Motivating yourself after having a baby

Having a baby is a complete shock to the system. Not only are you sleep deprived and struggling to get both baby and yourself ready before 12pm each day, but your body has gone through one hell of a ride.

I think before having Freya, I had it in my head that it would be straight forward and I would slip back into my pre-pregnancy jeans within a matter of weeks. The reality is that almost 9 weeks postpartum, I am still not quite squeezing back into my jeans. A couple of weeks ago, I found this really hard to digest and was pretty frustrated that I hadn’t just lost the last of my baby weight. The truth is getting motivated is quite hard with a new baby and planning time to work out is easier said than done.

I’ve finally got my mojo back and have a deadline to work towards now that I feel is giving me a much-needed kick up the butt. I’ve definitely been complacent and just thought the weight would drop off easily if I give it a little longer, but without doing some toning exercises at least, I won’t see a difference. Bob gave me his Fitbit to monitor my daily activity so I’ve been aiming to do 10’000 steps a day and at least 40 minutes of activity. In the last week I’ve managed to smash my targets every day and can start to feel my muscles aching a little which is a wonderful feeling after so long of not doing much physical activity at all.

I got this amazing outfit from lovethesales.com for a family wedding we are attending in February so the countdown is on now to lose an inch on my waist to fit the skirt comfortably as I won’t lie, it’s on the snug side right now.

My plan is to up my steps target to 12’500 a day, at least 40 minutes of HIIT style activity to tone and increase my cardio and continue to eat/snack healthily. I now have my amazing Origins Bike to start using which should help with cardio and I’ve asked for a Nutribullet for Christmas to help make nutritional smoothies/shakes which should stop me skipping lunch which is something I am guilty of doing when running about like a mad woman.

I’ll be sharing my journey on my Instagram page so please give me a follow if you’d like to see my postpartum progress first hand.

Laura x

*post contains PR samples*
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What are the Healthiest Countries in Europe?

Did you know that life expectancy varies throughout different countries in Europe? This infographic informs you on the top 20 healthiest countries in Europe, starting with Sweden. Sweden has been deemed the healthiest country in Europe, with a life expectancy of 82.4 years. The tobacco intake is a mere 8.4%, which is very small considering Iceland, which is in second place, has a tobacco intake of 19%. With factors such as obesity, air quality and infant mortality taken into consideration, the results from this infographic may surprise you! Can you find your favourite country?

When travelling around Europe, it is important to carry a European Health Insurance Card, also known as an EHIC. This card entitles you to the same medical treatment as the residents of that country. Click for more information on the EHIC and order one today.

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It’s Pancake Day

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday is one of the sweetest holidays around, dating all the way back to 1445. Although we all love a sweet treat, it’s not always the healthiest day of the year, but it doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure. When you’re trying to eat healthy, getting your nutrition from protein shakes and brown rice can be boring, so check out this infographic on Pancake Day, with some handy tips on how to turn your pancakes into a nutritious treat.

Having blogged about Protein products in the past, I thought it would be very fitting to share this today when everyone is trying to enjoy their pancakes but are still trying to be healthy like me.

Thanks

Laura x

*this has been a collaborative post*

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