In the space of a few month I lost 9 kg and now weigh less than I did when I had my first baby. I previously wrote about the change in my eating habits and re-introducing exercise into my life. I finally made it past that barrier from having to kick yourself up the bum to exercise to actually loving it and finding it easy to find the motivation. In general I now have more energy through out the day and finding I am able to get more done. I am doing 4-5 high intensity classes a week. On Monday evenings I go to Zumba, Tuesday and Saturday mornings I do a body blast class at the gym, Wednesday evenings boxing and just starting a group fitness class on Thursday evenings. I do the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday classes at the hall in a local church. It is great because some one is there to watch the kids. The classes are only in the next room and the kids can watch through a window if they want. There’s toys books and TV room to occupy the kids and of course other kids to play with it. They love going to play and I love being able to exercise. It is a win, win situation. I do the two body blast classes at the gym and there is a crèche at the gym which they also love going to. Body Blast is a high intensity conditioning class that challenges the whole body using a variety of equipment and body weight movements. It has been a gradual increase of improving my fitness levels. When I first started doing these classes they used to kill me. I had only ever done Zumba, yoga and pilates before. The classes actually still do kill me but I have noticed some improvement. I am at least keeping up better and not so out of breathe. I am happy with how I am going. I have almost reached my goal of being able to wear a bikini for summer and actually feel comfortable in one. I just have a little bit of tightening and toning to do on my belly because I still have some baby belly, which is pretty normal after having babies. Personally I feel more comfortable in a one piece but they don’t fit because my body is too long and they don’t cover my boobs properly. Not that I have boobs any more, I seemed to have lost them while losing weight. It would be great if you could chose where you want to loose weight but unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. Hopefully my next fitness blog will be when I have reached my goal.
I just want to say to every one out there who is struggling with getting an exercise routine possible. I understand the struggle, it is real but don’t be too hard on yourself. I’ve been there, I struggled my whole life until now to get it together. In high school I was one of the students who purposefully forgot their sports uniform because I preferred to write lines over doing any form of exercise or sport. Having four kids and also now a single Mum, it is difficult because life is so hectic any way. I know what it’s like to be beyond exhausted at the end of the day and not have the motivation to exercise on top of everything. I know what it’s like when the kids are all finally asleep to just wanted flop on the lounge and watch Netflix whilst having a cup of tea and eating biscuits or chocolate. There is nothing wrong with that at all. It all depends what you want in life. Set your goals according to your life and what you want. It doesn’t matter what any one else is doing. So what if I’ve managed to really get into fitness and love it. That’s what I want to do and I’m happy to do so. Do what your happy with doing. If there is something you really want then you can make it happen. It doesn’t matter if you are busy or have kids. There are times I haven’t been able to make it to a class. That is when I have used fitness apps, watched fitness videos on you tube. When the kids are asleep I’ve put my head phones on and danced around the house. It still dance around the house all the time. There are plenty of kid friendly exercise options out there. You can do anything you put your mind to, it’s just a matter of really wanting it and having the patience and persistence to see it through. What ever it is you choose to do or choose not to do, then be happy with that. Don’t beat yourself up. Self-criticism is a sure why to shut yourself down, where as being encouraging always helps people to flourish, including ourselves. You are enough, you are more than enough and your best is always is enough.