our wonderful mums and bubs Body Beyond Baby just would not be. Each
month we like to celebrate your achievements and recognise the hard work
that you put into your training and life as a mum. This month I would
like you to meet our Mum of the Moment for July - Farrah and her gorgeous son. Farrah started training with Body Beyond Baby only a few months ago but she is already making fantastic progress. After signing up for our challenge at our week four check in Farrah had lost 2.5kg, 5cm from around her middle, 5cm from her hip measurement and 4.mm from her abdominal skin fold - keep up the awesome work Farrah!
How long have you been training with BBB?
I signed up for a trial session on one rainy Monday at the end of April this year and haven't looked back...so it's only been about 2months and a half.
What made you decide to join BBB?
Well..I gained 21kgs in my pregnancy, lost half of them after the birth and hoping that I'll lose the rest through breastfeeding! (wishful thinking..) Naah..I'm not that lucky! 10 weeks had gone by..I was still wearing my maternity clothes and feeling down in the dumps because I know I needed to get back doing some exercise but didn't know where to start. Luckily, a few ladies in my mother's group were talking about joining a group exercise class and a few days later Karen posted the Body Beyond Baby link on our FB page after getting recommendation from one of the mums from her son's kindy..and the rest is history..
What are your favorite bits about BBB?
The challenges, outdoor training and variety within the sessions. I was a gym bunny before I fell pregnant..but I wasn't really enjoying it. It became routine and felt like it's a chore more than anything. With Body Beyond Baby although it is hard work, I do enjoy it. Great location, great session buddies and of course Jen is not bad either ;)
You are taking part in our Watch Your Winter Waistline challenge tell us about your experience and how you are feeling at this stage?
I wasn't convinced that I was fit enough to do this challenge as I was month into training with Body Beyond Beyond when it began but how grateful was I that I did! I was so excited when I received Jen's email on how to get started. I knew this was it..if I was going to sign up for the challenge I had to do it right. I have to admit nutrition is not my strong point. (Hi..I'm Farrah and I'm a carboholic!) But I learned a lot from the guidelines and other mums that have posted plenty of healthy recipes in our challenge FB group. I'm more conscious of what I'm eating now and getting better at planning my weekly meal. I keep telling myself - I'm not going to undo my hard work (esp that evil Sunday steps session) by eating junk!
First time training with the other mums on the challenge scared the life out of me. They all looked so fit to me that I didn't know how I would keep up. But I realise the only way to go is to concentrate on improving myself while having those mums in mind as motivation. Training is always hard but satisfying - it's good to have someone to kick your butt and push you out of your comfort zone week after week..
We are into week 6 ..halfway there..and I thought among my broken sleep (my dear son still wakes up 3-4 times at night) new diet and ramping up my exercise..I'd be shattered! But to my surprise I'm full of energy and week 4 check-in stats moved in the right direction! Happy days!
What would your advice be to any new mums thinking about exercising again?
Knowledge is key! Most of us think of going hell-for-leather after giving birth but I found many mums are not aware of their body. Know your body (abdominal separation & pelvic floor) and the exercises that you need to do and ones to avoid. I've learned a lot through Body Beyond Baby which helped me heal and get back on track safely..
Do you have anything else to add?
I just want to say thank you to Jen & the team at BBB ..love your work! Programs like this encourage more mums out there to get, keep fit and live a healthy lifestyle!
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