May 11

Tighten Up.

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Anyone who knows me, knows that prior to getting pregnant I was a fitness uh… enthusiast. Not a fitness freak or a junkie or a fanatic.. but an enthusiast. I was enthusiastic about being fit and healthy, even if my lifestyle wasn’t always entirely fit or healthy, I was always enthusiastic about the idea.

During my pregnancy I felt healthier than I think I’ve ever felt. I stopped drinking alcohol before I found out I was pregnant, I stopped Bikram yoga at about 1 month into my pregnancy due to extreme nausea and vomiting, I stopped playing squash at about 3 months pregnant, I stopped running at about 4 months pregnant and by 5 months pregnant my fitness regime consisted of walking, pregnancy yoga and swimming. Despite the lack of high impact or intensity sports, despite the gigantic belly and the ‘fat waddling’ and despite being completely out of breath when I reached the top of our stairs in our Vancouver apartment, I still felt incredible.

But now I am no longer pregnant and our little girl is 7 weeks old. Over the last 7 weeks I have been hungrier than I ever was when I was pregnant. I’m ravenous. I eat one meal and I start thinking about the next. I eat and eat and I cannot get full. Now I know that breastfeeding is like the miracle weight-loss activity, but due to reasons unbeknownst to me I am already lighter than I was prior to being pregnant. But light doesn’t equal tight. (Possibly the funniest scene in that movie). My tummy could use some toning, my thighs could use some shrinking and generally I just want to get back on track to living my healthy happy lifestyle. As Ivan pointed out to me earlier: “Darling, you don’t even look like you’ve had a baby! You just look like you let yourself go a little.” … Right!

Also, if I’m going to be breastfeeding for at least the next 11 months, then I’m going to have to get serious about having a healthy lifestyle. 11 months of poor health can equal a hard amount of damage to undo. Grumpy mama would equal a sad household, SO:

Enter: Motivation.

Every Tuesday will now be known as ‘Tighten Up Tuesdays’ and I will be writing as a new mama trying to stay fit and healthy with a little baby in tow. I’m not about crazy diets and weird regimes though, don’t worry. It’ll be about motivation and inspiration and healthy living whilst still being the best mama I can.

Your support and comments and general feedback/ideas/advice/input is very much welcomed and appreciated :)

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  • Jess

    Weights! Pump classes, lunges, funny swiss ball exercises… easy to do at home (with some good music and a rep plan) and best way to get that post-work-out pain that all us fitness ‘enthusiasts’ secretly love :)

  • Stacey

    Let me help you Pammage!!!! I’m all yours for ideas/advice/training tips/company while exercising/anything :) Just get creative and try to do new things for exercise, rather than boring old school torture stuff :) Good luck, I think what you are doing is awesome and very healthy so go hard and enjoy your body’s changing time (again!) xx

  • Cousin Rachel

    Mommy/Baby excercise classes are fun. Dancing is great fun and babies love music. And that Dance Revolution is a blast. lol We do more bike riding which is gentle impact on my knees, and lots of swimming. Mira is a fish… well, maybe a seal cause they have to come up for air. :)

  • Court

    Uggh I need that motivation and I don’t even have a baby- just a very demanding job…. I look forward to this- it will be a good kick up the ass for me 😉 xx