Welcome to the next interview in the series, 'Where I'm At'. It's a voyeuristic, yet helpful look into the lives of women who are finding where the light plays within them.
Their daily rituals, ways of managing stress and advice to you, the readers, are captured in these interviews.
Nat Carter is a PT and fitness expert based in Sydney. I’ve been following Nat’s blog, Natalie Carter Talks Fitness, and her social media for a few years now. I was really attracted to her uplifting, realistic approach to health and fitness and am very excited to have her on the blog today. Nat works specifically with women to help them created leaner, stronger, fitter, more confident bodies and trains both online and face-to-face with outdoor training groups.
I’m pretty sure you’re going to love Nat too – her views on work/life balance and everyday living are very similar to the values of Where the Light Plays. Enjoy!
What is your usual wake up time?
First my alarm goes off at 5.30am then at 5.32am I physically get out of bed.
Weekends can be 7 or 8am. I’m not good at sleeping in.
How do you like to start your day?
I would like to start my day by having a coffee, lolling around in bed, then a workout, then breakfast, but my early morning sessions with clients mean my ritual is alarm, strong long back coffee, out the door, train them, small breakfast then train myself then breakfast number two, followed by more sessions and sometimes a second workout for myself.
Tell us about your commute.
I don’t really have a long commute. Everywhere takes me 15 mins each way. Long commutes don’t work for me – they are personally soul destroying.
I’m lucky I have the ability to work anywhere. I’m the proud owner of big black ute and I freaking love it. It makes me feel powerful on the mean streets of Sydney.
Do you like to plan your day ahead or allow some spontaneity?
I like both. There’s a few things like email, updating social media, writing, training and working with my clients that are part and parcel of each day.
But then I do like to mix it up each day – maybe a sail, a swim, wine and cheese, read a book and other “me time” activities. If you don’t get it by now, I’m a strong believer in work/life balance.
How do you spend your ideal lunch break to recharge for the afternoon?
Not having anyone telling me when to eat and how long I get on a lunch break is the best kind of work freedom I think anyone can have.
I eat lunch at home most days – I love it! Ideally though I could really get used to long lunches at really amazing restaurants, but I wouldn’t get a whole lot done that way.
What kind of workout schedule do you (try to!) adhere to?
I’m most productive from 6am–2pm, so I generally cram everything into those hours, including my own workouts. When you have a business it never really just stops, but the great thing I remind myself is my choices belong to me and me alone.
I used to work with clients from 6am–7pm, 5 days a week, and that led to burnout, little time for myself and made every day feel like Groundhog Day. Now I work less, earn more and feel so much better!
I keep my workouts different and mostly outdoors. I’m lucky I know what I’m doing (being a PT) so I can generally stay on track and motivated. Variety is the key for me.
How do you like to end your day?
Watching a nice sunset, wine, food and couch with my partner and the cat.
What time do you doze off?
I’m such a nanna, 9–9.30pm.
What do you aspire to every day but never / rarely actually do? (you can tell me, we all have them!)
Meditation and yoga! I feel so much pressure (mainly from Instagram) but I actually hate both of those activities so I think “why bother?”. I also hate doing what everyone else does just because it’s cool. I prefer reading, having a massage, being on the water or just being silent (I love being by myself).
Any advice for women trying to find ease in their every day? (Ed: I freaking love this answer)
Do what you love! Don’t feel bad if you choose to stay at home with the kids or if you want to be the corporate bossdog – go ahead! Remember you have the power to control your day.
Work with the clients you want to work with, the ones that bring out the best in you so then you can in turn bring out the best in them. Set up your day to get the best out of yourself.
Always do a workout – even if you think it’s too short or you don’t have time, just do it. You always feel like a powerhouse afterwards and you perform better during the day. You will never regret looking strong and tight – never ever!
Network with other women. A problem shared is a problem halved. Don’t bitch, but you get my drift.
Earn your own money! The freedom, joy…ah! It’s amazing!
Finally, can you give us your quick go-to recipe after a busy day?
Nothing is easier than a protein-rich stir fry. You think calling for takeaway is quicker but it’s not – this is!
Super Quick Stir Fry
- Brown 150g of chopped meat/chicken/fish with an onion, ginger and garlic and move it around constantly
- Add 3 cups chopped veg (colour always wins here) and keep moving it
- Next a few splashes of soy sauce
- Then a sprinkle of chilli flakes
- Finish with a flourish of sesame seeds
- Serve with rice, noodles or just on its own.
Simple, quick and keeps your waistline in check. Splash out with a small glass of vino or a few small squares of dark chocolate.
Thanks Nat! Go and follow her now at:
Instagram (if you are a fan of wine, cats and sweaty face selfies, definitely go here!) -instagram.com/newoutlookpt/
Twitter - twitter.com/NewOutlookPT
Nat can also be found at New Outlook Fitness, her Sydney-based fitness company.