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

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