Mama Sana Life Spotlight: Georgia Tindall
Stroll into Balance Fitness Studio in the afternoon, on any given day, and you'll be greeted by a big welcoming smile on a mermaid-haired woman named Georgia (she has the BEST hair!). A native of Clarksdale, Mississippi, Georgia co-owns the quaint studio located in downtown Cleveland, Ms, which offers reformer pilates, as well as, classes like Zumba, Piloxing, PiYo, and array of others group fitness classes. A certified reformer Pilates instructor, along with numerous other fitness trainings and certifications, Georgia instructs many of the classes offered, and is a favorite amongst clients. You can expect her classes to be challenging, energetic, and motivating. That "though she be but little, she is fierce" quote totally applies to her; she's a powerhouse! Georgia recently came back from maternity leave after having her first child, sweet darling Lilou, 8.5 months ago and it's a wonder watching her juggle new 'mamahood'. From breastfeeding to fitness instructor, I implore how she does it!
What does a day in your life look like?
The start of my day all depends on what time little LiLou decides to rise and shine. She usually wakes anywhere between 5 and 6am to eat, but we go right back to bed until anywhere between 7 and 8:30 am. I LOVE my morning sleep and I am trying to train LiLou to like it as well! I like to stay up late and sleep late! After breakfast LiLou and I play & watch the Today show in our PJs. I am also on my phone at this time checking the daily schedule at Balance, doing social media for the studio and checking in with Lauren, my partner. Pretty soon its time for her nap and I finally get myself ready for the day between 9 & 10 am, while having my second cup of Joe. Once she is up, I feed her again and we may go for a walk,/stroll, out to lunch, run a few errands, etc. and you guessed it its time for yet another nap! This is when I normally make my workouts for my afternoon classes, check in with Lauren again and do things around the house. She is up again and its time for me to feed her. Soon after I am off to the studio to teach B-FIT, SWEAT, Pilates, or Tabata. Then, I am back home and back into wifey and mommy mode. We hang out as a little family most nights and I may enjoy a nice glass of Pinot Noir (after nursing of course!). Our nightly routine consists of eating, bathing, nursing, winding down & finishing with our prayers. We usually get LiLou to bed by 9:30 pm. This is when Wesley, my husband, and I chat about our day, watch movies, and hang out, just the two of us. I usually go to bed anywhere between 11:30-12pm.
Why do you choose to lead a mama sana (healthy) life?
In 2011, I was in a near fatal car accident that really opened my eyes to how quickly life can be taken from you. It was a life-changing moment that really pushed me to be the strongest, healthiest version of myself. A lifestyle centered upon exercise and wellness is the way I choose to live my life because it makes me the best version of me. When I am being the best version of myself, I can be the best that I can be for my friends and family. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share my healthy lifestyle with others as my job and, in turn, it helps me continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
How does your family benefit from your mama sana life?
If I did not lead a mama sana life my family would probably not like me! And I can assure you that I probably wouldn’t like me either! I think the way I choose to live my life has rubbed off on my husband over the last few years, making him more health conscious and aware of healthy food choices and exercise habits. Seeing the changes he has made makes me feel good about leading by example in the way I choose to live my life. This type of lifestyle was shown to me by both of my parents. They both were physically active for as long as I can remember and were very aware of what they were putting into their body. I hope LiLou seeing me live this way at such a young age will be an example to her on how to live a mama sana life. I benefited from my family's healthy lifestyle, so now I hope mine can benefit from me!
What is your morning ritual?
Wesley, my husband, normally wakes up with our daughter as I lay in bed slowly opening my eyes and waking up. He brings her to me and my day begins with her smile, nursing, & baby food depending on her last feed. While feeding her breakfast I make myself a BIG cup of half-caff coffee and I usually try and eat breakfast with her. I almost always eat the exact same breakfast during the week. I love a piece of cinnamon raisin wheat bread toasted, a spoonful of peanut butter, topped with banana slices and most days unless I am in a hurry I have a bowl of organic maple and brown sugar oatmeal.
What is your favorite way of getting your sweat on?
Its hard to pick my favorite way to get my sweat on because I like them ALL! From running to yoga to playing tennis. I try to get at least 30 minutes of physical exercise every day. My body doesn’t function well not being active. Being a nursing mom, my day pretty much revolves around LiLou, but it also revolves around some sort of physical activity. Right now I’m really loving the HIIT SWEAT classes that we are offering at Balance. I like the intensity of pushing my body to go that extra step and the feeling of accomplishment when it’s over and my body is covered in sweat! No matter what, I strive to get 10,000 steps daily. Some days I easily reach this goal and some days its more of a struggle to get there and you may find me walking in place in my house to achieve it!
What is your favorite clean recipe?
My favorite Clean Recipe off the top of my head has got to be Chicken Chili (maybe not the best meal during the summer, but its my favorite!)
1 LG can of crushed tomatoes- you could always be extra clean and crush a fresh one ;)
1 SM can of diced tomatoes (with a flavor that you prefer or use a fresh one here)
1 SM can of Chicken broth
1 Rotisserie style chicken (I use Simple Truth from Kroger)- pulled and shredded
1 Yellow or Orange Bell Pepper
1 White onion
1 SM bag of frozen whole kernel corn
Dump all ingredients in a large pot, along with the empty LG crushed tomato can filled with water, add seasoning to taste and let it simmer for hours (your house will smell delicious!)
You can always top with cheese, sour cream, or greek yogurt!
What is your number 1 tip you’d like to share with mamas aspiring to lead a healthier, happier life?
Just start somewhere! Whether it be trying to take a walk a few times a week to watching your calorie intake. Just start! Don’t go for a “quick fix.” It’s a lifestyle and there is no ending date. Try and make it a habit. And if you screw up a day or two, or a week or two, so what! Start again! Never give up on trying to achieve a mama sana life, even if you have to start over multiple times a day! Your mind, body, & spirit will thank you!