I registered for a Strong Body Strong Mind nutritional talk about a week before learning I was pregnant. My goal changed within those 7 days from ‘how do I lose weight’  to ‘how best to grow a healthy baby’.

I planned to continue training throughout pregnancy (for me, this was a given) but I was concerned about maintaining a healthy weight. I wanted to stay within the healthy range of weight gain. It was going against everything that was ingrained in me for years, the scales were going to go up, and it was a good thing!

So, I decided to stay in the nutrition group for the 1st trimester, learning the tools, techniques and knowledge that was shared each day and I maintained the same weight throughout my 1st trimester. Considering my level of tiredness and the penchant to eat while tired, this was a significant win! I didn’t feel sick at all and I continued to train as usual.

I decided that I would take a break from the group but still touch base if needed, which I did.

My goal for the next two trimesters was to get a wide range of nutrients from fruit and veg and keep protein levels up. It was also important to me that I kept managed my iron levels in order to avoid taking supplements, which are often advised by doctors in the last trimester. I generally had a spinach (iron) and fruit (vit c) smoothie every day and thankfully didn’t need any iron supplements which have a lot of other side effects.

Philly coached me during pregnancy, my training was well taken care of, everything was scaled back to suit me, I wasn’t afraid of injury or any thoughts of, ‘I shouldn’t be doing this’. I trained up to my due date and past it, I was in the gym doing banded pull ups at 10am and 12 hours later I started to get contractions.

I can’t emphasise enough how much training helped during pregnancy as well as for recovery. Training kept my mind and body healthy. I had a C-section and had to use upper body strength getting out of bed/off sofa and I recovered so much faster.

After 6 weeks I returned to training and then started back with the nutritional group about 3 months post-partum. I gained a total of 15kg during pregnancy and I am now down 18kg in weight all thanks to the knowledge, support and accountability offered by the group.

Trying to juggle everything after returning to work, my training really slipped. I started to get lower back pain, so I wanted to get back into a better routine. This has led to Philly now becoming my online coach for both training and nutrition. He designs a training plan for me each week based on the time I have and monitors my technique with video recordings to ensure I’m doing everything correctly. This has worked out perfectly for me as I can go to the gym whenever I have the time in my week.

There is structure to my program, my back pain has subsided, and my techniques have improved already. Even though I was a regular gym goer prior, I have learned a huge amount about form and technique in such a short space of time and I can’t believe the difference it makes.

If you are considering taking action whether it be nutrition and/or training, I highly recommend Strong Body Strong Mind, no matter what stage of life. Like most, I have tried a lot of diets through the years.

The course has at last put me on the right path to a healthier, sustainable way of living. It’s the best investment I have made for my own health, as well as my families.