Don’t give up on yourself – small steps can have the biggest impact

 

This is information I think lots of women need to hear…… I work on a lot of mindset issues with my clients. It is as important as the physical training and if you can get your body and mind in the best possible shape you will be much happier and more likely to continue reaching your goals. In early May I launched my very first FitM.U.M 12 week online fitness challenge. It started from talking to my clients who always dread winter weight gain and feeling sluggish and unhealthy. They were actually just expecting that it was going to happen every year and all the hard work that they had put in and the results they had achieved over summer would be undone and so continued the cycle, year in and year out. I started to hear this more and more and realised how common it was. I loved the idea of starting a group/community to help keep people accountable in the lead up to winter. I put the call out to gauge interest and I was blown away with the interest and knew it was something I had to do. That was when my 12 week pre-winter accountability challenge was born. We are now just over half way through this challenge and everyone is doing great and have really encouraged each other to stay on track. The thing I have noticed the most during this challenge is that everyone goes through the same feelings. It is never easy for anyone and at different times we will all experience low motivation and ‘fall off the wagon’. If you are reading this and are currently feeling this way then it is important to know that you are certainly not alone and it does not mean the end of your journey. Perhaps you are not currently feeling this way, which is awesome, but I bet you can think of a time that you have felt this way.

No matter how good your intentions are when you set your goals and begin your health and fitness journey, there will more than likely come a time that you will start to feel a slump in motivation and the initial enthusiasm can seem to wear off and it starts to feel a bit ‘too hard’. This is the time that you need to refocus and remember the reasons why you started. How did you feel before you decided to commit to working on yourself and your health and wellness? What are your goals? What is your motivation? If you are feeling like it is becoming harder to maintain everything, you need to break down your goals again and go back to basics. I tell all of my clients that it is important to choose one main area to focus on and take small steps. Once you feel that you have that area under control, then you choose another area to focus on. You need to crawl before you can run and often things get overwhelming when you try and do too much and the slightest hiccup will get you off track.

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Instead of trying to have the cleanest diet in the world (which can become overwhelming and hard to maintain when life gets stressful and busy) you should choose one main area of your diet that you feel needs some work (eg. reducing processed carbohydrates, cutting out soft drink, decreasing added artificial sugars etc). Stick with that until you feel like you have got it under control and then add a new mini goal. Small goals which you can achieve and continue to maintain. Do not try to change your entire lifestyle in a few weeks because if it gets hard you are more likely to throw in the towel and let go off all of the progress you have already made. Take a deep breath, reassess where you are at and how far you have come and just simply start again.

There is a big difference between a set back and failure!!

➕Slip ups, distractions, busyness, eating the wrong foods, lack of motivation, particularly bad period week, not exercising for a few days, injuries…. They are all just setbacks and are overcome the minute you decide to put your head down and bum up and get going again!! They do not define your long term goal.

✖The only failure is if you decide that your health, fitness & wellbeing was not worth the effort and you quit completely!! 
 You have all come too far to let that happen! Do not give up on yourself……You are capable of more than you know ~ Believe in yourself!

Kel xx

don't fail

you got this

 

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FitM.U.M Product Review – Polar Loop Activity Tracker

I was lucky enough to be contacted a few weeks ago by the Marketing Coordinator of RunStopShop, a fantastic online fitness store (http://www.runstopshop.com.au/) to be a brand advocate for them and try a few of the awesome products that they stock.

runstopshop logo

This blog post is one of two posts to review the first two products I received. As well as ooohhing and ahhhing over the many, many fitness products, I also spent some time finding out more about the company and I love that their purpose is simple: to provide the products which enable you to get the most out of your active lifestyle, and enable you to reach your goals faster. This is something I’m all for…. as a busy mum of 2, who is not only on my own fitness journey, but who also motivates and trains many mums who are all embarking on regaining their health, fitness and active lifestyle! The timing could not have been more perfect, I was literally in the market for a fitness activity tracker and was researching different brands so when I saw the Polar Loop 24/7 Activity Tracker I knew I had to have it. It looks great, is extremely easy to set up and is very comfy to wear.

Polar Loop from RunStopShop

Polar Loop from RunStopShop

It’s features include:

  • Heart rate (when you are wearing the Polar H7)
  • Calorie expenditure
  • Total steps
  • Time of day
  • Activity Benefit gives feedback about your day, week, month
  • Waterproof

I love that it is simple to use and displays all the important information at the touch of a button but also has a smartphone app and website syncing which provides an accurate insight into your everyday activity and movement & sleep habits. I am definitely someone who is driven by having goals and targets to reach so, in the week that I have been wearing it, I have been so motivated to reach my daily fitness activity goal of 14,000 steps. Another feature I really like is that it tells you how much more activity you need to do to reach your goal (eg. jog for 30 mins or walk for 1hr 15). So far, I have achieved my goal each day.

