How I Became An Active Mom

Have you ever just felt super uncomfortable in your body? Like you actually just don’t belong in that body and just want to crawl out of your skin. That’s how I felt when I was 71kgs heavy and was ready to embark on the journey to a new me. For years I was actually in denial about how much weight I had gained over 9 years since my first year in varsity.

I’d joined the gym after I had my first born and hardly went then I cancelled my membership. I convinced myself that actually I didn’t look that bad, I wasn’t that big. I joined the gym again in preparation for my wedding and went a few times but was not consistent with the training. I lost a bit of weight but I fell pregnant again round about the same time and had no energy for gym. But after baby number two was born I was super motivated. I just kept telling myself that if you can give birth naturally with no meds you can take on a bit of sweating in the gym. So there I was two months after giving birth more determined then ever to loose weight and get healthy.

I started going to the gym regularly while I was on maternity leave making sure I went for an hour at lease 3 times a week. Once I returned to work I continue and then changed the way I was eating. I cut out cards and ate protein and veg for most of my meals. I didn’t have a fancy diet plan I just ate what I wanted and prepared the food they way I wanted and after a while I started to notice the result and I kept at it.

I lost 10kgs in the first 6 months and I was extremely proud of myself. I went on to lose another 5 kgs in the months that followed. That 15kgs! No personal trainer, diet plan or magic pills and shakes! It’s actually possible. I have even managed to maintain that weight loss till now almost a year later.

Here are a few tips on how to get started:

  1. Be consistent – when you start getting into the routine of working out you’ll start to enjoy it and build up endurance.
  2. Make the time – Don’t make excuses for not getting your workouts done. Stop it!
  3. Fitspo “Fitness Inspiration” – I created a Pinterest board and pinned various images of gym motivation, quotes, girls with hot bodies, exercise routines and tips. I also followed a few Instagram accounts of people who were posting there weight loss journey or fitness coaches both local and abroad. I also had a health eating board on Pinterest to get ideas for meals.
  4. Take the gym classes – I cannot afford to get a personal trainer so I take a few of the class lead by an instructor at my gym. These class are great and you don’t need to feel pressured to keep up with everyone, keep to your own pace and you should get a hang of it soon.
  5. Buy new gym gear – Who doesn’t like going shopping? Like seriously, this is the best part. It doesn’t have to cost a lot spend what you are comfortable with. Having new gym gear gets me excited to take my workouts to a new level.

Don’t try and attain this level of perfection that’s just unreal. I may have lost 15kgs but my body is not perfect and I’m fine with that I’m still working on those problem areas like my belly. I’d like to have flat abs but the reality is I’ve never had flat abs and I’ve carried two babies m. I just keep working at.

I’m back to eating carbs and I’m loving life. My priority right now is to maintain the weight loss and I have managed. I’m also trying out different forms of exercise like hiking. I do this with my husband over weekends whenever we get a chance.

My last piece of advice is not to be too hard on yourself if miss a few workouts it happens to the best of us what’s important is that you don’t loose sight of your goals and why you started in the first place.

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Moms Spring Goal

We are a few days away from Spring here in South Africa and I’ve decided to set a new goal that I’d like to get done or at least start during the Spring.

I’m a goal setter, I normally start setting my goals at the beginning of the year. I write then down and then revisit them to see how I’m doing. This year I’ve decided to add an additional one which I didn’t think would make it to my goal list at all this year thinking it may be a bit too soon!

Potty train the baby

My youngest turned 2 in July and I actually was not going to start potty training yet because I thought for myself that it might be too early. She might be ready, I don’t know. One of the reasons for potty training now is that we are looking to put her in a crèche next year and for some of the schools it is a requirement that the kids are potty trained. Winter is also on its way out so it won’t be too cold and she won’t have to freeze her little bum off.

My first born wasn’t fully trained until he was about 4. We sent him to crèche just before he turned 3 and at that facility they started the training and encouraged we keep it up at home as well. While he was still at that crèche he was only using the night time nappy and during the day he didn’t have any accidents. I feel it may be easier to learn at school with the rest of your mates and be a tiny bit embarrassed if you wet your pants but your mates have not.

Mid-year last year we sent the kids to live with the grandparents for a while and my mom started the night time training which he did so well with. There was the occasional bed wetting and yes every once in a while out of the blue he wets the bed but he is extremely good most of the time. All in all I wasn’t too involved with his potty training and I’d like to be involved with my daughters. I also keep thinking its a bit too early to train her since we only started later with the boy but it has to be done.

The strategy for my daughter is to get her into panties during the day and getting her to start sitting on the potty. She has been wearing the Pampers pants for a while now I need her to understand the difference. I’m not going to start her on the potty with the pants. I have already seen on the odd occasion that I’ve tried to get her to sit on the potty that she doesn’t want to take the pants off.

Since I work full time it is going to be the nanny who would need to implement these steps while I’m away at work. She is quite patient with the kids so I hope it’s all going to go smoothly. Sad part is that I won’t be fully involved. I’ll maybe start on the weekend so that I can initiate the process and feel involved. I’m looking forward to the mopping up after her!

If you have any tips or would like to share your experience with me please leave a comment.

Thank you for reading.