Getting My Fit Back On Update 2

Where have the last 12 weeks gone?? Time certainly does fly when you’re having fun or looking after 3 kids under 5.

As many of you know, I’ve been getting my fit back on since gaining 27kgs after the birth of our third child in May this year. You can read my first post here.

So what have I been up to over the past 8 weeks? Well lots.

Em from Have a Laugh On Me summed it up nicely today. Don’t Ignore Your Pelvic Floor!

I have been following Lorraine Scapens Birth2FitMum program for the past 8 weeks and geez I’m glad I did.

Lorraine sure does know her stuff. That’s why I had full confidence in the program from day one. It’s easy to follow and can be done at home which is perfect for busy mum’s like me.

Monday, Wednesday & Friday’s, I don’t ignore my pelvic floor! (TVA activation & pelvic floor exercises).

There have been a couple of weeks that haven’t gone as planned due to sheer craziness around here but I’ve been determined to work on my core strength and abdominal separation. If I’ve only managed half a session, I would complete the second half when the kids have gone to bed.

The alternate days are spent running. On bitterly cold, windy, rainy mornings I might add. Does anyone else dislike Winter as much as I do??

Me and my running buddy!

Me and my running buddy!

With the help and support of the fabulous Operation Move crew, I am well and truly on my way to running the Surfcoast Century on the 13th September followed by the Blackmores Half Marathon in Sydney the following week.

I have no problems whatsoever when it comes to motivation to get moving. I love to move. What I have struggled with over the years has been my diet.

The highs and lows, the comfort eating, the addiction to sugar. My weight has gone up, down, every which way over the years.

So, one of the major changes to mine and my families lifestyles recently has been our diet. Although being very fit for many years, I’ve never quite been able to nail what I eat.

Eating well most of the time, I was still always feeling sluggish, caving in to my sugar cravings, comfort eating and drinking alcohol. Sound familiar?

When our 8 week developed eczema recently, I was adamant that I wasn’t going to use cortisone creams like had been prescribed previously to our daughter on numerous occasions. I’m convinced that it is all diet related so it made perfect sense to make changes that would benefit all of us.

We are currently following the Whole30 Paleo lifestyle and can I just say, I feel fabulous. No bloating, no sugar cravings, no comfort eating.

I have had to be flexible with the kids and have allowed wholemeal bread, milk and cheese in their diets. I just don’t think it’s fair on them to make drastic changes too soon. Definitely no processed foods, cereals, take away etc.

Gosh I waffle on don’t I?

Here are my stats to date. I started exercising 4 weeks post partum starting with my pelvic floor.

4 weeks post partum
Weight: 77.2kgs
Chest: 98.5cm
Waist: 100.5cm
Hips: 110.5cm
Right leg: 66.5cm
Right arm: 32cm

8 weeks post partum
Weight: 72.9kgs
Chest: 96.5cm
Waist: 96.5cm
Hips: 107.5cm
Right Leg: 64.5cm
Right arm: 31cm

12 weeks post partum
Weight: 70.3gs
Chest: 94.5cm
Waist: 92.5cm
Hips: 104.5cm
Right Leg: 60.5cm
Right arm: 30cm

At almost 12 weeks post partum, I have lost 17.2kgs and my measurements continue to go down. I am feeling so much better for it too.

Being able to play soccer on demand with my son in the backyard (which seems to be every 5 minutes these days) or taking the kids out on their bikes is the best feeling ever.

All you new mums out there that aren’t working on your core, get on to it. It has made the world of differance and has helped my running and decreased my lower back pain.

Have you been keeping active over the Winter? How do you stay motivated? Do you work on your core strength?

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A Change For The Better – Paleo Update

This week I started a journey with my family. A Paleo journey. I’d heard a lot about this lifestyle and to be honest, I felt that things were a little too restrictive for me.

Seriously, how could I give up milk in my skinny capp and my all time “comfort food fav”, wholemeal cheesy might scrolls from Bakers Delight?

