Before I had Nandy I was in decent shape a size 8-10 and an avid gym go-er. It’s no secret that I’m not happy with the changes to my body since being pregnant. I estimate I added some 4 stone in weight during pregnancy and the water retention was also pretty major! See my previous post “on Mum Bod“
With the need to return to work looming I’ve decided I need to step it up a notch or two on the fitness and diet front. I really don’t want to go back to the office and look like a huge whale and face all the male chants of “oooh still pregnant are we?” Or such things. Plus one thing I’ve realised is that most of my confidence as a successful career woman comes with how I look. The high heels and sharp suits. One of my team politely put it that he was “hoping I would bring the glamour back”.
With being on maternity leave it’s so chilled and relaxed. You are around like-minded individuals who are in the same position and It’s so easy to sit in cafes all day drinking mocha lattes and eating cake chatting about baby sleep routines and milestones isn’t it!!!
So, cutting to the chase – I started my “21 day habit” at the local gym, they have given me a nutrition plan to follow and a set of rules and challenges.
Daily Challenges include things such as – 25 burpees, 200 skips, 3 minute plank, 10 step ups.
Weekly Challenges include things such as – 3 mile run, attend at least 3 gym classes a week, cycle for 2 hours.
I must train 6 days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes.
I’ve made my own energy bars out of peanut butter and oats, plus energy bars out of fresh raspberries and oats. Most of the other allowable snacks consist of fruit, eggs or nuts, which are easy to grab at – in fact as easy to grab as a biscuit so why is it so hard to curb the cravings for such things
Example of some of my home cooked meals:
This mainly consists of 2 organic weetabix or shredded wheat with 200 ml milk with a homemade smoothie or piece of fruit.
Usually a vegetable omelette or tuna pitta – eat wholegrains only! I’m not a massive omelette fan – but I’ve found myself already forcing it down for the sake of the plan.
We have been avid users of Hellofresh meals for sometime now, we have the 5 meal per week boxes – this ensures we are always cooking fresh meals each day in the week and not reaching for the nearest takeout menu.
The nutrition plan does come complete with recipes for home cooked dinners but I’ve found Hellofresh way more convenient for this element.
I must consume 2 litres of water a day, no drinking alcohol or smoking (that’s the easy part) and my diet is restricted to minimal caffeine (killer with a baby and lack of sleep!!!) and zero refined sugar (sigh!
The lack of caffeine and sugar is already taking its toll and I’m only on day 8! I breastfeed Nandy so I’ve found I feel hungry all the time and reach for the chocolate so often!
When I started the challenge I weighed 10 st 6 3/4, a whole stone heavier than my pre-pregnancy weight – gulp.
After week 1 I had dropped to 10st 5lb 1/4.
Let’s see what the end of the challenge brings in terms of weight loss. I’d love to be 10 st – but I’m not sure I can achieve it in 3 weeks.
Watch this space!