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Cat Myklebust  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Physicist turned Fitness Professional ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Pregnancy Fitness Specialist ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Mommy to Leo & Cici

One month from today I’ll be 35. These two pictures are almost 20 years apart. 🙈
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I still have pink hair and “Cat-Eyes” and taking selfies🤣
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Although I am grateful for all experience good and bad because I have learned from them, there are still somethings I wish my teenage self could have learned sooner. What advice would you give your teenage self? For me I would tell my teenage self to:
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1. Wear less makeup. Something I still struggle with today!
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2. Tell her that she didn’t have to be limited by many of her teachers opinions when they said she could only do “math and science” just because she was Asian.
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3. Not be such a brat to her mom because guess what, momma was right.
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4. Stop tweezing your eyebrows. Because I’m still trying to grow them back😆
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What about you? What would you have told your teenage self? #waybackwednesday #419monthsold #almost35yearsold #gemini

I see you out there mommas. I see you staying up late, waking up early and getting up for every midnight cry. I see you hustling everyday to get everything done for everyone in your family. I see you checking off items your endless to-do list. I see you kissing every bump, bruise and ouchie. I see you keeping your cool when everyone else is having a meltdown. I see you washing, folding and putting away the laundry only to have to do it all over again. I see you chauffeuring your kids around. I see you making the breakfasts, the lunches, the dinners and the snacks and snacks and snacks and snacks... I see you taking care of your sick kids even when you are just as sick. I see you picking up the toys again and again. I see you giving all the hugs to make to the scary things go away. I see you teaching your kid(s) about the world. I see you leading by example even though sometimes you just want to scream. I see you giving and giving with no thank you’s in return. I see you with no days off. I see you, mommas. I see you, and I thank you. Without moms the world would cease to spin. Today is for you even though you deserve a whole month. Happy Mother’s Day. .
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#happymothersday
#mothersday
#fourgenerations #nodaysoff

Anyone else believe in fate? A few weeks ago I stepped out of my comfort zone and taught a dance class downtown, in a mall, out in the open...for all to see. I’ve always been slightly self conscious of my dancing: I’m not a trained dancer: my background is Physics for goodness sake! 🤓
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So here I was teaching a dance class with all my own choreography and I was nervously excited. I told myself that there was a reason why I’m teaching this class today. And there was! I was approached by @brazildance805 to help lead their group of dancers in the Summer Solstice parade. In Santa Barbara the Summer Solstice parade is big: it’s an all weekend party where we all let out our crazy side and celebrate the beginning of summer.
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While watching the solstice parade last year, I kept thinking, “Why am I not leading a group of dancers in the parade?!” I love dancing, I love parades, and I love having people dance with me! So this year, I have the great honor to help lead the Brazilian Cultural Arts Center of Santa Barbara group down State Street. And I could not be more excited!
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So my friends, I invite you to come dance with me this solstice! Kids, adults, EVERYONE is welcome to join the celebration!
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#santabarbarasolsticeparade #santabarbarasummersolstice #sbsolstice #sbsummersolstice #summersolstice

Somehow I took a picture of my kids and me all smiling & looking into the camera. 😂 What it took to get this picture: I chased the kids up and down the stairs between running to and from the camera to set the timer (I forgot my remote), I am literally pulling Leo off of his sister’s neck right before the picture was taken and Cici might just be whining and not smiling. Scroll to see some of our other shots.
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All we see on social media is not what it always actually is in reality. The perfect pictures, the perfect life, the perfect perfect. It just doesn’t exist.
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When I first started using Instagram many years ago I literally gained weight. I am a fitness professional and have been blessed with my dad’s long legs and high metabolism and having a family that always made me proud of my body and my achievements. My parents taught me to eat real foods and not follow fad diets, they taught me the importance of exercise. I was always told pictures of magazines were photoshopped. But I wasn’t prepared for what was supposed to be “real life” on social media. Scrolling though picture after picture of “perfect” bodies on social media was something I didn’t realize was affecting my health. I wasn’t eating differently, I wasn’t working out differently, I was just seeing perfect, unachievable bodies and for the first time in my life I really thought my body wasn’t good enough. All because I was scrolling through what I thought was real life.
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So how did I get out of this funk? I was about to go on a big trip to Europe and I didn’t want to feel bad about all the bread, wine, cheese and delicious food I was about to eat and not working out. I gave myself permission to just enjoy life. And, honestly, I probably didn’t even look at Instagram.
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After eating and drinking and walking my way through Europe I came back fitter & happier both mentally and physically than I had been in years. I was able to see what looking at perfect bodies was doing to my head. All because I mentally let go of what I was suppose to be on social media and allowed myself to live.
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I promise to always keep it real here. No photoshop, no unattainable perfectness. Just real life 🤙🏽

Happy Easter!

