Hi, my name’s Laura and welcome to my blog. Before I tell you about myself and how arrived inside the Internet speaking to you, I’d firstly like to let you know what you can expect from this blog and why you’ll want to keep following and tell all your friends and colleagues about it.
Do you ever feel like you have so much to do and there’s so much you want to achieve but there’s just not enough time? Or maybe you worry about the decisions you’re making and if they’re the right ones? Or do you often find yourself in a battle between your career or kicking a goal and spending time with your loved ones and having time for yourself?
And what about your body? Do you have a few extra kilos you’re struggling to shift? Do you find your energy levels are unstable? Do you tend to be all or nothing with your eating and exercise – you follow a program for a while but sooner or later it becomes unsustainable for your lifestyle or you’re not getting the results you want?
Well let me tell you, you are not alone. In fact I can safely say that pretty much everyone is experiencing these issues or similar to some degree. So what you can expect from following me and my blog is some good honest chat around what I believe are the five key elements for achieving optimum health and ultimately a happy, fulfilled and sustainable life. I’ll go into more detail about what these elements are in a following blog, but for now all you need to know is that they are the foundation for how you feel and subsequently perform, so I’m going to open your eyes to the possibilities that embracing these simultaneously can give you and offer you some practical tips on how to do just that. Sound good?
Please feel free to leave comments, I love all feedback. And let me know if there’s anything you specifically want me to talk about – as I said, you’re not alone, so if you’re thinking it there’s an extremely high chance there’s a lot of other people thinking the same thing too – so don’t be afraid to speak up and be the spokesperson for your peers.
So, now you know what you’re going to get let’s talk about why you’re getting it. All of the information and material I will talk about comes as a result of a long and interesting journey, both personally and professionally. Through my learnings, observations and experiences as a health coach, personal trainer, business owner, corporate worker and woman I began to notice all of the invisible restraints us ladies put on ourselves, and how these restraints are holding us back from achieving a truly fulfilled and satisfied life. Everywhere I looked I could see the same signs in the women around me, and it really upset me. Most of us have no idea that it is indeed ourselves holding the reigns to these restraints and I realised that until this is understood we are largely fighting a losing battle.
I’ll talk more specifically about my experiences throughout my blogs as it’s the best way for me to illustrate my points, but for now I’ll give you a quick overview of how my mission to free women from their perpetual cycle of mind fuckery began!
Growing up I was always the slightly chubby one – I remember quite vividly having to get dressed for ballet where we’d wear our leotards with a little elastic belt around our waist and I’d always have a bit of overhang at the top and bottom of mine. I don’t think it actually impacted me greatly as a child but it was the start of a somewhat tricky relationship with food and my body. Over the years I became very much an all or nothing eater and would either eat the fuck out of everything or be trying to be ‘good’ – whatever that was at the time. I say that because I tried every diet going so being ‘good’ could be anything from cutting out carbs to eating no fat to eating different things according to the colour code of the day! Needless to say I didn’t achieve any lasting results. I did however eventually find consistent exercise at the grand old age of 24, after returning home from travelling weighing in at the heaviest I’d ever been. And from that, a love affair with health and fitness began.
It wasn’t until I moved across the other side of the world that, that love affair became my career. Having tried to get into TV Production (I have a Bachelor of Arts in Photography, Video and Media) when arriving in Sydney I soon realised this was going to take a lot more work and time than anticipated. So I decided to get qualified as a Personal Trainer with the view of teaching circuits and spinning in my spare time. As part of this course you have to spend 20 hours in a gym observing. As luck would have it, the gym I walked into ended up offering me a job and sponsorship to stay in the country, so after a bit of deliberation about a complete change in direction of my life I decided to go for it.
During this time a lot of shit came up for me – I was in a new industry in a new country where I knew no-one, so (in my head) I had a lot to prove if I was going to get anyone to like me and therefore spare myself a life of solitude. As a result, any unresourceful beliefs, behaviours or habits I had hidden in the depth of my being decided to come out to play. We’re talking binge eating, binge drinking, over working, procrastination, self-loathing…I could go on. So this started me upon a journey of discovery to understand myself, what was driving me and how to change that if it wasn’t helping me get to where I wanted to be.
Fast forward around 3 years and I’d moved from Personal Trainer to Studio Manager and then finally to Studio Owner. I’d actually opened up my own gym – whaaat the fuuuuuuuck?! Well that brought on a whole new level of shit! Luckily I’d pretty much managed to curb my most physically destructive behaviours in terms of the binge eating and drinking, but over working, procrastination and self-doubt were very much out in force and this time they decided to present themselves physiologically. I started to put on weight, even though I was eating and exercising the same, my stomach was perpetually bloated and I hadn’t had a period for 2 years. Oh, and there was the fatigue – periods of time where I felt like I could barely breath I was so tired, but being the trooper I was I simply sucked it down, kept calm and carried on (well in the public eye anyway).
Fast forward just 8 more months and I’m now standing watching that beautiful gym I’d fully fitted out and made my own burn to the ground. Not an insurance job I hasten to add, unfortunately the victim of an out of control wok fire in the Chinese noodle shop next door. So now we have the addition of fight mode. I made the conscious decision that flight was not an option so I relocated the business immediately and continued to trade the very next day having only missed 3 clients’ sessions throughout the whole ordeal (something I’m quite proud of actually). Anyway, eventually the adrenaline wore off and I could see the situation for what it really was – a shit fight. It was nothing like what it was when I first embarked upon the project and it was clear it was not going to be like that again. So after a somewhat lengthy process of exiting the business (it was part of a franchise you see) I finally shut the business down. And so my recovery could begin, because let me tell you – I was fucked. Again, I’ll give you heeeaps more details as we go along but to give you an idea of some of the things I’ve tried (some of which had a big impact and some…hmmmmm, not so much): we have a naturopath, a GP, an Endocrinologist, a psychologist, a coach, a kinesiologist, a chiropractor, an Ayvervedic consultant, endless personal development and health research, yoga, no hard exercise, meditation, rekindling ancient wisdom, rewilding…ok, even I’m bored now! My point is though, that I have tried a ridiculous number of things and spent a freaking fortune trying to get my body and mind back on track, so through sharing my experiences with you I hope that you will get a head start on what it is you think you need and save a bit of time and buggering about by not doing too many of the wrong things.
I am however now extremely grateful for everything that happened, as it opened my eyes to so many other factors and issues that can effect a person’s health (both physically and mentally), which now means I am able to help you and people like you in a much greater and impactful way.
As I said before, it’s my mission to free as many women as I can from the perpetual cycle of mind fuckery they find themselves in. I know it’s a massive cliché but we really do only get one shot at this and it really doesn’t need to be as hard as we often make it. So please do sit back, join me with a cup of tea and take from my blogs whatever it is that you think you need to start breaking free from your cycle. And if you think you need or want a bit of specialised help to fast track your way towards that, head to my website uppy.com.au and book a free consultation with me to find out if working with me might work for you.
Thanks for tuning in, don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on any part of the journey, and I look forward to seeing you next time.