I first started classes with Sam after having my daughter, who is now nearly 5. With this pregnancy I wasn't able to attend any of the prenatal sessions, but was keen to start postnatal fitness after having my son and instantly knew Sam would be the best classes to attend. Her knowledge is vast and she has such a passion to help woman with their fitness.
I've been described by my nearest and dearest as a fairly balanced person and I guess that this is true. However, last year I did develop a rather unhealthy relationship with food and exercise. As someone who has always exercised and always been conscious of nutrition, I never took it to extremes, fitting in exercise where I could and generally eating foods that I liked and were in the main healthy. I've got parents who are laid back about food and there were never any restrictions or bad relationships around food. It was just something that you ate to fuel your day, with probably room
I've had several conversations this week with women who, in one way or another, feel they are failing. Feel that they are failing when it comes to numbers. Numbers being weight, body fat, age......and so on. It got me thinking about the huge pressure that we put on ourselves every single day and why numbers, when related to health, can put even more pressure on us. When do these numbers ever take into account what is actually going on in our lives? Isn't it just another way to feel guilty or to keep us chained to another version of weight? Just how many years have women been trying to
Ok ladies, this is a big one and something that comes up time and time again in conversations with clients and friends. One of the biggest causes of us failing to stay on track with our nutrition is a lack of organisation. It's a huge misconception, largely fed by social media I might add, that you can be healthier without committing a little more time and thought to the process. No. In order to get ourselves on track and more importantly, stay on track, we have to plan our time. This blog should give you some tips that you can apply to your lives to help.
Today I ate chips on the harbour with Gabe and then we had an ice cream for pudding !! Not the healthiest meal but one that I enjoyed because this afternoon wasn't about the food. It was about spending time with my youngest boy on a sunny afternoon. These simple pleasures are just that. Simple and pleasurable. Tomorrow I'll start my day with a green smoothie as my body feels already that it has missed its nutrients today. But it's ok. It really is. One day is ok.
So it's here. My fourth decade. The big birthday has been and gone and the (many) celebrations are distant memories. I recently read that 41 is the age that most people stop trying to slow down the inevitable middle aged spread and just accept it. Really? Is this what being 40 means to you? Not me! I am determined to get fitter and more healthy than ever before. I've started CrossFit, my diet is good, I hardly drink and train/teach sessions most days. Most of all, I am happy in myself and am able to be really active with my two young boys.
I've been thinking a lot lately about the new Hot Mama programme that will launch in September and whether or not to do body fat, weight, measurements or in fact, any of those. I know that many people like to rely on a number to keep their motivation, but if weight loss is now not something to be worrying about, then why should we look to any number at all? Whether it be dress size, body fat percentage, waist size, pounds lost or gained; it's really pretty uninspiring to be completely focused on a number alone. We seem to switch from one number goal to another and it's BORING.
This needs to be said. I am currently feeling a bit overwhelmed and the majority of mums I see are too. Overwhelmed with everything that comes with working and having children and trying to DO IT ALL! Do you feel like this? I know I'm not alone in feeling that I am constantly on catch up and not doing things 100% to my best ability. I do wonder what we, as mothers, are doing to our mental health when we try to do everything all of the time. You feel guilty if you are working and not with your children yet guilty for not working when you're with them! I wish I could just LET IT GO!