Hello and welcome to week seven of my series called the “Get Healthy and Happy Project”. The aim behind the series is to demonstrate that there are many and varied approaches to “healthy” eating and lifestyle. There’s no one-size fits all way to live – food choices included! The most important thing is just to do something to move towards finding a healthier and happier you.
If you missed my first post, each week I will be interviewing people I follow (and love!) in the “health & wellness” field. As you will see, each has a different take on diet but all are healthy and happy!
Who are you featuring this week?
This week in the series we have the amazing Jenine Dilts-Bayman, founder of Mums With Bubs Fitness . Jenine started the business to create a place mums can exercise with their little ones in tow so everyone can benefit from the session. She has a great outlook on life and is an inspiration for anyone with little ones who is wondering how they can get their fitness back. She also happens to be a really lovely person (who enjoys “challenging” me during our training sessions), so enjoy her answers!
I should also add, Jenine recently won the 2014 Ausmumpreneur “Making A Difference Award”…pretty awesome!
For those reading who don’t know you, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hello! I’m Jenine Dilts-Bayman, mum of two (2.5 year old Ruby & 5 month old Bryson) and Founder/Director of Mums With Bubs Fitness, a Perth based business specialising in prenatal and postnatal fitness programs which connect mums with their babies!
How would you define your approach to food?
In our family, we always aim for locally grown wholefoods. My mantra is “the closer you can get to the farmers field, the better!” and feel it is very important to know where your food has come from. We stay away from processed foods as much as possible, aim to make most things from scratch, and limit the consumption of simple carbohydrates. In our house, it is all about balance & local goodness on our plates! We also have a great veggie patch & chooks, so our daughter is growing up enjoying food & getting involved in the life cycle of produce.
Have you always eaten this way? If not, what made you change?
No! I can remember for my 18th birthday, I requested KFC for dinner with my friends. These days, I don’t touch fast food and seeing it actually makes my stomach turn! My habits slowly became healthier, especially once I completed my personal training certification in 2003, however the largest change for me came when I had my first child. I learning about how greatly when I put into myself would affect my daughter and the desire to live a long, healthful life to see my kids grow became paramount.
How about your approach to exercise, have you always been an active person? What sorts of exercise do you like to do?
Yes for this one :) I have always loved sport. I was very much a ‘tomboy’ growing up and believed I could play any sport as good if not better than the boys! Even in university when I was at my heaviest, I was still on the varsity rowing squad, training super hard every day but eating all the wrong things.
These days I don’t play a lot of sport, but I love to exercise with my kids. My daughter, now 2.5, gets actively involved and loves to do it with me and her baby brother, now 6 months. Some days I will still strive to go for a run on my own, or to yoga class, but working out with my kids has been beneficial on so many levels that I just couldn’t imagine doing it any other way!
Do you notice a difference if you don’t keep up your normal exercise routine?
Absolutely. When you take a break, it is so much more difficult to get started again. It’s hard not to compare where you are now, with where you were ‘back then’. When I exercise, I feel my stress reducing, my happiness increasing, and since I do it with my kids, sitting down for longer than normal just about always ends with my daughter bringing me my running shoes and saying “Walk mummy”!
What do you do that makes you feel really “happy”? Did you always know this made you happy? If not, how did you work that out?
Playing with my kids, a romantic night with my husband, reading a book in the hammock with a cold tea nearby, playing music, swimming in the ocean, being around family & friends. There are many things in life that make me happy. I strive to always live in the moment, and express gratitude to the universe for the abundance that is in my life. I find that celebrating all the little wins in every day, really savouring those happy moments, creates even more happy moments to enjoy!
For someone who is looking to change their diet and exercise regime, how do you recommend they start?
Speak to someone who is currently doing what you hope to do. Whether this be a friend, colleague, family member, or seeking out professional advice. If the desire is within you, you need to act on it, even if this means starting before you feel ready! Just taking small steps in the right direction will make such a difference, and once you’ve set your plan and can see the light at the end of the tunnel, it is so incredibly motivating. But no one can do it for you; it’s got to be YOU that makes it happen!
Do you have any tips for busy mums looking to fit more exercise into their daily routine?
Yes! SO MANY! The first would be to make sure you get professional clearance to begin, and/or start at a very basic level. I often see mums going ‘too hard too soon’ which is not only setting themselves up for an injury, but can be quite debilitating for getting all the mummy-duties done. Start slow, build your strength & stamina, and you will see results while enjoying the journey! If you don’t know how or where to start, there are many health professionals out there that can help. At Mums With Bubs Fitness, our programs are developed specifically for mums starting back into exercise, and safely & progressively build up as the individuals strength increases. Exercising with your kids should be fun, which is another big thing that we encourage in our programs, as the impact and imprint mothers have on their children’s health begins even before birth! Also, exercise doesn’t have to be a major consumer of your time. You can achieve great results with even 20 minutes a day! The key is just to take the time you have, crank the music, and make it fun. And that’s what we do best :)
Thank you Jenine!
I hope everyone has enjoyed reading Jenine’s answers! Lots of inspiration for any mums reading who want to get back into exercise but don’t know where to start. I’ll sum up this post with a quote from above:
“Just taking small steps in the right direction will make such a difference, and once you’ve set your plan and can see the light at the end of the tunnel, it is so incredibly motivating. But no one can do it for you; it’s got to be YOU that makes it happen!”
I hope you have been enjoying the series – I know I have loved hearing from so many different people on their version of healthy! Next week I will wrap up and summarise everyone’s answers.
And if you’re on Instagram don’t forget to add #healthierhappier to your pictures that show how you live “healthy and happy”!