Pregnancy: 27 weeks

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I’m pretty bad at recording things and get over taking photos pretty quick. I’m now 27 weeks, wow! Still training hard. I have a huge goal to achieve and need to maintain my strength and fitness as much as possible. burps and pull ups are still on the cards but only just. Doing pull ups wit ha band now as I have lost much of my upper body strength due to the first 3 months trimester and also the extra bundle I am carrying.

Baby is about 36cm long now and she is pretty active, at night of course while I am trying to sleep!

The countdown is on!

H 🙂

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Pregnancy: 18 weeks

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Having a blue day today so I went for a walk along our beach and took some snacks with me. Nothing specific had happened to me I was just feeling really low and sorry for myself.  This has been happening more and more lately. Still fitting my normal clothes yay.

The awesome thing from this day was soon after I took this photo i sat down to eat my lunch and a pod of Orca went cursing down the beach! Picked my day right up and left me feeling blessed. #blessingsindisquise

H 🙂

Pregnancy: 17 weeks

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A quick selfie before I take my Waka ama class for the weekend. A weekend long noho (learning camp) on waka ama (outrigger canoeing). We do eight of these camps over a weekend throughout the year. All the learning is based on the history of paddling, a bit of nutrition, coaching, event management, safe boating, paddle technique and then we finish the year with a huge paddle festival for all the students across the country.  Hoping my preggie moods don’t impact on my teaching. Apologies in advance!

H 🙂

Pregnancy: 16 weeks

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Yeow 16 weeks and feeling much better. I had to take some morning sickness pills toward the end of my first trimester because I just couldn’t eat or do anything.  I was starting to feel really down.  Still in my normal jeans though.

Now I am off the pills and eating much better. No more takeaways,and refined sugar for this mama, all healthy foods. Onwards and upwards!

H 🙂

Pregnancy: 14 weeks

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I’m about 14 weeks now and still feeling yucky. Mind feels absent and foggy. Stomach is all over the place and I have a tiny bump starting to show. This shot is taken before the Long distance Waka ama Nationals held in Whangarei. Hoping I last the race without throwing up! Loving the sunshine.

H 🙂

Pregnancy: 12 weeks

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Middle of first trimester and feeling horrible.  It has been a real struggle with most days lying in bed. I really have to force myself to get up and be active.  Funny thing is I feel great on the water. Eating has been pretty random. McDonalds Cheeseburgers, KFC chips and Pies! Yuck, I never eat those things but since I can’t eat much else I’m trying to fuel up on what I can stomach. Bring on the next trimester already please!

H 🙂

Pregnancy: 8 weeks

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OMG we are pregnant again! I have just come off some pretty intense training for Waka ama Sprint Nationals and distance racing. Had been wondering why I was feeling so crook! I was getting sea sick quite often, while paddling and surfing! Well I thought it was seasick but it was obviously morning sickness.

We are super stoked to be adding another addition to our waterwhanau. We will now have enough for a whanau waka crew!

I will try to log my journal as best I can through my pregnancy.

H 🙂

A Goal A Week @week one

Rounding Karewa Island, Tauranga Moana

Rounding Karewa Island, Tauranga Moana

Kia ora! My goal this week has been to set up my blog. I have thought about this for so long but I have finally done it. I spoke to people about what I wanted to do and got so much advice.  There comes a point though where you just need to stop, listen and trust your gut. So here we are, you are now reading my blog which is proof so one point to me yay!

Throughout my blog I will aim to share A Goal A Week. I will try to do this as long as I can.  It may be big or small, personal, business or fitness related. Putting it up here for some accountability toward my journey I am currently on. It will also serve as a way to track my progress.

As always, I hope that you can take something away from this and if you do I would love to hear about it.

