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'My Fitness Mission' - February.

on Tuesday, 25 February 2014.

February is almost behind us and so it is time to reflect on how I have been doing on my fitness mission this month.  March is the month in which I turn thirty, a milestone which I have mixed feelings about.  On one hand, most of my closest friends have already surpassed the big 30, but yet at the same time I still cannot quite fathom that I am leaving my 20's behind. 

I have done most of the things I wanted to do in my 20's really- I went to uni and spent a fair few years drinking and going out non stop, I have travelled the world (although not as much as I would like to have done), lived the high life in London, had a great career and settled back near where I grew up, got married and had two beautiful girls.  I wouldn't change one second of it.  But still I wonder if somewhere subconciously in my mind, this new fitness regime is a response to me leaving my twenties behind.

Anyway, after a great start in January this month has been more steady...

 

Exercise.


The big thing that has happened to me this month is that I am becoming addicted to running.  After hurting my knee in January and not being able to do as much, this month I have been injury free and become more and more obsessed with the feeling that running gives me.  At the start of January I didn't even think I would be able to run half a mile but yet this month I have been running 7 miles in one go.  It's completely crazy, and totally out of character for me.  

I can only really run about two or three times a week due to time, and with the weather being so dark and cold in the evenings I have been unable to go out on my own for long distances so I usually run 5k at least one evening a week in well lit areas near where I live, and then do a longer run of 10k+ at the weekend.  I don't know what it is but I absolutely love the feeling of running.  Don't get me wrong, it's hard to drag myself out the door, and it hurts like hell pushing myself, but once I am out there listening to my music I just feel really free and alive.  And then once it is done I feel so good although my legs hurt for a couple of days afterwards.  What on earth has happened to me?

In order to push myself even more I have done something that I never ever thought I would do.  I have signed up to three races- a 10k charity race in June and two half marathons in August and October.  A half marathon?  I cannot believe it!  I am so hoping that I can train and complete these, and if I do I will feel so proud of myself.  As an added target, I have decided to complete these races for charity- most specifically The Lullaby Trust who promote safer sleeping practices and research into SIDS.  I want to do it in honour of Matilda Mae and let another blogger Jennie know how much I have thought about her the last year.  Plus I will also be climbing Snowdon in August to help support one of my friends Kara and her superstar little boy.  More on these in another post!

Gym wise, I haven't been as much due to time, but I have been here and there, I need to try and find a balance where I am exercising three times a week but doing a mixture of everything.  I generally go to the gym with my sister but she has been on late shifts at work the past couple of weeks.

 

Food.

 

My diet hasn't been quite as good this month.  I am still eating smaller portions and watching what I eat, but it's been hard to resist the treats this month.  LL turned one and we had a lot of cupcakes in the house, and I also have indulged in a fair few sweet treats here and there, not to mention the copious amounts of bubbly I consumed on Valentine's Day.  We have also been out for lunch and dinner a fair few times as well which means that I haven't been as careful. However compared to the what I used to eat, I am being positively saintly.  

I have been trying to eat healthier snacks as I am a real snacker throughout the day, but I don't like fruit or nuts/pulses. I have been eating popcorn instead of crisps, and also have been nibbling on rice cakes instead of biscuits but when Mr E has sweet things in the house I can't help but have some.  It sounds strange but I think I boredom eat a lot of the time, and because I am lucky that I have two girls who sleep a couple of hours in the afternoon, I do eat just cause there is nothing else to do.

We are really boring when it comes to our evening meals, sticking to what we know and like, but I still am trying to eat healthier by thinking about what we eat a bit more.  I also cannot stop drinking diet coke as much as I try.  I know it is so bad for me and I didn't drink it at all while I was pregnant, but as I am not treating my sweet tooth as much in some ways, this is definitely my guilty pleasure.

