In 2008 I started a blog called Mama Sweat. I have blogged once a week or more for seven years about “finding fitness in the chaos of motherhood," now the title of one my eBooks in the Life as a Fit Mom series. I stated up front that Mama Sweat was not about weight loss or acquiring the perfect body; it was about the absurdities we moms face when we're trying to be mom, wife, employee (or employer), daughter, sister, friend, and the many other roles we take on, while making fitness fit into our lives.
I was a former endurance athlete trying to stay in shape. When I started the blog I had three daughters: twins who were 4-years-old and another daughter who was 3-years-old. Shortly after starting the blog I became pregnant with my son. As I wrote about the crazy attempts to squeeze in a workout or the shenanigans of juggling children while trying to exercise, I realized that fitness needed to be part of their lives, too. Being a good fitness role model and raising a fit family became part of the discussion.
As I blogged I also I co-authored a book called Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom (Andrews McMeel 2011). I have covered just about everything on the fit mom spectrum from pregnancy to raising active tweens. To showcase my blogging I wanted to create a website that covered the highlights of Mama Sweat, while making the entirety of the blog (plus new material) available in an eBook series, Life as a Fit Mom.
I am also the author of the children’s book series for the Go! Go! Sports Girls, 32-page illustrated books that explore social-emotional growth through sport in engaging stories that empower children to "Dream Big and Go For It!" The books include fun factual information throughout the pages and children can bring their own sports stories to life with a plush doll, sold separately or in a "Read & Play" set, that encourages creative play through sport. The books include:
Another children’s book I wrote, published in 2003 (mere weeks before giving birth to twins), is See Mom Run (Breakaway Books 2011) that follows the journey of a little girl helping her mother train for a marathon, which ends in a fun run with mother and daughter. The story has come to life for me as I raise my four children.
I am also the author of Becoming an Ironman: First Encounters with the Ultimate Endurance Event (Breakaway Books 2001), a collection of stories from people who competed in their first ironman triathlon, sandwiched between my own two Ironman triathlon finishes in 1999 and 2002.
Here I’ve included more about me, my writing, speaking, and other odds and ends. Thank you for coming to my site!
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