My First Year Essentials

I can’t believe it. Lacie is one on Sunday. I have survived the first year with a few bumps to the head (yes she rolled off the bed. Every new mothers nightmare!), breakdowns and sleepless nights. It really hasn’t been as hard I thought it would be – I’ve loved every minute and being a mummy has definitely chilled me out. I simply CAN’T work out more than 6 times a week (I used to train twice a day!!), can’t be fussy about what I eat and when I eat it, and I have to drag my ass out of bed to get my workout in in the morning. You can certainly get your body back after a baby, but you need to be prepared to workout when infact all you want to sleep and be patient. It definitely is 9 months out, 9 months in. I have just got my body back to where I want it to be (well 1kg away from my goal anyway!)

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So here are a few things that have kept me going this last year. My new mum essentials, which have made my life easier.

Maxinutrition Promax Lean Bars 
These are great for my crazy mornings, when I don’t have time to grab food between my workouts (I workout at 6:30am when Lacie is in bed) and getting me and Lacie ready for the day. They are high in protein, contain green tea and just seem to set me up for the day until I can grab some eggs or something similar for breakfast, which usually happens about 10:30.

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Viridian Cherry Night
Sometimes, no matter how tired I am, I feel wired at nighttime, despite the fact that I don’t drink coffee or anything like that.
Since having Lacie, I’m also such a light sleeper, so find that this Cherry Night, helps me to relax and unwind before bed and helps me sleep a bit more soundly! It contains glycine, cherry, red date and magnesium, which are all great for relaxing the mind, especially if you have an hour post-bedtime.
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BearWolf Personal Training Service
It would be so easy to skip a workout if I wasn’t accountable to these guys! Each day I have to check in with my workout and nutrition using their online app, and if I don’t? I get a gentle reminder from Scott, asking me how I’m getting on.
I’m currently on week 3 of my new programme and each day when I check in, I have to tell them my reps, weights and workout time. The goal is to improve each week – and guess what? So far, so good! Still one kilo of baby weight to shift though!

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My Virgin Active Membership
Now I have a gym in my garden I don’t go to the gym as much as I would like too, but my mum has Lacie on Wednesdays so I make sure I go to the gym then and also on Thursday evenings. It’s nice to be on the gym floor again with an abundance of equipment and to be surrounded by others working out. I often get ideas by watching what others do, or speaking to the trainers there. I also love our swimming lessons at Virgin Active. Lacie has been going since she was 11 weeks old and we now have a fab teacher called Sandra who is really pushing her along whilst making the lessons fun. She can now kick her legs, paddle her arms, go under the water without even a blink of the eye and sit on the side and jump in. She really does love it and I would recommend swimming lessons to any new mum.

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Weaning; Sugar-free banana bread

We’ve hit a stumbling block! Lacie is usually so, so good with her food and now she doesn’t want vegetables. She doesn’t want fish or protein. And she certainly doesn’t want puréed sweet potato or butternut squash. Until now, she’s been the healthiest, unfussiest (if that’s a word!) baby and it’s phased me. It’s like all of a sudden she’s turned into a stubborn little monkey and knows what she likes and what she doesn’t. Give her bread and she’s happy! Well I’m not!

To help the situation I’ve been baking. Last week I made sweet potato and butternut squash muffins. This week I made banana bread with sweet potato and grated carrots. She loved it. I either give it to her warm with a little almond butter or coconut oil and she’s happy to munch on it.
To help any other mums through this difficult phase, here is the recipe. I like that it’s sugar free and that it’s got only almonds, eggs, bananas, cinnamon and sweet potato in it. I wonder if next time I make it, I can add a bit of spinach? It’s worth a try!

To make, you will need;
2 eggs
200g sweet potato
1 large banana
1 grated carrot
100g ground almonds or almond flour
50g hazelnuts
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
30g Lucy Bee Coconut oil
Pinch of salt.

