Mollie is a mother to twins (who are a year and a half old), a wife, a teacher and, to me, is Superwoman. Life before babies was one thing but now life means more stress and less sleep and the thing I hear from all of my moms: How the hell do I manage those two things while I still have fitness goals I want to achieve?! Mollie is also a perfectionist (as she'll tell you below) so a lot of the focus during our training sessions has really revolved around figuring out how her body and mind feel when she comes in and then modifying the intensity of the workout from there.
Then there was CleanSlate28. One of Mollie's goals was to lose the last of the baby weight so I thought this program would be a great way to give her some structure along with the support of a big group of people with their own challenges and goals. I expressed that the point of the program was NOT to be perfect. I was just hoping this would allow her and her family to explore new ways to clean up food choices and maybe give her new tools to manage the everyday stress. Well, Mollie kicked the program's butt. Weight started coming off, she was able to swap out the convenient-yet-less-optimal foods for nutrient-dense options, and best of all, she's been able to more or less keep this up way past the end of the program!
She's amazing so, without further ado, meet Mollie!
What were your initial goals when you started training?
I had twins last August and was on bedrest for ten weeks so I wanted to get my strength and conditioning back. Pre-babies I was a pretty hardcore swimmer/triathlete and I want to keep fitness a scheduled part of my life.
How do you think your sessions have helped you out?
They have helped me make sure I have at least an hour of Izzy training a week to myself. I can fit in cardio at different times but I have a harder time doing weight training by myself.
What do you enjoy most about training?
That it's positive. Some days are harder than others especially depending on how much sleep I have had!
Is there anything surprising that you've discovered with strength training?
It's so nice to make progress. As adults we don't get stickers for our accomplishments anymore or much in terms of positive feedback. It's nice to see things improve and give ourself stickers.
Do you have any fitness goals for this year?
I am always looking to get stronger and to lose the last of the baby weight. CleanSlate was a great jump start on the last few pounds and really demonstrated to me the power of group support. I never thought I would be able to cut out all of those things for 28 days and the exercise thing comes pretty naturally to me but no gluten, dairy, or added sugar and working and taking care of two babies really freaked me out. As a perfectionist I didn't want to do it halfway and of course didn't want to fail. I found it to be awesome and it really helped me structure life and change some habits. We cook extra food on the weekends now to have during the week and I have cut out dairy except for weekend "misbehavior". I eat a lot of lettuce wraps instead of sandwiches and have reduced my chocolate habit :)
How would you describe your philosophy on working out and nutrition?
I am good 80% of the time in terms of what I eat and CleanSlate certainly made me more aware of the choices I am making. Exercise is huge for my mental stability and health :)
What advice would you have for anyone just starting out?
Talk about it, get support from your friends and family, make exercise dates with friends, and let people know you need support and encouragement as opposed to them saying, "Don't run, eat ice cream with me!"
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