Chunky but funky

So I’ve not posted in my blog for so long mainly because I’ve had a tough time with pregnancy and work but I’m finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel!

My second trimester saw a whirlwind of shit with work. I found out I was getting made redundant 😥 you can imagine right! The sheer terror was awful

How am I going to live?

How am I going to feed the baby?

I’m going to be an unemployed mum!!!

Seriously the list went on and on and eventually I made myself Ill with worry, but after numerous break downs, conversations with my partner, family and friends I finally managed to figure out my next move and realise that all was not lost.

I’m lucky, I have a fantastic partner and family that would support me through anything but still it was hard.

Anyway I’ve now entered my third trimester, so I’m on the home stretch and one thing I have learnt is that weight gain is inevitable.

Yes, unfortunately ladies, unless you have a personal trainer and chef on hand you are going to gain that weight that you were so desperate not to. Now although this grieves me in a way I can’t explain I’ve come to terms with it as I haven’t given up training. Just because I am gaining weight doesn’t mean I have to stop training. In fact I have been training really hard and I’ve loved it.

I swim 3 times a week and I do 2-3 home workouts a week and I feel better for it.

Guys I know how off putting it is when you step on the scales and see that they either haven’t gone down or, if like me you’re pregnant, the scales gave gone up, but please DONT GIVE UP.

Always remember that muscle weighs more than fat and it’s not about what the scales say, it’s about how you feel.

I may have gained 30lbs with this pregnancy but I feel great and I know that once madam pops out I will pop back into shape.

Hang in there ladies, keep going and encourage eachother.

It’s hard but what’s worth it won’t be easy and what’s easy won’t be worth it.

F x

Rest days! Don’t deny yourself

Hey there fellow bloggers,

I have to send my apologies as I haven’t posted anything for a while due to being unwell. Last week I hit exhaustion and had to visit the doctor, now normally I wouldn’t bother but being pregnant I thought I probably should go and get checked out. Anyway cut a long story short, the doctor told me that I do too much and with working 2 jobs my body was exhausted. I did ask the doctor about the amount of exercise I am doing and whether that would have an effect and although she said I needed to make sure I was giving my body the sufficient time to rest, she also said that exercise would only have positive benefits!!!!!!!

So last week I decided to take it easy, I had a week off the gym but still couldn’t fully rest as I am not wired like that! I have to be doing something, sitting at home all day “putting my feet up” gives me cabin fever. So I walked! I ended up walking 35 miles over the week and by the end of the week I felt better rested than I had in a long time.

The point of this post is to ensure you that having a rest day is ok and I would encourage it. Without resting, your muscles don’t have the time they need to recover, repair and get stronger. Also you need to rest so you can fully enjoy your workouts, if you are constantly exhausted from working out then you’re not going to work as hard, because you don’t have the energy, and it’s going to become a chore for you to do it rather than something you enjoy.

Resting doesn’t have to mean sitting on your ass and stuffing your face with cake! No, resting can mean taking a day off from the gym or running but still going on a long stroll. Your body will tell you when it needs time to rest and you need to LISTEN to it, otherwise you will burn yourself out.

Ever heard of the expression “you can’t burn the candle at both ends”, yeah well this also applies to working out. Be careful not to over do it, you’ll do yourself more harm than good if you don’t rest!

In the words of Beyonce “LISTEN”, you’re body loves you, love it back.

Take care guys

F x

You can sit on the couch or get rid of the pouch!

So yesterday I felt really unwell, I mean sick, headaches and generally exhausted but I really didn’t want to get home from work and just sit on the couch as I know it would have made me worse! Now not everyone is the same, so please don’t think that just because I’m a fitness junkie, you have to be the same, you don’t and if you’re pregnant and having a hard time then it’s understandable that fitness may make you want to vom! But I promise, from experience that fresh air and gentle exercise will help! You can up the ante once you start feeling better.