I haven’t made this decision lightly. Three of my children suffer from eczema and 11 years ago, I was diagnosed with IBS and gluten intolerance. Have I taken my conditions seriously? Not really. Now that I have a family, they rely on me to take their health seriously.

I have also experienced a number of anxiety attacks over the years and my husband and my weight has gone up and down as we struggle to find a happy medium with this thing called food.

We are following the Whole30 where for 30 days we cut out dairy, complex carbohydrates and sugar. Sounds extreme I know but 3 days in and I’m feeling great.

Putting the kids on a full blown paleo diet I think is a little unfair particularly when their diet has included bread, legumes, and milk for so long.

What I do think is fair is replacing their high sugar/carbohydrate meals that they are used to eating with alternatives. I have replaced their milo with cacao, (wasn’t really a hit but I tried). Cows milk has been replaced with almond milk, cereal with omlettes, avacado, ham and olives.

It is working and to be honest, I think they are enjoying the variety. I promised myself that I wouldn’t become “one of those parents” that was super strict with foods that my kids could and couldn’t eat but these little people rely on me and the more I become informed, the more I want to teach them.

With children, everything needs to come with explanation so I have been having daily discussions with them as to why we are eliminating certain foods. On the way to kinder this morning, my 4 year old boy asked me why they weren’t having rice bubbles any more. I started my sentence with “They have a lot of…..” and my son finished it with “Sugar mummy?”

Today, after putting fuel in the car, my 3 year old asked me if she could have a treat when we went in to pay. I would normally grab her a packet of sesame snaps or a bag of popcorn if she was really hungry.

This was going to be a tough challenge for me. How would I be able to find something healthy when the whole way to the counter, you are greeted with chocolates, lollies and chips, just to name a few.

As I handed over my cash, I grabbed a banana from the counter, walked back to the car and watch her devour it in the back seat. Did that just happen?

They may be young but don’t underestimate what these tiny minds take in.

The theory behind the paleo lifestyle is to eat the way our ancestors did which initially I thought was a little far-fetched but after attending The Paleo Way last night with Pete Evans and Nora Gedgaudas (international paleo expert and author of Primal Body, Primal Mind), it made a lot more sense.

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Image source – healthydiscoveries.com

There was a lot of information to take in, lots of scientific evidence that I thought could have been condensed down to a 2 hour session rather than 3.5 hours. Here are a few things that I took away from the evening.

Paleo Way 1

-We consume approximately 90K meals in a lifetime.
-We should think about the food that we are eating as either a medicine or a poison.
-We need to value our families health as much as our own.
-Over 30% of Australians suffer from 1 or more chronic diseases.
-We make glucose through protein and fat therefore we do not need carbohydrates in our diet.
-Fat is where it’s at – scientific studies have shown that our bodies are designed to run on fat not carbohydrates.
-Good fats are satiating so the next time you go to grab a chocolate bar at 3pm, chomp on half an avocado instead and it will get you through until dinner time.
-Pete Evans looks just as good in person as he does on the side of his RawC coconut water.
-Fermented vegetables are better for you than raw vegetables.
-You’ll find only 20c worth of wheat in a Weetbix box and 15c worth of wheat in a loaf of bread. Who knew?
-Gluten has been linked to over 200 conditions including anxiety, depression, autism and schizophrenia.
-The five food group pyramid that I used to love as a kid is not worth the paper it’s written on.

There was so much more valuable information packed into the session and I’m still slowly digesting it.

So, in an (activated) nutshell, moderate protein, eliminate carbs and sugars, eat as many fibrous vegetables as you can and as much good fat as your body needs and you will feel whole lot better for it.

My thoughts so far, I’m impressed. I have spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen this week which means that my evening workouts have taken a back seat but the more I learn, the easier it will get. Hello Sunday cook ups!

What are your thoughts on Paleo and how would your children cope with a sudden change to their diet?

