When you become a mom, you enter into this secret club with other women just like you. They feel your pain, your happiness, your excitement, your anxieties, your self-doubt, and your need for motivation. They understand when you say that you need to get your body back, because we have all been there. Lucky for us, we have each other, and we are constantly looking to expand our network of moms.
We recently connected with Sarah, who is like our West Coast sister! She is also a mom of a toddler (she gets our struggles! LOL), and she has a passion for health and fitness. We are so happy to do a collaboration with her, as we have learned so much from following her blog. Sarah is a personal trainer, and has some really great workouts available.
We hear it too often… “Working out is a chore” or “I don’t enjoy working out” or “Working out is too hard” and our favorite one of all “I don’t have time to work out”. Well, we hate to break it to you, but YES it will feel like a chore, you won’t enjoy it, it will be too hard, and you won’t find the time for it, if you don’t do something you love (or at least like).
I vividly remember the first time I laid eyes on my newly acquired “mom bod”. I was two days postpartum. I was still exhausted from my 34 hours of labor and emergency c-section. I was overwhelmed with my newborn who (like all newborns) wouldn’t sleep. I was cooped up from being stuck in the hospital for three days. I felt dirty and gross because all I had wanted to do for the past two days was take a God forsaken shower. Finally, my nurse took out my catheter and IVs and gave me the okay.
If my legs weren’t still the size of tree trunks from being pumped full of fluids for days, and I hadn’t just endured major abdominal surgery, you can bet your ass I would’ve run to the shower. So instead, I took it easy. I walked into the sterile and cramped hospital bathroom and I laid out my fresh gauze, belly binder, and lovely oversized pad (mommies, you know what I’m talking about) I slowly and gingerly took off my hospital gown as to not hurt my incision.
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Exercise Type: Bootcamp – This was a full body workout, with stations were set throughout the weightroom. We completed 45 seconds of weights, followed by 45 seconds of resistance. We worked hard and burned our arms, legs, booty, and abs throughout class completing various exercises from bicep curls to squats. In between sets, we completed cardio to get our heart rate up. The last round through the stations was just resistance exercises to get more cardio. It was the perfect way to start the day and leave me feeling strong all day long with natural energy!
If there is one thing I can say I “hate”, its planks. I seriously despise planks. Why are they so hard? Why do I feel like they never get easier? Having a baby killed my core; can I still use that excuse now that I have a 2.5 year old?! I personally believe that planks are so challenging because they are so effective:
They engage all of your core muscle groups, in one little position.
You’ll burn more calories that your traditional sit-up or crunch.
You’ll improve your posture and balance.
They can improve your overall mood! What! Planks stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension.
Why does this mama have the hots for the Jonas Brothers?! Seriously, aren’t they like 12 years old? HA! It sure seems like that to me, but God, that new song is in my head ALL. DAY. LONG. Why is it so good? Even my two year old is singing, “Sucker for you, sucker, sucker, sucker.” It’s probably not the best word to teach her, but I can’t listen to Daniel Tiger songs any longer. Even though the recreated Mr. Rogers tv show is my daughter’s (and mine and my husband’s) life lesson, I just can’t anymore. Thank you Scary Mommy for pointing that out to me.
Today I want to focus in on how to
stay healthy when you are living a busy life. This can be for parents who split
their time between working and taking care of their kids, people who are simply
overworked and don’t have much time for personal care, or can be for
individuals who need a few simple steps to keep them on track. I share these
tips out of experience and am still trying to find complete balance (if that
even exists) between all of my avenues in life.
Does BeingHealthy Even Mean?
Being Healthy has become such a
controversial topic because everyone defines this term differently. To me,
being healthy is implementing changes in your life that will benefit your mind
and body. They can be as big as tracking what you eat to lose weight – or a
small task of drinking enough water each day. The great thing about the term,
“being healthy” is YOU get to decide what that looks like for you and
Healthy To-Go Meals
I know, I know. If you are on
a busy schedule, how are you supposed to create a few healthy meals and snacks?
