It doesn’t matter whether you’ve just had a baby, are about to have a baby, or have older kids; we all desperately want to fit back into those pre-baby clothes.
Well, the great news is that it can most certainly happen! I know when I was pregnant I couldn’t wait to get back into my pre-pregnancy clothes. Unlike some of the naturally blessed ones, I didn’t come home from hospital in my favourite jeans. Instead, I was stuck in my maternity clothes and lugging an extra 10kg! Here are my top 10 tips to help you get back into shape and feeling even better than you did before having kids:
1. REALISE IT’S OK TO SPEND TIME ON YOU -
No one warned me about the guilt that comes with being a mum. I felt guilty about not being the perfect mum by wanting and needing to spend time on myself. I still feel the occasional guilt and don’t think it will ever go away, however I have learned to manage it. One of the most important things you can do is realise that a HAPPY MUM = HAPPY FAMILY. So if that means spending 30 minutes a day doing something just for you, then realise it is okay to make it happen.
2. SET SOME REALISTIC GOALS -
Take some time to work out what you REALLY WANT and what is realistic, achievable and measurable. You might have a lot of weight to lose, which can be daunting, so break it down into small, achievable goals. A realistic weight loss goal might be 500g per week.
3. HAVE A PLAN AND FOLLOW IT THROUGH -
The saying ‘FAIL TO PLAN, PLAN TO FAIL’ is very true. You need direction and a plan that is going to work for you. If you can’t get to the gym, don’t follow a plan that requires technical routine. Work out what you have at home and get a program you can do easily, without spending too much time travelling. Just having some resistance bands or dumbbells and an exercise ball is plenty to do a great workout and really challenge yourself.
4. REALISE IT TAKES TIME TO CHANGE -
It took you nine months to gain the weight so it’s not going to disappear overnight. I put on nearly 20kg during my pregnancy. I lost 10kg within a week and then it took another three months to lose the extra 10kg.
5. SCHEDULE IN YOUR EXERCISE AND MAKE IT A PRIORITY -
As a mum you are always going to be busy and things are always going to come up. That’s why you need to treat exercise as an appointment and make sure it happens. I worked out that my son was the happiest in the mornings, so that’s when I did my exercise. Of course there were times it didn’t happen, but I knew that if I just made that extra effort to do it in the morning, it was far more likely to get done.
6. INCLUDE YOUR KIDS -
Kids love to be involved and if you get them involved early it will actually become habit for them. When they are little it’s a bit easier as they can just play on a mat. As they get older you need to encourage them to get involved and actually include them in your workouts. Watching mum doing jump squats or timing your sprints can be quite amusing for little ones! You need to make it work for you. Be creative.
7. YOUR NUTRITION HAS THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON YOUR RESULTS -
Like any new mum you are going to be struggling for time and energy. This can make doing long exercise sessions unrealistic. The good news is that your nutrition contributes to more than 80 per cent of your results. Even if you can’t fit in much exercise, you can still control what you eat.
8. EAT REGULAR MEALS AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER -
This is especially important for new mums, as you will be constantly tired and lacking energy. Eating regular meals throughout the day can really make a huge difference, helping to stabilise your blood sugar levels and control those sugar cravings.
9. PLAN AHEAD, GET ORGANISED AND JUST KEEP GOING -
This would have to be one of the most important things you can do. Taking some time to plan out your meals and exercise for the week means that you can then just focus on one day at a time and do the best you can for that day. You will have days that are average; the key is to always keep going. So regardless of whether you missed your training or had too many sweets, you just need to put it behind you and keep moving forward.
10. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND NEVER GIVE UP -
Before I had my son I truly believed that I was going to have a better body afterwards, and I do. I really think it’s because I simply believed I could and therefore made it happen. You can achieve whatever you want, but you need to truly believe you can and never give up on yourself.
As a mum you should be proud of what you do. Never ever forget that YOU CAN ACHIEVE whatever you set your mind to!