I have always been athletic. I am a volleyball player and avid extreme sports participant. I have always been interested in health, nutrition and physical fitness. I have worked in gyms, I have gone to gyms, I have tried many different workout regimes and plans because I would always get bored and lose motivation.
Then I got married and proceeded to spend 8 years being pregnant every other year and nursing for the year in-between, producing my 4 healthy, busy kids. To be honest, I did not work out during my pregnancies. I am 5’10” and have always been slender so I saw my pregnancies as a vacation and time to focus on my growing baby. I did stay active and of course ate only things that would benefit my baby’s growth and development. I had 4 different and completely unique deliveries but that is a whole article in itself. As soon as the suggested 6-week postpartum healing time was over and my doctor cleared me, I would search for a way to get my thin, yet incredibly mushy and saggy body, tight and fit again. I gained 20-30 pounds each pregnancy and it was all in my gigantic stomach, which meant that all that extra skin was pulled from my butt area. This left me with the flattest “mom butt” ever after each pregnancy but especially after my last one.
At the time, we were living in Keller, Texas. My husband and I are both California natives but because of his military service and different job opportunities, we had moved 5 times in the 10 years that we had been married. He was hired as a firefighter/paramedic in Texas after California was hit hard with the recession/housing crisis in 2006. So there I was, in Texas with a 6 year old, 4 year old, 2 year old, and newborn and a husband who was only home for 1 out of 3 days and nights. We were strapped financially so I could neither afford a gym, nor did I have any desire to lug my crew with me to the gym everyday. I knew that in order for exercise to work for me, my workout routine needed to be fast, efficient, free, and able to do at home.
After completely wearing out my celebrity fitness trainer workout DVDs that gave me the same 10 routines to do over and over again, and feeling like I had pushed those workouts as far as I could physically, I knew I needed more. I needed workouts that I could indefinitely scale to my fitness level as I got more and more fit with no cap on the potential. I also wanted to increase my endurance and these relatively easy, living room floor routines on DVD weren’t even touching my endurance.
My husband’s fire department had started doing a certain very popular style of HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts that incorporate gymnastics and Olympic-style weight lifting. On his days off, he would do these same HIIT workouts at home. I was impressed with the variety, the speed in which he was able to complete them, and his fast, and seriously enticing, physical results!
In 2010, began doing these HIIT workouts with him at home and making up my own to do each day- to fit the minimal equipment we had and also scaled to my abilities and goals as a woman, since these particular workouts are scaled for men, in general. After only 2 weeks of doing a different HIIT workout or WOD (workout of the day) 5 days a week….my local friends and sister (also in Keller) started noticing my fast transformation. They asked me what I a was doing?! I told them and they wanted in. At first I was texting the 4 of them every morning with the WOD I would be doing. This went on for a few weeks and was a little time consuming. One day I was talking to a girlfriend of mine, who lived in Hawaii at the time for her husband’s job, who was in the same situation with being a bit isolated with 4 small kids at home and complaining about her body and looking for a way to get fit. I told her about what I was doing: about the WODs and texting everyone and she was the genius who suggested I just start a blog and post the workouts there. (Thanks Lindsay!) This is how Hiit Mamas was born.
I posted free HIIT workouts, that are different daily, for women to do at home on the blog Monday-Friday. Saturday is a free day that can be used to make-up a missed WOD from the week and Sunday is for families and worship. The blog started getting pinned on Pinterest and blew up overnight. It was getting hits from all over the world. There are Hiit Mamas in Africa, Australia, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, France, etc., which just blew my mind. So many women were looking for what I had found and I was able to share it with them.
I have now had my HIIT blog for 6 years and it has completely become my passion to help women achieve their fitness and health goals. I want things to be easier for moms and I know the joy and satisfaction that comes from achieving goals we have for our bodies, especially after kids.
We landed back in California, permanently!, and now that my kids are all in school, I decided that I needed to take my blog to the next level. So here we are! At my new site! I am so excited for this new venture and expanding the foundation I have laid.
I want to thank all my loyal Hiit Mamas, especially the ones who have been with me from the beginning. I have enjoyed the association with you and the camaraderie and community of women that has resulted. The fitness journeys and stories that you have shared with me have touched my heart and made my commitment to keep posting these WODs for each of you stronger and stronger. I have now been doing these workouts for 6 years and I have never been bored, never peaked, I have never stopped evolving and progressing and at nearly 40, and after 4 kids, I am in absolutely the best shape of my life. When I began, my 1 mile PR was 8:45 and last year I broke 6:23. It is so rewarding to be able to track my progress as I post my times and look back at how far I have come.
This is our journey to fitness and I love sharing it with all of you.