What my Mum would say…

This year is going to be a huge year for Zenergy.

Gen & Nella are now 6yrs & 4yrs, so there are no more nappies – just lunch boxes, uniforms and school drop offs and pick ups.

A totally new routine and rhythm.

I’m back at Zenergy full time and so excited about getting more involved, meeting more of you guys and getting back to what I used to do – helping the Team deliver an A grade health and fitness service to you guys!

But it’s also nerve wracking as well.

As the year has settled in with new routines and the reality of my tasks at hand, I realised I’m feeling very rusty with what used to come so naturally.

I used to market, manage, organise, create and have meetings all day – and loved it. I’d learn as as I go, implement very quickly and work from project to project doing my thing.

But the skills I’ve used with my kids over the last 6 years don’t really relate to my role. Yes, I’ve become even more productive, but I have felt so out of depth with the social media explosion and given my shoulder injury has kept me away from my own health and fitness goals, I’ve had thoughts that maybe I’m not up for the job.

“Fiddle sticks Jodie.”

That’s what my Mum would say.

And here’s what I said to myself recently when all of these doubts were streaming through my mind.

“You’ve got this Jodie. You’ll figure it out, just like you always do. You are damn good at what you do and even though your skill set and tool box is out of date, you can easily get it up to speed. You’ve got passion, work ethic and determination which never reaches a use-by date, so don’t be fooled with any thoughts of doubt.”

I was going to start my first day back at work full-time by planning out my week and being clear on what my goals were, where I wanted to take zenergy, what would the marketing plan look like etc and then I realised that was all bullshit and distraction.

I didn’t need a sexy-plan and goodlooking diary to follow. (I’ve got 2 young kids now so really any plans are bullshit comfort factors anyway.)

I needed action.

I needed effort.

I needed to start doing….picking up the phone, making connections and getting the ideas in my head in action straight away.

So that’s what I did.

Sometimes we can get all caught up in the planning, getting ready phase, making things super organised, ready to start – when all we need to do is start.

A bumpy start is way better than a flawless plan.

Get started.

Get going.

Go do something to make your thing happen today.

Jods x

P.S. Here’s Mum, striking a pose post workout – not a Woman to be messed with!

Mum Gym

This girl was on fire.

I was onto Point #2 of my chat during the Ladies Night we had at the Gym recently, and wanted to make sure I slowed down so that the point really hit home.

Rewind a few years, and I was sharing the story of beginning my training for a full distance Triathlon after having had my 2nd child, Nella.

2 pregnancies with less than a year a part had certainly taken its toll on my body and I knew that the “getting back” into it stage was going to need a careful approach. Throw into the mix the post-natal depression I had with my first child, meant that my self-esteem was needing love & support, not the self-bashing mentality of go hard or go home!

Winning from day one was crucial for me. We all like to feel like we are winning, right?!

I had about 10 months to train towards a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run and focused heavily on the scientific principle of progressive overload. What this means is to make your workouts harder, heavier or longer bit by bit, so your body continually has to adapt (get fitter and stronger) to deal with the increased stimulus.

So, I sat down and wrote my program for the first 4 weeks.

It was awesome.

It was the best program I had ever written!

It was so damn good that I was ready to get started – right away.

Week one involved 2 runs and I had the exact route mapped out I was going to take.

Let’s go back to the Ladies Night…. and the moment I asked them a question…. “How long do you think I had planned for my first run? How many kilometers do you think I was starting with on Day 1?”

Answers jumped out at me.

“10 kms…”

“2 kms…”

“5 kms…”

I stood there and listened waiting for the room to die down again.

“Ladies, it was less than that – a lot less. For the first 2 weeks my planned runs were 500 meters.”

The room erupted.

“WHAT?! Only 500 meters???”

I could see the look of disbelief on their faces with comments like… ” Why bother?!, and, Is that all?!, ringing through the room.

And then they stopped to think about it and it started to sink in.

The importance of starting small.

The importance of winning from Day 1.

The importance of being kind to yourself.

Fitness is a long term game and enjoying the process early on in your training is one of the keys to long term results.

I went on to share that I then doubled my training in week 3!

This now meant I was now running the big, huge amount of 1 whole kilometer!

WOW – this girl was on fire!

I knew deep down that the momentum I was building would steamroll into discipline. My body was feeling good from moving, my pelvic-floor was coping and my self-esteem was lapping up the wins that I was pinning on the board!

Starting small works.

It really does.

You just have to let go of your ego and let go of any preconceived thoughts on what starting back  means to you. Jodie's iphone 3295

Running 500 meters on that first day didn’t leave me all hot and sweaty.

But, it did leave me with spirits so high, and motivation on the rise with a wanting for more.

And that is where you win my friend.

That moment with yourself when you whisper…. “YES, I can do this!”

Yes. You. Can. :)

Jods x

P.S. If you want help starting your training again, then call me on 3252 7999 or PM on Facebook CrosssFit Zenergy.


CrossFit Zenergy Co-owner Jodie Hebrard

Where should I start?

WOW that went fast!

5 weeks have past and I’m now a Mother of 2!

If you missed the announcement, Emmanuella Ruby Hebrard (Nella for short), was born safely on Friday 9th November at 1:47pm after needing a little encouraging to join us on the outside world (she was 10 days overdue!)

It already feels like I’ve changed a million and one nappies and that I’ve been out of the “real world” for a million and one days, but time is relative don’t you think?  5 weeks can either be a short time or L-O-N-G time.

Being the enthusiastic goal-setter that I am I’ve already dived into commitments for 2013 and registered myself for the Noosa Triathlon in October next year AND have pledged to raise $50,000 for Heart Kids after our little scare with Nella…(you can read more here).

A little ambitious of me YES, but I realised something about myself a while ago, that I thrive on feeling uncomfortable and ticking off these 2 goals next year certainly makes me feel uncomfortable given I’ve just brought a baby into this world!

It will be an interesting journey in 2013 no doubt!

It dawned on me today that I’ve caught myself saying recently, “I’ll start that soon….

” That” being…..

1. My daily core workout to regain my pelvic floor strength.

2. Regular stretches to loosen tight muscles from lots of breastfeeding and 9 months of baby carrying!

3. Sketching out a Fundraising plan with the first event being in January….

4. A weekly meal plan written so Take-Out Dinners aren’t the emergency option when all hell breaks loose with a Toddler, New Born and tired Mumma combined!

5. Oh, and Christmas Shopping – yep, we haven’t started that yet!

Everything (except No. 5) is realistically a 5-10min task, but small, easy tasks can often be the tasks that we to put off, aren’t they?!

We often over-look the “easy” and make things more complicated than what they should be.

5 minutes of daily core work is a lot easier to do, rather than fit in appointments at the Physio down the track when an injury sets in because I’ve got a weak core!

What do you reckon?

Needless to say, I’m not waiting on New Years to roll around to get things moving on my 2013 goals.

How about you?

Jods :)

P.S. Here is our little bundle of joy that is keeping me rather busy at the moment!

P.P.S. I would LOVE to hear from you, so drop me a line anytime!