I always feel hesitant about hitting publish on posts like this because they are very personal, but I also believe in being honest and genuine in the hope that there are people out there on a similar journey and we can feel like we’re all in it together, and even share experiences and advice – so here goes.
My baby is now 9 weeks old and it’s time to get serious about kicking some post baby body butt. I’ve given myself a bit of a break since having Chloe, and have tried not to be too hard on myself – but none of my clothes fit and I just don’t feel at my best. When I fell pregnant with Chloe, I was probably in the best shape in my life thanks to eating well, lots of walking and clinical Pilates. After the first trimester of feeling really nauseous and headachy, I was constantly hungry, to the point where I would wake up during the night and have to eat. Then the cravings kicked in, mostly for cake and peanut butter and chocolate and as much as I tried to eat well, I definitely overdid it when it came to the sweet stuff! It didn’t help that reoccurring lower back issues made it painful to do my usual walking. And so the kilos crept on.
9 week post baby body
Now it’s time to get serious about getting back to feeling my best, and while I’m not an authority on fitness and nutrition – I thought I’d share a couple of the things I’m doing to whip myself back into shape in the hope that you’ll share something right back. By doing this, I’m also making myself accountable for my journey and putting a call out to anyone else who wants to ‘Whip It! Whip It Good!‘ with me! It’s not just about losing weight, it’s about feeling good about yourself, living lighter and being healthy.
1) Make it a Priority
This sounds straight forward, right? But I often get caught up with being busy – appointments, play dates, errands, groceries, housework etc – and then there’s no time left for exercising and eating well. This week, I’ve cleared my schedule as much as I can and planned catching up with friends for walks rather than meeting for coffee… (which can sometimes lead to cake!). I’ve made it a priority in my day and week to be healthy, to get moving and to eat well.
2) If It’s Not in the House – You Can’t Eat It
This is pretty simple. If you don’t have naughty things in the house, you can’t eat them. I don’t have any of the things that would normally be a weakness for me in the house. Chocolate and biscuits are gone and I’m not going to do any baking until I’ve seen some progress. If I feel like something sweet, I’ll have fruit or low fat Greek yoghurt with berries and honey.
3) Don’t Drink Your Calories
It’s easy to feel like having a soft drink or orange juice now that the warmer weather is here, but you’re just drinking your calories. I’ve been drinking sparkling water if I feel like something a bit more refreshing than plain water, and have cut my sugar in my coffee back to 1/4 teaspoon.
4) Get Moving Every Day
Someone once told me that consistency is the key to exercising, so in addition to my usual Pilates sessions which I resumed a few weeks ago, I’m now walking every day, dancing with Ava in the afternoons to Katy Perry’s ‘Roar!‘ and using my hand weights whenever I can. Even if it’s just a 20 minute walk, it’s better than nothing. I’m also going to join a mums and bubs training session group to push myself just that little bit harder.
5) Plan Meals and Snacks
In the first few weeks after Chloe was born, by the time I’d made breakfast, lunch and dinner for Ava and my hubby – I felt too tired to eat, resulting in being starving around 3pm in the afternoon and craving sugary food. By planning ahead, you can avoid reaching for the naughty stuff when you’re hungry. I make sure I always have a piece of fruit, some almonds and a muesli bar in my baby bag, so if I get held up I have something healthy on hand. I also find that if I start my day with a healthy breakfast, I’m more likely to eat healthy for the rest of the day.
Roast pumpkin, spinach, beetroot and avocado salad with sesame seeds – yum!
6) Adopt the 5 and 2 Approach
I’m going to loosely follow the approach of eating really well from Monday to Friday and then allowing myself a few treats on the weekend. This doesn’t mean overindulging, but allowing myself a scoop of ice cream, a few squares of chocolate or a glass of wine before jumping straight back on the healthy eating train on a Monday morning.
Happy healthy living lovelies!
A x x x
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