You Inspire Me with Jess / Milf In Training


This weeks beautiful inspiration comes from the gorgeous and passionate woman, Jessica Schembri from Milf In Training.

I am so grateful to be able to call this amazing woman a friend. As the saying goes surround yourself with people who inspire you, lift you and encourage you to be your best! Jess is definitely one of those friends! And for anyone who knows her knows what Im talking about.

She has a beautiful energy and is such a pleasure to be around. Jess is extremely passionate about sharing her journey, helping others especially new mums, and nourishing herself and her family the right way.

If you are lucky enough to live on the gold coast book in for a personal training session with Jess! She is also available online for health coaching.


Describe yourself in one sentence In love with cooking, mad about fitness and dedicated and passionate about achieving the best in life for my little family and myself.

What is your motivation to get up and do what you do every day? Health is the most valuable asset we have in life. I’m motivated each day to get up and set an example for my daughter and my husband and I am motivated to do anything in my power to prevent disease, exude health and inspire others along the way by sharing my journey, recipes and workouts with my beautiful clients and followers on social media

What kinds of things inspire you? And who do you admire or find inspiration through?

There are so many things that inspire me it is hard to just pinpoint a few! Obviously within the world of social media there are many visual inspirations I have in terms of cooking, workouts and body goals I have for myself. My family and friends inspire me all the time. They teach me so many lessons in terms of right and wrong and in terms of how we can live and love. Inspiration also comes from business associates that I know and am friends with. It’s sometimes rare to come across someone and find them incredibly inspiring but I am really lucky to have met a few key people in the last year that have really started to help me shape and develop even further into the person and business woman I want to be.

What or who was it that inspired you to create a change in your life, to help others and/or to become the amazing woman you are today? When I fell pregnant with my daughter I was looking and feeling great and weighed 56kg (at 167cm) without even really needing to try to hard to maintain this. I was going to the gym a coupe of times a week and doing pretty well health wise… well I thought so. After my gorgeous daughter Scarlett was born I had 17kg of baby weight to lose and found it incredibly hard to love the new stretched and changed body I had been left with as well. I also realised that my ideas of what was healthy to eat could improve and change dramatically.

This is what sparked my journey into the health and fitness industry. It started with an idea of wanting to be a “Milf”. I wanted to feel sexy again, for myself and for my hubby. I started up an Instagram (IG: milf_in_training) and Facebook page called “Milf In Training” to start documenting my journey. The site name also stood for Motivation Inspiration Lifestyle & Fitness, but the pun on words quickly led to a following of mums which has now also spread to thousands of other people going along their own fitness, weight loss and health journeys. This journey for me lead to big transformations in my life and in my families life, personal weight loss of 17kg’s and the beginning of a business I never dreamt possible.

I started to receive emails asking me about what I eat and how I lost the weight. From this point I decided to create a recipe book and 60 day guide to clean eating. I am now currently creating my third book, which I aim to have published and printed by the end of this year. I suppose that the people I can thank for this success and journey I have undergone is my amazing husband for the never ending support he gives me and my daughter because without her being born I may have never felt the need to become such a powerful influence or motivator.

What was your wake up call or 'aha' moment that you realised you had to make a change or that you wanted to create a change in the world around you? As my business online grew I started to become so much more aware of the people around me and the more and more I spoke to people about health and fitness the more I understood the huge lack of knowledge, motivation and self esteem that was lurking out there, even in my group of friends, my colleagues right though to complete strangers I would meet. There was no actual ‘aha’ moment but a culmination of many experiences that lead me to decide I was going to leave my career as a fashion photographer and pursue my real life passion and purpose and help people realise their full potential in life. I get so much joy out of receiving emails from people telling me they have just cooked one of my meals and their whole family loved it and I get so much satisfaction from surrounding myself with everything health and fitness related. I feel truly blessed to have gone down this new path for the last 3 years and continually do my best to help influence people in a positive and authentic manner.


Self Love is so powerful and of high importance don’t you think, what would you say are the 3 things you love most about yourself. Wow that’s a huge question!

* I love that I am a talker. I am never stuck for conversation with anyone and I feel this helps me in so many ways in day-to-day life although I’m sure my husband, friends and family wouldn’t mind some quite time from me every once and a while. * I am honest with myself and with others. Sometimes brutally, but I try to always be respectfully honest. With this honesty comes a decisive nature that I feel really helps me also with my family, my business and with my overall ability to also be very honest to myself which is often something my clients are not able to be for themselves when I first meet them. * My curves. Well it’s really a love-hate relationship but mostly a love one! Ha ha! I am definitely a very ‘womanly’ woman. I’ve got a booty that’s growing at a fast pace due to all the squats I do and I love it! My body is my temple and I try to treat it that way and give it as much self love as I can.

What would you say was your biggest personal hurdle or health challenge? How did you overcome it, how has it changed you and helped you to grow? My biggest personal hurdle would have been when I had a miscarriage in November 2010, which you can read about here http://www.milfintraining.com.au/motivation-inspiration-lifestyle-fitness-1/2012/09/i-had-a-miscarriage Having the miscarriage was not something I expected and was also not something that I ever realised would be so challenging for me to move past. I suppose now 5 years down the track I can look back at that hard time and appreciate that it taught me some things. It helped me to accept things the way they are and make the most of everything I have in life. This experience left my husband and I with a great sense of loss but as time has gone on I also feel that the loss I felt helped to me to be a lot more black and white about situations than I was then. I feel that things do happen for a reason and life is the way it is meant to be because life is here to challenge us and bless us with so much all at once. I appreciate things so much more because of the struggle I felt at that time so I feel that the miscarriage was something that was all part of a grand plan for my life and I accept that. This gratitude for the blessings in life (even the smallest ones) and acceptance of life as it is, is something I practice each day now. I always strive for bigger and better but I am never upset with the ‘right now’ I just see it for what it is… a learning experience.

