My weight has been an issue ever since I had my eldest son, a mixture of post natal depression and agoraphobia contributing a lot to my weight gain - I mean you're going to gain weight when you don't leave the house aren't you?
Thankfully, this time around after giving birth, I'm much happier, active and focused on improving myself and I'm so determined to become slimmer, fitter and healthier, not just for me, but for the two beautiful boys I want to be around to parent for many, many years to come.
So today I thought I'd share how I'm getting back into shape after pregnancy and I'm very happy to say that these things are really working for me and I'm seeing some changes which are really making me feel so much better and confident in myself.
For the past 11 weeks I've been having protein shakes for breakfast. These really help to set me up for the day and keep me feeling full. Also, due to the high protein they have, they've helped me to lose weight and inches off my body - 35 inches since I began having them on July 30th. It's been great to see my body becoming slimmer, clothes feeling a lot looser and I love seeing the number of inches lost going up week after week - it keeps me motivated and eager to lose more. You can read all about my weight loss so far and the reviews of the shakes I've been having here.
Beau and I out on one of our woodland walksHowever, now that I've lost weight I could really do with toning up and have been looking at ways to do this, other than just going for my normal walk pushing the pram up and down hills of course. I see on my social media some of the girls I know going to boot camps and training sessions in the gym such as cross-fit etc. I don't know if these would be for me though because I prefer working out on a one-on-one basis and I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't be mortified taking my out of shape self along to a training session...
My Nan told me last week that there's a girl who she sees with a personal trainer up on the track when she goes walking. I can definitely see the benefits of having a personal trainer. For someone like me who can sometimes lack the motivation or want to go out and exercise, having a personal trainer there to keep you on track and to have a proper workout with, tailored around the areas you want to work on would be fab!
If you're in the London area (which I know a lot of my readers are), then an East London personal training company could really be beneficial for anyone who needs some motivation and help in keeping fit and exercising properly. I'd really love to have the personal trainer experience and not just because I think it would be kind of cool to say "I can't, sorry! I have a session with my personal trainer today..." - if anything it'd be a valid excuse for getting out of things at least! The PT experience seems to work for a lot of celebs, they're always papped having work outs in parks, etc., so I don't see why it couldn't work for a normal being like myself too.
As I said above, I go walking with my pram quite a lot and it's actually a great workout pushing it up and down the hills in my hometown - I've even been jogging with it! I don't know if it's just me or what, but I actually find it a lot more enticing to go out for walks on the cooler autumn and winter days. I make sure that the boys and I get some fresh air everyday and even just popping Beau into the sling (seriously, he's the best weight I could ever carry around) and going for a trek with them both through the woods counts as a workout for me, because believe me when I say they keep me on my toes!
I honestly believe that simply running around after the two of them and having to go up and down the stairs with them for what seems like a million times a day has contributed to my weight loss too. I'm happy to say I no longer get puffed whilst I'm running about with them and it's great to have a lot more energy, cause lets face it, I really need it!
One thing I'd really love to try as part of my 'getting back into shape' mission is yoga. It's something I've wanted to try for quite a while now and my friend and I were speaking about going to a class together - I'm so glad she's up for it too because I know I'd never go on my own. So hopefully this is something I can do to improved my fitness and flexibility, I'd at least like to give it a go.
I'll be updating the blog on my weight loss and fitness progress every two weeks, so do pop back if you're interested in reading about how I'm doing. Until then, if you're currently expecting or are like me and have recently given birth, I've also shared some ways to keep fit during and after pregnancy if you fancy a read.