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How do you get going again after pregnancy?

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07/08/2013 at 11:30

Hope all you lovely ladies with birthdays have had lovely days. There seem to be so many at the moment and I think I saw someone wishing CM a happy birthday today too. 

MM, did you have your party already or is that still to come?  Hope the HRT works for you. You are usually such a positive person so it's sad to hear you are down. How is your job working out?

CC your day on the beach with S sounded awesome. Describe what you mean by swimming with the seals, how close are they?

Hoggle, I can't believe you've had your op already!  How is your recovery progressing?

Camlo, 3 peaks; wahoo!  Well done. 

Things still the same here, still in hideous limbo and don't know

07/08/2013 at 11:34

Have finally managed to find my way back here - my RW settings are all screwed and I no longer appear to have any bookmarks that work.  No idea what that's about.  Rarely get time to post but wanted to wish MM a belated happy birthday and to say that I was so sorry to read about the early menopause.

I haven't really noticed any difference being 40+; as CC says it's just a number.  But it sounds as though the symptoms have really been dragging you down.  I can understand your reluctance re. HRT but I'm sure it has improved greatly since it first appeared on the scene - and as the risks of osteoporosis and stress fractures are increased with early-onset menopause I definitely think it's worth a shot.  I really hope you get on with it and it helps with the black clouds.  It sounds as though you're not in a happy place right now so I do hope things improve for you quickly.

CC, your posts always make me wish I lived where you do - it just sounds SO idyllic!  Loving S's comment about her day on the beach with you

Camlo, great achievement on the Three Peaks and a big well done, can't believe you were out running again so soon!

After my disappointing marathon experiences earlier this year I've been enjoying lots of offroad running over the past few months, taking advantage of the great summer we're having and the lovely light evenings (which are already starting to draw in a bit - sigh).  Been doing a lot more hilly stuff and I'm noticing huge improvements in my running - I feel strong at the moment and I am really enjoying it.  After the Halstead marathon I had a dreadful few weeks where my pace was going backwards even though I felt I was giving 100% effort.  In hindsight I think I overtrained (too much hard stuff, not enough easy and recovery runs) and because I was annoyed with my performance I didn't allow myself any time off after the marathon either   So no surprise really that it's taken a while to bounce back.  But what doesn't kill you makes you stronger and all that ...

Off on holiday in a couple of weeks, after a minor panic on Sunday night when we got a phone call saying the house we were due to stay in had been badly damaged by fire and was no longer inhabitable.  Of course (Sl)easyJet won't refund under any circumstances if you have to cancel your flights and our insurers told us that as loss of accommodation did not prevent travel to the destination we were not covered.  So mad panic to find alternative accommodation for the same dates as we'd booked.  Alternative now found and paid for (£100 more but hey) so back on track - new accommodation actually looks nicer so may have done us a favour!

07/08/2013 at 11:37

Grr iPhone stopped dead on my post. 

Still don't know what we are going to do regarding our land. Banks keep dangling hope in front of us then whipping it away just as we get optimistic we might be able to build. 

Really missed being in uk this weekend as my baby cousin got married. Looked as though they had a lovely day and would have been so good to have been there with the boys.

The boys are fab though. Os is a chunky wee beast, tried on a 12 month pair of dungarees and he's popping out of them at just 6 months. Getting a lovely smiley character though and Max is still so sweet. He's discovered the library (they have book mobile every 2 weeks at nursery and I took him on Saturday to our local one too). He is obsessed with diggers and trucks at the moment (what small boy isn't!?) and picked himself 2 books about trucks which we are reading several times a day at the moment  

07/08/2013 at 11:39

Minks great running. Where are you going for your holiday?

07/08/2013 at 14:18

Spain, TTid.  We've been staying at the same place for the last 3 years (house damaged by fire owned by my SIL's parents) but have managed to find an apartment about 3K further along the coast from where we usually stay, so we know the area and where things are.

