4 Month PostPartum Update

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Time to check in with a postpartum wellness update again. I feel pretty good at the moment. I’m finally full speed ahead with my running again and am starting to feel a lot more confident in my post-pregnancy bod. I still have a some excess weight sticking around that just won’t budge but am mainly concerned about toning up. Almost all my clothes finally fit again with the exception of my skinniest jeans, but hopefully, I’m almost there.

WEIGH IN:
So, I haven’t weighed myself in a good few months and I don’t plan on doing so anytime soon. I kind of got bored of feeling like shit every time I stepped on the scales. I’m a pro at guilting myself into thinking I’m not doing enough when in actual fact it’s probably just my body clinging on to the excess fat stores to make sure I have sufficient milk for Andee. Instead of relying on a number on a screen, I’m just going by the mirror and how I feel about myself from day to day. It’s taken so much stress away and even if I haven’t lost any weight at all, I feel so much better about myself at the moment. Us girls are always way too hard on ourselves and our bodies and I’m the absolute worst culprit of this so I’m trying to just be healthy, be fit and leave my body to do it’s thing the rest of the time.

WORKING OUT:
Exercise has been going great and I finally feel like I’m almost back to where I was pre-pregnancy (running wise at least). Needless to say there’s not much spare time to work out with a 4 month old baby around but I do what I can, when I can. I kind of gave up on the gym, running is the thing I love the most and running outside in good weather is perfection, so I cut down on all my classes and started doing mini workouts at home when I have the time. I thought it would motivate me less not having a class or the gym to go to at certain times each day but actually it’s been the complete opposite; it’s much nicer to exercise when I feel like it or have the time instead of it being on schedule. The hubby and I are also training for a half marathon at the end of September so I’m really looking forward to that and enjoying actually getting to work out together for a change.

DIET:
So the past few weeks I have been terrible. Just eating pretty much none stop and certainly not the most nutricious of foods either. When we went on holiday we all obviously induldged a little too much and I found it difficult to get back on track once we returned home. This past week though has been much better and I’ve started being a little more strict again, not so much on the quatities of food (breastfeeding makes you all kinds of hungry!) but on the quality. I’m back to eating as much fresh food as possible and trying (my damn hardest) to stay away from the sugar! Easier said than done when you have a Husband and small child at home who are constantly stuffing their faces!

Anyway, just a quick post today. Back to the mayhem. Will check in again soon.

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Pregnancy Update – 24 weeks <3

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I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks since my last post! :/ Where has the time gone!

Weeks Pregnant: 24

Baby Size: An ear of corn

Gender: This week we’ve been trying to come up with baby names and deciding on just one that we both mutually like is proving impossible! I’m finding girls names much easier this time around where as thinking of strong contenders for a boy is seemingly much more tough! I’m hoping we start agreeing on at least a couple soon or I have the feeling this baby might be nameless for the first week or so!

Weight gain so far:
14lbs. I ate so much amazing but also unhealthy food whilst on holiday in New York last week! (blog post to come soon) so feel like a bit of a beached whale at the moment, and with Christmas around the corner I’m a little worried the weight gain is going to shoot up over the next few weeks.
Maternity clothes: I’ve finally given in and ordered my first pair of maternity jeans so I can stop living in my leggings!
Stretch marks: Still managing to avoid them with what feels like my body weight in moisturiser per week 🙂
Movement: Lots of movement nowadays, it’s amazing how quickly you become accustomed to it too, it’s just a normal (but still incredible) part of my day now. They have become a little stronger and when she’s having a good wriggle around you can see my belly moving which Ava finds fascinating. Nothing hubby can feel yet though 😦 I swear he has no feeling in his hands (which, actually for a chef, is probably true).

Cravings: Not really feeling the cravings much at this stage, I’m guessing the hormones have probably died done a bit which is no doubt contributing.

Lusting after: We had our staff Christmas meal this week and I gave in and ordered a steak ;/.

Sleep: As bump is getting bigger it’s pretty difficult finding an accommodating position to sleep in, but I seem to be sleeping pretty heavily and the activity of little bambino has stopped waking me so I feel I am getting a solid sleep all the way through.

Mood: I’m so excited for Christmas! I feel like a kid again, I love having Ava to spoil. I have already bought her far too much, I seem to have forgotten I’ve been buying and stashing in the cupboard since September and then I hugely added to that in New York so when I finally wrapped the bulk of her presents a couple of days ago I was a little ashamed of how much she has! But I cannot wait to see her little face on Christmas morning. She’s so much more aware this year and has written her letter to Santa and all that jazz so is really looking forward to it! (She did however, ask for a kitten! Which we have tried to explain Santa may not be able to bring!)

Exercise: Since arriving home from the states I’ve been absolutely rubbish, I went for a workout session yesterday for the first time in over a week, I really need to push now to get myself back into the habit of it. I’ll keep you updated on how that goes 😉

Birth Plan: I need to get around to actually booking our birthing pool and all the other equipment, I know it’ll be that time before we know it so I really need to be a little more organised.

Highlight: New York was obviously my highlight of the last few weeks. We had such an amazing time! I Can’t wait to write a blog post about it, I just need to sort through all my photo’s.
Most of all it was great to just have a family holiday and for hubby and I to spend some quality time together with Ava before the little one arrives (and before the mayhem begins!)

