I’m Sarah, stay at home mum to two beautiful boys, now 3 ½ and about to turn 1. This year has been a tough one for me personally. Shortly before the challenge came about, I had a bit of a bombshell dropped on me that shook my reality to the core, it’s something very personal that I would rather not be in the public domain, but let’s just say that eating chocolate and bingeing on Netflix every opportunity I got was becoming my norm to cope and get through the days.
So when the challenge came up, I realised that I need to channel all the emotional anguish I was feeling into something positive, something for me, something selfish for once. I had for years put my kids first, and my husband first, and so I realised I had to start to binge on ‘self-care’ or I wouldn’t be able to be the mum I want to be and manage my own mental wellbeing first so I can support my kids.
Fitness has now become a part of my life. I have found again my love of running…it is healing for the soul (my soul at least), just me, alone on the road, no responsibilities or cares in that moment, just the sound of my breathing, my steps and nature all around. It’s almost my form of mindfulness and clears my head when I’m not feeling like I can cope. And climbing that mountain (Hakarimata’s) gives me a feeling of accomplishment like no other. I honestly do feel stronger, I have more energy and I love that fitness and getting outdoors is something I am now role modelling for my boys. And I feel in some ways as a person again on my own accord as I think I lost myself somewhere in amongst the joy and all encompassing love of being a mum.
Congrats to our regional winner! You have $280 extra shopping money this season and we hope you get something extra awesome for yourself! Our No Excuse Moms followed our official NEM program, where they used a fitness calendar, logged in their meals, participated online/in-person and overcame their excuses!
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