Getting Mum Fit – Exercising after Pregnancy

Noah is 7 weeks old now, so I’m starting to think about getting back to training and getting fit again. Suffering from SPD has meant that I hardly did any exercise at all for the last 5 months of pregnancy, not even walking the dog. So it’s safe to say that I’m feeling sluggish and really unfit now. And although I’m not usually focussed on “losing weight” I have put on a fair few pounds from pregnancy. I don’t know how many as I don’t weigh myself, but I’ve gone from a size 8 to a size 14 in clothes. So I would love to be able to get back into some of the clothes I bought (and felt really good in thanks to all the training) before I fell pregnant.

After struggling with so much pain during Noah’s pregnancy it’s been lovely to be able to walk again since having him and I feel ready to get back to working out. In fact, I’m really looking forward to it. BUT I also feel a bit daunted about where to even start. Luckily, I’ve got Matt to help me on my way and so I asked him for some hints and tips for getting fit after pregnancy and as always he agreed to share them with you all. So here is his wisdom for starting to exercise after pregnancy. Continue reading

Cooking Up Chaos – Week 40

Well, I made it to 40 weeks which means I’ve been pregnant for 2 weeks longer than I was with Luca. As I write this I’m actually 40+1 so “overdue” and I’m honestly quite surprised we have made it this far, for some reason I was really expecting him to come early. Not sure why but I just did.

I’m not bothered he hasn’t though, he will come when he’s ready and as of yet I don’t feel in much of a rush to evict him. Although I would like him to come sooner rather than later so we have as big a gap between his birthday and Christmas as possible. Also because I really want to be able to go to Luca’s Christmas concert as I’m gonna feel ALL the mum guilt if I can’t make it.

It is nice to know though that whenever he comes now will mean Ant can be home with us for the whole run up to Christmas, not having to go back to work until after Boxing Day or longer depending on how long baby boy stays put. Continue reading

Getting Mum Fit – Exercising Whilst Pregnant

So as you may have noticed from my recent posts, I’m pregnant with our second son.  I was determined from the start of my pregnancy that I was going to stay fit and healthy throughout and keep going with my personal training sessions with Matt.  Now to be totally transparent, that hasn’t been quite how the plan has gone.  Instead, I developed SPD about a month and a half ago and so I’ve had to stop my PT sessions which I’m honestly really upset about.  I never ever thought I’d be that person who would feel sad that they couldn’t be tortured every week but turns out once I’ve got going with this whole exercise thing, I’m actually loving it.

Anyway, before the SPD kicked in I asked Matt to write me a little post all about exercising during pregnancy as I know when I found out I was pregnant again I was really worried about harming the baby.  As usual, he has written a fab little post for you all explaining the do’s and don’t of pre-natal exercise.   Here it is…

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Getting Mum Fit – Making the Most of Weekends

It’s been a little longer than planned between the last post on getting mum fit and this one.  I’ve been so busy growing a human that most of the other stuff in my life has been put on hold.  But it’s here, better late than never as they say.   This weeks post from Matt is all about keeping on track over the weekend or at least minimising the damage we do to our health goals over our relaxed two days off.   So without further ado, here is Matt’s wisdom.

Are the weekends stalling your progress or making you feel guilty?

Most of us live for the weekends.  Those 2 golden days away from the 9 to 5 and school runs are what we live for.  Yet are our weekends ruining the progress we make throughout the week?

Do we go too far off track from the health goals we have during Monday to Friday?
Is the loosened regime of good food and exercise derailing our progress?

People tend to end up weighing more on a Monday than they do on a Friday. And it’s not just our weight that is affected.  It’s also, and more importantly our;

  • sleep schedules
  • stress
  • energy levels

These all take a hit from what happens between Happy Hour on Friday and our Sunday Dinner.

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Getting Mum Fit – Ditch the Fad Diets

So as promised I’ve teamed up with Matt, my fabulous personal trainer, and brought you the very first post in my new series ‘Getting Mum Fit’.  

