My husband and I struggled to conceive naturally and so had to undergo some medical tests and eventually conceive with the assistance of some fertility medication. This process did take a toll on both my body and mind and as a result I did put on some weight before we successfully conceived.

I then, of course, put on some weight whilst pregnant, just under three stone actually, which I think is a lot as the recommended weight gain is around 25-30lbs. However, I mainly had a healthy pregnancy and a healthy child was born two weeks overdue! (Inducement is no fun!). The weight initially came off steadily I am pleased to say, however, it is now four years on and I am still half a stone heavier than I was and of course my body shape has changed.

I have dipped in and out of exercising and healthy eating and changing the diet I follow but it hasn’t been anything I have been able to sustain and it is so easy to make excuses: “I have no time” “I should spend more time with my child” “I’ll do it tomorrow”. In all honesty it is laziness and feeling tired as well as, during the height of my gambling addiction, not having the spare time for exercise or the inclination to worry about what I looked like.

Gambling addiction is quite often considered to be related to the mind and will power, physically your body suffers, but only from the effects of the mind’s addiction

Recently however, I have been exercising more, possibly not to a consistent schedule but it has become more a feature in my lifestyle as has eating better. It is certainly something I intend to work towards going forward. It is truly amazing the positive difference you feel after exercise, achieving something good for yourself. I’ve decided to put some things on this problem gambling blog I have enjoyed because I feel that there is a real place for exercise in the fight against addiction.

Colored Kettle Bells

Kettlebells are a favourite

I’m not talking marathons here of course, just exercise. Lots of people worry today about looking after the mind, promoting positive wellbeing and having a proactive attitude, but something that really has helped me is just the feeling of physically giving my body some TLC. I went for a run recently on a Sunday afternoon just a 5K and I know it might not sound impressive but the freeing feeling of saying “I’m heading out for a run” and just running on a Sunday afternoon was unbelievable. It also set me up for a positive and productive Monday and I fully intend to try and remember that when it comes to the next day I plan to exercise. My goal will be three times a week which can range from running, gym, yoga and so forth but needs to be 30 minutes or more.

Gambling addiction is quite often considered to be related to the mind and will power, physically your body suffers, but only from the effects of the mind’s addiction. I think you can’t decouple yourself in this way. Your body physically needs nourishment just as the mind does, in a variety of ways, and I think, and hope, that there is much to be gained from refamiliarizing myself with exercise. I’ll let you know how I get on!