I’ve decided to enter the Female MP Trainer Transformation of the Year to show Mumma’s that you don’t have to get up on stage to achieve a lean body and you don’t have to sacrifice your health or your energy levels along the way.
My goal was to simply build my body back up from running it into the ground after my second baby.
I desperately needed to improve my energy levels so I could be the best mum to my girls I could be, best partner to Pete and best role model for the mothers I teach.
After more than 2 years of broken sleep, being woken up multiple times a night I was severely sleep deprived.
Towards the end of 2017 I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, had come down with Glandular Fever for the second time in a year and to wrap it up I was diagnosed with Anaemia which required iron infusions and complete bed rest.
That was a snapping point, being told to rest completely for a week. I couldn’t do that, my daughters need me and I am supposed to be a role model for my clients – "the picture of health".
At the time I was eating ‘Metabolically Precisely’, six times a day.
I got to a point where I couldn’t exercise intensely much more than once a week without becoming bed ridden for the rest of the week.
I couldn’t understand how, for somebody who ate so well my body was falling apart. After some digging around it became apparent that my body wasn’t absorbing nutrients and the poor sleeping habits must have been the cause.
Focus on sleep, bit hard when you’re a mum but I had to because it started to effect my ability to be a mum.
So, I started meditating before bed, I listened to guided meditations to relax me and I read. Screen time was strictly controlled and my bed time was bought forward.
Knowing I was suffering through something like this made me realize what my Mumma’s would also be going through, I couldn’t be the only woman with Chronic Fatigue.
When ‘The Ultimate Role Model Challenge’ came up I thought what a perfect opportunity to show case my story.
More Mumma’s needed to hear about this and more Female Fitness Professionals as well.
I started working with Trish in January and I took every task very seriously, I set my S.M.A.R.T goals knowing more muscle and less body fat would be a by product of my improved health.
Over the course of my first two MP Programs with Trish I learnt to identify fuel shifts and that’s when my food would increase. That lesson in itself was invaluable.
My food kept increasing and I saw visible changes in my body, I looked fuller and I felt my energy levels improve.
When it came time to shift to a Fat Loss Program in August I was excited and nervous at the same time. Up until that point I had still been having 1 or 2 off meals a week so when Trish challenged me to 12 weeks of 100% compliancy my body immediately started to shift.
Having this much focus on a goal made me aware of what habits hold me back and how I can manage those habits better.
In week 4 Trish asked me to change my meals and eat only the meals that made me feel light, lean and a little hungry after.
I have to admit this is where I started to question the whole process, I remember at one point being completely miserable with how hungry I was.
This was where I experienced how brutal fuel shifts can be and if I wasn’t working closely with someone how easy it would be to give up.
I had never really done a Fat Loss Program so feeling what my clients would feel was invaluable.
Each week after that was different, some weeks I had cravings but other weeks I was focused because I could see changes.
In week 6 Trish increased my protein & plant food which made me a very happy girl, full of energy.
My sleep started improve and I had more fuel in the tank because of the increases and as you can see the improvement with my sleeping habits and extra food made a big difference in how my body was looking.
By week 8 I could see the finish line but I also started to feel like I could continue to eat like this as it was becoming very habitual.
I was tired in my final week, I don’t think anybody isn’t tired after chasing a goal as hard as we did for the Role Model Challenge but I was so proud to be able to say I did it.
I put in the work and I was rewarded with the results I got!
Reflecting on the challenge I established good quality sleeping habits for rest and recover as the priority.
I listened to my body and increased my food for more energy through fuel shifts which ultimately helped me build muscle.
Doing all of this allowed me to train more going from only being able to work out 1-2 times a week to 4 x F.I.R.E consistently.
I was proud of my body, health and energy levels.
I still came down with a bit of fatigue through the year but each time I did I managed it better and its effects only lasted a day or two.
Overall, I learnt from my experiences which has made me 10 times the coach to my Mumma’s than I was when I started. Personally I have so much more confidence within myself and who I am as a result of this journey, I grew into the person I’ve always wanted to be.
I hope to inspire other Mum’s to never lose sight of taking care of themselves, sometimes you need to put yourself first to put your family first.
P.S - Register your interest for next years Ultimate Transformation Program here.