I had my mums and babies in earlier this week

we have a great wee routine going now

they are all breastfeeding so I get them to come in a bit earlier

to feed the babies right before they exercise




It means their boobies aren’t all swollen and sore

and they can do their workout in comfort

However, what happens within 10 minutes of a baby being fed?

Yip, they poo their nappies


and not just their nappies, their clothes too

but I want the mums to get cracking

so… I line the babies up, strip them and change them

the mums love it


and it makes my job erm interesting

seriously, I don’t mind

I have to pick Bodhis poo up all the time


Anyway, I’ve been doing weight and measurements this week

and one of the mums, Avril

said she hadn’t lost any weight


she weighed herself before coming in

her voice was full of disappointment

but I could tell by looking at her

that her body had changed


she looked firmer, neater and slimmer

The scales confirmed that she had only lost a couple of pounds

but her measurements blew her away

7 inches in total she lost


and this was in only 4 weeks!

but why haven’t I lost weight, she asked

and this question is possibly the one I get asked most


if you join a diet club like weight watchers or scottish slimmers

the emphasis is on the scales

in fact, everyone gets fixated on the scales


but if you have great muscle tone and no flabby bits

because you exercise you will weigh heavier

than if your body is all mushy

even if you are a smaller size


In the beginning when you exercise

you are building this lovely lean muscle

that pulls your body in tight

giving you shape in the right places

you will also be burning fat


and depending on the ratio your body is doing this

you may lose weight

stay the same weight

and maybe even put a few pounds on


but you will lose inches

i.e. you will be smaller a dress size smaller perhaps


When I trained Roisin (one of my other mums)

for her wedding she dropped 2 dress sizes

but was heavier on the scales from when she started!


Now, each person is different

which is why I train and manage clients

in a slightly different way to each other

but what would you rather be…


10 stone and a size 12

or 10 stone and a size 10


I know what my answer would be

and the point I’m making is

don’t just rely on the scales

it really is a bigger picture


I’m always looking for more mums for my mum and baby programme

If you know anyone on maternity leave or about to have a baby

it would be great if you could send this onto them


p.s. I don’t know of any other Studio or gym that takes mums and their babies

p.p.s. even if they do exist, they won’t have my nappy changing skills 🙂


Carolyne is the owner of Fit Strong Females with a Studio in Glasgow City Centre and an Online Membership Site, with 18 years experience. She is also a Fitness, Success and Food Blogger, Author and Writer. You can contact her at carolyne@fitstrongfemales.com or find more information at fitstrongfemales.com 

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