I am Louise and I am a little mummy running. Welcome to my health and well-being blog. I am 5 foot 1 inch in my bare feet, 39 years of age and the mother of three little monkeys. Top Monkey (TM) my first born boy. Middle Monkey (MM) second born boy. Finally, Little Miss Monkey (LMM). My most recent addition, a girl toddler with a lot of attitude.
I’m a working mummy with a busy life attempting to master the art of multitasking and as you can imagine my life is busy with the three of them. This is the main reason I am the Little Mummy Running. I feel like I never stop from morning until bedtime (whenever that may be).
A little bit of history
I also used to love to run. Not far or fast but whenever I could around working and monkey wrangling. It was my little slice of me time. An endorphin fuelled hit of self care. I say “used to” because in 2017 after an injury applied the breaks, I was diagnosed with Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction. In a nutshell the arch of my left foot has collapsed and my Posterior Tibial Tendon is now like an overstretched elastic band.
The PTTD took away my run and for a while walking too. I realised that I had become reliant on the little bit of me time to stay sane. Underlying issues came to the surface and I crumbled. An injured neck followed and a psychiatrist’s report contained the words “anxiety” and “depression”. Undiagnosed post natal depression had finally caught up with me.
The (Not so) Mindful Mother
After a significant period of time wallowing in self pity, I started to put myself back together. Help from the NHS, a personal trainer and some amazing family and friends got me back on track. I began to read a lot and learnt about Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques. My brain and body became my new project.
My blog is about my self care, fitness, Mental and physical well-being. It’s also about doing my best to set a good example for the monkeys and keep them fit and well physically and mentally too. It is set to the back drop of life as a working mother of three. My mindful mantras are more “ensure no one dies today” rather than “I am an amazing mother”. Don’t expect posts about daily greatness but little triumphs when I fit a 12 minute workout around cooking the kids pasta. Or give myself a break when I lose the plot over a badly timed monkey poo!
I’m not perfect or pristine and my pictures won’t be filtered or altered. What you see is what you get. My opinions are my own and based around techniques I have read and tried myself. I am not an expert. Just a mother trying to be enough for her family.
So join me running with them, for them and, when it gets too much, sometimes away from them.