Getting fit… again!

The problem with having children (well, one of many…) is that after having each baby, I have found myself virtually back to square one with my fitness. It’s also really difficult to get fit again when you have a baby that is breastfed, making it difficult to find time to go out and exercise.  That’s where running comes into its own. I have always loved swimming and even now I’m managing to go once a week, but running is just so much easier to fit in. I can be changed and out of the door for a 20 minute run…

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A healthy lifestyle

We have always tried to lead a relatively healthy lifestyle, but for me this has gone out of the window somewhat since having Lia. I still manage to exercise every now and then, but she’s not at a point where I can get out regularly for a run at the moment. That’s why I jumped at the chance to try out a nice, simple blood pressure monitor, the Ozeri Cardio Tech Pro Series BP5K Digital Blood Pressure Monitor with Voice-Guided Operation & Intelligent Hypertension Indicator. When I was pregnant, I had my blood pressure taken regularly, but I haven’t had it…

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Monkey has an operation

Things are really busy around here at the moment and next week they are set to get even busier. On Tuesday, we have an appointment at the eye hospital for Libby for a pre-operation check-up. Wednesday is her second birthday and the following week, she is provisionally booked in to have an operation on her eyes to correct her squint.  Because the eyes operate separately from each other, she often appears cross-eyed. This means that she will never be able to see in three dimensions (it is too late to correct that), but the operation will aim to stop her…

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Getting back to fitness!

My baby is finally due a week on Saturday. Much as I’m fairly certain she will be late like her sister, I’m definitely in the final month of my last ever pregnancy and I can’t wait for it to be over! For the last few months, I’ve been planning what to do about my fitness after having the baby. Whilst I managed to continue running, and even managed a 10k night run in early pregnancy, I haven’t run for over a month now, so training has been reduced to long walks and swimming.    This has given me a bit…

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Running in pregnancy

When I was carrying Libby, I managed to keep up with exercise all the way through my pregnancy. I stopped running at around 7 months but continued to swim, walk and play racquet sports. This time around I’ve been a bit lazy. I ran until I was about 6 weeks pregnant, which was when I took part in my last race – a fantastic 10k at night in the Forest of Dean. This was the first night run I’ve ever done and it definitely won’t be the last. After that, morning sickness hit me really badly. I had to take tablets…

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Getting back to me

Despite being delighted I’ve got Libby and equally delighted that my next offspring will be here next year, I’m absolutely certain there won’t be any more after that. The fact that we will have two  children quite close together in age and the fact that there will be no more are both for a purely selfish reason. I want my life back. Before getting pregnant with Libby, I was doing all sorts of sport, most recently some quite big triathlons. Whilst I managed to get back into running and swimming a bit after having Libby and did a couple of…

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Inspired by the best!

It’s not often I write a post about Libby and her recent developments but this weekend she’s had a bit of an achievement that came at just the right time!  Last week, I was lucky enough to interview double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington. We chatted about how important swimming is for children and what a sense of achievement it is for them when they manage to swim alone. Well needless to say at just under 16 months old, Libby isn’t swimming on her own yet, but I think Rebecca’s influence must have rubbed off on Libby because her swimming came…

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