I’ve literally known Maria since I was born. First introduced to me as Mia, I have many memories of begging to play with her and my sisters since I could just about talk. From family holidays, birthday parties and major life milestones Maria has been there as my two sister’s best friend (along with the fourth member Cathy) for all of my life. As the (almost) 26 years have gone by, Maria is considered a very close family friend to not only my two sisters but all of my siblings and I. It’s amazing to be part of other peoples journey’s through-out life regardless to whether or not we take different paths. Maria always sent me wonderful wishes and words of encouragement when I was embarking on any big life adventures and I feel like now its time to celebrate her achievements.
I’ll never forget going into visit her in hospital after she had her first born Robyn. Since then she has had two more beautiful children and achieved so much in her health and fitness goals. She’s an inspiration to many (both friends & family) and I feel like Maria’s story is one I should share. She’s had an amazing transformation to one super fit mom!
Well done Maria and remember the best is yet to come! You can read Maria’s amazing story below.
“As a busy stay at home Mum to three young children aged 6, 3 and 1 all with different routines, finding an hour to myself is a challenge in itself lets just say! Since the birth of my second child in 2012 fitness has been my go to outlet, both on a physical and mental level. I found a love for TRX classes mixed with weights. I would go 3-4 times a week in the evenings when my partner Conor would get home and the kids were asleep. I also found a passion for running, the fresh air and freedom of running was a nice change at the end of long days! Having done the mini marathon a couple of times little did I know that in 2014 whilst finishing it in 56 mins I was pregnant with my third baby – a pleasant surprise!
I really wanted to keep my fitness routine and levels up during my pregnancy so up until I was 16 weeks pregnant I was still doing my TRX classes and running but I suffer with horrendous varicose veins in my legs during pregnancy so the pressure on them became too painful. So after having a C-section with my youngest little boy I was dying to get back to my classes after the 10-12 weeks recovery process. Unfortunately with different routines, school runs, etc the TRX timetable didn’t work for me anymore and to be honest I was nearly 3 years there and I needed a new challenge. I was determined to find something that would really push me and thats when I found Bodyfit Extreme in October 2015, a crossfit gym and I absolutely love it.
So what’s Crossfit? It’s strength and conditioning workouts that combines a wide variety of functional movements into a scored or timed workout. So things like pull-ups, squats, lunges, push-ups, weightlifting and gymnastics moves are just some of the tasty treats that we contend with! It is the perfect place to let off steam and push yourself to the limit.
Some may like coffee and a cake to unwind, I prefer busting a gut at a Crossfit session. Don’t get me wrong, many a day I fall out of there like Bambi! Struggling to walk but its a happy pain (I think!). So I’ll try to fir in sessions 3-4 times a week either a 6.30am class while the house is still asleep or if my Dad can mind the baby for a 10am class I’ll run and do that after the school and play school run!
I’ve also taken running back up again and just completed my first adventure race the Bray 10km Cliff Run in 55 mins! It was such a fantastic buzz, I’m already looking for the next one maybe the women’s 24k run and cycle in September – who knows! Couping my training with a good diet of clean, unprocessed foods has really helped change my whole body. I’ve more energy (to keep up with the little ones) and I feel better in my own clothes. I genuinely love the healthy food and recipes I’m eating and luckily the kids are great grubbers too so I make everything as clean and family friendly!
Of course like every mum out there, day to day its a juggling act but I think our health is so important it should be high on our priorities in our daily lives. Our bodies and our mindsets are so important to being healthy, why not strive to be the best version of ourselves inside and out. Exceed our own expectations of what we can do, nothing is impossible. There will always be an excuse not to put those runners on but the results of a healthier lifestyle far out weigh those excuses. Life is a challenge and my goals for 2016 is most definitely to seek out and smash as many as possible!”