Muma, Please Know You Are Not Alone

I was talking to my hairdresser the other day and she was telling me of how hard and emotionally draining her day had been the previous week. She had had a full day of discussions with women who were struggling mentally, most of them mums.

From our discussion, it seemed like these women had no-where to turn, no-one to offer them the guidance or support that may help them. Or, they were too embarrassed or afraid to talk to anyone about what they were going through, except for opening up to their beautiful hairdresser – don’t we love our hairdressers?

And, even my hairdresser, a mum herself who had also been on her own amazing and, at times, incredibly difficult and heart-wrenching ‘mum’ journey, did not know what advice to give them or where to refer them, because it seems that we still don’t want to talk about any struggles we are having emotionally or mentally as a mum.

It seems many of us think we should just struggle through, that periods of feeling low, struggling with all of the changes that our lives and bodies are going through and often feeling like you doing it all by yourself, even if you do have a partner, is normal and it’s something we just need to deal with.

And, you know, I felt exactly the same. I so struggled emotionally in the early days with my little man, and he really wasn’t a difficult baby. But I really wasn’t prepared for the rollercoaster of emotions, the sleep deprivation, the challenge of breast feeding, the changes in the relationship dynamics with my husband and the immense responsibility of caring for such a small being who was completely dependent on me.

Then came the arrival of my baby girl almost 3 years later, very quickly and as an unplanned home birth, followed by a significant knee injury sustained when she was 2 weeks old. Those two events alone had such an impact on both my and my husband’s emotional and mental well-being – though we didn’t realise until a few years later and after it almost broke us as a couple.

The smile on Me & My Lovesmy face in this photo was not authentic. It was me thinking I was supposed to be happy because I had 2 beautiful children so what did I have to be down and upset about?

I had sought help from my doctor by this stage, but I didn’t see it through, and I really did not know where else to turn. My girlfriends did their best to support me, but I really needed professional guidance and help.
This is one of the reasons why I am so passionate about supporting mums, especially new mums. There are resources out there that can help you, and you are not alone on this journey. If we, the mums in our MumaTribe, are not there with you right now, there’s a very good chance we have been there already.

Whilst people may not openly discuss many of the challenges in the early weeks of parenthood (if at all), there are so many common hurdles we all face during these early days.

And, if you are not able to deal with your stress, anxiety or depression, it is ok to seek help, and, there is help out there.

So, if you are struggling, and don’t feel you can talk to a friend or family member, please speak with your doctor, your child healthcare nurse or go online and seek information from such organisations as the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) or PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Awareness) or Beyond Blue. There are national helplines which you can contact.

Remember, your babies are only little for a short time, so, try and enjoy the precious, happy moments, and know that the challenging times will pass. Take the time to breathe slowly and deeply when things are getting hard and you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Have a cry if that’s what you need to do – it’s ok to feel…

And, if that is not working, make sure you talk to someone or seek the help that you need.

It doesn’t make you a bad parent to look after yourself.

In fact, taking the time to care for yourself and seek help if you need it will lead to you being a happier, healthier mum. And it will have a positive impact on your relationships with your child, your partner and your friends and family.

So, amazing Muma, please know you are not alone.,,,

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Jody is a pregnancy and post-natal specialist, with tertiary qualifications in exercise science and registered as a Level 3 Exercise Professional with Fitness Australia.
Jody is also a mum of two young children, and therefore understands the demands and challenges of being a mum.
Jody is passionate about educating, energising and empowering pregnant and post-natal women through the provision of safe but effective exercise programs and fitness sessions.
Contact me today to see how I can help you with your fitness and health!
Disclaimer: This article is advice only. All individuals should discuss the suitability of their health and exercise program with their doctor, exercise professional, physiotherapist or midwife.
For further advice about your individual fitness needs, speak to a pregnancy and post-natal exercise professional, women’s health physiotherapist or health professional.

OnGuard – The Oil of Protection

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A combination of wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary, this essential oil blend provides a natural alternative for immune support.

