Category Archives: Fitness

Get Fit, Feel Epic!

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After reading about the existence of a “food clock” on Emma Nutrition, I no longer feel so alien about my recent humongous increased in appetite. It is a cliché everyone overindulge over the festive period and lost track of their exercise routine because they have been away from home visiting family and friends. The snowy January has also contributed to our lack of activity, of course! Sometimes, it is too dark. Other times, I would rather stay at home because my baby has diarrhoea and I do not fancy frantically looking for a baby changing room in the middle of a park! If someone else can baby sit for you whilst you get your exercise, then lucky you. I just got to do it all on my own at the moment.

Google searches gave me some repeated suggestions for “exercise for mums” and this article Eight Ways to find time to Exercise by Baby Centre pretty much sums it all. The only suggestion that seems feasible to me at the moment is the last one – work it out at home. I have ordered ABBA: You Can Dance (Wii) from Amazon at a bargain price of £4.88 and am waiting to try it out as soon as it arrives.

This is my entry into Get Fit Feel Epic competition from hosted by Mum Reinvented.


New Year Resolution?

Did you make any new year resolutions this year? Does it work? Or, have those resolutions been broken already? I used to make new year resolution every year until few years ago because I kept breaking them only a few days after.

Anyhow, I did mentioned I wanted to get out more often in the new year. I guess making sure that the whole family keeping fit and healthy is something that I would like to work on this year.

Family Health and Fitness Plan

Get Active
Do things together as a family that will get us moving about
– Walk in the park together (push baby in pram)
– Bring baby swimming in our local leisure centre
– Window shopping

Eat Healthy
– Look up for inspiring recipe. I have a sweet tooth and resisting sweet has been hard going since after Christmas. So, I am thinking of venturing on healthy sweet treat alternative like this healthy chocolate cake recipe.
– Introduce more vegetable in our family meal that our baby could share as well.
– Stick to baby’s weaning plan.

Plenty of Fluid
Easy as it sounds, it is actually really difficult to drink the recommended eight glasses of fluid a day. I am a coffee lover addicted to the caramel macchiato from my local Coffee #1 and the Mochalatte Ice from M&S cafe. I am thinking why not make friend with tea if eight glasses of plain water does not sound appealing. Tea has lower caffeine content hence more hydrating and contains less calories compared to latte.

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Sleep Well
This one is hard because it will depend on my baby, but I guess I can sleep earlier to make up for lost sleep in the middle of the night.

Start a Cleaning Routine
A cleaning routine to get the family healthier and fitter make absolute sense to me. I have to declare that I am not a clean freak as I think there is more to life than to keep my house spotless at all time. A sterilised environment might not be the best way for a baby to cultivate a healthy immune system either. They got to get use to be exposé to some allergen somehow.

However, I think getting into a routine to get the house clean and organised can have a therapeutic effect on everyone. Knowing where things are kept keep stress to minimal and constant 30 mins of cleaning everyday can give you less of a headache when your friends and relative give you last minute visiting notice.

I am inspired by this Clean + Organised planner by Clean Mama.

I am also going to give my kitchen a clear out this year by joining My Organized Chaos’ Ultimate 7 days kitchen clear out. They also have a Facebook Group you can join for free.

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The end of my maternity leave is imminent and I will soon be a working mum. Being a mum is hard work, working on top is really going to be a challenge. So, hopefully these get fit plan will make me feel epic enough to conquer all it requires to be a working mum.

This is my entry for the ‘Get Fit, Feel Epic’ competition sponsored by MoneySupermarket hosted by Kate on Thin Ice. You can click on here to find out how you can too join and win a FitBit activity tracker and smart scale worth over £150.

Getting ready for Christmas

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I cannot believe how quickly two weeks has gone by. I remembered I had my nails painted and my hair plaited not long ago as part of my #getgroovingchallenge and now I am back to my normal self, meaning not making much effort at all in how I look and feel. Part of me feel glad Kate’s #groovingmums is there to remind me how easily I get caught up making baby purée and changing nappies, I forget about just being me.

1) I have a Christmas Cracker party coming up this Friday, where we are suppose to dress formal. I am going to spare an hour for myself to get ready instead of just appear undone in the party. I am going to curl my hair at least as well as wear my long forgotten heels.

