Living Well – Raise a family and keep your daily workouts

Wayne Little's monthly column on fitness and motivation.

Tracy Kubik in standard workout gear.

A working mother of four children has a very hectic schedule to simply manage a family, never mind getting a proper workout done each day. Here is my interview with a local woman who manages to get both done quite well.

Tracy was very fit growing up, cycling everywhere around Toronto as she didn’t get her drivers license until she was 21. She also enjoyed doing the 20min workout video every morning.

When she moved to BC, her family moved into the “boonies”. After complications with a pregnancy, she became depressed with the isolation, and started gaining weight.

Now weighing the heaviest in her life, she had to do something. So she joined a walking club in Ashcroft. Although the walking every day was good for releasing some stress, and great way to meet new people, it took a friend’s words of encouragement that told her that she’s not a walker, she’s a runner.

So she started running, up and down the gravel roads and trails by her house, and up and down the slough road, she puts the miles in with a child or two in her stroller. This is when the pounds really started coming off.

In a short while she lost 40 pounds. With little money for new running gear, she found good deals at thrift stores. Always carrying her bear spray for protection, she finds a spiritual peace with nature while out running around her home – never mind the enormous stress release.

She has an agreement with her family that she needs her one hour per day of “mommy time” to get her workout in.

Super mom Tracy still enjoys cycling, her daily 20min workout video from CityTV, skiing and hiking with her family

Having a couple marathons notched into her race belt as well as a few half marathons, the running bug is definitely what keeps Tracy healthy and active.

Tracy’s future plans are to do a 50km ultramarathon in Vernon this summer, and the Lululemon Seawheeze half marathon.

When I come up with crazy ideas like “let’s ride our bicycles to Clinton, run a 10km race, then ride home,” Tracy is the only one who joins in.

If you need inspiration or motivation, Tracy Kubik is a good friend to have.

Wayne Little

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