Getting fitter and healthier – making myself accountable

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! 

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  1. May 30, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Great idea to set up a fit club. Support is definitely the key to losing weight or going on a health kick x

    • June 10, 2017 / 9:52 pm

      Thanks Amy – I totally agree. I feel like I need to keep myself in check to run the group (although it's a slow process when I haven't  had much sleep!) x

  2. June 2, 2017 / 8:15 am

    Some great tips. I did the opposite to you and waited till breastfeeding was coming to an end and after all the weight had piled on and it's soo much harder this way. I really used bfing as an excuse to eat extra food and now ive got into bad eating habits that are difficult to break. I'm determined though, we can do this! 

    • June 10, 2017 / 9:54 pm

      Oh yes, that is exactly what I did with Zach and the weight just piled on! All those cakes I ate without a care in the world not realising that it would hit my hips! I keep that in mind every time I am standing in the bakers!!

  3. June 4, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    Your plan is brilliant darling and I'm sure you'll achieve what you want to xx

    • June 10, 2017 / 9:54 pm

      Thanks lovely! I still need to print it out so I stick to it! Keep forgetting to drink water!

  4. June 6, 2017 / 7:37 am

    The fit club is a great idea and it's definitely something I will need once I have had my second baby in November. I also found that my fitness pal app is a great way to track calories and makes you question what you eat once you see how many calories is in it, good luck #TwinklyTuesday

     

    • June 10, 2017 / 9:56 pm

      I used to track my calories all the time! It is a great way although I do find it a bit of a faff! I just need to stop eating cake haha!! Don't pressurise yourself once baby is here…it's taken me nearly 9 months to pull my finger out! x

  5. June 6, 2017 / 7:51 am

    Good luck lovely! I find the cravings when tired really hard. I try to stick to fruit, nuts and Greek yoghurt with my cuppas!! Hard though. Thanks for hosting xx

    • June 10, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      Haha those cup of tea's can be deadly when there has been little sleep. One biccy leads to two etc! 

  6. June 6, 2017 / 8:27 am

    Great inspirational post. Being pregnant again I can't really do any vigorous diets or exercise but I am trying to eat smaller portions and I do want to go swimming some more 

     

    #twinklytuesday

    • June 10, 2017 / 9:58 pm

      Oh I ate like absolute crap when I was pregnant with Oscar! It was terrible! Swimming is such good exercise when pregnant πŸ™‚

  7. June 6, 2017 / 8:37 am

    it is so impoartnt to look after ourselves and be healthy when we have a new little one, and as a mum in general. I need to stop eating so much chocolate! Insoiring post lovely xx #twinklyTuesday 

    • June 10, 2017 / 9:59 pm

      Thank you! It's so easy to reach for the biscuit tin when you are hungry and about to feed a baby!

  8. June 6, 2017 / 8:39 am

    Sounds a fab plan and I wish you the best of luck. Little changes make all the difference and I am back on the bandwagon after defecting over half term! Thanks for hosting #twinklytuesday x

    • June 10, 2017 / 10:00 pm

      Haha it's so easy to slip off the bandwagon isn't it?! I feel more in control of the not eating cake thing now! Biscuits are still a work in progress!! 

  9. June 6, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Great post! Like you, I decided to try and make some changes now whilst I'm still beastfeeding (and can eat the extra calories!) and since Leo turned 6 months started trying to eat proper meals, cut down on junk and drink more. I've not attempted any exercise yet, but am already feeling better in myself and have more energy. Good luck! Thanks for hosting #TwinklyTuesday

    • June 10, 2017 / 10:01 pm

      I went for a run last weekend…that's all I've managed so far! I feel in control of the cake thing though!!!

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      I never ever think about having wraps! Definitely a great alternative! 

  10. June 6, 2017 / 9:15 am

    Good plan. Water is a hard one for me too. I've downloaded an app to help me drink more, lame as that sounds! #TwinklyTuesday

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:03 pm

      Not lame at all. It can be hard to remember how much you've had so it's a really good idea! 

  11. June 6, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    Goodness me, this was me a couple of months ago! I had hit rock bottom and publicly declared a change!!

