“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning
It's time to honor our next beautiful BOOMer Mama of the Month! Many of you know and love her and have seen her throwing around heavy weights bright and early with the 5am crew. She and her hubby, Z, support and encourage each other both inside and out of the Boom Room...it's Lindsay "LaLa" Zinsmeister!
Fun fact: Miss LaLa and yours truly go way back as we hung out in the same circles enjoying wild nights rocking out to local Denver musicians! We've both traded in our beers and bands for barbells and babies, but oh what good times they were!
Reconnecting with LaLa has been a pleasure and I found her responses about her postpartum journey to be extremely refreshing and relatable. Here's what she had to say.
Did you train while you were pregnant? If so, what was your workout schedule like?
I trained 4 to 6 days a week while I was pregnant. I completed the 30 Before the Turkey just a few weeks before I gave birth to our son.
Do you feel people have misinformed opinions about pregnant mothers who lift weights?
I found that people were just amazed that I was getting to the gym at all. I think that sometimes people think it is a time to just eat whatever you want and stop physical activity. I felt that as long as I was safe and modified my workouts appropriately, staying active would help me have a healthy baby. It worked!
Have you found LFT coaches to be supportive during your prenatal and postnatal fitness journeys?
Absolutely. I have felt supported through this entire journey! From modifications during the workout to words of encouragement.....it was a blessing. I kind of miss hearing the coaches cheering "LaLa Plus One" now that I am back to just me...."LaLa".
What has surprised you most about motherhood?
Everyone tells you that you feel a love that you have never felt before......but it is true. Every day is better than the day before and even when I'm exhausted or overwhelmed - I feel so lucky to have my awesome little guy.
What has been most challenging for you as a mom?
A new baby changes your life in SO many ways. I think that adjusting to so much change at once while trying to physically recover from the most amazing but exhausting experience of your life is so hard. The idea of "bouncing right back" is not real.....it takes a long time to start to feel like yourself again and honestly, you have changed so much so you have to get used to your new normal.
Society puts a ridiculous amount of pressure on mothers. Have you felt pressure as a mom and how have you reacted to it?
I find that everyone has an opinion on how you raise your child. I have just decided that I am going to do the very best that I can for my baby and for my family. What works for me does not work for everyone. I also found that women really have a lot of pressure around working and being a mother at the same time. If you choose to work or to stay home - either decision comes with sacrifice. I think it is important that we lift one another up and support each other- no matter what our lifestyle looks like.
What does it feel like to get back into training after having a baby? (Physically and emotionally)
I'm not going to lie.....I cried on my drive home the first few workouts at LFT after I was cleared to go to the gym again. It amazed me that even though I worked out my entire pregnancy, I feel like I'm starting from scratch. It was humbling to have to pick up MUCH lighter weight or to modify movements that I used to do easily. I know I have a tough road ahead of me to get back to where I was but it is truly worth it and gives me a good thing to focus on when I'm at LFT.
What obstacles have you had to overcome to make that important time for yourself? (Or how are you still trying to overcome them?)
I was always able to go to the gym with my husband anytime I wanted - no barriers. Now, we have to try to schedule our workouts around what works with the baby and that can be very difficult. We can't go to the gym at the same time and the baby can throw a wrench in the plans at a moment's notice. We are still working on figuring out a schedule that works well for us but each week it gets a tiny bit easier.
What has encouraged you the most during this postpartum time?
I love coming to the 5 am class and getting so much support and encouragement from the other BOOMers. So many people in those classes offer advice or kind words and it really helps when you feel like you are operating physically at a lower level than you are used to.
What has been discouraging for you during this postpartum time?
Postpartum life has brought about some health and mobility issues for me that I am working through. I thought I'd be back to normal after 6 weeks and that is definitely not the case. There are days that I show up to LFT and all I can do is a few modified exercises and the bikes or rower. It's tough but I know that it is better than not going at all.
Tell me a little about your children.
Oakley John Zinsmeister is our first child. He was born in December and is 4 months old. He is growing up before my eyes! He is a VERY chatty and smiley baby and loves to babble and squeal all day long.
What advice would you give yourself if you were an outsider looking in?
Be kind to yourself. Be patient. Enjoy every moment.
What are you accomplishing as a mom that has made you feel proud?
Survival! I've chosen to stay home with Oakley and it meant taking a hiatus from a career I have absolutely loved. Finding balance and taking pride in caring for my family is my new focus and though it can be tough at times to adapt - I am so grateful to have the opportunity.
What advice would you give to other mamas who want to continue training and making exercise and health a priority in their busy lives?
Do what you can and always make time for yourself. LFT is a wonderful place to have support from members and coaches. I truly believe that making fitness a priority through my pregnancy and now helps me to be a healthier version of myself. I want Oakley to grow up healthy and active and I love being able to set that example.
What is your favorite exercise at LFT?
I love a good deadlift and I enjoy the rower!
What are your fitness goals going forward?
As I start to feel better, I hope to get back to lifting heavier and would love to start running again. Oakley is getting heavier and heavier so I better keep up!
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: I just started Keto so I'll say BACON
Music: I have Cherub, Blackbear, and Cardi B on heavy rotation these days.
Book: Lately it's my husband reading Green Eggs and Ham to Oakley
Film/Television: I just watched Wonder - such a great movie! I love watching Ink Master and The Voice on TV.
Person you admire: My hubby, Z. He's the hardest working guy and his generosity and love for his family and friends is incredible. It's been awesome watching him become a dad!
Congratulations on your sweet baby boy! He obviously hit the jackpot in the parental department and will no doubt be doing Boom Burpees before he can walk!
Thank you for sharing your struggles as well as your joys with us LaLa. You are so lovely and determined and your consistent and steady efforts will continue to pay off as you grow stronger and stronger each week. I feel honored to witness your journey! You are a genuine supermama!
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