2 Years of Yoga Everyday!

Two years ago on the 20th June 2018, I started doing yoga every morning.  If you didn’t catch it, you can read all about my 365 Days of Yoga and all the benefits I found from practicing my new morning routine.

I’m happy to say that after I completed my year of yoga, I continued on.  I have now completed my second year of yoga with only missing a few days.

Until Lockdown.

With the kids school closed, it meant that I had more time flexibility in the mornings because I wasn’t doing with the school run.

It started with getting up a little later for morning yoga and fitting in workouts during the afternoons.  After a week or so it shifted to working out in the mornings while using yoga as my cool down.  However, with the endorphins flying round my body, I was purely focussing on the stretches and not giving any thought to the mindfulness and breathing side of yoga.

A year into morning yoga, my plan was to fit in a 20mins hiit/cycle/run before hand, but I only managed this a few times.  Why?  Because I find it hard to get up early in the winter.  You would think that years of getting up at 6:30am for school and 5:30am for the London commute, would have programmed me into a early morning machine… but no.  I hugely dislike getting up in the dark.  This is also why I needed to implement morning yoga into my life in the summer months, and why I’ve now started the early morning workouts… I just can’t start something like this in the winter, I find it far too difficult.

The Lockdown and the lighter mornings have massively helped with getting up earlier and so I have managed to get myself into our home gym (the garage), early most days.  I have an espresso and a homemade flapjack before working out to get me going, and I’m really into it!  Now one of my children has returned to school, I have to get in the gym earlier to be finished and ready for the school run.

My goal is to carry on these morning workouts even when school has completely returned and the sunrise gets later and later.  I know some people have to throw everything into starting a new habit / lifestyle change, but I am not one of those people.  I have to take small steps to make them stick.  If my goal was to get up an hour earlier every morning to do yoga, it would have lasted days.  Instead, I made myself get up just 10-20mins earlier which was far more achievable for me and has become a daily habit.

I have put the yoga in place, which took me a few years to commit to.  I have put the morning workouts in place, which has taken me nearly a year to accomplish.  Now, how long will it take me to implement workouts followed by yoga, and not just using it to stretch?

In my 365 Day of Yoga blog post, I talk about how much morning yoga changes my mood and sets me up in a positive way for the day ahead.  I get different result from working out because I’ve been far more active, I’m fired up and motivated for the day ahead.  I don’t prefer either vibe, I’m just happy to not be grumpy first thing in the morning when parenting anymore, which has been a HUGE help when practicing patience when homeschooling my kids through a global pandemic!

Have you been more or less active during lockdown and why?  Have you taken up a new fitness routine or hobby and what is it?  Who has drank more wine than normal?  I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to!

Wearing Active Wear by Island Feather

t r a i n i n g

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?

Apparently so.

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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! ***

Post workout snacks!

11800200_926110080758929_1753088453964981392_nSince having my second baby, I’ve been dying to get back into shape.  I managed to do it after my first child, so why not do it again!  I’m 11 weeks post baby and getting there slowly slowly.  Its early days but its definitely different this time around.  In some ways its easier because I know I can do this as I’ve done it before, but that makes it harder because I’m expecting fast results, and you don’t just replace a stone of fat with muscle over night.  Its also harder because I’m so much more tired this time around… my iron levels are getting there (which also make you tired).  And two kids.  Not easy.

I’m doing well so far, technically only have five more pounds to lose to be back at my pre pregnancy weight, but that doesn’t really represent the work that is to come.  I have so much more to do to get back to the shape that I’m comfortable with and at my happiest.  Muscle is slowly building and I can get into my first trimester clothing (when you don’t look pregnant but you need to buy clothing in a size up).

SO, what have I been doing to get back into shape?!  Well, lots of power walking as I can’t run yet – and pushing two kiddies in a buggy definitely makes you work up sweat!  I’m on my wakeboard as much as possible, thats roughly every couple of weeks at the moment for about an hour.  Living room yoga, kitchen circuits and garage free-weights. I try to do one of these activities two / three times a week.  This is paired with eating as clean as possible plus drinking loads of water.  (I still reward myself with my giant cookie during the night feed as I’m still breast feeding, honestly, its the only thing that gets me through!)

My fav post workout snacks / meals at the moment are:

  • Tomato, mozzarella and avocado with pesto, olive oil and vinegar.. aaaaa-ddicted. 
  • Eggs Benedict with asparagus or avocado.
  • Pepper / carrots with hummus
  • Handful of natural mixed nuts 
  • Apple and almond butter 
  • Bowl of strawberries or half a cantaloupe melon
  • All the above is washed down with a couple of litres of lemon water (throughout the day)

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