Bummer re. your land.  There's nothing worse than having hopes constantly dashed

07/08/2013 at 20:03

Jeez.  I come back and I kill the thread.  Back to lurking ...

07/08/2013 at 22:03

You haven't killed it Minks! Always someone from a different time zone to pick it up!! Glad the running is going well and potential holiday drama resolved!

TTid that is so frustrating and stressful for you. I hope someone gives you a resolution soon!!

We are having major success with a sleep training clock at the moment!! Got a momo monkey clock (like a gro clock but monkeys eyes open/shut). I think I am actually in love with it!! Took 2 days to get to grips with it and now she stays in bed until monkey wakes up! Sometimes comes I but happy to be taken back to bed and stays there! Not bad considering she often wakes at 5.30 and alarm goes off at 6.50am!


07/08/2013 at 22:19

Hope the sun comes out for you tomorrow CC - sounds like you need it!! Boo to the babysitter leaving! I don't know what I would do if ours left!!!


08/08/2013 at 12:59

I hate it when they do that with shoes, CC.  I've worn Nike Pegasus since forever (with the odd foray into something else every now and again that never usually works out) but with each model they "refine" the design - not always to the benefit of the wearer in my opinion.  The ones I'm currently wearing are two models old (got them for £28 on Runners Need so can't complain) and they are much roomier in the toe area than the newer models.  I buy size 4.5 usually but the last couple of pairs of newer models have been a lot more snug than with previous versions so I may have to chance a 5 next time and risk running like Coco the clown!

Kit has a friend here today - second playdate of the week; this is time I want back at the end of my life!   I've taken most of the week off work as Kit's been doing a summer swim school each morning and the timing is such that it's not worth my while to go into work afterwards (shame!)

Hubby and I are like ships that pass in the night at the moment.  If he's not rowing, I'm running and vice versa.  Plus regattas most Saturdays or Sundays and they are pretty much full-day events.  It'll be weird going on holiday and actually spending time together!

Boo to lack of babysitter CC.  Saying that, we don't have one either unless I ask my mum, who is always happy to oblige but prefers to go home rather than stay the night, so means one of us can't have a drink or we have to pay for a cab for her which adds a bit on to the cost of the evening.  May explain why we haven't actually been out together (just the two of us) at all this year!

08/08/2013 at 22:32

It's tough to get siters isn't it? We use my parents a bit but no one else. Glad to hear running going well for you Minks. Runs and swim sound fab CC - even if you are a bit sore now! Hope you get the building underway soon TT. house stuff is super stressful eh? 

Just popping on quickly before bed. Sleep well all and have a good day to those in other time zones! 

09/08/2013 at 00:24

We have a lovely babysitter - if only we could afford to use her more!! I'm trying to set up some reciprocal babysitting with friends but at the moment they have babysat for us but not asked me to babysit in return - will feel guilty asking until they ask!!

09/08/2013 at 02:07

We tend to take our 2 everywhere with us. Not always appropriate but we aren't good at planning   Had a lovely dinner out at our beach club tonight overlooking the Atlantic. Was beautiful. Max in bed 1 hour past his bedtime and Os now wriggling around on the living room rug. 

Trying all avenues at the moment for a mortgage. Keeping fingers crossed that HSBC can come up with something. 

Happy birthday today to another mummy. AF who I think is MR on here??  

09/08/2013 at 17:15

hi all and belated happy birthday to MM and MR. sorry to hear things are not good MM. i think i am also heading for early menopause. consultant couldn't find anything wrong with my womb or ovaries but periods still all wonky - every 2 weeks-ish. he said it's definitely hormonal and if i wanted i could take drugs, but at the moment i don't.

just back today from fabulous holiday in spain and feeling very VERY glum. we went to murcia in the east of spain and stayed in a village on the coast near puerto de mazarron. can't recommend it highly enough as it is quite rural, and very spanish. the only time we saw any other brits were when we went into the port to a chinese buffet (at J's request!). idyllic bays along there - hired a pedalo with a slide on it; spent hours in the pool and the sea. beautifully warm and clear seas. also went up into the mountains one day and fed crisps to the wild boar (hmmm - but very cool) and spent my birthday at a waterpark in murcia where the kids and i swam with sealions. hardly ethical i guess but so much fun.

