This is one of my absolute favourite pics from all of our wonderful photo shoots and one for all the LeapStars! ONE MORE SLEEP!
Photo Credit Stacey Squires.
It is just one more sleep until The Press Summer Starter…. And the above picture is one of my favourites from our photo shoot from our interviews with Emily Spink. This one is for the LeapStars – punishment for Riwai as he had to plank with me on his back!
I have spent the last few months spending Friday mornings at the Burwood Hospital getting my back strong enough to make the epic 4km journey tomorrow without my crutches. It has been an amazing journey so far and I know tomorrow I will enjoy every minute of the event. I have butterflies but know that Nan is on my shoulder.
Land Based Physio
Water Sanctuary Training
I did my last event with her and Riwai would push her in the wheelchair while she admired all the legs – true story and her words! Before that Mum and I would push her.
Because weekend would have been her 90th birthday it is even more special for us all. Today Riwai and I took her handprint to the tent where the after party will be. We will be having a sausage sizzle and lots of people milling around – I am sure she would have loved it.
This year for the first time ever I will also be donning a Tutu! It made us realise that I have never needed one as have always been on the sidelines cheering in support. Tomorrow my newly designed one will get it’s very first outing and we are both excited! They both look amazing and to top off our fabulous new Pink and Green Tutus we will have yellow wigs in support of Ronald McDonald House .
So if you are in Christchurch keep and eye out for us.. and if you aren’t we will have pictures up tomorrow night for you 🙂
Huggle Buggles to you all and I look forward to sharing all the stories with you tomorrow. Love you Nan and you will always be in my heart
It is hard to ignore what has occurred around the world this past few days, especially if you are on social media. Our feeds have been full of posts that without question have an impact on our opinions, viewpoints and stand on how we feel.
I have pondered my own stand point , having realised before gathering more info I found myself changing my profile picture, and sharing Dodinsky’s post within a few hours of the Paris events. As I did this I felt sickened by the horrific and tragic acts that had occurred. I remembered walking through Paris, feeling connected to the city and its sadness.
Within a few hours I had become deeply perplexed and confused why this event touched me and so many people so quickly and so deeply. Perhaps it is because many of us have been to the city, perhaps images of the Eiffel Tower or Jean Juliens peace symbol resonated or the power of social media moved us all so swiftly. Was it our own vulnerabilities and fears that took over?
It is no doubt that it was horrific but within those few hours I left pondering why Syria’s death toll of 250k and rising and the 30,000 children’s death has not yet had me reaching for new Facebook profile pics. Why I had skimmed over the news of the Lebanon suicide bomber in the world news section this morning?
It was almost to overwhelming to bear. How can I possibly be making informed decisions within a world of instant social media delivering live feeds and opinions of the worlds unfolding tragic events within seconds.
To me our new technological ages delivers tragic reminders of our vulnerability. As I continue to unravel the impact that world events have on me as an individual, three things remain constant;
1. We have the power to find peace in our own heart.
2. We have the power to love and care for those who are near and dear to us always
3. We have the power to stand together for love, peace and humanity
Let the evil of the world not conquer our humanity and ability for love and kindness. This afternoon I changed my profile picture back to a single white rose. In respect of anyone who lost a loved one recently, irrespective of whether in Europe, Middle East, Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Pacific, Antartica or here at home. For the passing of a loved one any time is a sad and tumultuous time .
There are not many things certain in the world, but one thing I know for sure is that when we were born we all had a mum.
This day if the year is one of those unusual ones for me. I am blessed to have my mum still around and she is forever a strong and amazing lady in my life – thank you mum. I am super thankful that we don’t need to be overwhelmed by the commercial side of this day for you know we love you. I love popping in and sharing a hug, cuppa and stealing a biscuit from the pantry or a spoonful of what ever you are cooking on the stove. Thank you for being you and loving me.
I also love to send big massive hugs and thank you to all the mums, step mums and surrogate mums who enrich our lives and encourage and love us unconditionally.
I send more of that same love and hugs to all those who don’t have their mums with them today. The constant advertising and lead up to Mothers Day I am sure would make the last two weeks and challenge.
I know this because although I have my mum, I will never be a mum. It is one of those strange times of the year, where I am torn about celebrating my own mum and grieving for what I am not.
