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Working Mums: World business domination or rowing?

This is sadly not me, rowing…

I am still losing my baby weight.

In all honesty, that’s not great….

Why am I still I size 16 six years after my first child?

People said when I had Chatterbox, “Don’t worry, you’ll lose the baby weight soon enough.”

But then about five minutes later – I was pregnant again with Stuntboy. So there was, quite literally, fat chance of that actually happening.

After he was born, I got the same, “Don’t panic, you’ll lose the baby weight soon enough.”

Chatterbox is six and Stuntboy is four….

….I am still waiting.

Granted, my advocation of chocolate in business may have something to do with this – more on that next week…

But there are also another two pressing considerations; motivation and time.

Do I really have to make time for exercise?

There is so much else for me to be motivated to do with my limited time without the kids that exercise doesn’t figure too highly up that list.

I am sure for my health it should do, but in all honestly, I would rather:

  • Write another blog post, so that I am ahead of the game and don’t realise that I need to write my three for the week on a Sunday night before the first one is due. I have kept my post count down to three so at least there is time for other stuff!
  • Chat to my husband, who spends most of the day at work; so if I want to exercise, I have to go to the gym when he is here, and then I am not. In fact, I am getting sweaty next to some strange bloke who I would rather not get sweaty with. End of
  • Finalise my plans for world business domination; ah yes, well that’s perhaps a bit over ambitious, but I do probably need to chat to the web developer, graphic designer or network somewhere lovely. This means that getting on the rowing machine while the kids are at school, is way down my list
  • Stay near a toilet, now to some that probably sounds a little odd. I used to run before kids, quite regularly actually to keep my fitness levels good. Having kids put paid to that one. Only mums will know what I mean here, the rest of you; sorry, I’m a delicate flower, and that’s all I am saying
  • Have a glass of wine and a chocolate bar, or occasionally a Leffe Belgian beer. Yum. *smacks lips*

Its probably the last one that’s really causing the problem with the dress sizes….

In other words, my motivation is decidedly lacking. I know I need to change, but haven’t got the inclination. That probably makes me weak-willed and lazy in someone’s books. Though having got to where I have in my life, I really don’t think that I am either of those things.

So to get me exercising, what to do? I suspect that another glass of red probably isn’t the right way to go….

Have you got back into exercise after having kids? If so, how did you do it? What motivated you? Any help is much appreciated.

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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Monday 15th of February 2016

My wife is really stressed this days due to her weight issues. she is trying new things everyday but nothing is helping her much.

But after reading this post, I made her the suggestion and she has already relaxed a bit and planning to start over your suggestion.

Thanks!! :)


Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Exercise is good for health and for weight loss..

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