Exercise

Losing Undesired COVID Weight on a Busy Schedule

Eloise Edington  |   11 Nov 2021


As a busy mum of three, I understand the constant pressure to maintain a weight you feel comfortable with. It often feels like no matter how hard you try, nothing seems to work. One week you feel great and the next you don’t. Of course, periods don’t help with water retention, fluctuation or bloat!

Since having my three children via IVF (within nineteen months of each other), I have gained a stone (14lbs), which doesn’t sound like much, however it changes the way I feel about myself and lowers my self-esteem. I keep waiting to buy new clothes, until I feel more comfortable, however I haven’t got there yet.

Back in 2019, I went on an Isagenix detox for two months and got down to my pre-birth weight. I felt so good! But then Covid hit and not only did the weight go back on, but I also put on more during lockdown. Who didn’t, right?

For me I want to feel good again, refreshed, well-slept and alive. I’m sharing what I am doing and how I have changed my mindset because I know many people like me may feel uncomfortable for whatever reason – and tired following Covid. So this could resonate.

Words by Eloise

Treat your body with kindness

The best thing you can do is be kind and patient with your body. It’s doing an amazing job going through fertility treatment / preparing for and maintaining pregnancy. Remember that you are doing your best and your best is enough.

What worked during my TTC journey?

Initially, when I was trying to conceive and wanted to lose some weight hoping to boost IVF success, I took up jogging. This was as simple as walking a little faster when I took my dog for a walk each morning. It was something small that I could fit into my daily routine without having to change my schedule. This helped me reach the goal I wanted at the time.

Exercise and diet are a great way to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. The issue is finding time, but you don’t need to overcomplicate it. Your exercise doesn’t need to be excessive or exhausting or it’s hard to keep up and only moderate exercise is recommended (speak to your fertility provider).

What I’ve tried post pregnancy

Following the lockdown exhaustion and the creeping on of pounds, I have decided it is time to act again. I want to feel comfortable once more. As Isagenix worked well for me and my lifestyle before (other products are available), I have set myself goals and decided to give it another go and buy a few month’s worth. As a business-owner and a mum of three, my schedule is too busy to fit in things like gym sessions or home-cooked meals which take hours out of my day, so shakes work well for me during the daytime, when I am on the go or in the office.

I am a chocolate addict. Like many of us out there, I have a sweet tooth and could happily binge on a big bag of Maltesers whilst watching Netflix. So, I have chosen chocolate shakes, which are creamy and filling to scratch that itch. I have used shakes before and often found they weren’t filling enough, however these ones work for me and keep me satisfied for longer because they are thick. When I snack, I have chosen green apples and have been massively upping my water intake. Through having shakes and well-balanced food within an 8-hour window, I have lost 7 pounds in 15 days and have bags more energy. My skin feels fresher and I am sleeping better. It’s not just about weight loss, I am taking supplements too.

There are many brands out there, but the one I am using is Isagenix, which works to reset the body and get it working properly again by:

  • Regulating metabolism
  • Reducing stress
  • Calming the digestive system
  • Providing convenient nutrition

This shake is a form of intermittent fasting, which is a diet suggested to benefit fertility. Your results can be tracked on an app which will help to keep you motivated. I’m on the 30-day reset shake (which is the one I have been taking for 15 days so far), which does more than you would think.

All of their nutrients are sustainably and ethically sourced and produced so you won’t have to worry about quality or the planet. The nutrients are also rigorously tested and backed by science.

There are several different options to getting started as it’s all custom tailored to your own individual goals, or you can build a bespoke package if none of the others fit or suit.

If you want to try it out too, you can get 25% off via the link here.

Wish me luck as I enter week three.

Disclaimer: what works for some people might not always work for others as we are all different and our bodies respond differently to things like exercise, food and diets.

If you are pregnant, nursing, diabetic, taking medication, have a medical condition, or are beginning a weight-control program, consult your physician before using Isagenix products or making any other dietary changes or attempting to lose weight. Discontinue product use if adverse events occur.

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