Updated: Jun 5, 2019
Sharing her Mama Health Journey
When I first met this beauty of a woman we clicked straight away. Moana is so down to earth, hilarious and of course as the now wifey of my cousin, she won my heart over giving me free drinks at Star Bar (yes, i know) when i first turned 18. Almost ten years later our conversations together are now quite different- mixed between her kids, our health goals, her trying to learn Japanese and our spiritual journeys. Most importantly she’s also the mama of my beautiful God-daughter and Sumo nephew. Being married to a Rugby Player, her hubby’s job often brings them amazing opportunities to live in different parts of the world. This obviously means when he needs to move, the whole family moves- so they currently now reside in Tokyo, Japan. As I have shared my own fitness journey in the past with you, I wanted to interview with Moana on her Journey in to better health and being a mum. I hope it brings inspiration and encouragement in your Journey too.
Q: What encouraged you to begin your journey in to Better Health?
Moana: I had lost a lot of weight before my wedding (def stress related). Once I got married I quickly stacked on the weight and on top of that weight I fell pregnant which led me to gain an extra 25kg. I then decided to ‘actively’ try to lose weight after my firstborn but then fell pregnant again, after only managing to lose about 5kg Now that I’ve given birth to my 2nd child I’ve been trying to get healthy for about 2 years now.
A big factor for me starting my journey is definitely trying to keep up with my children is a big aspect of keeping healthy. Secondly there are also a few diseases and health issues that family members are dealing with and I really want to prevent it as much as I can rather than wait for treatment.
Q: I know you started a Health Page on Instagram ,what inspired you to share your journey publicly?
Moana: It started as just a journal for myself to keep my accountable yet also allowed me to see how far I came in my journey. By sharing this I realised I had quite a few cousins that were going through the same sort of journey so it also allows me to stay motivated.
Q: What have you found the most difficult since starting?
Moana: The most difficult part is probably realizing how slow this process can be and that sometimes the results are not as ‘evident’ as you would like them to be. The slow process as well as trying to balance all parts of health- mental,spiritual and physical states.
Q: What is your favourite part so far of your journey?
Moana: My favourite part of health is weirdly enough, just physically moving. It’s the thing with the most direct result- after its done I feel great physically, mentally and spiritually.
Q: What has been the biggest personal change since having children and becoming a mum?
Moana: The biggest personal change since having children is the notion that it isn’t always about me (lol). Now realising that pretty much all of my decisions has to also involve the well-being of my children as well.
Q: What is your biggest piece of advice for women out there who are about to become Mums for the time?
Moana: Advice for new mum’s would be to trust your own instincts and really have faith in yourself that whatever happens, there is a reason and that it is really in your favor.
To other mums who are wanting to get to their better health journey what advice do you have?
Moana: To other Mum’s who are wanting to get to their better health journey my advice is to give it time and be kind to yourself! To also remember and remind yourself that you’ve just committed to one of the biggest miracles of life.
I really admire Moana’s dedication to her health journey. Obviously I am not a mum but i hope to be one day and find it so encouraging seeing mums who choose to take their health as priority into motherhood especially among our Pacific Islander Community. I think we can often take the easy route whether we are a mum or not and come up with every excuse under the sun as to putting our health low on our priority but when you have the right WHY, it becomes a must not a choice. If you are a mama or just any gal in general who is needing some inspo + encouragement in your journey too, be sure to find my girl Moana on her Better health journey on instagram – @coco_nutty_sushi
Wishing you health and abundance