Nadine Muller is the ultimate fit mamma! I absolutely love seeing posts of her and her little man Madden! Nadine is a registered nurse and a personal trainer and was even a finalist for the Oxygen Magazine Cover girl. Nadine is definitely someone who inspires me every day and I am sure you will all LOVE her!
What is an average day like for Nadine Muller?
Well whether I like it or not my little one is much like his Mumma and likes to be up at the crack of dawn. To make for a smooth morning, the night before I’ve packed the car, breakfasts and lunches (thanks to weekend meal prep), have everything laid out to a T so our morning rush is ‘less-rushed’ for the lack of a better word. I usually jump in for a morning session at my PT workplace (F45) or at my local 24hr gym and am back home no later than 6am, I quickly trade parenting with hubby so he can then head to work the second I’m back in the door, I then sneak in as many kisses and cuddles in before dropping Madden into daycare by 6.30am in order for me to get to my nursing shift in the emergency department by 7am through to 1530hrs. After that, depending on what day of the week it is, 2 nights a week I put my PT hat on and start at 4pm and work til about 8pm, the other arvo’s/night’s I head straight home from my shift, pick up Madden and have family time until lights are out and we do it all over again for the working week!! Weekends are very much about my boys and I and we try to keep relatively active but with the main focus on quality time together!
How much has your life changed since you have had your baby Madden?
Goodness life has changed drastically, but of course for the better! Honestly, motherhood has taught me to be a better person, a better wife, daughter, sister, friend, not that I was a bad one, but you know what I mean! – Children change you; it’s unavoidable and inevitable. I mean the old Nadine is still here but I’m a different and better version of myself. Despite believing that on the most part I’m a ‘got-it-all-together’ woman, motherhood teaches me the reality that I simply can’t do absolutely everything on my own and to accept or ask for help when its needed, constantly reminding me that life’s journey isn’t designed to be travelled alone.
When I look at how much it has changed me from a training point of view, I reflect over how whilst I’ve remained physically ‘fit’ for most of my life it wasn’t until becoming a mum, that my TRUE passion for overall wellness through health and fitness emerged. Keeping active and staying fit is something I do for ‘me’ but ultimately for my family too. I know I am a far better person, mum and wife when I have invested time in making my health and wellbeing a priority too. Additionally it has provided me with an outlet from the ongoing pressures of motherhood (especially with the steep learning curve as a first time parent!) and those general life stressors that we all encounter along the way! Pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum allowed me to FULLY appreciate the female body for its strengths, I said goodbye to my inner critic, I was kinder to my self and my body, I gained a new sense of self-worth, self-respect and along with that came that beautiful thing we call self-confidence. It’s not about comparing to somebody else’s journey or about being better than anyone else but being proud of my journey, owning my unique motherhood story and improving myself every day.
Motherhood is a whole new world! Has/How has becoming a mother changed you?
I knew that having a child was going to be life changing, but wow is that an understatement, it’s the most positive life-altering experience one will ever go through – is it not? I cannot agree more on the saying that when a child is born, a mother is too, I’ve loved watching myself evolve as a person and finding myself lifted to new heights. Over the past year, I have experienced more adventure than I ever thought imaginable. It truly is love beyond measure. Motherhood is not only my life; it’s my happiness, my passion, and my greatest achievement.
Nadine you are soooo fit and active! Have you always had an active and healthy lifestyle?
Training has always been a big part of my life from a young age and particularly as my daily routine since joining the military (Air Force) after graduating high school. However I felt like over the years my training was simply because that’s just what I did as part of my day, my ‘daily grind’…I guess like many women, in a broad sense, the focus at the time was directed at aesthetics to ‘look good’ and likewise the stamina I needed in order to effectively perform my job. Perhaps in hindsight I also started to lose sight of what was truly important and was succumbing to the external pressures that social media and other platforms throw in our face on a daily basis. Most significantly, I was faced with a very personal and testing time in my life with a cervical cancer health scare a few years ago, which certainly shook things up for me. It reminded me of the importance of and focusing more so on inner health and listening to my body and its intuition. Whilst faced with adversity, (perhaps I didn’t realise it at the time) maybe that kick in the guts was the very thing I needed.
How do you keep yourself motivated?
