So I am now nearly 4 months post baby. And thanks to the wonder that is breastfeeding I’ve been able to eat as much carrot cake as humanly possible with very little guilt!! But summer is fast approaching and I’ve decided that, for me, for no one else, I want to get fit again!
Yes that may sound shallow, possibly vain. I guess I am a bit vain given my love for make up, beauty and fashion, but if a person wants to feel good for themselves then why not! So my starting point was signing up for the Norwich 10k Run in August. I must be borderline mad, but having something to aim for is really motivating.
Now as much as I am keen to get fit and tone up, I am doing it entirely for myself. It’s something that will make me feel good. I put on a huge amount of weight whilst pregnant and although I’ve lost a fair amount of it, I’d like to be a bit more toned. So often the media bombards us with photos of celebrities a few days after birth looking like supermodels! But they have personal trainers chefs and stylists! Us regular Mums have only our motivation and lets face it, after months of carrying a heavy child then going through a somewhat stressful time of getting the baby out, our motivation goes about as far as turning on the kettle! But now that I am feeling that bug, I’m embracing it before it disappears!
I do worry that it makes me sound shallow for wanting to get fit again. I’ve always been a strong believer that we shouldn’t put pressure on yourself and I’m certainly not going to do that. But it is nice to get a bit of confidence back and if that’s the way it makes you feel good then why not; getting fit is certainly a good way to do so after all! Its also a great way to release endorphins which is an added bonus; happy mummy equals happy baby.
Luckily I’ve got a treadmill at home as I can hardly go on runs with baby boy and I’m not so much of a keep fit nut that I’ve got a running buggy! If I did I’d more than likely go arse over tit! I’m also keen to emphasise I don’t want to lose weight but simply tone up! I’m a bit of a bikini lover and would love to get back into the shape I was in a couple of years ago.
I do want to emphasise that I do NOT believe women should put any pressure on themselves to get back into shape after giving birth. Our babies are our absolute number one priority! And what our bodies have accomplished and been through is something to fully respect. But if getting fit, doing a bit of exercise and releasing some steam is something you want to do then go for it. Just as we shouldn’t shame women who aren’t too worried about getting back into shape, we also shouldn’t shame women who want to get fit. It’s a personal outlet and it doesn’t mean you have to be going on crazy diets or working out 5 days a week!! Do what is right for you.
I’ll be doing some updates on how I’m getting on and how I cope with my 10k run so keep your eyes peeled. If nothing else I should imagine they’ll be hilarious; I’ve never done a long run before so this is my first time and is likely to be most amusing!! And don’t worry, in the mean time I’m most likely going to be found reaching for cake (she says, typing this whilst scoffing a dairy milk)!
Oh, and one last thing…. sex…. a great, proven workout 😉
Have a great weekend! xx