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'My Fitness Mission'- June.

on Tuesday, 08 July 2014.

I am interrupting my week or so of holiday posts to post my latest fitness mission update.  When I started trying to get fit back in January, I didn't really deep down think I would stick at it. Pessimistic perhaps but after many wasted gym memberships, two day 'diets' and numerous 'I will start tomorrow's', I wasn't holding out much hope.  But June has been and gone and I have managed to stick at it for the last six months, I am really proud of myself and it definitely has changed my life for the better.  I feel the healthiest I have ever been which is saying something.

Back on the 1st January 2014 I snapped a couple of photos of myself in the mirror with my iPhone.  I wasn't ever planning on sharing them, it was mainly so I could look back and see whether I could notice any difference as the months went past.  However I am being brave and sharing them on here, as I think it just goes to show what a difference six months can make.  I am really nervous, after all it's not every day you show your wobbly bits to the internet, but hopefully it will inspire other people who are thinking about trying to get fitter or feel better about themselves.

six months of fitness

(Note to self- Must remember to clean mirror!)

I have never been overweight but as you can see from the photos I had what you can only describe as a spare tyre round my tummy.  A bit of it was still excess baby weight, but it mainly was from having an unhealthy lifestyle- I would eat chocolate at least twice a day, sharing a large treat bag with Mr E almost every night. In all I have lost a stone and a half, although this fluctuates by a couple of pounds each month if I over indulge or don't do as much exercise.  I have also lost almost 6 and a half inches from my waist.  I am shocked by the change in the two photographs as obviously you don't see the change gradually.  It really has made a difference to my life- I have a lot more energy, I feel healthier, am enjoying buying clothes again and just generally feel happier as well.  Plus I have gained a new hobby when it comes to running, although some months I enjoy it more than others.

Here is how I got on in June...

 

Exercise

 

June has been a bit of a strange month when it comes to exercise.  On one hand, I have not done anywhere near as much running as I would have liked to, mainly because my knee has been playing up so I have had to rest it for a few days inbetween each run, but on the other hand I have experienced some new milestones.  On Father's Day I took part in my first ever race- a local 10k race.      I was so nervous beforehand, but I managed to complete it in 51 minutes 30, which is a new personal record for me.  I was 32nd out of 203 females running in the race and 202nd out of all 518 runners, so I was pretty pleased with myself.

However I have really only been getting out for a run about once a week which isn't ideal, although I have been doing the odd kettlebell workout at home too.  While we were on holiday last week, I impressed myself by getting up early in the morning and going to the gym on four different occasions, although I only did about twenty minutes on the treadmill as it was so hot!

My half marathon is next month and I am terribly nervous as I really haven't been training properly and I still have only done 8 miles at the most.  Let's hope it goes ok!

 

Food.

 

June has not been great in terms of eating, some days I have been good, but on the whole we have eaten out way too much.  I also went on holiday to Rhodes and as anyone who is trying to be good knows, a holiday is bound to throw a spanner in the works.  I drank cocktails every night, ate numerous ice creams and over indulged far too much in the evening buffet.  The puddings each night were divine- yummy creme brulees, creamy mousses and chocolate cake, and as I was on holiday I just couldn't resist filling my plate once. (or twice!)

 I am not strict enough to weigh myself (I don't have scales in my house so only do it when I go somewhere where there are some!) but I can tell that my jeans are a little tight so I think I am going to have to work a little harder this month.  That is my main problem- I just cannot resist sweet treats if they are in front of me. 


Overall.


One of the main reasons I started this fitness mission back in January was because I wanted to feel comfortable in a bikini on our holiday.  And while I still didn't feel completely comfortable as I do still have a wobbly tummy at the bottom, I embraced it and wore one for the first time since Mads was born three and a half years ago.  I know I won't have the figure that I had in my early 20's again, having my little ladies has changed my body, but I finally feel comfortable enough (sometimes) in my own skin to realise that's ok.  I made two little humans and as long as I eat healthily most of the time, do some exercise at least a couple of times a week and have a postive outlook, then I will feel pretty good. 

I wonder what the next six months will bring!

