Wednesday, 20 January 2016

I'm bringing sexy back

In the words of Justin Timberlake, 'I'm bringing sexy back'. What I mean is I am desperate to feel body confident and comfortable again.

I would love to sit here and tell you that I love my curves, that body size doesn't matter to me and that I'm a super confident mum in her own skin but that would be a lie. It's time for some honesty. I want to feel like me again. I want to be able to look in the mirror and be comfortable with my reflection. I long to go into a shop and buy any clothes I want to. I want to be able to wake up and not have to worry about what I can wear and whether my front bum (as I like to call it) is hanging over my trousers. I want to be eating healthy meals again instead of anything I can get my hands on. I crave to be fit and healthy again. I want to be able to do a sit up again without it taking almost half an hour or walking without me getting out of breath.

Now I'm not saying I was some sort of supermodel before having Ophelia (far from it in fact) but I would just like to be back to normal as I'm feeling very down and negative about it all. It probably doesn't help that i'm surrounded my bikini clad Australian beauties. When I had Eva it took me a year to decide to get rid of my baby weight. I was wondering around in big clothes, eating cake every day. I decided to get a fab personal trainer who I had once a week. He gave me exercises to do at home and a high protein, low carb diet and within 6 weeks I had dropped a massive 2 dress sizes. He tought me not to be obsessed with how much I weigh and just focus on how I looked and felt. I actually weighed more than 9 stone at the end of it but was a very healthy, strong size 8. 

I know it's still early days as I'm only 8 weeks post partum but I think now is the time to jump on board and make a change. I need to start thinking positively and to change my whole lifestyle and attitude.

Here's how I plan to do it:

1) Drink more water - I really need to cut back on the tea and coffee I drink and to start hydrating more with water

2) Exercise everyday - I don't mean intense exercise everyday but I need to be doing something.

3) Change my diet - I'm going to do a high protein, low carb diet.

4) Meal plan - I need to start planning my meals in advance so I don't end up throwing any old thing together

5) Track my progress - I'm going to write everything down and take photos so that I can see change.

I've also brought Lean in 15 by the Body coach for meal and exercise ideas. I've got a couple of kettlebells as I used to love doing that class before I was pregnant.
With 2 children most of my exercise will be done at home. I had a cesarean birth so I need to take things easy and listen to my body if I'm pushing it too hard.

Have you got any meal suggestions for me or any exercise ideas? Any tips to keep me motivated? I'll keep you up to date with my progress week by week.



  1. Thirteen years after my first baby and four years since my last- I still need to get rid of my front bum! ;-) Funnily enough, it's never bothered me but I think this year will be the first year I attempt to decrease it as I finally have (a bit) more time to myself. They sound like sensible ways to do it. We all feel better when healthier but make sure you do take it easy as it's still early days. Good luck! I love the lightbox! x

  2. Aww, I totally empathise. I felt very down about my body for a long time after all three of my babies, but while I was breastfeeding, I carried a lot of extra weight and it took a long time to go. I think the biggest thing is to take it slowly, as your body has been through a lot! Meal planning is key for me, as well as cutting out sugary foods completely. I could not do moderation. Best of luck with it x

  3. Looks as though you've got a great plan of attack, I can't wait to get the Lean in 15 book, it looks so good! Good luck xx

  4. Take it slowly. Whatever you do towards getting the right you will help. Low carb diet really worked for me when I tried it but I found it hard to stick to. Resistance exercises are good, so pushing against something. Standing against a wall and slowly sliding down and up whilst keeping your back against the wall. All that sort of stuff. I'm currently trying Jillian Mathews 30 day shred. Its killing me lol :-)

  5. I know how you feel! Little one is now 10 months and I still gorge on chocolate. Wer have recently picked up Lean in 15 and have tried quite a few recipes and they are yum!

  6. I wish I weighed 9 stone! I'm on a mission to loose weight and have lost 10lbs so far by running and eating well. My sister has a personal trainer and the results she's had have been great, but I just can't justify the cost. Well done and keep it up x

  7. Good luck - be gentle with yourself though! Lean in 15 looks so good, I am interested to see how you get on. Kaz x

  8. I have been feeling a bit like this lately too - with my first the weight dropped off after having him with no problem - in fact I weighed less after having him than I did before but not the second time around - I think I have just been too busy to make decent meals and I really need to address that and I think these are fantastic and realistic tips - thanks so much for sharing

    Laura x


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