Running On Empty

So this week has been a bit hard… Firstly, my children have been REALLY hard work-including the day I spend much of the afternoon at my GP surgery, being prodded around by several doctors, while the children swung from the curtains, attempted to destroy blood pressure monitors, emptied drawers, and generally made me want to die from shame. In fact, they’ve generally been like that all week, but at that time, I was really feeling the need to tell them in my best angry-but-trying-to-sound-kindly hiss, to just calm the heck down.

Anyway, as you may have guessed from the Drs visit, I haven’t been feeling too well this week. Despite that, I’ve still made it to Sh’bam, spin, HIIT, and body combat. But First, LET’S TALK ABOUT HIIT. My lovely friend convinced me to go along, ‘it’ll be great!’ she said, ‘there’s pair work, we can work together, it’s an amazing workout, better than circuits,’ she said. YOU WILL WANT TO THROW UP DURING THE WARM UP she DIDN’T say…. Jeez, I have given all the classes so far, a really fair shot, but I think it’s fair to say, I am 100% not going back to that. By the end of the next day, my legs were crippled, and I was still suffering the humiliation of being a hot and sweaty mess beside the rest of the class who were MACHINES, and feeling like I’d give myself a black eye from my gut flapping up to smack me in the face, during what felt like hours of ‘high knees.’

Food wise, I’ve stuck to all my usual meals pretty much the same as last week if you wanted to check out last week’s menu! But as well as being a bit under the weather, I’ve had one of those totally unmotivated weeks-you know-where you’re just a bit unmotivated with life in general? My appetite hasn’t been great, and I definitely feel like I’ve been running on empty-physically and emotionally. I was useless at combat today, and spent most of it kind of rolling around on the floor wishing I was at home (it was a very quiet class!) and it’s usually my favourite one.

(What I really wanted to be doing this week…)

I’m hoping I’ll have my mojo back a bit next week! So far, I’m not planning on making any changes to the food, although I might have to look at it again next week if I’m still at a plateau (because I haven’t lost anything this week,) but I have stayed the same, which is fine (I’m a bit disappointed, but trying not to be too hard on myself about it.)

lbs lost: Still 14…

What’s hurting: MY LEGS.


Update: Nearly a week after HIIT and my legs are still screwed!

*This is part of my ‘Cysters Are Doing It For Themselves’ series, about trying to kick some PCOS/insulin resistance ass. Other posts in this series can be found below.

PCOS Has Ruined My Life

A Change Is Gonna Come… Food And Exercise Changes I’m Making

Hey Cyster, Go Cyster, Soul Cyster, Go Cyster

Why Does PCOS Always Feel Like A Battlefield, A Battlefield, A Battlefield

Not So Fat Bottom Girl 

See you for next week’s update!


  1. February 18, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Half term when you’re not so well is not easy! Here’s to a better week for you next week, but I’m still incredibly impressed by your motivation and hard work at the gym! I tried HIIT once too. Definitely just once! 🙂 xx

    • This Mum's Life
      February 18, 2017 / 3:27 pm

      Thanks Dawn, for your ever amazing encouragement!! I wonder what the HIIT retention rate is?! The instructors probably have a competition between them about who can see the same person more than once, the most!!!!

  2. February 20, 2017 / 9:24 am

    Oh you poor love – hope you feel better soon – sounds like you need some major TLC – sending coffee, magazines and five minutes peace my lovely. Oh my word just how cute is that picture – my lusting mood too for sure today. Don’t be too hard on yourself lovely – you still manage to make me laugh out loud even when you feel rubbish – that some skill right there! #BigPinkLink

    • This Mum's Life
      February 20, 2017 / 9:27 am

      Aww thanks Helen, for your ever lovely words!! The boys are at nursery today, and instead of going to the gym, I’m going to do lots of the above-tea, reading and tv!! X

  3. February 20, 2017 / 10:24 am

    Weeks like that are so hard, I hope you start to feel much better very soon! #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      February 20, 2017 / 10:25 am

      Thank you!! X

  4. February 20, 2017 / 11:45 am

    WELL DONE for losing 14lbs – that’s incredible!!! I wish I had your motivation, I keep saying next Monday then Monday rolls round and I’m still eating chocolate like it’s about to be outlawed. #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      February 20, 2017 / 11:57 am

      Ha! You’re tiny though Rach, so you can get away with it…! It was make or break for me-I just couldn’t live with the misery anymore!! X

  5. February 20, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    Sending warm wishes from far far away! Hope things will get better soon :*


    • This Mum's Life
      February 20, 2017 / 1:52 pm

      Thank you Swapna!! X

  6. February 20, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    Hubster started a new workout routine and his legs were suffering for days between workouts. Doctor put him on an anti-inflammatory regimen until his muscles get used to it. #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      February 20, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      Oh gosh, really??! I’ve probably got some of those knocking around somewhere, I’ll give them a go…!

  7. February 20, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    You are so funny! I have heard hiit is hard too but I do know some people who have modified it to a home workout that isn’t as strenuous. Hope you feel better. #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      February 20, 2017 / 5:08 pm

      Thanks!! I think on this occasion, just giving it a miss altogether, is the only way forward!!

  8. February 21, 2017 / 9:06 am

    Aww, those kind of weeks are never fun… this week will be better! 14lbs loss is AMAZING though, well done! Keep up the good work 🙂 #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      February 21, 2017 / 9:25 am

      Thank you!! This week is definitely shaping up to be better!!

  9. February 25, 2017 / 5:15 am

    Keep on going! You’re doing so well. Cheering you from the sides. but I am never trying this HIIT thing. Ever. #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      February 25, 2017 / 8:30 am

      Thank you!! Yes, just don’t go…!!

  10. March 2, 2017 / 11:22 am

    14lb loss is brilliant and you will have off weeks, we’re only human after all. Hope you’re feeling better x

    • This Mum's Life
      March 2, 2017 / 1:02 pm

      Thank you Amy! Im feeling much better now, and getting back on it!! X