time flies when you're being a mum

Time for Mum tagged with 'bikini workout'

if you’re anything like me, you find it difficult to even find time to have a wash, there’s always something more pressing. Here I’m hoping to encourage myself and you to put yourself first a bit more!

Mums' Days Fit Club

15 Jun, 2015

Welcome back to this week’s Mums’ Days Fit Club and have I got a treat for you! A 15 minute full body workout, devised by top Geordie Personal Trainer, Stephen Pape!! Oh, and you don’t need any equipment, so you can do it at home (we’re removing any excuses you may have!).

Full Body Workout in 15 minutes!

Before I get to that, if you’re new here and you have no idea what the Mums’ Days Fit Club is, you might like to check out week 1: Goal Setting and Getting Started, week 2: What to eat to feel great, and finally here’s a little video explaining the motivation behind the project!

13 Apr, 2015

Final Weight Loss - 6 week body transformation. How I lost 20lbs in 6 weeks including an example meal and tabata workout! http://www.mumsdays.com/final-weight-loss/

Today was my final weigh-in for the 6 week body transformation at Elite Physique (see my first body transformation update here)!!! How did I do with my overall weight loss? …well, I didn’t quite hit my 20lb target but I was pretty close.

Final Weight Loss = 19.2lbs

I am so pleased with that!!!

Here’s how I have got on over the last 6 weeks… (more…)

A bunch of helpful resources to keep us on the wagon!

05 Jan, 2015

So, OBVIOUSLY one of my goals this year is to get fit and have a body like Elle Macpherson (she’s 50, looks amazing – aka fit, healthy and young – I’m hoping to improve with age), and I understand that loads of you also seem to have this goal too. As a result I thought it might be helpful for both of us if I do a sort of round up of resources that cover the things that have worked for me in the past from diet to fitness…plus a few new things I’m going to try! I plan to treat this as my motivation to lose weight and keep popping back for inspiration.

Motivation to lose weight - a list of 36 awesome resources that will help you keep up your New Year Resolution all year long! Click here to view: http://www.mumsdays.com/motivation-to-lose-weight/

Motivation to lose weight in 2015 – Diet Resources

I’ll start with diet because this is commonly known to have a far greater impact on your body shape than fitness alone. On the induction to my gym (about 5 years ago) I was told by the personal trainer that getting the body of your dreams is 80% diet, 20% exercise. So thinking you can run 30 minutes on a treadmill and then eat a Chinese take-away and/or Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream for tea is not going to work, unfortunately. Boohoo!

I know that loads of people have success with plans such as:

  • Diet Chef (my buddy Aby has lost a ton of weight, see her progress here);
  • Weight Watchers (I loosely followed this idea back in 2005 and lost 10 kg);
  • 5:2 (my best mate and her mum have lost loads with this – I tried without as much success!); and
  • Slimming World (my Mum and cousin both did really well with this)

My personal diet style is Clean and Lean and/or Juicing. The majority of what we eat at home is organic because I buy into the whole ethos behind it (not going to preach to you here, just being open) and, with the right planning, I thoroughly enjoy eating my greens and good quality protein. I love to experiment with flavours and to cook so it’s no hardship to me {this may not be your thing, hence mentioning the other diets above with links to their sites!}.

However, while I lost the baby weight by Reuben’s 1st Birthday this way and with juicing, I tend to put on weight really quickly (quicker than pre-baby days!) especially when I eat a lot of carbs, sugary stuff and junk food. I also have no ‘stop’ mechanism, so I can literally keep going until there is nothing left. Christmas has not been kind to my waistline!

Onto the resources, I need motivation to lose weight and quickly!


Juicing is by far the hardest to get into mentally but by far the quickest in terms of results (both mentally and physically). So, if I have something coming up, like the awards last year, a holiday, or a photo shoot, I’ll do a some juicing in the days beforehand.

Here’s a few online resources:

Recommended reading:

Clean and Lean

This is my general approach to eating when I’m on the wagon, which I’ve picked up from various places but most notably from Jason Duigan’s books (incidently this is the way Elle Macpherson eats, hence my desire to look like her!); eating good carbs (no white crap), not drinking too much booze (or none if you can) or caffeine, and cutting out all sugary foods including fruit if it’s not with nuts and yoghurt.

Online resources:

Recommended Reading:

Motivation to lose weight in 2015 – Fitness Resources


This year you might be preparing for a challenge, such as a 5 or 10K, or even more. This is not my area of expertise, but my husband, Mike, is preparing for ultra-marathons and all sorts so he has suggested a few resources:

He also suggests these ladies as general inspiration and motivation to lose weight:

In the Gym/at home

I try to do some weight training 2 or 3 times a week, there are some great free resources and training programs to follow, many of which can also be done at home. I like these:

Motivation to lose weight – Resources For the Mind

My main form of exercise is actually walking and I use it as a tool to get my head in shape! So I try to walk or do some form of gentle exercise for 30 minutes everyday. I implemented this back in December and I’ve found it really helps me focus on what’s most important to me and then get things done. I’ve also been hearing a lot about the power of meditation, so I’d love to give that a go over then next few weeks. Here’s some resources:

Did you have a resolution to lose weight or get fit? What’s your plan? And, what would you recommend as motivation to lose weight?

I’d love to hear all about your steps to keep in shape and keep motivated well beyond January!

21 Jun, 2014

Back in January my mate, Claire, and I were invited by The Barre to come and try out a couple of classes. I took the beginners class, 1st Barre, and Claire took the pregnancy class, Rock-a-Barre Baby – you can read our reviews of The Barre here. I thoroughly enjoyed the Barre Workout but as I’m already a member of a gym, I felt that I couldn’t justify the additional cost.

The Barre Workout – Update

3 months later and I’d barely been near a gym, I was less fit than I was in Janurary, as heavy as I was only months after Reuben was born and generally feeling down on myself. It was time to do something to get my ass back in the game. As self-motivation wasn’t on my side, at the beginning of May I signed myself up for 10 Barre Workout classes with an aim of moving from 1st Barre up to Open Barre within that time. If I didn’t like it after that, I could quit and get back to the gym.

Barre Workout and new Newcastle Venue #TheBarre #Barre #Workout http://www.mumsdays.com/the-barre/

Turns out I’m a total convert! And, not only did I make it to Open Barre within 6 classes but I’ve signed up for 5 classes a week for the next 3 weeks (using an unlimited introductory pass it works out at £3.75 a class instead of £12!). I will also do as much as I can up until our holiday in the middle of August. This is Project Bikini! But, more importantly for me, it’s Reuben’s 2nd Birthday the day before we leave for Portugal, I want to finally feel happy about my pre-pregnancy body 2 years on!

What I like about the Barre workout is it is a really happy medium between classes at the gym and having a personal trainer. The 3 instructors I have had Maxine, Natalie and Claire are all super attentive. Because the class sizes are small enough, even if you’ve been coming for ages, I’ve noticed that they still keep a close eye to make sure your form is perfect and you’re working as hard as you can! Ouch but good.

My next challenge is to join the 100 shot club. You get a t-shirt and everything. (more…)