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Bubbly, activewear addict and dedicated mum, Vicky Norton is the Instagram personality who is an incredible role model for all women. She is the ex couch potato, ex cigarette smoking and ex party girl who now leads by example as she inspires others to prioritise their health and change their lives through both her Instagram profile & blog trainingforchocolate.com. Here, she talks to us about true health and what being one of The CE Women means to her.

    What does being ‘truly healthy’ mean to you?

    Being truly healthy means feeling energetic, positive and happy. It’s about having the get-up-and-go to run around after my little boy. It’s about my body feeling great after fuelling it with good food, about my soul feeling fulfilled with activity that produces those yummy endorphins and it’s about my mind feeling at ease that I’m doing the best I can.

    What do you love about The Body Guide?

    I love that it’s so easy to use, that you can tailor it, those gorgeous recipes and the beautiful hardback special edition book is something to treasure, just like our bodies. The advice is sensible and down to earth.

    The CE loves to celebrate inspirational women. Who inspires you, and why?

    So many inspirations. My biggest was my beautiful Mum. And she always will be. She handled life with a combination of grit and grace. Selfless, honest, kind, loving and fun, she spread magic wherever she went and left everyone feeling better than when she found them.

    What does a typical day in the life of Vicky Norton look like?

    OK, so typically…

    5:00 am alarm goes off. Hit snooze.

    5:10 am alarm goes off again, time to get up and jump in the shower and get into my activewear in the dark (which is lovingly laid out on the floor beside my bed the night before!)

    6:00 am Spin class at my local gym. I walk out a different person, it’s one of the best classes ever, love it.
    Then a couple of hours of making various breakfasts (my family has a healthy appetite), homework with the kids and the making and packing of Munch Breaks, Morning Tea and Lunchboxes. Oh and *maybe* check Insta 😉

    9:00 am school drop off and then coffffffffeeeeeee to bring back to my desk (and keep me sane and awake).

    During the day, depending on the day of the week, I’m either working on the blog or volunteering at the school. I try to fit in a workout/yoga class in a few times a week on top of my 3 early spin classes. Occasionally there’s an event to attend too.

    3:00 School pick up! Then it’s on like Donkey Kong… either soccer training, gymnastics, speech therapy or swimming with my little man, and if not, we’ll relax and play at home or go for an adventure on his bike.
    The rest of the day is basically Mum stuff – cooking, cleaning, more cooking and cleaning, washing washing washing, reading books, homework, colouring in, iPad monitoring and bed-time negotiations haha.

    Dinner when hubby is home at 8ish, possibly a glass of red, probably a square of chocolate.
    My aim is to switch off the phone at 9pm these days and finish the day reading a good novel or watching a fave Netflix show before bed.

    What’s your favourite quote, and why?

    “Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind”.
    I actually find it hard to be unconcerned with what people think, so this quote is a total goal of mine that I tell myself constantly! I’ll let you know when I’m living it 😉

    Is there a greater cause that you want to use your online influence for? If so, what is it?

    I think we can all use our online influence for a greater good (without ramming it down people’s throats). On a daily basis, I hope that I demonstrate that anyone can turn their lives around. I used to be a coach potato, chain-smoking, junk food junkie. And now look! You don’t have to be 20 years old with instagram-abs to influence people to lead a healthier life and I’m living proof. If I can do it, anyone can.
    At certain times of the year, I also like to raise awareness of particular charities and events such as the Mother’s Day Classic and The March Charge to generate donations to help find a cure for cancer and to support those currently fighting it.

    De-stressing, recovering and taking the time to regenerate is often an overlooked aspect of health. What is your ‘go-to’ regeneration activity?

    I’ve recently discovered the amazing Humming Puppy yoga studio in Sydney, and my weekly go-to regeneration is my Friday lunchtime flow class. I leave the world behind when I step on the mat and I go into my weekend feeling calmer, grounded, ready. It’s a beautiful experience which has become a weekly ritual.

    A workout gives you so much more than physical benefits. What do your workouts do for you?

    OMG sooooo true! To be honest, I’m probably more interested in the non-physical benefits haha. I love that feeling of the endorphins rushing through your body after a workout, like every cell is getting a little happy hug. A workout can quite literally (and often does) change your mood from sad/sleepy/sluggish to fist-pumping the air and walking on sunshine, I love it. The runner’s high is real, people! I also love the sense of achievement – none of it comes easy to me, I’m not a natural at anything sporty or physical but, heck, I do it anyway. Because it’s fun, it’s good for me and it teaches me that I can more than I ever thought I could. I can continually surprise myself.

    What’s the best piece of advice you would give to women today?

    Just be you. Be the best and most authentic version of yourself, and don’t worry about what other people are doing as comparison is, famously, the thief of joy.

    To learn more about Vicky and stay up to date on her latest blog posts, head to: www.trainingforchocolate.com

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