Hey, I’m Vicky, welcome to Training For Chocolate. ‘Training for chocolate’… if there was a book about my life, this would surely be the title of the second chapter. The first would be called ‘couch potato’.
Because ten years ago, I was a junk-food-eating, cigarette-smoking, big-time-boozing late night party girl. I was either partying, working (in advertising) or lying on the sofa recovering from both.
Was it fun? Hell yeah. But sustainable? No way.
Fast forward a decade or two and you wouldn’t recognise that party girl. For many reasons. I’m in my mid 40s now and a Mum. My sun rises and sets in my little boy. I quit the day job when he came along to be a stay-at-home mum and I absolutely loved it.
But this blog isn’t about my life as a Mum – that bit’s private.
This blog is about discovering a new way to live and having a blast whilst doing it.
A few years ago I tentatively took the first step towards a healthier life.
I ended up training 6 days a week. I practically lived in gym clothes. And instead of gorging on store-bought lollies, fast food and cakes, I began making my own no-nasties chocolate and bliss balls.
And it was such a significant change that I wanted to share my enthusiasm and encourage you guys to get up and get moving too.
Health and fitness became two of the most important parts of my life. First up, because it feels great to feel great. My health is my most valuable asset… it’s just taken me a long time to really appreciate that.
And also because I want my little boy and my teenage step-daughter to grow up in an energetic and active world, where healthy foods and long bike rides are a given. Where Mum makes time to go work out in the gym or run some hills. Where exercise is just part of the daily routine for the whole family. I want to set them up for a good long life too.
And you know what, I have learned heaps and had so much fun.
The blog has taken a backseat this past year as my son and I adjust to another new way of life. My ex-husband and I separated at the end of last year. Now, as a single mum with no family in the country (or hemisphere!) to help out, my physical and mental health is more important than ever. Frustratingly, more difficult than ever to achieve. Working 5 days a week (and 4 months of working at weekends and night too after the little man was asleep) to try to make ends meet whilst simultaneously being full time mum certainly presents its difficulties. I can no longer afford organic, grass-fed, wholefoods everything! It’s a real struggle to get to the gym, because I’m either at work or looking after my son. It’s even tricky to eat as well as we used to because of lack of time to food prep the good stuff (and energy, because doing it all is pretty exhausting, let me tell you).
So now I face another new challenge. How to be the best and healthiest version of me, and keep laying those foundations for my son, with a whole bunch of nasty constraints.
I know I won’t be able to wander the organic markets, spend hours every day in the kitchen and make six F45 classes a week any time soon. But I’m doing the best I can to keep us more than afloat while we also adjust to our new life and heal our hearts. I have a mammoth new appreciation for how hard it is to be a single mum (go the mummas). And I think this appreciation will only improve the blog.
So, beauties, I will be back soon, and I can’t wait to write for you again. In the meantime, keep following me on instagram to see what I’m up to in Training for Chocolate land.