With the start of the New Year, comes new beginnings. It’s the perfect time for many to make changes; quitting things that are bad for us and starting things that are good.
If you’re a mom who would like to shed some baby weight, the New Year could be the perfect time to do it. As a mom of twin girls, as well as being a health and fitness coach, I have a unique perspective on health, and the reality of what it actually takes to get to the gym and work out.
I know that the thought of losing those extra pounds and tightening things back up might sound daunting, but I’m here to let you know that it doesn’t have to be.
I’m living proof that there is a way to find a balance.
Working out after having a baby or, in my case, babies!
For me, going to the gym became out of the question after having the twins. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the gym, I just didn’t have the time to drive there, get changed, workout, shower, change again and drive home.
The one thing I will tell you is that YOU have to be ready. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s going to be worth it. Physical activity not only helps a person physically, it also alleviates a lot of other mental and emotional stresses.
Tips for new year’s resolutions to lose weight
For me, I devote so much of my day to my kids, which I love doing. But, when I workout, that’s my “ME Time”; my time to turn my inner arrow back on myself, even if it’s just for 30 minutes a day.
So, here are some tips to help ensure that you’re setting yourself up for success not setting yourself up for failure:
Figure out your WHY? Are you doing this to be a good role model to your kids? Are you doing this for your health and wellbeing? Once you figure THAT out, write it down. Sometimes, seeing it on paper helps you keep pushing towards your goals.
Figure out your calorie bracket and eat what your body needs. Not eating or starving to lose weight, isn’t the answer. Many times we have it in our minds that we need to starve ourselves to lose weight, when in reality, NOT getting enough calories can actually force your body to hold onto excess weight. Your body needs fuel, and healthy food can provide the energy to keep you active and on track!
Drink water and lots of it! Divide your body weight in pounds in half and that’s how much water you need to be consuming in ounces each day (at the very least). Also, when you drink water it helps improve how your body functions as well as curb cravings. If you think you’re hungry, have a big glass of water, many times we confuse thirst with hunger.
Food for thought while trying to lose baby weight
Ease up on sugar: You’d be surprised at how sugar sneaks into our food every day, for example take a look at the sugar content in your peanut butter or even in those whole grain cereals. Also note the portions that those sugars are accounting for – there are plenty of sneaky sugars in our daily lives. Try eliminating the sugar out of things that are blatantly obvious. For example, instead of drinking a double- double coffee, work your way down to regular and then eventually to just milk or even taking your coffee black.
Make healthy eating easy and convenient: Have healthy snacks like fruits and veggies in easy ‘grab- and- go’ containers to help curb unhealthy snack cravings. Put the chips in a tough spot to reach (or out of the house completely) and keep the healthier options easily accessible.
Let’s get physical: When you workout, don’t be a maniac with the moves. Instead, focus on form. In doing so, you will see better results and are less likely to suffer injuries.
Failing to plan is planning to fail. Start meal- planning. Go online and look up some healthy recipes using ingredients you know your family already likes and cycle through them each week.
Once you’ve got a meal plan in place the next step is Meal Prepping. I usually bake/cook all of my meat for the week and either put it in the fridge or freezer. I also wash and prep my fruits and veggies. Believe me, you’ll be more likely to eat healthy and stick to the plan if it’s at your fingertips. Remember; “abs are made in the kitchen.”
Go out and get physical. Do something, anything, each and every day. For me, I found in-home workouts that hit around the 30 minute mark were perfect. So, find a good fit, put your workout clothes out the night before, bang out an early morning workout and then you’re done for the day!
Diastasis Recti: It’s very common among women. This is when, the space between your left and right stomach muscles have widened during pregnancy. If your belly just won’t seem to tighten up after you’ve had a baby (or more than one) you might want to talk to your doctor about whether or not you have this condition.
Remember, it takes 21 days to make ANYTHING a habit, so give yourself a good three weeks before deciding if this new lifestyle is (or isn’t) for you. Motivation is what’s going to get you started but dedication is what will keep you going. You’ve got this!