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HI, NEW MOM...YOU BELONG HERE!

JULY 29, 2016FAREL B. HRUSKA

Welcome to Motherhood! Congratulations on becoming a mom...you are on such an incredible and powerful journey!

With this beautiful journey come feelings and worries, you may not have been ready for, as well. The most important thing to remember is that you are NOT alone...ever.

You are not alone in your healing - Every labor and delivery story is unique. Your story is your own and how you heal from it is also yours. We all heal, though. It's not a fast or easy process, however, you WILL heal. You are not alone.

You are not alone in your emotions - Bringing a baby into the world is a profoundly emotional experience. You are now a mom; a title you have NEVER embodied before. You love deeper. You worry more. Your joy is exponential. And your insecurities are enormous. You are not alone.

You are not alone in #themotherhood - Your FIT4MOM...

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After becoming a mom, many women feel as if they have to "go it alone"...

  • Like they should just know how to care for this baby.
  • Like they should just know how to juggle motherhood and self.
  • Like they should just know how to get out of the house with her baby and exercise.

FALSE.

While it is possible to move through your moments, your day or your week alone...it's not what we were meant to do. As women, we experience changing levels of hormones (oxytocin our LOVE hormone, specifically) when we are in connection with each other. We manage stress better with each other!

We also commit to change and/or habits with greater passion with each other by our side. With your friends by your side, you have the emotional support to stay on track.

Next time you find yourself saying your knee-jerk response : "NO" when someone asks to help you, to join you, to invite you...lean in and accept the connection.

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APRIL CRUNCH CHALLENGE...YOU IN???

APRIL 1, 2016FAREL B. HRUSKA

Starting today, let's take the steps to strengthen our core muscles together! Commit to a month of crunches and see what strength gains you can achieve!

At FIT4MOM, we know that core strength happens in many ways besides a crunch, however, let's pick this mode as one focus for April.

Ready.

Set.

Go!

#FridayFitnesswithFarel

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When I was little, I experienced the ugly side of girls. Teasing, judging, clicks and just plain mean. I could not find my tribe.

As a woman, especially a mom, I have seen the beautiful side of friendship. I have seen support, inspiration, compassion and kindness.

I'm sure there are plenty of groups of mean women. I'm sure there are women who judge, belittle, shame and gossip. But I do not know them.

I have chosen my tribe. I feel uplifted and inspired because of the AMAZING women whom I surround myself with. As friends. At work. On social media.

I'm an introvert. I love my alone time. But I still need a tribe. A village. No matter how confident, No matter how self sufficient you are, You still need a tribe. Everyone does.

They say that you are the average of the 5 people you hang out with. Well, I am a bad ass, passionate, purposeful woman then because that is who I hang with.

If you are not inspired in your life, check your tribe.

If you are not growing, check your tribe.

If you are not uplifted and supported, check your...

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The answer is a resounding YES! The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is the governing body in the U.S. for guidelines regarding exercise & pregnancy (among many other things). The research in this category has been varied for many years, however, as of 2002, we knew that exercise was not only OK during a healthy pregnancy...it was RECOMMENDED! These guidelines have just been reaffirmed this month (December 2015).

In the past, there have been many schools of thought around exercise and pregnancy. Many, many years ago there wasn't much thought put to how a woman's life may change when she was pregnant; she still needed to work in the fields/farms and keep her family provided for. As we learned more and more about the human body, the thought turned more towards fear; If a woman's body was active, would that then...

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