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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 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
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  • InMama

    My Goals For The New Year

    I have been thinking a lot recently about things I’d like to achieve next year so even though it’s a bit early I thought I would get them written down and share them with you.

    I love January purely for the fact it feels like a fresh start, a completely clean slate and a chance to start over. For the past few years I have set myself that same cliché New Year’s resolution; lose weight. I can happily say that over the past two years, I have actually done so.

    That one will still continue on into 2016 but this year I wanted to set myself more goals for the year ahead. I think it’s so important to have goals and to challenge yourself. I’ve decided to try and be realistic and only share 5 things I’d like to do in 2016, I do also have a few other goals for the coming year but they are more personal.

    I’m writing these goals down here because apparently  (Thanks Charlie for this one!) if you write them down you are 50% more likely to actually stick to them! So here goes…

    1. As I mentioned above; lose weight. I’m starting this year over a stone lighter than last and I’m so much closer to my goal weight which has made me feel more determined now than ever before. I will get there this year, sooner rather than later hopefully!
    2. Read a book a month. Pre Bella I absolutely loved reading and it’s something I really miss. Since becoming a Mama I’ve probably read one book, possibly two max?! This year I’m going to try really hard to set aside more ‘me’ time of an evening and read more.
    3. Try a new recipe a week. Josh and I both love cooking but I tend to do most of the cooking in our house as he works long hours and if it was up to him we’d eat super naughty calorific food every single day and I’d be the size of a house 😉 I follow Slimming World and there is some really tasty looking recipes on their website that I’m very excited to try out.
    4. Move more! Earlier this year I got really into exercising and I stupidly let this slip as the weather got colder and the nights got darker. I’m planning to start off with a couple of exercise classes a week and try and squeeze in some kettle bells workouts at home too. I’d love to also run a 5k or maybe even a 10k before 2016 is out.
    5. Take more photos and document more for my family. I’m no photographer but I have always taken loads of photos on my iPhone and I have to regularly off load onto my mac as I take so many. Although since I got my DSLR I have been really enjoying taking ‘proper’ photos on it and I really wish I’d got one sooner so I could have taken better photos of Bella’s first two years. I know I’m going to get so much use out of it over the years to come. I plan to try and print more photos off and document more of the things that I really don’t want to forget, either here on my blog or on paper. I feel like Bella is changing every single day and I’m worried that I might just blink and miss it all!

    What are your New Year’s Resolutions and Goals for 2016?

    Thanks for reading
    Harriet xo

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