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On A Mission, A Paleo Mission

They say things happen in 3’s. This week it was confirmed that our 9 week old boy also has eczema.

Knowing what we have been through with our 3-year-old daughter but more importantly, what she has been through, I could do nothing but cry when the same red, inflamed rash appeared on our baby boys face last week.

That red, inflamed rash that caused and continues to cause our little girl so much discomfort, so many sleepless nights, countless bloodied sheets, and never-ending mood swings. I call her our difficult child when all she has done is suffer. How selfish of me.

Our eldest boy also has eczema but not nearly as severe as his sister. Only time will tell how much suffering our third child will have to endure with this unforgiving skin condition.

I posted about this on Facebook this week and received over 50 comments. It amazes me that eczema is so common yet there is still no cure.

We have literally tried every lotion and potion there is available. We’ve had creams specifically made for her, tried bleach baths, eliminated dairy, wheat, fructose, had her allergy tested, seen a Chinese doctor and have been in and out of the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Which reminds me. We received a firm letter from the Royal Children’s Hospital on Monday (addressed to our family doctor) asking why we hadn’t attended her last 3 follow up appointments. The answer is simple. I NO LONGER WANT TO USE SEROID CREAMS ON MY CHILDREN.

After doing countless hours of research, I honestly believe that eczema can be managed through the correct foods that we consume. Alisha from Naughty Naturopath Mum wrote a great series on gut health which is an interesting read. http://naughtynaturopathmum.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/gut-health-the-facts/

We are a family who loves to keep healthy and active but I would be lying if I said that we didn’t eat sugar and that our pantry and fridge were preservative free.

We need to get better at it if we are going to improve ours and our children’s health so I am going to try a little experiment. A Paleo experiment.

There is so much information out there on the Paleo lifestyle and to be honest, it all seemed too hard. I have however, recently seen the benefits it has had on a few of my friends.

This Paleo lifestyle has proven to improve skin conditions, increase energy levels, and aid in weight loss. I was lucky enough to have won a ticket to the Paleo Way in Melbourne next week. (Thanks #peteevans)

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I’m excited to find out more about this lifestyle by the experts Pete Evans, Nora Gedgaudas and Luke Hines and how to get started on a this journey with my family.

For 30 days, I will be trying a Paleo diet at home and will be interested to see the benefits it has on my family, in particular the children’s eczema.

I will keep you posted after I attend the Paleo Way next week but in the meantime, have you tried the Paleo Lifestyle? Do you have a child with eczema and how did you treat it?

Linking up with Grace today from With Some a Grace on this cold winters morning.

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Birthday Giveaway – Sharp Slow Juicer

Good-bye thirties. You were fun.

Today I venture into my forties with confidence, a lot more wisdom and a beautiful, beautiful family. I feel blessed.

My family was created in my thirties. My forties and beyond will be spent ensuring we all live healthy, active lifestyles.

With three littlies, time is of the essence. That is why, these days, I need simplicity.

When it comes to being in the kitchen, if it’s simple, saves time, is tasty and healthy, it’s for me.

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We make lots of juices at home and I know how good they are for you. That is why I’m super excited to be able to offer one lucky reader this slick, spiffy, Sharp Slow Juicer. (Valued at $499)

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Making juices has never been simpler with the Sharp Slow Juicer. There are 3 easy steps.

1. Fruits and Vegetables are crushed and squeezed.
2. Juice and Pulp are automatically separated to a designated space.
3. The Extraction system produces delicious and healthy juice with reusable pulp for cooking.

Uniquely designed to create tasty, nutrient rich fruit and vegetable juices, the Slow Juicer uses the ‘slow extraction method’ to carefully separate the juice from the pulp. This process helps to prevent juice separation and oxidation, and helps to preserve the nutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes of the fruit and vegetables.

The new juicer is also simple and easy to use – pop in the fresh fruit and vegetables, and watch as the mesh screen separates the juice and pulp – producing delicious, nutrient rich, textured juice.

