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What Would You Like to Teach Your Children?

What Would You Like to Teach Your Children?

You work hard all week to provide for your family. You work long hours, you commute hours to work and put up with a tough boss all in the effort of being able to give your children the best start in life. You put your children first as you know the importance of a good start in life. You make sure they are in sport, eat a good dinner and go to bed at a reasonable hour. You are so tired after all the running around you prepare yourself a quick meal, complain about that niggling ache you have had for weeks, fall onto the lounge and may even fall asleep there. You have done an amazing job of caring for your children, but what about you? What would like to teach your children about caring for their own health?   As a mum I have learnt from my own mum that you put yourself last for your children. While I appreciate everything that my mum did for us, I would have loved to see her healthy and happy too. I wonder if there a better way we can all get what we need. Blake is watching everything that we do from such a young age and I want to be able to teach him that it’s ok to care for himself.  From 6 months old, Blake has watched us start our Outdoor Training Classes in Hurley Park. He came along to the Saturday sessions in Winter, snuggled up in his pram with my Nephew JJ, as our first members kickstarted their fitness program. Our first clients were my family. My mum, two sisters and 11 year old neice. As the boys grew, they started to mimic our moves. They would squat, do arm circles to warm up and tried little push ups. Today they run, jump and do burpees. All without ever been shown technique as I do with adults. They learnt through watching us move and had a go too. Through Fitness we were able to set a positive example and show how moving your body makes you feel.  When it comes to nutrition in our household, we believe in balance and moderation. We are not perfect and work to make better choices each day. We like to indulge at times but are learning to reduce the options on the Christmas dessert table and invite more people to birthdays to share the cake. We try to make sure Blake has fresh fruit and vegetables for him every day but what about us? We make sure that we also eat the fruit and veggies. We know that making one nutritious meal for the whole family means we are all taken care of. Blake makes such amazing choices sometimes that it blows us away. He prefers water over any juice, loves bananas, peaches and yoghurt, and sultanas. We have never forced him to eat this but with what was available to him, these are the choices he made. When I eat something I probably shouldn’t, I see him curious to try. When I say no, I realise that by not wanting him to have it, should I even be having it. I need to model the food behaviours that I would like Blake to have too.   This week I was giving my Nan a Remedial Massage. She needs some assistance getting onto my massage table and travelling. My mum was minding Blake while I worked and brought my Nan down for her appointment. He wanted to stay in the room so I allowed it. This was the first time he had ever seen my work in my clinic rooms. He looked and listened as I spoke. He watched as I started to treat my Nan. She made a noise as I hit a painful point. He then began asking “you alright Nan?”. He understood that something was happening and mummy was helping. The following day he walked up to my husband and said “Daddy, sore?” pointing to his arm. He then began to massage his arm. I realised then that we have been teachinghim the importance of touch and caring for one another.  Over time we have realised the importance of self care. As parents we plan our time to allow each of us to have regular massage to treat issues impacting on our health. We want to be able to spend quality time with Blake without pain or stress. Tristan is part of Wimp2Warrior to follow his own passion for MMA Training, teaching Blake to follow your dreams. I am working on making it to more training sessions or making time to train myself. There are plenty of things we can do each week to care for ourselves outside of these. Something as simple as a walk, window shopping, read a blog post (wink wink), or spending 10 minutes in the sunshine. This week, pick one thing you can do for yourself. Looking after yourself this week will give you more energy to be able to care for your children. If I can support you in creating time for yourself Contact me here or would like to book a Massage, Book online now.