I get it, I do. You can create a few small meals and snacks in under 30
minutes. You can keep these staples in the pantry or fridge which will allow
you to grab them when you are on the way out. A few of my favorite to-go snack
are pre-portioned nuts, dried fruit, hard boiled eggs, and string cheese. My
preferred simple and quick meals are: healthy pasta salad, yogurt parfaits, and Mason jar salads. I love using
Pinterest to find new meals to incorporate into my busy schedule.
Scheduling workouts into your
calendar is one of the most important tasks to do. When you schedule your
workouts, you gain the mentality that it is an IMPORTANT appointment
that you cannot miss. When I was establishing my workout routine, this habit
was monumental in keeping me on track. When I schedule my workouts, I put in
the day and time of each workout during the week. It helps me plan out the week
and work around my workout so that I can truly get it in.
Wherever You Can
The one thing I learned early during
my quest for fitness – is that it doesn’t matter where you workout – it matters
that you worked out. A great workout can mean very different
things to different people. It doesn’t mean you have to be working out at the
gym, or attend a class (BUT if you do prefer to workout in those ways – make
sure to schedule them into your calendar so you can make it happen). Working
out at home can still be an efficient and killer workout. If you need a few
tips of what workout equipment you should be keeping around the house to get in
a great workout, check out this blog.
a Workout Routine that Works for You
If you are a busy mom, working 9-5,
then taking care of the kids when you get home – a 2 hour intense gym workout MAY
not be the best for you. AND if this is how you are trying to workout,
and can’t get it done – you may be sabotaging yourself. Find a workout routine
that will fit your schedule, abilities, and equipment available. Set aside time
to discover moves you can complete that fit into your schedule – with the internet
being at our fingertips these days – there is an unlimited source of
a Look at Your Spare Time
A lot of people use the excuse that
they don’t have time to stay healthy and fit.
Now look at where you are spending
your time. Are you sitting on the couch scrolling through Social Media during
any part of the day? Do you watch TV for any amount of time? DO YOU HAVE 20
MINUTES TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF? If not, try to take a serious look at where
you are spending your time. If being healthy is a real priority to you; you
will find time to do these things to improve and support your health.
Your health is your priority, but
that doesn’t mean you should be putting pressure on yourself. Be understanding
with yourself. You can only do as much as your life allows. The great thing
about life is that we go through different seasons throughout our life. You may
not have a lot of time on your hands right now, and a quick 15-20 minute
workout is all you can get in. Maybe in 6 months, 1 year, 5 years – you will be
in a different season which can allow you to have a different workout routine.
Find beauty in the current season
you are in. Take in all life has to offer in this moment right now.
Find ways to incorporate a healthy
lifestyle into your routine. What works for one person – may not work for you.
It is an ever-changing process that should adapt to your current life
What ways are you staying healthy
throughout your busy life? What are some areas you are looking to improve on??
Doesn’t it seem like us women are picking up more and more of the slack lately? I was thinking this last Friday, when my husband went out after work. Now, normally, I don’t mind if he goes to happy hour once and a while. I mean, he does support me with my working out on a regular basis, and is more than happy to help out with our daughter when I need some time to myself. But this time was different. He was much later than he said he would be, and it felt like he was completely taking advantage of the situation. He knew I was home with our daughter, and it felt like he had no regard for being home on time.
I was furious when he finally got home, but instead of creating a scene in front of our daughter, I took a different approach. I went to the gym for a run. It was exhilarating. I had the best run I have had in years, which is a big deal because I am NOT a runner by any sense of the word. Typically I get on the treadmill and hope I don’t fall off. This time I was actually turning up the speed as I went. I channeled all of the anger I had into a positive output, and left feeling great. Well, still a little angry, but sweaty and accomplished.
I walked in the house from the gym to apologies and a cooked dinner. I mean it was frozen pizza heated in the oven, but it’s the thought that counts, right? There was also a glass of wine poured and waiting for me in my favorite spot on the couch. Not only did the new approach work with my husband (which I never would have guessed actually), but I accomplished a great workout in addition. Next time your husband pisses you off, instead of yelling at him, try working off some steam at the gym. Maybe his reaction when you get home will surprise you. It sure surprised me.
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