Help Keep Our Youth Off The Streets!

So many of the KFiTT Girls have children, those who don’t know someone, a friend or sister that has children of their own. We would never want to see these children without a roof over their head or having to struggle for food…Would we?

Unfortunately for hundreds of Aussie kids this is their reality. You can imagine the rollercoaster of events a young person would go through should they be found living on the streets. There would be no education, no food, no job opportunities; access to drugs & alcohol, the outlook for their future would be looking pretty dim. This is where youth off the streets comes in. Youth off the Streets helps these kids get a higher education, helps them learn valuable life skills, get job ready and help them find a safe place to stay.

I would like to think if my kids were ever in that situation, there would be somewhere for them to turn and get help. No child should ever be without support, food or a warm bed. For this reason this year KFiTT Personal Trainings annual Christmas Charity Bootcamp will be raising money for Youth off the Streets. KFiTT will be running a Boxing Class 7am Saturday 12th December 2015 where 100% of money collected will go directly to Youth off the Streets to help all children see a brighter future!

Please feel free to share this event, everyone is welcome, you do not have to be a KFiTT member to join in! Men, Women and Kids who would like to participate are all welcome 🙂

Date: Saturday 12th December 2015

Time: 7am-8am

Place: Boronia Park Oval, Hunters Hill Corner of Park Road and Ryde Road – Parking on Park Road)

Cost: $15 per person

What to Bring: Water Bottle and Santa Hats are a Must! 🙂

 

If you cant make the event but would still like to help out a great cause, head over to https://youthoffthestreets.com.au/donate/ to show your support 🙂

Killing Me Sweetly…

I watched Jamie Oliver’s sugar rush last night and the first 5min alone scared the shit out of me. The amount of children going to hospital because of sugar and the unnecessary pain they are going through is just heart breaking!

The amount of children suffering at the hands of sugar is scary, but what’s more scary is where the sugar is coming from. Cakes, lollies – we all know these have sugar. How about some all bran flakes, Greek yoghurt and berries with a nice glass of orange juice to accompany – 14.1tsp of sugar just there! What we would normally perceive as a healthy breakfast we find 14 teaspoons of hidden sugars, that’s DOUBLE the daily-recommended amount just in your breakfast. The amount of meals, snacks, drinks, sauces etc. that we perceive as ‘healthy’ that are riddled with hidden sugars is growing by the second.  

The recommended daily intake of sugar is set at no more than 7tsp per day – the average at the movement is 40tsp 0_0 more than 5x what we should be having.

As a society we are getting busier and as a result more and more people are turning to fast, easy options for their meals. Whether it is fast food or packaged meals the amount of sugar in these fast, easy options is incomprehensible. From this we are seeing a rise in obesity, diabetes and other diseases/conditions directly related to sugar intake.

I’m not saying you need to cut sugar out of your diet completely, everything in moderation has always been my motto – but the truth is the more sugar you consume, the more you will want to consume. It is a substance that you will crave and that will provide you with no nutritional benefits. It is next to impossible to cut it out completely, but can you get it to the DRI of no more than 7tsp per day? Make a point of tracking your sugar for one day. I’m sure that’s all it will take. How much did you consume? 30, 40, 50tsp of hidden sugars? If you are aware of where the sugar is hiding you can control your intake, you can make better, more educated choices.

Only a few weeks ago I started the IQuitSugar diet by Sarah Wilson. Still trying to shake the last 10kg of post baby weight I was up for anything! I was already working out regularly but needed to control my diet. After 2 weeks on the plan the headaches that I had always considered normal had stopped. The bloating I had always ignored, was gone. My skin felt amazing, my energy levels were rising and I was 3kg down. I was eating full fat, wholesome, fresh food minus the sugar (fructose). I was still getting plenty of lactose so there was still sugar in my diet; I was just cutting out the crap! My fast food addict husband and unadventurous kids LOVED the meals (bonus!!) it was a winner all round. So why doesn’t everyone do it? The answer – it requires effort.

The number one excuse for eating poorly and not exercising is ‘I don’t have the time’ – the TV program I saw last night showed children as young as 4-5 going into surgery to have a handful of rotten teeth yanked out, middle age men with diabetes having body parts amputated and a young girl only 15yrs old with type 2 diabetes who has to check her blood morning and night, after every meal. Who has time for that? THAT is the reality – all those people said ‘no it will never happen to me’ but it did. Taking a little time just once a week to organise and prepare meals could save you having to watch your nearest and dearest or even yourself suffer this pain.

