Losing the weight you pack on during a pregnancy is always a struggle. I did the impossible and looked for a diet that would help the pounds fall off, with no luck. So instead of searching for this perfect diet that doesn’t exist, I turned back to exercise, with 3-pound weights and cardio workouts that correlated with my personal training background.
This is when I realized how lonely it was to fight this way. How many women are there out there who are just moving on from a pregnancy and want to lose weight? Well, I realized that I wanted to communicate with these women and tell them what I had been through. I dug up 401,000 and started a new website and brand known as Momma in Training. First, my friends and I shared our recipe for living a healthy life as a mother. Eventually, more and more moms became interested and we created a close-knit community that were all after the same thing.
I’m going to share with you some of the most helpful tips I’ve learned along my journey. They can definitely help you too.
Learn How to Multitask
Now you’re a new mom. You’re going to be busy. There might not be time to focus completely on exercise and only exercise, so you will have to learn how to get things done while doing other things. Whenever there is a small opportunity to do a bit of a workout, take it immediately and don’t hesitate. Answer phone calls while walking with the kids outdoors, stay dressed in your workout clothes so that you can exercise while your children are swinging on the swings, and plan your game plan while you are waiting for dinner to be ready. Getting in fitness wherever possible is the best way to see results, and will be effective even if you can’t make an hour to go to the gym.
Importance of Planning
Planning is very important. Plan your meals whenever you get time. Healthy and yet tasty lunches that you can eat with your kids are perfect, and will lead to a healthy lifestyle for not only you, but your children. You can enjoy great healthy foods that boost your energy and give you the protein you need while working out – Protein shakes, peanut butter and banana sandwiches, and tasty baked chicken recipes.
Go Easy on Yourself
Don’t expect huge results right away. You have a new little baby to take care of, so you can’t focus all of your attention on getting healthy and fit. The dreams you had before getting pregnant are not going to be the reality now that there’s a mouth to feed and a new little soul that you constantly need to keep your eyes on. Even if you only get in fifteen minutes of effective exercise, that’s still better than nothing. Don’t sweat it about the small stuff that you can’t get done, but be proud of yourself for each step you take. It is good to always be positive and not negative, because negativity will cause you to doubt yourself, and may hamper your success.
Indulge Every Once in a While
There’s nothing wrong with eating that piece of chocolate cake you’ve been wanting for the past two weeks. It is fine to indulge every once in a while as long as you still have willpower. It’s very important to keep control over your food, but at the same time, treat yourself. Going for long periods without the foods you love might lead you to crash, give in, and then lose all of your progress. It’s also important to set a good example for your child, who sees you as a role model. Let them know that it’s good to have a healthy attitude about food.
I used to be a fitness model and competitor, and relied on my peers for motivation. I saw their bodies and found the inspiration to work harder to make myself more fit and healthy. Now, I can’t rely on those people, and must rely on myself. I also want my son, Easton to understand that it is most important to find strength and courage from within yourself.
I hear it all the time: “I don’t have time to exercise or eat healthy now that I’m a mother.” My response is always the same: “As a mom, you are being watched by your kids at every turn. You are their role model. You need to make sure to create a healthy lifestyle for yourself so that your kids learn from that, and will do the same when they have to take care of themselves. It’s not that complicated! Once you get the hang of it, it will be easy to be mindful of your decisions.
So what has motherhood and living healthy taught you? As a mother who has learned a very important lesson about health and balance, I would love to hear your stories.