Well it’s been one hell of a journey and thinking that it has only been 18 weeks since giving birth seems quite incredible. Some days it feels like yesterday and others as if I knew no different!
Without question I totally understand what you all meant by 2 babies being a game changer! Wow! You weren’t kidding. With such a close age gap, both in nappies, both need help feeding, both extremely demanding, it has been totally and utterly exhausting, but of course completely worth it too.
If you throw into the mix family crisis’, health issues, an ongoing degree, a weight loss mission, house extension, landlady and a husband that is away for a few weeks at a time (which he hates and feels terribly guilty for), then you can appreciate that I have found that wine IS the only the answer (in moderation of course!).
I tell you this about my life not for sympathy (again those that know me well, know me for my obsessive nature for routine and order but this somehow makes it all work!) but so you understand that when I talk about my journey and when I help and guide you through yours, I do understand the pressures of life and I do understand how they can affect us both emotionally and physically.
Trust me when it comes to that 45 minute slot in the day when both children’s routines align and they are asleep simultaneously, there’s nothing more I want to do than stick my head in the biggest chocolate cake on the planet, and do this without guilt, but instead on my gym gear goes. For 30 minutes I complete a HiiT workout and then I take a shower that’s so fast Usain Bolt would be impressed. Underwear on back to front and back down to the next scheduled feed!
Whilst cooking dinner I often walk around with my resistance band around my ankles and ignore my husband’s odd looks! If that’s the only time I can fit it in then so be it! Not quite sure what the Fed-Ex man thought however when delivering a parcel last week. Not sure my overly fast waffling helped the situation either, as he very quickly made his exit up the drive!
I can take those little embarrassments however when I see that I am currently over 30lbs down and just 3 away from my goal weight. I’m back into ‘normal’ clothes and feeling stronger than I have done in years! It’s been tough, please be under no illusion of this, but I’ve been determined and for me it has worked.
For you as my clients I need you to remember that we are all different. We lose weight in different ways and different methods work. That’s why you have me there to guide you J. What’s important to remember is that you find time, however small, to make it fit into your life. This journey for me started as gentle walks and a build up to the more challenging stuff. It cerrainly was an overnight success.
If you are a new mum and tiredness is absolutely killing you, then of course taking on this kind of challenge is not the right time. Don’t feel guilty. Just remember that fuelling yourself with the right food to get you through the long sleepless nights and gentle walk in the fresh air each day is going to be your greatest tool.
If you’re under pressure at work and it’s taking up most of your time then remember that again your diet is key and it will be difficult, but fitting in some form of cardio exercise in the day is going to help with stress levels and preventing high blood pressure and heart disease to name a few!
So it’s up to you to find a way that works, however short or long it makes the challenge. If you sit and wonder what it would be like to be able to run 5 miles, or walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath then wondering is all it will be. It’s time to make a change and see the benefits. Come on you can do it and it’s such a great feeling when you finally get there too.
I’m really looking forward to seeing you all and getting back to work and I would just like to say thank you all for your continued support with Moddy and Alice, who have been doing an excellent job of taking classes in my absence, stepping in at the last minute. Thank you for continuing to support the business as you do and I’m really looking forward to returning at the end of February.
I don’t’ do this completely on my own and relying on an amazing husband, supportive family and awesome friends has certainly got me through the last 18 weeks and I love you all!