How I got here…
Although I didn't put on tons of weight, I suffered terribly from water retention when I was pregnant and looked like a bloated heifer - poor Trey had to help me get out of bed! My legs and ankles seemed to blend into one, and my fingers swelled up like sausages so I couldn't even wear my rings!
I also developed cellulite in month four. I caught sight of my dimply bum in the mirror and thought: 'Who's that?' I'd never had it before! Then doctors advised me to stop exercising at 6 months because the ligaments in my pelvis softened too much and became painful.
All this meant I was feeling a pretty unfit size 16 after Kaya arrived. I had a Caesarean, so had to wait another six weeks to exercise, but now I can't wait to get back to my old self with Closerdiets.com
THIS WEEK’S WEIGH IN: 10st
Weight loss since training began: 1st 7 Ibs!
Well it’s almost my final weigh in and I’m actually really sad. This whole experience has been fantastic for me and I’m so pleased my progress so far. I’ve done things I never thought I could and the weight loss has been phenomenal, I feel like a different woman. I've still got one more week left so I'm really going to push myself.
TODAY I’VE EATEN
Porridge with sultanas – no sugar because that’s cheating!
Tuna in a tortilla wrap with salad
Chicken with lots of veg
I’m feeling really good, although chilled to the bone!! I’ve just been running and today was the first time I really felt the cold - quite incredible really considering it's November! We've been really lucky with the weather - apart from rain but that never killed anyone! But today was FREEZING! My legs seized up! By the end of the run, I felt like the tin man there for a while!
With only one more week left Sarah's really pushing me - how mean! Mind you, not that I mind - I'm doing a photo shoot for Closer soon IN A BIKINII! Nothing like the fear of a bikini to focus the mind - I've even been doing some stuff on my own which I'll tell you about in a bit.
Too funny though - when I first started training I could hardly run anywhere - then when we finally managed to run right around the park we used to walk up the hills - now though I have no such luck - I have to run up every single one! And not just once, Sarah makes me go back down and run it again, and again! Three times up and down each hill, as well as running the whole park which is 7 miles!
It was quite funny though because there was this massive group of lads in the park this week. When we finished running we were doing our warm down stretches and the boys stood around watching and jeering us, especially when we were touching our toes! It was quite funny though because I’ve lost all of this weight it seemed weird that they were shouting stuff to me! Especially as I was giving them quite an eyeful! But they seemed to be enjoying the view, I felt great because I’m finally getting my figure back and no longer feel like a fat whale! Ha!
I’ve started running before breakfast on my own, basically because my mate Tim in LA told me that you burn fat 300% faster first thing in the morning. It kills me though because I’ve not been eating many carbs in the evening so my energy levels are low! I feel like the walking dead! I literally fall out of bed, drag on any old bit of kit and my trainers, and get out there.
EXERCISE OF THE WEEK: WALL SQUAT THRUSTS
- Stand in front of a wall (or tree if outside) and place your palms flat, with outstretched arms, flat on the wall.
- Raise alternate knees towards the chest in a rapid, continuous movement.
- Continuously execute this movement for 60 seconds, rest and repeat three times. For maximum effect do this exercise after your run.
I've been good this week. I find that the longer you go with a diet, the more incentive there is to carry on. That, and knowing I'll be in a bikini in less than a week!
As you see the weight coming off, you don't have the urge to cheat so much, because you know how hard it's been to shift the weight so far. I saw on Closerdiets.com about Britney losing all her baby weight in 6 weeks which is just ridiculous. There's no way she did that by exercising. For a start, you're not ALLOWED to exercise for 6 weeks once you've had a c-section, so if it was through exercise she's done permanent damage to her body.
I found it really hard waiting 6 weeks after having Kaya before I could exercise. I actually waited slightly longer in the end - more like 8 weeks, just to be certain. So having only been training for 6 weeks I'm really pleased with my results.
And I find it easier not to think of it as a "diet" but a healthy way of eating. I think the word "diet" has such negative connotations of going without things you love and feeling miserable! I haven't felt miserable once, and I've been full after every meal. And now even when I've finished writing my updates for you guys online, and training with Sarah (which will be very sad!) I'll still keep it up. I've got about a stone more to go and I'm determined to get it off - and keep it off once I get there.
Dieting in the winter is always harder than in the summer. In the winter you just feel like eating stodge to keep warm and full and in the summer it's easier to eat healthily. But just think - if you get your body sorted now, you'll be looking amazing by the time next summer comes around! That's what I'm holding onto!
I'm going on a boat next august, with about 10 other couples, and I'm determined to feel good about myself. Thanks to Closerdiets.com, I'm well on my way!
We went swimming for the first time in Chiswick, West London, for a baby lesson in a public pool. Very exciting! I went and bought Kaya the coolest little swimsuit. It was so cute - pink with flowers on it from "Bloomin Marvellous" and had an adorable little frill around it, bless her! I remember as a kid having swimsuits with frilled skirts around them, and thinking they were the best things ever!
But the experience wasn't quite as I'd imagined - unfortunately they'd only warmed the pool to 30 degrees (having said it would be close to body temperature at 37 degrees) so the pool was just too cold for her and it took her by surprise. Obviously the only water she’s used to is the bath, which is nice and warm, so she cried for the entire lesson!
I suppose I should have suspected something was up when we arrived and the instructor suggested I put one of the wetsuits on her! Bummer! All that effort for a cute swimsuit and it had to be covered in a wetsuit! All the other babies seemed to love it, but Kaya was just so cold for the whole lesson, I don’t blame her for crying, I nearly was by the end!
And to make matters worse, finally when I'd managed to calm her down, the instructor came over and seemed to think it would be a good idea if she made Kaya float on her back! As if! This really didn’t go down too well and the crying started back up, and then to add insult to injury, the instructor wouldn't let me take her out as it was "good for her to get used to it! Ah! All a bit too traumatic for my liking - not quite the perfect "mother and baby go swimming together for the first time" experience I'd envisaged!
I hosted an evening in aid of the Tickled Pink Breast Cancer Charity in Bolton, which I really enjoyed. I was sat next to Tony Hadley (Former front man of 80’s band Spandau Ballet) and we were chattering away about babies for most of the night!
During the day, 30 footballers including Rob Lee (ex-Newcastle United player) and Lee Sharpe (ex-Man U and the one who made Jane Middlemiss cry on Love Island!) were playing a knockout 5-a-side tournament for charity.
It was funny actually, I’ve worked with Lee on a BBC series I presented over the World Cup in 2002 called Football Fever so when I was asked if I’d met him before I said “Yeah I have, he’s a complete tart!” I think he was quite relieved when he realised it was me who'd said it.
But I had a great time at the party in the evening. I wore a beautiful champagne colour prom dress from Warehouse - I loved it! Got lots of compliments too - probably because I was one of the few women there that evening! Or maybe it's because all this dieting and exercise is paying off!
When I do get the chance to go out I make the most of it, normally by the time Kaya’s had a bath and I’ve put her to bed I’m absolutely knackered and much too exhausted to go out - Particularly if I’ve had a running session with Sarah!
But I did manage to go to the cinema with Trey to watch Borat. It was absolutely brilliant - I really liked it. Sacha Baron Cohen is such a clever bloke - it’s one of them films that really makes you squirm in your seat! I couldn't believe some of the things he got up to. He's got so much front - must have balls of steel! And you'll be impressed to discover I was very well behaved and didn’t eat any of Treys M&M’s this time! Well, maybe I had one!
Have a good week,