This month's Realistic Mum feature is my nearest and dearest. Friends since we were little kids, she is a special one in my life that is a constant support and encouragement; and not just to me but thousands around South Australia, Queensland and Sydney. So introducing Sarah Thornton!
A few years back she started Yummy Mummy Group Training where mummas can regain their health, fitness and confidence. With a heart and passion for helping mums change their lives, her business took off and she has since appeared many times on TV and has now branched out to Queensland and Sydney! I'm super proud of my beautiful chicky and I know many readers share a similar passion for health and fitness so be inspired by her story. For those struggling with your weight and body image and want to make a change surrounded by others just like you, then read ahead for information on where you can find your closest Yummy Mummy Group Training and become and Yummy Mummy!
Apart from being a mum, what do you do with all the free time that you don’t have?
I love trail running! I have an amazing bunch of women that I run with so we run, chat and destress together.
Tell us about Yummy Mummy Group Training and the journey to get to where you are now
I got to a place in my life where I was self conscious about my body and that was feeding into other areas of my life. I remember reading an article that said the average couple put on 5kgs in their first year of marriage so I sat my husband down and said let’s do the opposite and get fit together. After 3 years of overhauling my life I fell pregnant and wanted to stay fit and healthy throughout my pregnancy and post-pregnancy. After giving birth I wanted to train outdoors (especially good for new mums) and wanted to take my babies with me but there were no options (except for inside gyms) so I started Yummy Mummy Group Training where we have amazing creche staff look after the kids while the mums go outside and have an awesome workout.
How did you see yourself as a mum before you became one?
Oh my, I was in a fantasy land. I thought I’d be the most patient mother who would give 100% of my time and energy to my darling children and that I would savour every minute of it. How things change.
Can you give us three rules you made pre-mum that you have now broken? Have you stuck to any?
1. I said I’d never bribe my kids with food.
2. I said I’d always have my kids in a strict routine.
3. I said I’d never give in to whiny kids.
What do you love most about being a mum?
I love teaching my kids that life is supposed to be fun. I love watching them grow up and seeing their passions come alive. But my ultimate favourite thing is listening to my girls laughing.
What are some of your challenges as a mum?
I think my biggest challenge is fitting everything in and still feeling like a good mum at the end of the day. I always repeat the mantra: “Be the person you want your children to become”.
Who are your mum people and how have they influenced you as a mum?
My mum people are all the girls at Yummy Mummies. We have such an amazing bond. We can talk about our highs, lows, triumphs and challenges..all while we’re doing burpees :)
What are three tips you can give working and or studying mums to help organise your week and day?
1. Allocate ‘me time’ every day. Whether it’s a workout in the morning or a cup of tea at night, make sure you put time into yourself.
2. Life is all about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada.
3. Organise your lunches & dinners the day before so you don’t get stuck in the ‘I’ve run out of time’ circle and reach for the closest snickers bar.
Tell us a mum moment of yours (funniest, grossest, sweetest etc)
Last week I was in traffic and there was a man in a red beanie wearing black glasses and my 3 year old started screaming out the window “MUUUUUMM, there’s Wally! I found Wally!!"
What is some information you can give to mums wanting to join group training and maybe have some reservations about it? When is the best time to start training after having a baby?
Every woman’s body is different and has gone through different experiences having kids so it is imperative you see a woman's health physio to make sure that your body has recovered and healed before starting any exercise routines.
It is normal to feel nervous before your first session but don’t let that stop you! Group Training is excellent. You connect with people, have fun and get a kick ass workout at the same time. Every one wins!
Where can we find you?
There are Yummy Mummy locations in Sydney, Queensland and South Australia. Go to www.ymgt.com.au to find your nearest location.
For Sydney readers interested in joining Yummy Mummy Group Training, head to my Facebook page for the link to the Sydney group run by Melissa Thompson located in Eastwood and hit up her November special!
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