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 March - Danette and her beautiful daughter Luella. Danette has recently re-entered the world of work and is now like many of us juggling a career and small child - she will share her tips on how she has managed to maintain her training during this transition time.
As a thank you to our Mum of the Moment and a congratulations for all of her hard work Danette will receive a voucher for Plenty Kitchen and Tableware in Bondi Junction
How long have you been coming to Body Beyond Baby?
I started coming to BBB when Lu was about 3 months (around October 2009). My gorgeous sister in law Suzie introduced me and I was hooked after my first class.
What are the best bits?
There are so many best bits!! Number one is seeing how much fitter and stronger I have become. I love the friends that I have made in the challenges and sessions during the week. I love seeing how all of us are changing and getting stronger. It was great to see girls after Christmas that had been so good and worked hard over the holiday and they looked hot!
What are the hardest bits?
When bubs are clingy and grumpy, its hard to leave the house sometimes but it's only an hour and mostly they cope - and they do better than we think they will. The cold and rain was hard to begin with but now I have become a sucker for punishment and I actually enjoy running and training in the rain as the streets are quiet and you have them all to yourself.
The steps on a Sunday morning are hard every week to get up for but every time I do I have a blast and have the best day afterwards.
Your little one had a hard time settling with the nannies in the early days – can you tell us how you overcame this?
When Luella and I first started coming to BBB she loved it...she was with her cousin and just used to sit and watch the world, but later on disaster struck! She HATED it. She would actually start to get upset as soon as she saw the nannies and the set up area. For a little while I exercised with Lu next to me when the weather was fine but soon winter rolled on and the weather not so good. Two of the nannies Sam and Clare just were so patient with Lu and she built up such a bond with them, they spoilt her and would even show her the ducks and the horses in the park. I really feel that her getting used to "strangers" so to speak helped Lu enormously in settling in so well at daycare.
You have recently gone back to work – can you give us your tips on keeping up with your exercise when your routine changes?
With recently going back to work full time I had all the normal fears....routine, job, Lu in full time daycare, the biggest was losing my fitness that I had worked so hard to gain. Jen then mentioned that she was starting 6am classes and I was so relieved that this would be able to work for me! So with a 6am class (you'd be surprised how easy it is to get up when you are on auto pilot!), Saturday morning sessions and Steps on a Sunday I am still in my routine. I have all of my challenge exercises that Jen sends through printed out in a folder and any time I need something extra I will pull one out and do in my courtyard.
Can you give us your top 3 tips on exercise after having a baby?
- Your time is your time. Make sure you make time for yourself. In the early days I was swayed quite easily if Lu was cranky or had a slight runny nose that I would cancel my session. The only person that actually losing out was me!
- Make your time count and work hard. I try to never leave a session without thinking that I have given it my all. On the rare occasion that I did it only made me feel worse for wasting my own time.
- Make some goals for yourself no matter how small you think they are...if I have stretched myself the sense of achievement is amazing
Oh my gosh I type as much as I talk Jen!!! At first I came regularly every Thursday morning but everytime Jen pushed me to come on a Saturday it seemed I was always too busy and couldn't fit it in (read lazy!). When Jen put out out the call for the first challenge I did it to push myself, I do remember saying to Jen that I " just want to be fitter but I don't want to loose that much weight" Good grief what was I thinking? At the end of the challenge I had lost 4kg and was hooked on my routine, over Christmas I lost a further 2.5kg.
Best bit? Now when I exercise at home Lu immediately joins me and does squats with my elastic, pretends to do step ups and pushups. I want her to think exercise is an integral part of her life and now I know she does.
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