Comments (81)

  • Mummy Matters

    Mummy Matters

    08 July 2014 at 07:05 |
    Well done, you look brilliant. I too have been working at losing my baby weight. So far I have lost almost a stone but have only been doing it since May so I am quite pleased with it. I started out running but have had to stop due to ankle problems but I have upped my walking and exercise at home. I have really been watching what I am eating and am definitely feeler better for it. I still have about another stone to go though. We keep saying it but we MUST have a catchup soon x
  • Fritha

    Fritha

    08 July 2014 at 07:06 |
    You look amazing (you did before too of course) but this is really inspiring Katie. I've never done a diet before and I know I'm not overweight but I'm about half a stone heavier than my normal size so to me I'd like to back to my normal figure. I know that dieting isn't for me I just wish I could find a sport I enjoyed doing so I could keep fit that way! You've inspired me to have a think again! Xx
  • Mummy Vs Work

    Mummy Vs Work

    08 July 2014 at 07:13 |
    Wow you have done amazing!

    I'm like you, just the spare tyre to lose and tone up along with my legs, with 9 months to go I'm hoping I can achieve just half of what you have to feel happier!
  • My Two Mums

    My Two Mums

    08 July 2014 at 07:20 |
    You've done so well. You must be so proud of the changes you've made. I am always inspired by before and after pics. From losing weight previously I know it's hard to notice a change whilst doing it, but once you snap pics it's easy to see.
  • Alison Perry

    Alison Perry

    08 July 2014 at 07:25 |
    Bloody hell Katie - you look awesome and what a change! You're right - you weren't overweight but you've made such a difference. Well done you xx
  • YouBabyMeMummy

    YouBabyMeMummy

    08 July 2014 at 07:33 |
    You look amazing! xx
  • Louise @ Birds and Lilies

    Louise @ Birds and Lilies

    08 July 2014 at 07:42 |
    Wow, wow, wow - you look amazing! I think you have done brilliantly to keep up your exercise routine, and I think it's normal and healthy to not deprive yourself when you really want to eat less healthy things like on holiday. Thanks so much for sharing the photos; very inspirational. And those race results are bloody brilliant! Ok, gushing over! xx
  • Sharon Powell

    Sharon Powell

    08 July 2014 at 08:01 |
    Wow! You look great! Well done x
  • Kerry

    Kerry

    08 July 2014 at 08:17 |
    You look amazing!! Well done :) x
  • Steph Oakes

    Steph Oakes

    08 July 2014 at 08:21 |
    Wow, you look incredible (you looked fab before but what an incredible achievement!) I can't wait to lose the baby weight when my little sleep thief/milk monster permits! X
  • Time to be an Adult

    Time to be an Adult

    08 July 2014 at 08:37 |
    Wowzers you really can see a difference - well done for sticking at it - you've inspired me to get of my wobbly post-holiday arse and do something more energetic than walking to the fridge!!
  • Emma

    Emma

    08 July 2014 at 08:38 |
    Wow, Katie, you look fab and well done you for sticking with it so long. xx
  • PottyMouthedMummy

    PottyMouthedMummy

    08 July 2014 at 08:49 |
    Oh wow you look completely fabulous!!!!! Well done xxx
  • mascara and mud

    mascara and mud

    08 July 2014 at 08:55 |
    blimey! look at you! Is this all from just running?! Well done and good luck on the half marathon!! x
  • Umeandthekids

    Umeandthekids

    08 July 2014 at 09:06 |
    Amazing Transformation! You have clearly worked hard over the last 6 months, you have seriously inspired me to get myself motivated. I hope you do well in the Half Marathon, which I am sure you will. Your determination will drive you to the finish line, Good Luck and I can't wait to hear how you have done. Rachel x
  • Jenni

    Jenni

    08 July 2014 at 09:14 |
    This has really inspired me, I'd love to do the same. You look amazing and have so much to be proud of!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:57 |
      Thanks so much Jenni, I really appreciate it. x
  • Lucy Day

    Lucy Day

    08 July 2014 at 10:03 |
    You look fantastic, wish I could run or jog for that matter!
  • Molly

    Molly

    08 July 2014 at 10:09 |
    You look amazing - if I looked like that I'd wear a bikini all the time... to the shops, on the school run etc etc! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:54 |
      Haha thanks Molly I do love you! x
  • Katy from Modern Mummy

