15 Feb 2016
Hi, my name is Kirri, and I am an AIPT graduate, mentor and ambassador for Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia Hobart Centre of Excellence Educator.
In 2010 I was a weight obsessed-party animal, smoking a packet a day and calorie counted everything. Failing a military fitness test was the start of my weight loss journey. Two years later, at 56 kg and at 169 cm, I was preparing for a military deployment when I fainted. I soon learnt I was 12 weeks pregnant. I was told to change my lifestyle, put on weight, or risk losing my baby.
It was a pregnancy full of emotional turmoil, but I managed to get through it, and on the day of my daughter’s caesarean birth, all I can recall is the medical staff saying she wasn’t breathing. I woke in the Intensive Care Unit, having experienced complications, including a 38-inch stitch wrapped around my uterus. In the months that followed, I fell into a deep pit of postnatal depression.
I soon decided I was tired of being tired, put my daughter Addison in the pram and went for a run. I remember feeling so good; I pulled her out of the pram and hugged her so tight, feeling so much love.
I have studied the Complete Personal Trainer^Program and now I am a qualified Personal Trainer and in complete control of my life. With a rare understanding of what it’s like to get back into fitness after going through a less motivated time, particularly during childbirth and post-pregnancy, I assess each client’s mental strength and use exercise as the tool to improve the mind’s well-being.
I know first-hand the positive impact exercise can have in the treatment of anxiety and mental health. My near death experience during childbirth and subsequent pre and post-natal depression led to my own Personal Training business, Military Mumma. Built on the philosophy that a strong mind is the foundation for a strong body and a burning desire to spread kindness and positive thinking around Tasmania, I believe in building women up so they can realise their full potential.
I am one of few Personal Trainers that understand the dynamics of antenatal and postnatal depression and how exercise can lift moods, release natural chemicals in the brain, improve sleep patterns to boost energy levels and help people feel less alone when exercising with others.
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