Meet our newest Aussie Bodies Ambassador, Monique the Health and Fitness professional
Whats your secret passion?
Studying, I’m a little secret nerd! I am always researching something and constantly learning! I also love attending fitness courses, events and seminars! Hearing dietitians, sports scientists, motivational speakers and public figures speak!
M&M’s Crispy Chocolate
Red Wine and Kombucha (not together haha)
What helps you get up on those early mornings to train?
In short. Goal Setting, prior planning and being prepared!
Put your workouts in your diary like they are important meetings you’ve scheduled with yourself. Bosses don’t cancel!
The night before I lay everything out, my workout clothes, runners as well as have my Aussie Bodies protein Shake and breakfast ready to go. I normally commit to meeting a friend at the gym or bootcamp, so there is no reason for excuses!!
A handy tip I also have is that, I set the most annoying alarm on my phone and plug my phone into a power point away from my bed, so when the alarm goes off I’m forced to jump up out of bed to turn it off, and BAM I’m up!!
Can you describe your perfect Sunday?
Sleeping in (I’m up every morning at 5am) followed by a morning coastal walk or bushwalk, breakfast and coffee in a café, adventuring under the sun, hitting the beach, the surf, and spending time with friends, family and my boyfriend!
Do you have a fitness goal and what are you doing to achieve it?
I currently have Plantar Fasciitis which has stopped me from running, entering half marathons and fun runs, for months.
I’m currently seeing a physio and doing a rehab program to get me back running at the pace and distance I was before, so my current fitness goal is to smash another half marathon before the end of 2017. I love running!!
But that is NO excuse for me, so I find other ways to train and better my health and fitness that don’t negatively affect my injury. Each day I set myself little fitness goals for my sessions… eg, Last week I was doing 8 unassisted chin ups, today I’ve got to do 10. This helps me constantly grow and improve myself to become fitter, stronger, healthier and happier every day!!!
Whilst I am a qualified personal trainer myself, I still pay other trainers to train me and schedule workouts with fit friends, so I’m constantly learning off others and being pushed to new limits!
This also keeps me motivated and accountable!
Whats your secret to balancing health, social life and work/study?
Balance can be hard, and I’m known to be a bit of a workaholic… but I have to make sure I allow time for myself as this Balance is the key to sustaining a great lifestyle, it’s the key to maintaining a healthy weight and a great mental space.
My secret is I do love wine and pizza; I do love watching Netflix and lying in bed being lazy – I’ll preach it. I preach to all my girls the importance of Balance, because without it you see binging, diet and exercise plans abandoned and unhappiness!
I preach that a healthy relationship with food and exercise needs to move beyond weight gain, beyond fat loss, beyond fitting into an ideal. View your food and workouts as a means through which you can attain and sustain a healthier body that allows you to do more, laugh more, move more, love more and play more.
Eat to fuel your body and feel awesome. Sweat to smile more, to reach new goals, and make yourself proud!
Enjoy your treats, your nights out with family and friends, and balance those times with healthier times!
Life is meant to be LOVED!