DING DING, YOUR 6 WEEKS ARE UP & YOU GOT THE GREEN LIGHT FROM YOUR DOCTOR! BUT…..WHERE DO I EVEN START?
The feeling you get right after your doctor gives you the go after 6 weeks. I know what you’re thinking, “how am I going to find the time? I’m so tired, I have a new baby to take care of..” I totally get it because I was there too. I’ve been into fitness well before I had Oaks, but I still felt like this after I had him. I can only imagine how those feel who I haven’t really worked out, but want to now that they want to lose their baby weight. I got into this today a little over on my IG page @lovebylynnfitness, but it inspired me to write a whole post on it and go into more detail. Here are a few things to help motivate you to get started. I’ll break it down one by one and hopefully you can walk away feeling like you can do it!
- WRITE DOWN BIGGER GOALS. Example, 1. want more energy, 2. want to lose 20lbs, 3. want to tone up. These are common goals we all have after giving birth and those 6 weeks are up. We want to shed those lbs fast, but we feel overwhelmed and feel like this is such a long road ahead, that we start to OVERTHINK. Do me a favor, don’t over think.
- WRITE DOWN SMALLER GOALS. write down goals on how you’re going to get to your bigger goals. For example… 1. find a 30-1 hr out of my day to work out. 2. write down what muscle groups I’m going to focus on each day. 3. Make sure I fit in me time, so that I can be the best mom I can be. When you break down your goals into doing it day by day, that will lead you towards the bigger end goal. Chipping away piece by piece and being consistent ends up with a huge reward.
- DON’T OVERTHINK. Now that you’ve written down your goals. Focus on them. Where focus goes, energy flows. Don’t overthink it. What do I mean by that? Don’t sit and think about exercising all the time or thinking “oh, I don’t know where to even start so I’m just not going to do it.” Once you start moving, you just keep going and it’ll give you that momentum.
- JUST MOVE. My lovely mommas, don’t overcomplicate it. You don’t need to do anything fancy. What matters is that you’re moving everyday. Even if that means moving for 10 minutes a day, it’s something! Go for a walk with your little one, do 50 squats in your living room. The most important thing is that you’re moving and working towards your bigger goal! Getting the momentum going everyday, will build up overtime. I promise you. You don’t need to join a crossfit gym to see your goals. Take it slow and really listen to your body.
- DON’T COMPARE. Oh my goodness this one is so important you guys. Please don’t don’t do this. Everyone is on their own path and their own journey. No one is perfect, and if you think that please don’t. So what if Sally lost all her baby weight in one month. Maybe she’s got good genetics in the skinny department. Just think, “good for her”. Be happy for them and enjoy your journey. We’re all unique in our own way and have our own struggles we deal with. We all bloom in our own way. We’re all beautiful in our own way.
- TAKE YOUR FREAKING TIME. I say this because for some reason I felt I had to lose my weight in one month, I thought I had it in the damn bag. ME BEFORE BIRTH: “oh I’ll lose it in one month”. Also ME AFTER 1 MONTH IN: “shit, I’ve got a long way to go, and this is harder than I thought”. Don’t worry about the weight!! I’m screaming this to myself actually. The next time around I’ll be more loving and patient with myself. BUT PLEASE. Be patient with yourself and love yourself in all stages. You just pushed out a giant baby out of a tiny hole. Your body is going through so much right now. There is no rush. It took me 1 full year to get back and feel myself again. Next time around, I’m going to be more patient. It’s not a race. Be kind to yourself!
- ENJOY YOUR BABY. Enjoy that fresh newborn. It passes so quickly. As hard as it is to not want to hurry to the gym every day, just know that the newborn phase will be gone so fast, and losing weight and getting your body back will always be there. It’s always available to you. You can’t take those moments back with your new baby, but you can wait and be patient when it comes to getting yourself back. I’m not saying don’t take care of yourself, please oh please take care of yourself. I’m just saying that don’t feel rushed and don’t worry about it so much. That worry and stress will take away those moments with your new one.
BE PATIENT AND LOVE YOURSELF IN ALL STAGES.
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BTW: with all of this said I wanted to point out something. PPD is real. It’s hard going through all of those times, but boy are they worth every moment. If you ever feel like you need someone to talk to about those hard times after giving birth, I’m always here! please open up to your close family and friends if you’re feeling depressed, alone or anxious. You’re not alone, 80% of women have ppd. So please talk, it helps!
Have a good day!