Keeping in shape while chasing after a toddler can be difficult. It’s starts with eating right, which is hard to do when you’re on the run all the time or you have limited time in the kitchen. Then exercise comes into play.
For me, I was on top of keeping in shape before I became pregnant. I was the strongest I had been in a long time and happy with the way I looked. I went to the gym three days a week and ran on the days I didn’t go. We were eating clean for dinner and I was being aware of what I was snacking on.
Being three weeks post-partum, I am far from my happy place when it comes to weight and strength. I have also been eating horribly, more sweets than I care to admit. But, I just had a baby. I’m in survival mode right now. I gave myself three weeks (which ended yesterday) to eat what I wanted. Starting today, I’m limiting my sugar and planning healthier meals. Hopefully I’ll be cleared to start running again at my six week check up, until then I’ll continue walking for a half hour each day.
Here are some things that worked for me when I was at my happy place when it came to being in shape.
1. Meal Planning
If you’re not eating right, the hard work you’re doing at the gym won’t show. Meal planning is really important in our house. If I don’t plan the meals, we end up eating take out or something that isn’t healthy. When I plan, I use eMeals clean eating recipes and we all enjoy healthy clean meals. We’ve recently started planning lunches as well. I’m the queen of skipping lunch and snacking if there isn’t something I want to eat. So I started planning and prepping lunches which makes the world of difference and eliminates a lot of my snacking.
2. Get Into A Routine
Find favorite classes at your local gym that you enjoy going to. If you’re working out at home, set time aside to get your workout in. Before I joined a gym, I ran every night with AG before hubs got home from work. It was part of our schedule. AG had her snack and milk while I was running so she was usually entertained which allowed me to get a workout in.
3. Switch Things Up
I can easily get bored with my workouts. I utilize Pinterest a lot when I want to switch up my workouts. There are tons on there that are quick and can be done at home or at the gym. Most of the time when I did them, I was sore in places I hadn’t been sore in before. Switching things up will not only prevent you from getting bored but it will produce more results.
4. Involve Your Toddler
Get outside and run around with your toddler. Take him/her to the park, play tag or kick the soccer ball. Every bit of exercise helps and will make you feel better. When I did home workouts, AG would pretend to do some of the moves with me. Sometimes she was fussy and wanted to be held, so I ended up doing wall sits holding a toddler. That was a workout! I learned the more I involved her when trying to get a workout in at home the better behaved she was while I was doing it. One thing I plan on looking into this time around is Stroller Strides. I’m not sure how it will work with two kids but I’m up for trying anything once.
5. Splurge Once In A While
Give yourself a cheat day. Hubs and I try to eat the best we can during the week and then splurge on the weekend. We don’t go crazy but we eat what we want and don’t pay attention to calories. I also allow myself a sweet a day (when I was watching my diet before baby came). If I go to Starbucks, that is it for the day. If I want that cookie at night, I stay out of the peanut M&M’s during the day. Finding the right balance is key!
There you have it. It’s what worked for me during the time I felt the best about myself. Not only was I the weight I wanted to be but I was stronger than I had ever been before. Strength was number one for me and will be when I am given the go ahead to get started again.
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