We all have those jeans.
You know, THE jeans.
We keep them and swear that we will fit in them one day. This is especially true for my postpartum mommas. We carried and grew this beautiful life and brought it into the world.
We feel accomplished, we feel so much love. However, what most mommas don’t feel is ecstatic about their post baby body.
Now, I am a firm believer that we should love ourselves no matter what stage we are at in this. It is so important to love our bodies. After all, we were just a vessel for this new life. There is nothing like that. Though we accomplished this, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t want to get back to a weight and size that we are comfortable.
There is a good chance that you will not look exactly like you did before you carried your beautiful baby. During pregnancy your hips widen, your body shifts, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get to where we are comfortable again!
How do you get there?
Well, this is going to be the first of a series of blog post centered about wellness postpartum. It is important, and it is not talked about enough.
First thing that needs to be done is look at the fuel you are giving your body. No, I don’t mean gas, I mean the food you eat. Is your food filled with vitamins, nutrients and all of the good things that your body needs, or is it filled with saturated fats, sugars and junk?
There is an 80/20 rule in the world of health and fitness. Your body weight loss will come 80% from your diet and 20% from working out.
It is the necessary evil. I am a runner so that is the cardio exercise I choose. For me, there is nothing like a good run. When I can escape without any children I will run the streets alone jamming to my music. If I cant? I have the capability of taking 3 kids at a time. I have a double jogging stroller, a single jogging stroller and my younger daughter rides her bike along side me. There are options for me to make sure I get in that exercise.
Cardio gets your heart rate up and helps to burn off that pesky weight.
For you cardio could be a walk, a jog, a run, biking, speed walking, a precor workout, hiking and so much more! Choose something that you not only will enjoy doing, but something that is practical for you to do often. You can always mix and mingle these options!
This can be composed of weights or even body strength exercises.
I combine the two because I don’t always have time to go to the gym, and the weights at home just didn’t work out for me.
Some days I grab the yoga mat and do planks, pushups and sit-ups. Other days I head to the gym and hit all the weights. One thing that helped me be able to do that is going to a gym with childcare. I have had numerous gym memberships and finding time to go was impossible because there was no one to watch my million kids.
A gym with childcare isn’t always obtainable for every person, so this is where it is amazing to have a couple free weights at home and a yoga mat. Those body strength exercises are just as effective!
Set goals, but make them realistic. Don’t set out to lose 20 pounds in a month, it just isn’t feasible long term.
Choose maybe 10 pounds at a time as a goal. Don’t be irritated when the scale doesn’t reflect your hard work. Our weight fluctuates from time of day to time of month. It doesn’t show the progress you see reflected back at you.
For this reason, I always suggest taking your measurements. Measurements don’t lie, even when the scale does.
How do you apply all of these things into your new exciting lifestyle?
Next weeks blog I will start to break down each of these sections for you starting with our fuel source.