A few weeks ago I was in Tesco doing our weekly shop with hubby and Sebastian when the kindly checkout lady asked me when my baby was due. I wasn’t quite sure whether to laugh or cry – she obviously hadn’t noticed Sebastian in his car seat, but it became obvious to me that I need to do something about my body.
I have to admit that after being so good with my eating whilst suffering from Gestational Diabetes whilst pregnant with Sebastian, I did
eat my weight splurge on Jaffa Cakes and other such goodies once he was here, meaning I weigh more now than when I gave birth. The caesarean section also meant that I wasn’t as active for a good many weeks as I struggled to recover.
I may have mentioned that I turn 40 in June this year and am off to Britmums Live, so what better target is there than that?
I have used Thinking Slimmer before and often champion them on twitter with people looking to loose weight. Listening to the lovely Trevor for just 10 minutes a day retrains the mind to change your eating habits and make the right food choices. I normally have zero willpower when it comes to the sweet stuff, but now I find myself reaching for a carrot baton rather than a biscuit.
My main problem with food is that I hate waste and I often graze on the kids dinner. It doesn’t help that hubby would get in from work at 8.30pm and we would eat late, plus cooking fresh at that time was a not something I wanted to do, especially when I am up with the kids at 5am.
After 6 babies my poor body has also taken a battering and I never really got any tone back after having Kian (number 3), who was also my biggest baby at 9lb 1oz. I have suffered back pain at various points are having him and have now discovered I have diastasis recti too, which is in simple terms, the separation of the rectus abdominus muscles into right and left halves which is giving my stomach the pregnant look – I can get my fist in mine.
I have been told stomach exercises alone don’t give you a flat stomach – doing the exercises… as well as re-aligning your posture, being functionally fit, eating the right food, balancing your hormones + reducing stress do.
Thinking Slimmer have joined forces with MuTu System., which gives you a program of corrective abdominal exercises. These promise to give you a strong core + toned abs by strengthening your transverse abdominis muscle + reducing a diastasis – which will flatten the tummy. Hopefully by losing the belly fat I might get to find and reveal my abs!
I started my 12 week program this week and to give me that extra bit of oomph I am sharing it with you. Here are my before pictures.
My starting measurements are:
Also helping me on my journey is the Fitbug Orb which is a fitness and sleep tracker. This will help me monitor what I eat, the exercise I do and even my sleep patters. I look forward to letting you know how I get on with it.
My target weight is: 140lbs
Dress size: 10/12
I plan to share my progress with you on the blog. If you see me tweet about reaching for the biscuit tin, feel free to shout at me!