Working one job while trying to get your own business off the ground can have it’s challenges, although having a dream and being driven by a strong vision keeps you going. This was me 2 years ago facilitating a session at a Leadership conference, funnily enough the subject being 'finding your purpose'. In the break I was chatting to a colleague about Mamas Journeys. At this stage I was wearing many hats, Leadership Trainer one day, Personal Trainer and Business owner the next, adding in the role of being a Mum to a 1 year old, I often questioned how I could continue like this. Here I was sharing my current situation, and this is when Body Beyond Baby was recommended to me so off I went and did some research.
After learning some more it wasn’t long before I had enrolled in the ‘Safe Return to Exercise’ course ran by Body Beyond Baby founder Jen Dugard. I’m a believer everything happens for a reason and as soon as I met Jen, instantly felt connected and supported. Soon after I was introduced to the concept of becoming a Body Body Baby affiliate, where we all run our own branded Mum focussed fitness businesses yet share the same mission to take care of Mums from the inside out.
At this stage Mamas Journeys was only a baby and had a lot of growing up to do! I was training Mums around my other work and I knew for it to develop I would need to be 100% committed. So in late 2018 I left my career in the travel industry to pursue my business and follow my passion.
Excitement. No, not from the weights, although they are generally known as a sex toy bringing pleasure, they can also improve the tone of your pelvic floor. When Paula (my women’s health physio) advised of this approach, I wanted to tell everyone! I have hope again! So yes, I was excited.
A word to describe our PF after having a baby is floppy. Yep floppy. 🙊 we can hold a solid pelvic floor contraction and we can fully relax it too, which is the balance we look for from within. Yet when it is at its resting state, some of us may need to work on its tone. This is especially important for runners, as when we run our pelvic floor should be resting and naturally be in synergy with our body, not squeezing it at all. Therefore if our overall tone is good we are less likely to experience incontinence while carrying out high impact exercise. As well as improving sex life, by increasing sensation and reducing pain.
Smart Ball Teneo uno - suitable for uterine prolapse.
When we think about it, our pelvic floor is a muscle just like our bicep. We do bicep curls to strengthen and tone our arms, so why shouldn't we be training our pelvic floor too? Look, I'm not a physio, I am a Personal Trainer who specialises in safe return to exercise for postnatal women, therefore I'm not able to tell you if your pelvic floor is strong, needs more strengthening or overactive. This is where Paula comes into it @ Yummy Mummy Physio.
A question I ask on the pre-screening form for all Mums who join our classes: 'Have you been doing your pelvic floor exercises?' General response… ‘sometimes, when I remember’. This is when I smile and explain we are all the same.
You want to start running and now have a little one in tow so you decide to buy a running pram. The question is - which one? I never really do much research into what I purchase, can be a little impulsive and then regret it later 😬😳
So we asked one our Mamas, Nadine who had researched the pros and cons before choosing her Bob Ironman.
Nadene pictured above with her Bob Ironman (please note baby not included).
Sitting round a dinner table with some icebreakers, the question was raised: What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? We had various answers, some being big hairy audacious goals (including mine). Then we digressed: Do you think you have to have something significant happen in your life, to want something so big. This question came as a surprise as I had never looked at it this way before, I have always been optimistic and consider a glass half full. Although this made me think and I instantly reflected to my childhood, as I believe your upbringing can have a huge impact on what or who you become. I was very fortunate to have parents who guided me through to adulthood (and still do). The subject changed and the conversation continued.
This question still lingered weeks later, and made me wonder - does one have to endure things such as trauma, tragedy, a life-threatening illness, divorce or losing someone close to make us live life to the fullest? It made me want to discover the answer. Personally, I have always been driven, so was curious if it could be something deeper that played a part. I reflected on some difficult emotional stages of my life which isn’t something I tend to do as it serves no purpose. Although I am an open book, wear my heart on my sleeve and by doing so, hope to keep it real.