    Since then, I am so much happier, healthier and an all-round nicer person to be with (I'm told!)

    Don't beat yourself up though. It is still more than acceptible to call it a mum tum (your little body went through A LOT to make these teacup humans, don't sell it short). Also, when I stopped breastfeeding my appetite decreased so my advice is to try and become more aware of how much you actaully want to eat (it took me 3 months and 2st to catch up!!) 

    Lovely post, look forward to an update in a few weeks (you know, just to keep you on track :-P)

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:05 pm

      Oooo an update…I best kick my butt into gear (I have been doing rubbish haha!). It takes a while to get mimentum doens't it. Although there has been far less cake and 2 runs! 

  12. June 6, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    I actually started on a big health kick at the end of last year but then fell pregnant in february and because I only started running a couple of months before the pregnancy I had to give it up while I am pregnant but I am missing it! I can't wait to get back on the running when I have given birth! #twinklytuesday

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:10 pm

      Running is quite addictive isn't it? I have been on a couple of runs (am trying the couth to 5k) and I just love the feeling at the end of it! So rewarding πŸ™‚ 

  13. June 6, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    Parenting is hard – don't be too rough on yourself if it all falls by the wayside. Mummy tummies can last a lifetime too, depending on the individual. I never lost mine after having Arthur. I decided I wouldn't 'diet' until I stopped breastfeeding … i ended up doing that until Arthur was 26 months and by then I was already 20 weeks pregnant again. I think the most important one on your list is the water – I often have a big 2l bottle of water next to me and I know I have to try and get through it all in a day xx #twinklytuesday 

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      Yep water is definitely the most important (and easiest!). You are right, I shouldn't pressure myself – I just know I'll be happier if I can just lose that tummy! 

  14. June 6, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    Im with you!  I have been working out like crazy- treadmill, walks and classes.  Hurts so bad.

     

    #twinklytues

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:23 pm

      Oooo go you! I need to workout more for sure…finding the time is tricky but I am getting there!

  15. June 6, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    It's so hard; especially getting up in the night or very early. I don't think you should worry, it will come off eventually my lovely. I find having protein at every meal very helpful as it keeps me fuller for longer. #twinklytuesday

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:26 pm

      That's a good shout – all these little tips are very handy! 

  16. June 6, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    4 excellent rules. I'm on a health kick to get rid of my Dadbod at the mo too. 

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:28 pm

      It's the time of year for it isn't it? The sun comes out and we are all like, oh crap – I have to bare more bod! Good luck with yours πŸ™‚ 

  17. June 6, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    i need to drink more, im really bad for not taking in enough fluids.

    great post!

    #twinklytuesday

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      Yep it's a real struggle for me – I just forget to drink!! 

  18. June 6, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    Well done you! I have recently just started my fitness journey 10 months post partum and am really enjoying it! I have tried to substitute bread with other things and have cut down on the biscuits!! 

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Well done hun – it's so hard to try and get going and I am struggling with the biccies hehe!!

  19. June 6, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    I went the day without chocolate yesterday and almost went mad. It's takes so much willpower. I salute you! 

    Im so bad at drinking enough water too! Extra bad considering we're both breastfeeding so should drink more! 

     

    #TwinklyTuesday 

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      Yes I know! When I first had Oscar I was amazing at drinking water (which considering I could barely get up to go to the toilet was great). Then after a while I got rubbish at it! I just forget! I'm going to go and fill a glass up now. 

      P.S. My willpower is pants – but I haven't had as many biccies as usual and much less cake!! 

  20. June 6, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    Go for it Lisa!! These goals sound really achievable, I'm sure you can do it. I am trying to get fitter and healthier too, but like you I'm a sucker for a biscuit!xx #twinklyTuesday 

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      Biscuits are just so good, I find them so hard to resist. And I stupidly bought more in the shopping thinking I could resist! Durrr! 

  21. June 6, 2017 / 7:44 pm

    Some really good tips there!! I'm terrible for not drinking water as well. You've inspired me… I'm going to get my old Davina DVDs out too! xx #twinklytuesday

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:44 pm

      I have never tried her stuff but heard it's really good. I still need to up my water game hehe! 

