OLYMPIC CHAMPION | ENTREPRENEUR | MUM
WELCOME to my site – a place to share and reflect on the life experiences I’ve had as a professional athlete, mum, wife and business owner. A place to share my journey and the amazing people who have helped me get the best out of myself. It’s also a place for random snippets relating to food, family, travel and gear I can’t seem to do without. Enjoy!
Our bub is as long as a corn cob!
It was no surprise this week that I caught a nasty cold and cough. Actually I probably picked it up in China last week from all the smog, travel and being literally walked off my feet. I can’t remember the last time I was sick! It sucks! I felt so tried and lethargic all week. I struggled through a couple of workouts and spent the weekend napping, coughing and spluttering.
I had a few meetings and events to get through this week so all in all, it was a little tough and I’m spent. I have a lot of work piled up and a pretty lengthy to-do list, but all in good time.
Otherwise, the baby seems to be doing fine with lots of movement. Sleeping hasn’t been great this week and I’m finding it uncomfortable to lie on my back and front. I’m guessing it’s partly due to being sick and feeling generally crap and run down but it looks like sleeping on my side is the obvious choice from now on.
I read a cool article in the New York Times this week passed on to me by my Sports Psych showing some impressive ladies exercising whilst pregnant….actually not just exercising but running marathons!! Have a read here There’s definitely a stigma surrounding exercising whilst pregnant and I certainly get a few strange looks in the gym these days, but I think if you’re an athlete, used to training and exercising, you can use your own judgement of what feels comfortable and safe. I feel crap without exercise. I’m not about to run a marathon but I’ll definitely continue to train within my comfort zone….and yes that means working up a sweat:)
Eight years ago I experienced the lowest point of my aerial skiing career. I’d blown out my knee for the 2nd time within a 6 month period. Magnifying the horror of the injury, it just so happened in the semi final of the 2006 Olympics. My hopes and dreams were crushed in an instant. Following that moment, I needed two more surgeries to rebuild my knee and I knew I was in for at least a year of rehabilitation. It wasn’t a fun time.
Inspiration can strike when you least expect it. I was sitting in the cafeteria of the athlete village. A plastic bag of ice balanced on my swollen knee. It was leaking and slipping all over the place. Fed up and frustrated, I picked up the bag and threw it on the ground bitterly spitting out ‘Someone should make a decent fu**ing ice pack’. Light bulb went off. A seed planted. Quietly, I sat there and thought about it. I figured I’ve injured just about every part of my body, I know exactly what I need. I’ll make a decent fu**ing ice pack! read more…
Our bub is the size of an eggplant!
Our baby is over 500grams now and about 29cm. I’m so excited to meet the little munchkin that has been kicking and knocking me from the inside all week. Feeling your baby move is such a strange feeling. If anything, it feels like an involuntary muscle twitch - more of a poking involuntary muscle twitch. Anyway, it is always a welcomed and nice surprise and I often find myself giving a poke back to see if ‘it’ will move again. read more…
Our bub is the size of a large mango!
Lot’s of activity in and out of the womb this week. October has so far been a month of awards nights, speaking events, gala dinners and social catch-ups and I must admit, whilst having a few nights on the town has been fun, sourcing outfits for my expanding body has been a little rough and depressing and I’m having a difficult time embracing my new body.
I am a yoga lover. It’s been a part of my routine for over a year now and my body has been thanking me ever since. It’s not just great for my body, but my mind is different with yoga in my life. It’s more clear and more focused. I can relax instantly just by using breathing techniques. It simply de-stresses me so that I feel centred and balanced.
A couple of weeks ago, I booked myself in for a pre-natal yoga class with Ina Becker at Sansara Yoga to start modifying some of the yoga positions for my changing body and expanding belly.
I learned that prenatal yoga is not really different from regular yoga. There are some modifications that can be made once your belly is heavy and in the way, but the biggest thing I took out of the session was the ability to stop, focus on and connect with my growing baby. Life can get busy and I am guilty of cramming as much into my day as I can. My mind jumps from one task to the next, but yoga gives me the chance to stop. Be present. Breathe. Check in with myself and especially at the moment, check in with my growing baby. Even though I can’t see it, I can feel it. I can send it love and nurture it. I can bond and give it my attention and focus. I can give it more oxygen through breath. All good things!
Here’s a few of my favourite poses that just feel sooooooo good right now.
Yoga is for everyone. It doesn’t discriminate. It gives you breath, peace and flow. Those that do it regularly know this… those that don’t, give it a go. You won’t be sorry. xxx