I’ve made no secret of the fact that shifting all of the pregnancy pounds I gained, has been anything but easy. In fact at 4 months postpartum I could fit back into my pre-pregnancy jeans but the reality is, I’m still around 10lbs heavier even now.
When I was offered the chance to review the Nutribuddy Breakfast, I was 100% on board as managing to eat breakfast every day has been a struggle from day of 1 of looking after a tiny human. It might sound pathetic but days can go by and you can easily miss a meal or 2 each day due to caring for your little one. A lot of people would think this is the answer to weight loss and the pounds should be slipping off me by now but the truth is your body holds onto fats if it thinks it’s being starved.
Once my order was placed, it appeared in the post in no time and it was time to start enjoying my breakfast shakes. I ordered a 14 day supply of the Chocolate Brownie flavour shake which is a blend of organic oats, seeds and coconut.
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.
*post contains PR samples*
If you read my blog regularly, cast your mind back to early December when I wrote all about tracking my sleep and how it was benefitting my sleeping pattern and habits. Now I’m back for another sleep related feature but this time it’s all about the thing you sleep on; your mattress!
Hopefully you are aware that having a bad mattress can give you back problems as well as a bad sleeping pattern, but if you’ve paid attention to any of those bed adverts on the TV, you’ll know that you should change your mattress every 8 years roughly. 8 years ago, Bob & I were 18 and lived at home with hand me down mattresses as you do, and unsurprisingly when we bought our first house last year, one of said hand me down’s came with us.
Fast forward 6 months and the lovely folks at Leesa dropped me an email to offer me one of their amazing mattresses: BRILLIANT!
(how the Leesa Mattress arrived – can you believe it’s in there?!)