DO YOU, LIKE ME, FOLLOW FIT PEOPLE ON INSTAGRAM IN THE HOPE THAT, VIA OSMOSIS, YOU MIGHT GAIN SOME OF THEIR PASSION AND ENTHUSIASM FOR HEALTH AND GO FOR THAT NEXT RUN OR GYM CLASS? MAYBE YOU’RE ALREADY FOLLOWING @LIVINGMOVINGBEING THEN. I’VE WANTED TO CHAT WITH CHRISS MOGG FOR ABOUT 12 MONTHS NOW, AND WHEN I GOT WIND OF A NEW BUSINESS VENTURE I KNEW IT WAS TIME TO TRACK HER DOWN (THAT’S A FITNESS JOKE!).
So one chilly winter morning at Q & Co in Warners Bay I met Christine, one half (well, the public face) of Living Moving Being. What I learned was that this venture was at first a journey of self-discovery, and is now a motivation to help transform the lives of others through the power of movement.
So if you met someone at a party, how would you describe yourself?
Christine: I’d say I’m passionate, driven, I love health and fitness – that is literally what I live and breathe. I suppose everything I do is sort of angled through that and I think that’s because of the benefits and the transformation I’ve seen it have in my life. I think that’s something really exciting and that’s what I’d want to talk about. I’d probably tell them a bit about the business, how it’s so exciting to be doing something just because you love it, not because you think you have to.
Is that where all this came from?
Yeah. Well, originally it was all literally a journey of self-discovery and health.
Did you know that at the time, or just now as you’re reflecting, thinking ‘Wow, I just spent the past few years discovering what I wanted for myself’?
Definitely. In the moment I never really know; I’m just doing what feels right, I’m not thinking too far ahead. That’s a skill that I’m learning now as we’re starting our business – you actually have to plan well in advance for things. With the social media aspect of it, I starting keeping a journal of what I was doing and people really latched onto that, which was even more motivating for me. So I starting thinking ‘OK, well how can I put something out there that’s worthwhile for people that I wish I’d had myself?’
Everyone wants to be able to do the things they say they want to do. You know, ‘I’d like to get fit, that would be great’ or ‘I’d like to be healthy but I’m too naughty’. Well, there are a few people with that extra little bit of craziness and drive that actually do it, and I’d like to think that I’m one of those people. If you are one of those people, people need you – [they need] that person to say ‘Wow! She does it. She can do it, it is possible. So I can do it.’
Reading on your website, your husband appears to have always been ‘the fit one’, so was he the inspiration for your journey?
Tim and I have a very unique relationship in that we got together when I was 14 and have been together ever since, so we’ve just kind of grown up together, made loads of mistakes and just had to learn life together. We’ve just learnt how to do life as two people rather than two separate people.
Tim is a very easygoing and encouraging person – super knowledgeable. He’s a physiotherapist, and he’s about four years older than me, so he’s always been someone that I look up to and have learnt things from. But it wasn’t until we got married that he started encouraging me to sort of ‘be fit’. We hadn’t lived together before then and when we were sharing our day-to-day, it was kind of like, ‘I’m going for a run now babe, what are you going to do?’ and I’d be like ‘Um… Sit on the couch and eat Doritos?’ because in our family at home, fitness was not something I did.
So all of a sudden you’re in an environment where fitness is a norm, it’s much easier to go, ‘Well, that makes sense’, and then that becomes a slow road to you going forward…?
Basically, yeah. And I suppose… I wanted to share that; he was spending an hour a day exercising and I was like, ‘Hey, I want to share that time with you’, because we’re so much like that. We do everything together. Not only that, it was something that he loved, so I was like ‘If you love it, it must be worthwhile’. So eventually I started going on runs with him.
He would teach me how to lift weights and talk about muscles and what joints are doing what action and I got more and more interested, and I really was enjoying seeing the changes in my body but also in my mind. Just transforming… I’d always been quite lazy, in terms of I’d only ever do what I had to do, and exercise really pushes you out of that mindset if you let it. I started really enjoying seeing that psychological change and before I knew it, I was exercising without him as well and loving it – really finding out what I enjoyed doing. It really started with running.
Now you’re at this point where you’ve created this immense following around your journey, especially on Instagram. I’ve noticed a lot of talk lately about launching this new business. Can you describe it to people?
Well, currently the business is mostly the two ebooks that we’ve made. There’s a 10-week training guide and also a healthy eating guide. Both are, I suppose, [drawing on] what I thought when I felt empowered by being taught by Tim why we do these certain things and how to make it just a normal part of your everyday life.
That’s more what the program is like. It’s more about finding what you enjoy in fitness, what challenges you, what attitudes you’re going to have to shift – if you’ve always thought a certain way, for example: ‘I don’t have enough time to exercise’. The program takes people through the psychological change – you’re actually going to have to shut up and do it. If you say you don’t have enough time, you’re going to have to wake up 40 minutes earlier. It’s also quite realistic too.
Do you have a core audience in mind?
We did have females in mind – males could do it too, but we had women 18-40 years old in mind. That’s just based on what I know and also my following.
You’ve talked about having a few ideas going on in the background. Is there a phase two that you can share with us?
I can share with you all the things that we’re toying with. The thing you need to know about our business, and one of the things I really love about it, is that we’re not relying on it for our income, so that’s a really interesting part of the drive for the business. I put hours and hours and hours of work a week into it, because I love it. I’m actually not that concerned about it. It doesn’t feel like work. Tiring, for sure, but in the same way that running a marathon is tiring. It’s really hard, but when it finishes you’re just elated.
We have a private Facebook group as part of the program. They get access to Tim and I as the trainers. They can ask questions and I can provide answers and instructions. Plus, they get to encourage one another. So phase two is probably tailored exercise programs for people.
Here are LivingMovingBeing’s ‘Top five local locations to get out and enjoy’:
1. The Lake (Lake Macquarie)
2. Fernleigh Track – Cool, calm and quiet
3. Bar Beach, the Hill and King Edward Park
4. Town (Newcastle City)
5. The Hunter Valley
Do you have other idols? Are there people in life that you admire?
Kurt Fearnley. [But] I’ve never really been one to look at people in my demographic and think ‘I want to be like them’. I really admire other women.
If someone came to visit you in Newcastle, where would you take them?
I would definitely take them to the beaches and walk along the breakwall. I love Bolton Street Pantry, Talulah, also Momo and the new one that’s just opened up in Hamilton, the Raw Temple. Love that. Also a little place out near Cameron Park called Bona Vera – it’s a new vegan place. I’m not totally vegan, but it is amazing. I’d probably like to show off the Lake; we have two kayaks, so I’d take them out for sunrise.
Where should people find you?
I suppose I should say the website. That’s where you can find all the information.
You should do exactly that! Check out www.livingmovingbeing.com.au and follow @livingmovingbeing on Instagram.