The effect having a baby has on one's body is strangely shocking. People did tell me life would never be the same again once I had a baby, but not surprisingly, other mums never confessed that their tummies were quite different too. Also, noone said how annoying caesarean scars are too, but it's okay. I'll save that for another diatribe.
At some point most of us move on from watching every dip and upturn of their baby's weight, to gasping at our bodies' inability to 'ping' back to normal.
A friend of mine has indeed claimed that her mid-30's body did 'ping' back to shape. Her words. Of course, now she's living in Germany so I can't see the truth of this for myself.
By the law of averages, I suppose it's possible. But why not for me? That's all I'm saying.
So now, my plan is to get lushly fit - without having to spend a fortune on the gym, hire a personal trainer or giving up too much of my spare time which I'd rather spend with Ellie. This last aspect is possibly one which changes depending on the age and number of your children, but stick with me.
At this early stage in the strangely lush fitness plan, see how many of the following five goals you can squeeze into your life in week one;
- Be more active than you have been. Whereever possible, walk or cycle instead of jumping in the car.
- Embrace the stairs. Tough luck if you live in a bungalow. The rest of us should go up and down whenever we need to. Forget trying to be efficient.
- Wake up to sun salutations. Or go to bed with them. Try and do 12 of these - but even if you only manage four, you'll feel more invigorated than otherwise. This video shows what a sun salutation is - and how to do it properly (by the way, I do NOT bend like the lady in the vid - at least not yet).
- Eat slowly, drink lots (water or dilute juice - save the champagne for special) and no seconds. I really struggle with the eating slowly, but smaller portions are more satisfying if eaten slower.
- Spot your opportunities for exercise. If you've only got specific windows of time free to yourself, think about what you could do. Run/powerwalk for 10/20 minutes? Swim for half an hour? As a mum, you are OBVIOUSLY an organising sensation. Pack your bag or get dressed in your fitness gear so that when your moment comes, you have no excuse. I'm refusing to buy gym membership because I don't have the time to make it worthwhile - but I can get out for a couple of 10/20 minute runs twice a week. Think about what it is you'd like to do and can find the time for.
If you want to sign up to the strangely lush fitness plan, post your comment here. Let me know how many of these five ideas you can do this week - and next week, there'll be more ideas and inspiration.
We'll be yummy mummies yet.