After having four children, Michelle Vodrazka decided to become a figure competitor! Taking on a goal like this is arduous, and with children it may seem impossible, but Michelle has an incredible can do attitude that finds a way rather than an excuse. Read on to learn more about this inspirational mom and how she’s able to do it all-the healthy way. Thank you, Michelle, for sharing your story to inspire other moms.
Kim: Share a little about you.
Michelle: Hi, I’m Michelle and I live in Orleans, Ontario. I have four children. My oldest, Riley is 12, my son Kai is 10, my daughter Maya is 4 and my daughter Noelle is 2.
Kim: Have you gone through a transformation?
Michelle: Absolutely! Although I have never been overweight, I have a hard time putting on muscle, so when I decided to compete in figure competitions last January, it was definitely a struggle for me. Four competitions later though, and I am hooked! I even managed to qualify for the natural nationals next April! Looking back, I can see how much my body has changed. Although I was always fit, I looked skinny. Now, when I’m at the gym, even guys ask me for advice and that’s the greatest compliment ever!
Kim: How did you get your body back post-baby?
Michelle: I walked and ran a lot with the kids in the stroller and I did a lot of at home workout videos. I would also sneak in exercises at the park whenever I got a chance. While the kids played, I would run sprints, do pull-ups, push-ups, lunges or squats. I definitely got a lot of strange looks from the other moms, but I also got a lot of “you go girl!”
Kim: Anything you’ve accomplished you would like to share?
Michelle: I just want to share that it’s possible to have (lots of) kids and still be fit! You just have to get creative and have a positive attitude. Even if I only have 10 minutes, I look at it as an opportunity, not an excuse! I also think its important for moms to understand how important it is to lead by example. Kids get bombarded by advertisers and false messaging about food all day long. At home, its our chance to make a difference. Our kids are constantly watching and copying us and if we have good habits, our kids will too.
Kim: What is your favorite fit-mom, fit-family meal? Snack? Any go to items?
Michelle: I love to cook and I love to eat! I don’t agree that healthy food has to taste bland. You just have to learn a new way of cooking! I experiment with healthy recipes all the time and there are so many resources on the internet to help get you started. Get our kids involved in the process too! Most kids love to cook if you let them participate. Our favourite fit-mom, fit-family meal right now is cauliflower crust pizza. It so easy to make (you just throw it all in the food processor) and you get an extra boost of vitamins and minerals while still serving everyone’s favourite meal. For breakfast, my favourite go-to meal is high protein waffles topped with homemade cocoa cashew coconut butter – it tastes better than Nutella and has no sugar!
Kim: Favorite Fit-Family activity?
Michelle: We walk everywhere we can and on weekends, we like to go hiking. My oldest daughter also loves to do yoga with me and when I am working out at home, the younger kids are usually mimicking everything I do. Dancing as a family is great too!
Kim: How do you stay fit amidst a hectic schedule and manage to do it all?
Michelle: It’s not always easy, so if I can’t get my workout in before the kids wake up, I usually end up breaking down my workouts into smaller segments (10 mins each). I also have an amazing husband who will watch the kids when I am in competition training mode.
Kim: Words of motivation and inspiration for other moms?
Michelle: You can either make excuses or you can make progress. It’s really up to you. Remember too that you don’t need to overhaul your entire life in one day. Too much change can be overwhelming. if you take baby steps, and incorporate one healthy change into your daily life at a time, you are more likely to succeed in the long run.
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