Maria Kang is pure fit mom inspiration! Having 3 children in 3 years hasn’t slowed this busy working mom down for a minute. Just like all moms, she had to deal with how to get rid of the baby weight. Maria didn’t opt for quick fixes, she focused on proper nutrition to sustain her breast milk, and she worked out when she could. Maria bounced back fast, and she did it all the right way. Read on to hear her story of inspiration and help spread the fit mom message.
Kim: Share a little about you.
Maria: My name is Maria Kang. I have three amazing sons, Christian (3 1/2), Nicholas (2) and Gabriel (almost 10 months!) We live in Elk Grove, CA – a suburb of Sacramento and we love to paint, bake banana muffins and jog to the park.
Kim: Have you gone through a transformation?
Maria: I feel like I’ve experienced an amazing transformation having been pregnant for nearly three years! I was already 20lbs heavier prior to my first pregnancy, so it was always a question of, “will I get heavier after pregnancy? I was already heavier than I wanted to begin with!” Thank God I was able to lose weight within six months before getting pregnant again with each proceeding pregnancy.
Kim: How did you get your body back post-baby?
Maria: In the beginning I didn’t do much. I nursed my sons, which helped stimulate my uterus muscles to go down. I also massaged my belly with a Belly Ball often, which helped the uterus decrease and stimulate digestion. At six weeks I started slow, opting not to decrease my calories too much because of nursing. I tried to instead forego the sugar and unhealthy foods and tried to eat cleaner. I focused on training 4-5times a week for 30-60 minutes at a time. I also started incorporating running around 4 months post-prego and worked on intensity and duration as the months progressed.
Kim: Anything you’ve accomplished you would like to share?
Maria: With my first son, Christian, I started a mom-me fitness group in my area. It’s a free club where we meet at the park and train with our children in tow. We have been growing year after year and have gained strong friendships (and little friendships) in the process. I was recently awarded the “Mayor’s Volunteer Award” for my contribution in improving the quality of our life in our community. It was a great honor!
Kim: What is your favorite fit-mom, fit-family meal? Snack? Any go to items?
Maria: I have several favorite fit moms! I love Francisco Dennis because of the amount of kids she has (7)! I love my friend and figure competitor, Janelle Haney, because of her dedication to nursing and providing the very best environment for him. I love our First Lady, Michelle Obama, for her campaign to curb childhood obesity and be a strong minority who is fit, busy and a mom of two.
My favorite snacks are fruits, trail mix and veggie sticks. Their favorite meal is my healthy chicken pizza. They only drink water, except for some juice on occasion at birthday parties.
Kim: Favorite Fit-Family activity?
Maria: They are so used to seeing me workout because they play at the park while the mom-me group works out! They pretend to perform push ups, planks and jumping jacks. As a family we often dance around the house, take walks outside, or go swimming when it’s sunny.
Kim: How do you stay fit amidst a hectic schedule and manage to do it all?
Maria: As a business owner, a nonprofit director and a freelance writer, I admit it is TOUGH. I don’t get a lot of time to myself. When the boys are asleep I am able to train (in the morning) or sometimes take them with me to the gym later in the evening. When they nap or sleep (usually by 7:30pm) I work on my projects until 11pm. There is a lot of sacrifice when you are a self-employed stay-at-home-mom, but the sacrifice usuall
y starts with not being able to watch TV shows or go on coffee dates – things I don’t care very much for. I absolutely love my flexibility and wouldn’t change it for the world.
Kim: Words of motivation and inspiration for other moms?
Maria: I would tell other moms to find inspiration in other moms. The biggest part of your success is ultimately your diet, which doesn’t require a lot of time to plan and execute. Always remember that you need to care for YOU first before you can care for other people. If you don’t, eventually you will burn out.