Transformation Tuesday with Kimberley
The awesome Kimberley shares with us today how she got back into shape after having 3 kids and how we need to stop looking for quick fixes and simply make movement a regular part of our lifestyle and stick to eating clean nutritional meals. Welcome Kim and thank you for being our Transformation Tuesday superstar!
If you would like to share your new healthy journey simply fill out our Q&A here and I look forward to featuring you.
How old are you and please can you share your health and fitness journey to date?
I'm 31 years old. I've always been fairly health conscious and into fitness (trying all different forms of sports and chopping and changing my routine, experimented with different diets etc) but the last ten months have been an amazing journey for me and the turning point in my health and fitness journey. I've been doing strength training and eating clean and finally feel the fittest and strongest I ever have - three kids later.
What types of foods did you used to eat as a kid and young adult? What's changed since then?
I was so lucky to have a mum that loves to cook and growing up, we were served delicious home cooked meals with fresh produce. Throughout my teens I tried a few different diets, low carb, high carb, vegetarian, shakes, low fat, high sugar etc! I also loved a drink with my girlfriends (every weekend! Not much as changed there, but I approach things a little differently). I used to eat fairly strict during the week but come a Friday night through to Sunday night - would tend to binge eat (which comes with too much alcohol). My body would then react with feelings of being sluggish, low energy, skin problems, digestive problems etc - so I wouldn't use get back into my exercise until atleast Tuesday because I felt so flat. It was a bit of a cycle. My exercise was focused on endurance based workouts - long walks which turned into long runs. My diet was ok, but not clean of processed sugars, grains and dairy. After having thee kids within 19 months (including twins), I wanted to get back into exercise, but I was time poor and couldn't get out of the house too much - so I started doing some high intensity cardio and strength work in my own home - using my kids as weights and my pram as equipment. I would only have about 15 mins to workout and thought to myself - well it's better than nothing! Within one month, I suddenly felt more toned and was hooked on this new feeling of strength. I started experimenting with clean eating and went on a 6 week challenge - that challenge has never ended for me 10 months later. I'm feeling content, strong, blessed and somewhat calm - as a mummy.
Do you play any sports or what sports do you like watching?
I do strength, work, and high intensity exercise 3 times a week and one longer run with my kids.
What are your interests, passion and what makes you smile?
I love cooking and researching clean eating recipes, I love laying on the floor and reading to my kids, I love long chats with my husband over a bottle of wine, I love exercising, I love sharing my experiences and lessons of health, fitness and parenting with other mums on social media. My children make me smile.
What was the catalyst that sparked your lifestyle change?
I think as I entered my 30's and became a mother - I had a shift take place within me. I didn't seem to worry about 'stuff' so much. My priorities changed. I wanted to create a stable, secure, healthy and loving environment for my family and that had to start from within me first.
What are some of your dreams/goals you hope to achieve over the next 12 months?
My journey is far from over - I love working towards improving my fitness and strength and setting new goals. I'm doing my strength and conditioning course so that I can write some workout program's for beginner mums that want to workout at home with their babies. I'm also loving connecting with like-minded mums on my social media accounts and watching that community grow.
What tips would you like to share with my readers about your transformation?
Stop looking for the quick, easy, cheap fix for health and fitness. It's so confusing for so many people because there are some big marketing giants out there trying to persuade you into a million different directions. If you want to glow with health and radiate fitness, come back to basics. Eat clean, wholefoods with an occasional cheat meal, exercise a few times a week (you don't need an hour every day!) and commit to it for a month. I promise you, after that month - you'll have a new way of looking at your health. You deserve to be bursting with energy and vitality - and if you're a mum, your children deserve a fit and heathy mum that has enough energy to keep up with them.
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