Can you buy motivation?

I don’t know. But today I thought I’d give it a go.

It’s a per una linen dress. I bought it for 8.95 in the East Anglian Hospice shop. The reason you aren’t getting a picture of me in it is because it’s a size 12, and I very much am not. I bought myself a pair of size 14 trousers for travelling to Cybher, and discovered I’d been wildly optimistic and that I could barely get my legs in them, no way were they doing up 🙁 So mainly I’m wearing my other half’s craghoppers and feeling fat. I weigh in at 11 stone 6, so I think actually, I’m not just feeling fat. I am fat.

But in September I’ve got a wedding to go to. So I bought a dress that I’d like to wear, that I think will look pretty good. And that means I’ve got three months to slim down and tone up to get back into a size 12.

I’ve no idea if that’s realistic. I’m still breastfeeding, so I’m not willing to go on any kind of calorie counting diet. What I am doing is reviewing Thinking Slimmer. I’ve got the Say Goodbye to Baby fat slimpod, as well as the make fitness fun and easy fitpod. I’ve listened to both of them twice now, the slimpod in the evening as I’m going to sleep, and the fitpod in the morning as I’m waking up. The first morning I came bouncing out of bed determined to be active and healthy, and managed to fit in a good brisk walk to town with baby strapped on and toddler in pushchair. That’s got to count as good exercise.

But by the evening I’d flagged. And today, even though I’ve managed a ten minute run, and a brisk shop *without* children I’m really struggling. So I’m hoping that the image of the dress will help me remember what I’m doing this for. Partly to look good, but mainly to feel good – I absolutely hate feeling that layer of flab over all my body, constricting my movement, stopping me from bending or moving properly. Made all the more difficult by knowing that just before this last pregnancy I was probably as fit and active as I’ve ever been, running the charity 10k.

I’ll be letting you know how it goes – I won’t promise regular updates, because let’s face it, I’m awful at regular. But I daresay I’ll be tweeting about it. And what do you reckon, have I set myself a realistic target?

It has just occurred to me that that’s probably not the most breastfeeding friendly dress I could have chosen. Ah well, we shall see.

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  1. It’s a beautiful dress. Good luck!

  2. I’ll be really interested to see how you get on. I’ve been trying one of the Thinking Slimmer pods and must say, I’ve noticed a big improvement to my sleep. And because I haven’t been as tired during the day I haven’t felt the need for a sugar rush so have managed to stick to mainly healthy foods. I have no idea if it’s made a difference to my shape yet, but I feel a lot better in myself and my skin has definitely improved!
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  3. LOL I must admit, I did think “eeek I wouldn’t have dared wear that when breastfeeding” but it’s a beautiful dress. It’s also a fab idea to have a target dress. I don’t know if you’ve set a realistic target or not – each person is different and loses weight at a different rate – but I do know that the SlimPod has worked amazingly well for loads of bloggers, including me. Wishing you loads of luck 🙂 xx
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  4. As someone with a bagful of clothes I meant to slim into, I hate to say in my case the answer is no. But that’s a very pretty dress and I hope you manage to wear it! Plenty of time!
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  5. You can do it! I think it’s a realistic plan, and I hope you succeed – the dress is gorgeous. Not sure how it will work for breastfeeding but I’m sure you’ll manage somehow! In the second half of last year, I lost 3 stone in 5 months. I was a 16-18 and now I’m a 10-12. I was breastfeeding (still am) and I did the Rosemary Conley diet reasonably strictly, but always added at least 200 calories (bowl of cereal in the evening) to account for the breastfeeding, and sometimes more. I didn’t have to go hungry as long as I stuck to the less than 5% fat rule, which I did most of the time. I also did as many exercise classes as I could manage (Rosemary Conley and Zumba) and some running and lots of walking. I understand why you don’t want to count calories, especially as your baby is very little, but maybe the low-fat thing would be more helpful? Just re-read and have a feeling I sound a bit like an over-zealous convert – I’m not a Rosemary Conley employee, I promise! Good luck anyway – there are lots of ways to do it, hope you find the one that works for you x

  6. Lovely dress, and I am way heavier than you ….

    Much love x
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