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    I can do this!

    Or I'm at least 70% sure I can...

    Okay, a bit of background: I grew up in a family that prioritized hobbies over food. So dad would buy new computer parts, mum would buy new craft supplies and lunch was often a single slice of toast and cheese each. The high school I went to was mad on sports, like everyone did a mandatory 2 gym classes plus a lunchtime club each week. My skinny self did boxing, judo, trampolining, gymnastics and dance each week for the last 3 years of high school. When I left I worked as an outdoor activity instructor (archer, trail cycling, low ropes course etc) for 2 years. I was 98lbs of muscle and bone and terrified of putting on more weight (an undiagnosed eating disorder that still causes me problems).

    Jump forward... some years... and 3 pregnancies have not been kind to my body. Separated stomach muscles, hypermobility, and the extra weight of carrying large babies caused recurrent inflammation of my hips which in turn led to weakened hip flexors which have led to turned-in knees and collapsed arches. Gentle physio and walking 7ish kilometers a day doing school runs was helping get things back on track. Except now we're in lockdown.

    My youngest is 3 so I can't use "baby weight" as an excuse.
    My husband works from home now so I can't say that there's no one to watch the kids.
    I could say that the upstairs floors are all uneven and the downstairs ones bounce but the kitchen floor is fine and if there's space for a yoga mat there's flat space to exercise.

    So here I am, 140lb with a 42" waist and the neighbors asking if I'm pregnant again. My left knee turns in so badly that a 1km walk earlier hurt.
    I know I'll never be 98lbs again but 120ish is probably a good goal. And loosing 5 or so inches off my waist might stop people asking if I'm pregnant which would be wonderful.
    I'm starting slow because I know it'll take time to get my core, hips, knees back to normal. I'm not tracking food because I've done that before and it leads me to a dark place. I will be more mindful of what I eat as much as I can at this point in time.

    Starting with daily physio, Fondation Lite and yoga if I can manage it without kids interrupting.

    #2
    Welcome.

    Kids will interrupt, it can be fun to work around them. Mine seems to have a radar for when I on on the last 2 or 3 reps of a hard exercise, so that he can know to jump on my back at that exact time. The other day, I was on 17 of 20 pushups and he decided to sit on one of my legs.

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      #3
      Absentnormality Welcome to the Hive! As CaptainCanuck said, children will always intrude. Incorporate them into your training! In fact, you could get them to do some workouts with you so you're not just by yourself as you workout.
      The exercises here don't require a lot of room, so you should be right. It's good to start slow because it's better for the mind to be able to add stuff to your programme if you find you have time, then remove them. Or so I find! As you've probably seen, there's lots here, and there is no proscription to doing something of a higher level if you feel you can, while doing most of your workouts at lower ones. Sometimes it's fun to slip in something that will really challenge (but that you still feel pretty sure you can do).
      I think you can be more than 70% sure. With your background, you know how to do things (even if right now you can't do them), and once you get into the swing of things, you'll find a lot of fun stuff to do. Let us know how you're doing, and that 70% will increase!

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        #4
        Originally posted by Absentnormality View Post
        Starting with daily physio, Fondation Lite and yoga if I can manage it without kids interrupting.
        Welcome it seems like a good combination of programs to get started

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          #5
          Thanks for the welcome everyone!

          My kiddos seem to sense when I'm about to start the last set and just want it over, or have just gotten into a yoga pose I know I'm going to struggle with. And then they obviously need something from me immediately (usually having bypassed their dad who as closer to whatever they are currently screaming for). At least they've stopped interrupting me for cuddles every time I lie on the floor... mostly.

          Yesterday: Physio x2 | Foundation light Day 1 (level 3) | Yoga | 1km walk (which hurt)
          Today: Physio x2 | Foundation Light Day 2 (level 3) | Yoga

          Foundation Light has felt easy so far but I know the reps will increase as I go on and that might get challenging. I'm just building a.. um.. foundation for the habit at the moment, challenges will come.

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            #6
            Welcome and great start! I have two young children too and they will join in (aka interrupt) occasionally, but over time it seems to be lessening. My wife is in a similar situation - she doesn't have knee problems, but definitely the split abs and hyper flexibility. The kids will bypass me to ask her for things too, haha! Good luck and keep up the good work.

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              #7
              Day 3: Physio x2 | Foundation Light Day 3 (Level 3) | Yoga

              I was so distracted this morning I didn't do my workout and trying to do it in the evening has been a massive pain with the kids screaming outside the door and doing everything to avoid going to bed.

              On the flip side; I actually managed to touch the floor while doing a forward fold in yoga today. First time in a while so massive win there.

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                #8
                Nice one on touching the floor. It does get better the more you do. And well done for sticking with it. Each day gets more fun (that's what I tell myself anyway!) 😂

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                  #9
                  I woke up on the 6th with a really sore hip so decided to wait until it had eased. Unfortunately by that point, I had a migraine that refused to move for the rest of the day. So I did 1 lot of physio and nothing else.
                  The 7th was awful. Mentally I was wrecked and by the time I had got out of bed and dressed my eldest had driven me to tears. So I just left my husband in charge and went for a walk. 5km and a long chat with a friend later I felt okay enough to be home but anything that required effort brought more tears so that 5km walk was all I did.

                  Today I've managed 1 round of physio and Foundation Light Day 4 (level 3). I'll aim to do the rest of my physio and yoga later but kids are currently taking up all my yoga space just now.

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                    #10
                    8th May: Physio x2 | Foundation Light Day 4 (level 3)
                    9th May: Physio x1

                    Have felt so sick all day and have barely been out of bed. Resting hoping to be able to do more tomorrow.

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                      #11
                      10th May: Physio X2 | Foundation Light Day 5 (level 3) | Yoga

                      Still felt a bit off when I woke up but decided just to power through and felt better for it. Only managed 4 "full" days this week, hoping to increase that over the next 7 days. Or at least not do any worse.

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                        #12
                        My mental health has been horrible this week. I spent yesterday feeling like my body had woken up but my brain hadn't. It sucked and resulted in me staying in bed for most of the day staring at the ceiling.

                        11th May: Physio x2 | Foundation Light Day 5 (level 3) | Yoga
                        12th May: Physio x2 | Foundation Light Day 6 (level 3)
                        13th May: Nothing
                        14th May: Physio x1 | Foundation Light Day 7 (level 3) | Yoga

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                          #13
                          Something you managed to do anyway, this is the victory, don't do everything perfect but do something even when life is uphill

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                            #14
                            BLARGH!
                            I have very little self-discipline and give up way too easily. Lockdown, especially with a very angry 8-year-old has sucked. Combined with the heat that I never handle well (yay heart palpitations) and I just haven't bothered with looking after myself.

                            That's all my excuses.

                            In order to actually start getting fitter (and curb the ever-expanding waistline), I need to do more. Foundation Lite, even at level 3 with half the rest time, just wasn't doing anything. I thought it would help build the habit but it just gave me extra guilt when I couldn't find time in the day to do it. So I'm thinking of switching to the new Baseline (I'm taking it as a sign that it was on the front page today). I'll need to get up early for this, which is probably more of a challenge than the exercising but otherwise, it'll be too hot for me to want to risk it. I'll do yoga in the evenings if I can get the kids to bed before 10pm because finding the space for this is difficult. Physio will happen first thing and last thing because knees need to point forward!

                            I need to do this. I want to do this.
                            If anyone reads this and would be up for nudging/yelling at me every few days to keep me on track I would greatly appreciate it.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Absentnormality View Post
                              If anyone reads this and would be up for nudging/yelling at me every few days to keep me on track I would greatly appreciate it.


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