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So I promised I would update on my fitness progress after my June update. So here I am!

We went on holiday at the beginning of July (see my post Our French Adventure) ,  and my first highlight came a few days before we went away and I did a last minute shop for some holiday clothes, and bought a SIZE 10 (!!!) H&M playsuit, I couldn’t believe it!
 
Since I returned from holiday, I decided to change my fitness plan on FitStar from ‘Get Lean’ to ‘Get Strong’. As I had lost most of my baby weight, and was pretty much down to my pre-baby size, I decided it was time to tone-up and this meant changing my routine. Now I only had to workout with Fitstar twice a week. This meant more time to do housework (or sleep!). So I decided to look in to a new running app. I picked up a Redrock app again, this time I chose a program that will help me build up to running 10K. This might then encourage me to actually enter in to some charity running events.
 
Exercise motivation
Thanks to Louise for her regular motivational pictures! 
 
I would definitely say my attitude towards my body has changed a lot through the whole process of being pregnant, giving birth, and trying to get back to a healthy size (i think i feel a blog post coming about this…).  I have stuck to running at least once a week, and doing my FitStar twice a week, so I still feel like I am training, but it isn’t taking over my life. Which works quite well as I am now back at work, so don’t have as much extra time.FitStar are brining out Yoga sessions soon, I am so excited a I have wanted to try Yoga for a while, so i might take up doing that once a week too.   
 
By doing regular training, I have allowed myself to have the little treats here and there, more so in the form of alcohol than sweets and chocolate. For example, I went out with my sister (allabouttink.com) a few weeks ago, and did a run the morning before, so when we went out I could drink whatever I wanted, and not feel too guilty.
 
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Another of Louise’s fabulous motivational pieces!
 
I have still kept to a healthy diet. I have a green juice/smoothie for breakfast each morning, and either a salad or omelette for lunch, and then a main meal with rich when he is home, which we try to include a protein so fish, chicken etc. I have also cut-back on wheat.  My friend Jo recommended a book called Wheat-belly, it is quite a heavy read, but worthwhile. Its all about how wheat production has changed so much over the past 60 years, it has been crossbred, and tampered with during mass production, that it is actually really bad for your body, including whole-wheat. I haven’t gone drastic, and started cutting out everything containing wheat, just the worst types of wheat, such as bread, pasta and dare I say…..cake. I can say I have noticed a difference in my stomach, it is definitely flatter, and I generally feel better.
 
Now to the important bit, back in June I had got myself down to 10st 11lbs, the juice detox took me to 10st 7lbs, but this went back up to 10st 10lbs after overindulging in Paris and Newcastle. I am now down to 10st 6lbs, and seem to stay at this. Pre-baby I was 10st, but I was nowhere near as healthy or fit, so I do believe some of my fat has turned to muscle. The reason I suggest this, is some of my pre-baby clothes fit me much better now than previously, plus I feel a lot healthier and have lots more energy.
 
Now for my highlight, in my previous post I showed a photo, and promised I would compare a photo in August, this has certainly kept me motivated, at times I didn’t want to do my run, but thought about how I had to post a second photo. I am not convinced the photo looks too different, but if you read the measurements below, you will see combined I have lost myself 3.5 inches!!!
 
 before and after
 
                             Waist 30″/ Hips 36.5″                                                                    Waist 28″ / Hips 35″        
 

So my next target is to tone-up, and hopefully if i post in October, you may actually see the difference! I aim to carry on with my exercise and healthy eating best i can. My biggest challenge now, is going to be juggling a job, baby, and with winter coming, all i will want to eat it stodgy meals.
wish me good luck!
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19. 07. 2014

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A lot of people, admittedly me being one of those prior to having my own baby, thought mums who stayed at home had loads of time on their hands. How wrong was I!

I am sure all mums would agree, taking care of a baby 24/7 is a lot harder than it seems, and one thing you never catch, is a break. What I mean by a break is your little one being the responsibility of someone else, be that your partner, a family member, so that you can relax, and know they aren’t going to wake-up just as you sit-down.

