Weighty issues: mind over matter

Day one or one day?

Now that all the junk food in the house has been eaten, it is day one for me as I am ready to start my healthy lifestyle.  Again. And Monday always seems like a good time to start something or kick a bad habit.

I am 11 weeks postpartum and I have signed up for a 28-day health and fitness challenge called the Post Baby Body Plan. Founded by mom Heather Mason, the plan is tailor-made for moms who want to get fit and eat healthier.

The plan comes with a four-week meal plan and daily exercises that require no gym equipment. You can easily do the exercises while baby naps or the kids are at school or during your lunch breaks if you are working. I really like this plan because it caters for those moms who have diastasis recti (when your ab muscles separate during pregnancy and cause a pooch). Planks, crunches and burpees are not recommended if you have a pooch so this plan offers alternate exercises to work the surrounding muscles. I cannot tell you how sad I am to be missing out on burpees and planks.

I decided to do this challenge because my diet has consisted of mostly junk food and I realise I can’t continue eating like this. I need a little push in the right direction and from what I have seen of this plan, I think I am on the right path.

Like many women during pregnancy, I put on a reasonable amount of weight. The first time round, losing the weight was easier. I was younger and put on less weight during that time. I was also fitter and exercised during most of that pregnancy.

Enter pregnancy No 2. I was sick most of this pregnancy and my baby was enormous (he was 4.3kgs at birth). I craved sugar more than normal during the pregnancy.

I have lost 13kgs since I gave birth in August so I have 3kgs to go until I reach my prebaby weight. But here is the snag: I never lost those last 5kgs between pregnancies. So those 13kgs sound impressive but in reality I have 8kgs more to go.

Don’t get me wrong, I am super proud of my body and what it has done. Carrying and birthing babies is amazing and I am grateful for every stretch mark. I just want to get fit and eat healthy so in the long run I am a good example to my family and that I am around for years to come.

For more info about this plan, check out Post Baby Body Plan on Facebook and join me if you are up for the challenge!

If you have an inspiring health or weight loss story, please get in touch. I would love to hear from you!

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