What is your diet and exercise background?
I’ve always been aware of what I’m feeding my family and fuelling my body with. I try to stay balanced with food and have a healthy relationship with it. If I feel like having and enjoying a piece of cake, I’ll eat it and enjoy it. The same goes for having a glass or two of wine.
Since working out with my personal trainer Kylie, I think more about how many treat foods I put in my mouth. I know how much work it takes to keep fit and healthy. Exercise wise I’ve been up and down. I’ve always enjoyed exercising, but it has never become a routine for me. More stops than starts. Ten years ago, I was at my peak. I had no kids; exercise was easy, as there was a gym at work.
So what went wrong?
It’s been a combination of two kids, working, and juggling time and not feeling like I had time to exercise, but wanting to for my mental and fitness health.
What motivated you to find a solution to the problem?
I visited my girlfriend in Sydney who had two kids – a very busy working mum with a busy social life as well, and she managed to find time to go to the gym and she looked great. I thought if she can do it, why can’t I?
Why did you choose Kylie as your personal trainer, and what have you been doing together to achieve your goals?
Kylie was recommended to me by one of the staff, as she uses weights to get results, so at first, I didn’t know what to expect. I told Kylie that I wanted to look like one of the inspiring women at the gym and she said, “No worries – we can do that.” I warm up for 5 – 15 mins by myself, and then we get straight into it.
We started with lighter weights and easier exercises, which have built my strength to where I am now. I enjoy and look forward to our sessions. We do different exercises and movements which I’ve never done before, so it’s exciting and never boring. Were mainly working on thighs, bum, mummy tummy and firming up the guns. Pretty much everything from the neck down. We still have a bit more work to do.
What goals have you achieved so far with your Personal Trainer?
The joy of exercising has come back, especially when you see results just 2 x 30-minute sessions per week has made changes to my body shape. I didn’t weigh myself before I started PT, as I’ve always worked out my weight how my clothes fit me.
I can now do my belt up one more notch, my legs have toned up and feel confident to wear shorts again. My clothes are fitting so much better, and I don’t have to worry about selecting the right clothes to cover my trouble areas.
What are your goals for the future?
To keep exercising! It is so important to move our bodies, and it rewards us for doing it by working better, feeling good mentally and looking great. To encourage other mums that we can fit exercise in our budget and busy lives. Keep moving, so I’m an active, fit, healthy and happy mum and wife.
What is the most useful advice you could share with other readers having a personal trainer?
It can all seem too hard, but all you have to do is start moving that beautiful body of yours. If you need help, call Kylie and she will tailor exercise around you and your busy life.
Thanks for sharing, Melanie, and if you are looking to kickstart your own inspirational fitness story, drop in to see me at either Coffs Coast Health Club Toormina or Moonee! You can also contact Kylie directly on 0414 257 086 to get started today.