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  • InBrand Collaborations, Mama

    Thirty Minutes To Fit With HeyWorkout

    Since having Bella two and a half years ago I have been on a serious mission¬†to try and get my body in shape and I have tried various different exercise classes, home workout guides and fitness DVD’s in the process. I even had a gym membership for a few months but I decided that the gym wasn’t for me as I personally found it quite an intimidating place for a slightly over weight and very uncomfortable new Mama. I soon realised that I much preferred working out from home or going to a class where I could just hide at the back! ūüėČ

    After a lot of trial and error I finally seem to have found an exercise routine that fits into my busy lifestyle and I have stuck at it consistently for almost six months now which I’m really proud of.¬†I do 2 x hour long exercise classes a week, on a Monday and Wednesday evening. I really enjoy them and once I felt like my fitness had improved a bit, I also started to attend a 5 km park run on a Saturday morning too.

    Working out is now something I really enjoy and I always feel amazing after doing it.¬†As a busy Mama I almost find it¬†like a little break, as it’s something that is FOR ME and it’s something I get to enjoy without a toddler hanging off my leg demanding my attention!

    I’m super excited to be¬†teaming up with the lovely ladies over at HeyWorkout for the next three months and giving their classes a go. I had got to a point recently where I felt like I needed to add a couple more workouts into my fitness routine but I couldn’t really do more classes than I was already doing , mainly due to my husbands work commitments, so HeyWorkout’s 30 minute interactive webcam fitness classes sounded like the perfect alternative for me.

    There are three different ways that you can do the classes. Firstly you can attend a class using your webcam which means the teacher can give you feedback and encouragement to¬†really push you to ensure that¬†get the most from your workout. Although if you don’t like the idea of it being interactive then you can always¬†just¬†attend the classes without using your webcam and just watch the teacher live instead. And if you can’t make the live class times then¬†you can actually watch a recording of a live class in your own time, there are loads of different ones to choose from. All from the comfort of your own home, you can even do it in your Pj’s if you wish!¬†Which I have totally done before ūüėČ

    I have now completed three of the HeyWorkout classes and I’ve been super impressed so far. My favourite one so far was the back and arms tone class! Even with just very little weights (cans of baked beans!!) I still really felt it working and definitely had achey arms the next day! Each class is 30 minutes long and I have found that I get so into it that¬†the time just flies by and it’s over before I know it. I’ve been doing the classes straight after putting Bella to bed in the evenings but for Mums with smaller children then you could easily squeeze one of these classes in during your little one’s nap times!

    If you’d like to join me and give the classes a go yourself then HeyWorkout have kindly given me a 14 day¬†free trial which you can find here. After that monthly memberships are just ¬£12 per month for unlimited classes, which is super affordable and you could save even more money if you opt to sign up for either 4 or 12 months.

    I’ll be posting a little monthly update to let you know how I’m getting on with the classes and which ones I have been enjoying the most!

    Harriet xo

    *HeyWorkout have kindly gifted me a three month membership for their classes in exchange for an honest review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own*


  • InMama

    Fit Mamas Club | February Update

    This is my second Fit Mamas Club update and I’m¬†fairly pleased with my progress so far and can’t wait to see how others are getting on too. I’m in the best shape I have been in for YEARS and that in itself feels pretty damn good.¬†I’m trying to focus a little less on the number on the scales¬†as I can be guilty of letting myself get a bit too obsessed with what it says, to the point that it totally affects my mood. Ridiculous, I know. My clothes are definitely getting¬†looser and I’m starting to slowly see and feel the difference in my body shape too.

    It’s now less than 100 days until our holiday and I’m excited to see my progress between now and then. A holiday really is the perfect motivation to get your arse into gear… quite literally!

    February Progress

    Lbs Lost This Month: – 4lbs

    Total Weight Lost: 2 stone 9 lbs

    Exercise: I have successfully completed two hour long sessions of either Circuits or Legs, Bums & Tums each week. I paid for a whole month of¬†classes upfront which was great motivation to actually go! I’ve already done the same for March too.

    Food:¬† After 3 weeks of maintaining my weight and feeling quite bloated I decided to stop follow Slimming World. Again.¬†Now, I’m not saying it doesn’t work, because I know that it does for some people. But I feel like it just wasn’t working for me anymore. I then¬†read¬†this really informative blog post written by Grainne who I follow on Instagram¬†and it really opened my eyes and made me realise¬†just how bad some of the ‘Syn Free’ foods are for you. She then posted another great post on Carb Cycling so¬†I decided¬†I’d give it a go.

    I followed carb cycling for¬†2 weeks¬†and thoroughly enjoyed it and quickly started seeing results, both on the scales and in the mirror. It’s been very interesting tracking¬†all the calories, carbs, protein, fat & sugar in everything on My Fitness Pal and I was¬†utterly shocked¬†at how high in carbohydrate and sugar¬†some foods are that are labelled as ‘healthy’! I’ve had a bit of a break from dieting all together¬†over the last week¬†as life just got in the way to be honest. I’m trying to get back on track though for March.

    When carb cycling I personally¬†have 3 low carb days where I stick to 50g¬†of carbs or less, followed by 1 high carb day where I have up to 150g of carbs. I eat similar things on both low and high carb days just more of it on the high days. I don’t feel deprived at all and I really all the¬†healthy foods I’m eating.¬†Every other high carb day, I have a slight cheat meal too. I’ve been cooking a few of The Body Coach’s Lean In 15 meals too from his book and absolutely love them!

    So¬†overall food wise my meals and views have changed quite¬†a bit over the last month, but definitely for the better. I have decided to start posting some of the meals we eat in a little series called ‘What We Ate’ so if you are looking for some low carb meal ideas then do check those posts out. I also post all my meals on my healthy eating¬†Instagram which you can follow here.

    Goals for the month ahead:¬†Get properly back on track with Carb Cycling. This year March brings Mothers Day¬†and¬†Easter. Both of which will no doubt involve some treats but that’s okay,¬†I’m a big believer in cheat days ūüėČ I plan to¬†continue working out as much as I have done throughout February¬†and¬†now the evenings are lighter for longer¬†I’m going to add in¬†1 or 2 runs a week¬†as well.¬†Lastly, weight wise, I would love to finally get into that next stone bracket, but we’ll see!

    How did you get on throughout February? I’d love to know!
    Thanks so much for reading
    Harriet xo

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