I am a Mamalete. And proud to be one.
(What’s a Mamalete? Watch the video below. It’s an amazing project from the inspirational Gia of Run Gia Run.)
I’m proud because it’s already rubbing off on her. Downward dog? She nails it.
Running? She lights up when she sees the stroller.
Dancing? She has moves like…well, not Jagger so much as Elaine from Seinfeld, but we’re working on it.
And swimming? She is a fish.
But I’m also proud because easily could have been a MamaNOlete. It’s hard for me to reflect on how sad and lonely and unfilled I was before I decided — and yes, it takes a conscious choice to make a change with something this big — to get off the couch and start moving.
I’m now 34, a mom of one (so far!), and happier and healthier than at any other point in my life. It’s NOT about the scale or the way clothes fit (although those are nice side benefits), it’s about the feeling I have when I complete a run or hold a new yoga posture or go up in weights at the gym.
It’s a feeling I wish I’d had more of in the awkward high school and college years — a sense of pride in what my body can do, not just how it looks. (Before you worry about me, I had a lot of amazing teenage experiences and don’t have many regrets, although I do wish I’d gotten the memo about eating healthy and working out a bit sooner.)
So when I can, I invite Audrey to practice yoga with me. I hold her in my arms as added weight when I do cardio. I let her climb on my back and giggle as I do push-ups. I take her on runs and to the splash pad and even to the studio as I practice new choreography with other fitness instructors.
Some day, she’ll figure out what healthy living means to her, and I truly hope that I can respect her space and needs and let her figure out what works in her own life. But for now, I’ll keep sweating in front of her and with her so she always knows that she was raised by a Mamalete.
More from Gia:
Being an active mom (Mamalete) is really important to me, my dream is to create a community where athletic moms can share their stories and inspire others to take time for activity with their children. In efforts to build this community and Mamalete movement, I thought it would be really great to create a day where Moms every where can celebrate being active with their children.
Mamalete Day is going to May 10th (the day before Mother’s Day). I would love for all of you to help me spread the love of being a Mamalete and share your favorite way to be active with your kid(s). Share a photo or video of a mamalete using the hashtag #mamalete!