I have been a mum now for almost four years and after bringing two beautiful boys into the world it is safe to say my body is totally different to what it once was. I have struggled with body confidence on and off throughout my whole life, I have never felt completely comfortable in my skin and have spent a lot of time unhappy with how I look. I have noticed a shift in how I feel about my body since having children though. I may have stretch marks on my thighs and bum now, my boobs may be pretty much ruined thanks to breastfeeding and it is a struggle to locate a single muscle in my stomach amongst the skin that was stretched to it’s limit – twice – during pregnancy BUT I like my body more now than I ever have. My body is amazing, it grew two tiny humans and brought them into this world through the miracle that is birth. I definitely have a new found respect for my body but that doesn’t stop me wanting to get fit and into a bit better shape too. I am not one for faddy diets or the gym, I can never stick at it and always end up feeling deflated when I inevitably fail. Over the last few months I have been trying out a new fitness programme, specifically designed for busy mums and I am so excited to tell you all about Lean Mums and how, at the age of 26, I finally feel happy and comfortable in my skin.
Getting fit with Lean Mums
What is Lean Mums?
Lean Mums is a membership website set up by Newcastle based personal trainer Robbie Thompson. For a small monthly fee Lean Mums members are given access to a large variety of healthy recipes and lots of workout videos, all targeted to help mums get fitter and can be done from home with little to no equipment. There is also a chat forum where members can get to know each other, chat with Robbie and keep themselves on track and a blog full of tips and motivation.
This is not a restrictive, calorie counting diet. Lean Mums is all about doing what you can, when you can. By combining the healthy recipes with Robbie’s workouts, loosing your baby weight and getting into shape after pregnancy really couldn’t be easier.
Lean Mums and me.
For the last few months I have been attempting to follow the Lean Mums programme and I am pleased to report it has been going really well. I can’t actually believe the results I have noticed in such a short space of time. Not only can I feel my physical fitness improving, I can actually see muscles starting to show on my belly and, thanks to the 5 minute glute blast workout, I have a got myself a booty to be proud of!
I have been trying my best to do atleast 10 minutes exercise every single day. My favourites are the glute blast, the 15 minute fitness booster, the level 2 core and abs and the 5 minute HIT workout. All these workouts and designed for mums and even if you are unfit there are lots of gentle workouts that can help ease you into the world of exercise. I have been able to progress from level 1 workouts to level 2 in just a small amount of time, I love that workouts I found challenging to start with now feel easy, it just shows that being committed and doing a bit of exercise every day really works.
As well as the workouts, the Lean Mums website also has lots of yummy healthy recipes available to help you get your body looking amazing. There are lots of different options for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as ideas for healthy snacks too. I have been trying to have 1 or 2 meals based on a Lean Mums recipe per day, I usually have these meals at breakfast and lunch and then eat a family dinner in the evening with my boys. I am really enjoying swapping sandwiches at lunch with an omelette or pancakes and having a smoothie for breakfast has been a great way for me to get some extra fruit and veg in and it is easy to drink while sorting the boys out.
I am not going to lie to you, I haven’t stuck to the plan religiously, there have been days I have eaten way too many biscuits and evenings where I have eaten a whole pizza to myself. I don’t feel guilty about the times I accidently over indulge though because, for the most part, I am eating the healthiest I have in my life and these foods have now become a treat instead of a daily occurrence. If I told myself I could never have any chocolate or a glass of Prossecco ever again then I would fail before I even started as I can’t follow something that restricting. I am really enjoying eating a more varied diet and by cutting back on the junk I feel like I have more energy which is very much needed when running around after my two small people all day.
Should you join?
If you are a Mum (or just a woman looking to get fit) and you can’t make it to the gym but want all the benefits of having your very own personal trainer then for £4.99 a month you can have just that. The workouts are easy to follow, the recipes are easy to make and taste great and with a bit of dedication you can start seeing results really quickly. For the first time in my life I can honestly say that I enjoy doing exercise and Lean Mums has helped me replace unhealthy eating habits with a new appreciation for healthy living. Robbie is really friendly and is amazing at keeping you motivated through your workouts. Alex is now almost 8 months old, Leo is almost 4, and I am finally in a place where I can say I love my post baby body.
Join now – If you want to become a member of Lean Mums you can sign up via the website here.
Are you trying to lose weight after having a baby? How are you finding getting back into exercise? Do you love your body more now you are a mum? I would love to hear what you think of Lean Mums and your thoughts on learning to love your post partum body.
Disclaimer: I have been given a free membership to Lean Mums for a limited period in exchange for this honest review. All words and opinions are my own.
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