How She Does It -
Honaé from @minimacmeals
Posted on 13 July 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
Hi! My name is Honaé (pronounced Honay). Im 38 and live on the Northern Beaches in Sydney. Im married to a handsome fellow named Jay and we have a little guy named Kai who’s just turned 7. We also have an English Staffie called Fergus.
I work in advertising as a TV producer and have done since I finished school almost 20 years ago. It’s awesome, fun, tiring, exciting, stressful and everything in between. I’ve seen and done some cool stuff because of work but I’ve also missed out on way too many bedtime kisses, catch-ups with friends and even a wedding!
I love to cook & feed people, make stuff with my hands, hang out with my family and get outside as much as possible.
What does active living mean to you?
Making the most out of my days. Not complaining about Mondays. Not wishing the week away and hoping for the weekend. It amazes me what I can do while most people are in bed in the mornings or in front of the TV at night. 24hrs in a day - I try not to waste them.
What do you like to do to stay active?
I walk, run & get to the gym when I can. I’d really love to add some yoga or pilates to my regime but I’m yet to find out how/ when to slot it in. One day. I try to get some incidental exercise in too (take the stairs!)
Have you always been active and healthy?
I went from being a very thin teenager to being a not so thin or healthy 20 year old. Something snapped when I was about 27/28 and I took on an 8 week challenge with a PT to lose 8kgs. I lost the 8 and kept going. I think all up I lost about 15kgs but it was way too hard for me to maintain. When I got pregnant I found exercise made me feel nauseous so I stopped. For the whole pregnancy… And at about 8.5 months I stopped weighing myself because I hit 99kgs. It’s only really been the last 4 years that things have changed in our house. I'm fitter than Ive ever been and Id say we eat better than we ever have before. We are a really ‘well’ family. Generally, we don’t get sick. Maybe the odd cold but nothing major or long lasting. I’d like to think it has a bit to do with our healthy eating and the overall positive vibe we strive for (well me, the husband is a little less positive ;))
What is your weekly routine (if you have one)?
Our life is a little odd. My husband is a Gaffer (the guy who does the lighting on TV commercials/ films etc.) and we never know when he’s working. It’s totally irregular and at the moment, I’m working fulltime. It makes life a little trickier – there is a fair bit of day-to-day juggling with school and home life. I’m the cook in our house. The husband will help out a bit but cooking is my love, not his. Because of that, I try to do some extra cooking or planning on the weekends to make the weekdays more manageable. Things that can be reheated or thrown together quickly when I get home. I keep the meals simple. Roast chicken and veggies. Fish and salad. A veggie loaded pasta sauce. I made sausage rolls last week – yum! I don’t stress if the kid has eggs on toast – he eats well overall and sometimes you just need to get them fed and into bed.
We mostly eat breakfast together. I really enjoy making the men eggs to start their day. Jay & Kai playing connect four while they eat. Makes me smile.
We don’t make a lot of plans. We enjoy our family time. Kai does sport 2 afternoons a week but nothing on the weekends. When life is busy and we’re both at work a lot we use the weekends to reconnect and recalibrate with maybe one social event like dinner with friends. And I cook. I’m always cooking something!!
What daily habits keep you fit and healthy?
Having my running ladies booked in every week. That doesn’t change – it’s an ongoing fitness date –5km, Manly Beach front 0545, 3 days a week.
I cook a lot. There is always something yummy and healthy to eat in our house – stops me from resorting to buying lunch/ dinner.
I follow a range of inspiring (but achievable) healthy types on Instagram for recipe inspiration.
I have an organic fruit & veg box delivered weekly that ensures my fridge is always full of good stuff. I brew my own kombucha (addicted), and I take my water bottle with me as much as possible.
What is you best active living hack?
Find like-minded people. Someone who will be there at 0545 to run with you. Someone who will sign up for a half marathon with you. Someone who will say ‘Hey, come do this with me’. My tribe of active ladies inspire me, endlessly. They keep me on track when I want to turn the alarm off or slouch on the couch for days on end (Thanks, friends).
What does a sample workout look like for you?
My workout of choice will pretty much always be a run with a friend – fitness and social activity rolled into one.
Favourite healthy meal?
Give me a big yummy, colourful salad, with some feta, nuts and chicken on top and I’m happy. I’m also pretty obsessed with frittatas which is funny cause I don’t like eggs. And bbq’d broccoli with a little olive oil. Try it, seriously good.
What is the best ‘side-effect’ of staying healthy and active?
Health is so multi-faceted. Physical health, mental health, emotional health… I am capable of so much more when I maintain a healthy and active life. I achieve so much more. I’m nicer to be around. I’m nicer to myself. I sleep so well. I feel so well. That’s the best side effect – OVERALL WELLNESS!!
What inspires and motivates you?
My family. I want to be the best example I can be for my son. Give him the best start in life in the hope that he will continue to be a healthy & happy. We do active things together, he has to eat what I make him – even if it has eleventy bazillion veggies in it and all he wants is bacon and eggs J and he sees that I’m up running, setting goals, pushing myself, striving for more.
We have a responsibility to our kids to be the best people we can be. I don’t want him to have to deal with an unwell parent in later life. I want him to be telling his mates that his 60 year old parents are off to climb mountains! This September my son and I are doing the Blackmores Family Fun Run (3.5kms) for the 3rd year in a row – last year we knocked 12 mins off the previous years time – I’m hoping we’re quicker again this year!
How do you overcome negative thoughts?
Gah! It’s so hard some days. Work is stressful, the kid is driving me bonkers, why do I feel like I haven’t seen my husband lately, when did we have sex last, has the kid eaten enough vegetables today, will we ever pay off our mortgage, will I ever wear a bikini again…. I have a VERY busy mind. The older I get the better I am at identifying that something is troubling me and dealing with it, quickly. No point festering. Exercise helps, without a doubt. It’s like the clouds in my mind part and the sun appears. Those good endorphins are my antidepressants J
How do you manage days or periods where you are not as motivated?
I call a friend and ask for help to pull me out of my lazy funk. Or I tell my husband and he normally sends me out for a run or a walk with the dog. Fresh air is always a good start.
What do you do to treat yourself?
Post run coffee in my #activewear is a fave. It’s a massive cliché but I don’t care. Exercise followed by coffee and food with friends is the best!
Top 3 songs on your workout playlist?
I used to think I needed music to be able to run. I think it was a confidence thing. That the music kept me going. But now I prefer to run with no tunes – I’m a runner! Songs that I’m loving right now, bop away in the car to and get eye rolls from the kid are:
Can’t Stop The Feeling! – Justin Timberlake.
Girls Like – Tinie Tempah Feat Zara Larsson
The Girl is Mine – 99 Souls Feat. Destiny’s Child & Brandy
What is your active truth?
There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach – there isn’t even a ‘one size fits most’ approach. You gotta do what works for you. It may sound obvious – but listen to your body. I don’t subscribe to any one way of life – I eat meat, I eat gluten, I eat sugar (mindfully) but I have found that 5:2 fasting works really well for me. 2 days a week, normally Mondays & Thursdays, I give my body a bit of a break and only eat approx. 500 calories. I make them really good calories. Picture those comparisons of a chocolate bar vs a massive big salad. I’m eating the salad and drinking heaps of bone broth. I won’t lie, some days are TOUGH but it does work for me. One the whole, I think we eat too much and this is a good way to continually remind myself to be a bit more conscious about what I’m consuming.
Thanks Honaé! Follow Honaé on Instagram at @minimacmeals for delicious food and wellbeing inspiration.