Yes the baby will go down for naps, sometimes a few times a day, so why don’t you get a break whilst they’re napping? Perhaps because you always find a million and one things to do round the house. There are always bottles to wash and sterilise, if you’re weaning, there is pureeing and cooking to do, cleaning the house, which seems to get messier now your on maternity leave as you are there all day! If like me, my hair started dropping out 4 months after giving birth, i was hoovering and sweeping everyday. You now have twice the amount of washing and ironing…. the list is endless.

Yes there are the nice things you get to do, like coffee with other mums, shopping, walks in the park, but you’re not relaxing, as you still thinking about the next item on the schedule, well when will the little one need a feed, and do I need to change his nappy, do I want him to fall asleep in the pram or in the car…it is mentally draining.

I have come to realise (only taken me 7 months), that mums need time off too, the same as other people do from their jobs. Sometimes just an hour away from the house, away from other responsibilities, a couple of drinks with a friend, go for a swim, pop round your mums for a cuppa. These are such simple things, that can be overlooked, and I confess I took having ‘me-time’ for granted before having Harry.

 

Need a break
I’ve found my blog has been a great escapism. For example today – Saturday, I have been with Harry all week, and unfortunately my partner had a super busy schedule, and so he has been away most of the week. I think this really took its toll on me, being responsible for Harry all week, alone, especially after a 10 day holiday and having support on a daily basis. So today I have been in a funny mood, I had a lie-in which was great and I woke up feeling positive and ready for the day, but as the day progressed, and Harry decided not to have his nap, I’ve become anxious, and snappy, unfortunately taking it out on my partner. Both my baby and his daddy have now gone for a nap, and I have been able to just chill-out (opting to do no cleaning, no cooking, no washing), just me, my blog, and I am about to treat myself to a fresh juice! I feel so much better for just having this past hour, to collect and download my thoughts.

Don’t misinterpret this for me being ungrateful, I love my baby more than anything in the world, but I need to be Jen as well as mummy.

I am going to try and make sure each weekend,  I take myself out for a coffee, get my nails done or see some friends, letting the boys have some ‘father and son’ time, and allowing me to have a bit of time to be Jen and not mummy or wife (to be).

It would be great to hear anyones thoughts on how they relax, or have created their own time away from being a mum?

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So, I thought I’d post an update of my June fitness progress, especially as I am having a total fat day so need to get motivated!!!!!!

Week 1: 2nd – 8th – disappointing!
Only did two Fitstar sessions and still no runs! Harry has cut down his morning naps to about 40 mins – 1 hour so I chose to do Fitstar, as these only take 30 mins and my run is at least 40 minutes, and I hate having to stop before my app program finishes. I was eating unhealthy but I did probably have a drink every night! I vowed the rolling week I would be better.

Week 2: 9th – 15th – an improvement
I did 3 Fitstar sessions this week, and three two mile walks with Harry, plus I cut down my alcohol consumption! I also started hula hooping. This was really hard, I did ten minutes, and in that only managed to continuously spin for 25 seconds! I have got a play hula hoop, after a quick Google I soon realised I needed a proper fitness hula hoop if I want to take this seriously. I read an article written by a mum vying to loose her baby weight through hula hooping. This has inspired me to continue, but not sure I want to invest in the real deal hoop until I know I will continually make use of it.

Week 3: 16th – 22nd – getting motivated
I am writing this on the 22nd, having been on holiday with my parents, Rich an Harry in Cornwall most of the week. I did my Fitstar, and a 4 mile hike on Monday and Fitstar again on Wednesday and Thursday and I did ten minutes of hula hooping too. I am really proud I still did my exercise whilst away, my healthy eating went a bit off track as mum only bought white bread (rich is in heaven as I only buy wholemeal) and we have had a couple of drinks each night. Today I am having a day off, mainly so I can get this blog post out!

