When you finally get into a new routine with baby, you make the After you have a baby, it can be hard to find time to use the bathroom, let alone find time in the day to work out. So how on earth are you going to lose the crazy amount (or maybe not so crazy for some of you mamas) of weight you put on while pregnant. My little girl was born in June, and I have a long (I'm talking like really long, mamas) way to go to get back to the weight I was before baby numero uno. Like 3 years ago. Oofta. SO. I have decided to make a few changes in my day-to-day to achieve this goal. Keep in mind, I am no expert. HA. I am so not an expert. I'm just a mama with a couple of kids trying to feel better about herself in a pair of jeans. And if you're anything like me and don't want to be the hangry mama (who is now not only sleep deprived but food deprived) then stay tuned for a few of my basic mama tips that might help you lose some weight and feel better.
stupid decision to pack up all of your maternity clothes, and get ready to lose the baby weight. You will most likely be looking for some support, because let me tell you mama, losing weight is HARD.
This is the number one thing on everyone's list of getting in better shape because it is SO. IMPORTANT. And we're not talking a glass here and there. We're talking like a gallon a day. Drinking water not only detoxes your system, but helps with digestion, complexion, and energy. Plus, if you're like me and still breastfeeding, then you know that when you haven't had enough water, the girls don't perform. No bueno. Whether you need to use water bottles, a big jug, or your favorite refillable glass, just make sure you're getting in your H2O. I use a big cup with a straw, fill it up with ice and a few orange slices (or sometimes strawberries, blueberries, lemon), and I'm good to go. I know that if I refill it 4 times throughout the day I've met my goal-- I track my water intake on my phone, but you can also use a dry-erase marker/sharpie on your water bottle to track ounces that way! I find that if I'm reaching for my water first, then I'm less likely to be reaching for my true love coke that is in the fridge. Making sure that you're hydrated means that you won't be substituting with sugary, high calorie drinks instead. And yes, I do believe hell froze over as I wrote that.
Easy ExerciseExercise is so personal, and because every mama has a beautiful, different mama body, there's no right way to work out. But there are some really easy ways to get your body moving that don't have to include an intimidating weight room or a crazy difficult tabata class. There are plenty of at-home work out routines that you can find (thanks Pinterest) and some mamas find a lot of success using certain apps that you can purchase. But if you're looking for some simple solutions to get you on your feet and help you move a little more, just do what your kids are begging you to do!
When your kids are watching their fave movie, get up and dance around with them during the songs. When you're planning a day at the park, find one within walking distance and load up the stroller. You can even just run around the yard, play at the park, or run up and down the stairs with them and they will think you are the COOLEST mom on the planet. This is something I've been trying to do more lately, and my three-year-old thinks it is the funnest. I know it's not always easy, and when we're tired, run down, or been with the kids all day, it can be the last thing we want to do, but getting our heart rate up while playing with our babes at the same time is such a great (and easy) change to your daily routine that is good for the body and the little ones.
Just gone through your post and its really true being a mom is not easy and trying to lose weight is also difficult.
Your tips are actually amazing and natural to follow, it would be definitely helpful for the moms to lose weight and feel better.
Also, Keep up your good work Brooke!