With the cold and flu season hitting us with a great force this year, I have turned to this beautiful blend to support my family in getting well and getting back to enjoying life!

This essential oil blend is so versatile, and as a result is one of the most popular of the doTERRA essential oils.

Here are some of the ways I use OnGuard with my family and in my fitness studio:

Sniffle Season Relief

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When the cold and flu season hits we always diffuse the OnGuard Protective Blend. I love it because it smells like Christmas to me! And a friend of mine said it reminded him of a Moroccan spices market, which brought back beautiful memories for him.

I also blend the Protective Blend with other doTERRA essential oils, such as Lemon, Tea Tree, Easy Air and Oregano to provide immune and respiratory support for the whole family.

Finally, I also like to apply OnGuard Protective Blend diluted with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, to the bottom of my feet or the kids feet when we just need an boost of immunity support!

Natural Antiseptic Floor Cleaner

I simply add 5-10 drops to a bucket of warm water and it cleans all of my hard floor surfaces. I love the way my floors both shine and smell after a clean with OnGuard.

Cleaning Studio Equipment

Adding 10-15 drops of OnGuard essential oil in a spray bottle of water provides me with a natural cleaner for my equipment, which I love given the number of young children and babies that come to my studio.

Protection On-The-Go

Going out with children means always being prepared to clean dirty hands. I love to use a small spray bottle filled with 10 drops of OnGuard essential oil and water or fractionated coconut oil.

Healthy Immune Boosting Snack

For a healthy snack to boost our immune system, I soak some sliced apples in water and a few drops of OnGuard. The kids really love the taste, and I feel great that they are having a healthy snack that will assist in keeping them well.

I also love using the other doTERRA OnGuard Products, including:

Foaming Hand Wash: My kids love the scent of this hand wash, and the way it provides so much foam makes hand washing so much more fun!

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Cleaner Concentrate: As with the OnGuard essential oil, I love washing my floors with this natural cleaner, both over my tiles, my hard floors and in my studio.

Protecting Throat Drops: A favourite with my husband to soothe a sore or scratchy throat. They can also used to boost immunity when travelling.

Natural Cleansing Toothpaste: I love the taste of this toothpaste, and the clove in the OnGuard essential oil this toothpaste contains is fabulous for oral health.

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Emotionally, OnGuard is the oil of protection. This blend of essential oils extend beyond the physical level by aiding an individual in standing up for themselves and warding off domineering personalities and other negative influences, which enables them to live in integrity with their true self.

Would you like to know more about doTERRA® essential oils and products…..

If you’d like to learn more about doTERRA® therapeutic essential oils and how you can use essential oils to support you and your family’s health and wellbeing, contact me to have a chat or go to my doTERRA®website to find out more about doTERRA®.

Disclaimer: All information provided are recommendations & advice only. All individuals should discuss the suitability of their health and exercise requirements with their doctor, exercise professional, physiotherapist, midwife or health professional.
For further advice about your individual health, wellness and fitness needs, speak to a health professional, women’s health physiotherapist and/or pregnancy and post-natal exercise professional.

 

 

 

Awesome Ab Tip #2

Ensure Your Ribs Don’t Flare

My first tip for achieving “Awesome Abs” was Stop Drawing In Your Belly Button. So, how did you go? Did you manage to relax and soften your belly more often when you sitting, lying or whenever you were not loading your body, and letting your core muscles relax when they weren’t required?

As discussed in my first tip, whatever it means to you, having ‘awesome abs’ is something we should all work towards, especially from a functional perspective, so that we can live an active, healthy, fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.

So, what’s tip #2?

It’s another really simple tip: Ensure Your Ribs Don’t Flare!

But, what is rib flare?

Well, during pregnancy, as the abdomen stretches and the uterus (where bub hangs out) enlarges and expands up, many expectant mums experience the baby pressing up under her ribs and chest.

