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

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

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

About

Hey there!

So after months of trying to convince myself to start a blog, here i am! And although I now have my very own blog i cannot disguise the fact that this is only a side thing i am doing as i still have a full time job and i’m in Uni full time. Where do i get the time hey?

So here is the usual bits and bobs; my name is Faye. I live in North Wales with my fiance and my two four legged handsome boys. I work in Welfare however my passion is not there. My passion lies with … FITNESS (and food). Yes i love fitness but i am also a huge foodie. I am you’re average girl, i want to look good but i also enjoy food. I love being in the gym but i find it very difficult to say no to a slice of cake!

Oh and i am 13 weeks pregnant!

I am hoping that through my posts i can inspire, relate to people and help empower everyday women.

Thanks for visiting.