Please give us a rundown on who you are and what you do?
My name is Claire, i'm 50 years old (god that sounds old and I think it is the first time I have written that number!) and an active partaker in many varied parts of life. I have grown two amazing humans through to their 20s an achievement of which I am very proud, whilst being a self employed business partner in our own business currently within the regenerative farming space here in NZ.
What does a typical day look like for you?
A Typical Day for me – is completing whatever bookwork and contacts need to be done for work, doing some sort of sport activity, housework and gardening (what use to be enjoyable is most often now a chore more than pleasure) and doing whatever jobs that need to be done to keep family and home functioning and content.
How do you keep health a priority with your lifestyle?
I have always been sporty (athletics, netball, skiing, biking, water sports), but injuries at an early age kept me switching the sport choices up so now I am a regular gym goer and mountain biker. Sport keeps me happy both physically and mentally.
Why do you think Mitchells Nutrition Products will help you keep doing what you love?
I have been using Mitchells Marine Collagen Peptides and I find it easiest to consume by adding it to my smoothies. It keeps my body supple and joints oiled, my skin hydration feels better and in my mind I know that it is aiding my ability to keep training. I am prioritising losing weight and getting fitter, I have been doing a lot of strength training to increase muscle size and also for mobility and flexibility of joints. I love that my body has a muscle memory and is slowly but surely getting stronger, particularly following the surgeries from injuries.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received that has helped you become the epic person you are today?
The best advice for me was nothing to do with food or supplements, but was ‘that girls can do anything so go for it’. I have never thought that there is anything I couldn’t do if I really wanted to do something. I have been surrounded by strong ethics and good people who answered all my questions and worries. So now I aim to be a person who is always approachable and kind.
What advice would you give any readers who are of a similar age and/or lifestyle as you?
My advice to anyone would be to love yourself first so you have plenty in the tank to be kind to others. Sport of any kind lifts your spirit, it makes connections with other like-minded souls which is imperative for a happy life.
What’s your proudest moment so far?
My proudest moment is the 26 years of being a mum, watching the highs and the lows of being a parent has taught me with the endless depth of my strength, the never-ending loyalty and love that I am capable of giving to another human. In being proud of them I have become proud of myself and my own abilities to guide and love. I have the best job in the world.
What about your hardest moment, and how you dealt with it?
My hardest moment was watching my children individually break after injury and have to give up sports that they were great at, the heartbreak of not being able to solve the problem was my toughest moment. At the same time also feeling so honoured to be a part of the journey that they both had to take afterward to find out who they would become without those sports, the mental and physical journey they were both forced to take makes me very proud.
Finally, what’s your favourite adventure spot in New Zealand?
New Zealand as a whole still has so many places I have yet to see, I love the beaches of the Coromandel, biking through the bush on the Timber Trail in Pureora Forest is breathtaking and skiing Whakapapa has always been a favourite.