    Katy from Modern Mummy

    08 July 2014 at 10:59 |
    Bloody hell Katie, you look INCREDIBLE! And like Molly said, if I had your figure I'd totally be wearing a bikini 24/7!! I'm not one to diet but after seeing this I've decided I'd definitely like to tone up my wobbly bits.... Can you coach me please?!! X
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:55 |
      Ah thanks Katy, honestly I haven't dieted at all, just watched what I eat in terms of portion sizes and cutting out crap (although that has gone a bit wrong recently!) xx
  • Hayley @hayleyfromhome

    Hayley @hayleyfromhome

    08 July 2014 at 11:28 |
    You have done fantastic Katie and I those pictures must so so motivating for you. I've just gone back to slimming world so ! might take some photos, I'm not quite brave enough to share them though but I'm determined to get back to pre-baby weight this time so would be great to look back on. Even though you look great the best bit must be feeling better in yourself and having more energy xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:54 |
      Thanks Hayley, yes I am still not very confident but it's nice to get a little bit of the 'old me' back if you know what I mean? x
  • Emma

    Emma

    08 July 2014 at 11:40 |
    Wow the difference in your before and after photos is amazing! Well done Katie, you look fabulous :) xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:52 |
      Thank you Emma! x
  • katie

    katie

    08 July 2014 at 12:54 |
    Bloody hell!! Wow you have done so well and look absolutely amazing! Inspiration to everyone who could do with getting a bit fitter (me included!) x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:52 |
      Haha thanks Katie. I didn't want anyone to think I was being a d*ck by posting these but I do hope they have inspired a few people. x
  • Anna

    Anna

    08 July 2014 at 13:08 |
    Thanks for sharing your photos, they're really inspiring. I'm looking more like your before pics at the moment (and was feeling quite good about that 4 months after birth) but after seeing the results of 6 months of hard work, it's really making me want to start running again and trying to cut down on the sugar (definitely the most difficult part!). Brilliant time on the 10k too; I think you'll be fine for the half marathon. You don't need to run the full distance before the race; I think I'd only done 10 miles before I did one. (Although I wasn't running quite as fast as I think you will be!).
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:48 |
      You should definitely not be so hard on yourself, doing anything four months after giving birth is amazing. I didn't start any sort of exercise until LL was nearly a year. And thanks for the tips on the half marathon, I am so so so so so nervous! x
  • Notmyyearoff

    Notmyyearoff

    08 July 2014 at 13:30 |
    Flippin heck you look fantastic!!! I am soooo going running...soon...when I have trainers. :)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:46 |
      Thanks Mrs! x
  • Life With Munchers

    Life With Munchers

    08 July 2014 at 13:40 |
    Oh wow! What a difference! You look bloddy amazing x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:45 |
      Ah thanks lovely! x
  • Lauren

    Lauren

    08 July 2014 at 13:42 |
    My goodness, you can REALLY see the difference in these photos. Well done for being brave and posting them.
    I don't think you realise how much of an inspiration you have been to me. You have done so so so well xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:45 |
      Thank you lovely Lauren, and your comment means more to me than you could know. Thank you. xx
  • Chloe

    Chloe

    08 July 2014 at 13:57 |
    Amazing difference. I need your tips for sticking to a health plan! Have you been doing anything else on top of eating healthily and running, or are those the main things?
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:45 |
      It's all running and cutting out crap (but not all the time, I still have a few 'treats' a week) I also have been watching my portion sizes and not eating the girl's dinners. Silly things that make a difference. I also do kettle bells a couple of times a week, just at home. xx
  • Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper

    Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper

    08 July 2014 at 14:07 |
    Wowsers, you look fantastic, well done you! I look similar to your before pic at the moment- I've quite slim legs but a definite 'tyre' that I really want to shift! I've just been diagnosed as being yeast intolerant, so having to ditch all bread, cheese, yoghurt etc for 3 months to get it out of my system. Hoping that and some more exercise will melt a few pounds away! You should be really proud of yourself :-)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:44 |
      Ah thank you so much Becky, I have been a little overwhelmed with how lovely everyone has been. x
  • Karen

