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To say Sally Obermeder is busy would be an understatement. The Aussie TV personality co-hosts Channel Seven’s The Daily Edition, she’s an ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, runs the lifestyle website SWIISH and is a published author (for the second time!).
Oh, and she’s also a qualified personal trainer and pilates instructor. We’re exhausted just thinking about it.
We spoke to the 41-year-old about being diagnosed and recovering from breast cancer, juggling fitness with motherhood and whether or not green smoothies really can taste delicious (yes they can.)
In 2011, you were diagnosed with breast cancer and gave birth to your daughter Annabelle just one day apart. How did you cope with two such opposing and huge life changes at once and what have you taken from that time?
"You cope, because you have to. You have no choice, you just do it - there's nothing else you can do really. It wasn't ideal but it's what it was. Obviously I wish it hadn't happened but it changed my perception on life. You develop incredible gratitude, and I'm immensely grateful for everything and everyone in my life, and that's what I've probably taken from that time - knowing how fortunate I am."
You've spoken about how devastating losing your hair was. I think it's something many women struggle with. What did you do to feel 'glamorous' and feel like yourself again?
"There really was no glamour. I didn't feel pretty but I didn't want to (and shouldn't) feel like I had to hide away. Cancer happens and people shouldn't feel bad. Even if I didn't feel like myself - and I really did feel like my femininity had been taken away from me - it was all about survival, going out there and living life as best as you can."
What's the one piece of advice you'd give women currently going through treatment?
"Hang in there. I think a lot of women are used to being the main caregiver and then suddenly they can't.It's ok not to be superwoman - lean on people and ask for help, people want to help you. Don't be afraid to say you need help, whether it's with the kids or groceries." (Post continues after gallery.)
What's the most important thing about your health to you at this stage?
"Ooh.. probably feeling amazing. I'm really focussed on energy and vitality - ensuring that I have plenty of energy to get through my demanding schedule. That feeling of waking up and not needing ten coffees a day!"
What do you do to stay fit?
"I'll go to the gym twice a week on a good week! I also enjoy going to Agoga in Bondi for a 45 minute class. I can walk there from home, and be home within an hour. That's what it's all about - if it takes too long, then I can't be bothered. And of course, plenty of running after Annabelle.
How has your fitness regimen changed since becoming a mum?
"There's no longer a luxury of time. I can no longer say 'Oh, I'll go to pilates' or 'I feel like a walk'. It's all about fast and functional now, I want quick, effective and functional."