2018 – My goals

I’ve been wanting to write this post ever since the turn of the new year but frankly, getting motivated to do so was difficult. It’s not that I didn’t want to blog, it’s more I struggled with my goals for the year and what I wanted to happen.

It took me a few days to come up with some core goals that were realistic and not way above achievable, but were also not completely time-consuming now that my priority is my child. No longer can I be selfish, I have to put my beautiful little girl first and my goals come second especially when it comes to blogging which is a hobby.

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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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Protein on the go

I’ve mentioned several times in other posts this past month about my goal of getting a bit healthier this year and looking after myself. Last year I dabbled with protein and getting a more balanced nutrition; something I have struggled with. I am your typical lazy eater and will grab something quick and easy like crisps or biscuits before looking at the fruit bowl and thinking about the calories.

2017 is time for change and for the last couple of weeks I’ve been trying out protein bars that are perfect for the on the go person like myself. SciMx sent me several of their bars and cookies to taste test and trial to see if it really made a different to my diet.

When the parcel arrived in the post, I couldn’t wait to get started and first up on the test was the chocolate protein milkshake.

Good news is that it tastes like any old chocolate milkshake so it’s not as though all that protein has an adverse effect on the taste. I really liked how full it left me and didn’t make me feel sick which could be down to the no added sugar. Top marks for the milkshake.

Now onto the cookies! I tried the strawberry and white choc chip and the double choc chip. I also tried the chocolate brownie as well and can confirm all 3 were yummy. I wouldn’t say they are sweet other than the chocolate or strawberry taste you get so if you’re expecting sugary sweet like some other cookies out there, these would disappoint. However for the purpose of being protein cookies and brownies, they absolutely filled me up and gave me more energy.

Lastly, the on the go bars featuring cookies and cream oat bake and strawberries and cream oat bake. These are my favourite thing I tested particularly the cookies and cream oat bake which tasted heavenly. I have to say visually they didn’t look fab but taste was enough to overcome their ugliness. I will definitely buy these again as they left me feeling full and were just yummy.

For my overall verdict, I think this range is great. My fiancé had heard of the brand before whereas I was unfamiliar but I have to say as a non gym-goer, I would definitely look to buy these on the go products again in future. Well done SciMx you have converted me to a protein way of thinking and eating.

Laura x

*These products were sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review, all thoughts and photos are my own as usual*

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