Most people lose their baby weight fairly easily. Others, like me, can’t get motivated for long enough and even worse, end up putting (a lot) more on. Disgraceful really, when I’ve lost weight before with no problems, so I really need to stop eating so much and start my exercising again while I’ve not got any ailments (I’ve started a few times and done well, but then got ill and couldn’t cope with the exercise at the same time).
I do tend to walk a bit at weekends when we’re out and about (mooching) and at lunchtimes (brisk). But we live a 4 mile round trip from the nearest shop, and the decent size village and town near us are 7 miles away; we have to drive to get anywhere if we don’t want to hike along the road or across fields. Having been fit before having N when I used to exercise in the mornings, do a bit of walking and 3-4 evenings a week of dancing, it’s a shock to the system as to how unfit I’ve got. So I need to get motivated again.
People always say it’s easy as you’re always running around after toddlers. But I don’t. N is generally quite happy pottering on his own, and I don’t spend all my time chasing him around the house. When you’re out and about, toddlers walk really slowly. Even his version of running, I can just walk fast. So there’s no chance of breaking out a sweat and getting fit from generally being out and about with him.
Thankfully N is really active. Yes, he eats loads, but as nursery says, he needs the fuel for the activity he does. It does amaze me as I wear my Fitbit all the time, and at weekends, we can do 10000 steps no problem – he’s likely doing a lot more than that.
As for swimming. N obviously has swimming lessons once a week with Water Babies where I’m in the pool with him; swimming with your child (like walking) isn’t really exercise. Unless you count the pommelling from a toddler standing on your legs, or arm strengthening from balancing a 3 year old on your arm as they swim round in circles. Even when N’s swimming with a woggle on his own down the pool with me swimming ahead, it usually means a very slow sculling rather than proper strokes.
As it’s rare I get time outside of work without N, I’ve managed to find some people at work who go swimming at lunchtimes. So I’ve started swimming once a week (maybe I’ll up this in future to twice a week, you never know) at lunchtimes. There’s just enough time to do a half hour swim, and it does really make me feel so much better. But blimey, I’m out of swimming practice.
I’ve never been an amazing swimmer, but I do like the monotony of lengths. Of course I have to let the irritation go at people not swimming in the right speed lane. Last time we went, there were a few really slow people in the medium speed lane, and then a youngish guy who insisted on doing backstroke and kept bashing into people. It was really way too busy to be inconsiderate like that. But after only 2 weeks, my number of lengths isn’t far off what I used to do in a standard swimming session, so although I feel unfit doing it, I know I should be able to increase the lengths fairly quickly. I just need to work on the fitness side outside the pool as well..
Next step is to do my high intensity short workouts at home to get the strength and muscle training done. Hopefully between the two and some walking, I’ll get my fitness back…and lose my extra weight. Maybe I’ll even try my Slimpod audio tracks again in the hope it’ll work this time and help with my piggy food tendencies!
What do you do to get fit and/or lose weight? Do you swim?
Disclosure: We swim with and blog for Water Babies. All views are my own.