An interview with… Lisa Buszan (aka @biceps_after_babies)

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Lisa Buszan

Our interview today is with fit Instagram Mum Lisa Buszan, aka @biceps_after_babies.

33 year old Lisa from Bunbury, Western Australia is a Mum of 2, Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer.

Here’s a little about Lisa… in her own words.

“I’m Lisa, a 33 year old Mother of 2 from the South West of WA. I have always loved health and fitness and have been a certified Personal Trainer for 12 years!”

“After burning out at a young age with too many clients and the inability to look after myself, I took a huge break from the industry to travel, get married and start a family.”

“However, after not having the healthiest first pregnancy and indulging in far too much chocolate and chips (hello 30 kilo weight gain!!) and then realising how hard it was to lose the weight and regain some fitness after baby I made a promise to myself after that if I were ever to fall pregnant again I would maintain a fit healthy pregnancy!”

“Fast forward 5 years and I did exactly that, I regained my bikini body within 6 months after baby number two and although I am sleep deprived and exhausted a lot of the time I have never had more energy or been happier.”

“I suffered badly from PND with my first child which took years to recover from. I strongly believe that keeping active and eating nourishing healthy foods played a huge part in my recovery after baby number two, both physically and mentally.”

“PND didn’t dare raise it’s ugly head this time around. I am now working as a Group Fitness Instructor (getting paid to exercise, how great is that!!) and am launching my own Personal Training company within the next 3 months – “Fit Bodies by Lisa” to motivate all women and mothers to live a healthy, active lifestyle!”

Keep an eye on @biceps_after_babies for launch dates!

Lisa’s Interview…

On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is it that you workout and why? (10 being very important).
10! Absolutely. It is just an essential part of my day. Whether or not that means a gentle walk with the kids and some stretching and core work or a hard HIIT session I prioritise it and get it done! Afterwards I feel accomplished, happy and have loads more energy! My husband gets a happier wife and my kids get an energetic, patient Mum!

Did you work out during your pregnancy? If not why not?
I worked out almost every day of my second pregnancy (not at all with my first) to some degree depending on how I was feeling. I really learned to hone in and listen to my body and to mostly ignore the unwanted uneducated advice of others who would tell me I was “overdoing it” or “shouldn’t be getting my heart rate up that high”. Up until around 25 weeks I maintained my same fitness routine which included Group Fitness classes like Body Step, Body Attack and Body Combat and just adapted them to suit. From around 18 weeks I stuck to low impact options and occasionally only completed half a class. After I stopped Group Fitness I either did a pregnancy specific YouTube cardio workout in front of the TV, a neighbourhood walk with the dog or some prenatal core work with yoga stretches at home for around 20 minutes a day. I really made an effort to maintain my core strength throughout my pregnancy. I was working out right up until the day I gave birth!

How much time do you dedicate to exercising each week?
30 minutes to an hour a day 6 days a week. Every 12 weeks or so I will take around 5 days off just to rest, rejuvenate and relax a little.

What keeps you motivated when you’re tired or the little ones have worn you out?
The feeling of endorphins and a clearer, happier mind keep me motivated! When Ava was just a month old and waking every one to two hours through the night I would always really push myself to get out the door and go for a walk. It would always give me more energy and help me get through the day.

Do you follow a super clean diet or just eat sensibly?
I like to think I just eat sensibly but if you ask my friends or my husband they would say I eat super clean! I, like anyone, enjoy treats occasionally like dark chocolate, wine or a big bowl of spaghetti Bolognese. Yum! Eating clean for me is a habit that took many years to form. I cook as cleanly as possible and generally don’t bring processed or unhealthy foods into our home. If we do go out for a meal I choose what sounds delicious though and will never feel guilty or bad for indulging in something I would never normally eat! Food is one of the greatest things on earth and it’s all about balance. I’d like to think I have a very healthy relationship with food now I’m in my 30s, which sadly wasn’t always the case!

What does a typical day look like for you?
Typical day involves a cooked egg breakfast after an early morning session as a Personal Trainer. Even when we are pushed for time and racing to get to school drop off I always sit down and enjoy a coffee and cooked breakfast with my kids and husband. After school drop off I usually head to the gym for a weights session. My daughter has a sleep around 11am so I use that time to catch up on housework, emails, have a quiet coffee and fit in any practice I need to do for the Les Mills Group Fitness classes I instruct. School pickup always comes around fast at 3pm and we fill in the afternoon at the park if the weather is nice. I prepare dinner nice and early, wash school uniforms and tidy the house so I am organised for the following day. We eat at 5:30 around the table as a family, kids bath at 6 and are in bed by 7 so my husband and I can sit and relax at 7:30! Usually with a bowl of greek yoghurt and berries. We look forward to this time so much. Routine is so very important to us and helps our days run smoothly. Organisation is key.

What do you find is your biggest struggle? Food, exercise, time, motivation?
Time. Absolutely. Food and exercise have become so habitual for me I don’t need to think about exercise anymore I just do it, like brushing your teeth! I online shop each week and have groceries delivered so that also saves time and stops any of those impulse buys like blocks of chocolate or packets of chips! Now that I am working and my daughter is still so young I find there just aren’t enough hours in the day to fit everything in. I am also in the process of starting my own Personal Training business so getting that off the ground is also time consuming!

What is the best part of your day?
I really enjoy the evening times when my phone gets put down, the kids are in bed and I can sit on the couch with my husband and talk or get caught up in a TV show for an hour. We force ourselves to put our phones away in the evenings to really just relax. I also love my time at the gym and of course any time spent with my beautiful kids!

Finally, if you could give one piece of advice to new mums or mums-to-be what would it be?
Health and fitness wise? Three things. Just keep moving, listen to your body and maintain a balanced diet. If you are too sore or utterly exhausted, take a break and relax! If you are craving pasta or buttery toast, eat the pasta or toast! There is no point depriving yourself of the foods you love if it is going to make you miserable, find a balance. Listen to your body and what it is telling you it needs. That is the most important thing you can do as a woman and a mother. Just relax and enjoy the journey.

Thank you very much Lisa for taking part in our ‘An interview with…’ interview series and helping to inspire and motivate other moms.

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