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Hypoxi update 

I’m just over one month into my Hypoxi journey. A lot of people have been asking me about results and if it’s working. 

I am extremely happy to report that yes indeed it is working. I have noticed my skin elasticity has changed and I have lost a total of 15cm of my tummy, hips, thighs and knees (yep, who knew, even my knees were a little bit chubby). I haven’t really changed my diet and still enjoy a glass of wine. 

When I was approached by Hypoxi to try it I was quite skeptical and didn’t have high expectations. I recieved a lot of comments about how Hypoxi doesn’t work, can’t possibly work and is ridiculous. I have discovered that it actually does work.  I was really just looking to tone up and feel comfortable since having my kids. I went into this not expecting much of a loss. 15cm gone is a bonus and I’m very happy with it. My stomach feels much flatter and toned and so do my legs. 

Each week I have been 2 – 3 times and I’m in and out within an hour. Hypoxi is certainly not taking up much of my time and I find it quite relaxing.  Before I had kids I used to go to the gym 5 times a week. I just haven’t had the motivation to return and always made excuses. Since starting Hypoxi I realise I do have time.

I really wanted to make the most of this opportunity. So this week both my husband and I have started working out in the morning before work (hello 5am wake ups).  Once I’m out of bed and going I actually really enjoy it. It gives me energy and helps me make better food choices throughout the day. 

The one thing I have also noticed is that staff at Hypoxi are lovely. They really know their business make you feel comfortable and are happy to help with any questions.

If you’re thinking about it give the Hypoxi free trial a go or phone one of the studios and ask about it.  The studio I go to is super busy and I have seen men and women of all ages, fitness levels and sizes. It’s a very supportive environment and not threatening like some gyms can be.  I just wish I knew about it earlier. Hypoxi is perfect for shifting that post baby weight and wobble. 

I will post again with further results and photos. 

Rachelle xx 

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Quick tone up #mumbod

So this week something happened. A miracle? You could say that. This week I did something other than walk the dog, go food shopping and clean the house in my active wear.  I actually worked out.

Since having Scarlett over two years ago the most exercise I have done is run around at the park with the kids and walk the dog. While I walk a lot and have managed to get back to my post pregnancy weight I have been left with some bits that jiggle and wiggle a little more than I would like. Between working four days a week and two kids, there really wasn’t much time left for me to be going on huge runs or joining a gym and going there for hours on end. I tried the whole doing a quick workout while the kids sleep but I found it really hard to motivate myself to do it while I had so much housework to do.

Before I had children I did really enjoy exercise and went to the gym 4-5 times a week. It was never about losing weight for me it was more mental and I liked feeling toned. It gave me some time to clear my head.  These days, I seem to put the things I enjoy last and instead focus on what my family needs.

My body has changed since becoming a mum, I am thinner up top and tend to carry more wiggly bits around my stomach and thighs. I no longer feel toned and I miss that feeling. At no point do I want to be a gym junkie or health nut. I just don’t have the time and I enjoy food and wine waaaaay to much.  At the end of the day, I really just want to fee comfortable in my clothes and set a good example for my children.

Recently, I was approched to give Hypoxi a try through the #mumlifehack campaign. It’s gentle low impact exercise that can apparently help you achieve more results with less effort. Hypoxi is also meant to be more effective at targeted fat loss than other forms of exercise.  I’m no athlete and probably the most uncoordinated person I know so I figured that this sounds like it’s right up my alley.  I also liked the thought of targeted weight loss as I really don’t want to lose anymore weight around my chest. Am I skeptical? Well yes, of course. All my years at the gym taught me that targeted fat loss doesn’t happen.  I guess only time will tell and I will share my journey over the next couple of months to see my results. For now here is my first experience.

My first Hypoxi session started like any other gym session. Weigh in, measurements (ergghhh, I hate that part) and a chat about my expectations. The staff are really helpful, explain how everything works and answered my questions. My advice for the first session is not to just rock up in your ripped nanny knickers as all the measurements are done on skin so you end up with your pants around your ankles.  Thankfully, I had a tasteful pair of Bonds on, but I was worried what I was wearing for a few seconds when the lady told me to pull my pants down.  Anyway, I digress. I was then put into some sort of space suit that feels like bubble wrap is popping all over my tummy and legs. I am told to lay down and relax for 20 minutes (something I haven’t heard in years). Time flew by and before I knew it I was ushered to a sit down bicycle looking machine and I pop on what I can only describe as a skirt made of wet-suit material. This clips into the machine and I need to cycle for 30 minutes while vacuum pressure goes on and off around my lower body. I am instructed to keep my heart rate in the ‘fat burning zone’ (don’t worry, I had no idea what that  ‘zone’ was but the lovely lady explained it to me).  My 30 minutes was over fairly quickly and I can’t say I broke a sweat or was huffing and puffing. I enjoyed the time to myself and being able to watch Ellen in peace.  If this works, it definitely seems like a wonderful way to exercise. It’s low impact and you’re in and out before you know it.

