What is my Fitness Motivation?

My blogging bud The Mama, who is completely my opposite when it comes to exercise (sorry hun but it’s true) asked me where do I find all my motivation for exercising when there is so much going on in life?

I thought really hard about this one.

I do have the usual answers.

I enjoy it! I genuinely do really enjoy a workout. The banter, the sweating, the feeling of exhaustion, the lovely hot shower afterwards. It is satisfying and it keeps me going back. It’s my stress buster. It clears my head and boosts my mood. I also sleep better.

I do genuinely worry about my health and being fit around my gremlin. She knows when I have been to “the gim”. She knows when I come back sweaty and gross and I have shown her around once when I popped in and explained what people do. I want her to exercise to and see me as a role model for this. I want to be able to run around with her and I want to keep myself as healthy as I can for as long as I can.

So yes, these are the “right” answers. Lets dig down a bit deeper and be honest.

I’m vain. There is no question about it. Before I got pregnant I prided myself on being slim and toned. People commented on my six pack and I liked that. I’m a firm believer in being strong and not just skinny and I worked damn hard. My abs were the first thing that went as the bump grew. I didn’t mind at all of course but deep in the back of my mind was would I get my stomach back after my baby was born? I know I shouldn’t care. There is an awful lot of pressure on new Mum’s to get back to their pre-pregnancy bodies and that is wrong. No pressure and time with your little bundle is so important. However, I knew I would be one of those that wanted to and I’m not ashamed to say that. If it is important to you and achievable, then why not? I’ve always exercised and worked hard and I wasn’t going to let the new name of “mummy” stop me. Β I was sensible and waited until 8 weeks after having the gremlin before hitting the gym. Hubby was very supportive as he knew how much it meant to me and my sanity.

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About 22 weeks here!

My stomach didn’t return until I went back to the gym. Hitting the weights was the key to me losing the last of my stomach fat and my abs re-knitted as they should do. My stomach is pretty much how it was pre-gremlin. I want to keep it like that for as long as I can. Shallow? Maybe. But it gets me out of bed and gets me moving. (I promised the Mama I would be honest!).

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The gremlin was 7 months here

Finally, I like to eat. I want to eat that chocolate after tea. I fancy an Indian takeaway now and then. I want more bread. I want to graze. Whatever. I like to have the freedom to eat and exercise gives me a bit more freedom to eat what I fancy within reason. It’s a good reason.

These may make me seem a bit shallow. Maybe. But it’s what gets me moving and exercising and if being a bit vain and greedy help me to keep going, I’m going to keep those thoughts.

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  1. November 22, 2015 / 6:40 am

    I don’t think it makes you vain or shallow. I’d love to have your six pack but I currently have zero motivation so shall have to live with my one pack for now πŸ™‚ xxx
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    • mm
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      November 22, 2015 / 4:35 pm

      haha if I lived close I would drag you I promise x

  2. November 22, 2015 / 10:48 am

    I used to exercise all the time, up until my daughter was about 15 months old. The last 6 months I’ve been so busy I’ve slipped and now I feel so gross and horrible. I think being a little bit vain is a great motivation, I want to love my body and I want my daughter to think that exercise is normal and needed. This post is the motivation to make me start up again! Thank you. xx #sundaystars
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    • mm
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      November 22, 2015 / 4:34 pm

      It’s hard to stop…I have to push myself. Thanks and I hope you get going again!! x

  3. November 22, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    I can’t even imagine how fat I would be without my vanity. Its a constant battle between my laziness and my pride
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    • mm
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      November 22, 2015 / 4:34 pm

      haha this is good to know it’s not just me x

    • mm
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      November 22, 2015 / 4:33 pm

      Ah I only post my fitness ones on a Sun usually x

  4. November 22, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    Going for a run or a swim is the only time I get to be by myself and ‘just’ me – not a wife, mother, etc etc. That’s my motivation! #sundaystars
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    • mm
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      November 22, 2015 / 9:32 pm

      Haha that is a great one actually x

  5. November 22, 2015 / 11:05 pm

    I love the post. There’s nothing wrong with being vain. I actually love it when “big girls” are happy with their body..but for those who aren’t they look at the tiny girls like they get it all for free and it’s unfair. You work for it because it’s a high priority for you. That’s awesome for any task in life! I’m like this with my house. I refuse to abide by the “i have 4 kids so my house will be a mess.” I want it to look spectacular and it does because i work for it! (Now I just wish I ranked my body as high but I’m not there yet) πŸ˜‰ Also, you look amazing!!

  6. November 23, 2015 / 1:29 am

    I don’t think for a second this makes you vain or shallow. I think it makes you normal. People generally want to look and feel good about themselves and there is nothing wrong with that. You work hard to get the body you want! Your six pack looks awesome! #SundayStars
    Debbie
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    • mm
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      November 23, 2015 / 7:42 pm

      Thanks lots Debbie. I think it’s a worry but I shouldn’t care. What works works!! x

  7. November 23, 2015 / 9:34 am

    This is a great post Sarah, maybe I need to adopt your way of thinking. I love food probably a little to much. Id love a nice tonned body but I need to lose the extra fat first. I love using weights at home it’s just getting up in the morning I struggle with an now I work evenings that’s no longer an option. I’m in most of my pre Logan clothes I just have major jelly belly action going on over here. Don’t think scar from c-section and ectopic pregnancy has helped the way that part of my belly sits if that makes sense. Must try harder once I’ve got rid of this pesky cold lol. Thanks for some motivation.

    • mm
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      November 23, 2015 / 7:40 pm

      No you have been through tonnes so she start easy with less pressure. I think sometimes you have to be in the exact right place in your life to change bits and keep going so don’t beat yourself up if it’s not the right time. There will be that time xx

  8. November 24, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    I have always been quite weight conscious and like to look after myself. I however am that little bit extra curvy so find it more difficult to shift that last bit of belly fat….so I am 15 months post birth and still trying to get rid…. #twinklytuesday
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    • mm
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      November 24, 2015 / 8:58 pm

      Ah hope you can shift it. Thanks for the comment x

  9. November 28, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    I have always been someone who just is slim! But after having twins my body has changed – my tummy far more flabby. I try to exercise and keep fit but know that I will never look the same. That’s okay – I guess it is just my new body now! Thanks for sharing xx #sundaystars
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    • mm
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      November 29, 2015 / 8:33 pm

      Yeh I think it’s fab if you are happy πŸ™‚ Carrying 2 is a big challenge for the body. Thanks for hosting x