During the course of my pregnancy I gained 35kg, adding the equivalent of nearly 50% of my body weight at the time. Part of this was due to the fact that I suddenly wasn’t able to eat salad or veggies – as soon as I fell pregnant they made me feel sick. The main reason, however, was due to my emotional eating while I tried to cope with the stress of work and wrapping my head around how much my life was about to change.
I never enjoyed the extra weight, and it took a huge toll on my self confidence.
Once our baby, Luca, was born and I hit 6 weeks post partum, I wanted to focus on losing the excess weight. I didn’t want to jump to any extreme dieting – I just wanted to eat well and start to ease back into exercise again. I really enjoy working out, it’s a stress outlet for me. When I’m running or working out my mind stops racing, and I find a sense of peace. It’s hugely important to me.
I had tried walking with Luca, but it was far from simple and came with its own challenges:Luca won’t fall asleep in the pramTrying to time the walk was extremely difficult. It had to be at a time of day where it wasn’t too hot or in full sun, wasn’t when he needed a feed, and wasn’t too tired (otherwise he would just cry the whole walk, not very peaceful)I was still joined by my son. As much as I love him, walking with him wasn’t providing the “me” time I was craving