Julia Valencia is an incredible success story. As a single mother of two, Julia made a commitment to give up excuses and do what she could when she could. She chose to find a way instead of making an excuse. Training from home, she made her stairs her cardio and uses her own body weight to train. Educating herself on how to eat properly with The Eat Clean Diet, and blogging her journey through her site Eat Clean Wonder Woman, don’t you love that title, Julia has found herself and lost 53 pounds. Admitting she made every excuse in the book, she now shares that clean eating and exercise have become her therapy. Thank you Julia for sharing your story and for showing what is possible even as a single mom of two working full-time. You are amazing!
Kim: Share a little about you.
Julia: I’m a 30-year-old single mother of two beautiful children living in Toronto, Ontario. Mia is 9 years old and Jett is 2 years old.
Julia: On September 01, 2010 I began my lifestyle change. Since then I have lost a total of 53 pounds and now live and breathe clean eating and strength training – at home.
Kim: How did you get your body back post-baby?
Julia: Because I’m a single mother, I didn’t have the time nor the money to join a gym or hire a personal trainer. I quit making excuses and decided to start running the staircase in my home. Those stairs became my everything during the winter months. I then discovered Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Diet and Oxygen Magazine – and use the tips in these wonderfully published works of art (for me) to help keep me motivated. By the spring time I started to strength train at home and finally found the guts to start running outside.
Julia: I climbed the CN Tower in 15 minutes this past November (something I would not have been able to do just a year ago), I met both Tosca Reno and Robert Kennedy at the CanFitPro Toronto (it was the only reason why I went), I am in the process of attaining my Personal Trainer Specialist Certificate through CanFitPro, I have a blog where I talk about clean eating and strength training and use it to help motivate other people called Eat Clean Wonder Woman. I reached my personal weight loss of 30 pounds and surpassed it by almost an additional 20 pounds. I weighed in at 171 pounds and %34 body fat on September 01, 2010. I now weigh 118 pounds and have 17% body fat.
Kim: What is your favorite fit-mom, fit-family meal? Snack? Any go to items?
Julia: There are so many choices to choose from but my children really enjoy chicken tenders and salad, mango chicken salad wraps and mini turkey burgers with sweet potato fries. Snacks include nuts and fruits, greek yogurt with fruit, hummus with carrots and cucumbers – the options are endless – as long as the combination includes a protein and complex carb, we’re good. Go to items – homemade protein bars which I make twice a month and toss into the freezer for those “I have no time moments” or protein shakes.
Julia: Running around the park
Kim: How do you stay fit amidst a hectic schedule and manage to do it all?
Julia: At this point in my journey there are no excuses. I cook all day Sunday for the rest of the week for my children and I. I jog twice a week during my lunch hour at work and I strength train three days a week at home once both children are fast asleep.
Kim: Words of motivation and inspiration for other moms?
Julia: It’s not easy being a single mother, let alone having children. I had made every excuse in the book as to why I had become so unhealthy. It’s really important to set a schedule up for yourself and commit to it like you would your favorite TV show. Clean eating and exercise has now become my therapy. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
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