13 weeks ago I started exercising for the first time after giving birth. It was something that I was really itching to do and although I’d literally just pushed a tiny human out of me four short weeks before, I’d felt really bad for not exercising more beforehand. If you’ve read my Exercise during Pregnancy or Results with Bump initial thoughts blog posts then you’ll know that I exercised as far as I could throughout my pregnancy and still had certain fitness goals, but with PGP and an incredibly low baby I didn’t get to continue as long as I’d wanted to. Since beginning to exercise “properly” three years ago I start to feel really guilty if I leave it more than a week or two without exercising and having gone around 4 months without exercising whilst I was pregnant it was all just a bit too much for me.
Getting back into exercising 13 weeks ago was great, I felt really good about it and with Results with Bump it was all really easy and structured so that I didn’t over do myself. 12 weeks on and I skipped my last workout to have a bit of time off before starting hard again in the new year. I felt a little guilty for a second, but honestly I feel like I deserve a bit of a break. I have felt so nice and refreshed and since my body went through so much in 2017 I thought it was about time to get rid of some of the pressure.
Fitness Goals for 2018!
For 2018 I wanted to give myself some more achievable goals to work on. I’ve never really been the kind of person to write (or stick to) any New Year’s Resolutions and so for this year I really wanted to sit down and make more realistic life changes that won’t include something along the lines of “No more McDonald’s – Ever!” because, let’s be honest, that’s just not feasible. I’m at that point in my life where I’m settled; I have a gorgeous daughter, an amazing boyfriend and I finally think (fingers crossed) I know what I would like to do as a career. Where I’m not too sure is where I stand with my relationship with exercise and eating right. This year I want to make myself a few achievable fitness goals (as well as other life goals. i.e. saving money – eugh) so that I don’t give up and throw all of my hard work away. I’ve always seen fitness goals as one big end goal and funnily enough I almost always fail on my way there; I don’t think I’ve ever fully completed a fitness program or managed more than three weeks of healthy eating before giving up. This year is different. This year, I will achieve what I set out to.
Without making this anymore long-winded than it needs to be I’ve decided to make myself mini goals throughout the year, month by month. For January, this is getting to my PT session on the 23rd and being in a semi-fit state to not die at it. For February it’s to be fitting in my clothes a little better and for March to be a couple of inches down from my initial measurements ready for our Holidays to Centre Parcs and Cyprus. I’m a mum but I still want to look bloody hot in a bikini: stretch marks or no stretch marks! I’m pretty certain that my fitness goals all the way up until August will be pretty achievable if I stay on track and if I don’t, then I’m happy to amend them slightly so that I can get there again. If it’s one thing I definitely don’t want to do this time around it’s put myself under too much pressure, because Lord knows that’s where I always go wrong!
I do have an ultimate goal, but in my head it’s a bit of a floating one. Yes, I’d like to be there as soon as possible, but I have also now realised that I’m not bloomin’ Wonder Woman; I have a 4 month old baby and a business to (try) and get off of the ground as well as getting my ass in shape again. Somedays it will be easier to just grab a cheese sandwich instead of making myself a chicken salad for lunch and if I’m out and about with Madison then sometimes I may not even remember to have lunch, but as long as the thought is there and I’m following a healthy life most of the time then I think I’ll be okay with that. My fitness will be something different entirely. Luckily, I follow Results with Lucy plans, so I’m pretty covered on being able to exercise from the comfort of my own home with Madison playing next to me or when she’s napping. Because of that I don’t think I’ll struggle with my fitness goals in the sense of fitting it in, but having the motivation will be the sore spot for me. I have to want to exercise and although right now I can’t wait to get up and exercise everyday, sometimes my daughter will need me more or I’ll be on my period so I’ll want to demolish a 300g bar of Dairy Milk instead. I’m cutting down on the pressure and taking it all in moderation this time around. My fitness goals will be achieved eventually and if I’m back in my size 8s (currently a size 14 and rocking a mum tum) by this time next year then I’ll be pretty damn impressed, but if it takes me two years, then you know what? I think I’ve come to accept that that’s fine too!
For more of my own personal journey than anything I thought I’d also share my before image and measurements with you so by the end of the year I can look back on all of this and (hopefully) see a big difference in myself!
January 1st 2018.
Waist: 33″ | Hips: 42″ | Boobs: 36″ | Arm: 12″ | Thigh: 25″ | Bum: 43″ | Weight: 77.7Kg /12st 3lb
What are your fitness goals for 2018? I’d love to know your plans for getting into shape, if that’s what you want!
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Ps. Soz for the old outfit photos I haven’t had a chance to take any with Madison at the moment – that’s why I look SO much slimmer!
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