I would say my first Hypoxi experience was a good one. I’m excited to see what results I get and will share my journey on the blog,  Facebook and Instagram along the way.

If you’re curious to try you can head to the Hypoxi website for a free trial.

Rachelle xx

 

 

 

 

 

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Feature Mummy – Ange (@activeandstrong)

​Ange is a personal trainer, mum of two very spunky little boys and one of my best friends. She has recently started her own personal training business Active and Strong. I asked her some questions about working out and losing baby weight.

What made you want to make the career change to personal training?

Well, before I was a Personal Trainer, I was a Swimming Instructor. I’ve always enjoyed “teaching skills” so I wanted to expand on that and seeing as though I’ve always had an interest in exercise,it seemed like a natural progression. I’m so glad I made that choice because now I get to help women by teaching them what needs to be done to achieve whatever their goals may be.

How do you stay motivated to work out with two little boys to run around after?

I view exercise as a privilege rather than a chore so it’s easy to do something that I enjoy. My kids are always watching me and I feel as though I’m setting a good example for them for when they get older. I try to include them aswell and often we’ll make a game out of it like, “Let’s see who can do the most jumping jacks?” I will never know what tomorrow will bring so whilst I’m capable of moving my body, I’m going to make the most of it. I also include activities that I really enjoy. Running is not one of my favourite forms of cardio so instead I go swimming which I absolutely Love.

How long did it take you to lose baby weight and do you have any tips for other mums?

Ooooo that’s a good one. I don’t actually know at what point I returned to my pre-baby weight?

I’m estimating it was about 9 months to a year. I put on 28kgs with both pregnancies. I wasn’t active during my pregnancies and my favourite treat was a slurpee… or 3! If I could give any form of advice for Mums trying to lose their baby weight, I would say give it time. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and enjoy those moments with your new baby. If you want to lose the weight, it will happen…. in time. New Mums should wait until their 7 week postpartum checkup before engaging in exercise so don’t rush out and join a bootcamp or buy an online program before this stage.

Did you work out when you were pregnant?

No I actually didn’t. I lapped up every second of relaxing on the couch that I could. However, if I were to have another baby, I would definitely stay active during my pregnancy. Just after having my second son, we discovered that I had DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) in my calf. This resulted in 7 weeks of blood thinning injections into my stomach twice a day. Not fun! It was at this point that the Doctors told me that I needed to include exercise into my lifestyle on a regular basis to ensure my blood flows smoothly.

What is your favourite workout?

I absolutely love ab and core exercises! I also have a soft spot for a workout called “Tabata”. It’s an interval form of training, meaning you work for a certain amount and then rest and repeat. It raises your metabolism for up to 24hours after the workout which means you’re still burning calories while watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Who wouldn’t love that!

There are all sorts of theories about when is the best time to work out. Do you find it more beneficial to work out in the morning or afternoon?

Yep, you’re right there is a lot of theories on the best time to workout. Working out in the morning before breakfast is called working out on a fasting state. Your body looks for a fuel source and it will go for your fat stores. Sounds good doesn’t it? Well I wouldn’t actually recommend it for everyone. It’s going to be a hard workout and you’re going to tire easily because you don’t have any carbohydrates (the bodies most easily accessible source of energy) to give you that boost of energy to not only get through the workout but to do each exercise with the correct form and concentration. I wouldn’t recommend working out in the morning without breakfast if you’re a beginner because I doubt you’ll find it enjoyable and will probably not want to exercise again with the preconception that every workout will be that difficult. My clients are mostly Mothers so I recommend to them to workout when it suits them. It may be during the kids nap time, or when they’re at school or kinder. Maybe it’s when hubby gets home after work. Whenever it is, make it a time that suits you.

Do you follow any sort of diet?