As motivation to continue my exercise, I decided to take a picture and post it on here (feeling brave!!!!)

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Waist: 30″ / Hips: 36.5″

In August I am going to post an update picture (gives me chance to recover and make up for holiday drinking in July). Fingers crossed I will have trimmed at least an inch.

I am also considering buying a FitBit Flex, my sister has one and loves it, and a couple of my friends have them. This is a wristband that records your daily movement and documents everything in an app. It also monitors your sleep (and I am not a great sleeper). Recording how long you slept for, how many times you woke up and also wakes you up silently so you don’t wake your partner up. This may help me find out why I don’t sleep great, whether it’s my diet, my exercise or lack of.

If anyone has used a Fitbit please let me know whether you would recommend one? They are fairly expensive so would be a big investment for me.

Hints and tips welcome for eating health eating as I really struggle for non-carb based breakfast and lunches. I am having a juice for either one at the moment.

Wish me luck!!

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19. 05. 2014

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As soon as I got up I ran to the scales! Excited to see if I had passed the 4lb point, I had lost another 0.5lbs, meaning I has lost 4lbs in 3 days!!

I had woken up feeling great, and full of energy! I am not sure if that is down to the juice or because I was off to visit my best friend in Paris for the weekend!

My skin was looking great, not that I had ever had awful skin, but sometimes I struggle with small breakouts, blocked pores or just generally looking dehydrated!

I decided to take Jason’s advice and make a juice (opposed to my fry-up idea), I made my favourite the Beyond Detox, refreshing and light. Perfect for for the morning.

I felt almost nervous about eating, not because I didn’t want to regain the weight, but listening to Jason had really made my question what I am putting in my body. Even though a reason I had done this challenge was so I could indulge in Paris, I hadn’t expected for my views of food to change.

I would definetly be thinking about the food I put in my body, not being so restrictive I don’t have treats, but maybe reducing the amount of refined carbs and sugary goodies I indulge in, and snacking on more ‘low intervention’ foods.

During my trip to Paris, I found my stomach had certainly shrunk, I was getting full extremely quickly! I was also missing my juices, luckily we managed to find a super healthy eatery, and I got my fresh juice (carrot, orange and ginger) and it certainly helped the hangover.

On landing in Paris, my stomach felt the flattest it had been since before bubba was born, this was a lovely, rewarding feeling! On flying back from Paris I can say it was not feeling so flat, and even though I didn’t indulge anywhere near as much as I thought I would, and we did a vast amount of walking, I can certainly feel I have probably put 1 or 2 of those lbs back on! But the main thing is I had a fabulous weekend, and didn’t once worry about the calories!

So would I do it again? For sure! It was a great way to cleanse, loose a few pounds and get a flatter stomach perhaps before a big night out or just to up your energy levels. I am not sure I could or would want to do any longer than the 3 days.

I will be trying to continue with a juice every morning to kick-start my day, and if possible make a batch or two a week of the H20 Detox for my daily exercise drink. Why not give it ago! If you do let me know how you get on, I love hearing other peoples success stories.

Update: 6 days post detox, I have continued to start each day with the Dreamy Detox juice, and when possible eat a light lunch and a main meal, and I have managed to maintain my weight-loss.

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18. 05. 2014

I was so happy to be over half way and when I woke up in 24 hours I would be able to eat!  I rushed straight to the scales, after yesterday’s results I was excited to see if there had been anymore change, but also didn’t want to get my hopes up! I was so shocked to see I had lost another 1.5lbs!  I had been training for 4 weeks and not shifted 1lb and in 2 days lost 3.5lbs (though I knew it would be short lived a I can’t survive on juice forever!).

Day 3 started off with my least favourite, Juice Master Super Detox, I reluctantly drank it all. In today’s schedule I was due to drink double the amount of H20 Detox. I knew I would never do this, so made-up just one batch, and used this during my morning training.

