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new aviSo my beautiful daughter is 12 weeks old already (gulp) and I’ve decided it’s about  time I started getting back to my pre-pregnancy levels of fitness – and of course weight!

Until her current growth spurt is over (I’m breastfeeding) I will stay on core nutrition including just one shake a day – for good health – and my plan is to gradually start re-introducing more of the weight management products and cutting back on the “normal” food I’m eating, so that it doesn’t affect my milk.

I’m really looking forward to exercising at the gym and studio again, but know it’ll be a few more months before I can use the creche – also I am not ready to leave my baby girl yet, even if it is just for an hour! So here is what I’ve already started doing:

  • I babywear for several hours a day which is great for both of us and also means I can still get out and about with my pre-schooler. Yesterday we were chasing each other around the trees in the woods while the baby was fast asleep in the wrap – fabulous! You can read my previous post on babywearing benefits here.
  • I’ve downloaded a load of Yogamazing podcasts onto my laptop and iPhone (you can subscribe at iTunes too), so I can do a quick workout whenever I get the chance – which means the rare occasions both kids sleep at the same time! I also have a child’s yoga mat so my son can “join in” if he wants to (!)
  • As well as my beloved and much-used Fitflops, I’ve got a pair of the new Sketchers Shape-ups . I am already a fan of MBTs but have to say I prefer these (surprising for me as the Sketchers are much cheaper, and I normally have expensive taste!!!) – as they are not so obviously ‘unbalanced’ making it easier to walk with them from day one, and in my opinion, not taking very much getting used to (although I confess to not having watched the DVD that comes with them). I also think they look more like trainers than MBTs – my husband usually makes disparaging remarks when I wear the MBTs, but thinks these look nice. I’ve been using them for a couple of weeks now and they are absolutely great – I would highly recommend them if you’re looking to get into shape and want to make the most of your regular activities. I can actually feel the muscles in my legs have had a work-out when I’ve worn them! And I suppose I can’t say all that without a picture now, can I?  These are the same as mine:shapeupsNice eh? (I  got them from www.fitnessfootwear.com who in my experience are very quick to deliver and always give excellent service as well as good pricing.)

I think when you’re a new mum, especially when breastfeeding and you have more of an appetite and less time to prepare healthy food, it even more important to watch what you’re eating, and I must admit that I haven’t always followed my own advice in the last three months!

I’ll try to post regular updates over the nex few months, although I can’t post as regularly as I did before I entered the realms of two children – which is a whole new ball-game!

Best of health,
Sarah

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meditation

I’ve talked about the health benefits of meditation for some time, and then came across this article today in the Health section of the Daily Mail so thought I’d share it with you. (more…)

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I am often asked whether it is necessary to stop drinking in order to take control of someone’s weight – especially if the person is trying to lose weight or has been struggling to maintain their ideal weight. And a surprising number of the people I speak to are consuming a glass or two (or more) of wine most evenings.

Whilst I am a firm believer in the “little bit of what you fancy does you good” mentality, it is important to think about the implications of this level of alcohol intake – here are a few points that you may not have considered. (more…)

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