Post Baby Body

Prior to having Piglet I had learnt to accept the shape I was. It wasn’t “perfect” by any means, but I knew how to work with that I had. My post baby body, initially, looks pretty similar to how I was before. I am an ok weight, I’m generally in proportion. From the outside I look like I’ve got it all together.

I’ve never been big on exercise, but I got married last year and put in a bit of extra effort to tone up before the wedding. I was pregnant 3 months later, so I didn’t really have any time to see if I was going to be able to sustain it.

Pregnancy changes your body – there is no doubt about that. I am carrying more weight on my hips than I used to, my stomach is relatively flat-ish (or at least as flat as its ever going to be) but it is soft and jiggly. And I have breastfeeding boobs – the less said about them the better!

As I have mentioned previously, I have been going to kettlebells since Piglet was 8 weeks old. It is the first time in my life I have stuck at an exercise class for so long. But it is only one day a week – I’ll never get toned at that rate!

We’re off on holiday in September and I want to feel confident around the pool and on the beach. I’m not interested in shedding pounds (although I am guilty of standing on the sad step from time to time), but I want to halt the jiggle and shift the weight to more appropriate places!

From 1st August I’ve decided to take on 30 Day Shred. I have the DVD (while I stole from my sister a few years ago πŸ˜€ ) and it is just 20 minutes exercise a day. I tend to wait until Piglets morning nap to get myself showered and dressed so I’m hoping I can slot in a quick work out first. It just so happens that I already have small weights at home, but you can also do the exercises as simply body weight. Or improvise with items you have around the house – couple tins of beans do the job nicely!

I will continue with me kettlebells class, but there is also a new Mummy FITT class starting in the same hall twice a week. I figure I might as well give it a go – I always workout better with someone standing over me! Piglet can come along with me, so if all goes to plan it could be a great new class for me and I can meet some other mummy. My fear is that he’s at an awkward in between age and I’m not sure how good he’ll be at just hanging out for an hour if he’s not asleep. We’ll give it a try and see how we get on.

The combination of all these things will surely make some difference to my shape (but maybe I’ll have to lay off the cake a bit). I’m willing to give anything a go if it means I don’t have to try and take up running again!

If you fancy toning up then join me in doing shred! Let me know that you’re starting it and I’ll be here to cheer you on too!


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    Good for you! This sounds great. I’ve just downloaded the 7 minute work out app on my phone to do some HIT over the holidays when I can’t get to the gym. I have let my workouts slip a bit lately so I’d like to get back into fitness. Good luck! Tor xx #twinklytuesday

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      It’s all great in theory – lets see if I manage to stick to it though!

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    Good luck with your new class. Something always seems to come up when I say I’m going to attend one. I can’t believe I used to moan about my body before kids!

    I also moaned after my last 2, i now have 3. I would love to back to my pre-pregnancy body. Yep when pigs fly!
    I love my sugar rush to much, i think I need it looking after 3 under 8.



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      I definitely love my sugar rush – I’d much rather work out than cut out my treats!

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    I did 30 day shred and it’s good, but I preferred and noticed more of a difference with 6 week 6 pack (also Jillian Michaels). Can lend it to you next time we’re up if you fancy a bit of a change! Dave also swears by P90X but it’s expensive! It has loads of variety though and he really enjoys it – even a yoga based session for rest days! (I found the Jillian Michaels ones could get a bit repetitive) X

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      Ooh thanks. We have P90X somewhere – Jonny used to do it years ago! I have another Jillian Michaels one, Banish Fat or something along those lines. Totally going to be showing everyone up on the beach πŸ˜› x

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      Its quite hard to get motivated isn’t it? The thought of lying by the pool on holiday is doing it for me!

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    I’ve done the 30-day shred before (to tone up for my wedding) and it definitely does work! I noticed a difference after only 2 weeks….having said that I didn;t have quite so much ‘post-baby jiggle’ back then! : ) I’m going to use you as my inspiration and re-do it!c I’ve also been doing some of the Body Coach’s HIIT workouts on YouTube – they’re good because they’re only 15 minutes! Good Luck! #PicknMix

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      Yey I hope you get started soon! I hope I see some results this time around….. I’m quite bad for slacking when I don’t have an actual trainer over top of me though!

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    Will you be documenting your journey? We’re 5 weeks pot partum today and I’m hoping to get the all clear at our 6 week check up so I can start being more active again (I was finally getting to the point where I could be a less embarassing jogger when I fell pregnant!). It’d be good to follow someone else’s exercise journey πŸ™‚

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      Yes! I plan to update weekly at least for the duration of Shred. So please do keep coming back and let me know how you’re getting on! First update will be on Tuesday. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself early on though. Its taken me a while to reach a point where I don’t feel like I’m going to pass out in the kettlebells class and Piglet is 5 months old! It’s nice to get some exercise and feel like you’re in control of something though

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    I did the 30 day shred a few months after I had Zach and it was amazing! The other half is always like, can you get your shred bum back please! Seriously though it works so well if you keep at it. I have no idea what my body is going to do after I have had this baby – I have eaten so much crap throughout pregnancy!! Good luck and thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    P.S. The shred will hurt but keep at it. The muscle soreness gets better and you can get thought it!! xx
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      I’ve had a to skip a few days, but as I’m doing 2 other classes a week I feel its ok as I’m still doing some pretty intense exercise! I didn’t make it past level 1 last time lol so I’m determined to move to level 2 after 10 days this time regardless! I ate crap when I was pregnant. Truly utter rubbish! I deserved to have gained a lot of weight – thankfully I got away with just a wee tum!

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    Good luck! I went back to my pre baby weight pretty quickly, but I’ve definately put on weight more since Archie has got older…eating the leftovers here, nicking the odd chocolate there. Might have to give the shread a try!! #picnmix

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      Its great in that its quick and gets it over with fast!

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    Oh my word that thirty day shred is supposed to be pretty brutal, good one you πŸ™‚ I really need to get myself back on the diet and exercise bandwagon asap! Good Luck, thanks for linking up to #PicknMix and encouraging me!

    Stevie x
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      Yes its pretty tough going if you do it properly! I’ll admit to slacking a bit….. I’m trying though!

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