The growing uterus obstructs the movement of the diaphragm, which is needed for deep breathing. With the increased pressure in the diaphragm, due to it’s inability to move as freely as it normally would, the rib cage is pushed out sideways and forwards, resulting in rib flare (think of a bell and the shape it is at the bottom), and also generally rib pain.

Ok, but why should you ensure your ribs don’t flare?

Reason #1:

When the ribs are flared, the spine in upper back, or thoracic spine, gets pulled forward into extension. This affects the ability of the shoulder blades to slide across the ribs, and affects shoulder range of motion and stability.

Reason #2:

When the ribs are flared, the spine in lower back, or lumbar spine, also gets pulled into extension, which results in your pelvis moving into an anterior pelvic tilt, a similar position it was in when you were in the later stages of your pregnancy. Essentially your stomach is pushing forward – not a great look, especially when you’re not pregnant!

This pelvic position also causes your hip flexors, the muscles at the front of your hips, and back extensors to tighten, while your abdominals, glutes (buttock) and hamstring muscles will lengthen. This leads to tightness in the front of your hips, discomfort or pain in the lower back and weakness in the glutes.

Reason #3:

When the ribs are flared, not only is the spine out of a more neutral, or more optimal functioning position, the abdominals also get turned off, or relaxed, which results in spinal instability and a “pouchy” tummy (not the look your wanting to achieve!)

Reason #4:

Finally, when the ribs are flared, you are unable to breath efficiently, particularly when on the breathe out, which in turn makes it more challenging for the body to stimulate the parasympathetic “rest & digest” state, and will keep you in a state of stress! This is not good for your mental health or your digestive health!

Don’t believe me! Give it a try:

Stick your ribs out and take 3 to 5 deep breaths in and out, and notice if you can fully exhale each one. I think you’ll agree it doesn’t take long before you feel a bit wound up or stressed. Imagine being in this state all day. Or are you?

Now, try this – start by taking take a deep breath in and then exhale like you are blowing out candles on a cake. Focus on ‘closing’ your ribs and feel your ribs depress and almost soften in the way they feel. Keeping the ribs in this depressed position take 3 to 4 more deep breaths.

How much calmer do you feel?

Ongoing rib flare in the post-partum period impacts on your spinal alignment, your ability to breathe efficiently and affects the repair of your diastasis recti (abdominal separation)

Hmmm… and as we discussed in “Awesome Ab Tip #1”, if all of those areas are affected then “Awesome Abs” are just not going to happen!

So, your next challenge is to have a look at the position of your ribs, and ensure that they are not resembling the bottom of a bell – rather they are depressed or ‘closed’ towards the centre of your body.

Having a well functioning core muscle system will assist with repairing your diastasis recti (abdominal separation), improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your breathing, help restore your core and contribute to having awesome abs!

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Jody is a pregnancy and post-natal specialist, with tertiary qualifications in exercise science and registered as a Level 3 Exercise Professional with Fitness Australia.
Jody is also a mum of two young children, and therefore understands the demands and challenges of being a mum.
Jody is passionate about educating, energising and empowering pregnant and post-natal women through the provision of safe but effective exercise programs and fitness sessions.
Contact me today to see how I can help you with your fitness and health!
Disclaimer: This article is advice only. All individuals should discuss the suitability of their health and exercise program with their doctor, exercise professional, physiotherapist or midwife.
For further advice about your individual fitness needs, speak to a pregnancy and post-natal exercise professional, women’s health physiotherapist or health professional.

Awesome Abs Tip #1

Stop Drawing In Your Belly Button!

I am not a fan of focusing on aesthetics when I start working with a new mum, especially as the majority of the gorgeous women I work with have just been on this amazing & beautiful journey of carrying and giving birth to a tiny little miracle.

However, I am aware that the majority of mums would like to reclaim their bodies after having their little ones, start feeling energised again and look the best they can, which includes having a little less around the mid-section.

But what does having awesome abs mean to you?