dropped kids at their dad's on the way back so am now extremely glum and low as the holiday was just perfect. they were brilliant the whole time and didn't argue much at all. in fact, they even played together which is UNHEARD of!

i shall go back to sulking now - but will try a little plod in a while. the only problem with temps in the 30s is that running is a struggle. i went out twice at night (10pm ish) but it was still 29 degrees which was too hot for me. also very humid so it was not pleasant!

09/08/2013 at 21:43

Oh I can post 

Minks- bookmarks have all changed there is a new followed

 threads page instead



09/08/2013 at 22:06

Come here tom CM? Adult party starts 8pm. X

09/08/2013 at 22:24

holiday sounded amazing CM. post holiday blues are Carp and after such a fab time no wonder you're glum. Pics on FB look great - you all look so relaxed and happy! 

Good luck with mortgages TTid. We're doing exact same thing at the mo - all the documentation they ask for! It's so stressful. Hope HSBC can come up with the goods.  

gazebo thing looks cool MM. Oh and yes Minks - fab that your running is so great right now! I love times like that - & you deserve it after the disappointments earlier in the year. I just cannot WAIT to start running again when no doubt i will asking those of you who had c sections how long it was before you started again! 

09/08/2013 at 22:25

PS summer cold here - sneezing away. Rage! 

10/08/2013 at 02:27

Our winter heatwave continues - glorious days of 20 degrees!!!

CM your holiday looked wonderful and great that the kids got on so well - the photo of them holding hands is beautiful!!!

Camlo    pirate
11/08/2013 at 00:09

boo to end of holiday CM, Mazzaron is where my friend has bought an apartment for us to use.... was going to leave it this year as it isn't furnished yet but from then on its fair game! Your pics are great and hopefully kids will spend the next few days crowing all about it!!! 

Menopause is just carp..... why can't it be simple?! 

hope party has gone well MM

yippee to heat waves and boo to falling off bike (yep, me again.... scuffed new bike and my elbow, but did get 39mph downhill!!)

Anyone used approved foods before? I got an order this week which would have been £87 in the shops but was £37 inc postage. All short dated stuff but I figured tinned stuff was ok and most of it seems to be ok. Wouldn't buy out of date nuts again as they aren't brill but tins of olives were 4 for £1 are are excellent. I think I can send a link which will get money off if anyone wants me to look. 


11/08/2013 at 21:06

blimey camlo - hope you didn't come off at 39mph!!

how was party, MM? looks like it was fun on FB!

can't believe your hols over already, cc. mind you, ours are trotting by now and i'm just panicking about the logistics of the beginning of term as E starts reception but is only in for 30 mins on one day during the first week. ARGH!!!! I know and appreciate school is not childcare, but really - this isn't making it easy on us working parents. particularly as she isn't entitled to attend day nursery anymore at that point, so I literally cannot use any form of wrap-around for the first week of term. the second week is a bit better - she is in from 9am until 1.45pm but even then there's no after school wrap-around until she starts full-time the following week. gah! and I've used all my bloody holiday already so I can't take any more leave. I don't actually know what I am going to do!!

I can report some running - rather worried about that because it usually all goes tits up as soon as I do that. I am doing Cardiff half in oct so am doing a 10week plan. just finished week 2 and yesterday I did 3 miles timed - first mile 8.30; second 8.22 and third 8.10 . And today I did my 6 miles slow but didn't take garmin deliberately as I was doing a very hilly route. felt absolutely fine, and that was after a walk up a (small) mountain this morning which was about 5.5miles.  I will say it is a lot easier to exercise in these temperatures than in spain. it was sweltering and very unpleasant trying to run - even at 10pm. I saw loads of people still running at midnight over there!

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