#imagine #believe #achieve

H 🙂

That Aha Moment…

View from Moturiki island, Maunganui NZ

View from Moturiki island, Maunganui NZ

Over the years I have worked in many areas as a Personal Trainer, Gym Manager, Secondary School Teacher, Public Health Advocate and now I run my own business. Through this time I have had many friends and family tell me how I have inspired them to do one thing or another. Funny thing is, I just do what I do because it’s what I know.  Not to impress anyone else.  I genuinely love to share knowledge and if I think it will help I will share. I often play down my life experiences and are one of those people who joke off a nice comment only because I feel embarrassed or at times because I think that if they could see the real me they wouldn’t think that. I say this because I have let past hurt and experiences get the better of me. I have always been sporty but when I hit my teenage years I truly rebelled! I was the student who used to fake being sick all the time to get out of Phys ed classes. You wouldn’t think that looking at me today.  all I wanted to do was listen to music and eat junk food, like most teenagers. See the thing is, I lost my mum to Lung cancer when I was just 11 years old. it has been an interesting journey without her and I still wonder how things may have been if she was still around. I do also think that I would have the same motivation I do now though if she was either. Sad but true. sometimes it takes hitting rock bottom to motivate yourself to make your dreams a reality. I have suffered from depression since I was young, I put it down to losing my mum among other things that happened in my community at the time. I have seen counsellors and all but felt they were all text-book and tried to fit me into their little boxes. It never worked for me.  I have always been afraid of what people would think but have since realised that people actually need to know. It’s difficult because i don’t want to labeled or for people to feel sorry for me.  I am still me, I just handle things a little different and am learning as I go. I’ve had all the weight issues, drinking and all but got tired of it. I have always had this inner feeling that there was more to life and more for me so set out to achieve it.  In the early 2000’s I moved back to New Zealand and started study as an adult student. I went on to complete a degree n Sport and recreation and then a Post Graduate diploma in Secondary School Teaching. I had truly caught the learning bug and carried on to do my sports and Exercise Masters then switched into Public health. You see, before my mother passed she did a documentary on her final year. This dock won awards in the US and became a useful resource in New Zealand Schools and health Centres. It also began my brother’s and mine careers in tobacco control. We are still both involved in it to this day. It was called July’s Legacy and it truly has become that for us. My passion for health, people and realising potential coupled with my study drove me to start a stand up paddle board school back in 2009. I have learned many lessons over this time and continue to do so.  Especially around business and trying to manage family. I ended up burning out and had my third child prematurely as I came down with shingles which is brought on by stress. It was a good lesson for me.  My boy is awesome and you wouldn’t believe he was a premature baby, being the biggest kid at his kindy! Last year I decided to give up surf comps and try to compete in Waka Ama (outrigger canoe). It took a lot of time and commitment from myself, my hubby and kids and again did my head in a little. I often felt guilty for not being with my kids but I had to remind myself of why I was doing this and where that negative self talk was coming from. so many people are quick to judge and really have no idea. I no longer listen to people who have not experience these things themselves. I have also come to realise that I have a choice and realised that through my dark days it was my choice to get better, no one else could make me, it was all me.  There is a calmness knowing that i have the strength and ability to be able to recognise that now and feel empowered by that notion. The imagine, believe, achieve tagline is a mantra I used to get me through my training last year and it has stuck with me ever since. I see so much in it for me across the lard, personal, business, life in general. I try to get back to my childhood and using my imagination like a 4 years old. The freedom, not bound by what if’s or any negative thoughts at all.  Just possibility. again believing as a 4-year-old, the beauty in it, Santa was real, so was the Easter bunny and the feeling that came with that was surreal. And achieving as a 4-year-old, accepting that all the small stuff are achievements is beautiful. The Aha moment, well it wasn’t until recently that I figured hell yes lets give this thing ago. I do have something to share. so set about to start a blog.  I am a physical person so writing doesn’t come easy to me. It all just kind of blurts out on to paper. I’ve never been one for sharing feelings you see. But I figured If I can help one person then my job is done.  If you choose to follow me I hope you find a little gem in here somewhere.

#imagine #believe #achieve

H 🙂