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I’ve been waiting to write this post for a really long time but in between looking after a tiny human, trying to get enough sleep, working out and editing shoots, my blog has taken a step back.
But finally I’ve found the time (6am whilst watching baby Jake if you must know) to sit down and write about my journey back to fitness.
Before getting pregnant I was down to my lowest weight I’d been in a while, and whilst I’d been stronger in the past, I was definitely happy with how lean my body was becoming. This all went out the window as soon as I saw that little cross appear on the pregnancy stick and for the first trimester I ate terribly due to the fact I felt absolutely dreadful and crap food seemed to be the only thing I could stomach. I wanted to continue to workout but by the time my migraines had subsided, I was 17 weeks pregnant with zero motivation. I was cleaning and dog walking at the kennels every day anyway which was definitely enough exercise for a pregnant me.
I gained 3 stone in total during the 9 months and as I watched the scales change, I thought I’d never see my abs again but during the first two weeks as a new mum I lost 2 stone. I’ve already written briefly about how I suffered with the baby blues terribly in the first month and the anxiety left me feeling unable to eat much. I’m still shocked my body was able to produce as much milk as it did because I remember hardly eating anything during those early days.
I had quite bad scarring from having a forceps delivery so even at 6 weeks postpartum I wasn’t able to start exercising properly. I did do walks with the pram but nothing too energetic. Once I was able to start working out again I followed some of the more simple workouts from the body coach and avoided too much core movements as I became paranoid about diastasis recti, although I checked my abs and I only had a very slight separation.
Over the last few months I have slowly but consistently lost weight by making healthier food choices and tracking my calories on my fitness pal and just generally being more active. I have also tried to workout 3 times a week but as you may know, this can be challenging when you’re not getting enough sleep. Some days my energy levels are too low for a workout but I always make sure I get out the house and get my steps in.
I’m not currently a member of the gym so I do all my workouts at home in the kitchen as it’s the biggest space we have. I’ve always loved HIIT & CrossFit style workouts as they are high intensity but also relatively short! Very important when you’re only able to workout during nap time. I’m also not very good at motivating myself to workout so a high intensity 20 minute workout fits my lifestyle much better than a 40 minute gruelling workout where I know I may be interrupted by Dexter waking up.
If you want to see a typical workout I would usually do, head over to my instagram for videos. You can follow #workoutwithrach for any new fitness updates.
In the last two months I’ve been able to fit back into my pre baby jeans and workout leggings so I knew this would be a good time to write this post as I always wanted it to be a collaboration with gymshark. I have their flex leggings which I’ve written about previously and I also have their fit leggings which out of the two, are my fave.
I was once again extremely lucky to be sent a set of Gymshark ombré seamless, which I’d been eyeing up for ages. I just wanted to be able to fit into them so wanted to shed as much of my baby weight as possible.
As you can see the leggings are perfect for my mum tum as they come up really high and hide it! My tummy is still the most wobbly part of my body but that’s to be expected after carrying a baby for 9 months. I’m still shocked the skin looks as good as it does if I’m honest as I was certain it would never return to normal again. Our bodies are amazing though and even the purple stretch marks are nowhere to be seen.
The ombré seamless leggings are a much better length than the flex leggings which are ridiculously long even for people with long legs. And in terms of fitting my new body shape, I definitely prefer these because they don’t have a band around the top that digs in. The flex leggings are still really nice but you do have to be in pretty good shape for them not to cut into your waist. Sizing wise, I went for a small in the leggings and a medium in the sports bra as my back still seems to be a lot wider than it was pre Dexter.
Rich has recently written me a 4 week program because my goal to get down to my pre baby weight by my friends 40th party this month hasn’t happened. Don’t get me wrong, I’m super happy with the progress I’ve made and how my body looks at 6 months postpartum but I still have 4kg to lose before those dresses in my wardrobe will see the light of day again!
I say this a lot, you cannot out train a bad diet. I try to keep this in mind every single day because no amount of working out will shed the pounds if I continue to eat cake and drink iced lattes. But as a new mum winging her way through motherhood, I live for getting out the house to get a Costa so really it’s all about balance, and for me personally, tracking calories.
I’m partial to a meal replacement shake and have been for years. I love how convenient they are and the fact I can drink them whilst on the go. I recently got sent a Promixx vortex mixer, which makes having a shake even easier (and more exciting. Watching it swirl my shake around is actually quite mesmerising) so I’ve been using this for all my shakes. Although, Rich absolutely loves it and is quite often using whenever I need it! It’s great for taking out and about too as it has a little compartment to put the powder in that attaches to the top.
There are still things about my pre baby body I miss and I often wonder if my body will ever be completely the same again but for now I’m happy with my progress and look forward to seeing more changes over the next 6 months. And by then I’ll have a 1 year old!
Now that is a scary thought.
*I collaborated with Gymshark & Promixx on this blog post and couldn’t be happier to share it with you. A big thanks to both brands for working with me and giving me these amazing products to review. This is my 100% honest opinion.