It’s no secret that staying healthy and fit is a HUGE part of my life, so I'm often asked how I do it? How do I stay motivated to show up daily? How do I have the energy to workout & eat right & chase my busy girl while still maintaining a home and a life?
I will tell you... having Madison has only made these things even more important to me.
I see every day that she is ALWAYS watching (& often mimicking) what I’m doing.
So, it is extremely important for me to not only fill my own cup, but to be a good role model for her, in my words and my actions. She is my "WHY" and my motivation... what's yours?
Sure, waking up and working out in the early morning when she’s climbing all over me and when I have a longgg list of to-dos is hard, but it is worth it.
Pushing play on my workout when there are many other things to be doing around the house can be so difficult, but it is worth it.
Taking a day to grocery shop and meal prep is a lot more time consuming than just hitting the drive-thru or buying processed foods, but it is worth it.
It’s all SO worth it.
Not only for me, but for her.
I hope she sees the example I set and follows suit.
want nothing more than for her to live a happy, healthy & fulfilling life! Isn't that what all parents want for their littles!?
My ultimate fitness goal is for my daughter to remember that her momma took care of herself and her, that she made health and wellness a priority and that she showed her that eating yummy, healthy foods and working out is FUN!
Because it is! Really.
(If it isn't yet for you, let me help you!)
I know that fitness in general can be the hardest thing ever, and when you become a mom, it just ups the ante! Amiright??
I mean, you grew a human inside of you for 9 months, you’re getting used to the feeling of having your body be only yours again, you may feel awkward, you might not fit in your clothing like you used to and you are SO TIRED because you are constantly chasing and/or caring for the little mini version(s) of you on top of ALL of the other responsibilities of adulthood.
If you're like most moms I know, you're probably wondering if you’ll ever fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes again or have energy, and the last thing you want to do is get your butt up to get your sweat on...
At least, that’s how I felt.
And then I just decided it was time to stop thinking those things and to take ACTION. I think the very first and most important step, besides just starting (the first step can be the hardest!), is to change your mindset.
I've been chatting A LOT about this with my virtual boot campers lately!
Don’t poison your head with negative, Debbie Downer thoughts. It just leaves you feeling shitty and left with zero motivation or desire to do anything at all.
Tell yourself you’re beautiful. Tell yourself you are strong and capable.
Tell yourself you are amazing- because you ARE, momma!
I mean.. you housed and grew a human (or 3) and you keep your household running, after all!
There is NOTHING you and your body cannot do!
It's time to take care of and honor YOU!!
One thing I’ve always found to be true: you will never regret a workout.
It may seem counterintuitive, but regular exercise increases energy and reduces fatigue. Not to mention, it will help you relieve stress (c'mon, all moms deal with it!) and boost your confidence. Yes please, put me down for ALL of those!!
To help with my own postpartum fitness journey, I actually started a virtual health & fitness group for ladies and it has been SO fun! It’s just a group of gals (mostly moms at all different parts of their motherhood journey), who all have a passion for leading healthy lifestyles.
There is something so uniquely motivating about checking in daily with each other and seeing the sweaty selfies, sharing recipes, and celebrating our wins and supporting each other through the struggles! We have one big group of accountability partners and it’s kind of the best, most fun thing ever. We each work out at home every day, in our living rooms or at the office during lunch breaks with custom plans that I help set everyone up with.
For me, working out in my living room is safe, comfortable and just something that I’ve grown accustomed to (and love!) because I found that after I had Maddie, it was just too big of an inconvenience and hassle to get to the gym anymore.
You know how kids can be unpredictable and you have to pack 5 billion things for them.
Plus, trying to coordinate mine and my husband's workout schedules was such a pain and we weren't showing up consistently.
BUT having something I can do whenever and wherever, plus a goal and a place to virtually meet up with others and workout in the mornings, in my living room is invigorating and much easier to stick to!
Now, as far as those early morning workouts go, here are my tips...
- I always either lay my workout clothes out in the bathroom the night before or sleep in them...makes it easy to just roll out of bed and GO!
- I practice the 5 second rule (Thank you Mel Robbins! If you haven't read her book, get it! Total life changer.) to get out of bed when my alarm first goes off.
So, instead of hitting snooze, it's "5, 4, 3, 2, 1..GET UP!" Works like magic on basically anything that you DON'T want to do.
- And then, the most MAGICAL thing that I absolutely cannot skip if I want to make sure that I get the energy needed to get my butt moving, is my hustle juice.
(get a sample pack here!) But seriously. Hustle juice is life. It helps get me going and naturally energizes me in the morning so I can get up and GO!
So, those are my secrets... what you have all been asking about-
Find your WHY/motivation. Get energized. And just GO!
I promise, you will not regret it.
P.S. if you ever need support or the accountability of a group of awesome ladies and help getting started, don't hesitate to reach out!!
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