Yasmine Tarek is a personal trainer, Stott Pilate’s instructor, Fit by the Sea founder, and a nutrition coach. She lives in Hurghada with her 3 kids and 3 cats. When she’s not helping mothers get fit she is usually found by the beach or in the water where she goes freediving. In a very inspiring article, Yasmine shares some chapters of her story.
It was 3 years ago when I woke up and realized I was not happy. I wasn’t living the life I wanted for myself and I wasn’t giving my three kids the childhood I’ve dreamed about giving them. I was suffocating under the stress and pressure of living in Cairo. That morning I made the decision to move myself and my family to Hurghada to live by the sea, where we can see less concrete and get more sand and sea.
I gave myself a six months’ period to prepare for the move. I said goodbye to my business in Cairo and a lot of clients that were friends and family to me. When my daughter finished her school year at the end of June, we were on our way to Hurghada the same weekend.When we got to Hurghada I did not have a safety net whatsoever. I didn’t have a job lined up and I didn’t have a lot of savings to sustain us. I had to get creative with work and had to figure out how to balance work with being the sole caretaker of three kids.
After settling in I started my Facebook page ‘Fit by the Sea’. It was my way to advertise my Pilates and personal training business and as well document my journey of getting fit and living the life I wanted. Clients started getting in touch and I started to get busier but still I wanted to help more moms out there.
When I became a mother for the first time I was shocked at the huge lack of support we offer new moms. We were all lost and no one was there to show us what to do. So as I stumbled out of that phase all I wanted was to make this journey easier for other women, and I realized that I had the platform for that. I started posting more content related to women and mothers on my page.
Cause and Inspiration
I remembered how it was hard for me to work out when I was a new mother or when my kids were still at home. I remembered the pressure to “bounce back” after giving birth and all the stress that comes with becoming a mother especially in the time where social media is constantly creating unrealistic images of what a post partum woman should look like.And that’s why I created my online program. It was exactly everything I needed when my kids were younger: workouts that can be done at home at any time, someone who would offer guidance on how to eat without dieting and keep me on track and a community of amazing mothers who are in the same boat and would be lifting each other up.
Fit by the Red Sea
It’s been eighteen months since I’ve launched my program, and it has helped more than 70 women in that period regain their confidence, build a healthier relationship with food and learn how to appreciate and love their bodies while getting fit.