As cliché as it sounds, my son Madden continues to motivate me everyday – his little observing eyes are watching my every move – day in, day out. I know that my influence as a mother is extremely powerful and I will cultivate that at all costs for his upbringing. There is nothing more motivating than aspiring to be the best version of myself in order to be the best role model for him. My motivation is driven by knowing that when a mother is happy and healthy both inside and out, those she loves and cares about (and set’s an example to) will follow suit. I give myself the same deserving attention that I give to the ones I love. Mums especially tend to give their absolute all to those whom they adore and it’s easy to completely put themselves to the wayside. We are no good to anybody, if we are down and out ourselves, so I’m on a mission to spread the good word, after all how can we best look after the ones who need us the most if we are not in our best physical and mental state?
But I also believe that we can never be motivated constantly, life gets busy and sometimes things get in the way, BUT that’s where discipline takes over. When I feel less motivated, I ask myself ‘WHY do you do it’ and ‘WHAT is driving you’, I reflect on my goals and how far I’ve come and just how much work I’ve put in to get to where I am today. I know that if I just get started with a training session, that it won’t take long to get into the rhythm and I’ll feel all the more better for it after.
What’s your favourite thing about being on social media?
Like most mummies, in preparation for motherhood I read soooo many books, researched every topic under the sun, asked a million questions, you name it I probably did it! But in all honesty, whilst that was helpful it was so easy to get lost in the abundance of information available to first time mothers… I learnt very quickly that what works for others, or what is in the most recent literature may not work for us, BUT ironically the beautiful community of instagram mumma’s that I have had the absolute pleasure of getting to know has been the MOST VALUABLE! It has been such a fantastic support network, so much so I’ve been very fortunate to meet quite a few personally and now be able to call them not just my instabesties but some of my dearest of friends. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t mean all the mummy problems are solved in this way, but it’s knowing that other mummas are going through the same thing or have in the past making you never feel alone in this crazy but breathtaking journey we call motherhood!
Another rewarding aspect has been the private messages, emails and comments I have received on my social media about how my journey has inspired or motivated others to make a change. Like what!? Little old me? Never in my wildest dreams! I have so many people I personally look up to and seek inspiration from on various social media platforms, and I never set out thinking that I could be one to inspire others in this capacity, it’s truly humbling to receive those messages of support and seeing people start to make a lifestyle change for themselves as a result of my actions is rewarding to me to say the least.
What is your favourite healthy meal?
Seared Atlantic salmon with sweet potato mash and greens my mouth is watering as I type this!
What is your ultimate naughty food?
Warm sticky date pudding with vanilla ice-cream, we are very much about ‘balance’ in our household, so if we feel that we’ve trained hard and are deserving of a treat then we will, we are accountable for what we put into our body and know when we should and shouldn’t! On average I treat myself 1-2 times per week!
Lastly what advice can you give to all the new mummies out there trying to find a balance between exercise and motherhood?
- Change your perspective and make exercise a priority! Skip the excuses! We all have the same amount of time in a day, how you choose to spend your time is dependent on you! Don’t view exercise as a chore, change how you see it and look at it as an investment in you and ultimately your family’s health.
- Don’t feel guilty for taking time out for YOU…Give yourself the same deserving attention that you so freely give to the ones you cherish and don’t ever feel guilty for taking time for YOURSELF. It’s not selfish to make you and your mental and physical wellbeing a priority!
- Forget the ‘ALL OR NOTHING’ approach, whilst it would be great to get 45-60 minutes of continuous exercise in everyday, sometimes mum life gets in the way and it just wont happen and don’t feel discouraged if it doesn’t. Remember you don’t have to spend endless hours exercising, even if you can just commit 15 minutes of exercise each day, you will feel all the more better for it. Or break up your exercise over the entire day. Incidental exercise can happen just about anywhere (think squats at the kitchen sink, calf raises in the shower, lunges in front of the TV during ad breaks – virtually anywhere, anytime!) the little bursts of activities do add! Think about the unnecessary time spent on social media, checking emails etc and decide to use your time wisely!
- Enjoy it – it’s not rocket science that if you don’t enjoy your regime than you’re less likely to stick to it. Find activities that you genuinely like and that fits within your schedule/lifestyle. If you like what you do, you’ll view it as essential rather than a choice and will less likely bail on it!
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