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✖️ Wellington, NZ ✖️ New mum ✖️ Fitness & balance - all from home ✖️ Scoliosis without surgery ✖️ Lover of cheese, chocolate and wine

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That feeling of freedom 🙌🏼 today marks the day of a new chapter for me - being self employed!! 🎉 don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely a bit scary but being surrounded by so many inspiring kick ass women who have been a great support has made it all seem easier (particularly you @wolvesb 🐺) bring it on 😸 (side note: amazed I was ever that tanned, thank you Rarotonga sun! ☀️) #newbeginnings #selfemployed #inspiringwomen • • • • #rarotonga #rarotongacookislands #aitutaki #aitutakicookislands #beachlife #freedom #motivational #newchapter #inspiring #womenempowerment #hrconsultant #scoliosis #bentnotbroken #thecelife #fitfam #fitmom #fitspiration


I’ve had some requests for more scoliosis exercises so #reposting this video of yoga for back pain ✌🏼 📹 (note this video has been sped up) these are a few absolute favourites to help twist and align my back - easy pose twist, staff pose, half spinal twist, and normal and wide child pose ❣️ if you find these helpful, let me know! I’ll be filming more videos soon, so let me know by commenting if there’s anything else you want to see 🤗 #scoliosis #yogaposes #bentnotbroken #backstretch • • • • #stretching #scoliosisawareness #yogavideo #exercisemotivation #motivation #yogainspiration #mumlife #exercisevideo #fitnessvideo #postpartumfitness #fitfam #fitmom #fitspiration #backpain #yogamom


That post workout smoothie, so good 🙌🏼 the mess behind me can wait til later.. right!? 😅 keeping my fitness levels up with a Sunday session of @thecollectiveelite This smoothie is my go-to:⠀ Frozen berries 🍓⠀ Banana x2 🍌⠀ Chia seeds ⠀ Almond milk 🥛⠀ Vanilla protein powder by @twoislandsco What your fav smoothie recipe? 💕 #thece8wc #fitness #wearethece #sundaysweatsesh #smoothie


Not so long ago I never would’ve shared the second photo as it clearly shows the twist in my spine and difference in each side of my back 🙈 Scoliosis awareness month was in June, and that got me thinking the awareness shouldn’t end there. So here’s some facts about scoliosis: 1. There’s no known cause of scoliosis. Although it can be considered to be herititory, most cases don’t appear to be linked to any cause 2. Scoliosis is more common in females than it is in males. Adolescent girls are up to 10 times more likely to develop it than boys 3. Usain Bolt has scoliosis! And it didn’t stop him 💪🏼 4. Only a small percentage of cases requires surgery. Approx 30% of people require a brace, and approx 10% require surgery. If surgery is needed, the outcomes are usually good 5. Early diagnosis and awareness is key. Scoliosis can progress, so being aware of it early on during adolescence when it tends to develop is important Also, as you know if you’ve been following me for a while.. exercise is absolutely key in helping keep back pain away. Keeping my fitness up with @thecollectiveelite helps so much 🙌🏼 If there’s any facts about scoliosis that you want to share, comment below! 💋 #scoliosis #bentnotbroken #fitnessmotivation #thece8wc • • • • • #fitfam #newmom #backpain #scoliosisawareness #transformation #fitgirl #fitmom #mombod #mumlife #bbgcommunity #bbggirls #thecelife #motivational #backgains


Another round of #thece8wc complete 💪🏼 when I first started @thecollectiveelite I had been doing another program for two years before falling pregnant and having Evie 👶🏼 when I was ready to exercise again, I was looking for something new. I had a fresh perspective of myself; I was the unfittest I’d been in a while BUT I knew my body was seriously bad ass and capable of amazing things 🤰🏼 so @thecollectiveelite was the perfect next challenge for me 🙌🏼 many months later I’m still loving it, and what it does for me - I’m fitter, healthier, leaner, more confident, and happier 🌟 I absolutely love #thecelife and the great supportive community, and the way #thece8wc motivates me by setting weekly challenges 💥 best of all, its insanely easy to fit into my day, and it’s the perfect way for me to have time to myself (hello Mum life!) 🙋🏼‍♀️ bring on the next round, yeeoww!!! 🔥 #transformation #wearethece


Back stretches 📎 puppy pose 🐶 One of my all time favourite back stretches 🙌🏻 this targets your lower and your middle back, as well as your shoulders. You can position yourself higher like the first picture which targets your lower back more, or swipe left 👉🏼 to see how to position yourself lower which targets your middle/upper back more. If you try it, let me know how you find it! 🤗 #backpain #stretching


I’ve finally found the secret to stronger arms... carrying an 11kg toddler! 🤪 arms have always been a weakness for me but I’m enjoying seeing them getting stronger as Evie grows 💪🏻 and doing @thecollectiveelite definitely helps too! ☺️ #fitmom #thece8wc #thecelife • • • • • #postpartum #postpartumbody #postpartumfitness #toddlerlife #toddlermom #fitpregnancy #bbgmoms #fitspo #fitfam #mumlife #motherhood #motherhoodunplugged #healthy


