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I’m not really one for New Years resolutions, I know how easy they are to make and break.

This year is no different, I’ve not made any official resolutions. Something is different though, I do have a focus, I’m going to get fit and healthy in 2014.

Since having a child 4 years ago my body has not been the same. It wasn’t so much the pregnancy that wreaked havoc with my waistline, rather the change in lifestyle.

I became a stay at home mum. My priorities and focus changed, I took on motherhood with great enthusiasm and my baby daughter was my life. I happily played with her for hours, read to her, admired her every move and coo. I did not care one bit for how I looked on a day to day basis and neither did she. I had less time and desire to look good, I was in love!

I didn’t eat unhealthily, I’ve always been big on homecooked food, fruit, vegetables and fish and that didn’t change. But I did find myself eating lots of bread and pasta, my two biggest weaknesses. My little girl and I also loved to bake cakes and biscuits together, so much fun but for someone like me who loves food and doesn’t seem to know her limits, it was difficult. I could happily scoff more than a couple of cupcakes we’d made together.

I stopped going to the gym and 4 years down the line, I had put on 2 stone and was a size 16. It felt like a constant struggle. I was happy with how I looked and felt annoyed that society put pressure on me to be a size 10, I was beautiful just as I was. But actually the reality of it was, I was unhealthy and sluggish and probably really deep down, unhappy about my appearance. I did dream of being thinner but then talked myself out of it, I was fine.

While ever I thought like that there was no chance of my body transforming. Any change in lifestyle that you want to make requires a real commitment and desire to achieve.

Once again, it is January, a New Year and time to start again. Last year was a tough one, I made a few big changes which turned my world upside down. Now in a better place, I felt more in control over my life and who I wanted to be. I recognised that yes I was a mum and I loved that but I was also still me, the ‘me’ before children and she still wanted to play. I was a woman who was a loving mum and a healthy, happy, determined, empowered woman who could achieve whatever I wanted.

And one thing I really wanted was to take control of my figure again. The fate of this body was in my hands and nothing was going to change until I did something about it. It was like a switch went on in my head, I signed up with the gym, started researching nutrition, diet, fitness and sport so I was well informed. It became an interest of mine, a daily hobby and a lifestyle change. I even started a new blog all about fitness and wellbeing called http://www.timetotry.co.uk.

After a couple of times dragging myself to the gym, I realised how much I enjoyed it. From my research I’d decided to focus on a mainly resistance exercise program to build muscle. Because this wasn’t just about being thin but about being fit and strong, building my body up to be the best it can be. Plus I hate cardio, so I needed to do what worked for me. I was not scared about bulking up as I had discovered it was near on impossible with a women’s body design.

I’ve also taken up running, something I never, ever would have imagined. I am not a runner, this is what I told myself year after year and yet after a few times out there, I realised I actually like running. There is a certain power it gives you, a drive and it is addictive.

As for my diet, I have decided to try and give the Paleo diet a go. There is so much contradicting information out there once again I had to go with what would work for me. I’m basically eating fruit, vegetables, meat and fish and have cut out all grain and dairy. It is the diet of the gatherer hunters rather than the farmers we evolved into. So far it is working, within about a month I’m down to a size 12/14 having lost quite a few inches off every part of my body.

I don’t know what is different this time. Perhaps I just really, really want it more than ever before. Rather than finding an excuse not to exercise or go to the gym, like I have too much house work to do, too much work to do, I have to go and do the shopping or some other task that can wait. I now make time for me. My body and health is a priority and nothing is going to miraculously happen unless I put in the hard work.

So I guess I did make some kind of resolutions but these were more lifestyle changes that are hopefully less likely to be broken.

1. Make time

In this world where everything is rush, rush, rush we need to make sure we are taking the time to look after our bodies and minds. We need to make time for sport and exercise, take time to prepare delicious healthy meals and to try out new beauty ideas. We need to set our mind to this and find the time for ourselves, because looking and more importantly, feeling good, makes us more confident and ultimately, happier people. And there is no time better to start than now!

2. Try

It is about trying, wanting to achieve, persevering, having the willpower to succeed. No one else can achieve this for us, it will take hard work, there is no denying that but it will be worth it in the end.

http://www.timetotry.co.uk is a blog about fitness, diet and beauty written by me, Lucy. I am not perfect, I do not have a beautifully sculpted and toned body (yet), I am not an athlete or a model. I am a curvy, size 14 woman, mum of one who is making time to improve my lifestyle and fitness. So if I can do it, so can you. Are you going to join me? It’s about time to try getting fit!