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Archive for the month “February, 2014”

Not yet 9am.

It started with a night terror in the early hours. The now familiar pitter patter of small footsteps from his room to ours, the little voice somewhere in that place between sleep and awake shouting for mummy in between sobs. Daddy quickly jumps on duty, this time mummy has another mouth to feed.

Seemingly five minutes later; woken again, in those unearthly ‘Neverland’ hours. A quiet whimpering followed by the sound of sucking fingers, threatening to erupt into full on crying if the situation is not addressed quickly. The feed begins, mum and bub both fumbling about, trying to connect in the dark so as not to wake anyone who doesn’t need to be. 45 minutes later we both settle back to sleep. Read more…


From Fat to Fit Week 9 (17.02.14)

I am still very much working on getting my abdominal separation back to normal so still no crunches for me and as I am having a lot of interrupted sleep ( well a bit of sleep all of it interrupted) I am still taking it relatively easy with my exercise so I don’t get too tired.

I introduced a bit more equipment this week as I was getting a bit bored.
4KG Kettle bell
I love kettle bells as they whittle you into shape very quickly if you use them correctly.

Tuesday 17.02.14
Work it down cardio and kettle session

image3 min skipping
1 min kettle bell swing

2 min skipping
1 min kettle bell clean and press (right hand) – start with KB in front of you on the floor, keeping back straight squat down to pick it up and bring it in to the crux of your arm (your pit area) lifting it with your elbow up, adjust your grip so your palm is facing away from your body and press the KB up above your head straightening your arm, then take it back down the same way to the ground. That is 1 rep.
You can view these exercises if you search on YouTube.
1 min kettle bell clean and press (left hand)

1 min skipping
1 min kettle bell squat and lift (squat down holding KB like a goblet at your chest height with elbows bent into the body, then as you straighten your legs lift KB to head height while raising to tiptoes ).

2 min skipping
TVA Activations

1 min skipping
TVA Activations

Wednesday 19.02.14
I didn’t have a great nights sleep so was feeling pretty tired. I went for a walk with the pram and just did some TVA Activations.

Friday 20.02.14
Husb was off work and the Bear was in daycare so I went for a (very) slow jog around the park near me. (about 3K)

I have to admit I am missing the gym a bit now. I am really enjoying working out my own exercise plan for each session but I am getting a bit lonely on my own and I really enjoy the interaction at gym classes so I may be in danger of losing a bit of motivation.
My mum arrived on Saturday though so hopefully that will give me an opportunity to take advantage of that and try and get to a class to mix it up a bit.

Also if there is anyone in Melbs who fancies joining me with my little exercise circuits you are more than welcome!


Daft Punk ft me!

Now as a young (ahem), trendy! and altogether hip person I pride myself on knowing the current songs from the Hit Parade. I sing along to the radio in the car when I am not forced into listening to ‘Finding Nemo’ instead.
Never will you hear me utter those immortal words that turn you into an OAP with 1 sentence
“that’s not proper music, it’s just noise”
No I am block rockin down with the kids baby!

There is just one teeny tiny problem with this however.
The songs of today, have absolutely no relevance to my life as it is now – 10 years ago maybe I could relate to Jason Derulooooo Flying Solo, or Ke$ha shouting Timber as she makes a night she won’t remember,but now?

Meh – not so much

These days as a mum of two, I just don’t have that life anymore, so although I like the tunes the lyrics don’t work for me.

So I changed em!

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From Fat to Fit – Week 8 (10.02.14)

I am now 8 weeks post partum and have been properly exercising for the last 5 weeks

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Giving Birth Down Under – 10 differences between UK and OZ

Having had my first baby in the UK under the care of the NHS and my second in the private system in Australia I am in no way trying to establish one is better, rather just give you an idea of the differences I experienced.

1. Interestingly in Australia generally you are advised to go to hospital a lot earlier than in the UK, regardless of whether it is a first or subsequent birth. However if you have read my labour story here you will see that I like to cut things fine!

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