Nearly 18 months ago I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl. When I was pregnant I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted which consisted of cakes, lots of cakes. I had a great plan to carry on working out to stay fit throughout my pregnancy, although unfortunately the all day sickness and lack of energy seemed to drain every ounce of intention I may have had. So from about 10 weeks, the only exercise I did was walk my dog around the park and that walk soon turned into a waddle. On some days this was hard to accept as pre-preganancy, I would go to the gym or a long run 3-4 times a week. My fitness journey started about 5 years before this, when I was diagnosed with hashimotos disease and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) so I always had to work hard with both my exercise and eating. I believe you can achieve anything you put your mind to and have great memories completing marathons and triathlons.
Just finished Washington DC Half marathon, it was so cold!
I remember this moment like it was yesterday – laying in the bath 3 weeks after bringing my daughter into the world, looking at myself and thinking 'this isn't me'. I'm sure if you are a woman reading this and have had a child or children, you can relate in some form, looking at my jiggly tummy and feeling the aches and pains, ever wondering if I will be like before again. I had two options, continue to stay in a mindset of self pity and do nothing about it, or take action, get my body back and feel like myself again. Scrolling on Facebook in the bath I saw Mooloolaba Triathlon advertised, that was all I needed. I signed up there and then and roped my friend into doing it with me too. (The bath was getting cold by this point).