Please help me wish my husband a very Happy 36th Birthday! .
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Scroll all the way to the right for a little video do Trey & the kids.
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Seriously I feel like I won the husband lottery. Who would have known that when we met over 16 years ago (at my first college party...) that he would be the best husband, father, provider, friend, chef, gardener, handy-man, travel buddy, and all around good person. He supports me in following my dreams, he challenges me to be the best human I can be, he makes me belly laugh everyday. .
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We were able to escape for a daytime date on Saturday to celebrate. We got dressed up (look, I’m not wearing workout clothes 😂) and enjoyed an afternoon of wine tasting, beach, and no screaming kids...it was perfect. Then we came back home and made a delicious family dinner. I immediately went upstairs and changed into comfy pants, returned downstairs to screaming kids and laughed with Trey that the date was over. The meaning of “let me change I to something more comfortable” has definitely changed 😂😂
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Happy Birthday, Trey! We love you!!

How to rebuild strength in your glutes without doing squats!

Optional Equipment:
- Bands
- Two kids dress as elves many months later. 😂😂 #IfItFitsStillTheyWearIt -Mat

Repeat 3x through.
#diastasissafe #postpartumfitness #postbabyworkout #pregnancyworkout #pregnancyfitness #fitpregnancy #postpartumworkout #nosquats #bootyworkout #familyworkout

I came across this picture at the beach from January. At first I thought, oh that’s a cute picture of Cici and me but I won’t share it because look at my stomach. Quickly I told that voice to shut up because it IS a cute picture and I am proud of that stomach. That skin stretched to grow two humans. And guess what? News flash: When we bend and sit things might squish. And society has been telling us that that is gross. So what do we do? Walk around like unbendable barbies? Photoshop pictures? Hide? No. Stay proud. Remember what you are capable of. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes. There is no one size fits all. And if you don’t match up with what is “beautiful” and “acceptable” then recreate the definitions. And then keep telling yourself that you are beautiful.
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My abs used to be my favorite part of my body. Now what? I hate them because I had kids? No. I still love them. And I love them and every wrinkle and every dimple and every squish that squishes even more for what they grew inside them.
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Love your body, cherish your body, keep it healthy. But don’t let anyone else define for you what is beautiful. Even that little voice in your head that might be telling you you’re not enough. Seriously, sometimes that little voice needs to shut the f-up! 🤐 Because you are amazingly beautiful. And if no one has told you that yet today, I am. Now go look in the mirror and tell yourself that, too!
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I see a sweet and sassy baby girl (who apparently had just eaten something very cheesy 😂) and her beautiful momma who is laughing and enjoying the beach with her friends. And if you are wondering, yes, I try to live as much of my life as possible in workout clothes and bathing suits 🤣
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📸: @willowstfilms .
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#momoftwo #girlmom #postpartumbody #postpartumfitness #postpartumexercise #postpartum #postbaby #mombod #rufflebutts @rufflebutts #bikinibod #summertimebody #getinshape #abworkout

Anyone else just need to dance to get rid of a bad mood? 🙋🏽‍♀️🙋🏽‍♀️🙋🏽‍♀️ That is me for sure! Every week I am just craving to teach my Thursday night Cardio Dance Class. I know that 99.9% of the time I will feel amazing afterwards. .
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So my friends, if you are in the Santa Barbara Area this Thursday, April 4th, I’m teaching a free dance class at the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Mall. I’ll break down dance moves for you that will get your heart pumping and by the end you will be dancing a full choreographed routine. There will be giveaways from @sajewellness, a @lornajaneus trunk show, samples from @pressedjuicery and lots of booty shaking and hair whipping from yours truly 😘 Bring a friend because it’s always more fun to go dancing with a friend. All dance levels and all fitness levels welcome! .
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📆When: Thursday, April 4th
🕰Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm
🏤Where: Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center: De La Guerra Place (between the movie theater and state street) @shoppaseonuevo
Hosted by: @goldsgymsocal .
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Tag a friend and SHARE this post by clicking the arrow below the video! #sharingiscaring .
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@leenieclarke #santabarbara #paseonuevo #paseonuevomall #shoppaseonuevo #goldsgymsocal #goldsgymsantabarbara #downtownsantabarbara #lornajane #lornajaneactive #lornajanesantabarbara #sajewellness #sajewellnesssantabarbara #cardiodance #danceclass #justdance #freedanceclass #anyonecandance #dancelikenooneiswatching

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