Today has been one of those lovely chilled Sundays, where I have really enjoyed myself without over doing it and getting exhausted! Starting with the necessary lie in on a Sunday, (as I have quite early and busy starts on a Saturday being a Personal Trainer,) I then chilled on the sofa watching a little catch up TV with Josh, breakfast and a good cuppa! We're going through a phase of loving TV dramas, so any good recommendations let me know! I then glammed myself up, which is always fun getting to dress in normal clothes, yes.. even when pregnant (read my post about dressing my baby bump here), given that 90% of the week I live in stretchy gym gear. Once dressed and ready to face the world I met an old client for lunch in Summetown. This is one of the benefits of my job, because you work so closely with people on a 1-2-1 basis, I find I have the most incredible friendships with my clients. We sometimes talk about the craziest and funniest moments, or personal dilemmas we are currently facing, yet can always snap into training mode and take direction! So we had a lovely old gossip over a light lunch and coffee (decaf for me obviously...) I can imagine it was such a shock for her seeing the size of my pregnant belly, given the last time we met was December and I wasn't showing any sign of a bump!! After lunch, I then popped around the shops as I had a few bits and pieces I needed to pick up, before coming home to the wifey duties of washing and cleaning/organising.
A simple Sunday, you would say. Nothing overly complicated. But it does feel so good to get up and out of the house and do things, despite being very pregnant and tired a lot of the time! Any other pregnant ladies agree with me? Yes, it's a relief to get home and put your feet up, but it is so rewarding doing so knowing you've accomplished something in your day! I know I'm sounding a bit like a typical Personal Trainer being uber positive and motivational.. sorry! But it's true!
It's days like today that make me realise how important it is getting up and out the house, especially in these last few weeks leading up to the birth of my little one. Just doing something nice for myself. I'm assuming it's going to be very difficult to be spontaneous, or at least will be for the first few months till I get a routine going with my baby... to do things like organise days out or meet up with friends and family, as I have no idea how I'll be feeling – most likely exhausted! And no idea how cooperative my baby will be! I'm sure they'll be days as a first time mummy when I think of something fun to do, but when it comes round to it, I am no way in the mood or have the energy to do so!
Personally, I think in the final countdown weeks of pregnancy, as nice as it is to stay home, snuggle in pyjamas and nest... I don't believe it's healthy to do everyday mentally, even though our bodies are going through so much physically. I know for me even before I got pregnant, if I stay in for too many days in a row I loose the plot, cabin fever kicks in and I feel like I have no purpose outside the comfort of my home! Especially if I'm going to be spending the first couple of weeks with a newborn at home, it is even more important and good to keep going out as much as I can now! It can be as little as a walk round the park, a coffee date, getting your nails done, or a little bit of shopping. Just something that means you need to set an alarm, get up with a purpose, dress up, feel nice and enjoy yourself!!
Lets be realistic here, I am no way saying that expectant mummy's should go out everyday in the final few weeks of pregnancy and go on a crazy adventure... it's just not going to happen. I'm sure in the last 3 weeks before my due date, (once I am officially off on maternity leave and have more time on my hands) there are going to be make-up-less, top-knot, tracksuit days. But I will make sure those days are balanced with days where I do make plans and get myself out the house for some fresh air. I feel lucky that I am having a summer baby, so thankfully I have the sunnier and warmer weather on my side (unless as usual its raining in England!) I can imagine the thought of going for a long walk impossible if you're 8 months pregnant in the winter months and it's freezing outside is a lot more challenging!
So my thought of the day, to help me through the final 8 weeks of being pregnant.. get out, and do something for yourself. Despite feeling huge, even if I feel tired, as mentally I know I will always feel better afterwards.
Obvious disclaimer moment – this is all my PERSONAL thoughts and beliefs. I am by no means preaching for every pregnant women out there, every women is different, has a different journey when pregnant and I am not a therapist. But if my motivational, rambling, thought of the day can help anyone struggling, pregnant or not pregnant, make the most of their day and get out and feel good about themselves, then I'm happy I could've helped! Hope you have had a great weekend, any feedback or comments leave below or contact me via the social page!
Welcome to Biff & Baba! I am very excited to be publishing my first post on my Personal Lifestyle & Mummy Blog! As my first post, I just wanted to expand in a little more detail on the About Me section, and give you all some more information as to who I am and what content you will be seeing on this page...
Who Am I?
My name is Bethany and I'm living in Oxfordshire in the UK with my boyfriend Josh and we currently have a little princess cooking away in my tummy!
My background is dance (primarily ballet), and I started dancing when I was 2 and a half years old. When I was 10 years old I decided that I wanted to take it seriously and dance professionally, so started Saturday classes in London at the Royal Ballet School as an associate. When I was 16 I moved to London to attend a full-time vocational dance school; Central School of Ballet, where I not only trained 6 days a week, I also achieved a First Class BA Hons degree in Professional Dance and Performance. After graduating, I was blessed with the opportunity to dance with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures Company, and toured the UK performing in his stage version of Tim Burton's classic 'Edward Scissorhands'.
It was after this, I decided I needed a change from dance. Although it will always be a big part of me and I learnt so much from it, I needed a change. I had always taken a big interest in the Health & Fitness industry, being a big "foodie" and loved the buzz you got from a good workout! I decided I wanted to become a Personal Trainer, to help motivate, educate and build peoples confidence and self-love. I have now been a fully qualified PT for nearly 2 years!
Life is about to change again as I am soon to become a mummy! Which I am completely over the moon about and is something I've always known I was meant to be! Starting a family was always something Josh and I wanted to do and talked about since we first got together. We are due mid-June and are counting down the weeks!
Whats to come?
The main reason why I wanted to start a blog is because I wanted a space where I could completely express my thoughts, feelings and document my life, especially at this most precious time becoming a mummy! I've always been a creative person and I've always liked the idea of having a blog, but it was actually Josh who encouraged me to do so. I am by no means a writer, and I am in actual fact very dyslexic! So please do excuse me if my grammar isn't 100% on top form, the language will be very chatty and it's more about the content of what I am writing about. I'm now at that stage in my life where I feel I have the confidence to put myself out there and not worry what people may think or say. This is about me, for me and anyone who fancies having a read! I'm planning on doing two blog posts a week.
So the main section of this blog will be my Lifestyle. This will include my day-to-day comings and goings, whether that be trips as a family, anything I bought recently or checking out a new coffee spot! I will also write about my current outfits I like; as anyone who knows me will tell you, I have always been a shopaholic and love my designers and fashion - but by no means am I a fashion blogger! I think this will be interesting to see how my style changes or develops, with the new factor of "is it mummy practical?"...
Baby section will probably end up being my favourite category to write in! It will be everything pregnancy, mummy and baby related. This is something completely new to me, so will be like my diary as I am discovering and overcoming the challenges of being a first time parent! From pregnancy, labour, breastfeeding, to sleeping, baby clothes and products, teething etc. as I go through and experience day by day of my baby growing! No judging please every mummy, baby and journey is different!!
The final section will be Health & Fitness, which as I mentioned before is my current profession. This will include a few workout tips, healthy recipes, my favourite workout clothes and more! I am Gluten Intolerant, so all my food posts will be gluten free, and I am always looking for new places that have a great variety of gluten free options available on their menu! The fitness side of this section will probably pick up more once I have given birth! And will document me getting my body back to my normal, strong self!
As I said before, this is a Personal Lifestyle & Mummy Blog, about me and my life, all the views expressed on here are my own and I do not expect everyone to agree with me! More than happy to answer comments and am open to blog post suggestions! Also feel free to follow my other social media accounts found on the Social page!
Thanks for reading! x