When I started this blog, the tagline had the phrase “self-improvement junkie”. This space has taken different turns since then but I’m still on the constant quest of trying to better myself. It’s a life long journey and I have a lot of fine tuning ahead of me. Yet, if I thought the task of bettering myself was daunting before, being a mother has increased that need ten fold. All of a sudden, I have these little eyes on me and I want to be the absolute best version of myself! So when I was contacted to review Lisa Druxman’s new book “The Empowered Mama – How to Reclaim Your Time and Yourself While Raising a Happy, Healthy Family“, attend a Stroller Strides event, and meet Lisa, all I could say was yaaassss!
I was given a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are honest and mine alone 🙂
The Empowered Mama Book Review, Giveaway and Interview with Lisa Druxman
To fully appreciate this book, I think it’s important to know a bit about the source behind it. I met Lisa Druxman (see interview below!), and she is as sweet and authentic as she is inspiring. Her class got me thoroughly
sweating glowing and her book has me excited and motivated. Major heart eyes emoji from this mama!
Lisa has a Master’s degree in psychology from San Diego State University, with an emphasis in exercise adherence and weight control. She is married with two children, and is the founder of FIT4MOM, a company which is the umbrella for Stroller Strides, Fit4Baby, and BodyBack Fitness programs. She used her fitness background and passions to not only create a business opportunity but to help women everywhere. Major #GirlBoss.
I had heard about Stroller Strides Fitness Classes well before I had Olivia. For some reason, I was putting off trying it out. Then, in one week I heard from 3 or more sources how I needed to try it. In the same week, I was contacted about this book and invited to a special benefit Stroller Strides class in my area that Lisa would be in town for. It felt like a sign!
The class itself was great. It was actually my first real workout since having my daughter and I was a little apprehensive. Although intense, the way the workouts are designed is really to take it to the level you are comfortable with. It was perfect for me and involving Olivia also took away any mom guilt for leaving her. I also like the idea of setting an example for her that fitness is a lifestyle. I’m going to have to get used to singing nursery rhymes as I work out though :).
Another thing that struck me was how friendly everyone was. Especially all the instructors from around my area. I have to admit that making mom friends is something I have NOT been excited about but this class made me dread it a little less :). I’ve even been dropping in my local stroller strides group when I’m not working and so far I’ve loved it. It really is a little village!
Check out this video about the Fit4Mom classes and be inspired!
After this workout and meeting Lisa, I couldn’t wait to dive into her newest Book “The Empowered Mama How to Reclaim Your Time and Yourself While Raising a Happy, Healthy Family.” YOU GUYS! It’s so good! Honestly, I can’t say enough positive things about it. Below I’ll bullet point some of the highlights and things I love the most.
- Thought provoking teaching points that stick with you. From the beginning of the introduction, I was hooked. “Do you want your kids to eat like you do? Do you want them to exercise like you do? Do you want them to stress like you do?” Umm, convicting! No, No and No! Then the rest of the book helps get you to the place where you can answer yes!
- It’s a workbook . This book actively engages you from start to finish with questions and sections to fill out and take action on. My favorite was narrowing down core values and watching how that helped my decision-making process.
- Monthly challenges. Y’all know I love a good challenge!! The Empowered Mama divides the challenges by month starting in January. Perfect for the upcoming new year. The challenges aren’t too daunting either. Like her workouts, it’s effective without being overwhelming.
- Examples. Most of her points and ideas are followed up with examples and illustrations so that I have a full picture of what she is saying.
Some of my favorite ideas to put into practice are budgeting my time and changing my thinking to align everything I do with my core values. Those really are the building blocks to leaving a legacy for our children.
Trying to live a life of balance and importance feels impossible most of the time. Especially now when sleep and free time eludes me, but I can’t think of a better time to really dive into this workbook and make positive changes than now.
I also can’t think of a better time to give this book to a loved one. Which is exactly why I’m going to be giving away a copy of The Empowered Mama right here, right now! Let’s start this year off the right way together : ).
Or buy the book here, and you’ll get bonus recipes and sample workouts.
Here’s my interview with Lisa Druxman!
Angie: To start with, I’m absolutely in love with this workbook. It speaks to me in such a vital way and is chock full of tangible applications. What was your favorite part to write?
Lisa: I would pick two parts! I think the two a ha moments for a lot of moms are the MIT’s (the most important things) and the ideal week schedule. Once we start designing our day around what’s most important, the result is more joy, more health, more happiness.
Angie: What do you find the most challenging in living this empowered life and how do you deal with it?
Lisa: It’s tough to raise a thriving family and thriving business. You feel like you are working from the moment you get up till your head hits the pillow. You need to constantly come back to who you want to be and how you want to live.
Angie: Let’s talk about core values. Since they dictate so much going forward, they are pretty important. I know I struggled a little in picking them. Are these things we want to be, things we think we are, values that resonate? Can you expound on how to choose them?
Lisa: I think it’s who we want to be. I ask myself every day how I want to show up and who I want to be. That isn’t to say that I’m putting on a mask or being fake. I just need to be really intentional to live by the values that are important to me. Being a mom today is such a reaction. We just do all the things and just plug through the day. It’s easy to forget our values and our vision for our live if we don’t re-set.
Angie: Being a new mom, I loved the section on body image and your tips for forming a positive one. Training your brain to have a more positive view of your body that can then trickle down to your kids! That’s one thing that I worry about, not being able to retrain my brain and let my critical ways show.
Lisa: Glad you liked that part. When I speak unkindly to myself, I imagine using those words to my daughter. That quickly makes me realize that those words need to be turned around. I am working on owning my age and the changes that are taking place in my body. I’m not 20 anymore and don’t need to try to look like I am.
Angie: What is your biggest advice on getting rid of a lifetime of negative self talk?
Lisa: First step is awareness. Listen to that voice and realize that those words are not serving you. Second step is a do over thought. We actually need to re-program the brain. It’s not enough to just be aware of the negative self talk. We need to practice empowering words.
Angie: What’s your favorite go to exercise when you budget an extra 10 minutes for fitness?
Lisa: If I only have ten minutes, I”ll do a power move like a squat hop or a burpee. I I have an extra ten minutes, I’ll treat myself to a yoga sequence. This both relaxes my mind and body.
Angie: You seem like you might be a podcast person. Do you have any favorites?
Lisa: Too many to count. I listen to what I want to learn. Parenting, business, social media, etc. My current favorites are How I Built This. Tim Ferris, Tony Robbins and The School Of Greatness.
Good luck on the giveaway and give me a shout out on here or my social channels if you do decide to work through this book. I’d love to be able to encourage one another through this process. I can’t wait to start the new year the right way and Lisa Druxman’s The Empowered Mama is the perfect catalyst for an amazing 2018 and beyond.