No, I don’t. Anyone that knows me will know that I’m a sucker for sweets. I’m a believer in everything in moderation and yes that means sugar and carbs too. I’ll eat healthy dinners one night and then I’ll have takeaway the next. I never feel guilty about it because I enjoy all sorts of food and I don’t want to spend my life on a never ending diet.

On average how often do you work out? Also, do you split weight sessions and cardio?

I try to workout four-five times per week. I’m happy with my weight so I’m exercising purely for the enjoyment, health benefits and staying active with my kids. I do split my cardio and weight days. Full body weight days should not be done one day after the next as you need 24hrs to allow your body to recover. So some weeks I’ll do 3 days of weights and 1 cardio whereas other weeks I’ll do 2 days of weights and 2 days of cardio. I like to change it up and keep it interesting.

What is your ultimate cheat meal?

I don’t really do “cheat meals” but I certainly do sweets! I love chocolate, cheesecake or a white wine paired with soft cheese. Yummmm!

Who is one woman who inspires you and why?

I’ve always admired Cameron Diaz and her ability to constantly stay active and select activities that she really enjoys such as yoga and stand up paddle boarding. I’m also inspired by every single woman who is doing everything in their power to become active. It can be tough but their commitment to taking that first step is so wonderful to see.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.

If you would like to join Active and Strong, Ange is offering a discount of 10% for anyone who mentions The Mummy Code when they book their position in a Group Fitness Session beginningTuesday 21st February 2017 at Yarrunga Community Centre, Croydon Hills Vic

Rachelle xx

 

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Chontel Duncan – Feature Mummy

Chontel Duncan is fit, busy and now super mum to baby Miah. I had the opportunity to ask her some questions.

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Photo: Instagram @chontelduncan

Welcome Chontel and congratulations on the birth of Miah. He is a real cutie. 

How are you finding motherhood? I am thoroughly enjoying it, Ive always wanted to be a mum (i still want 4 children eventually) and it is exactly what i visioned it would be. Having a little human of my own that i can bring up, protect, educate, teach right from wrong & i guess in a way feel like i now have a REAL soul purpose in life is such an unreal feeling.

What is the best part about being a mum? Those mornings when they wake up all groggy & just want a cuddle to help them finish waking up…. OMG that melts my heart and makes getting up each morning that more exciting. Planing a future with Miah now being apart of it, is really motivating & gets me so pumped for life. 

Tell us about your business? HIIT Australia is a class based fitness center that specializes in  Transformation programs designed to help others change their lifestyles whilst achieving insane results. We gain all this through Muay Thai Kickboxing & Strength & conditioning using raw athletic movement. We then incorporate it with our HIIT nutrition & offer Personal Training services, so combined the content & services provided complement eachother so well & deliver incredible life changing results.

How do you stay organised with work and a new bub. Any tips? I have to pre plan ahead, food prep on Sundays, diary every commitment into my electronic diary, i always have a packed nappy bag with all the essentials in each car as my emergency bag if ever i had to rush off. I have two make up bags, two GHDs & two hair dryers one is always at home & the other of each are kept in my office, so if i train or am running late i dont have to stress about my essentials to get ready for the day. Mind you i sometimes just dont worry about make-up & chuck my hair up into a bun. 

How did you stay fit during your pregnancy? I was very grateful to have had a safe healthy pregnancy with no complications that would prevent me from continuing my active lifestyle. I looked at that as being EXTREMELY grateful so i didnt take this for granted. I made sure i made no excuses, i listened to my body so i never caused injury & i always had the mentality that my body was designed to be pregnant & that pregnancy is NOT a disease.

What’s your ultimate cheat meal? Mushroom Burger from Grilled, Beer battered chips or Chicken Twisties (obsessed)

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Keep up the good work and ignore any negativity. You’re doing an amazing job!

Rachelle xx

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Photos: Instagram @chontelduncan

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Tips for Staying Healthy Over the Holidays

‘Tis the season when gingerbread and eggnog become more tempting than ever! Not to mention, hovering over the cheese platter at holiday parties often has you wishing you wore elastic-waist pants and not your super tight skinny jeans.

 

So let’s talk about how we can still enjoy the holidays without packing on the pounds. Here are three easy tips to keep in mind this season and a home workout you can do three times a week that is efficient and effective.

 

Tip #1: Rise, Shine … and Sweat! Schedule workouts first thing in the morning before the day gets hectic with the kids and your to-do list starts to increase. Even better – get the kids involved in a short home workout before you all start your day.