While some slow juicers have three or more parts to put together inside the drum, the Sharp Slow Juicer only has one. The well thought-out design of this Slow Juicer is not only stylish and sophisticated, but it also takes up less bench space in the home.

Pretty cool hey?

To win, simply like me on Facebook (if you haven’t already) and leave a comment on my blog with your best birthday blend. Be as creative as you like. I will be taste testing these at home so make sure they’re delicious. The winner will be judged on creativity, healthiness and taste.

Then follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter widget below and a winner will be chosen and announced here and on my Facebook page the day after the giveaway closes.

This giveaway opens today and closes at 5.00pm AEST 17/07/14.
Open to Australian Residents only.

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What are you waiting for?

***CONGRATULATIONS to Emily Toxward, winner of the Sharp Slow Juicer.***

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40 Things I Have Learnt at 40

Yesterday I turned 40. When did that happen??

Don’t forget to enter my awesome birthday giveaway that I posted yesterday.

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I spent my teens playing copious amounts of netball, going to blue light discos and enjoying endless riding adventures on my horse.

My twenties were spent playing more netball, travelling the world, partying and meeting incredible people who would become life long friends.

Moving swiftly into the dirty thirties where I met the love of my life, got married in a beautiful beach side ceremony and had 3 beautiful little warriors.

So many experiences over the past 40 years. There were the good, the bad & the ugly but at the end of the day, all of these experiences have helped shape who I am today.

Would I change the way I have lived the last 40 years? Hell no. Do I have ridiculously ambitious plans for the next 40 years? Absolutely!

Here are 40 things that I have learnt in 40 years.

1. Being part of a team sport as a kid does wonders for your confidence as an adult.
2. As a younger sibling, you will always be wearing hand me downs.
3. Don’t be embarrassed about your parents. When you get your mum to drop you off at primary school one block away because she’s too old, know that 26 is not old!
4. You may not always agree with your siblings but be nice to them, they are with you for life.
5. Don’t hold grudges.
6. You don’t have to be wealthy to be happy.
7. Planning is essential in all aspects of life if you want to see results.
8. Exercise often. It clears the mind.
9. The pain of losing someone in the most tragic of circumstances eventually goes. The way we deal with the situation is what makes us stronger.
10. Don’t dwell on the past.
11. Crying is good for the soul, so is chicken broth.
12. Be authentic and true to yourself.
13. Choose your friends wisely. The most beautiful of friends can grow separately without growing apart.
14. You will meet your soul mate when you stop looking.
15. Teach your children self-worth. It is one of the most important qualities. A quality that will impact many behaviors as an adult.
16. Give others compliments when compliments are due. It will make their day.
17. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.
18. It’s ok to give the kids rice bubbles every so often for dinner.
19. Sleep deprivation is one of the worst forms of torture.
20. Sanitary pads are not supposed to be worn sticky side up.
21. When you get an idea in your head, don’t be impulsive, think it through. You may not need a second puppy right now.
22. Drink water often, alcohol in moderation.
23. Children do not need to be bathed every day.
24. Challenge yourself often.
25. Sex is over rated after 3 children.
26. Having a caesarian or 3 does not make you any lesser a woman than someone who gives birth naturally.
27. Don’t let age stop you from doing the things that you want to do.
30. Being inspired is one of the best feelings ever.
31. Believe in yourself.
32. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs in the world but the most rewarding.
33. Eczema is a bitch.
34. Work to live not live to work.
35. A dog really is a man’s best friend.
36. Being in a gang and wearing a bandana is not cool.
37. Marriages aren’t always easy. Make an extra effort through the tough times.
38. You are what you eat.
39. Each child is different so raise them accordingly.
40. Family is not an important thing, it is everything.

Do you celebrate birthdays? What is one of your greatest life learnings?

I’m flogging my blog as a 40 year old today with the gorgeous Grace at With Some Grace and at Weekend Rewind with one of my favs Sonia from Life Love and Hiccups.


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