Without 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 August - Folly and her 3 children Angus (5), Lochie (4) and Honor (22mths). Folly joined Body Beyond Baby for our 12 Week Winter Challenge and has made fantastic progress. Well done Folly!
As a thank you to our Mum of the Moment and a congratulations for all of her hard work Folly will receive a voucher for Plenty Kitchen and Tableware in Bondi Junction
I had not done any regular exercise for a very, very long time, between work and children it had become low on the list of priorities, and I could always think of an excuse. I had joined gyms in the past but never enjoyed exercising inside and lacked the self discipline to keep at it. I turned 42 earlier this year and suddenly realised I had to remain healthy not only for myself, but also for my children and that meant both exercise and shifting some of those extra pounds that had crept on since starting a family. A friend told me about Body Beyond Baby, I had walked past the exercise classes in the park but was worried that I would never be able to keep up. However, being outside and with nannies to look after the children was a perfect combination for me. With regards to all those very fit ladies... I decided we all have to start somewhere (although I seriously doubt many were at such a low starting point!). I plucked up the courage to approach Jen who told me about the challenge. I initially baulked at the prospect of doing four sessions a week but decided if I was going to embark on this I might as well give it a proper go. To my surprise, I love the classes so much that I miss them on the days that I am not in the park, they are always challenging and varied, Jen and Amy are fantastic at tailoring exercises to all levels.
What has been your Body Beyond Baby highlight so far?
I love exercising outside and feel good all day afterwards, even Lochie loves coming to the sessions and has joined in on occasion! I also love feeling fitter and seeing my stamina improving... I could not run twice around the oval initially without slowing to a walk but have actually managed a lap of the park now.
What has been your greatest challenge?
I would be lying if I said my diet is 100% perfect and it has certainly been my greatest challenge. I realise that this is a change for life though, and my choices are slowly becoming healthier, with only the occasional chocolate slip up!
What has been you husband’s reaction to your new fitness regime?
My husband has always been the sportsman in our family, having rowed competitively in the UK in his younger years. I think the words that best describe his reaction to my fitness regime is complete astonishment! He could not believe that the first exercise I had done in years was a class in the pouring rain and I actually came back smiling! He has been incredibly supportive and has readily given up any weekend lie-ins to stand on the side lines of U6 rugby matches.
You are the first person to sign up to the Find Your Summer Body 8 Week Challenge, tell us why you committed again so quickly?
As well as exercise sessions in the park and the dreaded steps on Sundays, there is a great sense of being part of a team when you are on the challenge. Everyone delights in each others achievements and is very supportive. I still have a long way to go, but by signing up to the next challenge I hope I am slowly inching towards a much healthier way of living.
Do you have anything else to add?
A huge thank you to Jen and Amy for all their patience and support. I feel better than I have in years! And to anyone who is unsure about whether to give it a go or not, if I can do it, then anyone can!!
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