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Everyday Fit Malta Mum: Becky Mallia

I have made it my mission to go out there and find Malta’s everyday fit mums and give them the recognition they deserve. It’s mums like Becky who have inspired and continue to inspire me to constantly challenge my physical ability.

Here is the first mum in a series of many …..

Tell us a bit about yourself Becky?

I consider myself to be bubbly and energetic, I have taught myself not to judge but to accept everyone as they are. I have a great family and enjoy spending time with my husband Jason and my two children Faye & Sasha. During the time when I had my children I dedicated my life to them, was lucky to be there and watch them grow up. Before my marriage, I worked in tourism but soon needed a change, so I worked for a stockbroking company for 8 years until I first got pregnant. Later in life I took on a makeup course, got qualified and my career took off.  I am now a freelance makeup artist but also work at Browns Pharmacy. Weddings, fashion shows and photoshoots keep me busy and I also have the pleasure of being part of a television program called “Elle” that focuses on women who want to enhance their beauty.

I enjoy traveling, listening to music and enjoy a night out dancing, once in a while. I try as much as possible to be positive, to be around people who have positive energy and to avoid negativity. I enjoy life and am thankful for what I have.

You are in super shape right now, were you always this fit?

Not at all, in fact I have surprised myself, family and friends.

Prior to my fitness sessions, my daily exercise was an early morning brisk walk which soon became a jog and then I felt the need to take my fitness to another level. I decided to challenge myself to complete the half marathon (in aid of Cystic Fibrosis) which I managed with great satisfaction. Sometime later I came across a fitness center called Freemyme and joining was the best decision I could take. The trainers are professional, motivate you in reaching your fitness goals and guide you on eating well, I have witnessed people, including myself, who have drastically improved their body shape by going for regular sessions.

I must admit that I have come a long way and my determination has got me to were I am today. Although I discovered a different level of  fitness at a later stage in my life, I find it has been so beneficial for my well being and I feel proud of myself for such an achievement.

What is your weekly training regime?

I train 5 times a week, 3 times a week its high intensity training and the other two are less cardio but more resistance training especially good for toning. In this way I balance my training and make use of all muscle  groups. Classes are no more than 40 to 50 minutes each session and due to family and work duties I attend the early morning classes. Everyday the classes at Freemyme are unique, my trainer Martin Troy manages to create different sessions each day and makes it interesting and fun.

Does healthy eating play an important role in maintaining your shape?

Definitely, you can exercise as much as you want but unless you eat healthy you will not see results. Healthy eating and exercising go hand in hand. I try to keep my sugar intake to a minimum but it doesn’t mean that I don’t have the occasional chocolate. Since I am aware that too much sugar is not healthy, I have cut it out from my daily coffees and teas and have seen an improvement. I only consume water, I do not drink any soft drinks or juices, even at home we do not stock them, you will be shocked to know that a small bottle of Fanta has 8 teaspoons of sugar!

I recommend to friends who want to lose weight, to eliminate the word diet, simply change your style of eating to healthy daily meals and enjoy an occasional treat.

Can you give us an example of what you would normally have for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

When I train breakfast consists of porridge, which I usually prepare the night before. Three tbsp porridge covered with almond milk, some cinnamon and pieces of fruit. This sets in the fridge overnight and I take it with me for after my workout, before class I eat a banana for energy. Lunch may be a mix of roast vegetables with some quinoa and some protein or omelets with vegetables and recently I discovered soy bean pasta which I cook with chicken and vegetables. I try to eat carbs for lunch and not in the evenings. During the day I snack on raw nuts or fruit.  Dinner is at 6.30pm, usually same kind of food but cooked differently. I stay away from white bread and white pasta and choose brown instead.

You recently entered a competition called the Grid, tell us what it was like?

The Grid was a competition, which was 15km long with lots of hills and obstacles in between. Freemyme wanted to create two teams to participate, one was the fast team and the other was the fun team, I was encouraged by Daniel Lake, one of the co-founders of Freemyme, to take the Grid in a competitive way and join the fast team. The competition was so much fun, we kept focused and tried to keep the pace constant without stopping, the obstacles were challenging and one of my favourite was plunging into the sea which resulted in drenched shoes to continue to run towards the finish line. Daniel, our team leader kept us motivated throughout the course of the competition. Finishing the competition gave me great satisfaction but to place 10th in the women category was one of my proudest moments ever. I can now understand that anything in life is possible even when you think it’s not. Believe in yourself and anything is possible. You can and you will achieve your goals, through hard work and determination.

Do you have any words of encouragement for hesitant mums that want to get into fitness but need that extra push?

One of the most important factors to consider is you need to build up your own determination and confidence to motivate yourself. Stop making excuses like I will start tomorrow, next week or next month. It is probably the hardest part, but once you get going there is no turning back because you will start to see changes in your body, you will start to feel better about yourself, you will start to feel strong and do things you thought you weren’t capable of. Results won’t happen overnight, be constant and patient and don’t think of it only as weight loss but as it being beneficial for your body and well-being.

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