Today Elisabeth is 17 months old exactly, and I am about 17lbs (if not more) heavier than I should/want to be. I know, I know, it is perfectly normal to carry a bit of baby weight, and I know I am not fat, although this is mainly because I am tall and therefore get away with putting on quite a bit of weight before it shows, but I only fit in about 10% of my clothes. And even most of the 10% fits badly. So that’s it…I have had enough.
I have 2 options:
1) Buy a lot of new clothes
2) Lose weight
As I reduced my hours at work to look after Elisabeth, my income has also reduced. On top of that, due to my height, buying clothes in the UK is a total nightmare. Therefore, the most viable option is to lose weight. Normally this is not a problem for me as I love exercise. I used to enjoy long distance running, until I messed up my knee (running a half marathon on torn cartilage is definitely not something I would recommend). I also used to love cycling to work, until pregnancy made me so tired it was impossible to keep up. So I am no stranger to exercise, and I do want to get fit again, it is just hard to find the time and the energy.
Dieting is not something I have ever been able to do properly, of course I can eat healthy and not eat too much chocolate, but being constantly hungry is not something that agrees with me. If I don’t eat enough I will either get a migraine, or I will just pass out. Also, when you don’t get enough sleep you need to get energy from somewhere and food is an easy energy source, and out of all foods chocolate seems to provide the energy fastest – so guess what I have been eating?
In short it is going to have to be a combination of the two, eat a bit more sensible and try to squeeze in some exercise. How? I have no idea. But from Wednesday, as this is the end of my holiday, I will be giving it a real good go.
Please let me know of anything that worked for you, or share your pain if you’re struggling with the same thing.