I have always had a interest in being active and fit. I spent 8 years in the military with babies 1 and 2 which help establish the importance of having a balanced and healthy lifestyle. After baby number 3 I chose to stay at home to raise anymore children we may have.
I would spend a lot of time trying to get back to my pre pregnancy weight. This duration would vary from 3-9 months. I found after having baby number 3 that I was able to bounce back a lot faster. Purely because I was more familiar with what motherhood was about, and could manage my time alot better. Also having that time away was very important for my mental well being, to reboot, have some independence and to take care of myself.
I took an interest in weight training after my 6th baby, which lead onto powerlifting. I have been powerlifting for the last 18months, and am loving it. I am about to compete in my 3rd novice competition in October this year.
How do you find the time?
Through prioritizing and working around my children and husband. My husband works shift work which means his weekly hours vary. Therefore I don't have a set time or day that I will train. I train usually before school or in the evenings at my local gym. If I'm really press for time I take the two youngest with me and pop them into my gym crèche, while the other 4 are at school. I train with my trainer in accordance to my availability. Meaning whenever hubby is home. Being an online client means I can train independently and just send through videos or questions that I have. However leading up to comp I am seeing her weekly.
Outside of that I will train with my train 1-2 a month.
Being able to train is part of my routine and lifestyle now.
How do you find the motivation?
It is something I look forward to being a stay at home mother. Something that defines me as a person rather than, a mother or wife. That time alone works wonders. The motivation comes from the results I see with my lifts. Also because I have developed a great love for the sport, I'd like to one day some compete in a sanction competition, or even to represent for Queensland.
How has it changed your life?
The Powerlifting community is such a positive and encouraging environment. It is more about competing against yourself and that you don't have to fit a certain type to be part of it. I have met so many inspiring and amazing men and women, from many different walks of life. It has taught me so much about myself, about being empowered and strong. To keep learning with a open mind and that your only limit is you. Most importantly, that lifting weights won't make you look like a man, but it will make you strong and confident.
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