 

Overall

 

I am delighted and astonished that this month I hit my overall weight loss target for the whole year.  On the 1st January 2014 I was 10 stone 1 and wanted to get down to 9 stone in 2014.  I weighed myself at the gym on the 18th February as I don't have scales at my house, and I am now exactly 9 stone.  I cannot believe it, and I now weigh as much as I did before I got pregnant with Mads.  However I have still got a very rounded tummy and so I really need to start some exercises that will help me with my diastasis recti- my core is so so weak.  I have lost weight everywhere but my tummy, and I do definitely believe that I have a ab separation from my big babies and c-section, although I still have lost three and a half inches from around my waist.

Overall I am thrilled with my progress, and cannot wait to see what March will bring.  I have never exercised properly before and I am loving this change in lifestyle.  If you had told me even two months ago that I would have been signing up for a half marathon I would have told said you were bonkers, and I am just determined to make 2014 the year I push myself and change my life.

documenting my running and fitness journey

 You can check out my Fitness Mission for January here.  

 

Comments (33)

  • Carie

    Carie

    25 February 2014 at 07:30 |
    Wow that's fantastic! I had the running bug for a little while just before H and I got married, we ran the Edinburgh Marathon pretty much just to be able to say we'd run a marathon and the training races (and the medals at the end) were massively motivating and definitely more fun than plodding around on my own!

    And also - you spring chicken - I'm turning 34 this year!! I feel positively ancient in comparison.
  • Stephanie

    Stephanie

    25 February 2014 at 08:44 |
    Way to go!! I've been following your runs on Instagram - very inspiring. I'd love to start running once we get out of the newborn phase and I have more time. It's always been tough for me, but running seems to be the most effective exercise I can do.
  • Harriet

    Harriet

    25 February 2014 at 09:49 |
    Well done Katie! That's so inspiring! You're doing amazingly well! I'm always chuffed if I manage to run for 20mins on the treadmill haha! I completely relate to what you're saying about eating when you're bored, I do exactly the same! xx
  • Actually Mummy...

    Actually Mummy...

    25 February 2014 at 10:18 |
    I'm signed up for a 10k at the end of March and after a few weeks of not feeling so well, I'm concerned I don't have enough time to train back up. You've inspired me to keep going - there's nothing like the feeling when you realise you can run!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      01 March 2014 at 16:02 |
      You will be fantastic Helen, I have every faith in you! x
  • HELEN

    HELEN

    25 February 2014 at 10:18 |
    I was beginning to wonder if this was the same katie but then I came to the part about the diet coke - phew!
    Sounds like you are doing really well & don't worry about being 30, just be thankful that you're not going to be 44!!!!
    x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      01 March 2014 at 16:02 |
      Haha I know Jessup I am shocking myself. ;)
  • Adrienne

    Adrienne

    25 February 2014 at 10:19 |
    Well done, what an incredible achievemen. I love running, it really is addictive. I've just entered a 10k race in London in May & I can't wait. Especially now the it's warming up outside, it's so nice to run in the sunshine :-)
    Adrienne x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      01 March 2014 at 16:01 |
      Wow good luck to you as well in your 10k race Adrienne! x
  • Sinead

    Sinead

    25 February 2014 at 10:49 |
    Well done you. We seem to be on similar missions at the minute , I love reading about how you're getting on.
    I have the same problem with my core so I have just started following a pilates channel on youtube called blogilates. It might be worth giving that a go to strenghten your core.
    Keep up the good work x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      01 March 2014 at 16:01 |
      Thanks Sinead, I am glad people enjoy reading it I was worried people would find it boring. I have heard of Blogilates before so I think I will have to check it out further. Thank you! x
  • Morgana @ butwhymummywhy

    Morgana @ butwhymummywhy

    25 February 2014 at 11:25 |
    Absolutely fantastic Katie!!
    I've been bitten by the running bug too - though not quite at your distances yet! I try and go out every evening that J is around so he can put them to bed and I just LOVE the freedom.
    xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      01 March 2014 at 16:00 |
      That's amazing you go out every evening, I don't have the willpower to do it every night. I normally go two or three times a week. x
  • mirari

    mirari

    25 February 2014 at 13:09 |
    congrats, kate!!! do you know about hipoppresive abs? they work!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      01 March 2014 at 16:00 |
      I don't I shall have to google them and see! x
  • Carin