2) I have a voucher for an express manicure and I am going to use it somehow by asking for an hour of baby-sitting from my OH.

3) It is almost time to send off Christmas Card to family and friends. (And buy present for a friend who always care so much about me. I want to give something back.)

4) I have an idea about scanning my mum’s old photo as part of my #groovingmums effort. My mum in her late twenties was certainly much more trendy in her time than I am now in mine. She used to wear matching handbags and heels! It might be a bit OTT to wear matching items in today’s fashion, but it could motivate me maybe? (Mum, if you read this, could you please remind me about scanning your old photos.)

Kate’s question What health aims do you have for the New Year?
Keep flossing my teeth, make an effort to include fruits and veg in my every day’s meal, stay active and keep grooving.

That’s it for now.

Update 08/12:

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(I did curl my hair and wear my heel as well as painted some glitters on my nails! Note to self: Must do this more often and get a pair of black colour heels to wear with black tights in future.)

Let Your Imagination Flow

Tots100 has teamed up with Centre Parcs to challenge their bloggers to let their imagination flow and design a water ride their family would love.

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Our little seven months old loves to play in the water. Without doubt, I think he would quite like to sit in the Floatie and float down this water ride with a gradual swirl.

First time mum swimming with baby

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Few things I learnt from swimming with my six months old
– Only change your baby into swimming nappy (I bought Boots own brand) in the swimming pool changing room if you do not want the urine leaking into car seats, at the lobby area and et. cetera.
– Apply emollient moderately and at your own risk. My baby has eczema and I applied some ointment on him before going into the pool but realised it was a bit too slippery, so I am going to apply less and be extra careful next time.
– If you have a wet suit, that’s even better as it can keep your baby warm.
– We went into the bigger pool first then into the warmer little pool after. Your baby might feel cold if you do it the other way round.
– Ask the life guard for a baby float as it is much easier than holding your baby at all times.

Tiny little steps … Groovy Mums

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1) Get more active I find myself glued to the sofa more often ever since I started blogging. So, I am going to get more active with some help from the Little Black Dress planner downloaded from ITV Lorraine website.

2) Treat myself I am going to treat myself to clothing that fits me and that is within my budget. I live in a few basics when I was pregnant and found it difficult to go out and shop for new clothes as a mummy to a new born. Last week, I saw lots of online offers from fashion retailer and began my major fashion haul. Oooh.. It feels so satisfying.

3) Fish and Chips in moderation Well, chocolates, brownie, muffins and crisp in moderation too. I did learnt a thing or two from the 28 days trial from Jenny Craig (see my post here). I only had 6 pounds to lose, but like many new mum would tell you, it stayed on me very stubbornly. My JC consultant was over the moon when I got rid off the 6lbs towards the end of my 28 days trial. Three weeks has past since and I have “celebrated” by being a little too indulgent, hence the need to remind myself to less the sugar and up the activity.

If you are a mummy and would like to get your grove back, check out Kate’s How to be a Groovy Mum. After that you can link up on Groovy Mums to offer encouragement and to get inspiration from other grooving mums.

Our first Buggyfit session

Hi all, how is Monday treating you?

We had a very productive morning so far, going to our first Buggyfit session. I had a very good workout whilst baby had some fresh air in the park.

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Here is a brief description of how the session was like.

Warm up walking whilst pushing pram, some leg excises

Workout sprinting, squats, stomach workout, running uphill

Cool down stretching

By the end of the one hour session, I was sweating and out of breathe.

If you need some motivation to stop being a couch potato:
I have met a super fit mum who is 27 weeks pregnant and pushing her 2 years old, mum with twins, mums with baby and toddler, new mums 4 months old baby, mum of a toddler who just completed a half marathon. So, we have no more excuse to not exercise, right?

Isn’t that a genius way to incorporate exercise into the week? If you are a new mums like me who is thinking of getting fitter or ridding off some excess pregnancy weight, someone brilliant out there has thought it out for us all. To start off, try to walk in the park or do your shopping with your baby in the pram. If you like a trial Buggyfit session, I got my free pass from Heinz Baby Club. You have to be a member first but signing up is easy. However, remember you have to get green light from your GP before you embark on any exercise after birth, especially if you had a C-section.

Good luck, everyone!