THE BIRTH OF TWO MINUTE MOVES
I'm Lizzy Williamson. I help people discover how possible it is to get exercise in to their day and how good they feel when they do. In my last 15 years as a Personal Trainer, Presenter, Speaker and more recently, author, I've helped thousands of women fall in love with fitness and their bodies. I believe exercise goes way beyond body transformation. It is an amazing tool to help you find your sanity, confidence, vitality and joy. I know this, because I've lived it. In fact, as I share on stage and in my book, Two Minute Moves, it was exercise that saved my life.
Hitting Rock Bottom
When I had my second baby, I was experiencing emotions to a degree I never had before. Anger. Frustration. Overwhelm. Darkness. Anxiety. Over and over in my head went the words, I'm going to kill myself, I'm going to kill myself. I was so ashamed at the way I was feeling, I didn't tell a soul.
When I finally went and saw my doctor, I expected her to tell me to toughen up and get over it (like I had been telling myself. However, to my complete shock, she told me what I was experiencing was postnatal depression. After giving my my treatment options she also said to me, ‘You know how when you get on the plane and they tell you to put on your oxygen mask first before assisting others? That’s what you have to do.’
Finding my oxygen mask
It hit me that I had been so focused on making sure that everyone else’s needs were taken care of that I’d forgotten to take care of myself. I had stopped making my body a priority, and as a result my mind and soul were in a terrible way. I had to do something to start reclaiming my body, my brain and my spirit. I needed to do something for me. But what could I do?
Then like letters being written up in the sky, through my tears I saw what I needed to do. MOVE. I needed to exercise.
Straight away my mind bombarded me with excuses:
I’m too tired
I don’t know how to start
I won’t be able to stick to it
I’m ashamed of my body
I don’t have time
I'm too overwhelmed.
All I needed was two minutes
But I knew that I had to try something so the next morning after I made myself the promise to move, I put a television show on for my kids, went and stood at my kitchen bench and, even though it was the last thing I felt like doing, I practised some of my old ballet barre moves: raising my leg up and down behind me, then some bending and straightening of my knees. I did ten push-ups at the bench, and the feeling of strength through my body sparked an inner strength that I thought was lost. I only lasted two minutes before my daughters called out that they needed something, but that was all I needed.
Each moment counts
The little sense of achievement and connection to myself I felt in that moment, brought me back for another few minutes the next day and the next. I kept taking that one small step after the other towards getting back my sanity, vitality and happiness. That day at my kitchen bench was the moment that Two Minute Moves was born and to this day these little workouts continue to be my oxygen mask. It was when I discovered that two minutes is so much better than no minutes. That each moment counts, no matter how small. Because the little things are achievable, sustainable and add up to making a big difference.
This is simply the story of my journey so it's important to seek professional help if you are experiencing symptoms of concern. Call your doctor or reach out to PANDA 1300 726 306, Lifeline 13 11 44, Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636. I wish I'd done that earlier.
Photos by Tanya Lake
I'm proud to be a Community Champion of PANDA.
I am a certified Personal Trainer, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Presenter, Keynote Speaker and Author. You may have seen me on the Today Show, Studio 10, Lorna Jane's YouTube channel, Women's Health, Collective Hub, news.com.au plus many other fabulous publications, programs and blogs. My 2 Minute Workouts get sent each week for free to thousands of women who have become part of my community. I have been up on stage speaking and getting audiences off their chairs and moving at the Golden Door Health Retreat, Wellness Woman, Mindd, Mama Creatives, Mum Society, The Mother's Den, Team Women Australia and more.
Find our how to move with me in person, on your screen or stage HERE.