First of all boil the sweet potatoes until they are soft, then blend (I love the baby cook) until they are puréed, then
grate the carrot and mix with the almond flour, hazelnuts, coconut oil, eggs, salt and baking powder.
Add a pinch of cinnamon before putting the mixture into a well oiled loaf tin and bake at 160 degrees for 60 minute.
Let it rest. Then cut up and store in a cool dry place.

This really is a perfect finger food for lunch time or as an afternoon snack – for (mummy) & baby. Enjoy!

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Post Christmas Detox

Ahhh….it’s been a while. I finished my 21 day detox at the end of November and carried on with the eating well and exercising most days. I even kept it up over Xmas with a few little treats thrown in Xmas Eve and Xmas Day.
Boxing Day was full of treats too, so I had a three-day detox planned for the 27th and beyond – and then BAM! I got a nasty sickness bug that night, which saw me laid up for a day in a half in bed, feeling so, so poorly.

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Not feeling (or looking my best!!)

Thankfully I’m all better now, but any exercise plan has been put on hold for a few days as I’m weak from not eating for a day or so, and I’ve pulled something in my neck when being sick for hours on end (nice!!!).

So instead of telling you what I’ve not been doing, I’m going to tell you what I’m going to do!

For the next few days I’m going to ease myself back gently into the gym. Some light cardio and bodyweight stuff with a rest day on New Years Day. Then come Monday, I’ll be starting another 21-day challenge.

To help me do this, I’ve got my brand new Gym Boss Timer…yay! Some brand new Bamboo Fitness Leggings and top (They are so soft, yet eco-friendly, breathable and anti-bacterial), a brand new iPod with my fav tunes, and a brand new programme from BearWolf, a new online personal training service, which allows you to train with a personal trainer from where ever you are.

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I know, I know, I’m a PT myself, but sometimes us PT’s to be accountable to others too. It’s nice to be given a programme that challenges me and makes me work in the gym differently to what we like to do. Scott, at Bearwolf, also makes me check in all my workouts and my daily nutrition macros (like calories, protein, fats and carbs) as well as send him my starting weight, measurements and photos. It really is like having a PT, but means I can workout in my own time around Lacie, and in my own gym, with my own entertainment and own motivation. If I don’t check in, I get a cheeky phone call or text to ask how I’m doing…

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So, as of Monday, I will be doing five workouts a week (one a recovery 30 minute walk/jog) and checking in with Scott after each session using their online tracking and monitoring service. If I’m not sure of any of the exercises, then I can easily refer back to the BearWolf exercise library, and I can communicate with Scott, or any of the other PTs via my dashboard, which has a messaging service – when Scott send me a message I get an email notification. It really is all very high-tech but super easy to use. I love that I have to check in with my progress; it’s great seeing your numbers in black and white and seeing that you beat last week’s weight or reps. It definitely keeps me motivated.

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So that’s my plan. Keep an eye out for an overview of some of my workouts, and my food diaries. I’ll even share some of my secrets with you – I’m only human. I do get cravings too, and although sometimes I give in, there are a few things I do to fight them off! I’m looking forward to getting stuck in….who’s with me?

Day 21 – my last day of the 21 day fat loss challenge

So today is my last day of my 21 day challenge – but I will be keeping it up! I’ve got into a great routine over the last three weeks and really enjoying my workouts too. They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit, and I think that is correct!

Today I started the day off with a Kettlebell Tabata workout whilst Lacie was in bed, then I had a juice made up of 3 carrots, a whole cucumber, 2 apples and half a lemon before taking her swimming at Virgin Active. I love how many vegetables you can cram into a juice – think of all those nutrients feeding your cells!!

Lacie had a good sleep after her swim so I had a protein bar before answering a few emails and starting a feature for Fertility Road Magazine.

For lunch, Lacie had sweet potato, butternut squash, spinach & pear with Cod, while I had a spinach falafel and hummus salad. I then had some chocolate CO YO mid arvo followed by a spinach, apple, celery, cucumber and avocado smoothie for dinner.

I will weigh myself tomorrow – but I know that all my clothes feel really comfortable and I’m feeling slimmer than before so I’m happy. This challenge has been great for keeping me focus, so if anyone wants to join me on another one, drop me an email and I’ll write a 21 day challenge for you too.

