By PPT Level 1 Trainer, Sarah Ible
Anyone who knows me knows I love my training and my family. I’m a devoted mother to 6 amazing kids and wife to a great man. Yeh, its tough, and we live in a state of organised chaos with kids, work, dogs, and our own business, but we have found a way to make it work.
“How DO you do it? How do you fit in the TIME to train?”
Initially, it wasn’t how do I do it, but rather, I NEED to do. Sarah was a little lost. My identity was wound up in my six kids. For the first few years after starting a family I remained working, but after child number 3 I stopped. Days became busy and consumed with, burping, bathing, nappies, potty training, sleepless nights, sharing a bed with toddlers (this continues to date), being squeezed, pinched, pulled, suffocated, slobbered on. You get the point. My body or my time was never being my own.
I needed to make some changes! I needed something that helped defined me, while helping manage and cope with the challenges that motherhood threw my way.
It hasn’t been easy, it still isn’t.
There was a point in my life where I felt alone, my days, weeks and months blurred into one. My body was remnants of what it once was…… Dramatic I know but I felt dramatic haha!!
This was the hardest work I had ever done yet no paycheck at the end of the week, and no reviews along the way to say I was doing a great job. I had lost measurable evidence of my self worth.
So back to the question posed above and the one I get asked all the time, “How do I make it work?”
The old cliché about wanting something enough that you find a way instead of an excuse rings true in so many ways. I began my training and started on my journey in health and fitness. I loved seeing the changes in my body and embraced every challenge. Along the way I met some great people who understood what I was experiencing, shared my feelings and together we were a support for each other. I no longer felt alone, nor did I feel like I was being selfish giving myself this time. I soon realised there was an entire gym filled with women who just wanted to get a part of themselves back. Rather than slowly disappearing into the background behind our kids, we were once again feeling strong physically and mentally and this was happening because we were training.
Through exercise I was healthier, stronger, had renewed focus, drive and confidence and most importantly time for me. Time that I had to find, but time that made me happy, healthy, and the confident. The big surprise from all this was that it even helped me be a better mother, wife and friend. It is undeniable that training has had and will continue to have a positive impact on my life and the life of my family in more ways than one. These benefits aren’t unique to me and you don’t need to look far to find the research. It’s been documented repeatedly about the associated mental health benefits. For me with I cant go past its impact on improving feelings of:
You see, the brain and body respond well to exercise!
I believe this time I spend in the gym is a definite investment in myself, as well as my longevity as a healthy and happy individual. I much prefer to be an example of health, fitness and happiness for my tribe, not only now, but well into my latter years.
Now ask yourself what’s stopping you?
No B.S! No excuses…. Just Results!!!