LMBB ladies, we wanna make you sweat! We are Jana, Carolyn and Mare and we are your fitness team. We’ll be posting regularly about sport, fitness and fun. We are women and mothers, just like you. We have years of experience in being in and out of tune with our bodies. But the one thing we’ve all found is that sports and fitness is the key to feeling good about ourselves: the key to feeling fit, confident and awesome.
Feeling good, in our opinion, isn’t about your weight – not a number on the scale, a size at the store or a shape in the mirror. Feeling good is about lots of things. It might be fitting into your favourite jeans, gaining 2 kilos of muscle or simply getting up in the morning and not feeling exhausted. Feeling good is about being confident, about who you are, and about your body. A positive body image is something all three of us share – now. Before we start, we want to share with you how we maintain our fit, confident, positive selves and a bit about the struggle that got us here.
“Sport has always been a huge part of my life. I started dancing when I was about 6 years old, played tennis and tried out different ball sports. Today, I’m a certified fitness trainer and training to be a nutritionist. I see ‘being fit’ as a state of mind rather than a particular body shape or weight. I’m always trying to encourage people to understand and work towards what they would like to achieve and not just accept what other people, industries or ads might tell them to look like.
I prefer exercising inside, including teaching and taking group fitness classes, doing a workout at home or in a studio. My goal is to help people find out why they’d like to change first, because I believe, that if one can’t find a real reason, there’s usually no point in changing anyway. My second goal is helping others to find out what kind of changes are possible and relevant and how to achieve them. Last but not least, I’m teaching others how to exercise properly without feeling pain or getting injured.
If you’re unsure on how to start exercising in the first place, whether you’re doing an exercise correctly or if the exercise you’re doing is right for you and your goals, let me know, and we can work on it together.”
“Hi y’all, Carolyn here. I asked my kids to describe me for this article and their answer was you’re fit and you feed us something green everyday. This makes me smile and giggle because it really describes me perfectly.
Fitness has always been a part of my life. From hard farm labor, to cheerleading in high school and university to boxing and weightlifting for my career as a fire fighter, it has been a daily routine and is truly an adrenaline high for me. As my body has changed up and down over the years, thanks to job changes, moves, pregnancies and more, I have always written down a why in relation to fitness: why do I want to get and stay fit and strong? For me, now, the answer is: because I want to be able to pick up my kids and not have pain in my back and I certainly don’t ever want to have to say ‘no’ to them when they want me to play something physical. They are my why and that is the simple tactic I use so stay on track.
I stay fit by running. I still get that ‘runners high’ from time to time but not like I used to. These days I also really enjoy using Pilates techniques in the comfort of my own home to stay long and lean. I don’t have the perfect formula for working out and I am no expert. But one thing I do know is that I will always be a cheerleader for those people that want to engage in a healthy and fit lifestyle. You can always reach out to me and I will be your biggest fitness fan!”
“I was a real team player in my youth. Under pressure from my parents (I come from one of those hockey families) I started playing field hockey at a very young age, eventually even being selected for the Dutch hockey team. I didn’t make it through the harsh selection as puberty set in and I discovered other ways of working out. Besides hockey I played tennis twice a week and joined a light athletics team where running short distance was my speciality. I was super sporty and strong.
At 17 years old I was ‘discovered’ as a model and developed a severe eating disorder. At my absolute low I weighed about 43kg while being 1.76m tall. Needless to say, I didn’t do any sports during those years as I had no energy.
My road to recovery started 11 years ago when I came to Munich. I was still underweight but when I got pregnant I gained 30 kilos. For the first time in 20 years, I ate normally. My body was so deprived of nourishment that it gained weight very quickly. Afterwards I was facing a whole new problem: how to get rid of 30 kilos? I managed and knew one thing: I never wanted to be so skinny again! Today, I do sports to stay fit, build up my muscle, and feel good about myself. Pilates is my favourite, but I love running, swimming and yoga. I want to go back to team sports one day, but right now my days are already The full!”
Editor’s note – Look out for upcoming articles from Jana, Carolyn & Mare! They will give you tips on how to exercise when you have no time or when your little time is consumed by a baby, a toddler or both. They will also review fitness studios & services to get you the scoop on what the fitness offer is in Munich. Join the LMBB Facebook subgroup, LMBB mom.fit, to learn more.
Mare Storm came to Munich from Amsterdam, in 2005, to be with the love of her life. She wishes LMBB would have been there in the first difficult years she spent in here. Two daughters and 11 years later she’s fully integrated. Her goal now is to help others find their way in Munich! Being fit and healthy is at the core of her lifestyle and she’s happy to show you around Munich’s fitness jungle.
Photo credit: Marelis Barrios is the proud founder and owner of Marelis Photography. In her work she focuses on maternity and family photography.