January 2, 2018
In my last blog I laid out some goals for myself. But goals without practical steps in place to accomplish them are just dreams.
Not sure what I mean? Read on for the examples I'm taking to accomplish my goals…
“No Processed Carbs”
I set out to cut back on carbs in two ways. The first one is by replacing all processed carbs with unprocessed ones.
This part has actually been very easy for me. The only processed carbs I keep on hand are bread and...
December 17, 2017
Losing 10 pounds in 10 months doesn’t sound very sexy, I know.*
But it’s real.
Most people wish for quick fixes, but instead go years after pregnancy before they start making changes to get in shape.
Whether that’s you, or you just want to avoid it, this blog is for you.
*I’ve actually lost 20 of the 30 pounds I gained in pregnancy, but 10 were right after delivery, so I don’t count those.
The End Of The Beginning
The change has been slow, but it’s bee...
November 27, 2017
Getting interrupted sleep sucks.
People underestimate the impact of lack of sleep. It can stall fat loss (or cause weight gain), lower your libido, make you depressed, and cause some other very serious health problems.
There’s only so much you can do when you have a baby. But I finally decided I needed a better system.
I used to live for that silence after the kids were in bed. I’d binge on Netflix until I was so exhausted, when I finally...
November 13, 2017
I’ll be the first to admit it: I had ice cream almost every day when I was pregnant with my first. I also had venti whole milk iced lattes, hold the ice.
Those bad habits made trying to eat better and lose weight afterward even more daunting.
In my second pregnancy I learned it doesn’t have to be one extreme or the other. The options aren’t just “eat perfectly" or "eat whatever you want.” There’s a middle ground.
Not long ago, I talked to...
November 6, 2017
Finding time to workout is one of the main obstacles stopping moms from working out at all.
It makes sense. I mean, how the heck do you find time to exercise when you can’t even pee without an audience?
It may be you don’t have to do as much as you think.
Here’s my current situation, and my advice for you…
I’m feeling strong!
I finally started exercising again. I had set it aside for the first few weeks of PT, and man, I can do so many thing...
October 30, 2017
Some days don’t go according to plan. The dishwasher doesn’t get unloaded, dinner doesn’t get started, and everyone needs you all day long.
How do you de-stress on days like this?
Baby took a solitary 45 minute nap today and has been up since 6 am. Not very helpful when I planned on getting work done while she slept.
I’d like to work after the kid’s are in bed, but honestly I can’t hold a conversation by then, let alone think productively.
October 23, 2017
“Oh, you’re breastfeeding, you’ll lose that baby weight in no time.”
If only it were that easy — feed your baby and fat melts away like you’re a human George Foreman grill. I’m sure we’d all love a quick, magical answer to lose that baby weight.
But what are realistic expectations with fat loss and breastfeeding (or even fat loss in general)?
Breastfeeding promotes weight loss? Well here I am after my second baby, and that has NEVER bee...
October 17, 2017
Last week I talked about how to set goals as moms.
But the truth is, you’re probably so busy keeping the world around you functioning, you stopped reading the blog and immediately went back to caring for other people.
We need to talk about how taking time for yourself is not only not selfish, it’s a better way to care for people around you.
My “Me Time”
YES! Physiotherapy is starting to relieve some pain. I’m not 100% but I can walk around the block...
October 9, 2017
As moms, our goals often get put last. It’s easy to fall into a cycle of not caring for yourself.
The types of goals we set for ourselves can be part of the problem.
What if you had goals that actually contributed to your quality of life, instead of just adding more stress watching for a number to go down?
Here’s a list of some of my short term and long term goals:
Avoiding exhaustion-induced carb binging
Tucking in my t-shirt withou...
October 2, 2017
Six weeks after our baby was born, I got the all clear. I could pick up my 5-year-old again, have sex, workout, carry the vacuum up and down the stairs to keep a spotless house… you know, be supermom.
Never mind the fact I’d had major abdominal surgery and a massive adjustment to my entire physical being.
Apparently, this is what the world expects of us.
But is this reality?
In my experience, life at 6 weeks postpartum is more accurately su...
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