Karen Miles, Mrs Australia World 2011, is a busy mum and TV presenter that has developed ‘work life happiness’ in order to manage her commitments.
The Mrs Australia World title is one of four that can be gained in the Mrs and Ms Australia quest event. The other three titles are Mrs Universe, Mrs International, and Mrs Earth.
As the winner of the World title, Karen Miles has learned to make adjustments to her lifestyle so that she can find a happy medium.
“I love the term ‘work life happiness’, where I strive for a level of enjoyment and happiness, rather than an unqualified notion of balance in both my work and personal life,” said Miles. “I’m someone who feels alive when I am busy.”
“I diarise my gym time to ensure it happens at least three times a week, otherwise other appointments will take over,” said Miles. “I also don’t ask myself if I feel like exercising when it is time to go, I just get dressed and go. My feelings very rarely want to work out.”
“Exercise is so important for keeping the stress levels balanced.”
“I go to the Curves gym three times a week, maybe four, if I can fit in an extra visit,” said Miles. “It has taken me a while to enjoy exercise, but now I love it, or rather, I love how good I feel after and how much more confident I feel in my clothes.”
“They offer a 30-minute cardio workout designed for women, and they also have Zumba classes, which I love. It’s hard not to enjoy yourself when you’re trying to dance the Salsa.”
Good food is also a vital component to Mrs Australia World’s overall fitness.
“I eat really well to support the effort I put into exercise. I’ve eliminated processed foods, most sugar, gluten, and high carbs from my diet,” said Miles. “Now, I feel less bloated and sluggish. I focus on protein, vegies, a little fruit, and natural yogurt.”
“It has taken me a long time to realise that food is fuel, not entertainment,” said Miles. “I need to feed my body with healthy food, not starve and deprive it. Mind, I also think that the occasional treat is vital to your sanity.”
Mrs Australia World believes that the best way to have the life and body that you want is to take action. Karen Miles also feels that the best way to take this action is to avoid asking yourself if you want to go to the gym. Instead, she says, just go.