mommy of the week: saheera b.

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Chances are you might well have Saheera in one of your classes... because she trains at BB 4 times per week! From no exercise at 20 weeks pregnant to training like a fiend, it's no wonder Saheera looks so great at just 3 months postpartum. High fives, Saheera! We're so amazed by your progress.  

What brought you to BB? How long did you train?

I heard about BB from a friend who went for postnatal classes and loved it. I got pregnant the week after a trip to Belgium and Germany so I didn’t get a chance to lose the sausage, waffle and beer weight I had gained. After not being impressed with prenatal yoga at a yoga studio, I tried the BB prenatal class on a Saturday and wasn’t able to walk properly until Thursday...surprisingly enough, I loved that feeling! I also love meeting other pregnant women in my area and going through this wonderful experience with them. I love meeting my prenatal friends’ babies and other new moms. What a great support group! After pregnancy I couldn’t wait for my 6 week clearance to start again. I am now doing 4 classes a week! At this point I have done 6 months prenatal and 3 months postnatal.

What results have you experienced?

The result which I appreciate most is the confidence I have working out. BB is a very comfortable atmosphere with women who are mainly in the same boat as you are or inspire you to be better. The trainers are amazing; they are extremely approachable, well researched and are mothers as well. I believe being surrounded by such strong women really helps motivate me. If they can do it, why can’t I?

I led an extremely unhealthy lifestyle prior to pregnancy and I didn’t like the gym because I was intimidated and also had no idea what I was doing. Since I trained with BB in pregnancy, I was walking 3-5km every day two weeks after my c-section and lost my pregnancy weight quickly.  Now I am just working on being the person I’ve always wanted to be -- healthy, happy and strong!

How do you stay active outside of BB?

I love walking with my family and feel so blessed to live near High Park and the Humber River! I figure a year from now I will be sitting in my office and looking outside and would hate myself if I spent this year predominantly on my couch.

What is your #1 fitness goal now?

I want to be able to love running. I used to train for 5-10K races and hated the pressure of it; I ended up really hurting my ankle trying to go faster than my normal turtle pace. I want to run for myself, not a time or distance.

Fave healthy food?

So when I said that I needed to work on being healthy I really meant it. I grew up in an extremely healthy house so after moving away for school I think the freedom to eat junk food was a little too much for me. Wow, what a rebel! I love love love fruit because it tastes like candy!

Fave BB exercise?

The one where a partner holds you back with a resistance band while you try to run is so much fun. I also kind of like the plank.

Exercise you want to punch in the face?

Jumping jacks! I swear I used to like them as a kid. Why are they so hard now?!

Last splurge food or drink?

My husband and I have a serious freezie addiction. Every night we have one…or two with other candies. Dara, please keep posting what you ate and make me feel guilty about this!

You in 5 words. Go!

Caring. Impatient. Compassionate. Sensitive. Geeky.


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