It all begins again – Wimp 2 Warrior

It all begins again – Wimp 2 Warrior

This week it all begins again – Wimp 2 Warrior. You may remember hearing of this before as my sister Manda participated last season. Read her story here. Well now it is my awesome husband Tristan who has joined the Wimp 2 Warrior Family. It is a 6 month commitment and involves driving from Campbelltown to Brookvale 4-5 days per week but he is motivated to see it through. This year Tristan celebrated his 40th Birthday. He won’t mind me sharing this as he doesn’t care about his age and people usually tell him he doesn’t look 40. Well Tristan realised that it was time to get serious about his own training and do it now before he gets too much older. He wants to make sure he stays fit and healthy to be able to run around after our son. He also wants to be a great role model for Blake and other parents like us Tristan has always loved Martial Arts and was very jealous of Manda being about to train in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). As a Personal Trainer you get to learn the basics of fitness based in a gym. It takes further studies, experience and your own passion to develop your specific area of expertise. Tristan would love to take his experience through this program as well as his past experience with Martial Arts to bring MMA training to the Evolution  business and to Campbelltown. The program involves hardcore training from general conditioning, strength training, technique and will end in fight camp. This is where things get serious. He will have the opportunity at the end of the season to get in the ring and fight. There is one anxious wife here not looking forward to Fight Night. I’m sure he will do us proud. It’s going to be a tough road ahead for Tristan and our family but sacrifice and hard work now will result in another awesome element of training we can bring you in the future. Keep watching our Facebook Page and Blog to see how he progresses over the next 22 weeks.

6 Reasons Why Peita is Awesome

6 Reasons Why Peita is Awesome

Meet Peita!

She is one of our original clients and has achieved so much in the time we have known her. We thought we would share her success story so far. Despite the weight loss (which we will get to), Peita has gained so much more from creating a healthy lifestyle for herself and her family. She’s strong, she’s fit, she’s healthy and she’s well on her way to getting her confidence back. We think she is pretty awesome and we want to share with you why.

6 Reasons Why Peita is Awesome:

  • Committed

Even before Peita started with us she made the decision to change her life and take control again. My favourite thing she told me when starting with us was that she was doing workouts from You Tube in her loungeroom to get fit. This shows she was committed to get started and would do it on her own if needed. She now writes her own workouts for home and purchased her own equipment so that on days she can’t make it or the kids are sick, she makes up for the missed session at home.

  • Hard worker

Despite telling us she can’t run or do push ups or burpees, she is doing them. She tries everything that we ask of her and we have seen the improvement in her fitness along the way. The next step is for her to acknowledge how much she can do now.

  • Follows our advice

Peita was asked to be the subject of my nutrition consultation assessment for my Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics For Personal Trainers. We spent a good hour going through the initial questionnaire, finding out about her current diet and her lifestyle. We looked at meal timings and I provided her with some changes to keep her energy levels up before training to stop her feeling sick. Afterwards, I sent her my recommendations and she followed my advice. She felt better and the weight loss continued. Peita is never afraid to ask questions and seek help when she needs it.

  • No Excuse Mum

Peita is a single mum of two gorgeous kids. She made the decision to prioritise her own health, all while making sure they get to their own sports too. We welcome kids to our sessions so Peita brings them along on days when they are not at school or childcare. Sometimes the kids are picky with their meals but she still makes sure that they eat healthy foods, mixed in with some treats. She also prepares herself healthy meals and prepares ahead of time if she will be at training.

  • Role Model – To Other Mums

Now not only is a she a No Excuse Mum, she has become a role model for the other mums in the group who can see her changing before their eyes. They admire her hard work and praise her even when she is being humble about her achievements. She gets self conscious that people are going to think she has a big head but honestly she deserves all the praise she receives.

  • Role Model – To Her Children

Peita’s children have benefited from the change in her and the example she is setting for them. Her 4 year old daughter recently started instructing her little friends on how to do their exercises. She demonstrated mountain climbers, squats, planks and even came out with a Metafit move, the Spider Plank. At training this little girl is so shy and quiet but she is taking in all that we are teaching her mum. Her 8 year old son has also joined into many workouts and we even wrote him a special birthday workout. We loved hearing one day when nanny offered him chocolate, he said he would prefer something a little healthier. Great habits being formed from an early age. Now for the moment you have been waiting for. Peita has lost 27kgs over the past year with consistent effort and commitment to her health. She has set a goal for the next next 12 weeks to get her next goal weight. She has also set a goal to increase her fitness to participate in a mud run or similar event. Well Peita the challenge is on!  Congratulations to Peita on her achievement so far.

If you want to meet Peita at training or help from us to make positive changes in your life, contact us today.