Well, it wouldn’t be January without talking about those new leaves we all turn over in the shadow of the Christmas excesses and lethargy, now would it? As we’re discussing it at almost the end of the month already, I’m curious, did you make any health or fitness goals that you’ve broken already?!
It seems a long time since I made a fitness goal and in all honesty, I’m not that motivated right now to change that. Perhaps because when I say ‘fitness’ I think of sweat inducing cardio and strength work. What I’m really interested in is getting my body somewhere near to where it was.
I’m going to talk about this in more detail in the future but I won’t lie, the first few weeks and months after having Bea was hard in terms of my self esteem. I felt like a goddess when I was pregnant, even if I didn’t always look like one. 😉 Afterwards, I felt… ruined. 6 months on I’m happy to report everything is slowly getting back to where it should be but I do have 2 big aims for 2015, as it coincides with 6 months having past since I had Bea and that seems like a sensible milestone to be tackling things:
1. I need to lose weight. Cliche I know, and I’m not talking about anything drastic or sudden, just continuing the steady weight loss that has been happening without too much effort over the last few months. I’m currently about half a stone over my pre-pregnancy weight, but that was another half stone over my ‘happy’ weight, so there’s some way to go.
2. I need to tone up and rediscover my abdominal muscles. I’m really enjoying conditioning fitness work right now like yoga and pilates but I know I should be thinking about some cardio soon.. maybe one of those 5k in 30 days challenges you see on Pinterest?! I’m just not that motivated to leave Bea just yet…
I’ve heard some women say they couldn’t even tense their abs after having a baby, they were so stretched and fortunately I don’t feel like that, but they certainly have changed. When I look at my body in the mirror these days (or more specifically my mid section,) it’s not the weight that is causing my new shape, but the lack of tone in my abs. Sure I can tense them and/or suck them in to make things flat again, but they’re not staying there. I did start a post-natal exercise DVD a few months ago which was great and very gentle to get things going, but I’ve just moved onto something a lot tougher which I think will be much more effective. Honestly, it’s only 6 months on that I’ve felt able to do serious abs work post c-section. Look out for the DVD reviews coming soon.
Diet wise… well, I’m not really ready to give up the
cake biscuits chocolate hot cross buns just yet, although I have cleaned things up a bit which is helping with goal 1 above! I’m going to see how far I can get with just sensible eating and staying active before I start any diets.
Now it’s your turn readers. Have you made any health or fitness goals for 2015? I’d love to hear if you’re sticking to them and how they’re going? And if you happen to be a new mum or have had a baby in recent tears I’d love to hear if and when you got back to exercise?
PS. I’m sort of thinking about doing the Manchester 10k again… maybe. (I’ve done it twice before.) Maybe we should do a FF group run?!