Stacey is a mum of two gorgeous boys who's aim is to make a difference to her followers. She provides great education around nutrition and exercise and gives amazing recipes and workouts on her social media profiles. She is a personal trainer, a wife and a busy mum who enjoys trying to share as many mum hacks as possible.
What was your biggest challenge when starting up your own business?
I have to say the self-doubt. You are constantly second guessing yourself, whether you are good enough and if you are doing the right thing.
What business advice would you give to a mamma starting out?
Small steps every day. I think we too often think we need to do everything all at once and this can cause the feelings of overwhelm and stress. If you can do something small every day to work towards your goal then your progressing and I think progression over perfection is the most important thing.
What has been your greatest business achievement so far?
Taking a leap and having trust in myself to start. For so many years I have been coasting along on my husband’s big dream without ever asking myself if this is what I want. Of course, I love our gyms so much, but I also wanted to do something for myself too. I wanted to do something that I could call my own and this is why I decided to venture out and follow my heart in trying to empower other mums to take control of their health and fitness and how Mummy Revival came to be.
What was your biggest challenge in business?
I think my own mindset. I have been working on this a lot lately. I quite often let self-doubt really throw me off track. This is something that I have to continuously work on each day.
What was your job before starting your own business?
I was a secondary school teacher. I absolutely loved teaching so much, however, the juggle of being a teacher as well as helping Aaron run Body Revival became way too much for me. I was waking up at 3am to train myself, then go and run boot camps, to then teach and then at night run more classes. I was running myself to the ground and something had to give. This was when we decided to take a big leap and I quit teaching to focus on growing Body Revival.
Do you ever wish you worked a 9-5 job?
Oh, sometimes I think it would be nice to have a job where I can switch off from completely, however I just love what I do so much and I get so much joy out of helping others improve on their health and fitness. I look at what we have achieved with Body Revival and I am so proud of the facility it is, as it upholds our morals and values of making everyone feel so comfortable as soon as they walk in our doors. Having your own business does have so many advantages especially being a mum. I have the liberty to go to the kid’s day care events, take the kids to appointments when needed etc as I have that flexibility of working the hours that work for me, as well as working from home when I need to.
Fitness and Nutrition Questions
What’s your most popular fitness/health question?
How can I lose weight fast? What is the best food to eat to lose weight?
What is your number 1 tip for someone wanting to begin their journey to weight loss or better health?
Find a type of training you enjoy. I think there is so much variety out there in terms of training styles and when you find something you really love all of a sudden training doesn’t become a chore. You begin to LOVE training, which leads to better compliance, as it just forms part of your lifestyle of feeling better, fitter, healthier and more confident.
What is a good place to start for a new mum?
Firstly, any new mum will need to get a clearance from their doctor. Once you have that clearance, getting outside in the fresh air and walking. I find walking so good for the mind and you can also take your child in a pram with you. There is no cost involved and the fresh air can do any new mum wonders, particularly if they have been stuck indoors all day.
What do you offer your clients?
We have so much, which is why I think we are so successful. We have two groups fitness locations where we run over 75 sessions per week. We cater for all fitness levels and capabilities and we pride ourselves on having such a personalised approach when it comes to our members. We offer nutrition support and we are there to educate our members.
I have also started running online transformations and events where my aim is to empower mums to regain control of their health and fitness. My next event is on September the 8th, where I will be educating mums all things nutrition and meal prep. I want each person attending this event to have that knowledge of what to do when it comes to nutrition to make it work for our busy schedules.
Do you exercise and eat well every day?
Yes, I do. It’s part of my lifestyle and what makes me feel good each day. I love training and I love moving my body. I make sure that I get five weight training sessions done per week and I also walk each day. Walking is my meditation. It’s the only time in the day where I just tune out from everything else and it gives me time to just be with my own thoughts.
What is the most common challenge for a mum trying to get fit and healthy?
I feel like mums always feel as though they don’t have the time, when in actual fact, we all have the same time it’s just they don’t prioritise it. We all prioritise things that are important to us and if you truly want something so bad you will always make it happen. 20min workout is better than no workout and I think that’s the mentality that we need to stat adopting.
Mum Life Questions
What is your number 1 piece of advice for a new mum?
Do what feels right for you and don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. You do you always.
What was the worst advice you received as a mum?
Sleep when the baby sleeps. I actually can’t tell you how often people would say that and I just hated that advice. For me, that was the only time I got the opportunity to do things that needed to get done e.g. cooking/cleaning, so I knew that was something I wouldn’t ever do.
How have you changed as a mum/business owner?
I have becoming more resilient and also more comfortable with being uncomfortable. I know when you are putting yourself out there and doing something you aren’t entirely comfortable with, there is going to be a huge amount of growth to come out of it. A few years back, I was never keen on getting out of my comfort zone, but now I feel like I am doing it quite regularly and this is where I am learning the most.
What is your most embarrassing mum moment?
I actually can’t think of one. I really tried, but I can’t.
What was your most challenging mum moment?
I have to say when Presley came into our lives and Hendrix (my oldest) didn’t adjust well at all to the transition into becoming a big brother. Hendrix distanced himself from me a lot, and this honestly broke my heart. It took a good two months for him to come around to having a little brother and that was a really hard two months for me.
More about you
What does a day in the life of Mummy Revival look like?
A lot of structure and lot of help from others. The person who said it takes a village to raise a child was 100% correct. I generally wake up each day at 4:30am and get myself ready for the day before the kids wake up. I try and get some reading done or listen to a podcast in this time. The kids go to day-care 3 days a week, and I also get some help from my parents and my in-laws. As soon as I get to work I train before I have a full day of sitting behind the desk. I usually stop working at around 4pm and go for a walk to move my body after being stuck indoors. I take some classes and then get home. Some nights I miss out on the night time routine for my boys as I get home around 8ish which is hard. I will then try and unwind by eating dinner, shower and then working on my social media content. I usually try and get to bed around 10:30pm. On the days I don’t work, its full mum mode which I LOVE.
What is the next step for Mummy Revival?
Hosting more events. I just love getting mums together for a morning fun, education and time out from their usual routines.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
To be honest I love eating the way I do. Nothing better than eating foods that make me feel good… I do LOVE CARBS! I can eat bread, pizza and pasta ALL DAY LONG.
What is your next life goal?
A lot more quality family time creating memories.
Anything else you would love to share.
Follow me along on Instagram @staceylapira_mummy_revival for all my updates and lots of free content with recipes and workouts.
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