Fitness and I.

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I discovered the gym when I was seventeen.  I went with a few friends from sixth form and I definitely caught the bug!  I had felt for a while like I needed to lose weight and so the gym turned into my sanctuary.

After a short time I started to go the gym every day, for two hours.  I had a set routine and a calorie target to hit.  I wouldn’t leave until both were completed.  It wasn’t long before my relationship with exercise became very unhealthy.  I lost too much weight and wandered around in a daze most of the time, always hungry and knackered.

I had fallen into a trap of believing that being thin would mean that I would be happy.  Like it was that simple.  It just isn’t true though is it?  Whether I lost 3lb or 3st it wouldn’t automatically mean I would be happy.  Happiness comes from within, it’s often learned through getting to know yourself and being comfortable in your own skin.  Happiness comes from learning how to maintain a positive state of mind, as well as giving yourself a break when this becomes difficult.

The turning point for me happened when I was around twenty.  I was skinny, pale and struggling to maintain my routine.  I started to become queasy, breathless and had palpitations when I trained too hard.  I woke up one morning and felt incredibly ill.  I had zero energy and couldn’t stop being sick.  After a little investigation from my GP I was diagnosed with iron deficiency anaemia.  I had trained too hard and not eaten enough, especially not enough of the good stuff.  I was running on empty.

This was the kick up the bum that I need to sort myself out.  After a course of iron supplements and a lot of healthy eating, it was time to find a good exercise/food/life balance.  It wasn’t easy and I relapsed on more than one occasion but in the end I got there.

I managed to keep up a healthy routine until I found out I was pregnant with my first.  At this point I stopped all high impact training and instead opted for walking.  As I got pregnant six weeks after giving birth this meant I carried on with low impact training for nearly two years.

I am now seven months post partum.  I began doing bits of training around two months after giving birth but it’s only now I feel that I am ready to get back to the old routine.  I want to be the healthy, happy and physically fit person I was before I got pregnant.  This is the start of my new fitness journey as a Mama of two.  Maintaining a regular routine can be difficult with the added pressures of two under two, but there are ways and means of adding a workout to my day!

This time around it’s not about being skinny or the person that trains the hardest.  It’s about being a healthy mum to my girls so that they get the best of me.  Let’s face it, when they are both walking I’m going to need to be able to run after them.  I won’t know which way to turn first! 

You can check out all things parenting and fitness over on The Tale of Mummyhood Instagram page!

 


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  • Chilli Regina December 2, 2016 at 10:33 am

    This is so important – it’s not about being skinny but about being healthy and fit for our kids. Our body changes so much after birth and is so important to start working out with caution and at a slow pace..x #PicknMix

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood December 2, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      It really does change, slow and steady definitely wins the race x

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  • organisedjo December 2, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Good luck with your fitness journey. Healthy is so important, especially more so when you have little ones around. #PicknMix

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood December 3, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      Ah thankyou, healthy is so important! X

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  • acornishmum December 4, 2016 at 11:21 am

    I am so unfit at the moment it’s ridiculous, I also have back issues which I know exercise would hopefully help by strengthening it … I’m my own worst enemy as I am so lacking in will power! After Xmas my boyfriend is going to start running with me though … help!! 😉 Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood December 4, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      Will power is so hard to crack though! Good luck with the running! x

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  • oddhogg December 5, 2016 at 8:17 am

    It sounds like you’ve got the right mindset this time around – and I’m sure you’l do fab! #marvmondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood December 5, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      Thankyou! x

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  • franbackwithabump December 5, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    I am a complete gym bunny so good to hear you’re getting back into it. Looking forward to seeing your progress. Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood December 7, 2016 at 6:44 am

      Thankyou! X

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  • Angela Watling December 5, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    It sounds like you’ve had a bit of a challenging relationship with fitness training over the years. It’s great that you’re going into this for health rather than to be the fittest. I used to train a lot pre-pregnancy as I was a rower. I now do cardio 3 times per week if I can, plus some core stability on other days. It’s not as much as I would like but that plus walking feels enough on top of everything else. Having had a few ups and downs over the last 18 months (my daughter is almost 2) I would really recommend just doing what you can when you can. Good luck! #MarvMondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood December 7, 2016 at 6:43 am

      It sounds like you have a really good balance. Doing what you can, when you can is definitely good advice. Thanks for stopping by x

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      • Angela Watling December 7, 2016 at 7:14 am

        Just to say that I found your post on #DreamTeam too – you were the link-up before me!

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        • The Tale of Mummyhood December 7, 2016 at 7:21 am

          Thankyou! X

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  • Janine December 6, 2016 at 7:00 am

    Glad you hear you are exercising healthily now and yes it’s definately about being happy than skinny. I’ve joined slimming world three times now and every time I’ve been miserable. I know it’s not quite the same but I’d rather maintain my size 12 and be happy than just eat meat, fruit and veg and be miserable. I have a weet tooth. I jave to give ot what it craves every now and then 😉

    #Twinklytuesdays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood December 7, 2016 at 6:42 am

      Ah bless you, if it makes you miserable it’s definitely not worth putting yourself through it. I have a sweet tooth too, I totally agree it needs feeding once in a while! 😂 x

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  • Coombe Mill December 6, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Sounds like you know just what you are doing, I am a bit of a fitness fan too, nothing over the top but I can’t do a full day sat on my bum, it makes me grumpy. Good luck, I have a feeling you’ll do it.

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    • Coombe Mill December 6, 2016 at 9:09 am

      sorry, meant to say popping by from #MarvMondays!

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      • The Tale of Mummyhood December 7, 2016 at 12:35 pm

        Thankyou x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood December 7, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      I know what you mean, it makes me grumpy too! I like to get moving! x

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  • Rhyming with Wine December 6, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I salute you for your positive and inspirational attitude to a healthy lifestyle. It sounds as though you have found the right balance as a Mum and that you have a brilliant way of looking at exercise as a way to stay healthy and be a positive role model for your little ones. Thanks so much for sharing with #DreamTeam x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood December 7, 2016 at 6:41 am

      Thankyou! X

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  • kimberly December 6, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Thank goodness you pulled yourself back from the brink when you were younger and were aware enough to keep tabs on it. I can’t believe you got pregnant so quickly after number one – how have you coped?! And you’re thinking about exercise again? Wowser. Fair play. Keep it low key and do it for fun – and just ask at your local gym about bringing baby/babies. Mine doesn’t advertise it but are really cool with me bringing both. I wrote a post on just that recently. Good luck x #DreamTeam

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood December 7, 2016 at 6:41 am

      Thankyou! Haha, it can be very difficult but we manage, just! That’s good with your gym, makes life much easier I bet! X

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  • crummymummy1 December 8, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Good for you – hope you enjoy getting into it again and have lots of fun #picknmix

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood December 8, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      Thankyou! X

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  • Suburban Mum December 8, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    I really need to get back into it. I am really unfit at the moment and probably the biggest I’ve been. I’ve just not got the motivation or want to do it but I know I have to do it to be healthy and set a good example for my boys #picknmix

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood December 8, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      It’s not easy though, especially when you have a busy schedule. Life just gets in the way x

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