THis is Why I love being a personal Trainer !!!
Before Photo - February 2014
This is why I love my job!! Janelle has come a long way from when she started so proud of her and the effort she has put in, especially as she wasn't very keen at the start. Janelle has learned to love exercise , which in turn has resulted in her new body shape, happiness, less aches and pains from old injuries.
NOT MANY PIX OF ME FROM EIGHTEEN MONTHS AGO. HMM
MY FRIEND TANYA WAS ALREADY A CLIENT OF MEL, AND I COULD SEE THE CARE TAKEN OF HER BY MEL AND RESULTS ACHIEVED AND DECIDED THAT I DID NOT NEED TO LOOK AND FEEL UNFIT, UN-FLEXIBLE, WEAK AND FLABBY. I DIDN'T LIKE THAT I WAS ALWAYS HAVING TO PIN MY SHIRTS SHUT ACROSS MY EXPANDING CHEST, AND THAT MY TUMMY ... I COULD GO ON.
SO A COUPLE OF DAYS AFTER THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN, MID FEB 2014, I MET MEL AND SAID THAT I WOULD LIKE TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE BEING IDLE WAS CAUSING. I WAS 52 AND HAD A STIFF BACK, SHOULDERS AND NECK, AS WELL AS AN OLD INJURY TO ONE KNEE AND WEAK ANKLE. I WOULD HAVE TO DO YOGA STRETCHES IN BED BEFORE I COULD GET UP EACH MORNING.
I HAD NEVER DONE ANY SERIOUS EXERCISE, JUST A BIT OF BIKE RIDING AND I RAN THE STAIRS INSIDE THE BUILDING WHERE I WORKED. I TOLD MEL THAT I WOULD PROBABLY NOT LIKE TO GET FIT, AND AS A JOKE STARTED PT SESSIONS WITH HER WEARING MY PJ'S BECAUSE I DID NOT OWN EXERCISE CLOTHES. FOR WHAT? WELL IT DID NOT TAKE LONG TO ACTUALLY FEEL BETTER.
MEL REVIEWED MY EATING HABITS AND ATTITUDE TO FOOD AND I AGREED THAT I SHOULD EAT MORE FRUIT AND VEG. I WANTED TO ACHIEVE BETTER FITNESS BY SLOW DEGREES AND MEL AGREED THIS WAS THE BEST WAY TO ENSURE I MADE A LIFESTYLE CHANGE. RUSHING TO LOSE WEIGHT WOULD MEAN MY AGING SKIN WOULD BE LOOSE, YUK.
THROUGH 2014 MEL TAUGHT ME GOOD TECHNIQUE AND CONCENTRATED ON GETTING MY BACK STRONG. SHE HAS A GOOD LAUGH WHEN I WHINGE THAT SOME EXERCISES ARE PARTICULARLY CHILDISH AND JUST LIKE STUFF WE DID AS KIDS. I SNUCK UP ON ENJOYING WORKING OUT BY DOING "HOMEWORK" WORKOUTS A COUPLE OF TIMES A WEEK FROM THAT WEEK'S PT SESSION WORKOUT SET BY MEL.
THE FITNESS I HAVE GAINED OVER THE LAST 18 MONTHS HAS BEEN THROUGH BEING ACTIVE, DOING ENJOYABLE VARIED EXERCISE THANKS TO MEL'S GUIDANCE AND INSTRUCTION AND BY EATING WELL.
FEB 2014, I WEIGHED 70 KG, AND WAS 94 CM AROUND MY BELLY
APR 67 KG 86 CM
SEP 64 KG 86 CM
DEC 64 KG 86 CM
WHEN MEL WENT HOME FOR LAST XMAS 2014, TANYA AND I DECIDED WE NEEDED A FALL-BACK PLAN SO THAT WE DID NOT UNDO THE YEAR'S EFFORTS AND SO I WENT TO A GYM FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH HER TO DO CLASSES ON A 10 TRIAL VOUCHER AND HAHA I JOINED UP AND EVERY WEEK I SUPPLEMENT MEL'S PT SESSION WITH 3 OR SO VISITS TO THE GYM TO DO HARDCORE REFORMER PILATES, YOGA AND BIKE.
MAR 2015, I WEIGHED 63 KG, AND WAS 83 CM AROUND MY BELLY
MAY 63 KG 82 CM
SEP 61 KG 81 CM
NOV 62 KG 78 CM
NOW I HAVE LADYLIKE ABS WITH A TINY POT BELLY AND ALMOST A COMPLETE THIGH GAP. HAHA BUT WHAT REALLY MATTERS IS THAT I AM FEELING FLEXIBLE AND AGILE, NOT STIFF AND IN PAIN FROM WEAK MUSCLES NOT BEING USED RIGHT.
Being a personal trainer at the start I put a huge amount of pressure on myself to get my pre pregnancy shape back. I thought I could get it back faster than the average but turns out my body is just as slow as everyone else’s haha.
Some new mums are relaxed about their post birth body, seeing the changes as simply part of becoming a mum while others can find it more difficult.
I found it difficult at the start, I had to learn to work on patience, acceptance and to relax and enjoy my new body shape. Getting results after a baby is 100% attainable but we need to prepare ourselves that it may take a little longer than we expected but it will absolutely happen. I used to get angry about my pants not fitting but now I’m enjoying the journey of reclaiming my body both shape and strength. It’s the most satisfying feeling in the world next to watching my son grow and being a mum.
I have learnt that we place alot of pressure on ourselves as women to continually compare ourselves to other women. Generally the women we chose to compare ourselves to we always fall short. It’s hard to come to terms with it but each of us are built different, we need to have patience, balance and determination to succeed. We need to have realistic expectations of our bodies.
Don’t be alarmed by the way your tummy looks after birth. It was something no one advised me about and it was something I wasn’t prepared for. Even though your baby is out, you may still look six months pregnant with a round, squishy midsection.
Depending on the size of your baby you may have a dark line down your abdomen (called a linea nigra and a web of stretch marks, which are actually little scars caused by the extensive stretching of the skin.
It takes time for your body to recover from pregnancy, all the extra fat your put on to nourish the baby starts burning off especially if you are nursing and exercising. But it takes time to notice results.
It takes nine months to make a baby and generally as long to return to your pre pregnancy weight. Take your time and don’t feel pressured to look or feel a certain way too soon. Find an exercise routine you enjoy, stay focused and determined for you and your new family. Get out and be active and the results will come.
Left is August 2015 just over a month after Cian was born
Second Photo is November 2015 4 months after birth
On the left is February 2016
Right side is March 2016
Melissa O' Shaugnessy founder and owner of Fit Healthy You Fitness. I want to help people understand fitness and nutrition by keeping it simple stop all the confusion.