How Ciara Finds "Me" Time In the Midst of Chaos
For Ciara, daily life is pretty hectic: On top of being a mom to two young kids, the singer travels constantly for her own performances-and to cheer on her hubby, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. The mega-busy celeb says the key to keeping calm amid the chaos is scheduling in mandatory time for herself.
We caught up with the star, who's also a Pandora ambassador, about how she's learned to always prioritize her well-being.
When it comes to her hectic schedule, the line between career and family time is usually a bit blurred and "it's a balancing act for sure," she says. "You can try to plan all you want, but your kids are going to tell you to throw it out the window because there's no planning with kids."
Luckily, her adorable kids love to watch both of their parents at work-whether its baby Sienna dancing with her mom during rehearsals or little Future cheering for Wilson at a Seahawks game.
So how does she ever find her alone time among all her other duties as mom, singer, and wife? "When I'm at the gym-that's time for myself," she says. "I keep myself motivated by just wanting to be great. I want to take care of myself after having babies. I'm self-motivated and more empowered than ever in my life because of the balancing act of it all."
As Ciara previously shared in her Shape cover interview, she's "extremely focused" when she has a goal: After her first pregnancy, she lost an impressive 60 pounds in four months with cardio sessions on the treadmill and hour-long training sessions incorporating boxing with celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson. (Related: Fit Moms Share the Relatable and Realistic Ways They Make Time for Workouts)
"What's amazing is that you're getting three-in-one training: It's hitting your muscles; it's a cardiovascular workout; and it's a mental exercise. You have to be super-focused when you're boxing. After I've done a few rounds, I feel as if I can conquer the world," she told us.
After her second pregnancy, she lost 50 pounds in five months by squeezing in workouts between spending time with her kids and hubby-and amped up her core workouts to help with the postpartum condition, diastasis recti. Of course, it helps that her husband is also super-fit and that they use their workouts as a time to come together, she says. "We just have fun exercising and running together."
Now that's what we call a do-it-all woman.