Finding the time to get fit!

I have never been exercise mad unfortunately, as much as I've wanted to be the girl who was into sports and loved going to the gym...
instead of rather eating toenails. As a child my dorky side was in full force though, I loved books and drawing and TV basically. Then I got older and liked going out and drinking way more, I was always curvy but I didn't care because I was having too much fun and no diet or exercise plan ever stuck or worked for that matter. 

However after having my first son I was like a planet, when the novelty of "Eating for two" never really wore off and I put on 5 stone. I knew I had to do something and so I joined Slimming World, I have never looked back and recommend it to anyone but I definitely couldn't have lost 5 stone with out exercise too...which I'm the most surprised about but I actually quite enjoy now. It's also so important to me that my boys stay healthy and I want to teach them to like exercise too. 

I get asked a lot mainly on my Instagram account HERE how do I manage to stay fit with two kids in toe though or what tips do I have. So I've put a little blog together of what we do and lets face it isn't January the best month for this! 

1. DIY
So the first thing I started was exercise DVDs. It is key you find one you like and can manage or if you're me you wont do it. You can often rent them from the library if you want to check you like it first and Youtube is great for free downloads. I personally love "Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred" it's my go to but as its only 30 mins it's manageable. I sometimes do it when the kids go to bed or if I'm pooped just crack on while they have a little i pad time. Let's not forget its free too....

2. Involve the Kids.

Its great to get out and about with the boys, quality time, exercise for all...and wears them out! Oscar loves his new Skooter and its made walks much easier for us all. Walk, Run, Skoot or Bike. Win win. Now Archie is older I've also enrolled him in a few clubs like football which he is loving.

The real working out with kids...

Skooter time

3. Every little counts.

As I said before, I have found it so frustrating not always being able to get out of the house or maybe you're stuck behind a desk. I used to laugh when people said "take the stairs".. yeah like that will help you lose weight or get fit. However, one of the tricks I have found quite good is doing all the laundry in to different piles on the kitchen table. So the boys Pjs, my pjs, towels, socks etc and then I peg it up the stairs with each pile and put it away. I  have tonnnnnes (who doesn't?!)so end up doing this about 30 times and I tell you what its not easy! So try to fit in little things like this, two birds with one stone...every little helps.

4.You time.

Now the boys are a bit bigger its not such a mammoth task to go to the gym. I still do my DVD's if I cant go but I've recently been doing some classes at our local council run gym. I love it, only takes an hour and feel like a new woman after, especially blasting MY tunes on the way home. I really like Metafit, Spinning and Pilates.

5.Stick in

I often cant be bothered or simply don't have the time with two kids (who isn't busy right) but that's OK and I think its been the turning point for me in exercise. Aim for consistency NOT perfection, just keep going so what if you missed a few sessions.

I would love to here your staying fit tips when you're busy.


  1. Love your tips! My tip for exercising when you work an office job is to keep trainers under your desk and power walk in your lunch hour. I can just about do a 3.4 mile walk and the fresh air is a great way to clear your head. I’ve also been known to do squats at the photocopier!

    1. That's a top tip! My Fitbit isn't happy when Im at work at all.