May 8, 2016

Tight Mamas

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! A huge shout out to all the TIGHT Mamas in our crew. You ladies bring new meaning to the word balance and leave us all in awe at how you manage to do it all. We caught up with some Tight Babes (and their little babes) and asked about funny moments, surprises, tips and tricks that come with being a mom, and how they incorporate fitness into their (presumably hectic) routine.

Enjoy your day mamas, and keep doing what you do!

Deirdre Bosa (and Hiro)


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What is tight in your life?

My family, my job, my workouts.

Biggest surprise about being a mother?

The biggest surprise was how much fun it’s been. While pregnant, a lot of people told me to enjoy my sleep and spend lots of quality time with my partner while I could. Yes, it’s incredibly hard work being a mom, but I’ve never had so much fun as I have now watching this little human being grow or been so in awe of my husband.

What's the best advice you’ve received about raising a family?

Everything I know about being a mother and raising a family comes from my own amazing mom. She taught me the importance of routine for the baby, making time for my husband, and generally being a fierce Momma Bear that would do anything for her family.
Funniest thing that has happened to you as a mom?

Gotta be the gigantic poops. Who knew little babies could even hold that much?!

How have you incorporated fitness into your life after having children?

I was very lucky to have an easy pregnancy and amazing coaches at Tight Club and Driftwood Athletics that allowed me to work out until the day my water broke. Exercise during pregnancy prepared me well for labor and the recovery. After giving birth, I started really slowly with lots of modified movements in classes and worked up to Nate’s Athlete Class at Tight Club! (by far, the hardest one!)

We’ve heard that time and sleep are in short supply (for new moms especially), any tips to keep the energy levels high?

Get moving! My baby was sensitive to caffeine so I couldn’t even have a cup of coffee when he was a newborn – and that sucked. However, I found that the more active I was, the more energy I had. Sometimes, that just means taking a short walk around the block.

Paula Paterson (and Alex)


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What is tight in your life?

The two great men in my life, my husband and this little dude! They keep me going, challenge me and make life one big comedy.

Biggest surprise about being a mother?

How does milk vomit just get everywhere?! Seriously… everywhere!

Whits the best advice you’ve received about raising a family?

Make time for your partner as well, it’s so important to try and carve out some time just for the two of you. It's hard and something we’re still figuring out.

Funniest thing that has happened to you as a mom?

A poo explosion at Mama Mondays at the Juice Truck… two onesies fell victim to a poorly put on diaper.. never again... never again!

How have you incorporated fitness into your life after having children?

I try to walk everywhere as much as possible and obviously massive dance parties in front of Alex in the bouncy chair at home.

We’ve heard that time and sleep are in short supply (for new moms especially), any tips to keep the energy levels high?

Coffee, booze & dry shampoo (AG of course); not necessarily in that order.

What are you training for this summer?

Truthfully, I just want to fit my jeans again!!

Laura Fox (and Archer James)


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What is tight in your life?

So much. Having a beautiful baby boy with my amazing husband. My husband has been such a source of strength and support. I’m not sure he knows how much I admire him as a person, partner and now father. My family and friends are super tight as well; I'll even throw out a #grateful and #blessed.

Biggest surprise about being a mother?

How much you can love this little person, even though you don't really know each other yet. Also, everything is a crapshoot. From pregnancy, labour, to the first few weeks of being a new mom, you really can't plan to expect anything. I’m just trying to roll with it and enjoy the ride.

What's the best advice you’ve received about raising a family?

Don't take advice from anyone. Do what feels right for you, your family, and your life. There’s so much opinion and information out there, it can be overwhelming.

Funniest thing that has happened to you as a mom?

I've only been a mom for 3 weeks, so I imagine the ridiculous moments are just getting started. So far it’s the pee-showers while changing my little guy.

How have you incorporated fitness into your life after having children?

I’m still in the postpartum recovery phase. Currently I’m just walking with the stroller and getting out of the house 1-2 times a day. I’m looking forward to being able to exercise and start running again; missing the Tight Club Run Crew!

We’ve heard that time and sleep are in short supply (for new moms especially), any tips to keep the energy levels high?

The sleep deprivation is REAL! To be honest I’m still learning how to cope. I love sleep, it’s so relaxing.

What are you training for this summer?

I knowingly signed up for the Seawheeze half marathon a month after learning I was pregnant. I ran my first half marathon a year ago so I realize it will be a challenge to train within a tight timeline and a newborn at home. I kept up with running into my 28th week of pregnancy and I’m hoping that will help with the transition into training. The only goal I have: do the race. I’m not going to put any pressure on myself with time or pace and if it doesn't work out, then that's ok too.

Gowa Kong (and Max and Maitri)


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What is tight in your life?

My heart; I've lived and worked through a lot and my heart feels strong. My village of people; I have excellent people in my life, my family, friends and my partner give me so much joy and support. My kids; super challenging, but they are my light and life. My garden and house; what can I say? I'm a hardcore Taurus.