 

Tip #2: Eat Before The Treat. Try having a healthy meal before heading to a holiday party and that way you won’t be so tempted to binge on all the desserts and you won’t be so open to seconds on the buttery mashed potatoes. Of course, treat yourself during the holidays, but just don’t go overboard! Or you can consider bringing a healthier version of a traditional dish, like mashed sweet potatoes versus the traditional buttery mash!

 

Tips #3: Sleep More & Stress Less. We all know stress can make us hold water and can easily make us a few pounds heavier (no joke!). Embrace the holiday mayhem and breathe a little. Most importantly, get in those zzz’s. Without proper rest, we are undoubtedly more cranky, impatient and way more likely to binge on extra dessert.

 

Now for the fun stuff! Here’s a 15-minute workout you can do in the comfort of your own home … and no equipment is required. All you need to do is make a little time to get that holiday sweat on!

 

Do these exercises in a circuit fashion with minimal rest between each exercise. Rest 60s at the end of each cycle. Repeat as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes.
EXERCISE REPS
Burpees 10
Abs Exercise of Your Choice 15-20
Jump Squats 10
Bodyweight Squats 15-20
Push-Ups (you can modify it by using your knees) 10
Plank 30s hold
Rest 60s and repeat as many rounds as possible for 15 minutes.

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For more on home workouts, check out www.notummymommy.com and find out more about the 30-day challenges that run throughout the year. They are an awesome way to kick-start your fitness journey! The next No Tummy Mommy 30-Day Challenge launches January 1st

 

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Alice in healthy land (@aliceinhealthyland) – Guest Blogger

Alice in healthy land is one very inspirational lady.  With just once glance at her Instagram feed, you will see she is extremely fit, pregnant, a nurse and has some really good ideas about health and nutrition.

While we would love to say that we are health and fitness experts at The Mummy Code, unfortunately we are not.  We were able to ask Alice a few questions to get in insight into this future ‘super mum’s’ lifestyle.

Congratulations on your pregnancy! What sort of workouts are you doing now that you have a baby on board?

Thank you so much you are too kind. Throughout my pregnancy I have done a number of workouts. To begin with, I trained at a gym that concentrated on high intensity Mauy Thai and weights. I also did aqua aerobics as well.  I trained on and off with these classes until 18weeks then I started getting pressure and cramps in my stomach so had to stop.. I have always walked every morning as well. Even when I had nausea and vomiting I found the fresh air helped a lot. I currently walk 45min-1hr every morning with my pup Evie, do 100 light 5kg kettle bells and 3kg dumbbell workouts daily. Three times a week I do pregnancy yoga and stretching for 15minutes in my lounge room. I just found a lady on you tube that does pregnancy yoga, as I currently don’t have the time to go to a class after work.  You really have to decide what works for you as everyone carries a baby differently.

How do you stay motivated to work out, especially while pregnant?

For me the last few years have been about being active and making healthy life style choices. My baby gives me motivation to stay healthy, I want the best for this little one. I try to keep in a routine as best as possible. My little puppy Evie motivates me to wake up and walk her everyday. She is an extremely active dog, I would feel guilty if I couldn’t walk her, plus those puppy dog eyes.  I love the feeling of eating well and exercising too. I know this may be a challenge when bub arrives as my routine will be all around him or her. Yes I am having a surprise.

Have you had any crazy pregnancy cravings? If so, do you give into junk food cravings?

NUTELLA … but only at 2am. I only have it in the house because my partner loves it so much but he could have a jar sit there for 6 months.. Poor guy I have chucked out a few full jars just because I don’t want it in the house. We are all human and I think we have to give in to life’s guilty pleasures sometimes. I do try and re create healthy alternatives to most junk foods but sometimes I just want there real thing! YOLO! Ha ha. I do have a delicious recipe on my Instagram and Facebook page for homemade raw chocolate which helps with the sweet cravings.

How would you describe your pregnancy wardrobe style?

I love leggings and vans/converse! I feel blessed to be pregnant in winter, to be this comfortable. I have also been lucky enough to be selected as a brand rep for Bump Baby and Beyond Maternity (@bumpbabyandbeyondmaternity), they sent me some beautiful singlets and dresses to style this bump too which have been great pieces for my pregnancy wardrobe. I also love all my bohemian mumu tops as well. I think as a pregnant women you want to feel confident no matter your size so comfort is a big thing! Very important to me. Sometimes adding a little lipstick makes you feel more sexy with this big bump .. I swear.

