Today, my dear Noshing on Asphalt readers, I have treat for you! I’m featuring my first guest blogger who has expertise in an area I know nothing about….being a mom! Stephanie from Fit Mom…In Training is a mom to two young boys. She has a passion for health, fitness and empowering women to live active, “no excuses” lives.
She chronicles her journey to better health at Fit Mom…in Training and can also be found on Twitter and Instagram (@fitmomintraining). Stop by her blog and say hello. While you’re there, make sure to check out my guest post on her blog which includes a really yummy, kid approved recipe! A special thank you to Katie from Healthy Heddleston for organizing the blog swap. To see more post from Sweat Pink Ambassadors, click here. Ok, enough with the links…on to the post!
As a fitness enthusiast, I’ve heard every excuse there is and even provided one or two good ones myself on why we’re skipping workouts, not skipping dessert and generally feeling a lack of motivation to get our butts off the couch and into gear.
I don’t have time
It doesn’t make a difference anyway, I still look the same
I stayed up too late and overslept
That McDonalds isn’t sitting well (I coined that one…on more than one occasion)
The fact is, we can come up with a million and one excuses why working out just isn’t going to happen. In the time you take convincing yourself that you’re not going to work out…you could have worked out.
As a mom to a two-and-a-half year old and a 5 month old, I am very familiar with how hard it can be to workout. Between juggling breastfeeding, no sleep, temper tantrums and more, it can be very overwhelming to even think about working out, let alone where you’re going to find the energy to do it.
Overwhelming, yes. Impossible, no.
The fact is, you don’t need hours a day to work out and shed those lingering baby pounds. You need flexibility and creativity to get it done. Here are some tips that have helped me lose the dreaded mom jeans, maintain my sanity and regain my pre-baby body:
1. Define not only what your goals are but how you plan on achieving them. You want to lose the baby weight? Great! But that statement is meaningless unless you have a plan. How do you want to lose them? Running? Zumba? Clean Eating? Be specific. By narrowing down how you intend to reach your goal, you allow yourself the ability focus in on how you can make it happen.
2. Be Flexible. Anyone with kids will tell you that the only thing you can predict is their unpredictability. They don’t always nap when you want to (or in my kids case, at all), and they certainly don’t always want to give you an hour to yourself. Make a plan of what you’d ideally like to get done in any given week (or day) but don’t consider it set in stone. If you plan to go for a 20 minute run and the baby won’t settle or your partner has to work late, go for a power walk with baby instead or do a 15 minute high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout in your basement or backyard. There have been many days when 10 minutes on the treadmill is all I can manage. Believe me…it’s better than nothing and even a workout as short as 10 minutes does wonders for my mood and patience level.
3. Be Resourceful. Know any other moms struggling to get their workouts in? Arrange a day where you take turns watching each others kids for an hour. Another great alternative is to arrange a fit mom play date at the park, in someone’s back yard, or even in someone’s basement. The kids can play together while the moms do a circuit workout. Have each mom do a different exercise and rotate after 60 seconds. Always have one mom on an active rest to keep an eye on the kids. Everyone gets to sweat, the kids get to play. Win-win. If you have the financial resources, join a gym that offers child care. You get your workout while the kids run off their energy.
4. Make Healthy Food Choices. It’s been said that weight loss and maintenance is 80% diet. We all have to eat anyway so here is where you can make the biggest impact. Choose lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and lean meats. Shop in season to get the biggest bang for your buck and double the portion size so you have leftovers to freeze for another day. Mindful eating is not only good for you but it will give your body a much needed boost of energy that will last through the day. Avoid prepackaged, processed, quick meals as much as possible as they tend to be full of empty calories that leave you sluggish rather than invigorated. Stuck for time? There are dozens of cookbooks and blogs dedicated to quick, easy to prepare, economically conscious cooking that are both healthy and delicious.
Most importantly, don’t stress over it. Some days will work, others will fail miserably. The important thing is that you make the effort, try your best and avoid those excuses that keep you on the couch.
Thanks so much for writing that post, Stephanie!