time flies when you're being a mum

17 Jun, 2013

“And now….. the end is hereeeeee…. And so I face…. the final curtain” Yep, my weight loss after pregnancy experiment with Sound Mind and Body has come to an end! Do I look like Jodie Marsh? No. How’s the mummy tummy? In my humble opinion, much better!



29 Apr, 2013

As part of my exercise after pregnancy regime, last week I tried Tabata. I did NOT like the sound of it. 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off. Repeat 6 times!! Per exercise! And there’s 12 exercises! But Dan thought I could do with an extra session that week (post holiday!).

I was a little nervous because so far I’ve just been working with Dan in the gym, and this is the first group exercise I’ve done on my own in over a year (since I was told by my other gym I couldn’t go to any of their classes because I needed specialist attention – er, pregnancy isn’t a disease, you know?). What if no one talked to me?!

It was like walking into a new school but, unlike school, before teacher Dan had even opened his mouth to start the class, people were chattering away to me.

Here’s the class in pictures! Please note they are blurry because we are working so hard (not because Dan can’t take photos!)…

Exercise after pregnancy – Try Tabata!

exercise after pregnancy

Getting started – that’s me in the pink doing twists/dancing because star jumps and weak pelvic floors don’t mix!

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Twists and lunges (note the evil wall clock – green means go, red means stop. I love red)

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 Duck walking

Squat with a shoulder press (that bar is a million times heavier than it looks – I could only just manage 4 in the 20sec!)

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Bike sprints

exercise after pregnancySupersonic squats (with an evil twist – no breaks just keep going. I think I managed 89. Ouch!)

exercise after pregnancyYeah! Bike sprints (hurting already)

exercise after pregnancyTa-daaaa.

exercise after pregnancy

Boogie nights

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Half way through…

exercise after pregnancy…and cut to the end! Last exercise – what a killer. Loved it though!

If you’re in the North East, join us at Sound Mind and Body (for £50/month with no joining fees or contracts – amazing – or just come along to the classes and pay as you go)



07 Apr, 2013

On 26th February I started training with Dan from Sound Mind and Body, a personal training gym in Benton, Newcastle. I set myself 2 weight loss after pregnancy goals. The first was a beach holiday in Gran Canaria (bikini alert). The second was 3 months after we started (I want to be buff!).

Well, we’re at the deadline for goal 1 as I’m off to Gran Canaria tomorrow!! So how have I done??

Weight loss after pregnancy

Here are my stats…

Weight = I have lost 4.4kg (9.7lbs)
Body fat = from 24.2% to 21.4%
Measurements = I have lost 19 cm 


Weirdly, or maybe not, I have lost cms and fat from everywhere except my thighs. They are EXACTLY the same as when we started! Dan says it’s likely that they are the area I put weight on first (all true), therefore they will be the place I lose it last. What a cruel world.

Weight loss after pregnancy

Weight loss after pregnancy – 6 months

weight loss after pregnancy - 8 months

weight loss after pregnancy – 8 months (5 weeks after starting at Sound Mind and Body)*

How has it been so far? HARD!! I used to be able to go on a diet and be able to tell the difference within a week. Now, it has taken 5 weeks, and despite my best efforts most of the weight loss happened in the last 2 weeks when I stopped drinking (booze) and I started juicing (I also stopped breastfeeding Reuben then too but I think it’s maybe a coincidence?). The 2 main things I’ve learnt so far from the experience with Sound Mind and Body is:

1. Working with someone else motivates me – Dan was more excited than me when we got the stats back. It gives me a focus as I hate to let people down. Dan’s working hard with me so when each week I step on the scales and they have barely moved I feel really bad and, therefore, motivated to lose the weight. Something I don’t think I would have achieved on my own, or at least not this quickly.

2. A strict diet works for me – now by strict, I don’t mean in the sense that juicing is like an endurance exercise, far from it. I love it! What I mean is that all I have for 2 meals a day is juice, therefore, I don’t have to think. I’m at my best when I don’t have to think. If I think, I then start to talk myself into having a slice of toast with loads of butter. Or a coffee and a cake when I’m out. You just have a couple of juices (and no I don’t feel hungry) and then fish/chicken/lean meat with a salad for tea. Easy. And it works.

Right, bon voyage for me! We’re off at 5:30am so I have to go get my beauty sleep… too excited to sleep!

What have you been doing to achieve your weight loss after pregnancy goals? I’d love to hear what your goals are and any of your tips! Also, what motivates you? I’ve been keeping motivational pictures on my pinterest board, thinspiration – Let me know your pinterest accounts and I’ll follow you.

*Apologies for the lack of nautical pants. There were in the wash!


03 Apr, 2013

A few weeks ago I posted How to lose your mummy tummy – part 1, which was a 15 minute introductory workout, designed by Dan at Sound Mind and Body to target the mummy tummy. Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for (?!), without any further a do, I bring you…

Mummy Tummy Part 2!

As before, Dan has designed a 15 minute workout that will really get your middle fired up. There is a circuit of 4 exercises to do. You should repeat the circuit 4 – 6 times back to back with little rest in between. And, to make it that little bit easier to follow, here are 4 high quality videos!

1. Extended Heel Taps – 10 – 12 per leg

Very similar to the original heel taps, only this extension challenges your core more, so it’s a nice step up. Remember to focus on keeping your back pressed into the floor.

2. Plank with Rotation – 10 per side

3. Side Lunge Slide – 15 – 20 per side

You’ll need some very high tech equipment for this one…a muslin square.

4. Jumping Squats – 20

Dan says…

For a longer workout (45-60 minutes) start with a 5 minute warm up and then you can combine workout 1 with this workout. The circuits should be done 4 times around with little rest in between and a short break at the end. This keeps the heart rate high. You could also increase the number of times you do the circuits. 4, 5 or 6 times around is good as you improve. 
Following that if you have time left, do 10 minutes of hiit training at the end. It’s all about keeping the heart rate elevated to burn the calories whilst Toning and getting fitter. 


So there you have it! Be gone Mummy Tummy.

Thank you Dan. (I think!) I did this workout yesterday and I can confirm it’s a toughy! Let me know how you get on.


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11 Mar, 2013

As part of my exercise after pregnancy mission, yesterday morning I met with Dan from Sound Mind and Body to talk mummy tummy, or more specifically how to get rid of my mummy tummy. As promised, we’ve done some suitably embarrassing and bad quality video clips to demonstrate! Here’s the intro…



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