Yay! It’s Friday which means a couple of things around these parts. Primarily; a day in Sydney. A solo coffee date (today’s mini expedition was to Sonoma Bakery in Alexandria). A meeting or two (today’s is for a copywriting project I’m working on with a fabulous small business who need their words on the web refreshed and given a bit of extra sparkle) and dinner with my parents, husband and son. It also means a brand new ‘Mum Who Rocks’ post which really is the cherry on top of one of my favourite days.
Today’s ‘Mum Who Rocks’ is the lovely Melissa AKA The Healthful Mum. Melissa and I first ‘met’ back in 2011 when we were both part of an online group for mums due in January 2012. Back then, I was confused as to what the word ‘swaddle’ meant, and health, wellness and how on earth I was going to manage this motherhood gig didn’t even figure on my radar. Melissa wasn’t a total newbie to the game, having already started down the parenting path with her son and I’m sure she had a much bigger clue than I did!
Fast forward to the present day and it turned out that Melissa and I had a bunch of stuff in common, namely a keen interest in nutrition, health and wellbeing, particularly for busy mums. I could also completely empathise with her experience of hitting the ‘rock bottom’ of running yourself into the ground due to the stress of motherhood, work and a total and complete lack of investment in your own mental and physical wellness. Having that lightbulb moment when you wake up and suddenly go ‘Hang on, this just ISN’T working’ isn’t always the most pleasant experience in the world but it can provide potent ground for making the necessary changes that need to be made. Melissa did just that and along the way, found her passion; motivating mums to be a healthier version of themselves.
Take it away Melissa!
1. Tell us all a little bit about your lovely self.
My primary ‘job’ is being a mummy to my two beautiful babies (Harrison is 4 in May and Sophie turns 2 in a couple of weeks *sob), but I am also an awesome wife, a registered nurse, a keen runner, a fan of HIIT (high intensity interval training), a Pilates lover and a soon-to-be nutritional student (eeeekkk).
I started Healthful Mums after setting out on my own health journey. I was running my own online business, working 40+ hours a week whilst trying to look after my kids and was running myself into the ground. As a result my physical and mental health suffered and I hit my ‘rock bottom’. I made a decision to get healthy, not to just ‘lose weight’. I wanted to be a positive role model for my kids and I wanted to be the healthiest version of me I could be. Now 6 months later I am the fittest and the healthiest I have ever been and it wasn’t through going on a fad diet or using meal replacement shakes. It was simply through good nutrition and an active lifestyle.
Now I want to inspire and motivate other mums to get healthy and get active, hence Healthful Mums was created. It’s a community to support each other, challenge yourself and to share “healthful” tips and recipes.
2. What words best describe your mummyhood journey thus far?
Fun, challenging, messy, exhausting and beautiful. (Nothing quite prepares you for having your child do a massive projectile vomit down your top, even after years of paediatric nursing)
3. Sweetest parenting experience?
Ahh there are so many of them. I guess I love those moments on a Sunday morning when the kids sneak into bed with us and we chat and have little snuggles before getting up and sharing the day together. I know these moments wont last forever so I am cherishing them now while I can.
4. How do you manage being a busy mama with taking care of your own wellness?
I focus a lot on nutrition because there are many days when I can’t get my exercise in so at least I know I am still taking care of my body. I also want to set a good example for my kids when it comes to healthy eating, so if they see me filling my body with nutrient-rich food then they are more likely to do the same. I try and eat as ‘clean’ as I can and limit processed foods. I would much rather make my own meal from scratch than pour something from a jar.
I also like to take some “me” time to exercise. I am training for my first half marathon in a couple of months so I usually get up at around 5.30am before the kids get up and go for a run (while hubby is still home) and I feel like that sets a really good mood for the day. I also do group HIIT sessions with a trainer who has a crèche for the kids which is great for time poor mums because with HIIT you can burn a lot of energy in a short amount of time. Then any extra exercise I get in is a bonus. Even if it is taking the kids to the park for a run around or down to the local pool for a swim, I still count that as exercise.
I don’t limit myself to only eating healthy food all the time, I still enjoy the odd pizza night out with the family or a nice cold beer at the pub on date night. I believe that moderation is the key, but just don’t go crazy.
5. Any non-negotiables when it comes to your health/lifestyle?
I must have coconut water in the fridge at all times. It’s great for rehydration after a long run or I mix it in green smoothies on a hot day. My kids love making their own juices and icy poles with it too.
6. Now for the REALLY important stuff..
- Cats or dogs? Dogs
- Dawn or dusk? Dawn
- Yoga or pilates? Pilates
- Coffee or tea? Both? (I still enjoy one coffee a day)
- Juice or smoothies? Smoothies
7. The ol’ finish the sentence..
- The best word to describe me is….
- I totally rock at…
Making up songs about batman and the ninja turtles on the spot. They never make sense but my kids don’t care.
- If I’m not being a mum you can usually find me…
Out for a run or hitting the shops buying up on more active wear (I think I have a problem, honestly)
8. Favourite words/affirmation/quote to live by?
‘ It’s ok to be a glow stick; sometimes we need to break before we shine.’
9. Where can be find you?
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