What advice would you give to someone who is going through their own personal challenges or hardships? What do you think has helped you most through your darkest times? Advice is really hard to give but I feel that asking for help is always important if you are going through hardship. Being honest to the support network around you is also key. Your ‘important people’ need to know what’s going on with you so they can help, have compassion and support you if needed. Seek professional help if you feel you are not coping. There is no shame in seeking help, that’s what professionals in their felids are there for.

For me in my darkest times other than family and friends support it is my rituals that have helped me in dealing best with struggles and hardship. These rituals are: * A gratitude diary (daily entry if needed) * Daily exercise * Daily morning meditation * Goal setting for the future and regular reviewing of these goals.

Would you agree that you need to nourish your mind equally as much as the body, if so why? And what is it that you do to achieve this? As above, I feel that my daily rituals help nourish my mind equally as much as my body.

I find that a gratitude diary is such a wonderful way to put perspective into the everyday. When I feel low and need a boost I take out my gratitude diary and write three things I am grateful for today. The key for me is finding the most simple and wonderful things grateful. For example. I’m grateful for sleeping in a bed last night, having food in my fridge and clothes to wear today, seeing a bird fly by, sunshine, the options are endless! If you can truly find gratitude in life for all of the blessings you have despite how many challenges you may also face I think it helps immensely with having a healthy mindset.

Daily exercise is said to be really helpful with depression, anxiety and the like. For me I find that I am much happier and healthier (mind and body) when I am exercising at least 5 times a week. It keeps me active in the mind coming up with new workouts, it helps my mind focus on the workout instead of life’s dramas or the things I need to do in the day ahead and it just makes me feel energised and amazing. There is no doubt that being active is essential for me. I am studying to be a Personal Trainer for the very reason of helping other people realise these benefits.

Daily meditation/me time. I call it me time because you don’t really need to meditate, just simply sit quietly for 5 minutes and do your best not to think about anything. Just focus on your breathing and that’s it! Especially as a mum I find that 5 minutes of peace a quite very beneficial for mental health and clarity. I try to wakeup nice and early so I never miss this opportunity and do this meditation while the rest of the household is asleep.

Goal setting for me is literally the only way I can keep my mind calm. I am a fast paced thinker and always come up with new ideas and goals. If I didn’t take the time to write them down and plan then out using the SMART Goal method than my mind could never relax. I’m also very hard on myself and often my mind tells me I haven’t achieved enough for the day or I’m not good enough, so having clearly set out my goals reminds me that I’m on track and keeps me feeling calm and centred.


Do you have a favourite inspirational quote, mantra or affirmation? Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have imagined.

Thank you Jess,

Its been an absolute pleasure and Im so very grateful to have you as part of my "You Inspire Me' series, Would you leave us with your favourite food or recipe creation?


Tropical Chia Pudding

INGREDIENTS

• 1 mango

• 4 tbspn chia seeds

• Enough coconut water to cover chia seeds and mango

• 1cm of grated ginger

• Juice of 1 lime

To top:

• Natural yoghurt or Coconut Yoghurt

• Blueberries

• Passionfruit

ª Buckinis

METHOD

Cut mango into small pieces and mix in a bowl with chia seeds, coconut water, lime juice and ginger that has been grated and chopped finely. Leave overnight in fridge.

When ready to serve the chia seeds will have plumped up to form a pudding like texture. Layer you chia mix with the yoghurt and fruit. Top with more fruit and some buckinis for crunch.


Super Green Summer Salad

This is Jess go-to salad when she has guests over and she said everyone LOVES it and they all say “I didn’t think I’d like kale” or something to that effect! It’s a winner!

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

6 stalks of Tuscan kale

2 cups of baby spinach

1 bunch of fresh asparagus

2 avocado

2 zucchini

2 small cucumbers

½ bunch mint

½ bunch dill

½ cup walnuts

1/3 cup cranberries

150 grams Danish feta

Olive oil

Lemon

Salt

Pepper

METHOD

Wash kale and remove stems. Then massage the kale until it goes soft and shiny. This will improve the taste as texture of your kale. Break or chop the kale into fine pieces.

Slice fresh asparagus into thin shards. Use a peeler to shave ribbons of raw zucchini. Slice the cucumber into small bite sized pieces.

Finely chop the dill and mint. Leave a few sprigs of each to garnish.

Slice avocado into long slices and set aside.

To assemble the salad place the kale, baby spinach, asparagus, zucchini, cucumber, mint and dill into a large salad bowl and mix. Dress with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

When serving layer half the salad mix into your serving bowl, then sprinkle cranberries, walnuts, crumbled feta and 1 avocado. Repeat this by layering the remaining salad mix on top of the first layer and repeat sprinkle of cranberries, walnuts, avocado and feta. Garnish with one large piece of feta in the centre of your salad and top with the set aside sprigs of mint and dill.

Lightly drizzle with a little more olive oil and lemon.

Connect with Jess

Web www.milfintraining.com.au

Facebook : milf in training

Instagram: @milf_in_training

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{My personal opinions and journey should not be mistaken for professional medical or healthcare advice}