  22. Finn
    June 6, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    Great post and good tips. It can be so hard to find the time to exercise, and I really do wish that fruit was cheaper – would eat much more of it at work instead of biscuits if it was! #TwinklyTuesday

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      Yes…this! Why oh why is junk food more affordable? It drives me insane! I stil have barely found time to exercise but have done a couple of Sunday morning runs! 

  23. June 6, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    Wandering over to sign up now.  I need to be less slothful and am way to fond of cake for my own good!  Having buddies and making yourself accountable might do the trick. Good luck to us all πŸ™‚

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      Absolutely! I am definitely finding it more motivational (even though I am still struggling!).

  24. June 6, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    It's so hard to get motivated at home, isn't it?! I snack so much more when we are home in the afternoons – mornings are easy when I'm at work! Damn that biscuit jar! Good luck lovely, you sound determined so I am sure you will ace it! #TwinklyTuesday

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:47 pm

      Thank you! And yes – I pick so much at home – it's like there is no control! 

  25. June 7, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Great tips! My downfall is exercising, I always find an excuse not to do it. There's always something else to do. πŸ™‚ Good luck and well done for not having cake for a whole week! I, again, do not have the willpower to say no! #TwinklyTuesday

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      It is so hard saying no! There is a bit of birthday cake in the kitchen that is Zach's and I would have normally have eaten it by now hahaha!! I really struggle to find time to exercise – and like, I always get dead sweaty so need to shower afterwards so that just extends the time it takes and makes it hard to fit in! 

  26. June 7, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    Hi, what a great idea to set up a fit club. Sweet treats let me down when I have them #TwinklyTuesday

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      I always have them – I need to stop them being in the house because I can't resist! 

  27. June 7, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    Love that idea of the Facebook page. I try and keep fit and healthy and make time to go to the gym. It helps me unwind after stressful days and definitely makes me a more attentive and happy mummy #twinklytuesday

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      It is definitely good for the mentality isn't it? I always find you inspiring that you have time to fit in the gym! I am hoping that as Oscar gets older (and less demanding of me), I'll be able to find more time on my hands! 

  28. June 8, 2017 / 7:24 am

    That's such a great idea to set up a fitness club. I have also started a health kick, I've ditched the bread and limited myself to pasta to once a week and I feel so different, less bloated. Bread is so naughty! Good luck with your healthier lifestye. #TwinklyTuesday

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      Bread is like the devil isn't it? I mean it's a really tasty devil but even still! Well done for ditching it yourself πŸ™‚ 

  29. June 8, 2017 / 1:45 pm

    That sounds like a great plan! You have it all sorted! Can't wait to find out how you get on! 

    #twinklytuesday 

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      Haha all sorted…in time! It's a slow progress but I am trying! 

  30. June 8, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    Sounds like a great plan! Go you! I am terrible for drinking water, I can go a whole day without a drink and have damaged my kidneys over the years as a result. Im really trying to drink more, I have a lovely new water bottle good to go tommorow, Im hoping that helps! #twinklytuesday

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:54 pm

      I find it much easier with a bottle around (unless I forget to fill it up!). That's awful about your kidneys, highlighting how important it is! Good luck lovely! 

  31. June 9, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    I'm impressed you still have Easter Eggs left! That's quite an achievement in my book!! #twinklytuesday

    • June 11, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      Haha there are still some in the fridge now! They are Zach's but I don't really give him chocolate because it makes him go crazy! I kind of feel bad for stealing them off him though, even though he has forgotten they exist! 

  32. October 31, 2017 / 11:32 am

    Hi Lisa, just came across this awesome action plan. I really need to get healthy, and have so many reasons to do so, but I have a new baby and a toddler and I’m sooooo tired that it feels like sugar is the only way to get through the day. I’m tandem breastfeeding, so I have lost some weight, but just because you’re “skinnyish” doesn’t mean you’re healthy : ) I want to be a good role model for my kids and eat right and exercise. I’m going to join your FBΒ group for motivation and accountability! Thanks for this!

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