I’m under no false allusions here – being healthy and fit as a new mum is going to be a lot harder than it ever has been before. I’ve had a pretty healthy lifestyle for the past few years – I love the gym, I like plain food and was happy to live off of egg whites, chicken, rice (and chocolate), and I probably got a little bit too much joy out of making diet and exercise plans. It’s just the way I’ve always been. I have plenty of training plans from before I fell pregnant still on my computer, printed in a folder, lying around my room. I have my diet plans, my macronutrient aims, my calories, an almost daily weight for the past 2 years at least. It would be easy enough for me to go ahead and try and fall back into any one of these – but it would not work. I have a baby now, it’s not realistic for me to food prep three times a week at this stage, I can’t make it to the gym six times a week, and I won’t be getting up at 5am, so I’m setting a few goals for myself that I’ll actually be able to stick to, and that will still get me the results I’m looking for.
I don’t want to make excuses for why I can’t workout, or why I can’t eat healthily as a mum, for me, if I do that now then I probably always will. It’s much harder to change something when it’s became a habit, so I may as well start as I mean to go on. I’m starting slow, and making everything I do sustainable – and if your reading this still wanting to lose that extra bit of baby weight, or just feel a little bit healthier, then these are steps you can probably take too.
Drink more water. It’s such a simple step to take and can honestly make such a big difference to how you feel, or at least, it does for me. I’m aiming to drink about 3 litres a day – before falling pregnant I drank a lot more, but let’s face it, having to pee every 5 minutes whilst on your own with a baby just doesn’t work, so 3L is good enough for me. Water works wonders for your body – proper hydration curbs appetite, improves energy levels and reduces fatigue (it also helps my skin from looking like a dot-to-dot, added bonus!). On top of that, I’m planning on increasing my green tea intake: I’m not someone who advocates it’s magical properties, not for a second. I don’t think it increases metabolism, I doubt it flushes out my toxins, and it sure as hell doesn’t burn off fat. It’s tea, just tea. What it does do though, is makes me feel fuller for longer, and stops me drinking ridiculous amounts of coffee, which is bad enough for me as it is. I’m actually planning on doing one of these tea-toxes; what better way to kick off a health kick than with an over marketed gimmick? I’m sceptical, but it won’t hurt.
I know I said taking the pressure off was the best way to go about it, and walking daily would be my exercise, but let’s face it, I started my ‘Bounce Back’ in the first place because I miss the gym. The weight will come off regardless, I want to get back to being fit and I want to be healthy, and to regain that in 6 weeks means I’m going to have to get back in the gym. Twice a week is enough. Getting your foot in the door is the hardest part, if I can go twice a week, and train hard twice a week, I’ll maintain it for the duration, rather than hitting the ground running and giving up after the third day. I’ll be doing a mixture of heavy weight training, circuit training and cardio, with a lot of focus on warming up, cooling down and maintaining mobility. Since being pregnant, my back and my knee joints haven’t felt right, so I’m determined to be extremely careful whilst building up strength in them again.
This series is all about small, maintainable lifestyle changes that are easy do with a baby. and these six steps very much reflect that. Don’t forget to check back on Sunday for my first week progress update, let’s hope we’ve made some sort of progress, whether that be mental or physical.