AHHHH I cannot believe that it has been almost a year since my little boy was born. Gabriel will be turning 1 next month and I can’t help but feel like this year has gone far too quickly. The more I think that it is coming to a year the more I want to slowly get away and hide, because you see I still have quite a substantial amount of baby weight to lose. I can no longer hide behind the “Oh I just had a baby” excuse. Its ok when it is ” I had a baby a month ago”, or even “I had a baby 6 months ago”, but when it comes to “I had a baby a year ago” you know the excuse is wearing thin.
But how is this possible? Wasn’t I supposed to have dropped the weight in just a few months? Wasn’t breastfeeding alone supposed to be the best fat burning exercise? How come all these celebrities were looking like their beautiful slim selfs only 3 months after birth. Miranda Kerr was back on the runway, Beyonce looked amazing strutting the beach in drunk in love and Jessica Alba was showing off her abs, while I am still here almost a year later looking like a christmas ham! It could be because that while they were lifting weights in the gym, the only thing I was lifting was a piece of cake in to my face. But it is not my fault, I swear! It is the hormones that make me crave sugar!!
However as I stood in front of the mirror this new year and with our wedding date quickly approaching, I knew it was time to kick my arse into gear. No more excuses! I seriously did not want to be a real life version of the Hippo from fantasia and end up rolling down the aisle instead of walking. So I have decided to take charge with the following.
Moving together: Out and about for a family walk
SET CLEAR, IDIOT PROVE GOALS
All year I have been wanting to lose the weight but I was quite nonchalant about it. I had wanted to cut down on gluten and dairy, and stop eating sugary treats and work out, but my lack of a clear goal was often used to my advantage. When an opportunity would arise I would tell myself ‘ Its ok, I will just eat better next week’ but before I knew it I was using that logic every week. ‘Oh I am busy, I’ll go to the gym tomorrow’ or ‘We are on a night out, treat yourself’. Until a year later I am still where I started. This year I have set clear goals and said I will cut out dairy and gluten completely for 6 months instead of just limiting it, and so far so good. When you have a clear goal it is easier to stick to it and not manipulate it to suit whenever you feel like it.
PLAN, PLAN and PLAN
So far what has really been a game changer for me is to have a plan set out each week. Every week I write a meal plan and buy groceries accordingly. We have been doing this since new years and our meals have been not only healthy but delicious, and it has given me a chance to be more organised during the day and not have to rack my brains every meal time trying to think of what I can make. On the plus side I have been able to try new healthy recipes I had never made before that have now become family favourites and since I buy the groceries according to the plan I am less inclined to buy unnecessary things that will tempt me.
Loving my new Fitness Active Living planner from Lorna Jane!
JUST GET OFF YOUR ARSE
This is definitely one that I need to stick too. I always have the intention of going to the gym but when the time comes I easily find an excuse not to go. Most times I just cannot be bothered but if I want results I have to do it. Thats why having a routine, especially when you are a busy mum, is key. Fit a workout routine into your usual family schedule then you really shouldn’t have any excuses not to go. For example, Gabriel has started Nursery on Wednesdays and Thursday and I have now made it part of my routine to go to the gym in the morning after dropping him off.
So there is it, I have 6 months to lose almost 8 kilos so lets see how I do. I will document my progress as I go. Fingers crossed! Until the next weigh in guys..