Biggest surprise about being a mother?

That I love it so much. I thought I wanted to just have one baby, then I had Max and wished I had started earlier. I wanted to fill the house with kids.

What's the best advice you’ve received about raising a family?

“Put your own oxygen mask on first;" you can't take care of others until you take care of yourself first.

Funniest thing that has happened to you as a mom?

Most of what I want to write involves too many bodily fluids and would be too rude to record. You'll have the ask their Uncle Michael (Tight Club trainer) to do some impersonations of my kids and stories around the dinner table.

How have you incorporated fitness into your life after having children?

I played competitive Ultimate Frisbee before kids and I tried to play/coach a competitive women's team after I had Max. I soon realized that I'm the food source and couldn’t devote all my time to training. Now it's realistic and I schedule a time in my day to workout. It can be a run, Tight Club, Ride Cycle, a Nike workout from the app on my phone, a challenging bike ride after work, coaching sports at school or playing Ultimate. I schedule it into my week and then stick to it.

We’ve heard that time and sleep are in short supply (for new moms especially), any tips to keep the energy levels high?

Coffee to go up and then wine to come down. Kidding, not kidding. But truly... I need to exercise to keep my energy up. I have a demanding job outside my home and I can't face the stress and demands of work or home unless I work out. I tell new mums to take up cycling and bike to work. It's a workout and gives you time by yourself; it's my bliss.

What are you training for this summer?

I have my summers off and I can't wait. I am looking forward to lots of hiking, long haul bike trips, maybe my kids first backpack camping trip, and maybe try gravel cycling. I did some cycle-cross racing before and I am looking forward to racing through mud and gravel.

Tanya Ferguson (and Anthony)


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What is tight in your life?

The balance I have between family, work, and my personal time.

Biggest surprise about being a mother?

How hard it is! All of a sudden you have this tiny person to look after and your life gets turned upside down. The lack of sleep doesn’t help either.

What's the best advice you’ve received about raising a family?

Do what is best for you and your family. It is very easy to get caught up in what everyone else says is “the right thing to do” but everyones circumstances are different.

Funniest thing that has happened to you as a mom?

My son breakdances. Everywhere.

How have you incorporated fitness into your life after having children?

You have to make that time for yourself. After four years of work and family, to finally have balance and an outlet feels amazing.

We’ve heard that time and sleep are in short supply (for new moms especially), any tips to keep the energy levels high?

It's so easy to get wrapped up looking after everyone else, moms tend to leave themselves last. It is really important to have that time to recharge and reconnect with yourself and friends.

What are you training for this summer?

I have a big birthday coming up later this year and I want to be in the best shape of my life!

Amy Villis (and Finley and Ollie)


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What is tight in your life?

Opportunities and possibilities – at this point anything goes.

Biggest surprise about being a mother?

The great stuff; the laughter, smiles, hugs, and I love yous. The willingness to relive what it felt like to try something for the first time and be silly.

The not great stuff; domestic life chores, the daily hassle of cleaning (everything is always sticky), laundry, and especially cooking for people that won't eat what you make.

What's the best advice you’ve received about raising a family?

Let things go. Things don't often go as planned and if you try to push it only makes it worst. Kids get dirty, eat sugar, climb things they shouldn't, have temper tantrums, throw stuff etc. It's all natural kid stuff so don't take it too seriously.

Funniest thing that has happened to you as a mom?

Just this past weekend, Finley smashed a glass closet door with her skateboard. I of course said what all parents say in these situations, "How many times have I told you not to ride your skateboard in the house!!" She turned to me and said, "Well, why are they in the house then?!?!" I laughed and thought, good point.

How have you incorporated fitness into your life after having children?

Before they were in school, early morning workouts were the solution. Neither one of my kids were are great sleepers and they would get up really really early. So I just started leaving the house for an early workout and left my partner to deal with them.

We’ve heard that time and sleep are in short supply (for new moms especially), any tips to keep the energy levels high?

Exercise and alcohol! (Sometimes together?)

What are you training for this summer?

Happiness.

Jude (and Lou)


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What is tight in your life?

My little family is pretty tight!

Biggest surprise about being a mother?

I have to say that seeing what we (humans) are capable of as caregivers is pretty surprising all around. We actually do bounce back! Not particularly in a physical way (some do, some don't). What caught my attention were the days and nights that felt so long that they had altered my life. Like I wouldn't be myself again after that? That I may never sleep again? But I do, we all do.

What's the best advice you’ve received about raising a family?

Don't sweat the small stuff.

Funniest thing that has happened to you as a mom?

A couple weeks ago we were at a birthday party at the extreme air park and a pair of underwear fell out of Lou's pant leg.

How have you incorporated fitness into your life after having children?

We got a trampoline!!!

We’ve heard that time and sleep are in short supply (for new moms especially), any tips to keep the energy levels high?

Rest, hydration, and tea!

What are you training for this summer?

I'm training for life in general. Staying active keeps my whole world in check!


Photos by Valerie Lina Photography.

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