In only 10 months, Shasta McNamara successfully won her battle with weight, body image, and low self-esteem. After gaining 80 pounds with her pregnancies and tipping the scale at over 200 pounds, Shasta decided it was time to fight for a new way of life. Her success speaks to pure determination. Shasta now radiates health and fitness and her life is forever changed. Shasta’s transformation occurred on the inside as much as the outside. Her beauty and passion shine through in the message she shares on her facebook page, Shasta McNamara’s Health Haven. She created this page to help others with their journey toward adopting a healthier lifestyle. Thank you Shasta for taking the time to inspire, motivate, and share your journey to how you found a brand new you!
Kim: Share a little about you.
Shasta: I am a 28-year-old at home wife and mother. My husband David and I live in a little farming community in Northern New Brunswick on the US border of Maine with our two young children and our little dog Pinky. Our son Benny recently turned 2 1/2 and our daughter Pippa just turned 1 1/2 years old.
As well as being an at home wife and mother I am also enrolled in school online becoming a Holistic Nutritionist.
Kim: Have you gone through a transformation?
Shasta: Yes. 🙂 I struggled since my teens with self-esteem, weight and body image issues. I then became pregnant in my mid twenties gaining 80lbs during the 9 months and reaching over 200lbs. I became pregnant with my daughter less than 5 months after my son was born.
This past spring when my daughters first birthday was approaching I became motivated to go after my dream body and to overcome my issues with my weight, my body image and low self-esteem. 10 months later I am in the absolute best shape of my life and I radiate health and happiness.
Kim: How did you get your body back post-baby?
Shasta: I started eating clean and I started strength training, doing exercises throughout the day while watching my children. I set a goal and I stayed focused.
Kim: Anything you’ve accomplished you would like to share?
Shasta: Besides reaching my goal to get in the best shape of my life I also recently qualified for the finals in the Status Fitness magazine cover contest and I competed for the first time in the bikini division of bodybuilding last month. I was proud to stand in a tiny bikini in front of nearly 1000 people even though I was the oldest competitor in my category and also the only mother. I also recently started a facebook page Shasta McNamara’s Health Haven where I have been sharing tips, recipes and motivation to also help others and especially other mothers to reach their own health goals.
Kim: What is your favorite fit-mom, fit-family meal? Snack? Any go to items?
Shasta: I feed my kids much like myself and we eat many mini meals throughout the day instead of 3 larger ones. I love making clean healthy foods for the children and I bake all of the bread that they eat and I’ve also made a clean pizza crust recipe that they enjoy as does my husband. The kids and I drink a lot of smoothies and I find it such an easy way to sneak extra healthy foods like fruit, pumpkin, spinach and even healthy fats into the kids. They eat a lot of greek yogurt and my son loves his oatmeal just like his momma does.
Kim: Favorite Fit-Family activity?
Shasta: The kids and I love putting on music and dancing around the house. It’s such great exercise for them and we usually all end up laughing our heads off while doing it. We have a large yard and my husband and I love taking the kids outside for a huge run around. An added bonus is that the babies always sleep well after a good session of playing outside.
Kim: How do you stay fit amidst a hectic schedule and manage to do it all?
Shasta: I try to always plan ahead and to stay on top of things that need to be done before they pile up. Our closest family or support system live over 4 hours away so it can sometimes be hard for my husband and I to get quality time alone without the children. I find that it is very important to set time aside for him and I to do things together and also to take time away from the family separately to do things that we enjoy. For me, my time away is usually spent working out. 🙂
Shasta: Take time for yourself. It’s so easy to put everyone else’s needs first but by making yourself a priority, your family will also benefit. A happy mom, makes a happy home.
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