    Karen

    08 July 2014 at 14:54 |
    Katie, you look amazing! The before and after pictures are evidence of your hard work and dedication. You must be so proud of yourself and I am sure you feel amazing. I REALLY need to improve my fitness and cut down on the crap that I eat. I feel so sluggish and lacking in energy most days....yet again, I feel inspired. MUST.ACTUALLY.START. rather than just feeling inspired ;)
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:42 |
      Ah Karen thank you for this really lovely comment. Good luck, it is definitely hard to get started, it took me years. ;) x
  • Kara

    Kara

    08 July 2014 at 15:10 |
    Wow well done lovely. I didn't think you were big before but look at the difference in your definition. So nice to see your hard work pay off x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:42 |
      Thanks Kara, I definitely wasn't big before but it's mad to see the difference between the two as I didn't think I had made any huge difference. x
  • capture by lucy

    capture by lucy

    08 July 2014 at 17:46 |
    Absolutely amazing!!!! I remember you saying in Bath that you are now slimmer than at your wedding and wowzer you can see!!!

    I think what you show is that you can make fitness part of life rather than fad diets or quick fixes. You inspire others to change their habits for life. xxxxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:40 |
      Ah thanks for such a lovely comment Luce. x
  • Jodie

    Jodie

    08 July 2014 at 18:06 |
    Wow you look amazing! I do not have the motivation to keep fit. Maybe after baby 3 arrives.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:39 |
      Thanks Jodie. x
  • Sam @ And then the fun began...

    Sam @ And then the fun began...

    08 July 2014 at 19:05 |
    This really is inspiratinal Katie. I definitely have the same kind of body shape as your first picture, so it's nice to know that this kind of improved body shape is possible in a 6 month period. I need to be able to work out more frequently (or at all even!) but two pre-schoolers and married to a shift worker means that that is not much of an option right now. Maybe one day.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:37 |
      Life does get in the way Sam for sure, I haven't done any running all week. It is so hard being a Mummy and having young children. xx
  • Carie

    Carie

    08 July 2014 at 19:43 |
    Wowee that's an amazing change - and yay for wearing a bikini on holiday, you look fabulous! I know what you mean about not really seeing the changes until you compare photos - although all my changes are in the opposite direction right now!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:35 |
      Haha you definitely have an excuse my lovely for an expanding tummy my lovely. ;) x
  • mummyofboygirltwins

    mummyofboygirltwins

    08 July 2014 at 20:20 |
    Wow - OMG well done you!! Amazing results. I have started running (am on my third run now) and I hope I look the same soon!!!! Go you!...x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:32 |
      Thank you for this comment, it really means a lot. x
  • Nicola

    Nicola

    08 July 2014 at 20:30 |
    You look amazing!! Well done sweetie x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:32 |
      Thanks lovely x
  • Bee

    Bee

    08 July 2014 at 20:43 |
    Wow, that's absolutely amazing, well done!!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:26 |
      Thank you Bee. :)
  • Donna

    Donna

    08 July 2014 at 21:31 |
    Katie, you look fantastic!! You have done amazingly and I will be taking a leaf out of your book soon, I need to get fit! x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:20 |
      Thanks Donna! x
  • Richmond Mummy

    Richmond Mummy

    08 July 2014 at 22:09 |
    Wow Katie, you look incredible! The difference between the Jan and June photos is gob-smacking! Well done you xxx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:19 |
      Ah thanks lovely! x
  • Jenny

    Jenny

    09 July 2014 at 04:58 |
    Thank you so much for posting your photos Katie. You are so brave and I think it's amazing what you have done in six months. I have been struggling with my health routine with a bad knee but this has motivated me to get back to it. I think I might take a photo like you did to push me. I haven't never done that and I think it's such a great idea to see where I am and then hopefully where I end up. You have done amazing to change your way of life and not just diet. I am so proud of you and you looked amazing before but you look stunning now too! Way to go girl for being smaller than even your wedding day. I don't think I will ever get smaller than my wedding day but hopefully someday get close to it as I am far from it now especially home with momma's cooking everyday. Already gained five pounds. lol Great post. Thanks for inspiring, motivating and sharing your experience and journey to be healthier. You are amazing!
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:01 |
      I definitely think it's a good thing to take a photo so you can see your progress. And I put on a few pounds on holiday too- the desserts and ice creams were just too irresistible. Thank you for such a lovely comment Jenny. x
  • Alex {Bump to Baby}