Day 19 – 21 day fat loss challenge

I can honestly say that this 21 day challenge has been brilliant for keeping me on track.
I’ve kept to my calorie allowance nine days out of ten (well 16 out of 19), worked out or walked every day and am really noticing a difference with my physique.

My husband has also been away for three days and usually I would see it as an opportunity to eat whatever I wanted but I’ve been extremely focused and had a small piece of Lindor chocolate when wrapping some Xmas presents on Friday night (day 17).But that’s allowed right?!

Today, I’ve been out for a short and sharp run (4 miles in 30ish minutes) followed by a walk into town with Lacie. That’s my fasted cardio done!
I then had a three egg omelette with cheese and bacon as a late breakfast, followed by some Sukrin low carb bread for lunch with goats cheese and a pot of Morello Cherry CO YO.
For dinner I had a carrot, apple & lemon juice with a handful of spinach. I really fancied a juice, after Watching Jason Vale’s ‘Super Juice Me‘ documentary last night – I’ve been truly inspired by it. I’ve been on one of his retreats and have forgotten just how amazing you feel after having a juice!
I’m definitely going to have one every day and may even do a week long juice detox. We’ll see! I just hate making them and washing the juicer up!

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Tomorrow I have a gym workout planned first thing and then I’ll probably take Lacie out for a walk in the afternoon. USA Pro sent me some of their amazing new workout clothes and I actually can’t wait to put them on in the morning and work out. It’s amazing how new gym clothing can be so motivating!

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Day 13 of 21 day fat loss challenge.

After a good weekend, today has also been great.
Last night I spent an hour preparing all my food for the next few days and made an amazing chicken mix; chicken with pesto, spinach, apple and avocado. I had it for lunch with salad and in a wrap. It was lovely!

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Besides from that I had a fab without this morning before Lacie woke, then had two poached eggs and bacon for breakfast, a homemade CO YO cheesecake made with a flaxseed and almond base, then Bassa and sweet potato and veg for dinner.

I’ve also had a good walk with the pram and drinking lots of peppermint tea and water to keep me hydrated.

Day 10 – 21 day fat loss challenge

Day 10 started with a 55-minute workout consisting of 400 sprints and high rep resistance exercises. I had a good day yesterday and managed a run in the morning and a gym session at Virgin Active in the evening, so to say I slept well last night is an understatement.

I’m really in to my CO YO at the moment so for breakfast I had a frozen banana blended with chocolate CO YO, cinnamon, chai seeds and vanilla SPIRU-TEIN. It tasted like a thick and silky chocolate milkshake!  It’s the first time I’ve had this type of protein powder and I was pleasantly surprised.
The protein powder features 14g of protein derived from soy, rice and pea and contains Bee Pollen, Chlorophyll and added fibre to help fill you up. The only thing I don’t like is that it contains Fructose and I would rather it be sugar free but I suppose you can’t have it all!

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After breakfast I took a walk to Virgin Active to sign Lacie up for her next lot of swimming lessons, she really does love the water, then came home and had a chicken salad followed by some vegetable crisps.

For dinner I had salmon and vegetables and for my mid-afternoon snack had two satsumas.

Today worked out around 1600 calories, so a bit more than the last few days but it’s all from good foods so I’m really not worried that it’s worked out more. I’ve also had a ton more water, which as you know is vital for weight loss and regulating appetite.

Day 8 – 21 day fat loss challenge

Sorry for lack of post yesterday. I had a mummy’s day out for some work stuff, had lunch with some friends and then had my nails done – so the rest of my evening was playing with Lacie and spending some quality time with her. I still feel guilty leaving her for a few hours, even though I know she’s having fun with Nanny. That said, my day wasn’t great yesterday. I tend to have a cheat meal every 7 days and yesterday was that day. It’s ok though, I enjoyed it and got straight back on the wagon today. It’s easy to beat yourself up if you’ve had a few treats, but I say enjoy them and move on. It really is all about balance.