Does it mean having a flat stomach?

Does it mean feeling like you are strong in your mid-section and that your pelvis is not going to give way if you lift a heavy item or your lower back is going to go out without you?

Does it mean losing that ‘muffin top’ that seems to like to hang around all over your pants?

Or does it simply mean feeling good about yourself when you go out with the love of your life or your girlfriends?

Whatever it means to you, having ‘awesome abs’ is something we should all work towards, especially from a functional perspective, so that we can live an active, healthy, fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.

Drawing in your belly button, or “engaging your core”, all the time is not a good thing to do for your body.

Though it might make you look aesthetically better, it does not support your body with functioning optimally.

But why?

Our core muscle system consists of your deep core muscles, which includes your diaphragm, transversus abodminis muscle (“corset” muscle), pelvic floor and multifidus  (muscles that run between the vertebrae in the spine)

And it includes the muscles that are fundamental to the deep core working effectively, including your rectus abdominus (‘six-pack’ muscle), obliques (external & internal), gluteus maximus (buttock) and erector spinae (muscles on the spine).

For muscles to work effectively and efficiently, the need to be able to contract and relax to their full length when required and be able to work through their full range of motion.

If our belly button is drawn in the space in our abdominal cavity is reduced, and, therefore, the space for the diaphragm to contract and move down into on the inhale (breath in), which increases the pressure in the abdomen. This in turn hinders our ability to breath deeply, and, more importantly, affects the function and the demands on the rest of the core muscle system.

Think of it like a juice box. If you held a juice box gently around the side and gently blew into the straw, the air would get taken in and, if there was juice in the box, bubbles would be produced. But nothing else would happen.

Now, if you held the juice box tightly and did the same thing, the air would not have very much space to go into, so you would likely end up with the air and juice spirting back out the top. And, if you blew too hard, you may even see the juice box split open. Why? Because, the air has to go somewhere.

And that’s the same with the core muscle system. If your core muscle system is already pulled tight, and then it needs to contract to withstand more pressure, the pressure builds within the abdominal cavity, and there’s no where for the pressure to go except for up, down or out!

So, the result can potentially be:

  • pelvic floor dysfunction
  • prolapse (sagging or bulging of the pelvic organs into the vagina) or
  • hernia (an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place).

And, well, a sucked in tummy sags when you finally breathe out and relax.

Therefore, we need to be able to turn on the core muscle system on when it is required, and relaxes when it is not needed.

We need to ensure that when we push, pull or perform any movement where there is an increase in intra-abdominal pressure in our bodies, that our transversus abdominus contracts when our core muscles engage, providing lower back and pelvis stability and preventing injury.

So, your challenge  is to simply stop drawing in your belly button!

Relax and soften your belly when you are sitting, lying or whenever you are not loading your body, and let your core muscles relax.

Having a well functioning core muscle system will assist with repairing your diastasis recti (abdominal separation), improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your breathing, help restore your core and contribute to having awesome abs!

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Jody is a pregnancy and post-natal specialist, with tertiary qualifications in exercise science and registered as a Level 3 Exercise Professional with Fitness Australia.
Jody is also a mum of two young children, and therefore understands the demands and challenges of being a mum.
Jody is passionate about educating, energising and empowering pregnant and post-natal women through the provision of safe but effective exercise programs and fitness sessions.
Contact me today to see how I can help you with your fitness and health!
Disclaimer: This article is advice only. All individuals should discuss the suitability of their health and exercise program with their doctor, exercise professional, physiotherapist or midwife.
For further advice about your individual fitness needs, speak to a pregnancy and post-natal exercise professional, women’s health physiotherapist or health professional.

Peppermint – The Oil of a Buoyant Heart

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Since having doTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil in my toolbox of essential oils, I have truly come to appreciate the wonderful properties and uses of this beautiful oil.

The peppermint plant is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint. Peppermint is renown for having many medicinal properties, including helping to alleviate occasional stomach upsets and promoting a healthy respiratory function.

