Pregnancy… that wonderful (and sometimes not so wonderful!) time in our lives where we feel like we can eat, eat, eat and then eat some more. Well, we are eating for two, aren’t we?
Nope. The bad news is, you don’t have to eat that much more, especially in the first two trimesters. However, third time around and carrying a boy for the first time… I felt like I wanted to eat absolutely EVERYTHING in sight.
Three stone later and I definitely looked like I’d eaten everything in sight!
When this gorgeous bundle of joy arrived in our lives I was on cloud nine. Proudly showing him off at coffee (and cake!) mornings and loooong lunches was my thing. But when your middle child asks “Why is your bottom wrinkly, mummy?” when you’re at the swimming pool, you know it’s time to do something about it.
A WEIGHT OFF MY MIND
As Kate Moss said, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”, so losing the first stone definitely tasted good. However, realistically, our new little man weighed quite a lot of that, so trying to get rid of the second and third stone was the biggest challenge.
They say it’s a dream until you write something down, and then it’s a goal. So on January 1st, I set myself a goal to get back to my original weight by Mother’s Day. So if any mums are reading this and feeling a bit frumpy like I was, here are just a few of the small things I did, that made a BIG difference.
28 DAYS OF SWEAT
Tummy time for Jack meant tummy time for mummy. Amongst the morning madness of two girls getting ready for school, a newborn and a seriously crazy puppy, I challenged myself to get up ten minutes earlier and do the Joe Wicks 28 Days of Sweat.
It’s amazing how just a bit of exercise in the morning can set you up for the day and it also made me feel less inclined to dip into the snack drawer!
SQUEEZING BACK INTO THOSE JEANS
I started drinking lemon and hot water every morning as it’s meant to kickstart the digestion process for the day. Sometimes I just go for the coffee as I fancy a hot drink, but hot water and lemon can actually give you the fix you need sometimes – and if it’s good enough for Victoria Beckham, it’s good enough for me!
The hubby bought me a Fitbit Charge 3 for Valentine’s Day (not quite sure what he was trying to say!) and it’s been such a great motivator. Seeing how many steps you’ve done each day makes you want to go that bit further. The aim is 10,000 a day, but as a busy mum running up the stairs hundreds of times a day, 19,877 is my record so far!
A SHOT OF ENERGY
Healthy eating has always been top of my priorities, but I also cut down on my portion size and curbed the carbs. I’ve always started the day off with a homemade smoothie and a shot of Forever aloe vera as it’s full of vitamins and minerals and gives me the energy that those little ones can often steal from you.
A WEIGHT OFF MY MIND
So… I’m nearly three stone down and I’m feeling healthier, happier and more like my old self again.
Has it been easy? No.
Has it been worth it? Hell yeah!
Feeling lighter honestly feels so much better than feeling tired and sluggish.
And apparently I’ll need every ounce of energy I can get, as it won’t be long before my little man will be running all over the place and adding even more steps to my FitBit!
GET IN TOUCH
If anyone needs any help or advice with losing their baby weight, or any weight, please feel free to get in touch.
Happy Mother’s Day everyone and a big shout out to all you amazing mummas doing the hardest, yet most rewarding job in the world 🙂