Hey Mama, let me introduce myself.
I'm Beth. I'm mama to K, aka little poppet and wife to S, aka big poppet.
I became a mum just over two and a half years ago.
And on that day, in early June, my life changed so considerably.
I don't have to tell you.
But I might, because I think you'll be able to relate.
All of those things I used to be able to do...sit in the sun, wander around the shops, read a book, spend a few hours in the gym training for the next strong woman competition. I couldn't do.
I missed working out so much.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not your traditional fitness bunny. I didn't grow up loving exercise. Far from it.
I hated sports in school.
In fact I'd do anything to get out of it.
But I digress...
I love it now.
And when I first became a mum I couldn't do it. I didn't have time. I couldn't leave my baby to go to the gym for a couple of hours. It just wasn't possible.
But I had to do something. I was losing my sparkle. Like I'd lost a little part of myself.
My journey back to exercise wasn't that easy. In fact it was quite a struggle.
First finding the time.
Then lock down.
Then family illness.
Then lock down.
I knew consistency would be key. I just couldn't get that consistency.
So, I started working out at home. Utilising the little bit of time I knew I could scrounge together.
15 minutes a day.
Ok, I wasn't going to be setting any new dead lifting records with these workouts, but I did start to feel a bit more like myself.
A bit more energetic.
A bit happier.
And a strange thing happened.
I started enjoying being a mum a bit more.
I wasn't so fixated on all of the things I couldn't do, I just enjoyed the time I got to spend with my daughter.
Now I want to share that with you.
The workouts. The love of moving. The NEED to make time for yourself.
Because, let's face it, life should be enjoyed. It should be fun.
Let me tell you where I started, because I am far from your traditional fitness bunny.
I hated exercise at school. I'd do anything to get out of PE/games/sports...whatever it is you call it. If there was even the slightest chance I could get out of it...I would.
I'd either 'forgotten my kit'. Had a note from my mum, usually forged by a friend. Sorry Mum. Or, I'd gotten into 'some kind of accident' on the way to school.
I really did anything I could to get out of the class.
Why did I hate it so much?
I think it was because all of the lessons were running/athletics based, and I didn't like doing either. I just wasn't that good at them.
For years, exercise to me meant running. What do you do when you don't like running?
You avoid it.
I found something I enjoyed doing. Actually, something I loved doing.
It's really funny how you can look at something so differently when you enjoy doing it. I no longer tried to avoid exercise, I looked forward to doing it. I made time for it. It was my relaxation.
If you're interested, it was strength training that I found. Picking up really heavy stuff. Carrying it. Putting it back down again.
It's surprising what a sense of accomplishment you can get from something so simple.
My love of fitness was born.
I trained. I competed. I trained a bit more.
I loved it so much I became qualified in training other people.
I loved it so much I became qualified in fuelling mine, and other's workouts. I became a nutrition coach.
I've done lots of courses, including degrees, in my life, but my personal training and nutrition coaching qualifications were by far the most fun.
Throwing out the book learning approach I had with my other courses, I had to connect to people. Work with them.
That's what really cemented what I wanted to do, with the rest of my life.
I wanted to help people find a love of exercise. Help them see it can lead to so many other benefits in your life. Increased confidence, glowing skin, a spring in your step.
Yeah, I really believe that finding a workout routine that you enjoy doing can have a significant impact on your life and how you feel about yourself, your family and your friends.
I truly believe that every woman, mama or not, can and should write their own rules. And I believe exercise is the cornerstone to that.
I want to help you feel this confident. This sexy. This happy.
Because I think you're gorgeous. Now it's time for you to start believing it.
Let's do this together.