I find it so hard at the moment to get motivation to keep fit. I love to work out. I love the burn and the sore muscles the next day. But it's taking the first step that is so difficult!
So I'm trying out the "6 minute series" By Casey Ho - Blogilates :)
Doesn't sound like a lot of time to feel the benefits of exercise but this is actually a difficult series! You do say about 3 or 4 types of moves but on repeat, over and over and over and over again! It. Kills. Lol! I'm doing these on my days off at the moment, and trying to do them every other day! So I exercise one day, feel the burn the next day then the following day exercise again :D I think it's a good system to have. Besides, who doesn't have 6 minutes in a day, right? Gonna start doing before and after pictures. :D So once I complete one more work out in two days time then I will put up my "after one week" photo :D
Here's the thing. I am supportive of breast feeding mothers. Some mothers are shy about it and go somewhere more private, but sometimes when you are out and you maybe have ran out of bottle, you have to use the source tap to get baby fed to stop them crying. Women shouldn't be judged or penalized by anyone for having to use their mammary glands for their essential function; when they are so publicly glorified in shop windows on the likes of Ann Summers and Victoria Secret and Page 3 etc.
I am however against women who in a public place whip a boob out as casual as anything and let it hang exposed for all to see for a while, as she sorts baby out and faffs around for a bit before getting down to business.
Not speaking from experience or anything, but I do believe in a certain amount of discretion and that's not me being rude or discriminatory or anything. I think it's fair to say that it is only decent to respect those who are eating around you that a boob might not be what they're expecting to look at as they eat their Ulster Fry.
However in the case that this clampet is talking about here. I honestly would never have even noticed the woman (called Lou Burns) breast feeding in the first place from the looks of these photos, she's well covered and she is being discrete in public; yet this is still considered a "controversial topic" by the media and the public eye.
Wise up people! You were probably breast fed yourself. It is a perfectly natural source of nutrition that a mother's body works on for nine months while baby is developing in the womb. It is tailored with nutrients and vitamins that are suited to the requirements of the baby.
Do not penalize a woman for breast feeding her baby in public if she is being discrete. It is not acceptable to ask a mother to sit in the corner and do her thing making her feel unnatural, or ask her to step into a public toilet to feed her baby. Would you eat your dinner in the bathroom? No I didn't think so. Why? Because it's unhygienic! So why should a mother be expected to go into a public toilet to feed her baby?
And as an actual fact, it is difficult to keep a baby covered whilst feeding, the reason being, babies wriggle and move about and said "napkin" will fall off exposing everything again so it becomes more of a hassle and task as opposed to just being discrete and not drawing attention to yourself.
There are breast feeding covers that you can buy, which allows you to maintain your dignity whilst feeding out in public. But I don't see any harm in a woman breast feeding in the way that Lou Burns did in these photos.
Has anyone who works in labour or physically demanding jobs ever noticed how when your working with heavy items/people your back can maybe twinge but in general be ok. But when you do things outside of work like gardening, or just bending over to pick something up. That’s the moment your back gives? I hate this! My back sometimes hurts at the end of a 13 hour shift in hospital. But over the summer I hurt my lower back when go-karting (and crashed lol!) The pain didn’t really improve until 3 months later. I was on strong medications for it, did Yoga and Pilates and it seemed to ease the pain (more of a dull ache tbh). I don’t take the medication any more unless it is playing up again and I haven’t done Yoga for a while and am a bit stiff.
I have found this e-book called “The Low Back Pain Program” that promises to help ease chronic back pain. It’s $6.97 (USD) / £6.39 (GBP) (which is pretty darn good for a book about health!!) AND it contains well illustrated diagrams and instruction. (I love me some picture books LOL!) #dyslexia
Don’t be expecting to see miracles over night though, takes time and effort on your part. Weak and strained muscles take time to heal.
You can get it from here if you are interested in this, or know someone who could benefit from it!
I discovered a few weeks ago I've put on half a stone. I'm not a hefty heafer but I'm boarder line overweight. I've a BMI of 24, or was it 25? I can't remember. Either way, it's still in the healthy range. Not also taking into account that I do have a bit of muscle on me from working and previously working out. However, this new year I'm gonna try and focus on healthier eating and exercising as regularly as I can with shift work. So I've downloaded this book called the "Cando diet" I'm telling my mum about it too as she's also trying to lose weight.
Now I'm not gonna go all skinny minnie or anything. I like the curves I have, but I want to be more toned and healthy. Surprisingly I get a lot of people telling me I don't need to diet. I don't see it as a diet, I see it as improving my health and well being by taking control of what I put in my body and how active I am.
Surprisingly a lot of people tell me I don't need to exercise either and this is why we as a nation are growing more and more complacent to the idea of obesity. (Not saying I'm obese by the way) We assume that as a woman, if you're active and fit that you're trying to lose weight. No, not the case! Worldwide, 9.8 million fractures are caused by osteoprosis every year Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis than men due to the hormone "oestrogen" floating around our blood stream. With 1/3 women developing osteoporosis compared to 1/5 men. (cited, http://www.iofbonehealth.org/facts-statistics)
One way of preventing the onset of osteoporosis or just prolonging your life is by exercise. It is not just for people looking to lose weight.
When I was a member of a gym in Belfast quite frequently I saw a lot of older people at the gym using the weight machines and doing cardio. I imagine that the reason they do this is because they've been told by their GP that they have osteoporosis, atherosclerosis (build up of plaque in the arteries, see kids? Plaque isn't just on your teeth lol!) heart and lung problems. I imagine that if they were able to talk to their younger selves they'd tell them "eat right and exercise more!" So why can't we take this lesson from this older generation? More and more people are developing diabetes and other related co-morbidities every day due to obesity! They say that prevention is better than the cure, so let's make that change together and start with the individual.... You! Let's try to set a realistic goal over the course of the next year! Let's try and eat a more balanced diet and not listen to your mind telling you to stop running on the treadmill. Let's make a proper change this year so we can look back on ourselves in a years time and say "Yeah I did it! I struggled, but I did it!"
You can click the link below to buy the book that I am taking on at the minute and start this journey with me :)
I am a 25 year old nurse, who is trying to find herself. This blog will contain epiphanies I have, my yoga progress and other such things. Enjoy. :)