So instead I decided to go for a walk with a friend, it wasn’t a power walk or anything too strenuous but it was still exercise and I wasn’t sat there stuffing my face and afterwards I felt 100% better!

So, you see, exercising doesn’t always have to be vigorous and 100 miles an hour, you can still burn calories as long as you are being active in some kind of way. Burning yourself out by doing extreme exercise everyday won’t help you in the long run as eventually your body will have to rest, and yes rest is good for you!

By resting, you allow your muscles the time they need to recover and believe me they need time. By giving them this rest period they will then be able to train just as hard the next time you use them.

If, like me, you are addicted to being active and find it physically impossible to sit still (my partner thinks I have ants in my pants) then rather than killing yourself working out hard 24/7 think about doing some less strenuous exercising like walking or swimming, play with the kids or go on the trampoline for a little while. Whatever you are doing on your feet is better than sitting on your bum!

Remember keeping fit and healthy is important but part of this is looking after yourself at the same time. Don’t over exert yourself too much.

I hope that my posts are a good read for you guys, if there is anything you want me to talk about or want advice with then let me know 🙂

F x

Going to the gym but can’t get slim?

Ever wondered why you’re going to the gym but not losing weight?

It’s a common misconception that by going to the gym you can eat whatever you want as you are exercising, the truth of the matter is this is not the case. The other misconception is that if you do lots and lots of cardio you are going to lose weight and tone up, again this isn’t always the case.

The truth is we all have different body types, my partner for example can eat whatever he likes and as long as he is training, won’t gain a pound. Frustrating, I know! Me on the other hand, if I look at a doughnut my ass gets a second ass!

Now when I first started training years ago I made the very mistake of thinking that as long as I am working out then my body will naturally go to the shape I wanted it to be. Then I found out about body types.

So the three main body types are Ectomorph, Endomorph and Mesomorph each being totally different from the other.

Ectomorph: Lean and long, with difficulty building muscle. This is usually the type of person that may find it hard to gain weight and tone muscle. This body type will burn off fat very easily and so to gain muscle you will need to cut your cardio down and concentrate on compact workouts, you’re also going to have to up your food intake, especially carbs and protein.

Endomorph: Big, high body fat, often pear-shaped, with a high tendency to store body fat. If you fall into this category then I’m sorry to tell you that you’re going to find it easier to store fat than you are to shift it, but not all is lost. If you up your cardio workouts using LISS and HIIT routines such as short, fast hill sprints then the weight will begin to shift along will a lower calorie intake concentrating on ensuring it is high in fibre.

Mesomorph: Muscular and well-built, with a high metabolism and responsive muscle cells. If this is your body type them you lucky dam sod! You can look like a Greek god/goddess without having to worry too much! This body type is especially lucky with training as you can keep balanced workouts and keep progressing. You can keep your calorie intake to a standard portion of around 1500 for a woman, but be careful not to eat too many fatty treats, your body might be that of an Adonis but you still need to take care of your heart and cholesterol.

So before starting your training, you need to find out what body type you are as you don’t want to be spending all that time in the gym and it does nothing for you. If you’re unsure which body type you are then there are plenty of tests/quizzes you can take online.

Keep active and stay healthy

Until next time folks 🙂

F x

Nobody likes to snuggle a stick!

Due to social media and ‘celebrities’ (I say this in quotation marks as my view of a celebrity is far different from that of the media), most women are under a false illusion that for you to have ‘the perfect’ body you need to be a size 2! WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.

This is an absolutely horrific message to send out to the nation. Firstly, I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying ‘nobody likes to snuggle a stick’ well seriously go outside and grab a stick, cuddle it and see how it feels! Not great hey?

As women we come in all shapes and sizes, being a size 14 doesn’t mean you are unfit, crikey not at all. Some women are born curvy, some are born slight but we were not born to starve ourselves to fit in with a completely blinkered nation of barbies. It’s not natural!