As a mum of a 10 month old baby, who isn’t the best sleeper, I am up A LOT during the night to breastfeed her, so even though I am aware I am getting a very interrupted nights sleep, it has been good to see how much restful sleep I am getting at night. It accurately shows the times I get up and I find it quite amusing to see the tracking of me walking to her room (blue activity lines) and then sitting in the chair feeding her (grey activity lines) and then walking back to my room again and going back to sleep….. hey, at least I’m getting extra steps in my day. There are 24 usable hours in every day…. it’s no wonder I’m reaching my target.

Polar Loop App - Activity Breakdown

Polar Loop App – Activity Breakdown

So, although I have only been wearing my Polar Loop Activity Tracker for 1 week, I am hooked! I only take it off to charge it and I am much more aware of my movement and activity patterns and I am making sure I am staying active throughout the day. If you are looking for extra motivation to help you on your fitness journey and want to track your daily fitness, activity and sleep then I highly recommend using an activity tracker and, personally, I am loving my Polar Loop. I think it is on sale at the moment and you can shop this awesome product here.

Enjoy xx

Food, Food, Food…..FitM.U.M’s day on a plate & easy nutritional changes

Quote - Julia Child Source - Pinterest

Quote – Julia Child
Source – Pinterest

I love food! There is not much I don’t eat and I have never been fussy. I have found that since getting back into full swing with my fitness journey and wanting to be healthier, I have really had to watch my portion sizes. I am naturally quite a big eater and I am definitely a big snacker, I always have been!

I get a few questions about what I eat in a typical day so I thought I would elaborate and go through what my day often looks like foodwise. Firstly, it is important to know that I do a allow myself cheat meals every now and then and we do enjoy socialising etc (although I haven’t drank a drop of alcohol in over 15 months). If i feel like eating something I will (in moderation) as I believe that total elimination of foods you enjoy can lead to binge eating or emotional eating. However, I love healthy, fresh food and 90% of the time I make healthy choices! This is a lifestyle and not a fad or unrealistic ‘diet’. I don’t do diets, they are too hard to stick too and if I restrict certain foods I end up resenting it and then sneakily eating it anyway…. what’s the point?!

I have previously written a post about cutting all dairy out of my diet while I am breastfeeding my daughter as she has a cow’s milk protein allergy. You can read more about that topic here. I was a bit of a chocoholic (during and straight after my pregnancy) so as you can imagine this was quite devastating to have to give up chocolate cold turkey once I found out about her allergy. Thank God for Cacao, that’s all I can say! And now that it has been over 5 months without chocolate, I actually don’t miss it.

Quite a while ago I also cut out all soft drink and regular tea and coffee (I drink water throughout the day and green tea and peppermint tea).  I also don’t have any added refined sugar in anything. These are just some minor changes I have made in the last year and they have definitely helped with weight loss after my second pregnancy but more importantly it has given me a huge boost in energy. Even though I am getting quite a bit less sleep than a year ago, I feel so much more energetic throughout the day, I am much less moody, my skin is better and I do not get bloated or stomach aches. In general, I feel the best I have ever felt.

So, what does FitM.U.M’s typical day look like when it comes to food? I’m glad you asked……

Call me a creature of habit but I pretty much have the same breakfast every single morning and I LOVE IT! My only variation to this is perhaps once or twice per week instead of cooked oats, I make overnight oats and eat them cold (delicious).

Overnight Oats with berries and coconut

Overnight Oats with berries and coconut

7.00am – Breakfast Oats & a cup of green tea with lemon

1/2 cup of traditional rolled oats with oat milk (alternatively almond or rice milk)

Once cooked, I sprinkle with chia seeds and diced apricots and then top with either blueberries or a sliced banana (or sometimes both if I have done a morning workout). Drizzle of honey (optional).

Oats for Breakfast

Oats for Breakfast

10am – Snack is usually a green apple and banana (if I didn’t have one on my oats) or a handful of berries or nuts

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1pm – Lunch & a cup of green tea

Chia mountain bread wrap with lean turkey, ham or tuna and mixed salad fillings eg. lettuce, baby spinach, grated carrot, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and ALWAYS avocado!

3pm – Afternoon Snack of any of the following options:

  • Homemade trail mix which includes raw almonds, cashews, cranberries, diced apricots, dates, pepitas
  • Tuckers Natural Multifibre snacks, Tiny Dippers or Quinoa Snack Bites (http://www.tuckersnatural.com.au/). These are also so easy if I am out and about and I take them in my bag so I am never without a healthy snack
Tuckers Natural Tiny Dippers with Tomato Salsa

Tuckers Natural Tiny Dippers with Tomato Salsa

Such a delicious, quick and healthy snack!

Such a delicious, quick and healthy snack!

