I have been fit all my life. Pre pregnancy, I even had a personal trainer. I was a size 10, and I felt and looked great.
Then I got pregnant. 6 months of sickness and debilitating tiredness followed and as a Director in a fast paced start up, all my energy went into keeping my Team and business afloat. There was no time, (or energy), for exercising. Then there was birth. A physical marathon and body blow of epic proportions. Then breastfeeding. Constant, 24/7, exhausting. Then the toddler tasks.
For the last 3 years I have not exercised. The world of yoga and lycra leggings is a world I no longer know. More than that, it is a world in which I do not feel I belong. Pre pregnancy my motivation was to try and fashion a 6 pack. That goal is long gone (and quite frankly, one I care very little about now!), so where was I going to find my new motivation?
The first three months of the year are always busy for us at This Mum Runs – with lots of new runners taking their very first steps, others taking tentative steps towards their first events, or more regular runners taking on bigger personal challenges. Throughout February and March we will be featuring stories of TMR runners of ALL experience levels; we hope you find them as inspiring as we do.
Emma is mum to strong-willed little boy (her words, not ours!), she’s an architect and until recently joining the TMR Run30 programme, had barely done any exercise since cross country days at school. Read More
As most of you will be aware, we are running a month long campaign encouraging women to free their arms and legs from long sleeves and leggings, shake off the fear of being judged and enjoy their bodies. You can check out the stories that are being shared across the This Mum Runs social channels using the tags #FreeYourArms #FreeYourLegs
As part of the campaign we asked Body Image Guru, and Global Body Image Movement Ambassador, Lisa Beasley to tell us what she thinks holds women back when it comes to body confidence. Here’s what she said.