Part of my coping and strength comes from organising a weekend away for LeapStars to complete the beautiful St Clair Vineyard Half. We stay in Picton and the lead up and weekend is taken up filling my bucket up with the energy of our awesome crew and tribe. That makes it easier to avoid the Mothers Day hype.
So as the bird chorus sings and sun rises I send hugs and much love to those friends and family around the world who for whatever reason can not ever be a mum and For all of us, it is a nice thought to know tomorrow the cards, advertising and constant reminders of what we may not have will be taken of the air and off our shelves for another year
Flying is incredible to watch – have you ever stopped to think how magnificent, birds, butterflies, insects and man-made aeroplanes really are? They showcase how doing the impossible, with the odds stacked against them can appear effortless, majestically taking to the air and dancing above the world like they were suppose to be there.
I have flown from my earthquake devastated hometown of Christchurch to St Albans, London. I was nominated and picked from 1500 global entrants in 43 countries to represent and showcase my style of personal training. Today as my watch reads 8:48am, I have a great opporunity to inspire and learn. I am surrounded by the globes greatest personal trainers and in a few minutes I am taking my curves and crutches to the world health, fitness and wellness stage.
Today it is my turn to fly…………………..
Keith Austin is a towering gentle giant. He fills a room or in this case a gym with calm and fun. But don’t be fooled by this jovial persona – he is a wealth and depth of knowledge in the health and fitness industry. He is also one of our seven judges, five whom are present today.
He sure means business and I am very excited that our first masterclass is a practical workshop on the magnificent LifeFitness Synrgy360. Nuffield Health is also an amazing centre. As we are seated for our briefing I catch out of the corner of my eye state of the art equipment, an indoor pool, squash courts and a welcoming cafe and hub of the centre. The energy has lifted and we are surrounded by cameras, onlookers, media and sponsors. Keith tells us to focus on us and why we are here. He says we must think of today as a learning and have fun. Of course at the end of the day someone will take home a title but he says we are all winners and we must remember that we are the top 10 from 1500 entrants nominated fro 43 countries. Again the tears are right there this is a true honour and still unbelievable! No time for them to flow, a quick bite of the bottom lip, look at my pandora and other sentiments and its show time!
The music is turned up, Keith walks me through this amazing equipment to make sure all can be achieved on my crutches. It all gets the big tick. I am so excited 🙂 The other nine join us in the centre for another reminder from our host Nick Merrell from Life Fitness UK and Europe. A quick
three, two, one FUN!!! and we are warming up to the beat of the music.
It was truey an amazing experience, catering for all levels and our quick highlights package reminds me anyone can exercise and can exercise.. I am in the right industry for inspiring wellness and changing lives.
The rest of the morning sees us in an upstairs meeting room, doing three theory based classes before lunch. One is on sharing best practices on four unique clients of the future – I loved it because these were all my typical clients now and I was able to hear from nine other experienced and top of their game trainers. We then met our clients, real clients based at Nuffield, mine is Beverley a 20 year plus member in her early 50’s, only does classes and has never used the Synrgy360 or weights. She has some old injuries from a car accident. We get to chat over lunch and find out what she likes, dislikes, her longterm fitness goals of weightloss and longevity. Our third masterclass is on the clock – we return to the arena and for the first time since we started with Keith I feel the butterflies again…. I have 55 minutes to plan, record and write down a 15minute progessive workout for Beverley. It is what I do, everyday…. but for 30seconds I am star struck, in awe of the equipment and the task. This is being streamed live around the world, the judges are watching our every move and I have a head full of ideas… at least I am not blank. I take my notebook and sit with my eyes closed for a few minutes. Breathing deep into my belly and calming my nerves, just like this morning I repeat the words ” I got here on my own merits, do this for everyone back home, do this for Riwai” Breathing, relaxing and clearing the mind. And eyes open…. I walk around the gear and ask myself – what would you do at home. Do what you know… I see Riwai arrive and I run over to him “Please can you go back to the hotel and grab the hula hoop? I need it to relax me into the session at 2:30” I have said it before but he is an amazing support crew, he doesn’t hesitate and heads off.
I get planning – Warm Up must be fun cardio and include dynamic stretching. The session will include major compound muscle work, flexion and extenstion exercises. Low impact for knees and lower back pain and no shoulder elevation due to old injuries from car accidents. Short Term Mission – to introduce Beverley to the Synrgy360, get her heart rate elevated, sweating and smiling. Long Term Mission to compliment her love of cardio classes with an alternatve resistance training to promote longevity, muscle building and disease prevention.
