When we put effort into anything, you will find the big difference of success is your mindset

You can have two different people doing the exact same ‘effort’ (let’s say they are running 5km).  One woman is doing it because she loves running, is working on her ‘me time’ and building up to enter a running race for the first time in 10 years.

The other lady is running 5km because she hates her thighs and is trying to burn off the desert she ate last night.

I can guarantee their results will be different!

You know who I want to be right?!  The one who is enjoying the whole health journey, feels positive & confident, the one who will maintain these efforts long term and the one who is ultimately going to be satisfied and achieve goals.


What if just for one week you changed your motive?


What if you did everything because ‘You love yourself’?


Now Im not talking walking around gloating and telling everything how much you love yourself and them rolling their eyes at your big head.

I am talking about just doing everything with the INTENTION of caring for yourself!

Choosing delicious food because you want your body to function better

Only choosing exercise that gives you that endorphin boost


How could you eat like you love yourself?

  • Make your food look pretty! Pretend you are preparing your first home cooked meal for your new boyfriend (who is now maybe your partner or hubby). You might have a bit of garnish or serve it on a fancy bowl.
  • Eat like you are someone’s precious child. You only want to give her the best nutrients so that she is as healthy as possible.
  • Take time to savour your food & enjoy the sensory experience. OK not always smooth sailing with children involved, but make sure you start an eating routine in your family when you all sit down together to eat, turn off distractions, talk & eat mindfully.


How could you exercise like you love yourself?

  • Only do exercises/workout/movements that you love and bring you joy
  • Set your intention at the start of your workout – I am choosing this today because…. (focus on the amazing things you want your body to be able to do or feel – not the things you hate)
  • Set yourself a small goal. Not weight focused but something you could even achieve by Christmas.  Again, focus on what you want your body to be able to do.  Eg improve your pelvic floor holds from 3 to 5 seconds, reduce your abdominal separation, run 2km non stop – just make it relevant and realistic to where your current fitness (and postnatal rehab) is at.


There have been times in my life where I have had the negative thoughts in my head and it just reminded me to be unhappy and disappointed in myself every single day.  Man that sucks!

You don’t want to be this woman because You are enough, You are important & you do deserve to be happy… every single day

And remember, don’t take yourself too seriously.  Life is good xx

Philippa Bowman
Pre/Postnatal Fitness Expert
Founder of Nurtured Fitness