Strive for progress not perfection!

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The pic on the left was me when I was in my ‘photo shoot & fitness model’ prime. I lived & breathed training & aimed to be lean ‘all year round’. I put SO much pressure on myself & was coached poorly by a few trainers so I ended up cutting out food groups to get lean a lot of the time. It was a struggle to maintain that momentum & it was so god dam tiring… I could never really relax, I was always thinking about making sure I still had abs & if I was ‘photo shoot ready’! Don’t get me wrong this time of my life was a huge part of pathing the way of who I am today.. I worked hard & I got rewarded. I am so thankful for the opportunities that came my way back then & know that this time in my life served it’s purpose for me. I feel having lived that life that I can now tune into what women need & understand them in a way that others can’t!

Fast forward 3 years and there I am (on the right) 6 months post baby and feeling more complete and happier than ever! These days I am super kind to myself, I am enjoying life and I am training with more purpose. I DON’T cut out food groups and I eat food that you wouldn’t deem as healthy (mostly on the weekends ). Being a full time mum and starting my online business on top of training and being organised to eat healthy has been challenging at times and I have had my fair share of melt downs but I have never dwelled or believed that I couldn’t achieve things that I want too in my lifetime!
The reason I am sharing both of these pics and giving you a run down is that I want you to look for inspiration in the right places. You can not compare yourself to the images that flood your feeds of lean and ripped bodies. You don’t know what is going on in anyone’s life so how can you compare?! Use the images as motivation to smash your training for sure but stop thinking that everyone else has the perfect life & body as half the time that isn’t the case! I believe in Yin & Yang, life can not be roses all of the time, you need the balance of the lows to help you grow & evolve! Embrace your body and learn to accept it for what it is & all that it is capable of! Stop wishing, dwelling, dreaming and start doing!!

Justine xx

See how I got myself into shape post baby here
>>>> www.fithealthymums.com

This blog is for all the amazing mums out there!!

In your life you can only be as good as YOU can be. Far too many times I hear and see mums comparing themselves to other mums, they see images of celebs and think that they have it all together and that they have perfect lives. It’s easy to do as there are people out there that will only post about rainbows and sunshine and glamorize everything but the truth is NO one has the perfect life or the perfect body! If you are going to get down when you see these images of other mumma’s making it look easy then unfollow them or use your common sense and realize that it’s all about their image and it isn’t always what actually is

This is me in a nutshell 😉

I have days where I want to tear my hair out, I am tired, I am in my PJ’s most days before 4pm, I hardly leave the house apart from driving to the gym (thank goodness for the gym crèche), I have NO help from family and my fiancé (who goes above and beyond) works big hours! My bum is now a lot saggier and since I have recently stopped breast feeding my boobs have lost their shape. I have developed a pain in my wrist from feeding and carrying Leo that is super painful at times. The only time I get to myself is when I go to the gym otherwise I am a full time working mumma and I spend my days watching cartoons and singing nursery rhymes that I thought I had forgotten. I try to work on my lappy when Leo is asleep or when Matt is home, it is a tough gig at times but I DO get things done!
I’m sharing this with you ladies so you know that I am there with you, I have my struggles that I deal with daily but I choose to get up and make the most of the time that I have, I am now the queen of multi tasking!! The gym and my health keep me from falling in a heap, that’s why I’m so passionate about helping other mums feel good about themselves and to not beat themselves up over the uncontrollable’s
Being a mum is the most rewarding yet toughest job in the world and I wouldn’t change a thing.. I would love it if all mums would support one another without judgment and understand that we are all in this crazy roller coaster of a ride together!!!

The best thing that you can do is make yourself proud everyday just by doing YOUR best and not comparing yourself to anyone else! Just remember that YOU are enough!

Justine xx

Pic below is of me 7 months post partum!

http://fithealthymums.com/pre-post-natal-programs/
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