Baby number one, check. Got back into shape, check. Baby number two, check.
Now its time to get back into shape for the second (and last time – no more babies!). Everyone I’ve spoken to said it was much harder the second time around to get your body back. I’ll be honest and admit to thinking it was a load of bullshit and that if you really wanted your figure back, you’d do it. ***
Ahhhhh sweet ignorance.
Well now I’m smack dab right in the middle of it. Five months post baby and not an ab in sight. The fact that I’ve done completely bugger all for the past couple of months might have something to do with it.
Why? Why when I started out so well (power walking, yoga, circuits & wakeboarding), and then just stopped?
I’ll tell you why.
Its because I now have not one, but two kids. Two little people demanding my undivided attention from 6am until 7:30pm, and then an hour or two in the night as well (from both kids on a bad night – turns out toddler sleep regression is actually a real thing). I know this is only short term until the new baby goes through the night (or at least thats what I’m told), but I’m continuously exhausted and the thought of working out, or doing anything for that matter, seems like the biggest task in the world, (if the bathroom gets cleaned this month it’ll be a bloody miracle).
Its not all bad though as through all the power walking (while pushing a double buggy), living room yoga, kitchen circuits, clean eating, and wakeboarding, I’ve dropped the baby weight (had about a stone to shed), but now its time to tighten up. I want to feel strong and energetic again. Is that too much to ask?
I’ve started working with PT Chris Kelly to get me back into shape. I know, first world problem to have a trainer, right? However, I see it as an investment into myself. How much are you willing to pay to get the ‘you’ you want back? I could spend that money on booze (I probably would but Aldi now do a great, and cheap, wine selection), or I could spend it on a gym membership, which I’m not going to lie, I seriously thought about doing. But personally, me joining a gym doesn’t actually get me to the gym, I wouldn’t go and I’d be £££ worse off a month with no results.
Also the body has been through a hell of a lot with bringing a baby into the world and you need to be careful with how you train afterwards. So I thought it best to seek professional advice, and as a coach myself, I know the benefits of having a coach and how they can see things you can’t and guide you towards your goals.
I’ve had three sessions so far and I’m feeling good. I’m always so much happier after a workout because my body’s moving and my bloods pumping, I feel ready for the day ahead, that along with eating right keeps me sane!
*** I know everyone is different. All different shapes and sizes. Its about doing what is right for you and what makes you happy. Some people are happy with their new postpartum body that has just created a child and thats great, it really is, the female body an incredible machine! But I personally don’t feel happy in myself unless I know my body can do certain things. And these are physical things, such as wakeboarding, which is tough on the body. If my body can’t do what I want it to do, I’m not a happy chappy. So I do all this to keep me on the water which keeps me happy! ***