Half Choc & Nut Bliss balls and Half Apricot Bliss Balls

Half Choc & Nut Bliss balls and Half Apricot Bliss Balls

  • Smoothie incorporating a mix of greens (ie. spinach and kale) and fruit (ie. banana, berries, kiwi fruit) and chia seeds and walnuts

berry smoothie

  • Hummus with carrot sticks

hommus

6.30pm – Dinner. We tend to rotate between a few of our staples:

  • Grilled Chicken or Steak and at least 3 green vegetables (eg. asparagus, brocollini, snow peas, beans) and a small serve of quinoa
  • Stir-fry using quinoa instead of rice or noodles. Lots of Veg.
  • We sometimes do our own schnitzels using almond meal as the crumb
  • Tacos and quite often I will have mine in an iceberg lettuce cup rather than the shell (I load up on the salad and homemade guacomole)
  • Homemade pizzas

healthy pizza before

We don’t have dessert as an every night kind of thing but if I feel the need for something extra or something sweet at night (maybe twice a week) I enjoy:

  • Frozen banana ‘ice-cream’ or berry sorbet in the magic bullet
  • A bliss ball (see above snacks)
  • Choc-coco muggin (muffin in a mug). Recipe here
Choc-coco muggin. Souce - I Quit Sugar

Choc-coco muggin. Souce – I Quit Sugar

  • Choc-nut granola. Recipe here. Irondad likes his on top of greek yoghurt or straight out of the container(!!). I like mine sprinkled over my frozen banana ‘ice-cream’
Banana 'icecream' with choc nut granola

Banana ‘icecream’ with choc nut granola

I drink 3 litres of water throughout the day and I always end my night with a cup of peppermint tea. I find it helps me wind down and soothe my tummy at the end of the day.

So that is basically my day on a plate! Hope you have found it useful or interesting. Feel free to ask any questions or leave a comment here or on FitM.U.M’s Facebook page.

Quote - Greatist Source - Pinterest

Quote – Greatist
Source – Pinterest

Enjoy FitMummys xx

I found ‘My.Ultimate.Motivation’… what’s yours?

Hi! Thanks for joining me. My name is Kelly, I am new to blogging but I am not new to Health & Fitness so I have finally decided to follow a dream I have had for quite some time now and start FitM.U.M(My.Ultimate.Motivation).

What is My Ultimate Motivation?? For me it is to be a healthy, happy and positive role model and inspiration to my 2 girls and be the best version of myself I can be. Fitness is not an individual thing for me anymore. I want my daughters to grow up knowing that being healthy, fit and active is the way we live our lives so that it is instilled in them and is easy for them to continue…I owe them that much! What is your purpose, your reason, your ‘why’? I strongly urge you to find your Ultimate Motivation. It makes life a lot easier when you do.

This is why I'm doing it! You?

This is why I’m doing it! You?

Why now? Why not? I am currently on Maternity Leave after having my second baby in June 2014. I have been in the Health and Fitness Industry for over 12 years so whilst I am taking a break from my role as Health & Wellness Manager of a very large health club facility in Adelaide, South Australia, I needed somewhere to keep my passion of health and fitness alive and to record my own personal fitness journey post baby and to share how anyone can do it! I have many mummy friends and I obviously come across women of all ages and stages of fitness through my work so if I can inspire or motivate just one other person who is on their own healthy lifestyle journey then that is fantastic. Mission accomplished.

A healthy lifestyle is not a destination, it is a way of life. It is not something that you stop once you have reached a goal, you just reassess your goals, set a new one and keep striving! You can always improve and be a better version of yourself than you were yesterday. All you have to do is start…. after all today is a new day, don’t wait for another one.

Apart from my absolute love of Social Media and having extra time on my hands, for me the decision to blog and make my re-entry back into fitness a public journey was to:

* Keep me accountable and remind me of My.Ultimate.Motivation

* Have somewhere to look back on and be proud of my achievement along the way, and most importantly;

* Step outside my comfort zone and hopefully inspire and help other people along the way!

I would love you to follow me on this crazy ride. I will be posting an honest recap about my own personal adventure (ups and downs included) and I will also include a lot of great information, tips, motivation, ideas on achieving a fit and healthy lifestyle and healthy recipes for YOU to enjoy! In return, I would love you to share your own journey with me and hopefully we can build a supportive and inspiring community together! I’m a dreamer…. and that’s my crazy dream!

Peace!

First post baby run!

First post baby run!

Disclaimer:

I have plenty of experience with healthy eating and exercise, I am not a medical doctor or registered dietitian. I am a Health Club Manager and Qualified Personal Trainer. This is my personal blog. These are my personal opinions only. Articles and information are researched by myself before they are written and I aim to provide the best information possible. Always consult your physician before starting any exercise program.