Not the easiest photo to look at. But it’s me. I’m a real person, with a real life, that faces most of the same daily challenges you do. I have 3 darling little punks that will be 3, 2, & 1 in 3 months. I love them, but I do not love what 3 years of pregnancies left my body with.
It’s time to get Momma back into shape, FOR REAL. Piper will be a year old in March, and I REFUSE to still be carrying 3 years of baby weight past her first birthday. Besides, what mom doesn’t want to look fabulous on her child’s first birthday??Â There are A LOT of photos taken that day.
I’m sure I sound absolutely selfish by saying that, but honestly, mom’s are not selfish anywhere in their lives. Our families are our first priority. We stay up late, we get up early, we may even get up all night, we use the extra dollar for the kids activities & clothes, we stretch out hair appointments, manicure? What manicure?? You name it and we do it , or give it up, because our family is our family.
But my Latte Fairy friend often reminds me, “Happy Wife, Happy Life”. Not gonna lie, you know there is truth to that. I for one am not totally happy when I’m juggling half a zillion balls in the air, but when I catch a glimpse of myself (who looks NOTHING like she did 3 years ago), my heart gets a little sadder, and my spirit starts to retreat just a little bit more. And that doesn’t do anything positive for me or my family.
I do not feel good being the person I look like now, when it’s not the person I know I am.
Last Spring I started a post series to get the body back, “BattleÂ of the Belly”. My intentions were good and in the first 2 weeks I had dropped 10 lbs. Both Hubs and I could see the difference. It was working! WhoooHooo!
But then reality set in.Â Although the meals I was preparing were good, they were outside of my trained “know how”, meaning they weren’t as fast & easy for me to put on the table.
The workouts were great! But they involved such coordination to drop off 1 baby, while getting the other 2 in the stroller to take with me (and 1 always wanted to get out when we got there). Then to get everyone home again…..UUUUGHHH the whole process took about 3 hours and WAY more energy than I had. There was nothing left of me to give the kids when we got home. So although the weight was coming off, it was not working for our family and not making me feel any better.
So I stopped.
I still have not gained that weight back, but I have not lost anymore either.
So here I am again. And I’ve had my “Ah ha!” moment.Â For this to work, these things must happen:
- Your family needs to be in the trenches with you. Meaning support you and be on board with the program you decide. In my case, my husband has agreed to stay home until 8:30AM, 3 days a week to give me time to workout and shower. For me to workout any earlier is difficult as at least 1 babe is going to have a tough night and I’m setting myself up for failure to get up at 6AM, if I’ve been up from 3-4:30AM. You may have a totally different situation. Figure out what works for you and devise a plan with your family.
- If a program is going to work for me, it has to work into the life I am living now. Not all workouts programs work for everyone. We need to come up with what works in our lives.Â Is getting to the gym the best forÂ you? Walking on a treadmill at home? Going for a run with the kids? Having a trainer? Going to a class? Be honest with yourself (but don’t confuse this with making excuses) as to what you can really do.
- Make sure there is an end in site. If you told me I could workout and eat right and the weight would be gone by next Christmas, I would laugh. That would be failure for me for sure. But if you tell me to dedicate myself and truly focus and I can lose 30 pounds in 3 months, that’s doable. Heck, that’s 1 trimester from 1 pregnancy!Â If you could wait 12 weeks to tell your friends and family a babe was on the way, then you know this is possible!
- The food doesn’t need to be fancy, it just needs to be easy and good. I’m not a huge salad fan. Wish I was, but I’m not. Don’t get me wrong, I love to eat salads, but they might not be the salads that qualify for losing weight. So a few a week is ok, but everyday for 12 weeks. Well…it would be tough.Â But tell me to eat a turkey sandwich every day with an apple, that I can do. Whatever food I’m going to commit to eating needs to be easy for me to pull together and be yummy enough that I’m not feeling deprived.
- Don’t assume you know best, ask for help. If you have never written HTML code before, would you assume you could sit down tomorrow and do so? Nope. So what makes you think you’ll know how to lose the weight? Talk to friends that have been successful.Â Do a little research. Weight Watchers? Lindora? Flat Belly? Counting Calories? Find something that will help you be successful. If you are like me, you wont stick to it unless you are seeing results, so find something that will work for you.
So what have I decided to do?
I’m going to completely embaress myself for the next 12 weeks. I’ve enlisted the help of the oh so fabulous Erica from Knocked-Up Fitness to GET RID OF THIS EXTRA STUFF!Â She will be devising the workout plans, reviewing the food and offering tips and suggestions for any and all of us to follow.
And I CAN’T WAIT to share it with you all!! Today I’m starting 3 days of Ritual Cleanse…I’ll let you know what I think. Nothing like a jump start to get this party started. It’s coming HIGHLY recommended, and a quick Yelp search shows all high marks as well, so crossing fingers!
Day 1 ~ this is where we are starting ~ no secrets here, and I’ll be posting each week the results and workout plan for the week. So check back Tuesday for this week’s plan