After a baby, life kind of stops. At least for me it did. The first 2 1/2 months I felt sleep deprived, hormonal and in a wonderful, crazy new world that revolved around a little 7 lb person. When I was preggo, I gave in to ALL my cravings, so I established some pretty bad habits that continued post baby. Trips to the amazing bakery by my house for a red velvet cupcake, adding a chocolate croissant to my coffee order or having food delivered became the norm. Once the baby started sleeping more at night and I began to feel like a normal human being again, I wanted to make my health a priority again. I found 2 awesome challenges on social media. (Yes, use facebook groups and Instagram to find supportive communities-there are so many health and fitness experts who can offer amazing advice!) One was a workout/nutrition challenge and the other was a sugarfree week. Here are my biggest takeaways.
Build a Team
I realized I NEED an accountability partner. You may be self motivated, but I think most of us will push ourselves even harder if we have to check in with a coach/friend/trainer. When I had a personal trainer I was way more likely to make it to our 7am sessions. If she wasn’t there, it would have been so much easier to hit that snooze button and make excuses. For this challenge, I knew I had to be online to check in about my progress, ask questions and to get the workouts and assignments. That helped me stay focused. When I was facing some barriers, my coach asked, Was I was committed? Facing that question put it all in perspective for me and that was my “aha moment”. She was right, if I was truly committed I wouldn’t let my excuses get in the way of my goal. Thank you Courtney!
Who can be your accountability partner?
The online community aspect is such a great source of support. Chatting with others who are working toward the same goal and encouraging one another makes the whole process feel less isolating and is SO much more fun to me.
What fuels you?
Take a minute and think about what your life would look/feel/be like if you accomplished your goal. I’ll bet it feels pretty AhMazing. So, use that as your motivation. Why do you want this in your life? For me, I was tired of feeling emotionally and physically exhausted. Pre baby I was eating clean, working out and had never felt more energetic. I wanted to get back to that place, but it was challenging. Bad habits die hard. Once I got a taste of feeling energized and started to experience that happier, positive mood from eating healthy, I was hooked again. This was why I was meal prepping and cutting down on my sugar. So, I used this strong motivator as my daily reminder or when I was feeling super tempted.
Why do you want to achieve this goal, what meaning does it have for you?
To avoid feeling overwhelmed, set an attainable goal. When it comes to weight, I prefer to focus on only 5 lbs at time. When that first milestone is completed, celebrate your success and then set your next goal.
What’s the very first step that you want to take?
Get in the Flow
There are gonna be ebbs and flows that you you can either go with or against. Prepare as much as you can for them, but acknowledge that there will be some setbacks and you can pick yourself back up and start again. I subscribe to the philosophy that sometimes you need a break-that ok-take time to rest, but don’t give up. Give yourself a little self care, self compassion, a pep talk from your coach and you should be good to go! 😉
What is your plan when you face a barrier?
Living a healthy lifestyle is a lifelong journey, so take the scenic route and enjoy. xo