I’m excited to introduce you to a new “Fab Mom” in my Fab Mom Series, Katharine Coggeshall of Fitness Translator. Katharine recently switched careers from being a full-time scientist to becoming an in-home personal trainer, specializing in women’s weight loss. The career switch enables her to spend more time with her three children, while giving something back to the community — her knowledge of science-based healthy weight loss, especially for moms trying to lose weight after baby is born!
Who calls you mom and how old are they?
I have 3 little ones: Emma (7 yrs), Michael (5 yrs), and Adeline (3 yrs).
What do you do?
I’m an in-home personal trainer, specializing in women’s weight loss, and I have a health and wellness blog—FitnessTranslator.com. But when my kids get out of school in the afternoon, I’m home with them. They get my full attention.
What does a typical day look like for you?
All 3 littles are dropped off at school and I prioritize my day: my own exercise routine, in-home training sessions, blogging, household chores, and lots of reading. When the kids are done with school, I pick them all up and we do our afterschool activities, head home to prep dinner, spend the evening with daddy, and put them all to bed.
Any advice on how to “juggle it all”?
Organize! I make lists of all the lists I need to make. Every Sunday I plan the meals for the week and make a grocery list to coincide with it. I write down all of the activities and action items needed for the kids that week, and a separate list of my own action items. I keep a pad of paper and a pen in my purse at all times, because if it doesn’t get written down it is probably not going to happen!
When was the first time you really felt like a mother?
When I breastfed my first baby. It’s a powerful thing. I can remember every detail of it still.
What’s the hardest thing about being a mom?
Having mommy guilt—that feeling like I’m supposed to be conquering the world mixed with that feeling of I’m supposed to be taking care of my babies. You never feel 100% comfortable with where you are at that moment because you can never be in 2 places at once.
What’s the most rewarding thing about being a mom?
When I see one of my children being kind to another child. I feel like all of my caring, patience, disciplining, time, and energy was worth it. Like I helped to add something positive to this world.
What’s the funniest/most shocking thing that has happened to you since you’ve become a mom?
I was recently prepping my assembly line of lunches in the morning, and my youngest (Adeline) asked me to make her some pancakes (“fancakes” as she likes to call them). I told her I was too busy, so she decided to quietly help me out by making them herself. She knew all of the ingredients and poured them all on the floor: flour everywhere, smashed eggs, oil, and even some cinnamon! She was so proud of herself, I didn’t know what to say!
I wrote a post about “mental snapshots” that I’ll always remember, even without a photo. I know it’s hard to choose one, but what is your favorite moment, or “mental snapshot”, with your little ones so far?
This past summer I took all of my kids back to my home town in New Mexico to visit my family and their cousins. My mental snapshot is of my littles with all of their cousins, playing in the desert just like I used to do growing up. It was really special.
What has been your best baby product purchase so far and why? What age is it appropriate for?
A Moby wrap. It’s appropriate for newborn-toddler. My second baby practically lived in it while I was chasing my oldest around, who was a toddler at the time. Babies find it so soothing and moms can actually have their hands free.
What’s something new you have learned about yourself after becoming a mother?
I never realized how patient I could be. In fact, I don’t think I was until I had children. But there is no limit to what a mother will do for her child, even learn to be patient!
What do you do to unwind/relax when you have some rare time to yourself?
Apart from exercising, I love to get a massage and take a really hot bath. It’s even better when your muscles are really sore.
What is your favorite outing, to date, with your little ones?
I love the San Diego Zoo. It’s a really nice combination of nature, walking, attractions, and excitement. My kids are never bored there and they always sleep really well afterward!
I have a running list of Whine & Dine Restaurants that are family-friendly in San Diego. What’s your favorite restaurant that you frequent with your family and in what city? Why do you dine out there?
We love the Panera in Carmel Mountain Ranch because it has a covered outdoor area that is absolutely perfect for noisy kids! It’s even shady.
Pretend your best friend is pregnant and about to have a baby. What’s the most important piece of advice you would share about “motherhood”?
Never forget to mother yourself. She won’t need much advice about mothering her child, we do it pretty naturally, but we moms never understand the importance of nurturing ourselves. Your child benefits from it as well.
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