I am Amber. I’m 39 years old, Mum to two demanding toddlers, wife to a husband with a crazy work schedule, daughter to a mum needing full time care, part time PT and fitness coach and passionate believer in the mantra ‘healthy body healthy mind’.
I don’t have one particular sport or activity that I enjoy most. I’m up for anything really but I am a big fan of weight training, HIIT and boxing with the odd run and triathlon chucked in for good measure!
I have always been into nutrition and fitness but have had a real shift in what actually drives me to exercise and eat well. When I was younger it was a desire to be ‘body beautiful’ but, as time goes on and life gets fuller and more demanding, it’s less about striving to look like a Sweaty Betty model and much more about the mental and emotional benefits that diet and exercise deliver. I am really passionate about sharing this message with other women.
After having my second baby I was exhausted. It was so hard to motivate myself to exercise (If I’m honest it was the last thing I wanted to do) but I knew I needed a little bit of time out and an energy boost – something to help me through those sleepless night and frantic days – so I found a local running club and it was an absolute lifeline. The support I got from those ladies was invaluable. They spurred me on when I was tired, showed me patience when I was having a slow day and gave me those all-important pats on the back when I put in a good run or showed some improvement. After each and every run I felt better – stronger, fitter and more energetic. I might not have been back in my pre-pregnancy jeans but I certainly felt like I was regaining my pre-pregnancy brain!
It’s so hard but SO important to realise that being a mum and being yourself are not mutually exclusive. It’s a juggling act and at times it can feel almost impossible but when you start to carve out a rhythm for yourself where exercise forms a regular part of your routine, the rewards are limitless.
Having reaped the rewards of group exercise, I decided I wanted to create a space where women, particularly new mums, could come together to exercise, get fit and get back to themselves so I started Upminster Yummy Mummies – buggy bootcamps for new mums wanting to incorporate fitness into their crazy, sleep deprived schedules. It’s only early days but I have a great group ladies and the buzz I get from helping them work towards their goals is amazing. We recently took part in a group run and I ran alongside the women to gee them up when they were flagging. Several of them got smashed their predicted times and even though I was hanging back, seeing how chuffed they were with themselves was without doubt a better high than getting my own PB!
UYM is a place where women exercise with other like-minded mums and see that they’re not alone. There’s a real sense of camaraderie and the women really motivate and keep each other going. It’s definitely fitness focussed but I really encourage my clients not only to burn calories but to work towards being the best version of themselves through self-love and not beating themselves up…As mothers we are bloody amazing but we don’t remind ourselves of that enough (and if you end up being able to bench press more than your other half high five to that….Now that’s my kind of challenge!)