A few weeks back I was feeling fabulous. I had managed to go a whole week without cake and I was feeling really good. In fact, I felt pretty slim and happy with how I looked. Then teething happened and the nights were tough and then our children started waking up at 5.30am and the days were reeeeeally long. I ended up back on the cakes, multiple biscuits and gorging on bits of easter egg (yes we still have some) day after day. Suddenly I feel rubbish again and am constantly trying to hide what I call the cake tum (because it can't really be considered a mum tum after eight months right?!).
Since I am breastfeeding, I know that I can consume extra calories but I also know that it has kept me from really piling the weight on. There is absolutely no way I would be the size that I am if I wasn't using those extra calories – no way at all. And since Oscar seems to be feeding a bit less in the day, a bit less overnight and I have been giving him a bottle most days, I know that I am suddenly using less and less calories. I also know that when breastfeeding does come to an end, I am likely to pile those pounds on like I did when I stopped feeding Zach.
Instead of waiting until breastfeeding is over, seeing the weight hit me and then doing something about it, I am starting now. Therefore, I am making myself accountable. I am not doing any kind of formal diet because I just don't have the dedication needed to do that. I think I'll find that I fall at the first hurdle and that will cause my positive attitude to it all, to be less positive! So, I have an action plan in my head that I thought I would write down and try to stick to. If it's just in my head, I'll probably do nothing but if I know that people know I am doing it, it may make me more successful in the long term.
The four point plan
1. To eat healthier breakfasts and lunches
I pretty much eat toast every day for brekkie. Two slices of white bread, a spreading of butter and topped with either honey or jam. I know that this is not the best way to start the day. The tastiest, yes (especially with a cup of tea) but definitely not the best. I therefore will try what I did when I was at work and have fresh fruit and yogurt three times a week. I did it then, so I can do it now.
With lunch, every day tends to be a sandwich. So another two slices of white bread and it usually has ham, cheese or tuna inside. Instead of this, I plan to mix it up a bit and have healthier lunches like omelette, salads or scrambled eggs. And when I do have a sandwich, I am going to change to wholemeal bread rather than white. I eat way too much white bread.
2. To not eat junk
This is by far going to be the hardest one to do. You know those days when you feel so tired and you just find yourelf reaching for the biscuit tin? This is me every day. I have an absolute weakness for biscuits. I am therefore not going to buy any. Yep – sorry to the other half who does have way more willpower than me, but I will not be filling that biscuit tin up. If you want some, I suggest you buy some and hide them somewhere I won't find them. Because I know that if there are any in that tin, they'll go into my belly. If I can get myself back to a place where they are simply a treat rather than everyday occurence, I will rethink their disappearance from our kitchen!
And I won't buy cake. Even if I am standing in the bakery getting a gingerbread man for Zach, I WILL NOT BUY CAKE! Cake is so good but oh so bad and as soon as I have eaten it, I feel instantly bad about it. Again, as a treat it will be absolutely fine but as a regular occurence? No more! That goes for hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows too. Yes really!
3. To exercise
Yes. Proper exercise. Along with going for regular walks (which I pretty much do anyway to get the boys out of the house), I am going to exercise. A full on workout. I am going to crack that 30 Day Shred back out, get those dance DVD's out again and shake my booty to a firmer and leaner look! I plan on doing at least 3 workouts a week. I know it's going to be hard with a rather clingy 8 month old but I have to do this. I will do this. I know how good exercise is and how good it leaves me feeling both physically and mentally.
4. To drink water
I am a terror for not drinking water – and no really, tea does not count! Sometimes I can go a whole day without drinking the stuff which is terrible. I have a water bottle at home that I can fill up and drink from throughout the day – I bought it after I had Oscar and couldn't get around the house very well. I will be filling it up first thing in the morning and refilling it throughout the day.
These are the four points on my action plan. They are in my head, they are written down here. I might even print them out and stick them to the fridge! I can do this. I will do this.
I feel empowered. I feel motivated. I feel strong. I'm still bloody tired but I know that by meeting my actions, I will feel more awake, happier and healthy for my boys.
To coincide with me doing this, and with the knowledge that there are so many other mums out there feeling a bit like me, needing a kick up the backside to do something about it, I have set up The Mummascribbles Fabulous Fit Club over on Facebook! It's for general health and fitness chat, support and motivation. So why don't you come over and join me – I would absolutely love to see you there!