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 and be back, showered and changed again and ready to feed the baby within half an hour. I also find it convenient to add a few stomach toning exercises onto the end of the run when I get home.
I’ve managed to run 4-5 times a week for the last few weeks, along with one swim. Last week I managed a long run with a friend, which is going to become a weekly thing; we ran 7.25 miles across the hills. Alongside eating a little more healthily at breakfast and lunch, running has helped me to lose nearly all of the baby weight already, I’ve now got less than half a stone to go. I do intend to keep up with the weight loss though, I’m in the swing of it at the moment so it seems like a good time to lose a bit more.
I’m not someone who can be inspired to train just to look good or lose weight though, there has to be something more than that. I haven’t got time to train enough to do a fast time in a race this year, so I’m planning on waiting until next year and doing some aquathlons. The longer runs and triathlons will have to wait until I have a bit more time on my hands. In the meantime, I have discovered Parkrun, which seems like a great way to keep motivating myself to improve my 5k time. I’ve only been once so far but I can’t wait to go again next week and try to beat my current Parkrun PB!
The other little bit of motivation I’m going to use is my brand new Garmin watch, currently sitting at my neighbours house because it was delivered when I was out. I can’t wait for them to get home so I can get my hands on it!
Losing weight is much easier for me when breastfeeding, although I know it doesn’t work like that for everyone. As I mentioned in a previous post, Lia will be weaned onto solids at 4 months, so I’ve just got four more weeks to make the most the weight loss that is the result of keeping her this chubby!