The first in a series of interviews with fit twin moms
When I first got the news that I was pregnant with twins I really wanted a shot of tequila. I could not believe what I was seeing on that ultrasound screen, which was TWO babies. How could this be? I’m not that person! I’m not a freakin twin mom! Turns out that I am and somehow I juggle my fitness life with my twin life. It’s not easy and sometimes it’s not pretty but I found there are so many of “us” out there. Here are just a few stories:
Meet Shannon. I met her when I was walking my boys in the B.O.B stroller in my ‘hood a few years ago. I was lamenting about my new crew of two when she said, “Yeah, I have two sets of twins.” WTF? She is the REAL deal. Shannon has a full-time job, teaches spin classes on the side and manages a household of two sets of twins under the age of six. Maggie & Georgie are almost four and Ryan & Grace are six. I know what you’re thinking…if she can fit in a workout, what the hell is my problem? You’re right!
Q: How many days a week do you train?
Shannon: I usually get in three, including my spin class. If I get in more I feel like a rock star! Before the kids I was a freak about fitness and nutrition. I would teach an early morning class, go to work and then teach another one at night. I worked out 6-7 days a week and loved it. After the kids my priorities just shifted. You lose your ability to put yourself as a priority and if you’re only chance to workout is 5am and you’re not a morning person then… You just don’t have the energy anymore!
Q: How do you juggle fitness and parenting?
Shannon: As they get older they’re more interested in what I’m doing and I see the possibility of them working out with me in the near future. When Georgie sees me put on my running shoes she asks “Mama, can I run with you?” I look forward to a day when she can! Also, being a runner gives you a mental strength and a perseverance to stay the course no matter what and those skills translate nicely to parenthood!
Q: What’s the biggest lesson you have learned about twin parenting and/or fitness?
Shannon: YOU CAN DO IT! As each stage passes you look back and say “I made it though and I didn’t think I would,” and then there’s another stage and another success. If you take time to reflect on what you achieved when at first you didn’t think you could (i.e., newborns, teething, sleeping, potty training), you can find the energy to keep going.
Q: What’s your advice to twin moms on balancing parenting and fitness?
Shannon: Give yourself a break. You’re doing the best you can and it’s a lot to juggle
Twins or no, how do you balance parenting and fitness? What tips do you have for other moms?