Operation “get my body back” – Month 1

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A month or so ago I decided enough was enough! It was time to stop being a couch potato and hiding under baggy jumpers and start getting fit, so that I was able to fit into my pre-baby clothes for when I started work in 2 months time.

I joined the gym, and started looking at what I was eating. I was a size 10 pre pregnancy, an avid gym goer, and now was wearing size 14 post baby – and I was unhappy with my body, so I knew it was time to act.

I downloaded My Fitness Pal so I could record what I was eating, and saw that the calories soon added up! The odd biscuit here, or piece of cake there was my problem, as I couldn’t have a cup of tea without an accompaniment (Who’s with me on that?!) I was also consuming a LOT of carbs – mainly from a convenience point of view.

So, I started to change my diet, and I have cut down on the number of carbs, and have reduced the number of biscuits I am eating with tea (cut down – not cut OUT). Whereas I used to have 3-4 biscuits with a cuppa, I am now having 1/2.

I have joined the gym, and am trying to go 3 times a week. David Lloyd run a great buggy fitness class which means that I don’t need to find childcare for my little one, and can take him with me. I have found it much better than the “local park” buggy fitness classes as I find it actually challenges you, and is great for mums who used to go to the gym regularly.

I then try and do a resistance / weights based workout once a week in the evenings after the little man is in bed and daddy is in charge! I never used to do weights at all, but after speaking to a fabulous personal trainer, she advised me that this way I would lose weight as well as toning up – win win! I always thought cardio was the answer – how wrong I was.

And Pilates……mums, has your baby given you a bad back?! Pilates is AMAZING for helping strengthen your body and after 4 weeks has helped my back pain significantly!

So, 4 weeks in and I am now fitting into size 12 jeans which has been a massive achievement!

My message? Mums who want to lose the weight – do not focus on stepping on the scales, your body shape will change, as will the ratio of fat:muscle, and muscle weighs more than fat!

If you’ve been thinking about it – do it! Only small changes are needed, and you don’t have to work out 10 times a week to see a change! I’ll keep you updated with the rest of my journey (I know it’s going to be a long one)…….size 10 here I come again (hopefully)!

Any tips? Send them my way!

Mummy S x

4 Comments

  • Kelly | and Jacob makes three June 5, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Wow, well done! That’s a great achievement. I need to significantly overhaul my fitness. The buggy class sounds great.

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    • MummySetra June 5, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks – I hope it continues!

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  • Rosie July 25, 2017 at 10:30 am

    I think slow and steady wins here it’s about making small changes that you can keep up with forever to lose weight and keep it off. I’m not sure if you can blame baby weight a year on? If you don’t lose the pregnancy weight within a month or two I think it’s really hard to shift. But good luck losing the pounds you can do this!

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    • MummySetra July 25, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      Thank you! I think the majority of my problem was wanting lots of carbs and sugar whilst breastfeeding! We’ll get there slowly, and agreed, slow is best as I don’t want to then pile it all back on!

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