Why it’s Fitness Time For This New Mum

Why it’s Fitness Time For This New Mum

There comes a time when you have to start looking after yourself and for some this time comes sooner than others. I’ve made several stop – start attempts over the years but since having Baby R at the grand old age of 38 I’ve realised that in order to keep up with my lively little man, I’m going to have to take my fitness a little more seriously.

The decision to have another baby on the wrong side of 30 wasn’t taken lightly and while it was never an issue with Tween and Teenager, it struck me quite recently that I’ll be nearly 60 when he’s 20, 70 when he’s 30 and so on. Therefore It’s time to make changes and stick with them if I’m going to continue being the fun, lively, active mum I try to be with Teenager and Tween.

the road to fitness, the journey starts here

I’ve already made changes in my path to a healthier lifestyle, giving up meat and drastically reducing my sugar consumption, and feel remarkably better for it. With the help of breastfeeding, hills and the already mentioned little lively one, I’m back to my pre pregnant size, I just need some fine tuning and my fitness levels improving, toning my size 8 with wobbly bits to a trim – not having to suck it in – fitter me.  I’m not talking marathon running fit here, but after suffering SPD during Baby R’s pregnancy which left me unable to walk very far for a couple of months, my energy levels took a dive.

It struck me how much I took for granted, the ability to be able to every day things like run up stairs and take a quick walk to the shops, left me frustrated and missing the post exercise buzz which set me up for the day and vowed that once the pain had stopped and I was back to my old self, I was going to do what I could to maintain my health and fitness.

Like the old saying goes, you never miss something until it’s gone.

But let’s be realistic here, I’m a busy mum. I have 3 children, a new business and a blog to maintain. That leaves me very little time for anything else, believe me, if you could see the state of my once precious garden you’d understand how hectic life is. So I need an exercise routine that will fit around me and ease my fitness out of retirement.

That’s where the Kiddiecare New Mum Fitness advice comes in, with their help I’m hoping to put together an achievable plan to get me off on the right foot and with a extra little bit of help to make sure  I’m appropriately dressed for the occasion, I’ve kicked off with some research into running shoes from Sport Shoes.com together which I’m hoping will enable me to keep up me a fitness routine without compromising anything else in my hectic life.

My road to fitness. The journey starts here



  1. 12th June 2015 / 12:22 pm

    I was thinking of this as well. I am going to be 40 now and my son is 5. When he is 15 ill be 50 and I can only imagine if I will still have the energy to be a mother so I need to sort out my lifestyle now! #pocolo

    • 12th June 2015 / 6:44 pm

      That’s why I’m having a rethink on what I do or dont do!

  2. 13th June 2015 / 8:08 pm

    It is so hard to find the time to fit in any exercise so any routine that can do that gets my vote! I have been toying with the idea of cutting out the sugar to see if that helps with the energy levels so it’s encouraging to hear you feel better for it (although I’m not sure I’d be able to give up meat too…) #pocolo

    • 14th June 2015 / 7:51 pm

      The meat has been the easy one I’m finding the whole sugar avoidance very difficult though

  3. 16th June 2015 / 10:10 pm

    I am really trying to get fit again – it does make me so happy and keeps me so motivated in other areas of my life too. Good luck hun and and thanks for sharing with #SundayStars

    • 16th June 2015 / 10:32 pm

      Thank you, I agree, you do get a feel good vibe after exercising don’t you.

  4. 29th June 2015 / 1:05 pm

    I will be doing this too. Whilst I will only be 45 when my eldest is 18 … I will be 53 when the youngest is 18 🙁 #sharethejoy

    • 29th June 2015 / 7:26 pm

      Best of luck, I’m keeping motivated with my Fitbit which is really helping.

  5. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)
    1st July 2015 / 1:14 pm

    Good for you Ali! It was fabulous having you take part in the NOOM blogger trial and I’m glad that it helped you – this looks like a wonderful next step in your fitness journey. Good luck and thank you for linking this up at #sharethejoy to inspire others!

  6. 6th July 2015 / 10:53 am

    Well done on giving up sugar, I’m not sure I’ll ever master that one. I’ve tried cutting down but really find it difficult.
    Good luck with reaching your goals!

    • 6th July 2015 / 1:30 pm

      It’s tough if I’m honest but I need to do it, I’ve been a sugar monster for too long!

  7. 6th July 2015 / 12:57 pm

    I decided it was time to do something when every post on every linky was about fitness! I’m taking to the stairs shortly …! Good luck with your fitness goals. Lovely picture too! #sharethejoy

  8. 6th July 2015 / 2:02 pm

    It’s always tough to get started once you’ve taken a break but once you’ve actually started it’s such a great feeling. It sounds like you’ve got a plan, and those trainers look great! Good luck with it, I look forward to seeing how you get on. xx #BloggingtoJogging

    • 6th July 2015 / 2:41 pm

      Thanks Morgan, I need an incentive to get me going so hopefully there’s no slacking this time!