Thinking today would be the easiest as my body would be getting used to the diet, and I would of mentally got over the lack of eating, but actually I was finding it the hardest.

All I could think about was food, and by lunch I didn’t feel great, a little lightheaded. Perhaps I had overdone it with the exercise too, so I decided to eat a stick of celery. They say you burn more calories eating celery than the calories actually in a stick of celery!

I made up my lunch, which was the Beyond Detox, I knew this wasn’t too bad, and drank all of it before taking Bubba for a walk. We did 2 miles which isn’t unusual for us, but I was shattered, and just felt really hungry, I didn’t want to give in, and knew I only had hours left, but felt like today was really challenging me, and I was battling in my head whether to just eat something.

I decided to see how I felt after my last juice. This was the Dreamy Detox (the one I made on day 2 and didn’t end up drinking). This was LOVELY, so refreshing and light! You have it over ice, and it has no avocado or yoghurt to thicken it up! This was by far my favourite and I could of drank double the amount!

After this I was determined to make it to the end and just kept thinking how good it would feel to wake up tomorrow and of lost more weight!

I decided to watch the coaching video for day 3, it was worth it as Jason talks about how you make the transition back to eating, and recommended having a juice on day 4, then salad for lunch and protein based meal for dinner. This seemed sensible although all I could think about was a huge fry-up or pancakes and maple syrup!!

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18. 05. 2014

I started my day by seeing if I had lost any weight from day 1 and to my surprise I had lost 2lbs. As I am not really overweight, I just presumed I would loose the bare minimum, perhaps 1lb, but at least I would of cleansed my body. This spurred me on to complete day 2! 

I knew this day would be a little harder as I was going out with my friend and her baby boy (Mason, he is 3 weeks younger than Harry). She was also doing the detox, but a 5-day (crazy lady), so at least I knew I wouldn’t be tempted to eat as neither of us would be able to stop for lunch. 

I decided to make my morning juice and lunch juice so I could take this with me in a flask. They also recommend you make up another bottle of the H20 Detox, but I still had 500ml left from the day before so I didn’t bother.

Breakfast was Super Detox Smoothie, this included pineapple, blackberries, blueberries, bio-live yoghurt and ice. This was really thick due to the yoghurt, and in future I would only have half the amount of yoghurt as it was a little too much, and I ended up only drinking 3/4 of the pint. 

Lunch was Dreamy Detox, at last a drink that didn’t include betroot or avocado, this included apples, lemon, ginger, celery, cucumber and ice. I made this up, and put in a flask to have whilst I was out.

In the rush of getting the kids ready and out the door, I left without my juice, and left it on the side. So whilst I was out, I just had a peppermint tea, which I think is allowed as it has no caffeine and is ‘low intervention’. 

Jason Vale talks a lot about how your diet should consist of ‘low intervention’ foods, meaning foods that have had no or very little intervention from people. For example a ‘low intervention’ food would be fruit or veg as it is grown and sold without any intervention from people, unlike a supermarket fruit juice, that has been pasteurised, includes sweetners and has been processed to have a longer shelf-life. 

Returning from my day out,  I had my H20 Detox, and once the bubba was in bed, made my final drink of the day Beyond Detox. 

Even though I had not had all my juices, I was feeling quite good. Jason mentions you would start to feel a ‘juice high’ once your body had got over the initial cravings. I think I had reached my ‘juice high’, and I was excited to see the results on the scales the next day!

Just Day 3 to go

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15. 05. 2014

So starting day 1 of my detox! Due to not finding my juicer till about midnight the day before starting, I only managed to do my shopping on the morning of day 1. So when bubba woke from his morning nap, I dashed out to ALDI and picked up my ingredients, by the time I made it back and got juicing I was having my ‘breakfast’ juice at 11.30am (only 4 hours after I would usually have my breakfast, so I was starving).