    Carin

    25 February 2014 at 13:52 |
    Such great achievements Katie! You are doing so well! Keep it! I'm trying to lose 40 kg this year, but am limited in what I can do due to a bad back, but am so motivated by your instagram runs and this post!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      01 March 2014 at 15:59 |
      Thanks Carin. Good luck if you do decide to do things- I think starting slow is the key. x
  • YouBabyMeMummy

    YouBabyMeMummy

    25 February 2014 at 14:07 |
    You have done amazingly well! xx
  • Notmyyearoff

    Notmyyearoff

    25 February 2014 at 21:04 |
    Huge well done on your health kick. You've signed up for so much but they are really admirable causes, you will do really well. Keep going!! Xx
  • Jane

    Jane

    26 February 2014 at 00:11 |
    *sobs* you are still 30, *wails* you are nine stone....

    *drinks more wine, eats more cake*

    Proud of you x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      01 March 2014 at 15:57 |
      Haha oh Jane you do make me laugh! x
  • seychellesmama

    seychellesmama

    26 February 2014 at 09:09 |
    oh my gosh this is amazing!!! You must be so proud of yourself!!
    I reeeaaally need to get into running again, before I was pregnant I too had the running bug (furthest I ever did was 10k) but I tried to go too soon after having Arthur and damaged my knees and to be honest it scared me a bit so I haven't been, I need to stop making excuses and go! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      01 March 2014 at 15:57 |
      Thanks lovely! That's amazing you used to run and if you started up again you could run along the beach- that would be lovely. x
  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    26 February 2014 at 21:04 |
    You've done so well Katie! You should be really proud of yourself. I actually went for a run the other day, I've not exercised in so long but I keep getting bad back and I really need to strengthen my core. I like the idea of running as it's free and I can do it anywhere but I am awful at the moment! Def need to keep at it for a bit! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      01 March 2014 at 15:56 |
      Thanks Jess, yeah my core is so weak, it's always been my problem area but it's so bad after two pregnancies. I really need to work on exercises to strengthen it. x
  • My Two Mums

    My Two Mums

    27 February 2014 at 10:48 |
    Well done on all your running! You are doing so well!! Even coming back after an injury is great. I am hoping to start running next month. I get really addicted when I get into exercise and love it. I just need that kick.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      27 February 2014 at 19:37 |
      Thanks lovely. I am pleased with how it is going so far. Good luck with your running too.
  • Ben

    Ben

    27 February 2014 at 15:02 |
    Don't you just love those endorphins? I think getting to this stage where you are running regularly is much harder than actually maintaining it once you are.
    I rarely go to the gym but I twice a week I do a core or strength training session at home. Can easily be done in 20-30 mins with no equipment needed.
    Have a search on YouTube for HIIT workouts and you'll find loads of options. Also think about yoga I do a 20 min yoga for runners workout each week that is great for building core strength.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      27 February 2014 at 19:37 |
      I am finding it hard sometimes to get out the door and push myself to do it when I just feel like lazing on the sofa. And thanks for the tip about You Tube and free workouts, I am not sure if at the moment I am getting enough out of the gym to continue paying the membership, although I do like it when I go.
  • Emma

    Emma

    28 February 2014 at 09:38 |
    I think you're doing brilliantly Katie. I'm sort of feeling the same as you, not so much the leaving my twenties behind, but a need to feel fitter and healthier.

    I haven't managed a run yet this week, but hoping to change that this weekend.

    Well done you... xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      01 March 2014 at 15:55 |
      Thanks Em, really pleased with how I am doing so far. I am not well this weekend though so won't be able to go on my long run which is a shame! x
  • Karen

    Karen

    01 March 2014 at 23:53 |
    That's amazing Katie. Well done you. I started a fitness thing in January too.. I started off with the shred & went on my first run tonight (5ks) very pleased with self and planning to do 2-3 times a week too. Hope I lose as much as you. I used to run before children & love the feeling it gives you too xx
  • Jenni

    Jenni

    03 March 2014 at 10:36 |
    wow, I'm feeling inspired by all your activity. Well done you!

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