Tell us about yourself
My name is Tiffany and I am a surgical Physician Assistant turned stay at home mom to two, almost three, boys. I worked in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center before deciding to stay home and raise my boys. I traded in my scalpel and scrubs for Legos and superheroes about 5 years ago. I am currently 34 weeks pregnant with our third son. My other boys are five and four years old.
How did you get into fitness? I have always been physically active. I played soccer starting at the age of four through two years of Division I collegiate level at my undergraduate university. Once I hung up my cleats, I focused on running and working out at the gym 3-4 times a week. After I had my boys, I worked out strictly at home 5 days a week.
You have had 2 boys with no 3 on the way, how has it been staying fit with them? I workout at 5 AM before the rest of the house is awake. On the weekends, if they are up early, they workout with me! I always encourage them to participate in my workouts. I also stay fit by chasing them around the backyard, playing soccer with them or simply taking them to the park. Playing with them works up a sweat just like a good 30-minute weight training or cardio session
How were you able to bounce back after your second son? After I received the green light to resume working out, I started Insanity, the at-home workout program. With a 20-month-old and a newborn at home, going to the gym was not an option for me. Therefore, I focused on building my home gym. Working out 5 days a week, in conjunction with proper nutrition, helped me shed all my pregnancy weight and more within 10 months time.
What is a typical diet plan for you? I do not follow a specific plan, however, I make sure to eat plenty of protein, carbs and healthy fats with each meal. I do my best to eat 5 small meals a day … breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, and dinner.
What are your tips for those who are pregnant and trying to stay fit? Listen to your body and do what you can, when you can. Stay as active as possible. If you are cleared to continue your current workout regimen, do that and modify when necessary. Even walking is great for you and baby. I’m now in my third trimester and dealing with a lot of round ligament pain, so I focus on walking as much as possible, but resting when I need to rest.
What are you doing differently with this pregnancy? With this pregnancy, I continued my strength training and HIIT routine up through the middle of my second trimester. However, with the round ligament pain, that had to be put on hold.
What are your favorite exercises and why? I am a huge fan of HIIT and strength training. I prefer 3-4 days of strength training + 2 days of HIIT training. I feel this works best for me and my goals. I don’t have favorite exercises, but my favorite training days are legs and shoulders!
What is the best fitness advice you have heard? Do what is best for YOU! There are so many different ‘training plans’ available now, just because it works for someone else, doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for you. Focus on you and your personal goals. Look to others for inspiration, but be your own motivation!
How do you feel about your body so far with this pregnancy? I think the female body is a phenomenal machine! I love my body while pregnant, regardless of the weight gain and aches and pains that come along with it. I focus on what my body is doing rather than what it looks like. With this being my last pregnancy, I am cherishing every day.
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