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Carina  ✖️Fitmama ✖️Body Positive ✖️Lifting/Nutrition ✖️Mental Health Awareness Sydney, Australia 🇦🇺

I’m back! The last few months have been a real roller coaster 😬 Usually stressful times would result in me letting go of my health and fitness. I’d be a sorry mess by now - binge eating, not training, etc. But I’m really proud of myself because I’m actually doing ok despite everything that’s been happening. I’m still training regularly, eating well (mostly 😉) and looking after my emotional health as best as I can.

The lifestyle changes I’ve made over the past two years have really served me well during these tough times. Sticking to my fitness routine has definitely helped me cope a lot better than I normally would have in the past. I have to thank this babe @nessanatoli for keeping me on track too 😘 .

Making health and fitness a priority in your life isn’t just about losing weight or getting that rig you have always dreamed of. It’s also about building resilience and emotional strength to help you get through life’s ups and downs 💪🏻 Thank you to everyone for sticking by me and I’m looking forward to posting regularly again xx

Happy 4th Birthday my little Queen O. You bring colour and light into my world ❤️

I thought I should stick my head in and say hi since it’s been a few days 👋 Since taking a step back from Insta, I’ve been really focusing on my training and I have to say it’s going really well 🙌🏻 .

My coach @jorwndavid recently changed my setup for my deadlifts and has me taking my breath at the top now. While I still need to work on it more, I’ve found it’s made a massive difference to my lift already. .

The problem a lot of people have with their conventional deadlift, me included, is finding an adequate lever to begin the lift from. So when you pull from the ground, where are your shoulders in relation to the bar and where is your butt in relation to your hips? .

The main issues are either having your shoulders too far forward and butt too high OR pulling your butt down too far and your shoulders behind the bar. .

By taking my breath at the top of the lift and squatting straight down I’ve found that I am now pulling from my most natural lever. I’m not overthinking my positioning and I am picking it up once my hands are in contact with the bar. .

Obviously I still need to maintain a neutral spine, keep my shins close to the bar and keep the bar into my body etc etc... The change in setup is just to fight my natural tendency to overthink and self sabotage my lift by not trusting my body 💪🏻💪🏻

My sis took this photo in November when we were in Queensland and I didn’t want to post it when I saw it. I was pregnant and was already bloating and holding fluid. Now I’m sitting here wishing my first post of the year could have been a bloated pregnancy announcement. Go figure. I’ve debated whether or not to write this post because I don’t want to be a sad panda 🐼 But real life isn’t always saccharine positivity and ott New Year enthusiasm 🤷🏻‍♀️ .

Despite all this I’m also sitting here feeling confident 2018 will hold some blessings for my little family ❤️ I’m so unbelievably grateful for all the experiences I had last year, both good and bad. There are no highs without the lows! I’m also grateful to have a fit, healthy and functioning body, an amazing little girl, a loving husband, a roof over my head, the most supportive family and friends - and Insta family too of course 😉❤️ Life is good and I’m choosing to focus on that. Wishing you all a safe and happy new year. Love, Carina xx

Snuck in a quick upper body session and a cheeky flex with the squirt before we have to kiss this year goodbye 💪🏻🍾🎉 .
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Wearing @pinkpunkactive

A little post Christmas reminder that long term consistency trumps short term intensity 💪🏻 It’s tempting after all the Christmas feasting to restrict calories and smash out cardio but really that’s only a quick fix and it’s not sustainable or healthy. I used to do that every Christmas thinking I could burn off all that food, and sometimes I could maintain it for a few weeks, and then I’d ultimately end up bingeing because I was so deprived and exhausted.
Instead of punishing yourself for a few extra meals enjoyed with family and friends, focus on getting back into a normal training routine and eating the right kinds of foods to fuel your body and your workouts. For me that involves lifting heavy weights 4 times a week, a little bit of cardio/conditioning every week and ensuring I’m eating the right balance of fats, protein and carbs. Ultimately what you do consistently throughout the year is going to have more of an influence on your fitness and your physique, than what you do for a couple weeks around Christmas.

My little family and I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas 🎄 I hope this holiday season brings you joy, peace and happiness ❤️ Carina xx

Still not quite ready to start posting regularly but here’s a photo of my new hair. Excuse the duck face 😗 #newhairwhodis

🔥I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me 🔥

The past few weeks have been very testing for me but I definitely feel like the fog is starting to lift. This past week I’ve been training and eating well but before that I was pretty much eating whatever I felt like and not training at all. There were more than a few moments where I felt like I had regressed and lost all my progress. But when I see these photos I’m reminded that a few weeks off can’t ruin the progress I’ve achieved over the past few years.
Since the photo on the left was taken, I’ve had more setbacks with my health and fitness than I care to remember. There’s been substantial weight gain with my pregnancy (25+ kilos), periods of poor nutrition, a raft of health issues, miscarriages, anxiety, depression and long periods without exercise or physical activity. But through it all I’ve always been determined to get back to a place where my health, fitness and happiness are a priority. And while progress has been slow due to the setbacks, it’s still progress.
There will be times that you get knocked down and it will be tempting to give up but you must persevere. You are worth the effort. Remember why you started. Don’t give up, find a way ❤️

Making progress. I’ve been to the gym three times this week. I’m eating more nutritious food again. I’m sleeping a bit more. Didn’t cry at all yesterday 🙌🏻 Slowly starting to feel like myself again.... Thanks for all the support. It means a lot xx

Two weeks ago I had a miscarriage. I’ve had a number of them - both before and after having my little Queen O. Unfortunately they aren’t one of those things that get easier the more you experience them.
This one really got me down. With previous pregnancies I’ve always been super cautious and haven’t let myself get too excited too early. But with this one I let my guard down and got my hopes up. And that was probably a mistake.
I haven’t posted on here since it happened because I really didn’t know what I wanted to say about it. I still don’t know.
I stopped training when it happened and have only got back into it this week. I also had a trip booked for Hong Kong last week which I couldn’t cancel so I’m feeling quite tired and jet lagged from that too, on top of all the other stuff I’m feeling. I’m trying to be kind to myself and let myself heal but it’s a slow process. I guess there’s no right or wrong way to deal with these things.
I don’t know when I’ll post again. For now I’m just focusing on being with my family and feeling better.

It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determines how your life’s story will develop.....
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Sometimes shitty stuff happens and it’s so easy to get swept up by it and let it overcome you. I’m the first to admit that I love a good pity party for one! .

But I also know that losing control of your emotions and letting something get the better of you doesn’t achieve anything. I think the saying goes “worry is like a rocking chair - it gives you something to do but gets you nowhere”. So while it is easier said than done, we have to control the things we can control in those stressful moments, like our reaction to what’s happening and what we do to get back on our feet after. I cannot control the events that are happening right now but I can take steps to manage my stress and my emotions by eating well, getting as much sleep as possible, staying hydrated and focusing on the good in my life. These moments don’t last forever.

Wearing @berleiaus

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