{Christmas Prizeapolooza 2017} It’s an Anytime Fitness Christmas

Recently I have developed a real love of the gym, I may not be particularly good at it and may threaten to pee myself more often than not, but it really is a great place to find a better version of yourself.

Our gorgeous mates at Anytime Fitness Bathurst are friendly, approachable and fun. Owned by Brook Bowyer and managed by Karly McDonald, these girls will have you reaching your goals before you know it! 23782421_10155789843606760_2063068784_n

Anytime Fitness Bathurst will be celebreating their 8th birthday in February. Owner, Brook is from Bathurst and has been in the fitness industry for 12 years. She has opened many Anytime Fitness clubs before opening her own in 2009. She has also worked in the Anytime Fitness Corporate team in America in 2012 after winning a National award with Anytime Fitness Australia. Karly has been in the fitness industry for 8 years teaching classes, Personal Training and now club operations. She also has a Diploma in Fitness.

The best part of Anytime Fitness Bathurst is that they are a 24 hour gym offering access 24/7, 365 days a year. They are locally owned and operated in Bathurst and provide personal training and small group classes in a community club. Members of Anytime Fitness Bathurst also have access to the Anytime Workouts App that has over 1,100 workouts! 23845252_10155789843626760_1295397909_n

With Anytime Fitness Bathurst  you’re not just getting a gym but much more. You are joining a community. They like to have fun and make actual personal connections with their members. They have Christmas parties, awards nights as well as other opportunities to meet those around you. They offer bootcamps and classes and are always looking for new ways to give back to the community. They even make healthy snacks to be enjoyed by their members (YUM!). 23782415_10155789843581760_2057674354_n.jpg

Anytime Fitness Bathurst sponsor their members’ local sporting teams and fundraising events including Men’s Mental Health and on a national scale, Suicide Prevention Australia. In January many Anytime Fitness clubs across Australia including Anytime Fitness Bathurst are partnering with The Heart Foundation to help raise funds against the number one killer in Australia as they believe together, we all have a responsibility to help challenge the biggest health issue in Australia.

They really strive to make a difference in their members lives everyday by getting them to a healthier and happier place.

In case you want to try before you buy Anytime Fitness Bathurst  offers free 7 day trials to all local residents and because they love me if you mention The Central Nest they will up that to a 14 day mini membership! WOO HOO!

If you want to find a better version of you then get in contact with Anytime Fitness Bathurst today:

| Visit: 241 George Street, Bathurst |

| Phone: 6332 2505 or 0418 988 044 |

| Email: bathurst @anytimefitness.com.au |

| Website: http://www.anytimefitness.com.au |

| Instagram: @afbathurst |


Anytime Fitness Bathurst is going to help one VERY LUCKY nester kickstart their 2018 by offering a 3 month full membership!

To be in the running all you have to do is be a ‘liker’ of Anytime Fitness Bathurst as well as The Central Nest’s facebook pages and like the ORIGINAL competition post on our facebook page.

Remember to ‘tag’ a friend and ‘share’ the post for an additional entry.

Winner will be drawn 5pm (AEST) Wednesday 20 December 2017.

To see the full terms and conditions go here -> Christmas Prizeapolooza 2017 Rules



PRIZE Donated: 3 months full access gym membership.

{This is life} Why I run to save my mind

This is an article contributed by one of our fabulous nesters. She chooses to remain anonymous, and we are super okay with that! So, let’s keep it positive and supportive and let her know she is not alone x

watercolourPreface: I wrote this not because I’m pro running or I wanted to encourage people to exercise. Not because I wanted to shame people who sleep train or those who don’t. I wrote this for the all mums who are at their wits end. To the ones who don’t get regular breaks from their children. To the ones whose kids don’t sleep. The ones who feel their control slipping, their world crumbling. The ones who are dying inside.

You, you reading right now, you’ve got this.

You can.

So find what works and do it! Do it every damn day until everything finds its place. I promise that this too shall pass xxx

Let’s talk exercise. It’s always been proudly a word that wasn’t in my vocabulary. Although I consider myself an fairly active person, I mow the lawns, walk my boys to school and I’ve always been the mum that chases her kids at the park. But I’m talking formal exercise. The kind the makes me sweat. A lot. To be honest, it’s not really my cup of tea.

