If I can do it, you can do it. But will you?

An important part of being a good mum & wife is taking care of myself both mentally and physically. It is not selfish, it is important. Along the lines of “happy wife, happy life” I strongly believe “If Mum ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”. As mums we put ourselves last all too often, which is the worst thing we can do. This is why I was so motivated to start exercising again. Everyone wants to feel happy with themselves and their lives and I have never been happier.

After having my second baby (with a 7 year age gap) I had forgotten how that post baby belly looked and felt. I was disheartened leaving hospital 5 days post C-Section with a belly that looked as if my Obstetrician had left one in there. Admittedly, a lot of it was swelling from the surgery and I had probably set my expectations too high, but I was still unhappy and no amount of ‘sucking-it-in’ was hiding that post baby belly!

During the 6 weeks post baby when I couldn’t do much, I started planning my ‘come back’ in my head and this is when I felt my motivation starting to build and I was really looking forward to being able to start exercising again. Having the right mindset is always the best way to start, so I was already at that point. *Tick*.

My recovery was much better second time round and I felt so great I started doing a bit too much too soon and suffered some pain and bleeding. Much to my Obs disgust I was vacuuming upstairs and downstairs, picking up after my 7 year old and hubby and walking with the pram. Oops! Just because I was feeling good doesn’t mean I was ready to be doing all of these things yet. I am naturally a very active, busy person who does not do “sitting down” and “resting” very well. I find it really hard and I don’t enjoy doing nothing. So after a good telling off from my post natal nurse and wanting to be a good patient, I waited my 6 weeks to recover and after getting the nod from my Ob I slowly began my reintroduction to exercise and fitness. It was just like riding a bike (pardon the pun) but I was starting with my training wheels on.

Once I started with the fitness part, I found that my eating and nutrition automatically improved too *bonus*. I’ve always been health conscious but I was beginning to enjoy way too many indulgences (read: creamy hot cocoas and Kit Kats among other naughty temptations). In a way, I was comfort eating, if I couldn’t exercise yet then why not enjoy eating as much as I wanted of all of these yummy foods?! This is a bad mindset to be in and my poor eating had become an extremely bad habit. The more junk food you eat, the more you crave. I couldn’t just have a cup of tea, I had to have 3 biscuits with it…. that kind of thing. But like everything these bad habits can be changed, it’s mind over matter. I needed to find my willpower and get back on track. In my next blog post I will go through a few of the eating/nutrition challenges I faced both during and after my pregnancy. Let’s just say it hasn’t been smooth sailing
..but it has taught me how to be dedicated and strong willed.

As I said in my first blog post, motivation is a very personal thing and comes in many forms, different people are motivated by different things. When you find your purpose and motivation, it makes it a lot easier to succeed. What motivates you? If you need a bit of extra motivation come join me on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter (links in my about me).

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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.