I had this crazy “aha moment” the other day that I really need to share with you related to our conversation about getting stuck in the “I’ll start tomorrow” or “I’ll start next week” cycle. You stay stuck because you don’t value the promises you make to yourself.
We know as moms we are all pretty much exhausted all the time. There are certainly things we can do to gain a little bit of that energy back...but before we can even take the necessary steps to do that we need to address a major challenge as it relates to our exhaustion.
Exhausted moms cannot rely on willpower!
You are here because you have health and fitness goals, you want to get control over you body, you want to feel stronger and more confident in your skin, you want more energy, and you want to stop merely surviving mom life and live it!
You can have the best intentions, a perfect nutrition program, some kick ass workouts planned...but the bottom line is when you are tired your willpower is depleted.
When you are exhausted, your willpower cannot be relied on, it cannot be trusted.
Mom Posture: You know those rounded shoulders, that forward head position and an anterior pelvic tilt (belly hanging out and arch in your back). It results from the increased weight of the belly and breasts during pregnancy and then carrying the baby, nursing, changing, all in that hunched position, post-partum.
On top of the aesthetic downside of this posture (namely the pooch and hunchback), these distortions can cause neck pain, headaches, lower back pain, knee pain and the list goes on and on…
The thing is, it is more than just standing up straighter and fixing your posture in the moment, this posture is a result results from months to years or repeated motions. Over time, a the muscles around your shoulder and hips get all out of balance: the chest muscles and hip flexors tighten while the upper back and core muscles become weak.
The good news is targeted stretching and strengthening routines can have you looking better and feeling better in no time. Improved posture goes a long way, you can see results relatively quickly and can give you the confidence you need to push forward with a more intense fitness plan.
Not all that long ago was stuck in a loop. I was constantly saying "tomorrow will be different" "next week will be different" and sometimes it even went into "next month will be different" or "after the new year will be different.”
I would make this plans, these grand plans go the gym X amount of times each week and make all of these healthy recipes that I was finding on Pinterest. What happened was, just after a few days, Monday or Tuesday I would get overwhelmed and I would give up. Time would go by and I would continue the same cycle.
It was so defeating and ultimately I realized I was self sabotaging
"Ah, the postpartum mommy tummy. We all get it! As weeks go by and we are cleared for exercise, for many of us, our first thought is to get rid of it! So naturally we start doing crunches right? Wrong!
Endless crunches are not going to flatten your mommy tummy AND they could be making it worse. Keep reading to learn what the mommy tummy REALLY is and how you can go about fixing it."
Continue Reading my article on 5MinutesforMom.com.
In the Strong Mom Tribe, we’ve been having a conversation recently about why we moms are so damn tired all the time. You want to start planning healthy balanced meals, but you’re too damn tired. You want to start that new workout program, but you are just to damn tired. You want to (_insert pretty much anything here_), but you are to damn tired! Right?
The first thing we talked about was all the mental junk. All the, sometimes trivial, little daily decisions we make add up to shear exhaustion and depleted willpower by the end of the day (it’s a real thing called Decision Making Fatigue).
The best advice I have for this is to put your priorities first.
Align your decisions and your actions with your priorities.
Ok, yes, makes sense, but what to does that mean?
Get control over your snacks! Learn two tips you can put into action today to keep your portions in control and put an end to that mindless snacking (sometimes off your kids plate).
Struggling to keep it together between meals is incredibly common even once you’ve mastered healthy balanced breakfast, lunch and dinner.
As moms, we are busy, tired, on the go and often thinking about everyone but ourselves. Even when everything else seems out of control, you can take control over your snacking (and gain a little confidence along the way) by applying two simple tricks.
Mastering snack time really boils down to two things.
Right here, right now we are going to put an end to the idea that when you're a mom and you’re trying to get fit and healthy you have to start making separate meals for you and the rest of your family. Talk about wasting time and energy!
The truth is, and I’m sure you know this, everyone in your family will benefit from healthy balanced meals… but that’s really not even the point I’m trying to make.
As a mom, when you are busy with everything else, the last thing you need is to add one more thing to your day.
Moms! We need simple! Making two different dinners is definitely not that!
The number one question, hope, wish, desire of most moms I know is to flatten that mommy tummy. The mommy tummy problem really needs to be attacked from two ends: fat loss and core strengthening. Depending on your body one or the other (or both will be more significant).
Keep reading for the most effective methods for fat loss and core strengthening AND one simple thing you can start doing NOW that will add no more time to your day.
It’s OK to give yourself some slack this time of year!
*You can watch this post here*
This is the season of busy: parties, kids concerts, gatherings with family and friends, last minute shopping, going to the post office (three times in one day because somebody had to go potty in the middle of it all #notme)
It’s supposed to be a magical happy time, but ends up being the most stressful time.
Don’t forget to give yourself a little slack. You don’t have to be have the most perfectly decorated home, you don’t need to go to all the parties, you don’t need to do anything that doesn’t bring you and your family joy.
Give yourself some slack when it comes to your health and fitness goals as well!
Raise your hand if this sounds familiar….
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