Peppermint is also used in many of our daily household products, such as toothpaste, mouthwash and chewing gum, as it is assists in oral hygiene.

Personally, I have not always been a huge fan of the scent or taste of peppermint (even in my chocolate!), preferring the citrus scents and flavours of wild orange, grapefruit, lemon and lime.

However, doTERRA’s Peppermint Essential Oil is now used almost daily in my home, and here are some of the many ways I like to use it to support my health and the health and wellbeing of my gorgeous family:

Invigorating Morning Wake Up

Do you sometimes wake up feeling, well, ‘blah’, for use of a better word? Or, do you want the kick of a coffee without actually having to drink coffee?

Place a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil in your hands, rub palms together, cup over your nose and breathe deeply.

Or, put a drop of peppermint oil onto your thumb and then place it on the roof of your mouth. Take a few deep breaths and you will definitely feel awake, energised, and ready to take on your day!

Also, this is a perfect use just before a workout to increase alertness, invigorate the lungs and awaken your senses!

And, diffused with lemon, wild orange and/or frankincense, an uplifting environment is created, which will definitely leave you feeling revitalised.

A Natural Antihistamine

A blend of peppermint, lavender and lemon is a natural alternative to try to deal with hay fever, either diffusing the blend or taking it in a veggie capsule (also available from doTERRA®), as this blend assists with clearer breathing and supporting healthy respiratory function.

Instant Cool Down

On a hot day, a spray bottle of peppermint oil and water is the perfect combination to cool you down and invigorate you.

Also a spritz of peppermint oil and water is amazing before a workout to energise you, or during a workout to cool you down and keep you going!

Ease a Headache

Apply to temples for soothing comfort. Also, applying to the back of the neck will help ease strPeppermint 1ess and tension.

For a gorgeous blend to relieve headaches, combine with eucalyptus and frankincense essential oils, and apply to the neck, temples and forehead.

Tummy Calmer

A couple of drops in water each morning and/or before each meal is reported to support digestion.

Or, do what I love to do, and add it to my smoothie to not only invigorate me but also support my digestion.

For new mums that are breastfeeding, please be mindful of topical or internal use of peppermint essential oil. Though everyone reacts differently, peppermint oil has been reported to affect milk supply for some women by decreasing or stopping milk production. It is recommended that peppermint essential oil be avoided if you have any sensitivity at all, and only diffused if you would still like to continue with some of the benefits of this beautiful oil.

Emotionally, peppermint is the oil of a buoyant heart. It invigorates the mind and body, and reminds us that life can be happy and there is nothing to fear.

Would you like to know more about doTERRA® essential oils and products…..

If you’d like to learn more about doTERRA® therapeutic essential oils and how you can use essential oils to support you and your family’s health and wellbeing, contact me to have a chat or go to my doTERRA®website to find out more about doTERRA®.

Disclaimer: All information provided are recommendations & advice only. All individuals should discuss the suitability of their health and exercise requirements with their doctor, exercise professional, physiotherapist, midwife or health professional.
For further advice about your individual health, wellness and fitness needs, speak to a health professional, women’s health physiotherapist and/or pregnancy and post-natal exercise professional.

 

2017 – The Year of Honouring Myself

 A few months ago a client asked me what my fitness goals were for this year – what training programs or fitness challenges was I taking on in 2017.

And, for a moment, I didn’t know what to say.

Why?

Well, because I am currently on a journey of healing, nourishing and being compassionate towards my body and my mind.

I am on a journey of accepting that ‘good is good enough” and living by the mantra “progress not perfection” (which, let me say, is a huge challenge for a perfectionist!)

When my client asked me this question I really was floored for a moment, and almost a bit embarrassed. I couldn’t answer with “I’m focused on running my first City to Surf marathon” or “I’m training for Tough Mudder”, because those are the last things I will be doing in the foreseeable future. That is not to say they are challenges I don’t want to take on. However, this year is not the year.

