I Can’t Wait to Get My Body Back!
Having a baby does serious damage to our bodies. How to get fit after having a baby becomes a daily question.
Getting fit is not only important for aesthetic reasons but getting into shape will also maximize our body’s functionality… which might now be a bit different than it used to be.
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To do this, I came up with a mind-body plan.
During pregnancy our bones and organs shift, our muscles stretch and separate, and fat easily piles on… in the worst possible places (if not everywhere!). It’s only natural that we feel self-conscious about our bodies after giving birth.
I personally still have a lot of difficulty accepting the way my body looks and feels right now. My body felt a little foreign to me for many months after having my baby. Now, even though my husband keeps telling me I look great, I can’t look away from all the bulging and sagging going on; looking in the mirror is so discouraging.
I still can’t fit into my pre-baby clothes, even at nearly 11 months postpartum!!
Unlike what we are constantly told, breastfeeding does not make you lose weight. On the contrary, for the vast majority of women (unless you are one of the lucky ones), it is an open invitation for the body to store fat like never before. And that is what it did for me.
Regardless, I have to keep reminding myself of the miracle that my body produced; it’s hard not to when he smiles so sweetly at me!
I know that I have to take better care of myself. I need to make and take the time for mama, whatever it takes.
Let’s do what’s necessary to get back on track and feel better!
Here are the steps I planned for myself in order to get fit after having a baby:
I started this journey over 2 weeks ago, and I am feeling really good about it.
Step 1: Changing my way of thinking.
I believe that if I really want to change my body, I need to change my mind first.
My husband never fails to tell me how beautiful he finds me. What I have to do now, is to start believing it myself. I am and have always been extremely hard on myself. That needs to change.
I was reminded the other day of a life-changing book I had read a couple of years ago, Self-talk For a Calmer You. It talks about the way we speak to ourselves, what we say to and about ourselves in our minds.
It is high time that I re-assess what I think to myself about me. I won’t even try to hide the fact that it’s mostly negative, but I’m working on it!
Step one is all about thinking positively and using positive self-talk.
Step 2: Tweaking my diet… again.
I thought that I ate really healthy. After a careful review, surprise!! I’m not as healthy as I thought.
While I generally don’t eat processed foods, sugar/sugar substitutes, and very little wheat, I had been slipping a bit in recent weeks.
We realized that we started getting take-out more often, and we knew immediately that we needed to cut it out. It’s not nutritious, we don’t know what’s in it, and it’s too darned expensive!
I have also decided to do away with filler foods, at least for a while. My main focus is to add a variety of veggies next to the meat in our main meals, instead of potatoes, rice, pasta, etc.
If I’m hungry in between meals, I’ll have fruit or make myself a salad. The trick is to not let myself get too hungry, so I don’t eat a bigger portion than my body actually needs at the next meal.
This is something else that I noticed: we have been eating way too much, and we need to get back to our regular portion sizes. Even healthy food, in too large portions, is not ideal!
I have also decided to do away with any non-homemade sweets for now, including my beloved hedgehogs, in the hopes of detoxing my body just a bit.
And, last but not least, I need to drink more water! Why is it so hard to remember to do that?!
Step 3: Exercise… bet you didn’t see that one coming!!
I was able to get away pre-pregnancy without really working out. I was naturally slim and fit through my diet and a busy teaching job.
My post-baby body, however, is not shaping up on its own. To see even smidges of improvement, I have to work pretty hard.
I found a really great work-out program that was designed specifically for women to get fit after having a baby. I so strongly believe in it, that I decided to become an affiliate! This program is called the MuTu System.
It’s a 12-week video-assisted online program that promises to help us build our strength and to tone our ‘mummy tummies’. It is fully online, and we can take it at our own pace. You can buy the first 2 weeks or the full program. I opted for the full thing. It’s a lifetime subscription, and that really sold me.
The first 2 weeks focus entirely on rebuilding the core. The core videos are just under 12 minutes long. The following 10 weeks continue to focus on strengthening the core, but also include intensive workouts for fat loss.
I have done the first 2 weeks twice. The first time was when I was just around 2 months post-partum, after having severe SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction — the overstretching of the central pelvic ligament) and being unable to walk at all for the first 2 months after giving birth.
Doing the core strengthening exercises alongside another set of exercises prescribed by my physiotherapist, I was able to build myself up and begin walking again. (I will write a full post on this in the near future.)
The second time I started the MuTu System was 2 weeks ago. The program had been revamped in the meantime, and in my opinion, it’s even more awesome now!
I just did the 2 weeks of core training, but I can definitely see and feel the changes! My belly already started shrinking! FINALLY!!
Read more about Why I Love MuTu.
It’s coming along!
It has been just over 2 weeks since I started implementing all of these changes, but I’m already starting to feel better.
I’m eating better food, and in more reasonable portions. I also started exercising, and there’s no better motivator than actually seeing some results!
I’m still working on the positive thinking. I can say that just knowing that I made positive changes makes me feel hopeful that I will succeed in finding myself again when I’ll finally get fit after having a baby.
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Can’t wait to get fit after having happy baby,