I did not want to use motherhood as an excuse for the problems I was facing physically and mentally. Rather I saw this beautiful phase as a starting point to changing my body and life to empower my kids, family and community. Change is difficult, uncomfortable and hard- not just for myself, but also for those around me. As a mum we always seem to put ourselves last and feel guilty about everything from taking time out to exercise to falling behind on house work. I came to understand however that fighting through the short term inconvenience for the long term benefit was totally worth it. I learned to make it work… The kids won’t remember a messy house or that I was away for a couple of hours, but they will more importantly I wanted them to remember me as a healthy and active mum who had the energy to run around, tumble and roll with them. My body went through a lot of changes through pregnancy and birth, so my exercise program had to be adapted so I didn’t permanently damage my body, especially when I set out to do the right thing in the first place. It doesn’t mean that I can’t do the things I did or love to do before having babies, it just meant that I needed to build my inner strength progressively to enable my body to do all that and more without injury. I also understood that I had to respect my body for the amazing journey it had been through and to rebuild it with love and care. There is always a way to achieve your desires, you just have to put in the work.