My passion and purpose in this life is to motivate, inspire and encourage other people, especially Mothers to live not only a healthy, active life but to also reach for their dreams.
I believe that just because a woman is a mother it does not mean she needs to put her needs behind that of the family. A mother is often seen as the main caregiver, nurturer and homemaker of the family. It is rarely questioned that a mother will put the needs of her children before her own. However for a Mother to be able to give 100% to her family, to be the best mother possible for her children, she must first be the healthiest version of herself. When I talk about health I include the physical as well as the psychological.
Many Mothers I work with initially come to me wanting to regain their pre-pregnancy figure, and they are usually shocked to discover that the simple matter of changing their diet and exercise is usually not enough to change their figure long term. To change anything you must first change your mindset, you must first have meaningful and fulfilling goals, and a desire to reach those goals. Fitting into an outfit that was worn pre-children is usually not a big enough goal to inspire life-changing habits. Sure you may reach the weight you were aiming for but will that really make you a happy, healthy person? My goal in life is to inspire women to be the best woman they can be and I believe to be that a woman must push herself and create goals that mean something to her and enrich her life. If she is working towards something more than a dress size she is going to be a healthier and happier Mother.
Most people I know are very supportive of my goals, on a daily basis I receive emails, messages and even good old fashioned, hand written fan mail from mothers around the World, thanking me for providing inspiration and motivation. I have the occasional haters who are sceptical, jealous or purely disagree with my training philosophies, which is all part of being in the industry. However more surprisingly I have a small group of women closer to home that like to openly criticize and undermine what I do. I often arrive at school drop off in my gym attire ready to go straight to training. Not aware of the dress code put in place by a small group of mothers, One day I am criticized for wearing my shorts too short, (obviously showing too much skin) the next day the group of mothers in question are 'embarrassed' because my long crossfit socks are ‘pathetic’ (confusing because this means I am showing less skin?) It’s not just my outfits these women feel they need to gossip about, but also my choice of company and what I do in my personal time.
A minority group of women is not going to stop me from striving for my goals and I will continue to do what I love. However I do find it interesting and believe this re-enforces my point that goals are so important. If these women had goals that were fulfilling to them they wouldn’t be so concerned with what I was wearing or doing in my spare time. I can only imagine what they could actually achieve if they focussed on living their own lives instead of talking about the lives of others.