  9. Betty and the Bumps
    6th July 2015 / 2:22 pm

    I put on loads of weight when I was pregnant with Gwenn but, like you, I’m back to my pre-pregnancy size (although I’m a slightly different shape). But am I fit? Am I hell!! I was 29 when I found out I was expecting and I’d like to have another, but I would have thought I’d be at least 33 by the time that happens. When my children have thieir children I’ll be in my mid-60s and I want to still be there for my babies and theirs. I never make the time to exercise. I’ll never “find” the time, I really do have to make the effort to get out there and stop making excuses. Really interested in following how you get on.



    • 9th July 2015 / 10:22 pm

      I’ve got my 40th birthday at the end of the year to aim for and my plan is to incorporate any fitness into a daily routine so it doesn’t feel like too much of an effort of sacrifice if my time. I’ll be sharing my next update very soon.

  10. 6th July 2015 / 2:35 pm

    I’m a bit of a sugar addict too. I bought Davina’s Sugar Free recipe books and there are some amazing looking things in there. I say ‘amazing looking’ as I can’t tell you how they taste as I’ve failed to make a single one yet 🙁 My motivation is so rubbish some times, although I’m sure if I could reduce my sugar intake my energy levels would zoom. I too had SPD in my pregnancies and have numerous back issues meaning I can’t run, but I can recommend cycling to give you some energy and a buzz. Look forward to reading how you get on. Good luck.

    • 6th July 2015 / 7:38 pm

      Lol! I keeping looking at my deliciously Ella book to remind myself I need to keep going! I live cycling but live in a really hilly area so with a baby on the back it’d be a killer!

  11. 6th July 2015 / 4:56 pm

    Amazing stuff giving up the meat and the sugar! That must have been a challenge at first. I would struggle. Fitness is quite important and it sounds like you are really motivated to get it done. I think once you have a plan you know is manageable with a busy life – it will be easier! Good luck! xxx #bloggingtojogging

    • 6th July 2015 / 7:39 pm

      The meat was easy but I keep relapsing on the sugar. Having a blog to motivate me really helps though.

  12. 6th July 2015 / 9:12 pm

    Go for it! it’s hard at first but I’m hoping it gets better as the endorphins kick in. I’ve had similar thoughts to you – I want to be able to run round with my grandkids should they ever happen so I’ve got to get fit asap! Which is why i’m visiting from #bloggingtojogging

    • 6th July 2015 / 9:22 pm

      It encouraging words like these which I need! Thanks Jemma, I’ve got a plan so heres hoping I stick to it.

  13. 7th July 2015 / 10:34 am

    That’s amazing you have given up meat and sugar. I am very fit and sporty, but really need to tackle my meat and sugar intake. I do lots of exercises so not putting on weight, but it’s mainly for the healthy reasons. Currently training for my 3rd marathon, so a good time for me to make a huge change as well. Good luck and would love to see you linked to my #FitnessTuesday linky too ;-0)

    • 9th July 2015 / 10:19 pm

      I’m just really aware of how much rubbish I was eating and how much better I feel eating healthily. good luck with your marathon, I’m building up very slowing as I don’t want to injure my self, I’m not sure I’ll ever make marathon material though!

  14. Sim @ Sims Life
    7th July 2015 / 12:53 pm

    SPD was an absolute pain for me, so can completely empathise with you – since giving birth, some 6 and a half years ago, I have lost almost 7 stone (present day) and the weight loss journey still continues.
    Core exercises will certainly help – but at a size 8 I envy you! Good luck with your journey, you are sounding very positive! Sim #WeightLossWednesday x

    • 9th July 2015 / 9:37 pm

      I definitely need some core strength. I have a very saggy tummy but I’m not sure if it’s beyond repair!

  15. 8th July 2015 / 8:06 pm

    Having SPD really does make you realise how much we take for granted just being able to run about as you wish doesn’t it? Hard to get that fitness back after recovering from it too! Good luck with the fitness regime! xx #bloggingtojogging

    • 9th July 2015 / 9:29 pm

      I thought I’d snap back to my mobile self soon after giving birth but still had the odd bouts of pain for a few months after. I kept it to myself though as I think everyone was fed up with my moaning

  16. 10th July 2015 / 3:15 pm

    Good luck, you sound just like me although I only have the one baby! I’m sure you’ll get there, you sound determined. Thanks for linking with #BloggingToJogging xx

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