As you know I’m a mammy of two, a two-year-old and a ten month old, and despite midriff evidence to the contrary, I’m not about to have a third anytime soon! For months now i’ve been referring to my oh so wobbly bits as baby weight but the truth is it’s too much food and no exercise weight. A spade is a spade after all.
A few weeks back myself and Daddy Chambers spent a week in Galway with the kids and one of the days we took a trip to the amusements in Salthill. I took Aidan on the bumping cars, as Daddy Chambers played photographer on the sidelines. That evening, as I enjoyed a glass of wine, I had a look at the pictures and to say I didn’t like what was in front of me is an understatement. Chardonnay fuelled tears followed as I proclaimed myself fat, unfit and unhappy.
The reality is I haven’t properly exercised since myself and Daddy Chambers got married back in May of 2012. On honeymoon in the States I ate my own body weight in food every day and that’s when it all began to spiral.
I got gestational diabetes during my first pregnancy and instead of facing facts I blamed genetics. My mother is a diabetic and although the gestational kind is more likely if a family member suffers from it, I most likely contracted it due to having an above average BMI. After Aidan was born I made a half arsed attempt to lose some weight, and while I did, as soon as I got pregnant with Sarah I really embraced eating for two.
Strangely I didn’t get gestational diabetes second time round but in some ways that was worse because instead of watching what I ate, I scoffed everything in front of me and then some more.
Anyway, as aforementioned, it all came to a head that evening in Galway. Practical as ever, Daddy Chambers encouraged me to make a change rather than sitting around and crying into a glass of vino. So the following day I got on the research trail.
I don’t have time for the gym and to be honest I don’t like gyms anyway. I always feel intimated in them. However, my research led me to a girl by the name of Brid McGill, a fellow working mammy with absolutely no wobbly bits at all! Brid runs her own business called Fit with Brid (www.fitwithbrid.ie) that specialises in fitness for mammys, fitness that fits into everyday life. She’s based in Laois but I was delighted to discover she runs online courses too so I signed on the dotted line and last week started a twelve week course that will see me as svelte as can be by the time Santa arrives.
Now there are plenty of people that will tell me I don’t need to sign up to any course to reach my goals. They will tell me if I eat right and exercise I’ll be where I want to be by the festive season but I’m just not one of those people. I need help, I need someone whipping my ass, someone measuring me every month, someone telling me what exactly I should and shouldn’t be eating and someone to hand me exercise instructions.
So as you read this I’m well over a week into the course and I must admit I’m really enjoying it and I never thought I’d say that!
Starting out my main concerns were finding time for cooking and time for exercising but Brid has definitely thought this one through. There’s no supplements, no fancy smoothies or juices to make, no meal replacements and no caffeine bans. The diet is not organic, gluten free or paleo thank God but the best thing is I don’t have to leave the house to exercise. I just pack the kids off to bed at 7pm, throw on the runners and do it all in my living room in no more than 40 minutes (with the curtains closed mind you as it’s not something the neighbours need to see!).
She sends me videos of the various exercises I have to do each week (five days on and two days off) and she makes it look so easy. I haven’t exercised properly in over three years and on the first night when I proclaimed to Daddy Chambers I was about to die with the pain half way through, he kindly reminded me that I gave birth without pain relief and instructed me to cop on! That’s the polite version of what he said by the way!
Cop on I did and I finished and while it’s still as tough as hell, I’m getting better. The whole house is now eating the same meals for the first time ever and it’s actually saving me time. In truth none of Brid’s plan is rocket science and nor does she claim it is. It’s balanced nutrition with exercise. She’s a great motivator though, a great communicator and as a fellow mother she relates to just how busy I am.
I’m putting it out there that I’m not going to fail this time and I’m not going to give up like I have done so many times before. I want to be able to play with Aidan and Sarah without wheezing. I want to set an example for them. I want to feel happy about standing beside them for a Kodak moment.
My plan is to blog about my journey with Fit With Brid to help keep me motivated as the winter nights set in and to review the course as a whole. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
I’m on the lookout for recipes all the time so please get in touch if you have any and if you happen to see me indulging in something I shouldn’t be, grab it and run!