My blog and my aim going forward is to empower women, yes I talk about fitness and weight loss, does that mean I am saying you are unfit if you aren’t a certain size? No. My workout advice, fitness posts and insights are to help you understand that you can be so fit and healthy without tormenting yourself to become the average Kardashian.

Being fit is about the strength your body has, the wellbeing of your insides and your mental state of mind. People exercise and get into fitness for all types of reasons. You can get into fitness because it releases them happy endorphins, because you feel slightly out of shape and would like to feel fitter, to enhance how much activity you can do with your children or because your workout is time for YOU. Whatever the reason it’s a good one, but please don’t start working out ridiculously because you want to look like a celebrity, you are beautiful as you, people love you for you and as long as you love your body in the right way then it WILL love you back!

Everybody has a certain goal they want to achieve and that is perfectly fine, the overall aim is to achieve this goal in a healthy way. Don’t go into starvation mode if you haven’t lost the weight you expected to in the first week, it’s not the end of the world. If you want to achieve your goal and sustain your goal then make fitness part of your lifestyle. Do not think to be beautiful and sexy you have got to be skinny because you don’t. Your bone structure may mean you are broader than that of another woman.

I remember when I went down to a size 8, I thought I looked brilliant, my partner tells me otherwise! Seriously, he doesn’t like it and now neither do I. Before becoming pregnant I was a healthy size 10 and I looked in proportion. Unlike before, I have learnt that I love my body and when I take care of myself I seem to shine even more. I don’t have to be a size 8 to look good, I have to feel good from the inside.

Be fit for your mind, be fit for your heart, be fit for you, not for a social image.

In a world of Kardashians, be a Diana.

F x

Walk of the weight!

You don’t have to be an olympic gold medalist to be fit, you don’t need to run 5 miles a day, heck you don’t even need to be part of a gym.

Recently I’ve taken to walking a lot more. I was probably in the region of 30 miles a week and that’s without exerting myself. This could be walking to the supermarket rather than driving, walking to work or going on a countryside walk with your four legged friends.

I love it, being in the fresh air and taking in nature is amazing and the fact that I’m burning calories at the same time makes me that little bit happier. Now depending on the pace of your walk and the incline you can usually burn around 100 calories per mile. So if you walk 3 miles then you’ve probably burnt off the majority of your breakfast.

You see the point I want to make to all of my readers is that you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic like me to be fit. you’ll be amazed that if you start walking a couple of times a week the pounds will start to drop off.

I mean really why would you want to sit on the sofa when you could be in the outdoors? Like I said you don’t have to exert yourself but jumping on your feet and walking will help.

Always remember during any form of exercise keep hydrated and make sure you are eating a balanced diet 🙂

F x

 

14 weeks pregnant more like 14 weeks fit

So guys I’ve just reached 14 weeks and I feel fitter than ever!

I am probably doing more exercise now than ever before for a few reasons really:

  1. I want my baby to have a strong heartbeat
  2. I want to feel good throughout my pregnancy
  3. I want to be able to get back into my size 10 jeans once I have had the baby
  4. Fitness a huge part of mine and my partners life

My exercise regime however has changed. Once upon a time I would be in the gym 5 times a week for 2 hours a time but now I spend more time working out at home, walking and swimming and this is working for me.

Not everyone will be able to exercise this much when pregnant, everyone is different but everyone can do some form of exercise and you will probably feel better for it. Take this morning, I took my dogs for a half hour stroll, nothing strenuous but I still burnt off 115 calories, that’s 115 more than being sat on my bum at home!

If you’re feeling a little bit more energetic like me then you can push yourself a little more. So this afternoon I’m doing a 7 mile hike and I’ll probably burn about 700 calories.

The choice is yours, make the right choice for you but remember if you are exercising outside in the heat then stay hydrated! It’s so IMPORTANT. 💦

Keep fit, keep strong, keep going 😘

F x