Recently we have been invited to join David Lloyd Milton Keynes for a six-month membership. A couple of weeks have gone by and I've had the time to discover most of the facilities (believe me there is so much to do there!), I figured it's time to share what my goals are for the next six months. It is always more of a commitment once it's written... and I'll have you all to hold me accountable for it now!
My main challenge over the last six months has been the lack of time to do anything that doesn't involve the kids or the business, so I may be ambitious but one of my main goals is to get back into my pre-pregnancy shape, not necessarily losing weight, although I'd be happy to wave goodbye to 3 unwanted kilos! But mainly toning up and putting things back into place (Mums out there, you know what I mean - toned bum and legs and a flat tummy or as close to that as possible). So I have started running again, weight training, pilates and plan on joining spinning classes soon.
After my first workout, documenting on my Insta stories!
The entrance to the gym and cardio equipment
My second and most important goal is to spend quality family time. With a very intense last year and not much help around, we haven't allowed ourselves to relax much lately, so this is the perfect opportunity! I treasure those moments we can spend together as a family, be it swimming after a class or playing in the DL Kids area, or even having a go at tennis once Lia turns three.
Alongside that, running a new business is a 24/7 thing and with limited time my to-do list is always growing longer! So going to David Lloyd allows me to take that time a few times a week to spend time with the family, without getting behind on my business. There is wifi in the club and also an adults-only work area really well equipped, so I can be on top of things whenever needed.
The first two weeks...
I kick started my running journey and I have managed to run for a whole twenty minutes, admittedly at a slower pace than I used to before, however I am over the moon with that start! I love that David Lloyd cardio equipment has its own screen where you can watch TV whilst working out so I have been catching up on the news (or on X-factor!) and it does make the work out easier in a way. Call it multi-tasking or cheating, whichever way it is working for me!
I have also taken a pilates class and it has definitely pushed me in all kinds of ways, I realised what parts of my body really need strengthening and it also gave me a much needed mind space. Amazing #mummetime and work out - talk about multi-tasking again!
My work station for a couple of mornings last week
Lia ready for a fun swim
We have also taken the girls swimming. Mel went in the pool for the first time and she was a natural! We took some water toys and everyone really enjoyed themselves. I thought getting showered and changed with a baby might be a nightmare - it wasn't too bad though it took some planning... there are showers with baby seats and there are changing tables, a play pen and plenty of seating areas in the changing rooms.
Lia has really been enjoying the DL Kids area where me and the Mr normally sit and take turns to work out or attend classes. My five-month old doesn't take bottles so leaving her at the creche is not an option yet for us (although they do take babies from 4 months old!) but we hope by the end of the year this will change. This is also the area where we meet friends or enjoy a nice and well-deserved post-workout meal. It's a really casual and friendly area.
So far it has been great! This week I am booked into a body balance class and a yoga class and I am looking forward to those. Having a great place to go to where I can take my family is keeping me motivated, as there are great facilities for the whole family so I don't have to miss out on time with them to keep fit, and whilst many years ago I would have never even thought of that, these days it is the main factor we consider when choosing what places to go!
Lia enjoying herself on the play frame
The kids area - it is hard to get little one away from it!
One of the studios
The indoor swimming pool
Disclaimer: David Lloyd has kindly gifted us a six-month membership, as always I would only share activities that we do ourselves and all opinions are my own.