A recent breast cancer scare has brought a few things in my life into sharp focus. Thankfully, following tests, I received the good news that the lumps are only cysts but for a while there I was caught in that horrible limbo of not knowing what the future would bring.
As I sat in the ultrasound department of our local hospital, nervously waiting for my name to be called, I made a promise to myself that if I was lucky enough to have a good outcome then I would take my health & fitness a good deal more seriously than I have been.
I have let myself go quite a bit since I fell pregnant with Bubs, having gained over 4 stone (56lbs) in two and a half years, and I now weigh in at 14st 6lbs. At 5 foot 4 inches tall this puts my BMI in the obese range. It’s just a disaster waiting to happen!
I kept telling myself that I would start exercising and cut out the rubbish from my diet but there’s always a reason to put it off until next month (Bubs is a handful so I have no time to exercise), and the next month (it’s Easter, everyone has chocolate at Easter), and, well you can see where this is going.
I’ve not been looking after myself as well as I should and the effects are beginning to show. I’m exhausted all the time, I get out of breath far too easily and my knees are constantly aching from carrying around so much excess weight. I feel like my batteries are out of power, I’m running on empty and just crawling through life.
Enough is enough! The time for excuses is over. I’ve bought myself some (bright purple!) trainers and I am going to try and do some form of exercise at least once a day, even if it’s just taking the dogs for a brisker walk than usual. I’m lucky in that we own a treadmill so I can squeeze in a quick run while Bubs is napping and our jogger buggy works well for bringing Bubs along on an outdoor run.
I’m weaning myself off sweets and chocolate which are my biggest problem and generally cutting out the amount of sugar I consume in other forms. In my quest for advice and inspiration I’ve been busy bookmarking sites, YouTube channels and apps and I thought I’d share them with you.
For fitness and healthy eating advice you can’t go wrong with Fitsugar. Their recent post on juices is great as I have been struggling to find appetising juice recipes.
For quirky, fun workouts look no further than TheBeachBodyMom‘s channel on YouTube. She shows you how you can get great results without having to invest in any exercise equipment. I love doing her Low Impact Step workout as you don’t even need to have a step!
For jogging, on and off the treadmill, I’ve been using two apps. Runtastic helps me to keep track of my exercise sessions and Couch25K is great for easing your way back into jogging/running.
I won’t bore you with weekly weigh-ins and suchlike but I might do a monthly update for my own benefit.