Hi guys! Super excited to be sharing this post with you today. And not going to lie, kind of nervous too! I don’t talk too much about fitness and workouts on the blog much, maybe just one or two other times, but I wanted to share a little bit of what we’ve been up to lately! After having two kids, I’ve learned that losing that extra baby weight and getting back into shape takes a lot more work than I once thought. Ha! 🙂 I’ve been working consistently since Addie was a few months old to get back into an active lifestyle. I’m not nearly as gung-ho as I was the last time (turns out having two kids is just a tad busier, haha) but I’ve been trying to be consistent and I’ve seen a lot of progress! Slow and steady, but progress nonetheless. So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite ways to stay active and healthy during the day.
Do a workout at home. I’ve never been a big fan of the gym and the one time I did have a gym membership (pre-kids), I always found excuses not to go. I find it much easier to workout at home. I love using P90x or Insanity videos for a quick 20-30 minute burn. I can fit in a quick sweat during nap time or before preschool drop off, or sometimes even late at night! But don’t be fooled. If the girls are awake, it can get a little crazy. I’m definitely still in mom mode! 😉 See for yourself in the video below.
Eat more. And by eat more, I mean more often (but smaller portions)! I love to snack, so I typically have 5-6 smaller “meals” during the day. I keep my breakfast, lunch, and dinner slightly smaller, so that I can have two or three in between “meals” or snacks during the day. Some days those snacks consist of a good ol’ chocolate chip cookie (or better yet, girl scout cookies!), but for the most part, I try to stick to healthier options. Some of my favorites snacks:
Be consistent. Obviously this is a big one and probably the hardest for me. Being consistent doesn’t mean eating perfect every day (ha, I’m far from that!) or even getting in a good work out 6 times a week. Do what works for you, your family, and lifestyle. I’m not a big fan of totally restrictive diets (ugh, I hate the word diet!) so I stick by the motto moderation in all things. So I try to be consistent about eating healthy snacks and meals and fitting in a workout or walk 3-4 times a week, but while still enjoying the good stuff. You know, like date night and a bowl of ice cream. 🙂
Treat yo self. And can I add, show some love to yourself! Cheesy, but true. Enjoy where you are at NOW. Don’t wait to buy that shirt until you lose X amount of pounds. Treat your self! Also, I can be SO hard on myself sometimes.The stuff I think about myself I would NEVER think or say to anyone else, so I have been making the effort to stop and replace those negative thoughts. (This challenge from The Small Seed is a wonderful tool!)