Reconnecting

My Day

I always start the day with a glass of water, then depending on how early my first client is I’ll follow up with a bulletproof latte. PT work changes all the time – until recently I was working mainly Monday-Friday but currently the bulk of my work is Thursday – Sunday – not a job for those who like routine! I train where I can, usually in the afternoon, and always take my dogs out for 1.5-2 hours come rain or shine. If I don’t have evening clients or classes, I love to make dinner for Ben or see friends – again depending on how early I’ve had to get up that day!

My Fitness

I try and exercise 5-6 times a week, mainly strength training, boxing/kickboxing, running, swimming in summer and my metcon class Thursday mornings without fail. I’ve been trying and failing to get into yoga/pilates for a long time but thus far haven’t managed to squeeze it in, might make it my new years resolution for 2019! I’ll pretty much try anything active; rock-climbing, tennis, if its’ sweaty I’ll enjoy it. The only thing I really can’t do is run for too long – my body just isn’t designed for it.

My Food

I currently follow a strict pescatarian + dairy free diet, also omitting squid, octopus, crab + lobster.  I’d love to quit either eggs or fish next (I was vegan for 3 years and would like to move back into it at some point, but it’s a touch diet to follow with my lifestyle) but for now this diet is definitely helping me feel the best I’ve ever felt. I’ve got a huge sweet tooth and would happily put away chocolate all day long if I could. Coffee + beer are my other two vices.

My Job

Becoming a PT is without doubt the best decision I ever made. Yes it’s tough physically, emotionally and financially, but seeing a client work hard, enjoy a session and slowly but surely seeing results makes every early start and late finish work it. There is honestly no other career I can see myself in – unless a piglet-petting-chocolate-taster role is going somewhere? LMK if you hear of anything.

My Philosophy

Coming into my third year in the fitness industry has taught me so much about how I want my life to be. Time started moving so much quicker after I hit 30 and I realised I wanted to get as much out of life as I could. I think communication about diet + exercise is always extremely rigid and designed to make people feel guilty or weak regarding their lifestyle choices.  When I have an initial consultation with a prospective client I tell them that it’s my job to make sure fitness slots comfortably into their lives and is something they enjoy. The same with their diets – food is a gift and losing weight doesn’t have to mean losing the things you like eating.  I’m a HUGE believer in working hard and playing hard; a disciplined routine with no room for variety just isn’t for me.

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#noexcuses

We’ve spent pretty much all of 2015 reminding ourselves and each other of the positive feelings associated with exercise. Why we should do it, when we should do it, why we shouldn’t not do it. Any one familiar with the saying ‘The only workout you’ll regret is the one you didn’t do’? And then there’s my favourite of these passive-aggressive ‘motivational’ soundbites – ‘No Excuses’.

I admit it – I’m guilty of using this dirty little hash-tag. There are so many of these and others like it (#nodaysoff, #neverquit etc) but I’m fairly certain that you, like me, have gotten pretty bored of one too many shredded fitness models telling me that I’m weak and feeble because a hangover, torrential rain or some quality time with my friends and family take precedent over a workout.

The fact is, if I myself have the odd excuse not to exercise, I can’t tell my clients that they can’t have their own. There are plenty of reasons you might decide not to push yourself into a workout – illness, fatigue, injury, muscle pain. You might have family commitments which leave you without any time to workout – mums in particular seem to be an easy target for fitness professionals who think that there is #noexcuse for finding time in the day to burn calories. Only YOU know what your body, your time and your energy can fit in and there’s no place for anyone who tells you that your excuses don’t matter.

On the flipside – I wouldn’t be any good at my job if I encouraged people to excuse themselves out of getting fit over and over again. You know when you’ve run out of reasons for starting to take better care of yourself, and when you reach that point, I’m here for you.  You’ll be #betterforit – now there’s a hashtag I think we can all get on board with!