Thats the technical bit and in reality this Leap2it! Session sounded like this..
We will take you back to childhood with some hulahooping and hopscotch and throw the rubber duck, then we will put out some washing, spin dry it (dynamic stretching) and grapevine and pattercake around the place (cardio) then move to being a super woman (trx and rip) then we will pop in a bit of water skiing (TRX and RIP) lunge around the clock, and plank the alphabet then we will finish off with some bat wing treatment (with TRX for arms) before we have a lie down and give yourself a round of applause and angel wings. (Obie for myofascial release)
15 minutes exactly – planned and ready to go! Submitted to judges – this was so everyone was on the same level and we couldn’t change our plan.
I was number three so I got to watch Kim and Steven first – they were awesome and it really calmed my nerves. Each was so different and our styles were able to be showcased.
Next up is Cate Grace from New Zealand…..
WOW it was amazing.. a blur, a delight, a wonderment – I didn’t notice the cameras, I ran my own race, and it was so much fun.. it was great to see my clients smile and I felt like it was exactly what I was suppose to be doing. I couldn’t have done it any differently and I gave it my all. What a blast and what a memory.
There was no time to even say hello to Riwai, I literally caught my breath and was whisked away for a video interview, I didn’t even do my hair and I could feel beads of sweat and red cheeks…At least I knew it would look real. I am so stoked with the video, it is only a couple of minutes and it captured my essesnce and why I am in this industry perfectly!
Curves and Crutches – I did it – I felt like i was flying and it was JAZZFASTIC!
Today is 1000 days since my world changed for ever. It has been a roller coaster ride and it is so so super exciting that my new world has really only just begun. May 31st 2013 marks a tonne of reasons why I shouldn’t be in business, a tonne of reasons why I shouldn’t be in Christchurch and a tonne of reasons why I should really be in both. Mother Nature dished us a cruel blow and followed it up with thousands of aftershocks. I have been blessed to continually open up the gifts of opportunity that present and make the best of what I have been given.
Today I decided to celebrate by doing a random act of kindness for every hour I was awake today. What a most magnificent day it turned out to be :
6am – Despite enormous pain I did not cancel any clients, had a dose of Vitamin P (pet cuddles) and thanked my husband for being awesome.
7am – Sent a text to Thank a LeapStar for all she has done for me
8am – Offered to do a special plan for a special lady
9am – Lent out my phone so a stressed lady could find hers
10am – Yelled across the car park and told someone that they looked fabulous in purple
11am – Hugged someone and told them they were amazing
12pm – reminded someone what a great job they do and what the mean to me then shouted lunch
1pm – thanked two local businesses for their great service
2pm – opened a gate for a lady lifting a heavy gear bag
2:30 – delivered flowers randomly to someone who just made a big life decision
3pm – visited a classroom of young children and told them how cool their teacher was
3:30 – let a grandad cross the street not at the crossing because he and the kids looked super stressed – even though I held up traffic!
4pm – delivered someone’s overdue study for marking because they were at work and weren’t going to make the deadline
4:30 – shopped for party items for a 4yro because her daddy is in hospital and her mummy is under alot of pressure
5:00 – wished a random man in the a street a happy birthday (after overhearing him say it at the bank) and then rang up and thanked the bank for its great service today and always!
5:30 – delivered some flowers and a card early for someone’s birthday to help cheer them up.
6pm – wished the team at the chemist and the doctors a magnificent weekend
7pm – thanked medical team for staying back late for me
8pm – rang the after hours duty manager to thank the afterhours nurse for all her help
9pm – thanked the on call GP for his patience and honesty
10pm – arranged for my hubbie to take some of our friends kids to the rugby tonight.
11pm – promoted a local business via Facebook
12am – posted my blog to inspire others to do many small things often and have many blessons throughout life 🙂
It was a very humbling day. in amongst all the giving i was also balancing my own trapeeze as my medical team worked with me to avoid a hospital visit. Kindess and patience won the day and this one tonne post eqc milestone that will forever carry beautiful memories. It reinforced that please and thank you are still Magic words do make a difference in someone’s day. I also have an amazing brooch and bundles of special memories now attached to it. It is made from an old map of chch so was a perfect match for me today. It will always be a reminder that smiles, hugs and random acts of kindness really do make us count our blessons :).