We all know that losing weight is a hard task, and it takes a ton of will power, and focus. Throw little beings that depend on you 24/7, and it's a recipe for disaster. Here is a picture of me while I was headed to the hospital in labor with my daughter and a picture 9 months later. I'm determined to have similar pictures done this time around! Although it is definitely proven to be more difficult this time, this is my inspiration.
This is probably the most important one, but the most overwhelming of them all! But seriously, if you don't have your food prepped and your workouts scheduled in, then you are setting yourself up for disaster. We have found a few ways to make this easier on our family.
Our first way is to have a shake for breakfast every morning. Breakfast is a tough time of day with the kiddos, and getting them ready for the day with their breakfast etc can be a whirlwind--especially if you are working! These bad boys have helped us tremendously to stay on track.
2. Involve your partner.
Trying to get everything done as a new mom is nearly impossible. Add another in and it seems like there is literally no time to do anything!! Involving your partner, and doing it together will be extremely helpful. We are both on the same page, and have similar goals right now which is super motivating for each other. We pick each other up and help each other out as much as possible. Having everyone aboard these goals helps hold yourself accountable and it helps them understand that getting in a workout and eating healthy is a high priority right now.
3. Make your time working out matter.
This is a huge one! I mentioned this on my vlog earlier this week, but as a new mom, we are always rushed on time. I typically workout during their naps, so at any moment one of them could wake up and need me immediately. So while I'm working out, my phone is away, and I'm giving it all I've got. This can be difficult working out at home, especially because my home office is right next to the gym, so I can get easily distracted. Turn your music on, and make it happen!!!
4. Lose the all or nothing mentality.
This was probably my most difficult lesson. Coming from a type A personality, I have always had trouble with this mentality, but having kids, you realize that some is better than none when it comes to working out. If I can get in 20 minutes, awesome!! I used to workout for over an hour before kids, but now with kiddos, you realize how much working out you can get done in 20 minutes. It's better to do something than to do nothing :)
5. Be gentle with yourself.
This is the utmost important one, which is why I wrote it last. This one should sink in and stay with you. We are all doing the best we can. Mommy's have the toughest job, whether you stay at home or are a working mom, we for some reason never feel like we are enough. When we focus on one thing in life, we feel like we are neglecting the other. Everyday is a new day, so start everyday off with the best intention, and if you fall off, that's cool, just get right back up and keep working towards your goals. The more you beat yourself up about what you did or didn't do, the more stress you put on your body, which in turn raises your cortisol levels and so on--stress is not good for our bodies, so stop putting it on yourself. Love your body, and your body will love you back.
Are you on a mission to get your body back post pregnancy? I would love to hear all about it! What works for you? What doesn't work?? Share your comments below!!