PHOTOGRAPHER: Shawn Kei
WEARING: Adidas/Stella McCartney
The importance of exercise has become so much greater since becoming a mother. It has always been something I believe is crucial to over all health and well being but since becoming a Mummy I now need the strength. As a model it is my job to look good and honestly that’s something that is important to us all no matter what our jobs right? Why, because it makes us feel happy and confident. When we feel good we perform better in our jobs, lives and relationships. It’s not about perfection it’s about feeling and being the best version of yourself.
To be honest lately (when I say lately I mean since my second daughter Freija was born. The last 2 years) I have really struggled to find the time, strength or energy to workout. The life of a working Mum with 2 kids under 2 is a challenge for anyone. Recently due to health issues that have arisen it has become very clear to me that I can no longer make excuses for myself anymore. I can’t blame Freija for everything hahaha. I need to remind myself that there is enough time in a day, all I need to do is set aside 30 mins every other day.
After India was born I was in the best shape of my life. I was back to an even better version of myself than post pregnancy in just 4 months. I did have help. Myself and a few girlfriends joined personal training sessions at a gym called JAB twice a week for an hour each time. There I learnt basic exercises that anyone can do at home and honestly they transformed my body so quickly. Now these hour session were hard, so bloody hard. Sometimes I thought I might vomit but it worked and I always felt amazing after.
So how do I get back to feeling amazing, strong and confident again? With your help. Im going to share some exercises I believe we can all do at home 4 times a week. Exercises that I learnt in the personal training sessions I did after India but a little less intense.
Here is our first set of 3 exercises. Each set will need to be repeated 3 times and will take around 30 mins for you to finish.
Lets #getmoving together
FULL SIT UPS
- Lie on your back on an exercise mat. Plant your feet about hip distance apart and bend your knees.
- Place your hands on the back of your neck where it attaches to your head. Point your elbows to the side.
- Exhale and pull your belly button into your spine while gently raising your torso to a position a few inches away from your thighs. Hold for 1-2 seconds.
- Slowly curve your spine to return to your original position.
1 set is equal to 20-30 times depending on your fitness level. Repeat 3 times with a short break in between each set.
- Stand facing away from the bench. Place one foot flat on the bench while keeping torso upright.
- Slowly squat down bending your back knee and keeping your posture straight.
- Your back knee should almost touch the ground and your front knee should always remain behind your toes.
- Slowly return to original position and start again.
1 set is equal to 10-15 times per leg depending on your fitness level. Repeat full sets 3 times on each leg with a small break in between sets.
- Place your forearms on the ground with elbows aligned under shoulders, clasp hands together. Lift up onto your toes while keeping back flat.
- Slowly draw one knee up to the same sides elbow.
- Do your best to make your elbow and knee touch (I still have a little trouble touching)
- Return to original plank position and repeat on opposite side.
For this exercise I find it best to try to do it as many times as you can within a time limit. Start with 1 minute if you can. As you get stronger you can increase this time. Your doing 3 sets though so don’t go crazy. Then take a minute rest in between and repeat 3 times in total.
xxMay 5, 2017
Photography by Jesper McIlroy
A magical white Christmas is what dreams are made of. It is what we grow up watching on television and in movies, and I’m sure it is everyone’s dream to at least have one white christmas in their lifetime. For me it came late in my life but for my two little girls their white christmas wishes were answered early. Knee deep snow dreams are made a reality in Kiroro. Not just any old snow either. Fluffy, powdery snow that feels as soft as you imagine all snow to feel. In reality, most of the time snow is just wet, cold, icy sludge.
Kiroro is an area or resort about an hour drive from Sapporo international airport. The drive is extremely beautiful and petrifying in a snow blizzard. When you are from the beaches in Australia and your husband is practically a living, walking breathing snowman your ideas about what is scary or awesome can be quite a different reality. If you ask Jesper, the drive was the most exciting of his life because it meant the mountains were going to practically be his heaven on earth. Filled with meters of snow. I on the other hand was very happy to see the resort alive.
Once we made it safely I was able to embrace all of Kiroro’s beauty without holding my breath.
The view from our room was spectacular. I had never seen anything quite like it in my life. I could happily sit by that window and watch the snow pour down onto the mountains for hours, and I did. The room was massive, and felt very homey -more then comfortable to have a family of 4 in there. To be honest we could have squeezed another 3 and still been totally fine.
The food that we experienced in the resort was primarily Japanese which is to be expected, I suppose, but if your are travelling with picky little eaters like mine, I suggest you bring lots of snacks and food with you. We were not prepared for this at all, so Freija and India had to learn how to eat raw sushi pretty quick. India managed to develop quite a love for raw shrimp, which is kind of disturbing and awesome, while Freija pretty much went on a solid diet of that sweet Japanese egg stuff and hokihdo milk ice cream. Protein protein.
Due to our tight schedule, I only managed to fit in a quick skiing lesson, and my only regret is that I did not have my mother or helper with me to babysit so that I could actually learn properly, without my babies freezing their little butts off watching mummy hahah.
My ski instructor was really amazing, and despite how short my lesson may have been, I still feel like I learned the basics and managed to have a great time. I believe the conditions of the snow in kiroro are perfect for beginners because the snow is forgiving, and the mountain terrain is quite mellow. There are also many other family friendly snow activities such as snow Segway, snow buggy and banana boat ride.
One particularily great thing about this resort is that within an hour there are some great little towns. Perfect for those that want to see something more cultural or for those that are not only about skiing or snowboarding, like me. I really enjoyed these day trips, exploring the surrounding towns, and because of the cold weather all you do is eat -pretty perfect in my opinion.
Overall my experience in Kiroro was truly awesome. It is a must see for anyone that loves japan, its food and culture, and especially those of you that love those winter sports and powdery snow as far as your eyes can see.February 11, 2017
This is a perfect back to school recipe that the whole family can enjoy. Mornings can be quite daunting for any family. Getting everyone feed and dressed and trying to make it to where you have to be in time. Not to mention the mess you have to clean post breakfast. This recipe is easy, filling, relatively tidy and most off all nutritious .
I love to use freeze dried superfood powders in my morning smoothies as it reassures me that I have started my day with a powerful blend of fruits, vegetables and superfoods that will insure I have energy throughout the day. In addition to feeling less guilty about eating a huge lunch of Korean fried chicken ha ha. Also, for the kids you canfeel at ease that they have received vital nutrients to fuel their little bodies and brains. No junk just pure raw goodness to propel them into their day.
BACK TO SCHOOL SUPER SMOOTHIE
1 frozen banana
1 tablespoon of organic chia seeds
A small bunch of organic spinach
1 teaspoon of honey
1 tablespoon of almond butter
1 serving a chocolate superfood powder
1 tablespoon of gluten free oats
1 – 1 1/2 cups of chocolate hazelnut milk
Place all ingredients into a powerful blender and blend until well combined.
Enjoy,September 20, 2016
When asked to work with Cotton On Body Australia I was so excited. As an Australian that has now lived overseas for many years it is always a joy when I get to work with brands from home.
This online campagine ‘Olympic Fever’ is a cute collection of olympic inspired gear to help you sleep tight and get your butt to the gym.
Cotton On Body also took the time to interview me, asking me about some of my favorite places in Hong Kong and lots more. To read my interviews go to their blog “B with Us”
with love,August 16, 2016