If there’s a person that will inspire you to set your excuses aside, it’s Monette

Hey fellow fitness fanatics. I am the mother of two little monsters (super cute though 😉 ) of 2 & 4 years old. I have a full time job and my husband is out of the house from sunrise to sunset. My to-do list is endless and most days it feels like 24 hours in a day is just not enough. But I had a goal and somehow the saying “you don’t have time – you MAKE time” forced me to take a good look at how my life was structured.

I came to the realization that if I’m serious about my fitness goals I’m going to HAVE TO make time, there just isn’t any other option! I’m not going to get any extra hours magically and my job, kids and husband’s needs aren’t going to change any time soon. So this is how it goes: My alarm goes off at 03:45 EVERY MORNING, yes you read right. I realized I needed to do my workouts when I can be alone and I don’t have to give time up with my children to do so.

Trust me, the first MONTH was very hard, over and over I asked myself “why do I do this to myself” but every day it got a little easier. First it was all about losing those extra, unwanted kilograms and seeing the centimeters get less and less but now, a year later I just aim to be a fit and healthy mom! Life happens and even though looking good and having lines are what we chase in the beginning, there are more important moments in life that will trump this any day. I just try my best when I can and try to involve my family as far as possible.

Small unexpected victories

You know you did something right when your toddler asks for dried fruit and some water when you are walking down the aisle in Woolworths – that was such a great moment for me, I did it! You don’t realize the example you set for your kids and when you see that your lifestyle is starting to have an impact on their decisions it’s something to celebrate.

I aim to train 5 days a week, but the reality is I am a mom. Sometimes my kids don’t feel well or they just want to cuddle up and that is ok. I would rather be there in these moments and comfort them and work that training session in later.  Again, life happens, most of the time my plans need to change at the last minute and I don’t really have much control over it. The big thing to remember is that one session missed doesn’t mean the entire week is now a waste. Never give up, take that time off and get back to it the next day. Don’t put a time to your journey, if it’s a lifestyle you always have time to catch up on a session or make better eating choices.

I fell in love with training, which helps a lot. In the beginning when you do it for the weight loss some of the sessions feel like such torture. Once you start doing it because you love the way it makes you feel, that’s when your attitude towards your training sessions change

My workout routine

My workouts are a combination of weight training and cardio. I try to work in a good run during my son’s wrestling practice twice a week. With that said, I am not a runner… Or so I thought. I started with a goal of 2km and after that I nearly died but now I can do a 10km for fun- YES, it’s actually fun! No form of exercise will be enjoyed the first few times you do it, but if you keep going you WILL get better and fitter and that’s when you start enjoying it. Seeing that you now easily do the things you struggled through a few weeks ago.

Staying motivated is really hard, it’s something you have to do on a daily basis. Inspiration is everywhere, you just need to act on it. The most difficult part is to start, even when you don’t feel like exercising, just start and you’ll get into it. And even if you don’t get into it that day, it’s fine, you at least gave it your best shot and that’s better than not trying at all.

Healthy eating is important

Of course exercising isn’t the only thing I focus on. Let’s talk food. I am still in a daily battle with myself, “to have that piece of cake or not”, my advice will be to have (half) of it – that for me is being fit but balanced. I can’t go through life having to say no to every treat that I get offered because I want to look good. Most of the time I eat healthy, nutritious foods but do occasionally indulge in a treat. I have made peace with the relationship between food and results and the key is to find your happy medium. As long as I feel like I’m trying my best, I am happy.

Remember, if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you! Change also doesn’t happen overnight so give yourself a break and try to do a little better every day. Give yourself some time to work through the hard parts in the beginning and you’ll see, it really does get better. Give up too soon and you’ll never get to that point where you are actually starting to have fun and make better decisions consistently.

Eat healthy, stay active and be happy. It’s all about maintaining that balance.

You are more than welcome to follow me on Instagram @hello_to_mona.

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