I know what busy feels like. I run a business, I study, I run a household and have two young girls that require my constant attention. Everyone knows what busy feels like. You have to consistently make time. Have your meals organised and prepped in advance so there is no reason to pick up the phone and order a pizza when you walk through the door at 6pm. Take the family out for a 30min walk – get active – not only will this increase your energy levels but you will be spending quality time with the family, getting some fresh air and providing a positive influence for your family.

It’s not as easy as grabbing a freezer meal and sitting in front of the TV, but it is so, so worth it. Your quality of life will improve dramatically. We are not here for long, so make the time you have got the best it can possibly be!

The amount of sugar we as a nation are currently consuming is killing us. Something HAS to change.

I will leave you with a simple quote I heard on ‘That Sugar Film’ – “Sugar is not the devil, but life is SO much better without it!”

Mums in Fitness

We at KFiTT are all mothers and all have a passion for Fitness. One too many times I have heard from mothers that working out is selfish, taking an hour for yourself to ‘just’ go for a run is not fair to their kids. I’m here to tell you, your wrong. I have been a victim of this way of thinking myself and it leads to a miserable household. After the birth of my second daughter, sitting in my midwifes room, on the verge of falling back down the path of PND he looked me in the eye and said:

‘YOU are the centre of your household. If you are unhappy then NOONE in your household can be happy. Everyone plays an important role, in every family, BUT the happiness of your family depends solely on you, and this can not be achieved unless you take some time for yourself to MAKE yourself happy.’

You can’t hold the weight of the world on your shoulders for an eternity, every now and then you need to share the load. Take a break, let off some steam. Taking an hour for yourself to get active will not only have benefits for you but your ENTIRE family. Here are just a few:
– You will have more energy – not only is this fantastic for you, but it means the time you do spend with your kids will be fun, quality time!
– Release stress – Being a mother is the hardest job in the world, we NEED a way to relieve stress, build it up and you will end up taking out all your ` frustrations on your nearest and dearest.
– Be a positive role model – your kids watch everything! Lead by example 🙂
– Regular physical activity improves your health – meaning you will be around to see your kids grow!

The list of benefits could honestly go on and on. I can tell you that it will benefit your kids and your family as much as yourself. How do I know this? Not only am I a mum in fitness but I am a child with two active parents! So I have seen it from both sides. I have watched my parents train and compete in some incredible events. They are strong. They are powerful. To me they are superheroes. I truly don’t believe there is anything they can not do. I will train to be like them, I will train so that one day my girls may view me as a superhero too! Plus it is an amazing feeling to have your 4yr old daughter not come up and ask if she can watch TV but ask if she can go for a run with you!!

Train hard ladies, you never know who is watching 🙂

 

 

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Now..What’s your choice?

There has been a lot of media attention of late for ‘fitness motivators’ they motivate, don’t train. Their aim is just to get people up and active, living a healthy lifestyle. Some are quite harsh, loud, yell their passion for all to hear. Others take a more gentle approach and throw kindness your way to whim you in to getting off the couch. Personally if your laying down the hard truth I’m a hell of a lot more likely to hear it! But I know this can be daunting for some. Any way you do it if someone hears your message and makes a change for the better then you are doing an amazing job and changing lives. Whether it be one life or thousands, it is an improvement to the health of our nation.

I will never tell you that you are too fat, too skinny, too anything – because we are all different, there is no two ways about it, we are like snow flakes there are no two people that will be completely the same. You might have different bone structure, health issues, likes, dislikes, habits etc but the second they become an excuse to live a crappy lifestyle that is when I will tell you to suck it up, build a bridge and get over it. I’ve known people who look 20kg overweight yet live better healthier lives then the skinny fast food addicted, couch potato next to them. I don’t care what you look like, only how you live. Get off the couch even if just for a 20min walk everyday, it is better than nothing! Cut the crap in your diet, get rid of all the sugar fuel and start eating long lasting nutritious fuels! It’s not easy but it IS worth it. I’m not overly harsh, but I am honest. I am kind, but I don’t sugar coat. Like every other ‘fitness motivator’ I will not appeal to everyone. But if one person after reading, listening or spending time with me makes the decision to stop making excuses and get active then this will have been worth it!