LOve x

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Bump Update – 15 Weeks


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Weeks Pregnant: 15

Baby Size: An apple

Gender: surprise 🙂 I don’t understand finding out, was so lovely with Ava to not know then have the exciting surprise on the day. My feeling is another girl at the moment but Hubby’s is the opposit.

Weight gain so far:
6lbs (a little more than what I’d like) I’m definitely showing more than this time in my first pregancy.

Cravings: Anything pickled! I go through a fair few jars of gherkins and onions per week!

Lusting after: Steak & Sushi (I miss steak so much!) and cheeses.

Sleep: Ok, the vivid dreams and nightmares are definitely amped up this time around! That definitely breaks up my sleep, oh and waking up to go to the loo umpteen times per night!

Mood: Feeling Excited! So glad to be into the second trimester already. It really is flying this time!

Exercise: Trying to stick to 4-5 workouts per week (mixture of running and classes). I can’t stress enough that you need to talk to your midwife about exercise when you find out your pregnant. They recommend you don’t take up anything new during pregnancy. I got the all clear on continuing to run as I have done so consistently for months before becoming pregnant. I then spoke to all my fitness instructors to make sure I was ok to carry on with my various classes. I do obviously take it a lot easier than before I was pregnant (no time to be breaking any personal bests!) But think exercise in pregnancy has so many benefits for Mama and Bubs so trying to keep up with it for now, how I’ll fair with a big bump in front I have no idea :).

Birth Plan: Planning to have this little munchkin at home, we’re going to hire a home birthing pool, I had Ava in the water and couldn’t recommend it enough. I definitely wouldn’t want to try without! I’m low risk at the moment so fingers crossed everything stays that way so we can go ahead with our plans. I’ve always thought home births look amazing, can’t imagine how nice it must be to have baby then not have to sit in a hospital for 8 hours waiting to be allowed home. I had Ava in a birthing centre which was a really relaxing experience but I still had the long wait afterwards when hubby had to go home and I was limited to 3 visitors for about 20 minutes.

Highlight so far: The Dating Scan. It was amazing to see little mister or misses up there on the screen wriggling around! I’d have a scan everyday if I could! It is the most amazing feeling and was extra special to share it with Ava too.

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A Healthy Lifestyle = A Happy Soul!

“Run faster, eat better, sleep longer, try harder, aim higher, love more, be happy.”

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A healthy lifestyle is something that’s really important to me and something I try my hardest to live by. In my opinion being healthy and active is the key to happiness, and LOVE of course! 🙂

Mainly I run, and I love to run. For me nothing compares. If I’m stressed, worried, tired or feeling generally rubbish, I force myself to run, even when I’m really not feeling it, because afterwards I feel great no matter what. I love to work out in the morning, then I feel like I have the rest of the day ahead of me and it’s much easier to achieve more when you’re up early and energised.
I do work out in other ways too though, I love my kettle bell classes and Yoga is probably the highlight of my week. I would recommend Yoga to anyone who has never tried it, I’ve honestly never met anyone who has tried it and disliked. It’s so peaceful and relaxing and yet pushes you to limits that are completely different to those experienced in other forms of fitness.

I started exercising and trying to eat healthy after having Ava, I guess mainly to loose the baby weight, and since then it’s become a bit of an addiction, and there are worse addictions to have as long as you have a balance. Of course I have days I don’t want to exercise or eat right and that’s fine as long as the right balance is there and that mentality doesn’t become the superior one. I try and stick to a workout of some sorts 3-5 times a week, sometimes it’s more, sometimes less. When it comes to eating I go through stages of being strict and a little more relaxed. I always try and keep it healthy, then if I’m wanting to cleanse I cut the carbs and sugar. And I do love food, love love it, but you don’t have to eat unhealthy to enjoy amazing food. Being creative and doing your research makes it so satisfying when you create or discover something delicious that’s also amazing for your body.

My main tips for a healthy diet are:
– Water, water, water! I try and drink at least 2 litres every day.
– Portion control – commonly the problem isn’t in what we are eating but how much so I tend to eat small and often.
– Preparing snacks – snacking is my weakness so I always make sure I have healthy options ready for when cravings strike.
– Try to stay away from any processed high sugar foods.
– Double up on fruit and veg – If you’re a big eater and finding it hard to cut down portion sizes or just feel extra hungry I always make a huge portion of steamed veg to fill the extra.

My usual day is fruit salad or muesli for breakfast, salad for lunch and I always make it more filling by adding lentils or mixed beans, then fish or chicken with steamed veg for dinner. Below are a few pictures of some recent meals I’ve made which are typical of my usual diet.

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One of my favourites ‘oven baked salmon with mediterranean style cous cous and steamed veg’

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My current favourite breakfast – these cereals are heaven and packed with goodness.

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‘Spiced lamb with puy lentils, steamed vegetables and sautéed leeks’

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‘Tofu stir fry’ with courgette and carrot instead of noodles

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‘Spicy chicken stuffed pepper, quinoa and homemade guacamole’

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This last one is anything but healthy but you have to allow some treats 😉 and when it comes to dessert, pancakes are definitely a weakness of mine. These American style pancakes are to die for and incredibly easy to make.

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