This post is sponsored by Gaiam.
I recently saw a photo on Instagram featuring a mom and son with the caption:
Always my reason. Never my excuse.
I’m not sure I agree with that 100%. I often delay or even ditch my work, workout or other plans if my kids or family need me. One definition of “excuse” is to release (someone) from a duty or requirement and I release myself without pity or apology.What do you think of the phrase 'always my reason, never my excuse?' My thoughts.Click To Tweet
But I know first-hand that kids are always watching (even when you don’t want them to be, like when you’re trying to have a peaceful moment in the bathroom or read a book or paint your nails or do something without their little hands poking you). And that’s a pretty compelling reason to lead by example.
When I work out in the morning, Audrey loves to get in what she calls her trainer chair and count my reps or cheer me on.
Sitting in her “trainer chair” showing me how to do a proper bench press. This is one of my favorite parts of the day…she comes in to help me work out. Which means she counts reps and tells me I’m doing a good job. And jumps in for a post-weights dance party. Current favorite song to jam out to: “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from JT. These kids are always watching and they do what we DO, not what we say. It’s humbling to be such an important influence for two little ones.
She also loves to be active with me. We walk to and from school almost every day — sometimes she’s in the stroller but often, she’s right beside me for almost a mile! — and her favorite weekend activity is riding her bike.
And when it comes to yoga, she has already embraced it. Her tree pose is on the money and I often hear “watch me, Mommy!” only to look over and find her doing a full vinyasa sequence.
We all need role models and for the last few years, Laura and Masumi of Two Fit Moms have been mine. I was such a huge fan of Laura’s that when she led an inversion workshop in my area and it closed before I could register, I threw myself at the mercy of the studio owner and begged my way onto a waiting list — finally getting the call that I was in. It is still one of my most treasured experiences.
So, when Gaiam asked if I’d be interested in trying out some of the items from their new Two Fit Moms collection, I basically squealed with happiness.
I picked out three items:
And guess who joined me on the photo shoot? That’s right: they’re always watching (and always posing…I swear I didn’t give her any cues, but she mimicked everything I did!).
I wish I could pick a favorite item. They’re ALL amazing. Bras are tough for me, especially because as a nursing mom, my size might change through the day, and even when I’m not nursing, I need a lot of support. This provided it (although I wouldn’t wear it on a run or any plyometrics — it’s great for yoga and more low-intensity workouts).
The shirt is soft, very slightly sheer and I love that it kind of falls off the shoulder.
And the pants. THE PANTS. Almost harem style, I love that they’re like upscale sweats.
The pieces in the collection are really designed to work on the mat and off, and I love that the shirt, especially, works as well in my home office as it does during a workout.
I’ve worked with Gaiam several times through the years and I really love the company and its mission. Now that they’ve partnered with two of my favorite yogini moms, it’s even better. Learn more and shop here!