Your Instagram feed is full of delicious healthy recipes. Do you have a go to, easy recipe that we can quickly whip up after work?

YES OMG NICE CREAM!! – Banana Ice-cream

2-3 bananas peeled and pre-frozen (I chop them up so they are easy to blend)

2 tbsp cacao (I use Nature’s Way as you can buy from Woolies or Coles)

50mls Almond Milk, can use milk of choice.

Blend until nice and creamy like a ice cream texture.

Top with your favourite toppings – trail mix, other fruit, raw oats, sultanas, raw chocolate, buckinis. The children will love it too.

You can also add 1 tbsp of peanut butter to the mixture before blending as well.

We noticed that you drink a lot of cold pressed juice. Do you make this yourself? What are the benefits of cold pressed juices?

Yes I do make it myself, I find it is a great way of getting lots of fruit and vegetables in one hit. Sometimes I will make up a jug and sip on it over two days as its not as heavy in your system all at once. Its like taking natures multivitamin. Start of with more fruits in the juice when you first begin having juices, then slowly incorporate more vegetables. Its fun for children to help pick what they want in their juice too.

Benefits – packed with live and whole ingredients. Cold press means that the fruit and vegetables are not damaged by the heat of the blender.

There are lots of juicers on the market now. I am lucky my parents gave me one they have had for years, they paid 500 for it. You can buy them at K Mart now for as little as $25. Start with a cheaper one first and if it’s something you love then maybe splurge a little down the track on one. They are available at many cafes and restaurants now, usually around $5 a juice.

Prior to becoming pregnant did you follow any sort of diet? Paleo, Atkins , raw food etc.

Since the age of 18 I have tried many diets and meal plans. I was even a meal skipper at one stage.. that failed and slowed my metabolism down. It was not until I completed my first challenge in 2011 at HIIT AUSTRALIA that I started to learn about nutrition. You have to build a love relationship with healthy food. Make it fun in the kitchen. I try and make my recipes I share with as easy as possible to follow.  Most of them use the same ingredients so it doesn’t cost too much. I don’t follow any particular guidelines but I do believe fresh is best. I make every thing from scratch. I use organic where possible but if not the less preservatives the better. You have to have a play around with food and see what works for you and your loved ones. To me recreating a naughty recipe to a healthy one is a fun challenge. If you are not feeling creative there are so many recipes and bloggers online that can do the hard work for you.

There are all sorts of theories about when is the best time to work out. Do you find it more beneficial to work out in the morning or afternoon?

I am a morning person. I love my morning fat burner walks, FBW – a fasted walk first thing in the morning for at least 20minutes. I am an early bird but who knows what will work when bub arrives. If I can fit a workout in any time of the day I am happy.

On average how often do you work out? Also, do you split weight sessions and cardio?

I walk daily, I do cardio and weights together usually in a high intensity interval style. While being pregnant I am doing weights 4 times a week and they are only light at the moment.

We hear a lot about superfoods. Kale, acai, blueberries etc. What is your favourite superfood?

Superfood is a loose term because all fresh fruits and vegetables have a super power that help aid our body in some way. I do love CACAO though as you can make unreal raw chocolate with it. Its high in iron and magnesium. I also use coconut oil everyday too.. In cooking, as a make up remover, hair mask and to prevent stretch marks.

What is your ultimate cheat meal?

NUTELLA!! Haha seriously I love when someone cooks me a meal that I haven’t a clue what is in it. When a friend invites me over I just let them cook what ever they like. I don’t like to pressure people with my eating habits. I do however eat healthy when I go out to dinner. I do love a good cheese board though!! Yum food I am getting hungry now thinking about all this food!

At The Mummy Code we love inspirational women. Who is one woman who inspires you and why?

My MUM. She is a 56 year old woman, who had 8 children in 10 years. I am the elsdest 28, and the youngest is 18. She still travels the world, stays active, and looks after all us children (well adults now). She is amazing! This is my fist child on the way and she makes motherhood look like a beautiful thing. I hope I am half the women/mum she is.

Thank you so much for answering our questions and inspiring us daily with your colourful Instagram feed (@aliceinhealthyland). Best of luck with the birth of your baby and we cannot wait to see some pictures and hear all about your motherhood journey.

Ange and Chelle

The Mummy Code xx

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