    Alex {Bump to Baby}

    09 July 2014 at 12:14 |
    You look amazing Katie. I could really do with toning up my stomach. Good on you for posting these shots :) x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 20:00 |
      Thanks Alex, I was so nervous of posting them, but I am so glad I did. My tummy still needs some work, you can't see from the photo but the bottom is really wobbly still. I don't think I will be able to get rid of it as it is more excess skin than fat. x
  • Al Ferguson

    Al Ferguson

    09 July 2014 at 12:26 |
    Hi,

    Really enjoyed reading through your blog! And well done! Thanks

    Al
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 19:58 |
      Thank you. :)
  • Kelly-Marie

    Kelly-Marie

    09 July 2014 at 19:29 |
    Looking a-mazing hun, I started running before my holiday but Ive been lazy since I've been back, Need to get motivated again lol x x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 19:58 |
      I have lazy days too, I haven't run for about a week! It is hard to stay motivated sometimes. x
  • Oh Little One Sweet

    Oh Little One Sweet

    09 July 2014 at 20:36 |
    Good grief, you've done AMAZINGLY well! You look fantastic! I feel so inspired to start doing some exercise now! arrgh holiday to Menorca is mid september- I wonder if I started now I could have a slight improvement? I'd be fascinated to know how you started off- I'm scared to go running in case I pass out from being so out of breath!
    Well done you- x
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 19:58 |
      I definitely think you would see an improvement, I lost 11lbs in the first month. Good luck! I just started by running a mile and then slowly building up my speed and distance. x
  • Laura

    Laura

    09 July 2014 at 23:48 |
    Katie you look amazing! You have done so well. I am currently starting my weight loss journey and I hope I can stick at it like you have! Xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 19:57 |
      Thanks Laura and good luck! x
  • Rachel - 3yearsandhome

    Rachel - 3yearsandhome

    10 July 2014 at 12:37 |
    You've done so marvellously well, Katie, although I think you look beautiful in the before shots too. What's great is that you're showing people how you can incorporate exercise in to your life without it being a big deal. Everyone can find half an hour here and there if they try hard enough.
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 19:56 |
      Thanks Rachel, I was really nervous about posting the pics as I didn't want people to think I was rubbing it in their faces, plus showing my wobbly bits is a little scary. But I don't exercise every day and I still eat crap on occasions, it just shows everyone can do it if I can!x
  • Not A Frumpy Mum

    Not A Frumpy Mum

    10 July 2014 at 14:12 |
    Wow, you look amazing Katie. I'm one of those people who constantly starts a new healthy lifestyle and fails within the first week. You are proof you can do amazing things if you stick at it. Thank you for sharing the photos, I think you may have given my the big kick I need to sort myself out! xx
    • Mummy Daddy Me

      Mummy Daddy Me

      10 July 2014 at 19:55 |
      Ah thanks lovely, I was exactly the same until January- constantly saying I was going to 'start tomorrow'. I don't know what changed this time! x
  • Seychellesmama

    Seychellesmama

    11 July 2014 at 06:31 |
    Oh my gosh, I don't know what I can say that all these other lovely commenters haven't said!! This is just so so amazing. You should be so so proud , the difference is unbelievable! Xxx
  • Nicola Han

    Nicola Han

    16 July 2014 at 01:24 |
    Whoah whoah whoah you look amazing. You should be so proud of yourself. Such dedication and commitment with two young kids is so hard- I know with a 4yr old girl and 2yr old boy to run after at the same time. Well done and keep up the good work x
  • Sonia Constant

    Sonia Constant

    19 August 2014 at 09:16 |
    Just seen this post! You look amazing in your latest photos and I wouldnt have said that you didnt back in January - its amazing what the comparison shows you. I am where you are in January. I have that baby belly tyre and I so very much want to get rid of it. Yet again you have inspired me x

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