In the last two years, ever since I re-started my fitness journey as a new mum, I learnt a lot of things that eventually helped me. In this post, I am going to share a few of those things, in the hope that some other mums out there would find it useful. I have already shared my meal preparation tricks and tips earlier. This post will focus on workouts more specifically home workouts.

One thing which still overwhelms is how to balance between cardio, weight-training and yoga whilst also handling everything else in life—home, family, work and blog.  I must admit I do fail a lot of times but planning ahead works.

Over the course of these two years, few programmes have immensely helped and these are:

Hiit workout

HIIT Workouts:

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval training. It is all about putting your body to maximum effort in minimum time. You can do it in the gym using treadmill and other cardio machines. Or you could do it with weights and you could also do it at home using no other equipment other than your body.

My favourite HIIT workouts are ones by Beachbody like Insanity Max by Shaun T and 21 day fix and 21 Day Fix EXTREME Essential Package by Autumn Calabrese (which I am following at the moment). Fitness Blender and Jillian Michaels are another favourites which will torch up those calories in no time.

Post baby exercises

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Cardio:

What really worked for me was combining different things. A good mix of cardio, strength and HIIT ensures that my body is always guessing what would come next and will always be on “work” mode. To be honest, cardio is my least favourite hence the challenge was to make it super fun. Enter Zumba (dancing). I thoroughly enjoy Fitness Marshall’s videos, Get Fit Janani and Vijay Tupurani (which you can watch on YouTube)for some Bollywood fun. I also love LesMills Body attack and body combat workouts. They are far cry from your usual cardio machines and oh so challenging.

postoartum core exercises

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Strength Training:  

Weight or strength training is my favourite. However, I admit it was (and still gets) really overwhelming. Enter Bodybuilding website  another platform which I highly recommend. It has a plethora of programmes some by elite athletes and bodybuilders with succinct instruction videos and dietary guides. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate and advanced “athlete” you would find a wealth of information, programmes and plans suiting your needs and goals.

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I love Italian cuisine and spaghetti Bolognese is a yummy pasta dish that I heart. However, I actually don’t eat red meat (I usually substitute it with Quorn mince) and since I am trying to get fitter post baby, eating this decadent dish is actually out of question. Hence, I was chuffed to find that there is a healthier way to enjoy my favourite spaghetti pasta.  This recipe uses courgette as noodles instead of spaghetti.

For homemade pesto, blend in a mixer a handful of fresh basil along with 20g of walnuts and 20g of pine nuts, half clove of garlic and about two tablespoon of olive oil. Stir in salt, pepper and finely grated Parmesan. Keep it aside.

healthy dinner ideas

For the courgette noodles, thinly cut two courgettes in julienne style. Keep it aside.

Heat some oil in a pan. Add 400g of raw or peeled prawns and cook it in low heat. Add two cloves of chopped garlic and some chili flakes. I didn’t have any so I crushed Indian whole dried red chili with a mortar and pestle. Add half teaspoon of butter, salt, pepper and some lemon juice.  The whole thing should take about five minutes as prawns take less time to quick. Watch out for it to become pink which means prawns are cooked.

healthy dinner ideas

Take it out and heat about half teaspoon of oil. Cook the courgettes over medium heat for about two minutes. Stir in the pesto and mix it well. Add the cooked prawns and serve with some grated parmesan.

I served it with oven baked tomatoes you can use sun dried tomatoes too.

healthy dinner ideas

Prawns are high in proteins and also contain some important vitamins and minerals. They are quiet low in calories too hence perfect for postpartum women.

This recipe serves two. This recipe was originally showed in ITV’s Lorraine; I have personalised it wee bit. The original recipe can be found here.

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“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.” — Bill Cunningham

Learning the fine act of balancing things is certainly the toughest thing I have learnt as a new mum. Among all the daily tasks, things to be done, lists and baby duties it is natural one forgets about oneself and things like style and fashion takes a back seat. However, I firmly believe that individuality is one thing that I must teach my little one and as I have always stated styling is one definite and perhaps the most personal stamp of individuality. Here, I share with you style lessons that I’ve learnt after the birth of my darling daughter.

Make an effort: 

When you are exhausted beyond words it is but natural to let go. But one thing I’ve experienced is that sitting all day in my yoga pants however comfortable it seems just leaves me feeling miserable. Taking even ten minutes to put on some kohl, lipstick or a nice, freshly washed t-shirt is happiness in an instant. It brings back my confidence and puts a spring in my step. For a pit stop to the shops to get our weekly shopping done; I chose to wear this oldie but goldie of a floral dress and a long cardigan. It is normcore yet with a feminine twist.

postpartum fashion

Don’t throw away your old wardrobe:

Do not get disheartened and simply throw your old clothes thinking you will never be able to fit. Go through your wardrobe with a fine tooth comb, there would be things like a shirt which can be used for layering. Pack your favourite items because you will eventually fit in them.

Recycle and re-style your old stuff:

Breathe some new life to your old clothes by re-styling and recycling. Your old shirts, cardigans and sweat shirts are great for adding a layer and perfect to hide any sins. When picking new things, looks for elasticated waist–it is an invention that I thank God for every day. Get some inexpensive t-shirts in a plethora of colours to mix with things in your wardrobe.

Persevere and don’t give up:

Yes your little one will spit on you and cover you with dribble. But that does not mean you have to give up dressing up. As stated in the first point, dressing up is not just for vanity but for confidence. And if you can achieve some happiness with something as simple as a dress then why not? It is definitely worth it.

