Having a baby changes things drastically. As women, our bodies change, stretch, and create a home for these little cells that become a human! With that, I know I was left feeling all the emotions during pregnancy. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would, and was quite nervous to have this baby weight around after.
I worked out during my pregnancy all the way up until the end. I taught at least 2 classes a week until I was 38 weeks pregnant, and worked out besides that at home at least 3 other days. While I did all of that for the way it made me feel, honestly, I was hopeful that it would help with recovery and losing the baby weight.
Looking back, I wish I didn’t worry so much about that baby weight after having Annabelle. I grew a human for goodness sake! But one year later, I can say that it does go away, but it took work.
So how did I get my body back?
I was consistent.
My workouts went from being an hour long before baby to maybe a half hour after. The one thing that remained, though, was that I was consistent in my workouts. I started slow and easy, but I still made it consistent.
I’m not here to tell you that there’s something out there that will help you lose weight quickly, or that there’s a magic workout. The past few weeks I’ve really been thinking about this topic and just how to help other mommas that are worried about the weight or need some help.
Be consistent in your workouts. Be consistent in your eating. I DID do the 21 day Fix in February with the diet portion, and that did help me lose the last bit of baby weight, but I was still consistent with fruits, veggies, healthy options besides that!
I made it a choice to carve out at least 30 minutes 5-6 times a week to get workouts in. Some weeks maybe I missed a few more, but I was consistent.
I think that’s the key in life, honestly, but especially after having a baby. Doing a workout a few times a week for a couple weeks and then not for a few months and repeat really isn’t going to get you too far.
So a year later, I’m still juggling this role and finding time to get workouts in. Some workouts are before A wakes up, some are after bed, and some are with her. Sometimes I get them in after Aaron gets home from work and I just need a break. There’s nothing wrong with “me time.” I don’t look at it as putting yourself before your child. In fact, I think it’s worth it so you feel your best AND can be chasing that babe around!
Maybe you’re thinking of becoming pregnant, are pregnant, or recently had a baby. Maybe you’re none of the above! But, if you are, I want you to know that it is 100% possible to lose the baby weight and tone up after having your sweet babe. For some, the weight drops off by doing absolutely nothing, but for others (like me), it just takes some consistency. I don’t do anything fancy. I run 3-4 miles some days and I lift weights some days. Gone are the days I do both. I add in some walks here and there. I’m not training for long distances or training hard at a gym. I’m a mom making time for myself in the midst of taking care of a little babe.
Some days it is easier to stay in bed or go back to bed. I get it. I also find those days are usually the days I need it the most. I have a variety of workouts posted that can all be done at home! Have 20 minutes? Grab a HIIT workout and get it in! If you need motivation, let me know! I’ll keep you motivated! I want all the other mamas out there to feel great about themselves and I definitely find I feel my best after getting in workouts.
SO mamas, keep at it! Do your best! You got this!