22 May #projectme

Last year as part of Project You + Me (our online store), we launched an initiative called #projectme. And whilst we’ve since ended our journey with the online store, the concept of #projectme has really stuck with me. See, I, like most of you I’m sure, want a healthy and happy life. I am inspired by fit and healthy people. BUT I find the overwhelming majority of the “wellness” industry overwhelming. I’m not vegan or gluten-free or raw or paleo or on the BBG program (see the inspiring @kayla_itsines). I dabble. But honestly, I’m barely friends with salad. So what I want it my life is digestable (pun intended), bite size (pun also intended), child-friendly motivation to make healthier choices for me and my family, to create life-long habits. This is the core of #projectme.

Ok, so, a little context about my #projectme journey to-date (bare with me if you’ve heard some of this before). I have been reasonably fit and active most of my life, spending 20 odd years horse-riding (eventing, showjumping) at least a few times a week well into my late 20’s. Riding is extremely physically demanding as are many other aspects of owning horses, so this was my exercise and sport of choice for many, many years even though I never saw it as “exercise”, because I absolutely loved it and it was just my life! Since I stopped riding in 2008, I have tried SO many different types of exercise (Personal Training, Pilates, Yoga, Barre Body, MMA, Running, Gym, Swimming etc) and I have never been able to find anything that I enjoy or that motivates me, and consequently I just don’t stick to it. Same with food – I eat reasonably well most of the time-ish, but I’m not even going to pretend to like it. If I had it my way, my diet would consist of bread (white), pasta, pizza, sour cream, mayonnaise, icecream, nutella, gummy bears (Haribo, of course), coffee + wine. This is actually not a joke or an exaggeration. Oh, and maybe meat. Preferably all at the same time.

As I get older and since having Luka, I feel a compelling need to change my exercise + nutrition habits for the long-term. I want to not only have enough energy to keep up with a toddler and run multiple business, whilst juggling an active social life but also more importantly, feel good within myself and be a role model for my son. He is already, at this age, looking at his plate of green veggies and my plate of Chicken Parma with Chips and going, “ummm, I don’t think so, these veggies are totally going on the ground”. And I know many of you feel the same way. So I thought, why not share my journey – the good, the bad and the ugly. And if it inspires just one other person, I’ll consider it a success.

So, I’ve decided to re-start today. I am totally unprepared, but I’m so sick of saying “I’ll start next Monday”. I am hoping to build a pool of resources along the way to help Mama’s with their own #projectme journey. There will be fitness tips, recipes, snack ideas, tips for a healthier lifestyle and heaps more. I am privileged to be connected to so many amazing individuals in the broader “wellness” industry and I will draw on their experiences along the way so expect guest posts, reviews and inspo. This is not going to be a exercise 6-days-per-week-whilst-on-a-detox type thing. I want to learn about and gradually implement better choices into my life. I am starting with a 30min walk every morning (usually with Luka) and trying to cut down my 3 coffee’s a day to 2. Maybe tone down the daily gelato at the beach house and see how we go from there, LOL. Everything I write about will have a “Mama” lens – think short on time, sleep and often with a koala or 2 attached at the hip 🙂 

I’d love to hear your thoughts + ideas on this and shout at us if you’d like to be involved!

#note – these gorgeous pics for Bonds were taken last year by Katie Fergus. I’m using them here because I feel like they embody the true vibe of #projectme, they’re darn cute and we’ve just bought these exact BONDS vests + jackets in the next size up for this Winter. And we seriously LIVE in them. Shop Kid’s vest here. 

Photography by Katie Fergus (@katie.fergus) x