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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

    The Ordinary Moments ’16 #16 | Just Keep Running

    In the last two years I have tried on two separate occasions to get into running. Both times I started ‘couch to 5k’ and I failed miserably both times.¬†As well as running I have also tried various exercise classes and home workout regimes in the last couple of years¬†and I even had a gym membership for a few months not long after Bella was born. But I just never seem to stick at exercise¬†for very long before I get bored and I eventually give up. And every time I really regret it and kick myself for giving up.

    However, since January I have been on a mission to get my body beach ready. I have been consistently going to two hour long exercise classes each week along with the odd home workout thrown in too. This is the longest I have ever stuck to any exercise regime and I am now the fittest I have been in years and I absolutely love the buzz I get after a great workout. So when I saw that there was a new Park Run starting fairly locally to me I decided I’d just bite the bullet and give running another go. The friend I go to classes with was up for it too so we registered online and printed off our bar codes and that was that.

    When we arrived for our first Park Run I actually felt physically sick with nerves. I think I had to talk myself out of making a mad dash¬†back to the car at least half a dozen times! I think my main concern was that I wouldn’t actually be able to make it round the 5k track without either passing out or throwing up, after all I had never actually run as far as 5k before!

    Somehow, we did it, I did it. I ran 5k and my god it was hard and oh boy was I slow, but I did it. I didn’t pass out and I didn’t throw up. And that was all that mattered to me. That adrenaline pumping through your body as you cross the finish line is like no other and as soon I finished, I couldn’t wait to do it again the following week. That was until the ridiculously achey legs kicked in of course, I honestly could barely walk for three days!! ūüėČ

    My first Park run was now four whole weeks ago. Since then, I have knocked over two minutes off my time and each week I can run just that little bit further and it feels just a little bit easier. Although it’s just once a week, I have definitely found a new love for running. Which is something I never ever thought I would say!

    Park run¬†has very quickly become an Ordinary Moment for me every Saturday morning now and while I’m out running it means that Bella gets some quality time at home with her Daddy too which I think is so important for them both, especially as Josh works so much through the week. I absolutely love the sense of achievement I feel when I walk back through the door, knowing I have just done something that a few weeks back I honestly didn’t think I could actually do.¬†I know 5k isn’t very far at all but I’m really¬†excited¬†to see my progress over the coming weeks and once it feels a bit more comfortable I’m hoping¬†to try and go for a few runs myself and see if I can push myself to run a bit further too!


    Linking up with Katie to share #TheOrdinaryMoments
    Harriet xo


  • 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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  • InMama

    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¬†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 ūüėČ

    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


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