You have 4 juices in day 1, the first two being the same (JuiceMaster Super Detox), so I could of skipped a juice given it was almost lunch time, but I wanted to stick to the plan as much as I could. Therefore I just prepared and juiced enough for two batches and stuck one in the fridge.

The ingredients for the first juice included apples, cucumber, celery, carrot, lemon, yellow pepper, avocado and ice. You juice everything but the avocado and ice (obviously). Once everything is juiced you whack it in a blender with the avocado and ice. You need a really good blender, preferably one that is for using ice, which mine wasn’t, so I was a little limited to how much ice I could use, and I had to blend for about a minute to make sure the avocado was complexly liquified.

This resulted in a PINT of juice!!! It was not what I expected, the avocado had really thickened it up, so it was like drinking yoghurt. I could really taste the pepper, I think in the future I maybe not add this, as even a small piece seemed to overpower the other flavours.  I managed the whole pint, and it was so filling, I wasn’t sure how I was going to fit 3 more of these bad boys in before the end of the day.

I decided to have my second, as an afternoon snack about 3.30pm. By now I was starting to miss my food, I wasn’t hungry, more so the physical action of eating, like a biscuit with a cuppa.

The third juice was actually more of an energy drink, so the consistency was similar to water and squash rather than a thick yogurt. This was a relief as after my second juice I was feeling really full. This drink was to be drunk throughout the day instead of water, or to help you along when exercising. Called H20 Detox, it was made up of apples, lemon, pineapple, betroot and water (water being 75% of the drink).

I decided to use this when I was doing my core strength training (post to come on this). It had a strong betroot taste and with the sweetness from the pineapple, I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was, and was perfect for during and after my exercise. I would definetely make this if I was going on a long walk or doing a charity run! I felt it really made a difference to my energy levels.

I was starving after my training, my sister and boyfriend were both making their dinner, I was feeling really jealous, but not tempted, I wanted to stay on track. I made my final juice Beyond Detox, this included apples, baby spinach, betroot, parsley, cucumber, avocado and ice. Same as before you juice everything but the avocado and ice. I was really surprised you could juice spinach and parsley! This was probably my favourite of the day, still thick, but quite sweet.

I had made it through day, I felt really full, and very proud, only two more to go.

Juice detox: Day 2to follow soon…

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As mentioned in my post No more (baby) weighting around , I am doing a 3-day juice detox in a last minute attempt to shed some lbs before a trip to Paris with my best friend . I have a wedding the week after my Paris trip, and can’t risk not fitting in to my dress! Therefore my plan is to loose at least 3lbs with this detox, then I can indulge when visiting Katy, as she is forever telling me about the delicious food and wine she has been consuming since her move to france, and still fit in my dress.

I originally heard about Jason Vale / Juice Master from a friend who is also trying to shed those post-baby pounds! She is doing the 5-day juice detox, at the same time as me. I think she is a little crazy going straight in at the 5-day but she has more will-power than me.

Detox in summary: I can only have juice and water for 3 days!!! You are meant to loose between 3-7lbs and cleanse your body.

In preperation
I searched my loft for the juicer I bought about 6 years ago (if not longer), it had all the main components, few extras missing, but it would do! Dusted it off, now I just needed the app and my ingredients.

I downloaded the app (cost £2.99), and got my shopping list. You can buy a book for £9.99, but I thought I would try the app first and if it is something I want to continue with, I can buy the book.  Even though they recommend buying the highest quality fruit and veg (they recommend organic), I knew this would cost a fortune, and I am on maternity leave so I dashed to my favourite supermarket – ALDI – got all my ingredients (bar the yoghurt and spinach) for £20! That’s less than £7 per day.

 

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The app is great, it has videos, instructions and the reasons why you are consuming such foods. The videos I find very helpful, there is one each day to coach you through the day and also explain how you are likely to be feeling, and why.

I’ve completed my first day of my detox and will be writing up my experience in my next post.

Fingers crossed it works!

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