It can be hard to choose healthy options in winter when all you feel like is warm comfort food 🙃 this salad has been my go-to lately - all the good stuff and some croutons for that feel good factor 🙊 this salad is simply:⠀ Cucumber⠀ Yellow and red capsicum ⠀ Sprouts⠀ Onion⠀ Cherry tomatoes⠀ Feta⠀ Coriander (not too much, it tastes so strong to me!) #thece8wc #nutrition


Thank you for all your love and support on my scoliosis themed progress pic! 🤗 sharing my ‘before’ photo never gets easier but I do so in the hope that it helps just a few people with scoliosis feel that they aren’t alone. On a side note, the postpartum hair is real! All those broken fuzzy bits 🤦🏼‍♀️ anyone have any advice for that!? #scoliosis #postpartum • • • • • • #postpartumhairloss #bbgprogress #thecelife #wearethece #progresspic #postpartumbody #postpartumfitness #scoliosisawarenessmonth #bentnotbroken #fitmom #fitspo #strongwomen #motivation #bodytransformation #bbgmoms #strongnotskinny #healthy


June is scoliosis awareness month, so in recognition I’m throwing it back to my first before picture 🙋🏼‍♀️ the photo on the left is in 2015, prior to any exercise and and a month after my official scoliosis diagnosis. I’ve known I was “uneven” and had back pain since I was 15, but I never had it properly diagnosed 🤨 I will never forget when I saw this photo, I was so shocked to see how asymmetrical my hip was, I had no idea it looked so obvious. My scoliosis wasn’t severe enough for surgery, so I looked into alternatives. I found @kayla_itsines BBG and did that for 2 years 💪🏼 strengthening my core and back through BBG did things for my scoliosis that I never ever expected 🙌🏼 I continue to use exercise to help with my scoliosis through @thecollectiveelite program 🖤 #transformation #scoliosisawarenessmonth #bentnotbroken • • • • #progressnotperfection #progresspic #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss #bbgcommunity #bbgtransformation #bbgprogress #thece8wc #thecelife #scoliosis #postpartumbody #postpartumfitness #fitmom #fitnessmotivation #fitspo #bbgmoms #bodytransformation #healthy #strongwomen #strongnotskinny


The realities of working out at home with a little one 👶🏼 the mess behind me is what happens when I workout 🤪 I’ve seen many posts from mums about how it’s easy to find time to workout with kids, and to be honest I clung onto that and assumed it would be true 🤞🏼 But my experience is different. Personally I find it really difficult to fit in exercise now - I have work, Evie’s toddling around and getting into everything, and she has her naps when I’m at work so I miss that golden window. So now exercise time is Evie’s time to let loose and make a mess 😆 it’s not perfect, but it seems to work for us. My goal is to try and maintain it, and keep making time for myself and @thecollectiveelite#thece8wc #fitmom


Sunday stress session 🙌🏼 this stretch is perfect to target your middle back, so it’s a goodie for those with sore backs or scoliosis 😘 #stretching #scoliosis


Another round of #thece8wc done 💪🏼 this round wasn’t without its hurdles - going back to work, a sinus infection, mastitis, and time off for a special friends wedding, meant it was hard to find time to workout and stay on track. But that’s the beauty of @thecollectiveelite.. all you need is half an hour and you can do it from anywhere 💥 the hurdles I encountered just made me appreciate the importance of fitness even more. Obviously it makes you feel amazing with endorphins, but it also boosts your fitness, strength, confidence and happiness 🌈 I also appreciate it heaps when it comes to my back and scoliosis, as it’s crucial to build a strong core 🔥 bring on the next challenge! 😅 #wearethece #thecelife #transformation


Sunday morning done right 🙌🏼 avocado with corn and pineapple salsa 💃🏼 and komcuba sauerkraut 💚 #sundayvibes #brunching #wellingtoneats


Our autumn has been so good 🙌🏼 I love the colder months, especially when you get stunning days like this but get to rug up.. am I the only one!? ❄️🙋🏼‍♀️ #wellington #autumn


Me vs me 🙋🏼‍♀️ Oh the difference an angle or position can make! Standing, posing and tensing, as opposed to sitting relaxed with that Mum skin 🤭 I know we all see those instagram vs real life posts, and they are important reminders. But it’s also important to embrace and show all sides of yourself... loose skin Mum tum and all! 👊🏼 #postpartumbody #beforeandafter


Nourishing your body is a great way to show yourself some love 💜 this smoothie is: Blueberries Plum Honey Yogurt Cinnamon Almond milk Vanilla protein powder by @twoislandsco Totally delicious! Perfect way to start the day 🙌🏼 #selflove #thece8wc #twoislands


Self love is something I think we often neglect as women.. throw in work and motherhood into the mix and caring for ourselves is too often dropped for other priorities 💁🏼‍♀️ for me, exercise is one important aspect of self-love 💜 now that I’m a working mum with an almost-toddler, finding the time to workout is becoming increasingly difficult. So having amazing exercise programs like @thecollectiveelite are such an awesome tool for self-love and getting your A into G! 💪🏼 #thece8wc #thecelife