So, what is my focus in 2017?

Well, the focus for me personally this year is to ‘Honour Myself’.

But, I hear you saying, what on earth does that mean?

To me, to ‘honour myself’ means:

  • To schedule “me-time” every week, and a little every day
  • To listen to my body more and by tuning into what it needs on a daily basis
  • To nourish my body with food and movement, rather than punishment and annihilation
  • To continue with self-love practices, such as daily movement, meditation and personal affirmations
  • To well and truly deal with my inner critic!
  • To spend time quality time with my beautiful family
  • To continue to embrace, nourish and develop my passion so I never have to work another day in my life

As a fitness professional I have always believed that I should be able to do everything I ask my clients to do, and then so much more physically. To be so much stronger mentally, and have this nutrition thing down pact!

However, let’s face it – I am human! And I am far from perfect!

And, I have come to appreciate that I also have a responsibility to lead by example, and be honest and genuine with those that I work with about who I am, my journey as a women and mother and what I have learnt along the way.

Ok, so that all sounds good, I hear you say. But how do I ‘honour myself’ when I’ve got little ones to look after, a house to keep under control, a relationship to nurture and a job that I have to go to?

Schedule it!

Are you really great at scheduling all of your children’s appointments, and are always considering your partners work schedules and commitments?

And, possibly, are you always making sure you have put into your calendar all the times that you are helping a family member?

Or are you one of those wonderful friends that will happily change your schedule to help someone out but never to spend some time on you?

Well, it’s time to also schedule some time for the most important person in your life – YOU!

So, look at your schedule, and put time in for you!

K.I.S.S!

Yes, keep it simple! This morning all I managed was 10 minutes of meditation before I started my day. But, it was 10 minutes of time for me, and, in my book, that’s a win!

Time for you really doesn’t have to be much time at all. Like I did this morning, wake up 10 minutes earlier to do some meditation or simply start making ‘me time’ a habit by taking a few deep breathes before the chaos begins.

When your little one goes for a nap, take 15 minutes for a cup of tea. Or, after putting the kids to bed, take 10 minutes to have a stretch.

It doesn’t have to be complicated or take a lot of time. It just needs to be something that makes you feel more alive, more energized and it’s yours!

Don’t listen to that inner critic!

You know, the one that sits on your shoulder, or whispers in your ear, just when you’ve finally taken a moment for yourself, or you’re making plans to nourish your body well and not just that of your kids.

It’s the one that tells you you’re not a good mum because you weren’t there for every single moment of your child’s life, or, that says to you ‘why bother starting to look after yourself now because you won’t stick to it’!

He’s pretty powerful that inner critic! But he needs to be smacked in the face and told to shut the f*%k up!

Wrap yourself in compassion, and remember to tell yourself, and that inner critic, that you are awesome and you do deserve to be healthy and happy!

And that doing something for you is OK! Actually, it’s more than ok – it’s absolutely essential!

Ask yourself what truly makes you happy, relaxed or energized

The time you take for yourself should be enjoyable and make you feel alive and light.

It should be all about you and what makes you happy!

If you love to exercise, then find a type of movement that you enjoy. There are so many options out there.

And, that’s how MumaTime evolved here at MumaBubs. I realised that the beautiful ladies that were coming to my sessions absolutely loved the ability to bring their children.

But, for the ones that started coming Saturday mornings without their children, they remembered just how energizing and uplifting just 1-hour per week to do a workout without their little one’s around was for them.

So, if you’re looking for some time to yourself, while using movement to energise, uplift and strengthen, come and join us at our MumaTime session on Saturday morning at 8.00am.

But, whatever it is, it should be just for you, and it should be a priority!

And, speaking from experience over the past 3 months, taking just that little bit of time to honour yourself will have a positive effect on all aspects of your life.

Go on beautiful lady, take a little time to honour yourself –

 you need it and you deserve it…

“Setting time aside to take care of yourself is not being selfish.

