Welcome to our monthly Sweetheart feature, this month we are featuring the lovely Jennie Aartsen from Whiterock BC, a Healthcare consultant and mother of two.
After your second baby you committed yourself to getting back in shape. Fill us in on your secrets to stay motivated?
I stay motivated because my girls keep me on my toes. They are none stop fun and they give me the motivation to keep myself fit to keep up with them. Motivation also comes from my girlfriends. If we have set high goals
together, then we help each other reach them with positivity and determination!! We are pushing each other to do a few different sporting events now.
You're a single mom with two beautiful little girls who keep you very busy, how do you find the time to workout?
I make the time. Some of my friends know that when they come over to visit, they are also signing up for a 20 babysitting session so I can go out for a quick run. The support I get from my friends and family is huge. Also, buying a running stroller has given me the freedom to run at our leisure. The gym has wonderful drop in play times for the kids while I go for a quick work out. Being very busy with the girls, work, the home, school, working out and being with my friends makes me happy to juggle my time. I appreciate every moment.
How do you think exercise will affect your children later in life?
My girls are involved in my active lifestyle all the time. When we take the double stroller out, I take my 2 year old out and she runs the last quarter with me. she loves to run. I feel involving my kids in an active lifestyle will keep them full of confidence, positivity, and fun; then they can grow up to set goals and accomplishments for themselves.
Running seems to be your top exercise of choice, what is it about running that keeps you going?
Running for me has been a great way to put my headphones on and just go. It has a certain freedom to it. It also fills me with a feeling of accomplishment as I push towards my athletic goals. I have also found a peace with hot yoga as well. The push of the heat and postures is like visiting another planet.
Would you prefer a run on the beach or a run through the woods?
I find myself running everywhere. I have actually compared myself to Forrest Gump.
Some people run to music, others like to hear their feet hit the pavement. Do you do anything specific during your runs?
Music drives me. I love music and I have discovered that there is now a new category in my life of good music. Good Running music. Motivating, Happy, Passionate.
If you do listen to music and could only play one song on repeat, what would you choose?
Paradise by Cold Play
What is your position on vitamins, do you take them yourself?
Because a lot of my job as a Healthcare consultant involves vitamins, I have always incorporated them into my routine. They are important but keeping a balanced diet is the most important of all. Not only with the much better health benefits nutritionally, but food keeps you happy because it tastes so good!!
Everyone needs a treat once in a while, what is your favourite thing to indulge in?
I love pedicures and facials!!! nothing beats them.
You live in beautiful British Columbia surrounded by beaches and mountains. On an ideal day, which would you choose, surf or ski?
I love the ocean. I would surf any day. It's so nice that we get the choice living in such a beautiful province. Every day we should be thankful for how lucky we are.
If you had one piece of advice to give your daughters, what would it be?
To always be proud of who you are. Never let anything make you feel you arent good enough, or smart enough, or pretty enough. They are precious and beautiful just the way they are and to never ever forget it. that they have all the power of th the world inside of them and they can do anything they want with that.
What do you consider as lamesauce?
Lamesauce is a when someone doesn't want to do something that's awesome.
Why do you think Silver Icing is so insanely awesome?
Silver Icing is a very high quality clothing line. As active as I am, it keeps its form and looks fabulous all day long. Another wonderful thing about it is I can wear it to the grocery store and look fabulous, to the gym and look fabulous or snuggled up with my girls on the couch and look fabulous.