Amanda Beard’s Blog: The Ups and Downs
My Family – Courtesy Amanda Beard
Thanks for welcoming our newest celebrity blogger, Amanda Beard!
The seven-time Olympic medalist first appeared on the sports scene at the 1996 Atlanta Games, winning her first gold in the medley relay and two silvers for the 100 and 200-meter breaststrokes — all at the age of 14.
Since then, the competitive swimmer scored a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and her first individual gold medal along with two silvers at the 2004 Athens games.
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Call me dramatic, but when you move a family 1,500 miles north, three extra days in a month make a huge difference. February has absolutely flown by!
It feels like it was just last weekend that I was driving to Seattle, diving into a new team and training regimen, and exploring a new state with my family. Time flies when you’re having fun — or being pulled in a hundred directions — right?
Blaise and friends – Courtesy Amanda Beard
Between getting our kids into new routines to help them settle in, and making time for ourselves and our family, February has, without a doubt, been a month of highs and lows, sleep deprivation and a lot of half-eaten meals for mom.
When life gets crazy, I sometimes find myself making mountains out of molehills — getting so caught up in the minutiae of life that I forget how small some problems really are.
Remember when I said that I was going to learn something new every day? Today, I’m going to re-learn one of the most important lessons in life: to focus on the amazing little things that bring me joy every day so that I stop turning molehills into mountains. A good attitude goes a long way, and there are plenty of real mountains in life; there’s no reason to create more!
Life gets crazy! – Courtesy Amanda Beard
To hold myself publicly accountable, I’d like to share a positive upswing for some parenting-induced molehills I’ve encountered this month:
Moving is stressful with kids, and Washington is rainy.
Upside: We are beyond happy with our move. Sacha and I both grew up close to the beach in California, and it’s just wonderful to be on the water again.
Blaise loves exploring a new place. We’ve done a ton of hiking, exploring the beach and all of its creatures, and relaxing at our family’s lake house. We’re not letting the colder weather keep us indoors — especially when we get a little snow and get to go sledding in my mom’s yard!
My daughter and my mom – Courtesy Amanda Beard
I miss staring at blue skies while I train indoors.
Upside: The weather never keeps me from working out anymore; no excuses! Ultimately, I love the change and the new environment. Mixing it up keeps training fresh and fun! Plus, when it comes to training, it’s really hard not to over analyze everything I do in the pool.
At some point I need to just allow myself to have fun and enjoy being active and healthy. I’m working on getting in shape enough to swim in a meet. Hopefully soon!
Being a mom-of-two means two sets of activities and twice the amount of things to do.
Upside: With both Blaise and Doone in swimming, and Blaise having school, other activities, and a social calendar, I have to juggle and balance more than ever and I’m learning a lot. But what can I say? I’m not getting rid of either of these cuties!
Kisses – Courtesy Amanda Beard
I have not achieved my weight loss goal yet.
Upside: Being healthy isn’t about a number on a scale; it’s how you feel, if you’re smiling, and how you’re fostering relationships with the amazing people in your life.
You would think that being a professional swimmer I would put losing weight on the top of my list. Obviously, I would love to say the weight just flew off of me, but the reality is that my family comes first and silly things like losing 10 pounds don’t seem as important at the end of the day. I’m not going to stress over what I think the “ideal body” is; it doesn’t exist. Everyone is meant to be different and that’s what makes us so beautiful!
Plus, I’ve created two amazing kiddos and if that means I carry some extra weight because of it, then oh well. I wouldn’t change anything. My priority is to set a good and healthy example for my kids and others, and eventually, if I keep working out and eating healthy, I will lose all the baby weight.
I have a lot on my plate.
Upside: I’m fortunate to not only train as an Aqua Sphere athlete, but also feel blessed that they continually source me for their projects. Whether it’s modeling the 2014 swimwear collection for their lookbook, or working in R&D on a set of tools geared to help athletes cross-train in the pool (launching next month — stay tuned!), staying engaged and interested in my work is paramount to my happiness.
How cute are these two? – Courtesy Amanda Beard
As a parent, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the details and start making mountains out of molehills.
What have you faced lately, and how did you overcome it?
— Amanda Beard