A Work In Progress..

Many of you will know Kim – owner/operator of KFiTT Personal Training but with handing of the reigns to myself Im sure many of you are asking how I am going to help you get the results you are after. To do that I would like to tell you briefly about my own journey. The obstacles crossed and the results achieved. The struggle of weight loss and dieting has been a struggle from too young an age. But in Year 9 I managed to get my ‘A’ into ‘G’ and lose 15kg (75kg to 60kg) I felt amazing and managed to keep it off for 6yrs…then I fell pregnant.

Starting at 60kg I managed to put on a whopping 37kg the photo below shows me at approx. 90kg – Add an extra 7kg to that and I was no small lass (no cameras were allowed near me at that point!!). Suffering with sever PND after birth for about 3yrs (which is a whole other story!)  made the weight-loss journey no easier. I managed to get down to 75kg before I fell pregnant with my second child. Back up to 97kg I got! About 2wks after birth I got back into Walking & Bootcamps (taking it easy of course!) and not long after that started studying to become a Personal Trainer myself. With the help of Kim and some very hard work on my part I finished my certificates and shed 28kg. I am still on my journey to become the best version of me and as I continue to learn and grow the path becomes longer and more exciting each day

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So how do I know my methods work? Because I tried and tested them on myself and have never been happier 🙂 I invite you to take your journey with me. Together we can improve our lives and spread the joy of health and happy living!

 

 

Big Box Gym vs Outdoor Training

Besides the obvious indoors vs. outdoor what is the difference between going to a gym vs. going to outdoor training like KFiTT. I will be honest there are pros and cons for both. I myself have used both services and I am going to tell you my experiences of Gyms and Outdoor training classes, what I believe to be the pros and cons of each.

I started using gyms after I had my first daughter. I was in a different state to my family and friends and my husband was away with the army more often than not. I looked up a few mums and bubs bootcamps in the hope of making new friends and getting active in one but with none in the area I found the closest, cheapest gym with a crèche and signed up. For one hour every morning I went in and potted around the gym while Lily was in the crèche. So many times I had the crèche staff come out and ask me to come get Lily after 20min (I had a very clingy child who would go nuts if I left the room!) It was good for a while but after a few months I dropped off….There was so many people in the gym, yet it was still such an anti-social environment. I tried a few classes and though I would never walk out of a class myself, I saw people walk out whenever they please, whenever they’d had enough and there was no one to stop them, no one to support them through the class. Through this, I liked that even on the rainiest days I could still comfortably go in and do my workout and I liked that I could use whatever cardio and strength equipment I could get my hands on.

After moving back to Sydney I came back to Bootcamp. The first thing that made a massive difference to me was the crèche…it was right in front of me, Lily could see me, she would not stress out, I was free to do my workout in peace while she watched from the sidelines and played with the other kids. The second thing was the social side – Although I still did classes in the gym, there was n talking, no socialisation, it was silent. Coming to Bootcamp the girls work hard, talk, laugh and enjoy themselves! Being locked at home all day talking to either a wall or a baby (both of which had the same level of conversation) it was a blessing. Mainly for my mental health! I also think I worked harder. There was a competitiveness I never knew I had that came to life! Another side of things is the weather, obviously training outdoors there is the rain, wind, and other natural elements – although there is shelter at most ovals it does take that little extra motivation to get out of bed and get going. The price of outdoor training is also generally higher than gyms and before starting I tried to rack my brain around why that was, as price was also a key player in my decision making of where to train. It wasn’t until after I started that I figured it out – Its not just exercise, its personal training. Its social, it pushes me and being small classes the trainer takes the time to adjust exercises if I have an injury, or can’t do something and finds a harder version if I need to be pushed. The exercises always vary, no two workouts are the same – so unlike with my same daily routine at the gym, I don’t get bored. The biggest thing for me was it got me out of a hole. I had bad PND after my first daughter; my mental and physical health was suffering. The worse my physical health got, the worse my mental health would get and the worse my mental health was the less likely I was to do anything about my physical health. It was an endless, vicious cycle. The socialisation and exercise I got from joining Bootcamps did wonders for both sides of my health and in turn I became a better mother. Now after the birth of my second daughter I have amped up my training and am making my way through my fitness courses to become an outdoor PT myself.

All in all you can see both Gyms and Outdoor Training have pros and cons. When it comes down to it mine is only one view and each individual will have different experiences, needs, goals, situations and preferences. When it comes down to it, whichever option works for you is the right option. As long as you are being active you are on the right path 🙂

I would love to hear about your experiences! Comment below with your thoughts on the matter 🙂

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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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