“Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary—it’s an act of infinite optimism.” - Gilda Radner
Next up is our 5th BOOMer mama of the month...Ashley Ostrowski! She's a beautiful mother of three who puts just as much heart and soul into her workouts as she puts into raising her family.
She keeps a sense of humor when it comes to parenting and unapologetically does what she feels is best for her children. Her example and guidance will no doubt encourage her littles to feel empowered and confident in everything they do.
I spoke with Ashley about her pre and postnatal journey to find out what her secret to sanity and balance was. Here's what she had to say.
Did you train while you were pregnant? If so, what was your workout schedule like?
Early in my pregnancy, I continued my regular 3 days on one day off at LFT. Later in my second and third trimester, I slowed down to every other day or so and towards the end of my third trimester I came maybe 2x/week and took the last few weeks off completely. I was too tired.
Do you feel people have misinformed opinions about pregnant mothers who lift weights?
Absolutely and honestly I did at first too. Zach assured me I would be fine with all of the movements there and if needed I could modify the workout. My doctor was super supportive of me continuing to do my regular workouts. I was surprised as my first and second pregnancies the doctors didn’t want any lifting over 25# if I remember correctly.
Have you found LFT coaches to be supportive during your prenatal and postnatal fitness journeys?
Yes! If there was ever a movement I was hesitant about they always offered a modification. I felt safe and knew they were watching out for me during the classes.
What has surprised you most about motherhood?
Motherhood is a constant surprise I feel like. I have a 2 month old, 3-year-old and a 10-year-old. All of them are so different.
What has been most challenging for you as a mom?
Managing the hustle and bustle of each day feels like it’s a job for 5. Having a new baby with a 3-year-old as well gives me a new level of respect for moms with kiddos close together in age.
Society puts a ridiculous amount of pressure on mothers. Have you felt pressure as a mom and how have you reacted to it?
I do think there is a lot of pressure on mothers and fathers these days. Things have gotten so “politically correct” in people’s expectations for parenting styles. I honestly just do the best I can each day with my kids. I yell... I repeat myself and yes I sometimes hide from my kids to have a few moments alone and I’m okay with that, haha.
What does it feel like to get back into training after having a baby? (Physically and emotionally)
It is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I took 10 weeks off and now I feel like I am starting completely over. I am not going to lie, this has been discouraging and frustrating but I won't give up. I still have 18 pounds to lose and my baby is 2 months old. I have learned to not to be so hard on myself and just do my best. There are many movements I can't do anymore and I have to modify which is okay.
What obstacles have you had to overcome to make that important time for yourself? (Or how are you still trying to overcome them?)
This baby I made sure to make time for myself. My last baby, I didn’t do this and I went a little crazy. ;)
What has encouraged you the most during this postpartum time?
I have just been so excited about having our first little boy. Now that he is here we are just so so happy. He is truly such a blessing and all around such a great baby.
What has been discouraging for you during this postpartum time?
Getting back into eating healthy and having a workout schedule has been difficult. Along with being tired and grumpy, I'm probably not the greatest company... Not fitting any of my clothes is definitely upsetting.
Tell me a little about your children.
I have a 10-year-old Samantha, 3-year-old girl Blake and 9-week-old Logan. Samantha is in 4th grade and Blake hasn't started pre-school quite yet.
What advice would you give yourself if you were an outsider looking in?
Be patient and don't be so hard on yourself.
What are you accomplishing as a mom that has made you feel proud?
I have overcome some pretty serious obstacles in the early part of my motherhood. I completed and graduated from one of the hardest Therapeutic Communities in the nation and was able to keep my daughter with me the whole time and be there for her.
What advice would you give to other mamas who want to continue training and making exercise and health a priority in their busy lives?
Just to make time to get to the gym even if you don't want to, even if you have a lot to do, it'll all still be there when you're done. Make time to do something good for yourself and get away.
What is your favorite exercise at LFT?
Definitely deadlifts. I'm not really sure why other than I can move more weight. :)
What are your fitness goals going forward?
Keeping my diet together and getting into the boom room at least 3x per week.
For my last question, I’m going to list 5 categories and you tell me what you recommend in each (just let it be the first thing that comes to mind)
Food: Avocado anything
Book: I never have time to read lol The last good book I read was by Robin Cook "Blindsight"
Film/Television: Game of Thrones
Person you admire: My husband, for all of his dedication and hard work
Congratulations on your adorable bouncing baby boy Ashley! Your love for your family is clear and your authentic responses are completely relatable. I don't think there is a seasoned mother who hasn't hidden from their children to find a moment of peace (whether they admit it or not)! Your lightness and humor are refreshing. I have no doubt you will achieve all of your health and fitness goals and continue to inspire those around you.
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