Trying to stay fit as a mum has been a challenge from the moment I tried to start getting back into exercise. Before I got pregnant with Rarrie I wasnt a fitness fanatic, I was naturally really slim and could eat what ever I wanted to without out gaining a pound. I struggled to gain weight all my life, until I had Rarrie and my metabolism slowed down, a lot. I started the gym again when Rarrie was 4 months old, I remember getting on the crossfit for the first time and moving like a snail, I was out of breath after 2 whole minutes! Around that stage rarrie didn’t sleep great, waking every 2-3 hours so there was always a battle with tiredness and exercise. If I wasn’t exhausted from a long day of tending to Rarrie’s wants and needs, I was too exhausted to take Rarrie out to play from exercising the night before. I would get asked “oh, why don’t you exercise before he wakes up?” Haha, you see Rarrie has this radar where he can sense I’m awake and automatically gets up too! So that’s a no no. After I left the gym, probably after a month or two into my fitness journey I gave up as my body failed to shit a pound and I started to eat really bad, the pounds came piling on and I was the heaviest I had ever been. I did manage to lose a lot of weight after telling myself enough is enough, I started eating healthy and making meal peeps, but that all stopped as christmas came around last year. At this present moment I find it hard to eat healthy some days, I’m at a much better weight than I was this time last year and my bmi is in the safe zone, so I’m not motivated to eat as healthy as I did last year. Even when the little voice in my head says, you dont need to eat this, my stomach says yes you do. I also buy healthy food and feel annoyed everytime I open my fridge to see broccoli and asparagus staring back at me.
What I have found that works so far in my journey is taking part in a free buggy exercise class run by ourparks.org.uk, which is amazing, I’m not sure how old my instructor is, she must be at least 50 and she always kicks by butt every week to the point I cant even walk up the stairs after doing squats and lunges (just shows how unfit I am lol). Because I do take part in a form of exercise weekly I wouldnt say I’m 100% unfit, but I’m not fit, fit. I’m not one of those fitness fanatics that work out 5 or 7 days a week, I dont wake up 6am to work out, I dont go for runs, I eat healthy a few days a week but that isn’t where I want to be. But at the same time I have to realise I am a mum who dedicates almost all her time to a boisterous 22 month old. I want to reach out to all the other mums in my position, the semi fit mums that think you arent doing good enough, you are ! I want to reach out to the mums that dont exercise but think about it, you’re doing great also, you see, once you come to the realisation that you want to look after your body is the first step in making that change, whether its picking up a dumbbell or going for a power walk. To the fit mums that find time to work out before their children wake up or at nap time, you’re also amazing. See, there is no right and wrong, but if you want get into fitness you have to want to do it for you and not because someone else told you so, or you’ve seen a celebrity back in their size 6 jeans 2 months postpartum. Our bodies are all different. Almost 2 years postpartum I’m still not my original weight, I have mild diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles) which I have been trying to repair for the longest amount of time. But does that stop me from being a beautiful bad ass goddess that brought life into this world… hell no. We are all amazing, semi fit or whatever you want to label yourselves. We are all mums and we are all adored and loved by our little people, no matter our weight.
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