I am not going to lie. Getting back into shape after having a baby was TOUGH.
Staying in shape after having a baby is still TOUGH, and some days harder than others!
Yes, I love to workout.
Yes, it is my job to workout and teach fitness classes.
BUT some days are TOUGH to get motivated, TOUGH to get the baby ready (fed, changed, gotten in proper sleep, and making sure all her needs are met).
MOTIVATION in itself to workout...then ADD A BABY! AHHHHH!
My BIGGEST advice is change your MINDSET.
The thing that has helped me the most and remembering HOW I will FEEL after I am done. That FEELING is why I workout, why I take care of my health, is for the feeling of being FIT.
As everyone knows, everything starts in the mind, and then you choose whether to ACT on it.
TRUST ME I have been there when you have a crying baby, that needs to be fed and has a poopy diaper and you just pulled into the gym parking lot.
The LAST thing you want to do is go in and workout.
Everything in you wants to turn around and just go HOME.
BUT the key is to REMEMBER that FEELING post workout.
YES that is what motivates me and what keeps me going.
Set SMALL monthly goals.
Write down your PROGRESS.
Make changes accordingly.
and lastly PLAN your fitness and health.
PLAN your workouts.
PLAN your meals and snacks.
PLAN meeting up with friends for a walk or to just get out.
This will help you make the HEALTHY changes and soon it WILL become 2nd nature.
YES you will always have days where you DONT want to and NEED that MOTIVATION.
That is where a buddy or an accountability person comes in.
Find one, and you might need one who is MORE motivated than you!
I find it especially tough now that the weather is cold and not as motivating to get outside and move.
INSERT right now.
I am not motivated to venture outside in the cold.
The adding factor is that I have to bring Brooklyn this morning on my run.
Stroller pushing, bundle up the baby, and myself.
Yea I pretty much am not motivated AT ALL to get my butt out the door and in the cold to go running AND push the stroller.
( I even have a friend to meet, and I am still thinking about skipping...)
OK I will stop ranting on and get ready already.
YES I am about to bundle up Brooklyn and Bundle up myself and VENTURE OUT IN THE COLD.
Because I just remembered that FEELING.
The FEELING I will have once I am done with the run.
THAT is what keeps me going.
And because I know EVERYDAY I get moving is another day CLOSER to my goal of being healthier and fitter than the day before!
What keeps you going?
What do you find to be the BIGGEST barrier to reaching your fitness goals?