Hi I’m Johanne and I support wonderful moms to become the best version of themselves, starting NOW!
Why? Because I was there. I worked hard, I failed. And then went through the whole process, over, and over again.
My overall health, or let’s be honest here, my weight has been something I’ve been busy with for 20 years. Literally decades!
I wasn’t a super fat kid, but after living the first 14 years on a boat with healthy, home-made food, I just wasn’t well prepared for moving to the United States. I was all of a sudden faced with the endless vending machines, fast-food chains, greasy high-school cafeteria lunches and candy everywhere!
When I was 15 my mom signed me up for Weight Watchers. As a teenager growing up in California, the diet opportunities were basically unlimited. And I pretty much tried to do them all in my quest towards the “ideal body”.
Fat pills, liquid diets, detox teas (which is code for ‘sitting on the toilet all day’), you name it.
None of it really worked for long. In fact, over the years, I continued to gain weight!
At 19 years old I weighed 100 kilos (220 pounds) and had high blood pressure. My doctor put me on appetite suppressant prescription pills. At age 19!
I successfully dropped 15 kg (30lb) and stopped with the pills. What happened? You guessed it! The weight came back again.
And so the cycle continued. I would gain weight to the point where I hated how I looked in pictures, and decide I needed to do something. When I did, it was always something different. I restricted my food intake to almost starvation levels or would embark on a super intense fitness regime to lose the weight. Just to gain it all back when I reached a point I thought, “ah, this looks and feels better”.
By the time I was 30, I couldn’t remember a time when I didn’t struggle with my weight. Or have a love-hate relationship with food. Not to mention my closet.
In 2014 I followed a program all about getting back ‘in tune’ with your body. This worked for me! I shaved off 8 kilos in 2 months and another 3 after the program. I was the most slender version of myself I’d ever seen and man did I feel good!
Then I had kids. Which is possibly Nature’s cruelist prank on women struggling with their weight. Ok, ok, not fair to blame Nature in this one, but having kids has a serious impact on your body, as any mom can recognize
With baby #1 I put on 20kg (44lb). A year later I had shed these, but after reaching my goal a few kilos started to (unconsciously) creep back on. Then I got pregnant with #2 and went through the whole process again. After I had my second little one, well, you can imagine I didn’t have more down-time, but I made the time to start exercising again (2x a week) and paid better attention to my food intake.
I was about 15kg (33lb) lighter & starting to feel much happier & healthier. Then BAM! I broke my freaking foot. On moving day no less.
There I was, in our beautiful new house, surrounded by stacks and stacks of boxes, with a 1 and active 3 year old who needed attention. And I could (literally) not even put a foot on the ground to help out. Super confronting, and I felt immensely guilty that my entrepreneuring husband was now not only responsible for generating all the income for our household, but also (while in the utter chaos that comes accompanied with moving) running it too!
I had a few days of being super cranky, and grouchy and whiney. This was so NOT what I wanted. And apart from all the stuff I couldn’t do in the household, what about all the hard work I had done to ditch those kilos?!? They would surely creep back now I was stuck in a cast for at least six weeks (not to mention revalidation afterwards)! NOoooooooooooo!
And somehow, somewhere, in these first chaotic, whiney, hard days, something clicked. I was the one in control here. In control of a) my recovery and b) what I put in my mouth. I could sit on the couch for the next 6 weeks whining about how much the situation sucked. OR…I could make the absolute best of it. Do what I could in the house (even if that was arranging help to do it) & make sure I recovered quickly!
And, breaking my foot was pretty sobering. It could have been so much worse. It was a wake-up call that if I wanted to do things differently, that had to happen NOW.
So, my attitude went through a major shift. The results? While I could barely move, another 4 kilos melted away. And my foot, after 6 weeks in a cast? Completely healed! This was exactly what I was going for!
This is when I realized how powerful my own mindset was. More than what I ate, or how much I exercised. So cool! Not only that, but I was ditching a lot of my previous ideas about food and exercise and doing what worked for ME!
These insights, coupled with the (kinda traumatic) breaking of my foot helped me decide that whatever I was going to do in the future (for work) would need to be something:
I enjoy, is meaningful and gives me energy. Oh, and still allow me to spend lots of quality time with my wonderful husband and kids. Yup, I want it all 🙂
So, all of a sudden, this decades long focus on my own weight & journey to being healthy and vital had a purpose!
I want to share this with other women (moms specifically) who have also struggled, and want to create that most awesome version of themselves! Not that version years down the road who looks perfect in that bikini you had on when you were 19. The version that, no matter the number on the scale looks and feels fabulous and energetic starting NOW.
And so, the Fit & Fabulous Moms program was born.