I'm pretty comfortable with my post baby body. At long last, I've learned to embrace the loose skin on my tummy and my thighs, and the other changes, after having our two babies in the space of 17 months. I'm constantly in awe of a woman's body and just how much it's capable of.
However, I do like to work on my fitness for one reason - to feel good.
Something I've never really spoken about on my blog is the condition I have in my legs. One day I woke up with around 8 kilos of fluid in my legs, for no reason at all. I was swollen and in pain. And this happened a lot.
Cutting a long story short, years and years of pain and suffering and misdiagnosis have meant I've had to cut my activities back drastically.
I've learned how to manage it. However, I still suffer from that dreaded fluid. I've been searching for something to help with it, and I think I've finally found it.
I've started at Hypoxi, which is all about low intensity exercise combined with compression therapy and getting the circulation going properly...
Right, so after nearly three years out of a gym I finally got my a*s back in there.
For someone who used to be a fitness addict that's a LONG time and very not like me.
Rather, not like the 'old me'. The 'old me' had a problem. She was single, childless, career obsessed and wanted to project a certain 'fit' image. She was way too hung up on having a flat tummy!
The 'me' I've been for the last three or four years couldn't be further from that! Don't get me wrong, I haven't been doing nothing. I love swimming and get to the pool for laps a few times a week. But proper gym workouts have been completely non existent. Because, TIME POOR people.
Not that I have an issue with my body, per se. It produced two babies in the space of 17months. Pretty cool and very very amazing. It's been through a lot, this old bod of mine. So I cut it some slack.
But, there are parts I wouldn't mind working on. Everything just needs a little tone up, you know?
However, over and above that, I need the gym for SANITY. Uh huh, it's time mummy got some 'me time', completely separate from the children.
Enter the holy grail of gyms, Next Gen Health Clubs.
Do you know that feeling when you’re swimming under water at a public pool and all you can hear is the muffled sound of screams, laughter, cries and chatter? It’s a surreal, almost trapped, blurred, out-of-body feeling until you come for air and breathe. That is the only way I can describe how I felt on Saturday.
Time stood still. I’m not sure for how long (I’m told only a few minutes) because all I can remember is we couldn’t find our daughter.
Those that know me well know that at times I can be a “little dramatic” …a “drama queen” even. Heck I even describe myself as one…I can totally admit that sometimes I can over-react. Today, however, while my screams may have seemed dramatic to those sipping lattes in the café, there were no dramatics, just pure fear. I would have done ANYTHING in those moments to find our girl and I did not care what anyone thought....
Ahhh, our two little ones...they're both full blown toddlers now, at 15 months and 2.5yrs which means they're bonkers! BUT there's nothing I wouldn't do for them...including spending the morning surrounded by oinking Peppa Pig obsessed children ;)
Seriously though, our kids really enjoyed Peppa Pig Playdate. There were SO many things to see and do at this huge interactive experience
When I was a kid, at the start of each year I remember excitedly going to shop for my new stationery and uniforms. I loved it. Yep, stationery and organisational nerd right here!
Our kids Harry and Aoife, who are 2.5 and 1, haven’t started school yet, but I know even just kitting them out for day care costs a fair bit. Labels, clothes, backpacks, drink bottles, shoes...the amount of ‘stuff’ they require can be a bit never ending!
Harry and Aoife are very lucky that we can afford everything they need for their education. But not everyone in Australia is in the same position.
Currently, 1.1 million children and young people (one in seven!) are living in poverty in Australia, which means they’re less likely to succeed at school and more likely to experience financial hardship as adults.
Wow. I find this number absolutely shocking and heartbreaking. Which is why I was keen to support Officeworks and The Smith Family in their Back to School Appeal...
As you all know, I suffered from post natal depression and anxiety after the birth of our second baby, Aoife. Although, it took me months to actually see someone and get diagnosed. I now have anxiety alone.
Now, I won’t even start on the judgement around that. It’s more common than anyone knows, and trust me if I hadn’t gotten this treatment I don’t know where I’d be. I was that low at one point I had terrible thoughts.
Having two babes under 17 months was TOUGH. I was solo parenting most of the time and our youngest had reflux so would not be put down flat AT ALL.
Anyway, I like to think we’re on the ‘other side’ of all of that. I’m on a small dose of medication. But I’ve also learned other ways to manage my anxiety, and I wanted to share them with you tonight in the hope that they help...
Feeling all the feels at the moment. The start of a new year is here, and I've faced all sorts of decision about my work and the kids.
When Harry, our now 2.5 year old, was six months I made the decision to start writing, to work through the little 'identity crisis' I was having in my head about no longer being in the corporate world. My soul searching quickly grew into this blog, and I gained a following. I also started freelance writing for other businesses.
Two years on, both of my ventures are growing and doing amazingly well. It's time to take that next step.
Long story short, we're starting Aoife at daycare this week so I can start to change things up a little. And it's got me all emotional.
These guys got kitted out for heading back to school by our good friends over at Stuck on You.
Someone sent me a direct message on Instagram the other day saying "wow, you're so lucky to be so popular".
The thing is, you can have thousands of so called 'followers' on Instagram (I hate the term followers, btw) and still be a very lonely person.
Just because you have a profile doesn't mean you're popular.
I am quite isolated. It's me and the kids, all day, most days. In the early morning and late into the night. Yes, I have a husband, and he's amazing. He's just not around as much as I'd like.
The saying "it takes a village to raise a child" must have stemmed from somewhere.
But for me, and many other mums I know and chat to on Instagram, not so much. We are going it alone most of the time. Using our own best judgement. Making it up as we go along.
I guess though, on the flip side, you can still be surrounded by people and feel lonely. I know in the case of many mums with post natal depression, it can feel like there's no one that truly understands. You feel like you're going it alone, that you can't open up, that it's all in your head...
I've travelled around the world a couple of times. I'm lucky enough to have lived in several cities overseas. And I've been up and down Australia's east and west coast. So, I like to think I'm quite well travelled.
However, I have never been to the Hunter Valley, despite it being just two hours from where we now live (#slacker haha).
Which meant I was so excited when Holden said they wanted to show us some of the Hunter's 'HIdden Gems'. And wow, what a weekend we've just had! Seriously amazing.
My picks of the area and a load of pics are all here on the blog...