I think exercise is definitely one of those most non-urgent, but important things in life. I’d love to take a moment here and share some strategies I’ve used to make time for it. So here’s to day 18 of no more procrastinating (the important, non-urgent things in life). Click HERE for the beginning.
I gained 40lbs during my pregnancy, and have officially lost all of it, and some, after only about 5 months. Here are my top 5 strategies to losing the weight and making time for working out. To be honest, I was one of those all-baby-basketball pregnancies, but I still needed a lot of toning up post-pregnancy, and still had some love handles, and a pooch I wanted to get rid of.
1. Start small. For the first 6 weeks I only worked out for 15 minutes a day, and did light walking every other day. It pretty much allowed me to get into the rhythm of exercising even when I didn’t always feel like it.
2. Find a workout program that fits your lifestyle, and where you are in life. I needed one for the post-pregnancy body, because there is a certain way you should build back your core post-pregnancy. Sure you can lose the weight using any old program, but if it’s not designed to really strengthen your belly from the inside out, you might not be getting what you need, or the flat stomach you want. There is a proper way to approach it. Lindsay Brin’s products worked amazingly well for me! I’ve never had as flat of a stomach as I have now, and haven’t been as thin as am since high school. Here are the products I used:
3. Find something you love, and incorporate it in your program. I love to run, and walk, so I rely on those two things in my cardio workouts. I’m currently undergoing a 5k training plan. It gives me time to exercise, and I love doing it!
4. Make it a priority. To really get into the habit, I really needed to let everything go (more or less), at least initially, until I got into the habit of it. To me this meant easy meals, like rotisserie chicken, and sandwiches for dinner. It also meant closing my eyes to floors that needed vacuuming, and clutter that needed decluttering. Once I got into the habit of working out, I found it much easier to then bring in some housecleaning again, and nice meals. It’s a juggling process; once you can handle two things, three things can be easier to juggle. Plus, if you make sure it’s one of the top things you get done every day, chances are you’ll get it done.
5. Don’t be a perfectionist about it. I never expect to follow my plan perfectly, nor do I give up or beat myself up if I miss a day. I love Lindsay Brin’s program, because she allows for one express workout a week, where it only takes about 10 minutes. I also don’t expect to have an hour all to myself to workout. When I can, great, but I don’t expect it. If I have to spread my workout throughout the day for 10 minutes at a time then so be it. And if Asher becomes a set of weights, then so be it. Although I try not to incorporate Asher into it more than once a week (not including running…he always comes along for that!).
Do you have a workout plan that worked well for you?