the_adventurous_mum the_adventurous_mum

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K A T E B I L L S  @bornwildproject ambassador β†Ÿ Adventure β†Ÿ Motherhood β†ŸTravel β†Ÿ Fitness β†Ÿ Lifestyle πŸ’Œ kate@katebills.com

http://www.theadventurousmum.com/2017/03/the-benefits-of-connecting-children.html?m=1

Thursday night feels....πŸ’ƒπŸ’•

Nature .... it really is the best child's playground.

Happy Birthday to this guy: @kierons75 πŸ’• Thanks for all the adventures we've shared to date - it's been an amazing couple of years. I look forward to seeing what's to come! Lottie and I love you 😍

Little Lottie - you are, and will always be, my biggest achievement πŸ’•

Happy Easter 🐣 from my crazy family to yours! Hope you're spending this long weekend creating memories x

M E D A L πŸƒ Love a good medal and so happy with this one: made of wood. Awesome design @thoseguysevents !

U P T H E B U F F T R A I L R U N β›°πŸŒΏ
Today I completed my first trail race post baby - a 16km trail run with @thoseguysevents. Let's be honest I was far from the front of the pack - actually I'm pretty sure I was complete back of the pack. Was it hard: yup! Hilly: yup! Lacking run fitness: definitely! BUT It felt amazing to cross the finish line all the same. I definitely had a massive smile after I'd recovered dying in the grass for awhile.
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Driving home I thought about the journey to get to that race. It wasn't easy. It took my body about 12 months to recover post-baby - and I'm talking some serious commitment to rebuilding my body. Numerous trips to see pelvic floor specialists. Running πŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈis hard on the body. Trail running is even harder - especially downhill πŸ™„
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@kierons75 was amazing today and pretty much motivated me through the entire thing. His best words of advice when I was struggling a little mentally: nothing will be as hard as child birth! "This isn't as hard as child birth" became my mantra for the next 4kms.
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Excited to sign up for the next event and actually train for it a little more!! πŸƒπŸŒ²

H E A L T H Y πŸƒ L I V I N G πŸ‚
I live a pretty active lifestyle as many of you know - I love to hike, swim, ride - and I definitely love a good challenge. Take for example this weekend I'll be heading into the bush to tackle the Up the Buff Trail run. Where I totally fall down though is with my diet. Just this week I found myself pulling into a drive-through for a dirty burger πŸ” as Lottie slept. I was feeling starving post-swim and racing to an appointment - my excuse was I didn't want to walk Lottie up, but I think the reality was I just felt like eating crap. What a waste that swim was πŸ™„
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I've decided it's time I really started to focus on exactly what I am putting in my mouth - as I know it makes such a difference to the way you feel. Yesterday I headed into the Bio Concepts Health Clinic (check it out on FB: @bioconceptshc) and met with @toni_chambers_life_talks. Toni is a Clinical Nutritionist, specialising in complex health conditions and family health. Mums and children are her specialty.
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What I loved about Toni was that she's a mother of four so she knows exactly what it's like trying to juggle kids and a career - how she does it with four I don't know: obviously a healthy diet is giving her lots of energy. After a health assessment she's provided me with easy, freezer-friendly recipes so I can stay on track when Kieron is travelling for work and prescribed some supplements to help stop my sugar cravings, stimulate digestion and re-populate my gut with good bacteria. She also provided some really useful diet tips. I'll keep you updated on how it all goes. How's your diet? How do you stay motivated to eat healthy? πŸ₯‘πŸ†πŸŒΆπŸ πŸŽ
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πŸ“Έ: @eatprayworkout who I'll definitely be looking to for food inspo. Time for breakfast! πŸ‹

B E A C H 🌊 A D V E N T U R E S β˜€οΈ Missing our beach adventures today! I've never been a huge fan of the rain - so I've just about had enough of what we've been getting of late. The rain is pretty much why I packed up my bags and came home from London πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ I loved all the adventures we enjoyed over there - especially exploring places like the beautiful Lakes district. In the end though I missed the constant sunshine on offer in Queensland and the my active outdoors lifestyle. Hopefully we can fit in a few more beach days in the coming weeks. I'm definitely missing the weekly adventures with Evi and Eloise.

M U M πŸ’• G U I L T 😫 I try to escape feeling guilty about the daily decisions I make bringing up Lottie, but today the guilt hit me like a tonne of bricks driving home from work. I was annoyed at the bumper to bumper traffic on coronation drive as I left work. I started calculating how long Lottie had been in childcare for and realised that by the time I'd arrive to pick her up she would have been in there over 11 hours. I felt totally shit as a result. I'd made the decision to drop her off early to meet a friend for a run before work - which just made it a really long day for her. As I left work I felt guilty leaving spot on 5pm when previously I'd often stay back. Either way I felt guilty. Kieron is in Vietnam πŸ‡»πŸ‡³ and Bangkok Thailand πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡­ this week - and we're definitely missing him being around.

E X C I T I N G 🌿 N E W S πŸ‚
I'm super excited to announce that I've been selected as one of the Ambassadors for the @bornwildproject. I've been truly inspired by this project which connects families with wilderness and wildness since having Lottie. I've watched their film - which this is a segment of - numerous times. If you haven't watched the full clip - head on over to their page to check it out.
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I feel really blessed to be asked to join the team as an ambassador and I must admit I teared up a little reading their email to me. These are some kick-ass mums and Dads so I'm totally excited to be involved. And, if they can continue to inspire our little family to tackle more adventures - I'm stoked. Life is made to be lived people.
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Here's to a life full of adventures - big or small - in this amazing world of ours! πŸŒ²πŸπŸƒ #IWasBornWild | πŸ“Ή: @bornwildproject

B L O G G E D 🌾 The benefits of connecting children with nature. Since becoming a parent, I’ve noticed that when Lottie is spending time in nature she’s happier, more relaxed, laughs more, acts more independently and her little imagination goes wild with the types of things she decides to do. πŸπŸ‚ ~~~
Studies have shown there are so many benefits to children spending time in nature - so why not have a read, and plan to take your little one on an adventure in nature next time you have the chance. 🌲🌸
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What's your favourite thing to do in nature? 🌿

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