Alicia-Maree is the inspiring & positive Mum to her daughter, Paloma. It was becoming a mother that encouraged Alicia to become the best & fittest version of herself resulting in a 50kg weight loss, a new lease on life, an inspiring fitness journey & now the decision to become a qualified personal trainer herself. This supermum is capable of anything with her little ball of energy by her side…
Tell us about your family…
My family consists of myself, my fiancé Chris, and our darling little girl Paloma who will be 2 in June. We live in Ultimo, which gives us the absolute best Sydney has to offer at our door step. P has been walking since 9 months old, since then life has been in fast forward. Chris and I are trying really hard to bring back some of our childhood into Paloma's. We want her to spend as much time outdoors, getting dirty, and running a muck while she is still young enough to have zero inhibitions.
What is your fondest memory of being pregnant?
I will never forget the moment I found out I was having a little girl. Everyone around me kept saying I was having a boy don't get me wrong I would of been happy either way but deep deep down I wanted a girl. I went to my 3D scan and when I was told it's a girl I gave Chris the biggest hug in the world and then came the tears for a good half an hour. My baby became Paloma and no longer an "it".
What do you love most about being a Mum?
There is now this little human that just wants to do absolutely everything with me, the love is so unconditional and the cuddles and kisses are worth more than all the stars in the sky. Looking at my daughter at the end of the day I am overwhelmed with such pride that this funny, affectionate and extremely sassy little lady is mine forever.
What has been one of your favourite memories about motherhood so far?
Our first little family holiday has to be right up there. From the plane ride to strolling the streets of Surfers Paradise watching Paloma turn into quite the little social butterfly and even joined in on some street performances and had the crowd eating out of her little hand. I could do nothing but laugh. I think that was when we first saw that more toddler side of her rather than a baby.
What's one of the things that you least expected about motherhood?
Honestly how little sleep your actually able to run on. Sure I struggled but I never realised how even just the touch of your baby can give you super human strength to keep on keeping on.
What is the biggest lesson that motherhood has taught you so far?
How important it is to be positive in every aspect in your life. If you can see the positive in every situation no matter how big or small it will make a world of difference and the energy transfers to your home and most importantly your baby. There really is no time to dwell on the negative in any situation.
What values do you think are the most important to instil in your daughter?
I want Paloma to grow up to be a strong, healthy and independent woman. To stand up for what she believes in. In this day and age it's scares me how young our children are getting exposed to things we didn't see until well into our teenage years. I want P to be confident and secure enough to be able to come to me or her dad about anything and everything so we can try our best to guide her in the right direction.
Other than being a Mum, what are you most passionate about?
At the very beginning of this year my best friend and I launched our Instagram page @justamumandhertrainer. In Aug 2016, I had lost 50kgs which was done by focusing on my diet. Once I hit my goal weight I realised how unhappy I was with just being skinny and I rang Jess and told her I was ready to change. And for me the word skinny no longer meant everything now it was time to get strong and fit! The Insta page is a place we use to document training sessions and also allows people to see that someone who was well into the triple digits on the scales can do with some motivation from the best trainer out there and a 'no excuse' attitude. This has also led me to begin my training to become a qualified personal trainer. I've been over weight. I've lived it. I want to help change lives.
When hiring a nanny, what qualities would you look for in the applicant?
Someone with patience and great communication skills. I know how hard it can be sometimes, P is so full of life and energy unless she is asleep it's full steam ahead. If I was to leave Paloma in the care of a nanny, I would want them to remember that I am her mum and you will NEVER be bothering me by ringing and asking or question or asking for advice when it comes to P. I've experienced people almost afraid to tell me that she was having an off day because I think they feel it would reflect poorly on them but she is my most prized possession so open communication is always welcomed!
Sometimes life can get a little crazy, what do you do to stay sane?
TRAIN! There is absolutely nothing that makes me feel better then busting my guts in the gym. It releases all tension and frustration from the day and helps me go to sleep at a decent hour.
What's your favourite activity to do with your family?
We both have an insane love for musicals. The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Mamma Mia.. it doesn't matter what it is if it has singing we're watching and you can bet your life on it that we are also up singing and dancing every chance we get!
Is there any advice you can give to mums-to-be?
Do it your way. There is such pressure for mums to conform to what society deems acceptable. I struggled breast feeding and I remember being in hospital and Paloma being so unsettled and I was begging the nurses to bring me a bottle. They came back with a spoon, then a cup and wouldn't let me stop trying. I was in tears every time P tried to feed I remember ringing her dad to go and get a bottle ASAP! My daughter had her bottle and has slept through the night since. Don't let anyone tell you what's best for you and your child. As long as your baby is fed, warm, dry and safe you're doing your job regardless of your methods.
To watch Alicia's Mumma Transformation get following @justamumandhertrainer & read more about her journey so far at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4206530/Mum-halves-body-size-loses-50kgs-pregnancy.html