It is honouring  yourself”

Nyambura Mwangi

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Jody is a pregnancy and post-natal specialist, with tertiary qualifications in exercise science and registered as a Level 3 Exercise Professional with Fitness Australia.
Jody is also a mum of two young children, and therefore understands the demands and challenges of being a mum.
Jody is passionate about educating, energising and empowering pregnant and post-natal women through the provision of safe but effective exercise programs and fitness sessions.
Contact me today to see how I can help you with your fitness and health!

How Do You Want To Feel?

“Give yourself permission to get really clear
on what fulfils your soul
& then put your time there”

Wow! It’s already February! Where on earth did January go?

A new year is well and truly here. And, I must say, so far it has exceeded my expectations!

To be honest, at the end of last year, I wasn’t sure if I was excited about the new year to come. Like for many people, I found 2016 really tough – physically, psychologically and professionally.

Physically, I had to take a step back from the intense, very scheduled workout regime I have always had, learn to be kinder to myself and listen more closely to what my body was telling me, so that it stopped screaming at me!

Psychologically, I went on a rollercoaster of emotions as I tried to figure out who I was – as a women, a wife and as a mother. I felt I had lost the true essence of what made me me!

And, professionally, I took the big step of quitting my ‘job’ so that I could focus on my passion of energising, empowering and supporting women, through my love of fitness and movement, to evolve into the best version of themselves whilst on their own journey of becoming and being a mum.

Let me tell you, things got a lot worse, and a lot harder, as Christmas and the new year approached, which made me wonder about the new year and what it had in store for me.

But, y’know, we all have choices. And with a little support and guidance from my coach, and a little inner reflection about what I held important to me I made the commitment to myself that I was going to make 2017 a fabulous year, both for me and for my family!

So, did I sit down and write a list of new years resolutions? Nope!

Yes, I know, with a new year comes a time when so many people set new year’s resolutions.

But, did you know that research by the University of Scranton, U.S.A, suggests that only about 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions achieve their goals! Seriously? Only 8%?!! That’s NOT good!

However, this research also indicated that you are 10 times more likely to change a desired behaviour if you make a New Year’s resolution than if you don’t.

With this in mind, and with my commitment to making 2017 amazing, I decided to join a nation-wide movement of women rebelling against the New Year’s resolutions!

Why?

Well, I have found that every year I had the “what” of what I wanted to achieve, but not necessarily the “how”.  So, rather than just sitting down and writing a list of “New Year’s resolutions”, as I had in the past, and hope they would just all eventuate, I decided to go on journey with a number of other rebellious women as part of a body, mindset and mojo course developed by Nardia Norman.

This doesn’t mean I haven’t spent the past few weeks setting goals for myself. It simply means I have been delving a little deeper to truly understand myself and where I want to go with not just 2017, but with my life as a women, mother, partner and entrepreneur.

And, one of the most powerful activities I have done this month as part of this process is simply ask myself  a simple question:

What do I want to feel as the clock strikes at midnight on December 31, 2017?

I wrote down words to describe what I wanted to be feeling as this year comes to an end. I explored what I meant by those words and then followed this be writing down what I would do to ensure I felt the way I said wanted to be feeling on December 31, 2017.

 Fulfilled, strong and free – those were some of my words.

What would your words be?

I challenge you to sit down and ask yourself how you want to feel this year. Then delve a little deeper as to what this means to you, why and what are you going to do to accomplish these feelings.

You will learn so much about what’s important to you and where you want life to take you this year, and possibly even in the years to come.

 

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Jody is a pregnancy and post-natal specialist, with tertiary qualifications in exercise science and registered as a Level 3 Exercise Professional with Fitness Australia.
Jody is also a mum of two small children under 5, and therefore understands the demands and challenges of being a mum.
Jody is passionate about educating, energising and empowering pregnant and post-natal women through the provision of safe but effective exercise programs and fitness sessions.
Contact me today to see how I can help you with your fitness and health!