Baby News, The Pill Drama, Weightloss & Life
BOMBSHELL DROP! I had to take a few preggers (eek!) tests over Christmas!
To digress a little, we had our 20 month year old nephew up to stay last night (with his mum and dad, luckily haha!) and he is SO ADORABLE. Like, super super cute. I think it’s amazing how much energy my (pretty much!) sister in law Sophie is able to give him – it’s so impressive!
But back to the point – I LOVE kids (when they’re other peoples’!) and have been broody occasionally in the past around babies, but there’s nothing like a pregnancy scare to clarify what you want!
Also having our nephew over watching them parent him for one night made us realise how much work it would be and how completely our lives would change. We’re so happy right now and we love our lives sans bebe and need years and years more freedom (if not forever!) before we even think about kids. I don’t even know if I necessarily want my own children now – never say never though! But we have a lot more travelling to do, our careers are so important to us and because of work it’s going to be a minimum of 4 or 5 years before it would be feasible for me, and even then… I’m not sure anymore! I like the volunteering I do in a primary school, but like… a lifetime commitment to another being that doesn’t exist yet is huge, and it’s so dependent on you until about 16-18…!
We also want to have bought our house in the next couple of years so that would always come first for both of us, especially my boyfriend who feels strongly about this!
So how is this fitness related?! Well, part of the reason behind the scare was my faulty birth control plan, because the pill and implant over the last 10 years have been tricky for me, and I’ve been afraid of them affecting both my weight and my moods.
Luckily, the scare made me discover a new pill (it’s not new as in NEW new, but it’s new to me!) Yasmin which I’ve been on for over a month now, and it’s great! No side effects, and it hasn’t hampered my fitness or weight loss AT ALL. I love it – and have heard anecdotally from other women it’s helped them lose weight. So I think it’s CRAZY IMPORTANT to get your peach emoji down to the GP and make sure you have explored all the options to find a birth control plan you’re happy with if you won’t want to be breeding any time soon!
Fitness & Diet Update
I’m so happy the pill isn’t ruining my progress, as I’ve been working really hard lately.
While for life generally I’m a huge proponent of intuitive eating, as I mentioned before I’m on an 8 week plan with my coach Elle Darby to get myself back into the healthy swing of things post-Xmas, because she’s so supportive and great for keeping me accountable!
So that means I’m tracking macros! Which I know a lot of people aren’t sure about, so I wanted to link you to Elle’s video because it’s amazing. It’s a great jumping-off point for anyone curious about the world of IIFYM (if it fits your macros) and want someone who is a qualified PT to explain it to you!
There are a few reasons why I couldn’t track macros for life:
- too restrictive
- it makes me think about food more, and worry a bit
- it’s a pain to keep weighing food
- eating out becomes a challenge
BUT there are some reasons why I’d recommend at least a month to someone who was willing to try it (but by all means, if you don’t fancy it, DON’T DO IT! You can get great results without it!) but the benefits are:
- it’s so educational – you really start to understand exactly what is in the things you’re eating
- while you want 80-90% of your foods to come from clean sources, it allows ‘cheats’ while you stay on track within your macros – WOOP!
- it is SO HELPFUL for adjusting your portion sizes
- it ensures you stay full and get all the nutrients you need
- it’s far healthier and more accurate than calorie counting which can be silly as sometimes people just don’t eat much and then eat a chocolate bar or two and say they’ve met their goal for the day – not good for anyone’s health!
My workouts are a combination of plyometric training (BBG at the moment via www.Kaylaitsines.com) HIIT (sprints and fitness blender) and Elle‘s and GracefitUK‘s lifting workouts. I think with workouts it’s important to find what works for you and stick at it – don’t feel pushed into copying people because of instagram pressure! The Lean Lawyer (the lovely Alex Buckley) does a fantastic post on this here! The sentiment also very much links in or complements what I was trying to say in this post about Instagram pressure.
Some of the workouts I do are also my own, which you can find here – I love the Elle Woods workout and Temple Training. I’ll also be sharing an awesome Disney Little Mermaid Leg Day workout very soon 😉 ❤
I’ve been experimenting with lifting and at the end of my 8 weeks I’ll let you know if it’s for me or not. But if it is – it doesn’t mean you should do it. If it isn’t – maybe it will work for you! #youdoyouboo haha.
Hope you’re all crushing your goals my lovelies! Tonnes of love