I have been the one making the excuses, so I know how easy that path is. I’m too busy, I work too early/late, the kids won’t let me, I’m too tired, I don’t have the energy….the list goes on and is endless but the truth is until you start eating right and moving you will never have the energy. Bad diet and lazy habits drain you and before long it is an endless cycle that kills your energy, your enthusiasm and your passion. One day I looked down at the scales, I was nearing 9mth pregnant with my first daughter and was about to hit triple figures on the scales. But I was pregnant right? So don’t stress…No, I started at 60kg…I had put on a whopping 35kg (it is recommended to put on between 10-14kg) 4yrs and 2 kids later I’m still not back to that 60kg but I am well on my way and can guarantee that I am fitter and healthier than I have ever been. I make the right choices and set the right example for my girls. My body has changed and I may never get back there but I am healthy and happy and strong. Which is everything I want them to be. They will never know the pain of being bullied for their size, they will never feel the tears caused from a nasty schoolyard or feel lonely in the playground because they will be healthy, they will be strong and they will be confident. If I can do it, you can too. It is never too late to make a positive change. It is never too late to choose a new path. Life is short, make sure you are getting the most out of it and living the best quality life while you’re here.

Work Hard, Play Hard, Train Hard.

 

Emma xx

It All Started With A Lawn Mower…

The last few weeks have been an absolute rollercoaster, for both the entire family and myself. There is NEVER a dull moment!! My latest dramatic event happened two weeks ago. While home sick with my youngest daughter Scarlett (6mths) I decided to stop sitting around feeling sorry for myself and be productive! My answer to that was to mow my well over due lawn…a decision I’m now regretting!! As I finished the mow and turned off the mean machine, before it had stopped I took of the catcher and went to scoop up the cut grass. I was a little too eager and my finger did a dance with the blade! 24hrs, 1 surgery and way too many stitches later my finger is properly attached and in a splint.

 

With a constantly sick house hold and broken finger, the mowing of the lawn was the last bit of physical activity I have had in the last fortnight then throw Easter in the middle…well my nutrition has had its down points too!!

 

With zero exercise and less than perfect nutrition, other than feeling like crap! I have found the following:

 

  1. The less exercise I do, the lazier I feel. Meaning it is even harder to get back to it!
  2. The more sugary, processed foods I eat, the worse I feel and the more crappy food I crave!

 

It is an endless, destructive cycle, the more you eat, the less you do, the less you do, and the more you eat!

 

The biggest problem for so many people (myself included!) is getting out of this slump. How do we find the motivation after a bad trot to get back on the horse and keep going? I have spent years trying to come up with the answer and while some things may help e.g. support from friends and family or an inspirational quote that really speaks to you. There is no secret trick, if you don’t feel like eating right or doing a workout, take a few breaths, think about how you will feel after your workout vs. how you will feel after eating that big mac…now *tough love* suck it up and make the right choice! It’s not easy. I know that. There are days when I really don’t feel like moving! But I suck it up, pack up the kids and head off to Bootcamp. After the class, I’m in a better mind frame, I have more energy and I’m more inclined to go grab a salad over a burger! Plus I know that if I put in the effort to take that hour for myself and go hard in that workout for the rest of the day, I’m a better Mum. Instead of throwing on the TV and begging the kids just to sit down, be quiet and watch telly! I’m taking them to the park or doing craft! Your overall quality of life will improve dramatically and then there will soon come a day where you’re not forcing yourself to choose salad over a burger or workout over couch time, you will wake up before your alarm and have your runners on! You will be craving veggies and home cooked meals instead of chocolate and take out and you will love every second of it!!!

I’m not saying you won’t have your bad days. I will too, we are human after all! We are not perfect but make the right choices and we can be pretty damn close!!

 

We are on this journey together. It’s a life long journey not a quick fix – so enjoy it. Enjoy every step and get the most out of every day 🙂

I’d love to hear all about your journey, your struggles, and your accomplishments – share them all, you never know whom your inspiring!

 

Happy Training Ladies!!

Emma xx

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