Trisha Enriquez, founder of No Tummy Mommy, is a mom with a mission. A certified pre and post natal fitness specialist, her passion to provide fitness and nutrition coaching from one mother to another, is something that brings her a great sense of fulfilment, and also gives her the flexibility to be mom to her 2 year old daughter, Harper. Trisha, like all of us moms has had her struggles with food and fitness, but Trisha decided to turn things around when she opened her business NoTummyMommy.com providing customized programs and virtual coaching to moms everywhere.
Here’s her story…
by Trisha Enriquez
Once upon a time I had competed in a fitness show, as well as worked in the supplement industry for years, managing the brands of various women’s weight-loss products. This was a hard job for me ethically. I struggled with the duality, because I knew that weight loss, and muscle toning, was not as easy as popping a pill. Eating and exercise are an enormously important part of results. With that said, I left the supplement industry, and a few years later I had my daughter.
It was during this time, as a mommy, that I developed a great motivation to help other women be healthier and happier, not just to look good during bathing suit season, but to achieve long term results.
Now, I look at Harper and feel motivated every day to be fit and healthy – she is my reason. I don’t ever want to return to my old nickname, Miss Piggy! I continue to work-out and practice yoga, and I always aim to have 5-6 small meals/snacks a day. I get Harper involved in foods that I make so that she is aware of making smarter choices (even if she isn’t too fond of them now).
A great way to get your little ones involved is to get their help in making a delicious and nutritious smoothie. Here’s a recipe for one that’s a great way to start your day. With omega’s from the Avocado, a great dollop of protein, and lots of energy from the Chia. I love this smoothie. Cool and refreshing for a summers day.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 handful of spinach
1 tsp ground chia
1 scoop protein powder
1/4 cup ice
Blend and Enjoy!
What’s more, I try and include Harper in any home workouts where feasible. Again, she is MY REASON to staying as healthy and fit as I possibly can.
As a mother, it can be challenging to stay on track with fitness goals, but it comes down to preparation for me. I always prep my food in advance to avoid slipping when on the go. Of course, life happens and yes, I do deviate from my “planned meals” and yes, I sometimes miss workouts. The key that I have learned, is not to beat myself up about it – I just tell myself to get right back on track and not look back! And like every other mother, I am tired, but I find it in me to do something daily that gets me closer to achieving my fitness goals.
When I’m pressed for time, a quick Kettlebell Workout is a great option. These exercises can be done in a short period of time and provide a great workout.
Swings x 20
Figure 8s x 10
Goblet Squats x 20
Around-The-Body Pass x 10
Deadlifts x 20
One-Arm Presses x 10
Rest for 60 seconds and repeat for 20 minutes if desired. (you know you should!)
Here are some detailed descriptions of the exercises to help you along in your home workout:
Grab a kettlebell with both hands and stand with your feet wider than hip-width apart. Squat down until your thighs are nearly parallel to the floor. Immediately stand and swing the kettlebell up to shoulder height. As the kettlebell begins to arc back down, bend your knees and squat, swinging the kettlebell between your legs. That’s one rep.
Stand with your feet wider than hip-width apart, knees bent into a quarter-squat position, back straight, and chest up. Hold the kettlebell behind your left leg with one arm on each side of your leg. Grab the bell with your left hand and swing it in front of your left leg, between your legs, and behind your right leg. Grab it with your right hand and swing it in front of your right leg, between your legs, then behind your left leg. That’s one rep. Continue for 10 reps. Make sure the movement is slow and controlled but fluid.
Stand with feet apart, knees slightly bent; tighten your abs and your glutes. Hold the kettlebell in both hands in front of your chest. Think altar boy with chalice. Your elbows should be pointing downwards. Now bend your knees and squat as though sitting down on an imaginary chair while holding the weight steady at your chest. Keep your back straight and your knees behind your toes. Sink into your heels (aim to drop your hips below parallel). Rise back up, and do it again for 10 reps.
Around the Body Pass
Hold the kettlebell with both hands in front of your torso and stand with your feet hip-width apart. Release the kettlebell into your right hand and move both arms behind your back. Grab the bell with your left hand and bring it back to the front (completing a full circle around your body). That’s one rep. Do 10, then switch directions and repeat without stopping to rest.
Stand with your feet hip-width apart, the kettlebell on the floor between your feet. Squat down and grab the handle with both hands, keeping your back flat. Brace your core, squeeze your glutes, and slowly push down into your heels as you stand up, keeping your arms extended. That’s one rep!
One-Arm Military Press
Stand upright holding one kettlebell. Position the kettlebell to ear level with an overhand grip (palms facing forward). Press hand up and out laterally above head keeping wrists over the elbows and arms moving parallel to body at all times. Return to start position. Remember to keep back and head straight in a neutral position – hyperextension or excessive flexion may cause injury. Repeat with other arm.
Life isn’t perfect for sure. We all know that. When things get tough, meditation can help. I try to meditate every morning for 5 minutes before getting out of bed. This helps me to embrace what life throws at me in the day ahead. I enjoy reading motivational quotes online and save them on my phone for easy reference for those times I need a pick me up! And to help me manage life’s ups and downs, I throw myself into a short workout – even if I only have 30 minutes, I tell myself to do it. Sweat helps me relax and everything seems okay afterwards.
I am a true believer that the mind is everything. Working with so many different moms, I hear everything from having limited time, to pure exhaustion. These barriers stand in their way of becoming their happiest and healthiest self ever, but they can be overcome. The truth is, once they start believing they can … they CAN do it! I see them transform their body and their lifestyle and it all started with changing how they think.
If you are looking for motivation and a customized program feel free to contact me through my website NoTummyMommy.com and become a NoTummyMommy too!
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