Written by Chloe Organ
Hi! I’m Chloe – wife, mama, event planner and health & fitness enthusiast.
Here I am... guest writing for the lovely Rebecca Raynham (ahhhh!) – writing on health and wellness, and I’ve begun the day by breaking a number 1 rule. I haven’t slept enough and I’m probably dehydrated. Why? Because I’m a new(ish) Mama and sometimes, life just gets in the way. But you know what? It’s ok.
As I’ve got older, I’ve become much more passionate about my health and well-being. My biggest motivation and supporter? My Dad – he’s taught me to be stronger, physically and mentally, than I ever thought possible. He’s shaped me into the driven character I am today, and instilled a love of health and fitness that I hope to pass onto my own daughter.
Before my sweet girl came along last year I trained 10 times a week, incorporating; road cycling, gym strength work, core stability and yoga and I took two trips to the French Alps to ride the famous Alpe D’huez . Life is a little different now – my main priority is Halle, and nothing comes before her – she’s undoubtedly my greatest achievement. But it’s really important for me to be a positive, healthy role model for her to look up to and to retain an element of myself that played such a huge part of my life pre-baby. I questioned myself – could I still do it? Would I be as strong? But becoming a mum gave me a new energy within, that allowed me to push harder than ever before.
As a full time working mum, it took me a while to find my new rhythm but I’ve got it well and truly nailed now! After work, it’s dinner time for H followed by bath, play time and a story. Once she’s tucked up in bed, around 7pm, I head to the gym. My time is much more limited than it used to be so I have to train hard and fast! My typical training week looks something like this:
Monday: 40 minute interval session on the spin bike, combined with body weight and kettle bell exercises – squats, press ups, lunges, kettle bell swings, overhead press
Tuesday: Focus moves to overall body strength and core, something that I noticed transformed my riding when I started training this area
Wednesday: During the summer months I manage to slot in a hilly hour out on the road
Thursday: Thursday’s are fitness days – high intensity interval training on the bike, keeping my heart rate as close to maximum as possible. My aim here is to increase my lactate threshold
Friday: Depending on how I’m feeling, this session will either be overall body strength and core, or a simple stretching / active recovery session
Saturday: Saturday evenings are spent in my garage at home. I find this session the hardest as I’ve spent the whole day relaxing and doing fun weekend activities with H! I keep myself motivated by listening to my favourite training music and reminding myself that ‘if you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done’ (more on that later)
Sunday: While H takes an afternoon nap, I head out on the bike for another hilly hour!
As well as the training, nutrition is key for my health and performance. When my diet is on point I notice a huge difference in my energy levels, skin and overall feeling of well-being. My meal times are usually filled with fruit, vegetables, fresh fish, smoothies (if you don’t have a Nutribullet, you NEED one!) and whole wheat carbohydrates. This isn’t to say that there aren’t a few naughty treats now and again – on riding days I eat extra carbohydrates, and dark chocolate is featured in our house every evening!! We are the ones in control of being happy and healthy and it starts by filling up with goodness – health, vitality, kindness, and sometimes delicious cake! We can’t be perfect all of the time – ditch the calorie counting and embrace a long lasting, balanced and healthy lifestyle.
These days, my weekly training goals are simple – do my best to stay as fit and healthy as possible, whilst spending quality time with my family.
My monthly must for self-care - I take an inventory of myself. Am I being courageous enough? Am I taking care of myself the way I care for others? Am I pushing my body and mind enough?
Ultimately my future fitness goal is to ride Alpe D’huez again with my Dad for his 60th Birthday in 2018, and take Halle with me to walk the roads of cycling legends. It’ll be my biggest physical challenge to date – combining training with work, motherhood and everyday life, but I’m determined to show my little girl that anything is possible if you work hard and truly believe you can achieve your dreams.
How interesting and inspirational is Chloe?! I am especially touched by her relationship with her dad, how wonderful that they can experience those things together.
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