So how did day 8 go? Well. I went to the gym yesterday morning and did Tababa circuits, so today was my rest day. No gym. I did however walk into town and get a few bits from the shops before breakfast, so I did a good hour of fasted cardio.

I then came home and had my low carb bread toasted with mashed avocado and melted goats cheese with some scrambled eggs for breakfast. Good fats and protein, always help balance my blood sugar levels after a cheat meal. I then had a client, followed by some homemade tomato soup and a handful of almonds for lunch, followed by another client at 3pm. Me and Lacie then shared a pear and some CO YO before having a homemade chilli made with organic mince beef and some quinoa and spinach.
It was then off with another client – who I took out for a 5k run. It was freezing outside but so nice to get some fresh air and move my legs after feeling so sleepy after my 3pm client.

Today I’ve stuck to 1400 calories. I’ve had quite a bit of fat (all good fats though) so need to keep an eye on that tomorrow. Fat is still fat at the end of the day, good or not. I did also measure myself and after four weeks of keeping an eye on my nutrition and changing my training I’ve lost 5 and a half inches all over. It just shows that the scale lies. I’ve lost hardly nothing on the scales but I’m blatantly smaller all over – meaning my clothes feel nice again. I even wore some old size 8 trousers yesterday that I struggled to get into even before I was pregnant!

Day 6 – 21 day weight loss challenge

Day 6 already…and it’s been another good day.

I started the day off with an hour’s without. I won’t lie, I very nearly stayed in bed, but I didn’t. I lied to myself and said I’d do 20 minutes, but once I got stuck in it ended up being 65 minutes! I’m glad I did it. Today’s session consisted of tube walking, planks & squats to warm up, then some overhead squats to help improve my strength followed by a 15 minute circuit at the end of goblet squats, burpees, squat jumps & more burpees.

I then had scrambled eggs, avocado & almonds for breakfast, homemade tomato soup for lunch, some homemade CO YO and banana ice-cream mid arvo (yes it was amazing!) and then a chicken breast & salad for dinner.

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With my soup I also had this amazing Sukrin low carb bread. It was delish. I really crave the stodginess of bread now it’s cold (and I’m tired!) and that Lacie has toast every day. I have to throw her left overs away as soon as she’s finished just so I’m not tempted. Wheat doesn’t agree with me, and I haven’t eaten toast for years…why start now?! Thanks Lacie!! :)

So for now I’m going to have the Sukrin bread instead. It was so easy to make!
I literally added 250ml of water to the mixture then baked in the oven for 1 hour and 20 mins. They even provide the tray for you to bake it in!

The bread is low carb, gluten free, dairy free and made from seeds. I’ll definitely be buying this again and perhaps add some raisins or sultanas into the mixture to make it more of a sweet treat.

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Today I’ve stuck to around 1400 calories again and weighed myself just to see how I was getting on. There was a slight shift…61.4kg rather than 61.5kg. It’s not alot but at least it’s going in the right direction!

21 weight loss challenge – Day 5

I’m going to have to keep this post quick as it’s been a long day socialising with friends – and I have bottles and food to make for the next few days.
My day started today with a 7 mile run, which took me exactly an hour – I’m super happy with that as I haven’t run that distance since falling pregnant and it’s the first time that I haven’t been out and been counting down the miles!

I then came home and had a protein bar, followed by some some almonds, before taking Lacie swimming with my husband and his parents. We then had lunch out – I had a chicken kebab with salad and a wholemeal pitta bread.

It was then off to my sisters for a birthday party and some fireworks. There I had some chill (no rice – or cheese!) followed by a slice of birthday cake. Not great – but it fitted into my calorie count and who can resist a slice of chocolate cake eh?!

We got Lacie home for 7:30 so she could get to bed and I had a snack of almond butter – eaten off a spoon. Yum!

Have hit around 1400 calories again today, with not too much damage considering I was at a birthday party. It feels like I haven’t stopped, so I’m sure it hasn’t even had a chance to hit my thighs….yet!

Day six tomorrow….