Teamwork is Key

Struggling to find balance between work, family and your health? The key to success is teamwork.

February 10, 2013
Teamwork is Key

I am a new mother to 10-month-old twins, and also work full-time running several businesses with my husband. Since having my babies, I have been asked on several occasions, "How do you have time for everything?" Before I became pregnant I was a bikini competitor and full-time fitness model. I traveled almost every month for work and I competed about six times per year. I am a very driven hard-working woman that always strives for more.

At 26 years old, I felt I was at the peak of my career; I was in the best shape of my life, had just won the Arnold Classic Amateur, had secured several modeling contracts and I was loving life. Then, all of a sudden came the boom—I found out I was pregnant! I was so excited about being a new mom, while at the same time very scared that my career was over. How would I be able to accomplish everything I wanted to do? I knew I wanted to be the best mom in the world and be there for my babies, but I also felt like wasn't finished with my journey and my career. So, I sat down with my husband and we here’s what we concluded: I can do both. We mapped out a game plan and here we are today.

The key to success when you’re trying to juggle a million things at once and still take care of your family is teamwork. Currently, I run a competition prep team called Team Edge, which I co-founded with my husband Joe DiScuillo. Joe has been a trainer for 15 years, and he was my trainer for all of my bikini competitions. We decided to start our own prep team, and just a year later we now help over 80 girls accomplish their goals and dreams.

I also have my own clothing line. I make custom competition bikinis out of my home, as well as sports wear. The line of sports wear includes sports bras, shorts, pants and crops. (The store will be up and running next week, you can check out the line here.) And I still continue to go to the gym 5-6 days per week, model and keep up with being a fitness personality.

So, how do I do it all? Well, I plan, plan, and plan. Trust me, I am no super woman, and anyone can do it. It’s all about setting yourself up for success by mapping out a plan and sticking to it the best you can. I know being a parent there are sometimes curve balls thrown your way, but you do the best you can with what you have. As busy as I am, I still prep all of my meals for the week ahead on Sunday nights. This helps to keep me on track with my nutrition. When my workweek begins, I set my schedule so that I do most of my work early in the morning, when my babies are napping or late at night when they’re in bed. Some nights I go to bed at 3:00 AM only to get up again at 6:00 AM to feed my babies.

The point is, where there is a will, there is a way. And it’s also important to have a good support team. I’m luck that my husband provides me with solid support, and we work very well together in both business and in raising our boys. We travel quite a bit for work and our boys come with us almost everywhere we go. Before my babies were born, one of my clients said, "Your kids fit into your life, you don't fit into theirs." This is something that stuck with me and helped me a lot, and it’s allowed me to continue to do what I do.

With all that said however, I am by no means saying this is an easy task. But if you want something bad enough, you will work for it. I work my tail off everyday raising my boys and trying to juggle my career. The best piece of advice I can offer is, make sure you don't forget about you and your spouse too. They are your biggest support and it’s important that you take time to enjoy each other. Take a night off from worrying about work, get a sitter and have a date night. I promise this will rejuvenate you and give you that energy you need to go back and push even harder. Being a mommy is by far the most challenging career a woman can have, but it is so worth every sleepless night and stressful moment.

Here are some helpful tips on how to fit everything in your schedule:

  • Map out a daily game plan. If you have a plan you will be more likely to succeed.
  • Try your best to stick to a consistent routine.
  • Call on your support system, whether that be your husband, a family member or a friend.
  • Learn how to better manage your time.
  • Get workouts in where you can. If you can’t make it to the gym, go running with your baby, or workout at home when they nap etc.
  • Choose one day out of your week to prepare food for the week ahead. This will cut down on the amount of time you would be cooking daily.
  • Last but not least, make sure to make time for your spouse!

I know this is all sounds easier said than done, and being a working mom can takes its toll on you, but it can be done and it is so gratifying. Just make sure you do sit back every now and then and enjoy the process.

Ingrid Romero

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