Quite a few of my friends/colleagues have suggested/requested that I cover a bit more fitness and nutrition ‘stuff’ in my blog posts. It’s something that I planned to do, intend to do, want to do, but I feel like I need to set the scene before I can do.
Once upon a time B.C (before child) I was a full time fitness professional. I taught twenty-two (sometimes more) high intensity classes every week and I trained ‘for myself’ in addition. I was slightly obsessed with nutrition and ‘clean eating’. I had lots of regular PT clients. I wrote fitness articles & blogs and quite confidently would have labelled myself as ‘highly qualified’ ‘role model’ and ‘guru of all things fitness’.
Two very wonderful and quite literally life changing years later, I (just about) manage to juggle being a mum with teaching seven classes a week. I rarely find the time to have extra workouts ‘for myself’. I find it a real challenge to fit PT clients in around childcare and somedays the extent of ‘clean eating’ is washing my hands before I shovel Cheerios into my mouth. (Straight from the box, naturally.) Some days I feel I’m more ‘guru of all things Peppa Pig’ than ‘guru of all things fitness’. (Seriously. I can quote entire episodes.)
I still am, and always will be, incredibly passionate about fitness. I still have my finger on the pulse of the industry and in the midst of my of daily juggling act I’ve always got one eye on the nutrition ball. If the fridge-police were to suddenly raid our house they’d always find copious amount of curly kale in the veg drawer. (obsessed with the stuff.)
But I also love sharing a pizza and a bottle of wine with Mr O on a Saturday night. I look forward to putting the world to rights with my mummy-friends over a hob-knob and a hot chocolate after gymnastics on a Wednesday. And where on earth would I be without my Friday cake-club meetings with Mrs L?!?!
Life has changed. Priorities have changed. And these days I don’t feel like I’m the ‘perfect’ example of a hardcore fitness professional. But I have found a very happy balance between the cake and the curly kale.
So I will start writing some more fitness pieces and I love to hear what subjects you’d like to see up for discussion. I might not be the same kind of ‘role model’ that I once was but hopefully now as a 41 year old mum working in the industry, I can bring a slightly different and more balanced view to the table. And if not, I can always tell you about the time Daddy Pig stopped for an ice-lolly halfway through a charity fun-run……..!!