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This week’s Guest Blogger is Lisette from Tauranga, talking about how she manages to be a busy, working mum, and still find time to train and keep herself fit and healthy.


Tell me a little bit about yourself?
I’m 34 years old, a Mum of two boys. Caide who is 8 and Lucas who is 5 – both full on boys who love to play lots of sports! I’m married to Shane, who also likes to train a lot (he goes to the gym every morning) and is heavily involved with Rugby which means he is away most weekends. I work 20 hours a week as PA for a Real Estate agent. These hours mean that I am able to drop off and pick up my boys from school as well as be there in the school holidays.

How do you like to stay active?
I go the gym and see a personal trainer once a week. I’ve been seeing him for a couple of years now. In between going to the gym, I’m trying to get into the habit of running a couple of times a week and also taking the dog for a walk! When Shane is home, we often go to the gym on a Sunday afternoon – family gym day – while the boys run around in the gym, we do a work out!

Have you always been active?
No, I haven’t always been active. I still hate my alarm going off on a gym morning and having to pull myself out of bed!

What do you find hardest about keeping fit and healthy?
Trying to fit every thing in!
How do you make sure you fit exercise in to your day?
At the moment I’m training for the Tauranga Half Marathon in April. I make sure I fit my runs in during the week, I am making myself go running instead of sitting in the car while I wait for the kids to finish school. I finish work at about 2pm most days so can be a long wait in the car! Instead of watching Instagram or Snapchat on my phone, I’m going running instead! Well that’s the plan…..

Do you follow a set way of eating?
No I don’t follow a set way of eating. We get My Food Bag so most of our meals have a good balance with veg and protein. I do try and watch the amount of sugar I have during the day but I’m by no means strict about anything! Some days are good and some are not so good! Everything in moderation I reckon. I’m a sucker for salt and vinegar chips and chocolate of course!

What can you do/what are you doing now, that you weren’t/couldn’t do previously?
There was no way I could run 5km! I hate running, would avoid it at all costs but now I hardly break a sweat for 5km – haha!! This is huge for me and I’m super proud of myself too. The next step is 10km!

What are your top 3-5 tips for maintaining your health in a busy lifestyle?

  • You come first, if you’re not feeling great or not doing something for yourself, then you can’t function properly.
  • Stop making excuses, there may feel like there isn’t enough hours in the day but there is always half an hour while sitting watching tv to squeeze something in (50 burpees for 50 days was a challenge Shane set us for the month of January, took just over 7 minutes to do the 50 but boy did it get the heart rate up!)
  • Get a diary and make appointments for exercise – something I have just started doing this year and it’s working! Write it down, add it to your phone calendar and then send an appointment to whoever that way you can back out!

If you would like to follow Lisette’s journey, you can find her over on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/zetty21/