Have you been caught up in the busy’ness of life? Raising a family, helping ageing parents, coping with everyday happenings, managing your career with barely anytime left for you.
You might feel lost. You might not like the way you look in clothes anymore. You might be struggling with menopausal symptoms or post menopause weight gain. You might avoid photos because you don’t like to look at yourself. You might have put on weight. You might feel lonely. You might have health concerns. You might feel that no-one understands. You might struggle to self-care. You might not know how to reclaim your life. You might think it’s too hard.
I get this. As a woman running a household, a farm, business, assisting with grandchildren and an ageing mother, it is easy to put myself last. Suddenly we do not recognise the woman in front of us, and we know it’s time to focus on what’s important and have no idea where to start.
This is why I founded Strong Healthy Women and created FitFlex. We are told to accept that it is all part of ageing and it doesn’t need to be.
It’s about starting each day with purpose and intention. Being in a safe environment to grow spiritually, gain confidence and become stronger physically and emotionally. Knowing there is a community of women just like you, who understands what this season of life is like. It’s about the daily wins and the small changes towards reclaiming the life you want to lead.
“Behind every successful woman, is a tribe of other successful women who have her back”.
"Being the Founder of Strong Healthy Women is the best job on earth. I get to work out and share lifestyle tips all day long with women who want to be Healthy, Happy, Strong & Fit.
Although the early starts are not my favourite thing to do, I’d much rather hit a trail or muck out horses stables. You see I love the outdoors, I live on a farm and the smell of horse stables ignite my senses. To me there is nothing better than mucking out the stables whilst watching the sunrise. Spending time with my love and my family is one of my favourite things to do on a Sunday. I love to hike, walk, run, exercise and anything that is active and have a rekindled love of cooking. Best of all I am in my element learning and taking on new tasks.
I was in primary school when I started making changes to my lifestyle and that was a direct result of watching my mother care for my grandmother, and noticing my mother heading down the same path. I cannot change mum’s approach to exercise and healthy eating that’s just the way it is. I can however, support her in her choices. You see for many generations the women in my family have been overweight and unhealthy. I have the genetics and make up to head down exactly the same path, so staying Healthy and Fit is a daily battle for me.
Coaching and supporting women of my generation is what I am passionate about. When I hear that someone’s cholesterol or blood pressure is down, or I can fit into clothes that haven’t ventured out of my cupboard for 10 years, or I don’t feel sad looking at myself in the mirror any more, or that I can play with my grandkids/kids and don’t have to sit and watch anymore or I can get up and down off the ground brings great joy to my heart.
I am Cleveland Clinic Certified in Fitness, Nutrition and Change Management, as well as hold a Certificate IV in Fitness and a variety of other related qualifications as well as an extensive list of certifications in a range of different industries.
Each year that goes by only makes me more aware of the importance of staying healthy, happy, strong and fit and to enjoy each and every opportunity that comes my way. Taking care of myself is part of my daily routine and I want that for all women. What helps me each day is being part of a community and surrounding myself with like-minded people."
|"I never, in a million years thought I would be a Personal Trainer. Peta and I have been friends for nearly 24 years. After losing touch and then a right-place-right-time encounter with her, my coaching journey began. I have been part of Peta's team now for seven years.
After the birth of my youngest child I weighed 98 kilos. I started eating properly and moving - walking every day. If I needed milk I would walk to the supermarket instead of driving. The weight fell off but the walking wasn't enough anymore so I started running. Don't get me wrong, I didn't run from start to finish. I interval ran. Guess what? That wasn't enough so I started strength training.
That's when Peta gave me an opportunity to work as a coach along side women just like me. I obtained my certificate IV in Fitness and was over the moon. You see, we are coaches (not trainers). We guide and support our clients to their goals and healthy lifestyle.
Not only am I a Cert IV PT, I am certified in Boxfit and Metafit and continue to develop my skills and obtain new certifications.
Because of my weight loss journey I know how our ladies feel, struggle, stumble and celebrate. I know every excuse there is because I too have used them all. But I will not give up on myself or our clients.
Everyday I am taken more out of my comfort zone in my life and in my role as the Operations Manager at Strong Healthy Women. I say "give it go, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain".
Making a Difference
Since 2007 Strong Healthy Women have been actively involved, helping and raising funds in our local and widespread community. We are passionate about helping others. Support comes in different formats. It might be a much needed smile or hello for the day, food for those who will do without at Christmas time, funds to help advance medical breakthroughs or washing clothes for those effected by floods. We see acts of kindness every day in our facility, our members are amazing and support one another in whatever way they can. Small acts make BIG changes in lives.
We currently support:
Wesley Choices Program formerly Kim Walters Choices Program
The Wesley Hospital Choices Cancer Support Centre, located in the historic Drysllwyn House in Auchenflower, Brisbane, offers a calm, caring and safe place for people with all types of cancers. At Choices, any individual affected by cancer receives appropriate support and information to meet their physical, practical and emotional needs following a diagnosis of cancer. This unique, free community service for women and men is backed by surgical, oncological and allied health services provided by The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane.