COMMUNITY & RESOURCES FOR NEW & EXPECTING MAMAS!
I had the pleasure of meeting & getting to know Alex back in 2013 when she was teaching yoga at Corepower! I joke that she “chatu-right-ed” my chaturanga – just a little yoga humor for you! Alex (& her sweet family) has been an incredible support (& model) for Om Mama & I am so excited to share her energy with our community in an OMC exclusive Flywheel class on Sunday, December 2nd! You can find all the information here! Enjoy getting to know a little more about rockstar mama, Alex!
I moved to Seattle in 2003 to attend UW and have been here ever since. I grew up not far from here (Gig Harbor) and definitely LOVE living in the city. I am a fitness instructor, manager, trainer and indoor cycling coach at Flywheel Sports. For years after college I had no idea what I wanted to do for a career, but I knew I was passionate about fitness and loved racing & triathlons. I spent years diving into fitness, training in various formats of instructing. I’ve taught vinyasa yoga, yoga sculpt, indoor cycling, pre-/post-natal yoga, raced multiple half marathons and everything from sprint distance to Ironman triathlons! Fitness is the core of who I am and what I’m passionate about 🙂
Surprisingly not as much as I thought it would! I’m lucky to have an incredibly supportive partner who allows me the time to train for races as a mother, and shows up to each and every race as a cheerleader. The best part of full-time fitness is the flexibility it can allow. I get to make my own schedule for the most part, and spend lots of time with my son & family. I have learned that I need to be much more creative with my “free” time when I want to train or workout myself – but a lot of that comes back to the support of my husband. Being pregnant this second time has made me slow down much more – which is something I’m sure my body & mind need 🙂 Teaching, managing, being a mother and being pregnant ALL feel like full-time jobs, so creativity and support is vital.
Not necessarily an ah-ha moment – we both knew we wanted kids and we had no idea how long it would take to conceive. We initially wanted to wait until my husband landed a good job (we didn’t and he was a stay-at-home dad for year one of our son’s life) and I wanted to complete an Ironman triathlon. We got pregnant two weeks after Ironman Canada in 2015 and four weeks after Ironman Coeur d’Alene 2017! Who knew!!?! I don’t think there is ever a “right” time. I’d just suggest getting some of those big trips or BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) marked off your list first – but who’s to say you can’t do them after baby too?!
Hah! I definitely had some ideas about motherhood and who I would be as a mom that have absolutely changed since becoming a mom. I’ve been surprised how patient I can be with my son (sometimes haha) – because as all moms know, toddler can move so sloooooooow and throw tantrums over nothing. I’ve been completely surprised by how much the little moments can take my breath away – watching my son learn and communicate with more depth and knowledge can leave me speechless! I don’t think I necessarily went into motherhood with a “plan” or “vision” though – just an understanding that we would have no idea what it would be like until it happened 🙂
Especially having been pregnant now twice and feeling the strongest I have yet between those pregnancies, I would say: (1) be proud of what your body has accomplished! A few stretch marks and/or scars are well worth the outcome!! (2) don’t put off time to take care of YOU – fitness is a huge part of my life and my husband and I worked out our schedules so that we could each get “me” time. In order to feel like the best possible mother and wife, I need time to get in my workouts and take care of my body & mind. (3) allow your body the time it took to create a human to start looking like what you’re used to (i.e. it took 9 months to make your baby, so it’ll probably take 9 months or so to look/feel like you did pre-baby). Don’t rush it. (4) Surround yourself with people that make you feel good; inside and out. Period. No exceptions.
Women are strong, powerful & capable and should be respected and treated as equals to men.
Intelligence & hard work can take you far.
Chase your dreams and follow your passions.
Build a career and a life that fulfills you Every. Single. Day.
Mom guilt is SO real. I wish I was more prepared for it, but I’m not sure how I could have been. I still feel guilt about things, and have to take the time to remind myself that I can’t do everything and shouldn’t be expected to be perfect.
Exploring, learning, growing, traveling, sharing, loving, inspiring….
Anything is Possible.
I love going to the Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Aquarium (preferably not on the weekends!). Also, just getting outside to a park in the city where he can play.
I have so many! Chavez on Capitol Hill 🙂
Having a community space to work with other moms and moms-to-be. Sharing stories and insights. Finding & building connections with a like-minded group of women!
Flywheel Sports in South Lake Union and Bellevue – or out and about in the city!