I move because…it makes me a happier mother, wife, friend and woman.

Growing up, I wasn’t active. I didn’t play any sports.  I even made up excuses as to why I couldn’t participate in school sports carnivals.  I wasn’t good at it.  I didn’t like it.  I also had zero self-confidence.

I have always put myself last to make everyone else happy and I was suffering.  I felt depressed,  I was always yelling and I didn’t know who I was.  I didn’t know what I wanted to be, except a mum, but I felt I wasn’t any good at that either.

In June 2012, about 7 months after I had my second child, I looked in the mirror (again) and didn’t like how I felt, or how I looked.  I didn’t know who I was, and I didn’t like who I was.  Something inside of me knew that finally, something needed to change. Personal growth started now.

First, it started with learning about nutrition, swapping packets for fresh ingredients, learning about what was in my food and why we should focus more on wholefoods and less sugar. I then started walking.  Those last stubborn kilos fell off of me but I wanted more.  I didn’t want to just be skinny.  I wanted to be and feel strong.  I wanted to love myself.  So I started lifting weights as well.  I loved the feeling of accomplishment it gave me, I loved pushing myself past what I thought were my limits, my confidence grew and most of all, I loved the fact that I was doing something for ME.  It wasn’t for my kids, it wasn’t for my husband, it wasn’t for my family, it was for ME.

My passion towards health and wellness became fierce.  I became more self-aware and I knew that by eating nourishing foods and staying active, I was happier, I had more energy, and by looking after myself, I had more to give.

I wanted to help others, I wanted to inspire others.  I wanted other women to know that they ARE important and that they need to make themselves a PRIORITY.  I wanted to support others to a place of feeling happier with who they are.  So I took a big leap and I am a Personal Trainer now, a career that I once would have never comprehended.  I love supporting other women, and mothers, to reach a better place within themselves.  I feel proud and inspired every day.  But what makes me the proudest?  When my two beautiful children see that active living is normal and good nutrition is important.  And that hopefully they won’t have the same battle that a lot of us face today, because living well, eating well and moving well, is simply part of their life, and not a chore.  Creating a positive relationship with exercise and food within the next generation is so important to reverse the crisis that our country, and the world, are currently dealing with every day.

When I fall off the wagon (as we all do!), it is easier to get back on knowing the immediate affects it has on my mindset, and my life.  When I go on holidays, I don’t use it as an excuse to stop.  I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to move my body and explore new areas, try new things and have fun with fitness!  I LOVE stand up paddle boarding and I love climbing a mountain for the view. It isn’t just about working out in a gym seven days a week.  It is about finding a way to move your body in a way that makes you feel amazing.

For me, being active isn’t just about looking a certain way (although that of course, is a positive). It’s about being grateful for my health, respecting and loving myself enough to be the best version of myself—mind, body and soul.  With this, I found a happiness that I once only dreamt of.

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