Mighty Mom: Iya Guingona Lagdameo (@iyalag)
Studio: Planaforma (@planaforma)
Kids: Anda (age 12), Martina (age 5) and Katrina (age 1)
Describe a typical day for you, starting from when you wake up:
I wake up at around 5:30 AM, have some quiet time with the hubby before the kids wake up to get ready for school. The kids start getting ready around 6 AM. By 8 AM, numbers 1 and 2 have left for their respective schools, 3 brings number 2 so there is a bit of quiet time again. While this is all happening, I check on the studio via our chats to make sure everything is in order. Backend stuff for Planaforma and my other businesses are completed in the morning, then I meet the team before noon for whatever meetings we have set for the day. If there are no meetings, I spend time with my mom, prepare the menu for dinner and do the groceries etc. in the afternoon, my time is split between cooking, taking a class and playing with the kids.
How does keeping fit keep you mighty?
Having 3 kids, I find it more difficult now to workout as often as I used to. I used to spend hours in the studio taking up to three classes a day on top of all the meetings, but now, it’s difficult to schedule. But I do make it as regularly as I’d like it to be. Keeping fit also keeps me sane in this chaotic motherhood life.
What is your secret weapon?
What is your biggest tip for moms wanting to start their fitness journey, or to stay focused on the journey they’re on?
Find someone you trust to be with your baby for those 1-2 hours you will dedicate to your fitness or “me” time. Not having to worry about how your kids are for those hours is key.
How important is keeping your kids active, and what do you do to encourage it?
Very important. Kids need to move, to play and use their bodies. My kids are enrolled in different physical activities: Ballet, swimming, gymnastics and equestrian sports in the hope that they will find what they love in one of those. My eldest comes to take classes with me at Planaforma when her schedule permits. The kids also regularly play in the park to expel their energy.
Who is your Mighty Mom idol?
I do not have one Mighty Mom idol because I have the highest respect for all mothers and women (or men) who act as mothers. I say this because there are many who do not have children of their own but are mothers to many. The act of mothering and being there for those you take under your wing be it at home or in the workplace is something to respect altogether.