Hi my name is GM. What a privilege it is to be able to write to you about my journey with Shape Up Mums.  I have three children, a girl and 2 boys which keep me very busy and I also work part time as a primary teacher.

I always talk to the children that I teach and my own children about the importance of being healthy, eating  well and exercising but I never seemed to be able to make the commitment to the exercise part. I have always been a little apprehensive about joining a Gym as I felt a little self conscience about exercising  with fit  and “skinny” people, I had a treadmill at home which got pulled out every now and again for a stint of exercising and then would get put away- I got too busy or it seemed that it was my excuse!!

When I turned 40 last year I decided that it was time to loose weight and really get healthy but more importantly make the changes and make them stick, I had to commit to a total lifestyle change!

I started walking a few times a week in the evening, and enjoyed having a bit of me time more than the walking.  I knew I needed to do more but wasn’t sure what.

I first heard about Shape Up Mums in a newsletter at my children’s primary school.  I read the description and thought maybe this could be for me.

I spoke to Jacqui and she explained what Shape Up Mums offered their clients. She assured me that it was normal mums and that it was designed to help mums get back into shape safely. It was also great that if necessary the kids could come during school holidays or kinder breaks.

Around the same time after joining Shape Up Mums (October 2012) I went to my GP for a regular check up and discovered that my blood pressure was dangerously high and was immediately put onto medication and ordered my the doctor to loose weight and exercise, I felt ashamed and embarrassed that I let myself down.

I discussed all of this with Jacqui at my next class and after a few tears together we devised a plan of action and set some realistic goals for me to achieve – I have been attending Shape up Mums every week after that day! My night time walks are now a lot faster and also include a light jog! I have lost some weight and more importantly am so much fitter than when I started!

Jacqui’s expertise and caring, yet firm nature has changed my view on exercise. It is not a chore but an exhilarating experience and I feel so much better after each session. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought about getting up at 5:30 in the morning to do a 6 o’clock exercise session but I do and I’m excited by it.

My journey has just begun and I have a long way to go but having Jacqui and Shape Up Mums by my side makes it all easier to face.

PS-I even bought myself and elastic band so I could do my own circuit training!!!