Ok excuse any dodgy typos in this post, I’ve just finished a tabata workout and it’s damn near killed me, my arms barely work.
I’ve not blogged in nearly 2 months. The reason for this is simple. I’ve been struggling. Really struggling.
I kind of thought being off work and being a stay at home mum would make fitness and nutrition easier in my life. But it hasn’t. It has made it 10 billion times harder.
2 years ago Imogen was in nursery and I was beginning my love affair with all things health related. I was cooking super clean meals 3 times a day and I was going to the gym 5 times a week, seeing my personal trainer once a week. Because of my ridiculous timetable and not starting till 10am somedays and finishing at 2pm other days I was able to fit the gym in before or after school without Imogen even noticing. Then because she ate her 3 meals a day at nursery it was a doddle, I only had to cook for me and Christopher and he generally doesn’t whinge too much about what I cook.
But now Imogen is at school she is there at 8.50am and I pick her up at 3.15pm. I have Alexander all day and then I have the kids on my own till Christopher gets home. I’ve tried sneaking off to the gym at 6pm and letting Christopher do the bath bedtime routine but I don’t like missing out on that stuff. Then by the time they are in bed and i’ve cooked we were literally eating at 9.30/10pm at night. Couple this with Alexander waking 5 billion times a night (no at nearly 11 mths he still isn’t sleeping through!) it was all becoming overwhelming and unworkable.
So I was getting upset, frustrated, angry, all in equal measures.
But one thing I have learnt in the past 2 years is there is no point in letting things slide, no point in feeling sorry for myself. Nope it was time to think clever.
My life has changed. I have to accept the routine I was in before wasn’t working. So I had to find something to fit with me.
First step, I decided to reintroduce Tabata to my life, AKA HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). So I am doing my squats, press ups and reverse lunges in short, high intensity bursts. The whole thing takes about 16 mins, what busy mummy can’t squeeze in 16 mins to boost her fitness?
My 2nd Step is to eat with the kids at 5.30. That way we’re not eating late and I’ve taken to just cooking the same for all of us. I have had to cut back on the fresh chillies and spicy things, a nearly 11mth old with reflux does not mix well with hot and spicy food BUT I save that for weekend treats when the kids are in bed. But weekdays have become more manageable.
But I was still struggling, I thought about cooking all meals in advance on a Sunday but I don’t want to be chained to the kitchen cooking all day Sunday.
So my 3rd step came about when I stumbled on this ” Paleo Made Painless ” Now I wasn’t particularly fussed about the recipes themselves, but more the idea that you could put all the “raw” ingredients in a freezer bag together, write on the date, cooking instructions etc then freeze, then on the day out the contents of freezer bag in your slow cooker then leave to cook all day. If I can get prepared in advance then I could bung these freezer meals in the slow cooker before I head out for the school run, then I only need to prepare my veges.
Now don’t get me wrong, this is still a learning curve, I am still far from in a routine but I can definitely see light at the end of the tunnel, I can finally see a way I can make this work for my new life.
So there you go, who knows when the next post might be but for now I’m getting back in the swing of it.