My Struggle As A Mum To Keep Fit
Keeping fit as a mum of four should be easy, right? I am constantly running around after four energiser bunnies that need around the clock shit done for them.
In theory I should have at bare minimum my pre-baby figure (insert hysterical laughter!) but in reality that is far from the truth. Apparently all of this running around just isn’t enough. After my first two kids were born I lost weight relatively easy, not quite pre-baby but I was happyish. I then quit smoking and gained a whopping 10kg, shortly after I fell pregnant and gained even more. My weight yoyo’d and even though I became comfortable with it, I wasn’t happy.
Skip forward to the present and I have had yet another baby (last one I swear!!), and this time I am determined to do something about it. I want to get fit, I want to be healthy and I don’t want to be repulsed by what I see in the mirror anymore.
Keeping fit as a mum – get active instead of eating crap
My husband and I love the outdoors, we love getting our adventure on and so we thought this could be our thing. No more going to lunch every days off to have quality time, let’s be active together instead.
This was working a treat! While the kids were at school we would strap bub to my back and hit the bush, the mountains, and the beach. The weight was shifting and muscles were returning to places I forgot muscles once lived. I was getting fitter, my stamina was improving, I felt healthier and I could notice I was getting smaller, particularly in my face.
Then I got sick and Bronchitis took hold so I had to take a break from the cold air. Naturally my husband also got sick (he had man-flu so his was so much worse than mine) and subsequently the kids did too. This resulted in about a month off from our physical regime we had going and bad habits took hold yet again.
‘Oh hello weight gain, kindly pack your shit and leave!’
Anyway, we have gotten back into our hiking and to my surprise my muscles have started to reappear after just a few vigorous sessions. They were hard going, my muscles ached and I sweat it out but the view, the adrenalin and knowing that it is doing my body the world of good makes it totally worth it!
I am working on snacking less (or more so snacking right) and eating better but as any busy mum or dad will know, this is not always easy. With school holidays now here, I will be incorporating the kids in to exercise and get them outside at the same time!
How do you keep fit with little ones? Tell me your weight loss secrets!
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