It’s my 1 year postpartum update and 9 months since I started my workouts ! If you want to check my 3 month update, here’s the post
Check out my latest photos!
I’m happy with my progress overall. I’m back into the majority of my clothes (I remember when I could only wear 10% of my wardrobe!) and most of them can zip up all the way haha. My body isn’t the same but I’ve come to embrace that and I want it to be stronger.
Of course the hardest area to lose and tone up is the midriff but that’s all down to FOOD. We eat very healthily in my house (spinach and feta omelettes for breakfast, salads or sweet potato with protein for dinner etc) but my Achilles Heel is SUGAR!!!!
I’ve spent a lot of 2015 writing in cafes and they are the worst! Sugary coffees, baked goods, iced drinks..all have so much sugar and psychologically I feel like I need a pick me up which I don’t want to solve with fruit!
My latest trip to Phuket really was the nail in the coffin. We went to an amazing wedding and every sugary delight you could imagine was on offer – pancakes, waffles, tiramisu, cakes, cinammon rolls, welcome bags full of buttery sesame crackers, you name it they had it. I spent most of the weekend with a sugar induced headache that wouldn’t go away no matter how much water I drank. This has led to a watershed moment. Sugar has actually started to make me feel ill! I can’t exercise and eat what I want. You can cover up a bloated tummy with the right style and fit but low energy and headaches are my tipping point.
I started a whatsapp weightloss group with my twin sister and some friends and it’s been pretty good. We’re all trying to get in shape and we share our latest workouts, photos of what we’re eating (good and bad) and generally just encourage each other. I also have a workout buddy who lives round the corner and we run together, run up insane stairs and tone up in her condo gymn. But the best results have been through HIIT workouts, cardio and youtube circuit videos (fitnessblender and toneitup)
The other big struggle has been energy. My son is still not sleeping through the night and let me tell you, doing an intense workout and then not having enough sleep is torture. It means I don’t recover quickly, I can’t workout as often and it’s actually led to me getting colds and the flu. You need deep, restorative sleep when you’re working out 3-4 times a week.
This past week I got onto the Layla Itsines bandwagon and got her 12 week Bikini Babe Program and Nutrition Guide. The first workout was intense – 4 circuits!!!
The Nutrition Guide didn’t really tell me anything brand spanking new but it did help to gently remind and reset my understanding of what to eat. Dark chocolate mochas, creme brulee cappucinos, caramel lattes…NO. Low-fat lattes (with Splenda)..YES. Less exciting, definitely fewer highs but a better balanced, cleaner, leaner, greener body and lifestyle and indulgences that can be indulged ONCE in a while.
Moving forward, and continuing on with my imperfectionist approach 🙂 (https://blackgirlinspore.com/2015/02/28/baby-beat-the-perfectionist-out-of-me ) I’m going to focus on eating well, healthy snacks, keeping my energy up, resting and exercising 3 times a week. Things will probably plateau for a while but that’s ok. I have to go with the punches, and right now my Little Baby Dictator Boss Man is setting the pace.
I thank God for the progress. It’s only going to get better!