I think that I would like to start regular diet and exercise chit chats on this blog… This blog started with a lot of weight loss ( more than 20kg), has had gain ( pregnancy) and loss again ( post pregnancy). Now at 8 months post partum I am, I feel, in quite a good spot.
I am really happy that I did not ‘blow up’ whilst pregnant or gain all my unnecessary weight back. I did try to eat relatively well but there were a lot of treats whilst pregnant. Let me be frank here, although I also suffered water retention, I was certainly not one of those people who only gained 8 kg when pregnant and walked out of hospital in my jeans. I also was not one of those who has ended up thinner from breastfeeding. All this said I have been pleasantly surprised with my body. Until the end of last year I would say I was carrying an extra 7kg from my post pregnancy weight. This was not shifting with exercise and dieting was hard as breastfeeding makes me hungry. I wanted to know I had tried my best but if my body has to hold this, to breastfeeding then so be it.
This year, 2015, is my year though. I have breastfed for over 8 months now and want to work on a path towards weaning by a year. With this in mind I felt I could apply myself more to a diet etc and if my milk suffered so be it… she happily takes a bottle now! So the plan is for diet and exercise as below…. I will keep going. mid year I am going to have a try on of my old clothes. If there are items that just no longer suit my shape, which may have changed for good, so be it. They will be sold as I just don’t see the point in holding clothes which do you no favours. They will only remind me of what I am not, instead of flattering clothes which celebrate what I am.
Lately I have felt a bit out of control with my diet. I had some habits I knew I wanted to kick, such as sweet treats and diet coke, but felt a bit lost as to how to. During pregnancy I did eat some sweet treats often and also as a new mum they crept in. They were easy and quick and gave that instant energy you crave when sleep deprived. As a result I have developed quite the sweet tooth which needs to be reined in. After a week on my mentor me of sugar program I feel like I am making great strides towards this and can certainly envisage the end game. I think for me the ideal will be to eat from home mainly, with a treat meal or two each week. I had not realised just how much sugar is in so called health food when out and about and how readily this affects my cravings. Making home cooked, wholesome, basic food a priority is key.
I have been loving exercise. After months of postnatal fitness I decided I wanted a more sustainable way of working out ( i.e. from home, and quickly), which delivered results. After a few weeks on the pre training I do feel Kayla offers this and am really happy. Instead of her recommended HIIT I will be doing couch to 5km again as I want to run the Perth half marathon. I am committed to both of these things this year.
Overall , I am happy with where I am at, ready to apply myself more and excited to see results.
How do you feel about your body?