We thought the best place to start would be at the very beginning, at the easiest place, that takes very little effort to change. Your diet.  And by diet we don’t mean Atkins, we just mean the food that you put into your body.   And honestly, it’s been the best part of my journey so far.   So without further ado, I will hand over to Matt. 

Stop with the Fad Diets, You Need to Make These Simple Changes

We all want a quick fix.  And due to the instant access we are used to, we also want the results NOW.

So we get sucked into these crazy diets, cleanses, weight loss shakes and pills.  And some of them may work. But once you stop using them, the weight starts to pile back on.

The reason for this? We haven’t learned to make any changes to our lifestyle.

We need to make simple changes which we can keep up continuously, so we are changing our lifestyle instead of having a few weeks of weight loss followed by, usually, even more, weight gain. Continue reading

Getting Mum Fit

As part of my to-do list for 2017, I decided I needed to look after myself more. I’ll be honest, it took me over half a year to actually make a start on this. But I did make a start. I found lots of online exercise plans and researched local classes to join, but I never actually did them.

Firstly, because I just never have time.  I’m a busy working mum and I always had something else to do rather than exercise.  Added to that Ant’s working hours meant even a night-time class was out of the question as I didn’t have childcare for Luca.

Secondly, I didn’t really know what I should be doing. As much as a trampolining class looks fun, what would it actually do for me? I know I love yoga but also knew I needed something a bit more intense than yoga to help me tone up.  After lots, and I mean lots, of deliberation I started to scour the internet for personal trainers. Someone who could tell me exactly what I needed to do and tailor my exercise to me. Someone who could help to motivate me and push me to progress. But then when I started to think about it, the thought of going to a gym to workout made me feel all sweaty and anxious.  Gyms just aren’t for me. Continue reading

Deciding to try for another baby.

Having another baby has been out of the question for a while.  Where we lived before was too small, we just didn’t have the space for another person.  It was never an option and when people would ask when we were going to have another I used to get really annoyed. It was almost like a kick in the stomach each time as it wasn’t our choice not to have another. It just wasn’t possible.  We would often be told that “if you really wanted one you would find space” like we hadn’t weighed that option up. There wasn’t any spare.  We were already stressed living on top of each other and adding someone else to that mix was going to just make things a million times worse. More arguments when we got in each other’s way in the kitchen or when we couldn’t find what we needed as everything was behind 5 other things. So yes, a baby was always a no go. Continue reading

Our wonderful new home

We’ve been in our new home for about three months now and I can’t tell you how happy I am living here.  It’s definitely living up to expectations.

Our house move went so smoothly. I think mainly due to the help of ten of our incredible family and friends.  We had unpacked pretty much all the boxes by the end of the day and were sat eating takeaway curry and watching crap tv by about 8pm.  It was a pretty good start to life in our new home. Continue reading

Making the Most of Our Weekends

My husband works ridiculous hours in retail.  As I type this he is working for a nine-day stretch. Nine days of work before he gets a day off and when he does it will be a Friday, Luca will be at school and I’ll be at work.  He also works weekends.  He sometimes gets a Sunday off but for the most part he works them.  Very rarely do we get a whole two-day weekend with him.

When Luca was in pre-school this didn’t bother me as much as it does now.  Ant and Luca used to get days together during the week.  Also because Luca went for 2 and a half days he had more days at home and our days off coincided with each other more often.  Now Luca is at school though we rarely get days together as a family. Continue reading

Twenty Wishes for 2017

The ever lovely Lauren, from Dilan & Me, tagged my in her ‘Twenty Wishes for 2017’ post and I love the concept.  It’s similar to my yearly to do list but instead these are wishes rather than goals. Things I hope will happen this year, not necessarily things I can actively set out to achieve.

5 Personal Wishes

twenty wishes

  • Continue to see the good in life when things aren’t quite going to plan.  I’ve always been an optimist but this year has tested this trait of mine.

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