Before I got pregnant I was pretty fit considering how much I ate and how much I partied. I had my job to thank for that. Living in a country town doesn’t leave you with many options for employment and makes the dream of having a glamorous career almost impossible. Instead of becoming bound to the city, I chose to stay and work in the shearing sheds. I’m not sure what attracted me more to the job – the opportunity to travel, to meet and work with so many people, the physicality of the job or the ‘work hard, play hard’ lifestyle. In all honesty, it was probably a mixture of everything.
Unfortunately, due to it’s physical nature, I couldn’t keep working past the seven month mark of my pregnancy. Very quickly I went from being a fit pregnant girl to a fat pregnant girl who lost motivation and retreated to the couch with a block of Cadbury chocolate on a daily basis. I’m not proud of that. I managed to pile on a little over 20kg and most of that happened after I stopped working. I couldn’t blame Andy for that. I was lazy and used food to comfort my fears of becoming a Mum.
Since giving birth to Andy, I’ve committed to becoming fit and healthy. Obviously, I haven’t been able to do a lot of exercise within the first six weeks other than walking. However I have managed to give my diet a complete overhaul. I’ve chosen to eat cleaner by minimising the amount of processed foods I eat. ‘Clean’ foods are those with very little or no processing. Basically it’s just your classic hunter-gatherer diet of meat, fruits and vegetables. If you can grow it or kill it, you can eat it!
I will admit that I don’t eat 100% clean and I’m not committing to that either. I still enjoy some sauces and pasta occasionally. But I’ve managed to eliminate bread and dairy products, which was surprisingly easy for me. Removing dairy was a choice I made based on how consuming it made me feel. I felt bloated and would break out within a day of eating cheese or too much milk. I don’t believe in completely restricting yourself. Ever heard of cheat meals? There’s nothing wrong with them. One unhealthy meal won’t make you fat, nor will one healthy meal make you skinny. To me, it’s about balance. Being mostly healthy and indulging on occasions.