The Return of #ASKAMAMA Mondays!

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I’m back!  And with me comes the return of #ASKAMAMA Mondays!

I had some really sweet enquiries over the past few months as to when I was going to start up AAMM again, and the answer was always, “as soon as we’re all settled!  And thanks for asking!

There have been quite a few changes and adjustments made in our lives since Bubs came along, most recently being the big move into our new home.  Bee started a new daycare and has finally stopped asking to go back to the “old house”.  All the boxes are unpacked and everything has a place.  So….

Finally.  Settled.  And if feels SOOOO amazing.  So amazing that I decided to get back to one of the things that really made me happy, making #ASKAMAMA Mondays.

I’ve changed the format slightly: I’ll now be making little videos to introduce the Mamas as well as writing a post!

And as for the first Mama of Season 2 – as I’m calling it – I really wanted to get Bria Evenson of Bria Evenson Fitness on board.  Not just because I’ve know her for forty years (actual time: 19 years….yeah, that somehow sounds longer), but because I truly believe her to be an inspiration.  She’s a woman who took her destiny in her own hands and decided her calling was to help, motivate & guide countless others in becoming their best selves.

Watch the clip to learn more about Bria 🙂

Bria is open to answering any fitness & nutrition questions you may have, but can also help out with any ol’ parenting question you can think of!  The whole point of this series is to ask someone outside your comfort circle for advice – an impartial third party, if you will!

Now, here are some ways you can ask Bria a question:

  1. Post it anywhere on social media using the hashtag #ASKAMAMA (links to my profiles above)
  2. Leave what’s on your mind in the comment section of this post or below the video on YouTube
  3. Shoot me an email at iamthemamamantra@gmail.com
  4. Fill out the trusty ol’ question form at the bottom of the page
  5. And of course if you’re a follower of Bria, feel free to send your question to her directly!  Her social media links are:

E-mail:  briaevenson@beachbodycoach.com

Facebook:  Bria Evenson Fitness

Twitter:  @FitBria

Instagram:  bria_evenson_fitness

Deadline for submissions is Sunday, March 8, and her first video will go LIVE Monday, March 16!

I couldn’t be happier to be back, guys.  I can’t wait to see what you throw Bria’s way, and for what she has to say!

*****

A bit more about Bria, in her own words:

Even as a CHILD, as early as 7 years old, I remember feeling self conscious of my body…of wanting it to be different from what it was…isn’t that sad? NOW I have a daughter who is almost that age and it makes me SO scared. My struggles and insecurities with my body only grew through high school and flourished into a very sad eating disorder into my 20’s. No matter what I did, or how I looked, I could never seem to stop bullying my own body for never being good enough.
At 22 I was lucky to meet my husband, who showed me what it meant to be really loved and made me realize that I was worth that…so with his support and getting help, I finally learned to stop being SO unkind to myself and at least try to respect myself for who and what I was. Having my children helped a lot with that.

As a mother, you realize the insane and amazing things that your body does to bring a child into this world…it is almost unbelievable. SO after my 2 children were born I really did have a deeply rooted respect for my body, and became determined to treat it with love.

But in-spite of those feelings, I was still haunted by the same insecurities each morning getting dressed. Was this really how life was….destined to be trapped by these negative self thoughts? No matter how many kilometers I ran, I still felt the same.

I decide I was going to commit to a workout program called P90X. It was unlike anything I had ever done before, but I was determined to start and finish it….and you know what happened around week 7? I found the love for my body that I had never known. It came through the hard work, the respect, the appreciation of choosing to commit to something that was good for me and see it through. For the first time since I was 7 years old, I felt a sense of freedom from my own thoughts that I had never known.

I FELT PEACE.

This was why I decided to become a fitness coach with Beachbody. This company, the people in it and what it created, had helped me facilitate this love for myself at last, and I KNOW I am not alone.

If you had told me that a year and a half into my journey as a coach, that not only would I get to work with INSPIRING people every day, that I would get to help other people like ME finally find that peace and love for themselves, that I would find a HEALTHY way to set a positive example for my children, and turn my struggles into a fire and a light to share with others, ALL while staying home with my family and generating income that is trending towards six figures…there is not a chance I would have believed you.

BUT, now I have learned something else:  ANYTHING is possible.  And I am determined to help as many women as I can live their healthiest and most fulfilling life.  I am dead set on making a dent in negative self image and body bullying.  If I can scratch the surface of that and make it a little better for OUR daughters… it will be worth every bit of sweat 🙂

4 thoughts on “The Return of #ASKAMAMA Mondays!

    Meagan said:
    February 26, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Welcome back, Beth!! Here’s my question: I’m a mom of two, own my own business, work part time for a small non-profit and used to loooove going to the gym. Now I feel so exhausted all the time, I can’t wake up early enough to exercise before work and by the time the kids are in bed, I can’t even fathom getting myself to the gym – what’s your best tip for building up your energy? (And please don’t say more sleep – I would love more sleep, but my kids don’t let me get a full night’s sleep despite my best efforts! 😉 #ASKAMAMA

      mamabethbarnes responded:
      February 26, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Oh, man. I feel like I could have asked this exact same question! Lol! I’m not a morning person at all, especially now that we’re starting to sleep train Li’l Bubs. Yikes. I will pass this on to Bria, and I can’t wait to see what she suggests! Thanks so much for submitting! 🙂

    Lauren said:
    March 4, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I used to be fairly active before I had my baby in September. Once I was cleared for exercise I wanted to get right back to my favourites like soccer and running. If I can get the time to go for a run, I certainly feel it the next day like I have old lady joints and bones. How long should I expect this post baby lethargy to last? Also any tips for running with nursing boobs or a supportive sports bra you would recommend? Glad the blog is back!

      mamabethbarnes responded:
      March 5, 2015 at 9:51 am

      Thanks for the question, Lauren! After Bee, I ignored the urge to workout again and used chasing her around as an excuse to why I wasn’t exercising. Now, after Bubs, I’m starting again slowly and feeling just like you. Well… you seem to be exerting much more than me! Point is, I hear ya, sister. I’ve passed this along to Bria for you, and man, can’t wait to hear what she recommends for a bra!! We Mamas need something mega to hold these puppies in…..

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