This page has been the most difficult for me to write out of anything on my website. Why? Because who I am and what Mama Lion Strong is about isn’t simple. It’s thirty years of experiences that can’t be neatly categorized into a few menu items on a website.
First I’ll let you in on a secret… My name is Jennifer Campbell. But I get quite the thrill when meeting someone for the first time and they ask, “are you Mama Lion Strong?” :)
I am a certified personal trainer and pre/postnatal exercise specialist. I love coaching women in person but also work with women all over the world through my Member’s website, Healthy Habits Happy Moms. I’m passionate about helping women live healthy, strong and pain-free lives. I also want them to reach their health and fitness goals without losing their minds or compromising their long term health. For Moms, this takes something special.
In March 2013 I started blogging about my third pregnancy. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to say but I felt compelled to reach out to the world and share my experiences. My first thought was that I wanted to teach women more about core and pelvic floor health and how to train safely through pregnancy and postpartum. My body had felt broken after my second son was born and I didn’t even know where to start putting it back together. The thing is, the answers are there, women just don’t know where to look for them. That’s why I’m here. :)
It wasn’t long before my blog post topics started branching out of fitness. I wondered how people would receive it. Could I offer something more unique than “just” a fitness blog?
I thought I could. But I knew I would have to get very honest.
I’m very much your “average woman” and I know my thoughts and feelings are shared my millions. What makes me happy and what makes me sad are the same as any woman. Perhaps my gift to the world is getting those thoughts down on the ‘net. If I can help another woman avoid or resolve heartaches I’ve experienced then the world is all the better for it.
Here is what I think my blog is mainly about, but of course it gets off-topic on occasion. ;)
Health & Fitness
I’m passionate about health and fitness, emphasis on HEALTH. There is healthy fitness and there is unhealthy fitness. In my opinion, pursuing fitness for health means you’re training your body to get stronger to help you do the tasks you perform every day even better! Strength training can increase bone density, protect your joints from injury, reduce your risk or help control many types of diseaseses, improve your mobility, balance and coordination, improve your mood… The list goes on.
Now you may be wondering what unhealthy fitness is? For me, unhealthy fitness was training to look a certain way, or like a certain person, or to be a certain weight. It was training in an industry, within the walls of a gym, that made it’s money by telling people they weren’t good enough. Go harder. Go Faster. Go Longer. Get leaner! Unhealthy fitness is used as punishment. It hurts, but you deserve it – because of that cookie you ate yesterday, that Sunday you spent laying on the couch, or because all of the women you see in magazines are fitter and thinner than you are. Unhealthy fitness is a state of mind rather than what you’re actually doing. I don’t do unhealthy fitness anymore. And I don’t want you to either.
Although I like talking about building strength in the physical sense, I often find myself blogging about strength in the emotional sense. The last few years I’ve learned just how strong I am. My biggest fear from a young age was disappointing people I cared about or not being liked. This has gotten me into situations where I came out feeling like a beat down little girl. Something happened to me after I became a mother. I had an “awakening” you could say, as I realized that I was letting the outside world define who I was; the things I said, the decisions I made, the company I kept… And the mother I was becoming. I wanted to raise strong, independent, and confident children. To do so I needed to become a strong, independent, confident woman. It started slowly but as I found my voice I became more determined to live a life based on my values. Embracing my true self has given me a confidence and freedom I’ve never had before. It doesn’t matter to me now if I’m liked or not. I like me.
As if a woman with three children isn’t going to blog about motherhood! Motherhood turned my world upside down. Raising three boys is the most challenging task I have ever faced and this is where I will share that journey. The ups and the downs, the smiles and the tears.
During some of my darkest moments as a new Mom I used to find myself singing one of my fabourite songs, “Mama Lion Song.” It’s by the Canadian artist Little Miss Higgins. One day it occurred to me that this song had become a lullaby for myself, and was a lifeline to me in the moments I didn’t think I could go on.
Hush now Mama, don’t you cry. Everything is going to be alright. You’re as strong as a Mama Lion.
This is hands-down, the most important job on the planet yet the modern woman has more pressure and less support than any generation before us. For many of us “The Village” that was to raise our children has broken up and scattered. My idealistic view of what family life would be like was shattered soon after my first son came along. I have experienced so much isolation and loneliness. What was really missing from my life was sisterhood and having a tribe. Now one of my passions is bringing women together. :)
If you want to get to know me even better, have a browse through my blog, especially my Mama Lion Life entries. And of course we’re always chatting on my Facebook and Instagram page.
Thanks for stopping in.