Our feature interview today is with 28 year old fit mum Leah Van Unen aka @lvu_thebod, a wife, stay at home mum and THEBOD ambassador from Melbourne, Australia.
Leah has 2 children… son Harper 3 and daughter Lenni who is 18 months.
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On a scale of 1 to 10 how important is it that you workout and why? (10 being very important).
I would say a 8; I believe that moving your body as often as possible is a key to being healthy, happy and energetic for your own well being and that of your children and family. However I do also believe in a balanced lifestyle and listening to and trusting your body. And sometimes it is actually better for your mind and body to stop and rest and prioritize other things.
Did you work out during your pregnancy? If not why not?
I stayed active during both of my pregnancies. I didn’t necessarily hit the gym every day, but I did move my body as often as possible. I had two really great pregnancies; however my hips were more tired during the third trimester of my second pregnancy. I always aim to listen to my body and act accordingly.
How much time do you dedicate to exercising each week?
I do home workouts about 3-4 times per week, go for walks with my family regularly, play sport and attempt to go to the gym once a week. Sometimes my home workouts are quick or cut short due to my kids being my number one priority.
What keeps you motivated when you’re tired or the little ones have worn you out?
Motivation comes and goes, I think it’s important to be mindful of it and to make small changes every day to be healthy and active.
Do you follow a super clean diet or just eat sensibly?
I eat a balanced diet. Generally I eat clean and I make an effort to eat lots of good, nutrient rich, nourishing foods. But occasionally I indulge and will eat a treat. I believe the important point is to not feel guilty for having treats and to nourish my body because I love it rather than to punish myself.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I start my day with a big glass of warm lemon water and a healthy breakfast. Harper and I will walk with Lenni in the pram to kindergarten, While Harper is at kinder for the morning, Lenni and I will usually walk around the neighborhood or head to the local shopping centre. After kinder pick up we will all head home for naps and lunch which usually consists of some sort of protein and greens/salad. My kids love to eat ‘snack plates’ for lunch which is a selection of fruit, salad vegetables, popcorn, cheese etc on a sectioned plate. During the kids’ nap I attempt to do a home workout from thebod program and start to prepare dinner. The kids usually have an early dinner or afternoon tea as well as a dinner with my husband and me later on. After family dinner it’s bath, book and bed time. Lenni goes to bed at 7.30pm and Harper is at 8.30pm. After the kids are in bed; my husband and I can spend some time watching television or go to bed early.
What do you find is your biggest struggle? Food, exercise, time, motivation?
My biggest struggle, I believe was when my daughter was younger and didn’t sleep very well and fed too often. I struggled with the adjustment of having two children. I lost time for myself and was tired, unhealthy, unhappy and unenergetic.
What is the best part of your day?
At the moment I love most parts of my day. I love having a day full of balance. I can usually finish a day and know I have spent quality time doing all of the things I love including quality time with both of my children, time relaxing, time exercising, time doing housework, time alone, time with my husband and social time.
Finally, if you could give one piece of advice to new mums or mums-to-be what would it be?
Trust your instinct, listen to your body. Don’t force anything but be aware of everything. Nourish and love your body. Cuddle and kiss your kids as often as possible.
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