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This year has been euphoric, challenging, extremely blessed yet tiring for me. Sartorially speaking, pregnancy and post-pregnancy have been a period of accepting my ever-changing body and learning how to dress without forgoing style and comfort. Here, I take a trip down the memory lane to showcase that while pregnancy and (in my case) post-pregnancy can be an extremely confusing time for us non-celebrity moms, it need not be too difficult if we accept and respect what our bodies have done and continue to do taking care of a brand new life.

I started this year with this lovely white number. I was almost five months pregnant by this time and I loved every aspect of it. I was probably one of those few women who enjoyed pregnancy.

Little White Dress style

As my pregnancy progressed and my body expanded, comfort became the major factor while choosing any ensemble but dresses like this aqua dress remained my favourite.

pregnancy clothes

By Week 39, I was really tired of being pregnant and felt really enormous. This was also the time when kimono trend started and I brought one on a whim but it soon became my favourite not only during the last days of pregnancy but the initial months after having the baby when most women go through a love-hate relationship with their body.

kimono fashion

I never thought I would such a trouble dressing my post-baby self. But truth be told it was (and still is) part of the issue is I never thought it would be so tough losing all the baby fat. Being told to up my calorie intake and to make sure that I take 2100 calories every day in order to nurse my little one well did not bode well with my vanity. But you got to do what you got to do. I did and started exercising as soon as I could. However, to keep my spirits high I brought some lovely pastel tops with clever details like dip-hem that could hide the wreck done by nature and child bearing.

How to wear Pastels

Green became my colour of the year and I was elated that I could fit in this Indian dress gifted by my mum two months post baby.

Indian fashion

The midi became my new found love. Feminine, sophisticated, glamorous yet fun, the midi ticked all the necessary boxes and I would say that there is no way I am going to stop with this silhouette anytime soon. This black lace skirt is my favourite these days.

head to  toe black

I also learnt that when you are dealing with postpartum blues, you need a heavy dose of happy colours like pink. Plus styling is all about creativity so I thought this was the perfect time to breathe some new life to my old clothes.

pink is my favorite color

As soon as fall hit UK, the blanket coat came top on my list. Perfect for nippy weather….

blanket coat style

…And could be used as a humungous scarf with a bright winter coat.

winter fashion coats

Layering a postpartum body, especially when you do not feel the best all the time can be tough, but not impossible as I learnt.

winter fasihon ideas

Every woman loves the LBD and if you are first time mum like me then opt for ones that can be adjusted and has interesting details. I loved my old-new black dress.

midi dress style

Never underestimate the power of classic things like a trench coat that can instantly pep up your mood and put a swing to your walk.

Fall Fashion

Fall Fashion

Floral dresses are also another wardrobe staple perfect when you want that extra boost. A dark floral dress paired with faux fur is a sartorial match made in heaven.

autumn winter fashion

A simple, long cardigan in black and white is another staple that should quickly find a way in your wardrobe. Perfect to hide a platitude of sins and still keep you fashionably ahead.

black and white fashion

black and white fashion

I am not any closer to my pre pregnancy body and I would be lying if I say that I stay positive all the time. There are days when I truly loathe seeing the mirror but most of time I respect my body and the wonderful female form for enduring the challenging process of child bearing and nourishing a new life. Plus my little one is thriving and generally being a happy baby and that is a joy no so-called “perfect size” can give me 🙂

I wish all my readers a Happy New Year. Have a lovely time with your loved ones and may the New Year bring you health, wealth, love, joy and happiness. See you next year.

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I have said many times in this blog that beauty for me begins from inside. It means, rather than splurging out on hundred of cosmetics to look good, to spend some time and energy to eat well. As I am five month postpartum, my body is going through several changes, in its bid to go back to its pre-pregnancy days. I feel a plethora of changes happening inside and outside. The worst one is definitely losing hair but I know I cannot do anything to stop it fully. However, as it was mentioned here, it is crucial to eat well and nourish your body to minimize the wreck caused by nature and hormones. So, here are my hair super heroes—food that will definitely give you the lovely locks you lust far.

Diet for healthy hair

1) Salmon: Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B12 and iron; Salmon is a beauty and hair super hero that will give all those hair products a run for its money. Omega-3 fatty acids give you a great scalp, adds a shine and give you an all-round boost. Vegetarian? Include flax seeds in your diet as it has the magic O.

2) Bananas: This commonly fruit is so great in all counts. It is the best answer to hunger pangs, the potassium in it essential to repair your muscles (a must if you are runner or exercise regularly). This versatile fruit also a packs a nourishing punch with its vitamins A, B, C and E. Bananas also contain minerals like zinc, iron and manganese—nutrients necessary for strong locks and supple skin.

3) Legumes/Lentils: This is another commonly found ingredient that will not burn your pockets. Proteins are the main component you need if you wish to have healthy, beautiful hair and the humble lentil gives you a dollop of those. Lentils (especially kidney beans) are also a good source of biotin. Deficiency of biotin causes brittle hair (and weak nails). Chicken is another source of proteins if you are not big on lentils. But remember, there are almost 400 types of lentils so try as many as you can before writing them off.

4) Greek honey yogurt: Greek yogurt and honey has been used as hair masks for ages. Eating it will actually give you double the benefit (trust me). The lactic acid present in yogurt will smooth and hydrate your locks whilst honey will make it deliciously soft. Sprinkle some seeds like pumpkin seeds to get some fatty acids too.

5) Walnuts: Walnuts are known as hair doctor for a good reason. Walnuts contain essential fats necessary to promote hair growth as well as biotin, vitamin e and copper. You don’t have to eat a lot of it; a little goes a long way. Not a fan? (seriously??) Opt for pecan nuts, almonds or cashews.

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