10 Questions with Jaimee Ryan
We sit down and get to know Jaimee Ryan as we talk all things health, wellness, fitness and lifestyle. We have followed Jaimee for years now and we absolutely love her passion for all of the above and watching her journey. There's no lie that she is an absolute babe and we hope you enjoy this conversation and it gets you motivated, like it did for us. Enjoy! X
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself? (Where you are from, what you do, etc)
Firstly, my name is Jaimee Ryan and I am currently living in Kingscliff (Northern NSW) along the beach front. Living close to the beach is one of life’s most simple pleasures, I love waking up in the morning, throwing my runners on and going down for a coffee.
I am in my final year of my Primary Education Degree which takes up most of my time, I am a Pilates Instructor and I also work a retail job. During the uni semester, life can be chaotic and feel like a balancing act between all things that are important to me, I am an extremely organised person and during those weeks I ensure that I plan my week on a Sunday afternoon, this includes meals, exercise, work and any other commitments.
I love spending my spare time catching up with girlfriends, visiting the health-food store (take all my money), deep cleaning the house, moving my body, cooking/baking, or nestled into the lounge with a great read.
2. Can you tell us a little bit about your pilates journey and what made you decide to come an instructor?
My pilates journey began in 2020 as I returned back to the gym after a period of closure due to lockdown last year. I was previously an F45, HIIT sort of girl, however, after taking a slower pace with my home workouts during isolation I took an interest to pilates, after my first class I was hooked, and after a year, I was completing my teacher training. As I mentioned before, I am in my final year of my Education Degree and I have always been so focused towards teaching children, however, I have now slowly realised I have a passion for teaching and watching others learn, and now it all makes sense. I absolutely love teaching pilates and it encompasses everything that I am all about, which is mind, body and spirit connection.
3. How do you stay motivated?
To me, motivation comes with doing what you love. I tried many different styles of training until I found my passion. I would go to F45, boxing, yoga and run all in the same week just to mix up my training and keep myself sane because I just genuinely couldn’t maintain 5/6 days a week of the same thing… until I found pilates. Now I live, breath and teach it.
Motivation for me now comes easily as I know my ‘why’. My why is that it makes me feel great. The post workout endorphins are real, exercising enhances my mood, improves my mental clarity and boosts my self-esteem. Moving your body has health benefits for not only your physical health, but your mental health too. Write down your ‘why’ and read it if you ever need motivation for your training session.
4. What does a regular day on the plate look like for you?
In the morning, I will either make myself a coffee at home or grab one on the way to teach, my coffee order is continually changing, but at the moment I have a ‘decaf long black, with a dash of hot almond milk’, and I add lions mane powder in there as well. I teach 5 mornings a week, I will fast until after I have finished teaching, on the average day I will have my first meal at around 10am, I do love to fast for around 14-16 hours, this allows my digestive system to have a break and naturally gives me more energy.
I will break my fast with a homemade açai bowl packed with nutritional goodness or avocado on toast. Mid-morning I will have two powders from The Beauty Chef, CLEANSE (a greens powder) and GLOW a daily beauty powder for radiant skin and gut health. Both containing organic whole foods, vitamins, pre and probiotics - promoting luminous skin from the inside out.
For lunch, I have been reaching for a big Mexican bowl, I will meal prep mince and rice at the beginning of the week and add the salads on the day. Afternoon snack can be something along the lines of, hommus and crackers, or hommus with cut up vegetables, mixed nuts, and a cup of tea.
For dinner, it is as simple as a source of protein alongside a bowl of vegetables! Sweet treat after dinner, I love to make an adaptogenic hot chocolate, sweetened with honey and topped with frothy almond milk, my housemates are obsessed too!
I eat a gluten free, dairy free diet, alongside a whole foods and soul foods lifestyle.
5. What is something you can’t live without?
In the last 6 months I would have journaled nearly every day and let me tell you it has done wonders for my mental health. Being able to sit down, set your intentions for the day, practice gratitude, and write down affirmations, is life changing, get yourself a journal.
6. What is your advice for someone who is struggling to get motivated? How to change your mindset?
Get a gym buddy! I remember in my early training days I always went with a friend, we would decide together what classes for the week we would attend, then rely on each others motivation and encouragement. Knowing someone is relying on your attendance sometimes is EXACTLY what you need to get yourself out of the bed in the morning. My favourite way to catch up with friends is a coffee and walk catch up date, so lock it in with one of your girlfriends and get some friend-time and movement in together.
7. How important is exercise to you?
Exercise has now become naturally apart of my daily routine, like brushing my teeth. I know I am the best version of myself when I prioritise moving my body. I remember back to some of my Uni semesters, when my weeks would become busy I would neglect exercise because ‘I didn’t have the time’. I now know, that those weeks are when movement is most essential. I know this because my brain is so much clearer after I move my body, I sleep better, I feel better about myself, I have more energy, better focus and mood, and make healthier eating choices.
8. Where can we go to experience one of your classes?
I am currently teaching in Currumbin at @studiotone__ and in Kingscliff at @pilatesbyxcell.
9. What is your favourite treat?
Go to treat, LOCO LOVE chocolate, my favourite is the peanut butter caramel with lions mane. I purchase from my local health food store, they’re worth the price, I promise.
10. As someone who loves the beach, whats your favourite Mamph piece this season?
I love the florals that Mamph works with, my favourite set is definitely the Floret String Tri Top and the Floret String Cheeky bottom. The quality of the fabric is to die for and it sits on the body seamlessly without digging in or any discomfort.