If you are constantly torn between your duties as a mum and a wife and looking good then keep reading.
Put your health first.
Whatever you make a priority will always stay a priority. When I went back to work after my second baby, Bear in mind baby no two brought me the gift of fitness. I had no idea how I was supposed to take care of a new baby, work, do house chores, cook , and make it out of the house with a shower, much less workout. It looked daunting. I broke out in spots within a week. But it made me realise that I needed to get creative. I needed to practice what I preached to my clients. My daily 1.5 hour workouts were a thing of the past (and that’s OK), but being active was still a part of who I was and the family life I wanted to create. I began hitting the pavement early in the morning, when that didn’t work as I was getting late to work; I packed my gym bag and hit the park at lunch time. When that didn’t work, I broke my workout into 2 sections in the day. Morning and evening. That made things worse :). I mean I tried every trick in the book till I found what suited me and my lifestyle. As the kids are now older, the challenges have changed and I adapted accordingly, but being fit remained a priority and a measure of my creativity. In all this time, I realised being fit was way beyond losing the baby weight. It was about my health and that is was why it always tops any list I make for the day. This does not mean I exercise everyday I just don’t make excuses when I have to.
No one survives without support from one person or the other. Surrounding yourself with people who encourage and support your fitness goals is crucial to adherence to your plan of you have one. There is this saying about surrounding oneself with the right people. The road to weight loss can be a long and lonely if you attempt to do it alone. I found a friend who also wanted to lose weight around the same time I started my weight loss journey. In fact, I met her at my local gym then where I used to take some classes. We would meet everyday in my house, put on the exercise dvd and go at it for 90 mins with the baby staring at us from her crib. We went on to loose a lot of weight together and hardly ever went back to the gym. If Home is not your tuff, find a jogging partner or a buddy who likes to talk about fitness as well or who is aspiring to be have the same body you want to have. Motivate each other. If you don’t find anyone, invest in people. Some people do not know they what they want until they see someone else do the same. Draw them closer because the more they learn from you, the more advanced and confident you become.
Sleep, Sleep and Sleep.
I am one of those that if sleep deprived, you will not get anything out of. As mums, it’s easy to cut back on sleep to get things sorted for everyone else but ourselves. But Lack of sleep or enough sleep induces stress which in turn makes us lethargic, causes us to binge, reduces our metabolic rate all equal to more stress and weight gain. And of course, if you don’t sleep early, I don’t think waking up early enough to exercise is an option. Even though the time of exercise does not matter, I like to get it over with in the mornings.
One of the best decisions I have made lately was to start sleeping early. Everyone in my house know that at 9.30pm I am on my bed snoozing no matter what it takes. Because the quality of sleep I get also impacts on the quality of the care they get from me.