How She Does It -
Libby Nuttall from Miracle Months
Posted on 01 June 2016
Every week we interview women about how they incorporate active and healthy habits into their lives. We believe there is no one-size-fits-all approach to health and fitness, so we aim to capture the variety of ways women choose to be active to give you ideas and inspiration on how to live your best active life.
Tell us about yourself
I’m a 30 year-old mum of two boys, Max is three and Lawson is almost six months. I have the privilege of being a personal trainer in the beautiful Macedon Ranges. We’ve lived here for almost eight years and absolutely love the community we have built around us. We have amazing friends here and love to explore the region. My husband owns a real estate agency and loves to take our older son to play golf or to the football on Sundays.
What does active living mean to you?
Active living means taking the opportunities that are presented to me to move my body in any way. This might mean walking to daycare each day, or swinging on the monkey bars at the park. It could mean walking between destinations or choosing to ride a bike. Exercise doesn’t only come in the form of structured workouts, especially as a mum, so we take what we can get.
What do you like to do to stay active?
As a personal trainer I have a very active lifestyle, always packing the car with equipment to take between clients’ houses or teaching high intensity classes. I try to workout five days a week. And also walk my son to daycare three days a week, which is a 4.5km roundtrip.
Have you always been active and healthy?
I’ve always loved being fit. I was a journalist for five years before having kids and throughout this time I woke up at 4:45am, drove an hour to work, worked out for two hours and was at my desk by 8am. I did triathlons, long runs and obstacle races. I love the camaraderie of team events.
What is your weekly routine (if you have one)?
Because I’m breastfeeding, I believe it’s important to also have enough rest so I generally do three days on and then a rest day. I teach a high intensity class called Metafit and also do these workouts in my living room with my boys. I’ll do that three days a week, a long run on a Sunday and a strength workout generally on a Thursday.
What daily habits keep you fit and healthy?
When I wake up I put my workout gear on. It tells my body that I will be doing a workout that day and keeps me motivated because it’s one barrier down to getting a workout in. I also have to plan my day the day before, so I know there will be time to fit in exercise. That might involve working out while the boys are eating breakfast or watching TV before we leave the house, or knowing that I will use one of Lawson’s naps to get a workout in during the day. If I can’t see any time to workout I will use the walk to daycare as my workout, passing by the biggest hills I can push the pram up or stopping at the park for a few box jumps!
What is you best active living hack?
I think my best hack is putting my workout gear on first thing. It sends a strong message to your body that you have a plan for the day and you automatically feel more motivated. If I get up and put my ugg boots and a dressing gown on there is a chance I will never get off the couch!
What does a sample workout look like for you?
Generally my workouts are very fast and efficient. I choose big movements that make the most of my body and the time I have, because generally a baby will wake or a toddler will climb on my back. Metafit workouts are generally 20-25 minutes long and involve lots of sprints and burpees. My strength workouts include kettlebells, plyo boxes, skipping, TRX and chin ups (attempts!!!). I have moved them all inside for the winter so my boys can be around while I’m working out, but in the warmer months they can play outside while I train. Max often joins in and loves to do sprints and burpees!
Favourite healthy meal?
My favourite healthy meal is a salad with lamb backstrap, mango and feta. My husband doesn’t believe in salads as a meal so I always make this when he is out!
What is the best ‘side-effect’ of staying healthy and active?
There’s so many side effects of staying healthy. I’m demonstrating to my children how to lead an active life, I always have energy to keep up with them and I make friends with my clients and training partners.
What inspires and motivates you?
I’m big into goal setting, so always have an event booked in every few months. So after I had my second baby I booked in a 5km fun run at 4 months, and I’m about to do Spartan Race in June, then I’m booked into the Sussan Classic later in the year. Goals keep me motivated and on track. Other mums who are super fit inspire me to keep going. I think, well if they have a six-pack and run marathons then there’s no reason I can’t!
How do you overcome negative thoughts?
I try to block out negative thinking. I am a chronic over-thinker so when I let negative thoughts come into my head they tend to really take over and get me down. I don’t always win the battle, but I do my best. As a personal trainer, business owner and a mum I know a lot of women look to me for their motivation, so if I can’t stay positive then I’m not being much of a role model.
How do you manage days or periods where you are not as motivated?
Actually, I think this is totally normal and I allow myself to succumb to that. Every six weeks I will have a week where I feel lethargic and lack motivation. My life is chaos, truly, I run around at a million miles an hour, fitting in workouts and volunteering and running two businesses. You can’t sustain that without taking little breaks every now and then. I know that the following week I will be refreshed and have more energy than ever, so for that week I sleep in, lie on the couch and watch Netflix.
What do you do to treat yourself?
I love to shop and have girls’ nights out, I love to drink wine and eat good food and have weekends away. A treat to me is even getting to go to a personal training session for myself. I love someone telling me what to do and getting the most out of a workout. It’s rare!
What is your active truth?
I’m a firm believer in not dieting. So many of us have a terrible relationship with food; feeling guilty, binge eating, starving ourselves then repeating the process. I allow myself to eat what I like, because I know in the end, healthy food makes me feel good and gives me energy. It means that I still eat chocolate and lollies whenever I like and I will never feel guilty for it. That way, I never feel the need to deprive myself and never binge. Just get back to basics with food, don’t over think it.
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