Well today I’d like to introduce you to one of our staff members, Sharna. Sharna is a feedback coach, soon to be program writer as well. She is qualified cert 3 & 4 and loves helping our clients towards their goals. She has just coached a client to a Body Blitz win, so keep your eye out for that story in next month’s Women’s Health & Fitness mag.
Challenges When you are a Parent
My name is Sharna and I work with Sue and the team as a feedback coach with Ideal Bodies Online. I absolutely love my job! It is so amazing to see wonderful people achieve amazing things, both physically and emotionally in just 12 short weeks
I see many people come across all sorts of hurdles and challenges during their programs. One of the most common hurdles I have seen people overcome during their IBO program is fitting in a consistent exercise and nutrition routine with children.
Let’s face it, kids wreak havoc with your day to day schedule. Your priorities change, the focus isn’t just on you but on your children and family. It is hard and tiring work being a parent- believe me I understand as I have 3 young boys of my own and they definitely keep me on my toes, however, I have come to realise that I do need to make time for myself! I need to look after myself in order to look after them. Happy mum – happy kids!
I thought I would take this opportunity to share a couple of strategies I use to overcome this issue:
Schedule!! I always schedule each workout and most meals for the week. It doesn’t always go to plan, as things pop up, kids get sick or it’s my turn for reading groups or canteen duty! I still aim to stick to the schedule as close as I can to ensure I get every workout in and I am not caught out with meals.
I begin to motivate myself each day, I lay in bed in the morning and visualise how my day will go and how I am going to feel at the end of a successful day! Proud, healthy, happy and strong!
What do you do when something pops up like the kids are home from school sick? I am still going to complete this session no matter what – it may just take a bit of juggling. I either do it before my husband leaves for work, or after he gets home in the evening. I have also been known to set up a little cardio circuit in the backyard using a skipping rope, trampoline and body weight exercises. No excuses!
I also like to keep my husband and kids involved; we walk the dog together or practise our push ups or boxing together.
Many people feel that you need to cook two meals to cater for the family and yourself! Personally I add a couple of additions to the family meals, and keep mine clean and simple. I like to ensure my family are also eating healthy, wholesome foods. If I am cooking chicken and vegetables I might add some sauce or mayonnaise and usually add rice, potato or pasta to the family meal (and I will eat the left over rice or potato for lunch the next day). I have not had any complaints yet
Exercise, motivation and good nutrition can be a challenge no matter what stage of life you are at – the benefits are certainly worth it! There is always a way – do the best you can with the time you got!