You CAN have it all – Guest Post


Thanks for all your love yesterday guys.

A few of you have commented recently that you like my Mr The Rake stories – I do too. He’s pretty great.

Classic Rake

I once told him that people quite liked him in blog land. Here’s his response:

I might become the break-out character of the series. 

Sometimes I wonder if our children will work in comic book stores, or spend their time re-wiring my appliances. After all, Mr The Rake and I are both products of law school – and I’m fairly sure Mr The Rake enjoyed eating paste as a child. Something’s not quite right.

I’m going to hand over to Mary from a Walk in the Woods – show her some love – Mary is a Sweat Pink Ambassador and a fantastic supporter in the on-line fitness community. Thanks so much for this Mary!


You CAN have it all!

Hi everyone, I’m Mary and I blog over at A Walk in the Woods.  My blog follows my journey to lose 80 pounds and become a healthier person.  Sometimes I wonder how I manage to squeeze everything in.  I’m a mother of two amazing children, wife to a tremendously supportive husband, Office Manager at a busy mirror and furniture manufacturing business and on top of all that I’m also a newly obsessed runner!  They key to leading a busy lifestyle, I’m sure, is to be a well organised person and that, I most certainly am NOT!  However, recently I have discovered that organising my life and my family (even in my haphazard manner)  has become necessary to ensure that I am able to fit everything in.

I began 2012 as a morbidly obese woman.  I weighed 240 pounds, was exhausted all the time and binged on chocolate and cola drinks to numb the pain.  Thankfully in January something “clicked” and I realised what I needed to do not only to lose my excess poundage, but also to become a healthier, fitter person.

Firstly, I changed my diet.  I stopped drinking cola completely, which was particularly hard – it took a while before I finally lost the craving for it, but I can sit here, hand on heart, and say I have not had a drink of coke since January and I do not miss it!  Secondly, I got active.  I started with what I could manage, which initially was walking, and then in June I decided to try running.  Well – I took to running like a duck to water!  I L-O-V-E  IT!  I’m now 60 pounds down, 20 pounds til I reach my goal weight and feeling fitter and happier than I have in years!  But, back to my point of how I manage to squeeze all of this into a short day!

Like I mentioned before, the key is to be organised.  My fridge door is filled with lists!  On a Sunday, I will make a meal plan for the week – right down to what I’m cooking for my kid’s breakfast, what I’m taking to work for my lunch, to what we’re having for our evening meal.  I do my grocery shopping off of this, which also helps me keep to a budget.  Next to that I have a list of extra curricular activities for my kids – reminders of who needs to be where and when.  Finally, I have my training schedule.  At the moment, I am training to run 8k and have used Hal Higdon’s novice 8k training programme – this breaks down what exercise you do every day of the week (with a built in rest day).  I truly believe that in order to ensure you get training in, you need to have a training plan of some sort.  This is also good if you struggle with motivation because it helps with accountability, I “tick” off each activity on the sheet after I’ve done it.

My children are aged 10 and 12 years and I am very blessed that my father in law lives with us, so most of the time when I need to leave the house to do a run, I have built in childcare.  Having said that, I only run outside three days per week – the other three workouts that I do during the week I complete at home, generally in the evening once the kids have gone to bed.  Sometimes I coordinate my run around my daughter’s Girl Guide’s meeting – she has this on a Thursday night at 6:30pm, so I will walk her up to the scout hut, drop her off and then do my run straight after that.  On Sunday’s my long run is done on a nature trail and at that time I know my husband is home to look after the kids.  I get home from my long run, and he goes straight out the door to play football – so we coordinate.

I firmly believe that living a busy life is the key to keeping yourself healthy and active.  I feel most likely to binge if I am sat at home with nothing to do.  The more you can get involved , the more likely you are to keep up that active lifestyle.  In addition, I would always recommend involving the whole family!  When I’m stuck and want to get in some exercise – I get the kids to come with me on a 3 mile walk!  It’s great exercise for everyone and you’re teaching your kids healthy habits.

I’d love to hear about your personal fitness journey – if you have any questions, or just need some extra motivation, feel free to contact me:

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Your Turn!

Is there anything you’d like to ask Mary?
Do you get your family involved in sport?
How did you get started running?



  1. jenna says:

    i love the guest post, and i dont even think i can handle the photo of rake. like seriously, i’ll be laughing for years. omg. i love ya kate. have a fantastic day!!!!! xxoo

  2. Hi Mary! Great (and very inspirational) post! I stay active, sometimes too much so, and love it that way. My idea of relaxing isn’t doing nothing. It’s moving and doing something I enjoy. I run with my husband and sometimes with my son and daughter. I try to lead by example instead of do what I say and not what I do. My kids are one of the reasons I have chosen to live a healthy lifestyle.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Jill! I’m right with you on the relaxing front – for me, relaxing is doing something active that I enjoy! In fact, I find nothing more relaxing than going for a mountain hike – the scenery is fantastically relaxing for me, even though my legs are getting a serious workout!
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  3. Amy Lauren says:

    Gotta love Mary’s success story and how she gets her family involved, it’s a great example for her kids that she’s taking charge of her health too. The pic of Rake is hilarious, all the pics of him in here are pretty funny, hehe.
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  4. Kierston says:

    Nice to meet you and thanks for sharing your story with us :)
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  5. liz says:

    You are so right about being organized. I am very bad at that. My running journey started when I was working in Iraq a couple of years ago. I was walking, but I just wanted to do more. One night I decided to see if I could run for 15 min. I did it. I could not believe it and I was hooked. :)
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