Mama Sana Life Spotlight: Cynthia White
I first met Miss Cynthia at a fitness certification and was immediately drawn to her. This beautiful woman with magical looking eyes' determination and strength is so captivating. As a teacher and coach at a high school, everyday she mentors and acts as a role model to many impressionable teen girls, and what a great woman do they have to look up to! In her spare time, this mama is busy attending her 17 year old daughter's activities; tennis, basketball, volleyball, track and swimming (so active, just like her mama!). So, just HOW does she manage to live a Mama Sana Life?
What does a day in your life look like?
Some days I get up at 5:00 a.m. for a 3-mile run. Then I come home to relax a bit before my 6:30 a.m. CrossFit class, followed by a 15 minute ab session, in which I do about three days out of the week. Other days, I may just sleep in...well until 6:00 a.m., go to CrossFit at 6:30 a.m., and then I get my 3 mile run in. Then, I'm off to school where I am a special education teacher, track coach and an assistant athletic coach. After work, I tend to my motherly duties: attending my daughter's after school activities, making sure she has a nutritious meal, and helping her study for upcoming assignments. I somehow manage to get 3 workouts in 2 days out of the week. I go to the gym and workout with a friend, or I create my own HIIT workout.
Why do you choose to lead a Mama Sana (healthy) lifestyle?
I just felt so sluggish and drained before I started eating healthy and working out. Living a healthy lifestyle makes me feel like I can conquer the world; I feel like Wonder Woman! I used to have issues with high cholesterol and indigestion when I wasn't so conscious about my health and now I no longer have those issues.
How does your family benefit from your Mama Sana Life?
My daughter has become more health conscious. She's not 100% there, but she has made a few changes. My son calls me up and asks about different workouts I think he needs to try. They see me living a healthy life and it's benefits, which increases the likelihood of them trying it, too. My parents and siblings also call on me for health advice and that makes me feel really good. I love being a positive role model for my family.
What is your morning ritual?
I wake up and workout! I see much faster progress when I do fasted cardio. Then, I drink a protein shake with spinach and fruit, or I may opt for egg whites with veggies, oatmeal and spinach. I turn on the tv (mostly for background noise), while I surf the net for health related articles.
What is your favorite way of getting your sweat on?
I LOVE interval training. I'm an adrenaline junkie!
What is your favorite clean recipe?
A bed of spinach, topped with grilled chicken, strawberries, and pineapples. I don't have to use dressing thanks to pineapple juice, but when I do, I use a light vinegerette.
What is your number 1 tip you'd like to share with mamas aspiring to lead a healthier, happier life?
Try and think of working out and eating right as a priority; a necessity. Something that you HAVE to do. I think of it just the same as I think about my job. I'm not rich; therefore, I must work to make a living. Most set an alarm, so they won't oversleep for work, because there are consequences for missing work. Just like we go to work when we don't feel like it, we must do the same when it comes to working out. Set that same alarm to go to work on yourself!