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Fit Mama’s Club | January Update

I have wanted to start sharing updates on my weight loss and fitness journey for a while now but just haven’t got around to it. I then stumbled across the new linky that the lovely Toni from Gym Bunny Mummy was starting with Chantelle from seychellesmama.com. so I thought it was the perfect time to begin sharing a monthly update. Mainly for myself, to keep me motivated and so I can look back on my progress and hopefully see how far I have come, but also to hopefully help others on a similar journey.
I already share a lot over on my second Instagram account which you can follow here. I normally post daily and share my meals, recipes and any exercise I have done. I definitely thing having this account has kept me going on those days I have wanted to give up. Its also great to look back on when I’m struggling for meal ideas, as I often will make something, love it, then completely forget about it!  I follow so many great Slimming World/ Clean Eating / Fitness accounts and they give me so much inspiration on a daily basis.
Firstly I thought I’d update you on my weight loss journey so far. I fell pregnant with Bella at the beginning of 2013 and I was already unhappy with my weight and despite numerous attempts and various diets I’d never been very successful at shedding those unwanted lbs. I made sure I ate healthily throughout my pregnancy in an attempt to not gain too much pregnancy weight but according to my midwife I carried a lot of water and by the end I had gained almost 3 stone. Sob.

After Bella was born in November 2013 weighing a hefty 8lbs 7oz I gave myself six weeks to properly heal and to get into the swing of breastfeeding and being a new Mama before braving the scales, taking that god awful ‘before’ photo and starting my weight loss mission in January 2014. Because I was breastfeeding I didn’t do anything drastic I just ate healthy balanced meals and cut right back on sweet treats, take away’s and eating out. I also started going to Zumba classes once or twice a week as they were literally held at the top of my lane. This resulted in me losing all the baby weight fairly quickly and within a few months I was back to my pre pregnancy weight but I still was far from happy with my figure.

I joined Slimming World in November 2014 just before Bella turned One as I had heard great things about it. I have now followed the plan on and off for the last 13 months but rejoined properly after my holiday in September last year.

Slimming World works for me and I don’t plan to stop following the plan when I reach my goal weight as I really enjoy cooking and eating all the meals. I’m even planning to follow Slimming World throughout my next pregnancy as its perfectly safe to do so. My favourite part I think is that I can cook a wholesome family meal for us which I know we will all enjoy.

The only thing I don’t particularly like about Slimming World is that sometimes I feel they encourage you to eat a lot of processed foods which are packed with artificial sweeteners and god knows what else. I personally try to keep those sorts of things to a minimum and instead try to eat plenty of fresh foods and I always cook our dinners myself rather than buying pre made stuff. It’s also much more cost effective to make things yourself.

Over the last couple of years I have done various exercise classes, I followed couch 2 5k for a while and I did Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide last summer too. Sadly as the weather got wetter and the evenings got darker I let my exercise slide and pretty much stopped all together. During January I’ve started going to some exercise classes again in a bid to try and build my fitness back up and of course to try and tone up. I have been really enjoying them so far and my whole body aches for a good few days afterwards, so they are clearly doing something 😉

It’s now been two years and I have lost 2.5 stone and have exactly 1.5 stone to lose to reach my target weight. I’m determined to get there before our holiday to Greece in June so I’m going to be joining in with this linky to share a little update every month between now and then to help keep me motivated and hopefully it may  motivate others too. I’ll also try to share some more Slimming World friendly recipes on here too.

 

January Progress

Lbs lost this month:5lbs

Total Lbs lost:35 (2.5 stone)

Lbs left to lose:21 (1.5 stone)

Exercise:I have done 2 x hour long Legs Bums & Tums sessions, 1 x hour of circuit training. I definitely haven’t exercised enough this month, I missed both my classes this week due to being unwell Monday and I had a funeral on Wednesday. My aim for February is to go to two classes a week without fail and try to do at least one workout at home at the weekends.

Food:All month I have been sticking to the Slimming World extra easy plan as normal. I’ve enjoyed a couple of treat meals during January but haven’t gone nuts. Over the next month I’m going to try to up my fruit, veg and protein intake and have a few less carbs. I’m also going to continue drinking my 3 bottles of water a day as I have noticed a big difference in my skin and I’m getting less headaches.

 

Thanks for reading and good luck to anyone else on a similar journey!
Harriet xo

 

Gym Bunny Mummy

  1. gymbunnymummy

    January 28, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Wow you’ve done amazing to lose 2.5 stone, go mama!! I’m not following Slimming World as such but I am making a lot of recipes from their website to eat healthily but a bit more exciting. I’ve also shared a January update, although in reverse. I’ve done a starting point and want to update each month with the linky. Thanks so much for joining in with #FitMamasClub this month, can’t wait to see your progress next month x

    1. Harriet Lee

      January 28, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks lovely. I noticed on your meal plan post that you cook some of the Slimming World meals too. I agree they do make healthy eating more exciting! I’m really looking forward to tracking my progress each month as I know it will definitely motivate me! Thanks for hosting, I’m going to go read your post now! #FitMamasClub xx

  2. seychellesmama

    January 28, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Harriet, this was a great read!! Well done for losing so much weight already that’s amazing!! I’m so excited to see how you get on each month! Losing 5lbs this month is great and definitely a great start to reaching your target for June!!
    Glad you’re enjoying your exercise classes, that feeling of being sore for a few days after is so satisfying isn’t it (in a weird way haha!)
    Thanks so so much for joining in with #fitmamasclub

    1. Harriet Lee

      January 28, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you Chantelle! I’m looking forward to seeing your progress over the months too. Yes I totally agree! SOOO satisfying. Its definitely a good kind of sore! #FitMamasClub

  3. mrssavageangel

    January 28, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Wow, great progress my lovely – and way over half way to target! Nicely done. I’m a slimming world member too and agree its the best way of eating I’ve found (for me – who am I to judge what works for others!) Keep up the great work! #fitmamasclub

    1. Harriet Lee

      January 31, 2016 at 8:28 am

      Thank you! Yeah I find it works for me, but I do try to keep the processed foods they encourage to a minimum and have less carbs! But everyone is different 🙂 #fitmamasclub

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