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.
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??
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
Right leg: 66.5cm
Right arm: 32cm
8 weeks post partum
Right Leg: 64.5cm
Right arm: 31cm
12 weeks post partum
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?