I know, I know it is an age old question AND there are tons of answers to this. You always hear things like my neighbor did this or my sister did that or I swear you have to do x, y, z. Of course different ways work for different people, but I am going to share with you what worked for me. Exactly how I had 2 kids and managed to be more in shape today than I was pre-baby (in fact, my husband and I plan on having a #3 so I will do this same thing again after that one too)
I will give you a little bit about my story and then I will give you my top tips for getting back in shape after baby.
I found out that I was pregnant with my first baby and I was thrilled! So thrilled that I sorta took advantage of the whole being pregnant thing. By that I mean that I put my workouts to the side and basically ate everything in sight. After all, I figured it was natural to gain weigh during pregnancy and I didn’t want to work out because I wasn’t trying to “look good” for an event or anything. Man, there are a lot of things about that pregnancy that I would do different, but we live and we learn…right?! I had my baby and loved him to pieces! I would spend all of my time with him and nap when he napped, eat (after) he ate, and didn’t really get into a very active routine. Just when I “felt” like getting back into the routine and getting in shape again…he was 5 months old at the time… I found out that I was pregnant again! Oh joyful day, another baby! At this point though I was active and working out at the gym a couple days a week. The 2nd pregnancy was a little better than the first in the sense that I didn’t go all out and eat everything in sight. I gained a healthy amount of weight. After giving birth to my daughter, I felt like my body was spent. (I know, seems so dramatic, but having a newborn and a 15 month old made me feel that way) Nothing was where it used to be and I had loose skin- a lot of it. I nursed my daughter a lot longer than my son and noticed that I lost some of the pregnancy weight that way. For the most part though I wasn’t living as healthy as I would like and I wanted the kids to live healthier too. I found that just working out and eating anything I wanted didn’t work and eating healthy and not working out didn’t really work either. It takes a combination of the 2. A good balance is about 80% nutrition and 20% exercise.
Here are my top tips!
- Just Start! Getting started is often times the hardest part. We mull it over and think about it and before we know it, days, weeks, even months have passed! Just start!!
- Schedule. Create a schedule that works for you and your family. Plug your workout time into your schedule just as though it is an appointment like anything else. Stick to it, because you and your health are worth it!
- Plan. Planning is key. If you have never made a meal plan, now is the time. If it is new to you, then start small. You don’t have to go crazy and color code and plan for the month. You can plan for the week, or even break it down and plan for 3 days at a time. Planning saves you time, money, and aggravation. Remember, nutrition is 80% and by planning you will know that you are sticking to it!
- Prep. Meal prep can save your life! Again, if this is new to you, it is going to take some changes and you have to grin and bear it. Prepping meals ahead of time, taking advantage of the crockpot, and prepping snacks will avoid the “being stuck.” You won’t hit the drive through for convenience, you won’t skip a meal because it’s not ready. Believe me, especially with a little one. Prepping is KEY!
- Switch it up. Starting something is tough, but sticking to something that is boring to you is even more tough. Personally, I do at home workouts, but there are tons of options! Workout with a group, hit the gym, workout outside, do different workout variations… always try something different! This will also help you avoid a plateau!
- Accountability. Grab a partner or ask a friend because accountability is crucial! You can find support in family, friends, a coach, a trainer… anyone that will lend full support! Being held accountable can make or break results and success. It is easy to cheat, skip, and quit when no one is looking or cares. Find accountability, you will need it!
Bonus: Be active as much as you can! Take your new little bundle of joy for walks, join mommy and me classes, just do anything you can to stay active. The more you move, the faster the weight falls off!
Hope this tips helped! Now… GET TO IT!
For more info on exactly how I did it, click here!