Last year in August I found my mental health slipping, my youngest was nine months and had never really slept, he was, and still is really hard work. My gorgeous little bundle of joy has been a right handful since the day I met him. My baby, he doesn’t like to be carried or cuddled but at the same time doesn’t want you out of sight! Before he could move on his own that would make for a stupidly hard situation. Pick him up to carry him he would thrash and squirm and squeal. Walk to put the washing on and not take him with you?

Stage 10 meltdown.

What am I supposed to do with that?

Getting him to sleep was hard. He never wanted to be cuddled to sleep. He wouldn’t lay in our bed. I couldn’t bare to leave him to cry. How was I supposed to get this kid to sleep? Everyday,  for every sleep I would put him in the cot. He would cry. I would pick him up and try to cuddle him and he would squirm until I put him back down.

Over and over and over.

Sometimes I could power walk him around the house in the carrier, but he was getting heavy and once he was asleep apin drop would wake him. I could never transfer him to the cot, so I would have to sit slumped over with him asleep on my back crying, balling.

The struggle was real.

I was convinced I had post natal depression. I went to the doctor. I begged for help. I asked anyone that would listen for more than five minutes. No one had any advice. Usually as a parent you are surrounded by people who love to dish out unsolicited parenting advice but when you actually ask for it you get nothing.

Tresillan was all I was offered over and over. I read their parent information book so many times. Their sleep School techniques just weren’t for me.

I yelled at my husband. I blamed him because I couldn’t make it work. I was being pushed into a corner, being forced to do something I didn’t want to do because the alternative was dire, really dire. I was on the edge.

It effected my whole life. I couldn’t remember taking my older boy to school. I would constantly lose things.

My patience was gone.

When the baby did finally sleep, I would lay there so consumed by my exhaustion it was take hours for me to drift off. I was the kind of tired that “here I’ll take you baby for an hour just couldn’t fix” I would laugh at the suggestion, not that it was offered often. Unless you’re taking him for a week, there’s no need to bother. That hour would only be used laying in bed thinking, trying to fall asleep only to have the knock on the door and reality to be staring me back in the face.

I went to a therapist, I told her I was depressed. She assured me that is was indeed just suffering from extreme exhaustion.

It takes a village to raise a baby and my village is small, really small. I passed the baton and that was it. It was my husband’s turn.

My husband,  my hero.

He took the night shift from that day, very day. Every shift. For the next month I slept, every night. I woke up every time the baby made a sound but I slowly drifted back off.

After two weeks, I decided I was going to make a change. I couldn’t just hope forever that sleep was coming. I was now convinced that the baby would never sleep through the night and this was my forever.

So, I started running.shoes

I mostly started because listening to him wake up and cry, killed me. It was a reminder that although the nights are over, the days are here, I was on my own and they were even harder.

Every morning at 5am he would wake up screaming.

So. I set my alarm for 4:30am and run.

I ran from my problems, I ran from the baby and his cries, I ran from my life.

The problem is as I mentioned earlier, I had never actually exercised before. So, really, technically, I didn’t run. I walked, ran, stopped for a stitch and hobbled.

Then came home.  Every day.

Now I can run.

Now the baby sleeps through the night and he doesn’t wake up crying (probably because he sleeps through the night) and now when strangers say “what a happy baby” I don’t feel the urge to kick them in the shin.

Monday to Saturday  6 days a week I run. Not far. Only about 2.5kms to the end of my street and back.

Some days it’s easy, some days it’s hard.

I haven’t lost any weight and let me assure you, I’m not very good at it. You know those coordinated women on the Nike ad? Yeah, no, nothing like that. But everyday I get up and give it a go because I want my kids to know that even though they are hard work, it’s all about attitude. It’s all about trying, giving it a solid go. Not giving up when shits really fucking hard and to never ever be afraid to ask for help!

I found Instagram a place of inspiration and in particular @mrs_paulie. She is a powerhouse and has been my girl crush for so long it’s boardline stalkerish, check her out!

So on that note, Peace lovers This rad bitch is going for a run xxx



{Happy Easter} How about this year you hunt a little bit different for Easter Eggs?

Easter – that glorious time of year where chocolate can be consumed at 6.47am without a twinge of guilt, and it perfectly okay that an oversized, giant mammal in the form of a rabbit breaks into your home and leaves behind a trail of chocolate treats.

How about this year instead of the traditional Easter Egg hunt you try something just a little bit different?golden egg

The clever team at Over The Big Moon have put together a gorgeous list of Easter Egg Hunt variations – Glow in the dark anyone?

You can read more here -> Over The Big Moon – Hunt Variations

Happy Easter Nesters!