, but we are still working on fitting in more date nights. Going back to work after having my kids and adding a wellness company I could operate from home has helped to give me a sense of purpose and given me time to focus on myself and my interests. I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing people and build something residual for my family because you never know what tomorrow may bring. As a mom, wife and professional there are always times I will become a bit overwhelmed, but that is when life gets exciting. I was always busy, and it’s important to take the time to follow your passions and interests.
Thank you Jaimie for fitting us into your busy schedule and sharing some of your health and wellness advice with our community! Who couldn’t use a little coaching now and then?
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