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Fitting in Fitness: 10 Easy Ways to Squeeze Personal Fitness into your Busy Schedule

We all wanna stay healthy so we can look and feel our best. But when the heck are we supposed to find the time to hit the gym?

Here’s 10 super easy ways to put a little extra “oopmh” in your fitness routine doing everyday activities we might not even think about during our day.

1. Take the Stairs! I know, sounds silly…. but seriously, how many times a day do you take the elevator when you’re going to work or even just at the mall running errands? Any chance you get, use the stairs if you can to get in those extra steps each day. It all adds up! If you really wanna keep track, get a FitBit or download a walking tracker app like Map My Walk or Moves so you can see how many steps you walk each day. The answer might surprise you!

2. Get Outside! Your kids love attention and love to play with you. Next time instead of watching a movie or playing a board game, get the kids and go outside! Ride your bikes together, play hopscotch or jump rope together, or even just get out and play a silly game of mommy and me soccer. You’re a young mom, so it’s super awesome that you have the energy to try and keep up with your little one. Take advantage of that! (Trust me, your kids AND your body will thank for this one.)

3. Use Your TV Time! Yeah, it’s recommended not to let your kids watch too much TV. I’m usually pretty good about that rule, but I can admit that there are some days where Doc McStuffins is my mother’s helper so I can get stuff done or even just take a breather. Use this downtime where the kids are singing along with the TV to get in some simple exercise! Take a few minutes to do some wall squats or even just some stretching.

4. Load It Up! The endless piles of laundry… a mother’s work is never done. But why not use this uber-awful chore to lose weight? If you stand with the dirty laundry to your side and get back from the washer about 10 feet, you can turn at the hips every time you throw laundry in. Try doing this with the wet clothes from the washer to the dryer… those things get heavy!

5. Work It! So some of these are great if you’re a SAHM, but what if you’re stuck at work all day at a desk job? Walk around the office as much as possible! Even just every hour to make your rounds to get some steps in. Stuck at your desk and can’t really move freely? Butt squeezes! Hey, stop giggling so I can explain… LOL. Even if you sit all day, clench your butt muscles for 5 seconds and then relax. I know that sounds silly, but if you do this for even just 2 minute increments regularly, you’ll see a difference! (I might even be doing them right now as I write this blog.)

6. Joggers Unite! Got a little one that loves to go on walks in the stroller? Make an investment in a jogging stroller. It’s a great way for you and the itty-bitty one to get some sunshine and for mom to get her butt in gear! Added bonus to this one: a lot of the time, the kids will fall asleep by the end so you just solved naptime too. High-five! 🙂

7. Just Dance! I am not big on letting my older kids play video games. However, there is one exception to the rule and ok, I’ll admit, it’s partly for selfish reasons. I LOVE to play “Just Dance” with my kids on Wii or XBox Kinect. We have so much fun girly bonding time and get to be totally goofy and carefree, but what the girls don’t know is that I’m sweating my butt off and burning calories at the same time! If you haven’t tried this yet, I have to say you should totally try it out. (On a side note, I’m terrible at real dancing. Oh, and my favorite song to “Just Dance” to is “Apache (Jump On It)” by the Sugarhill Gang. Don’t judge me!)

8. Use Your Kids! That sounded weird, I think. Let’s try that again… you don’t need fancy gym equipment to work out. Kick it back old school and have your kids participate! Have your toddler sit on your feet while you do sit-ups. Do lunges when you’re feeding your baby in the high-chair. Find fun ways to incorporate working out that your kids can be a part of too so workout time isn’t interrupted and neither is your life!

9. Just Keep Swimming! I’ve got to mention this one because my kids are like fish. They can’t get out of the pool all summer. If you don’t have a private pool, find a friend or family member with a community pool in their complex or even a public pool at a YMCA or a high school. Heck, if you can’t find one you like, take a drive down to the beach if you’ve got one nearby.

10. Keep Eating! WAIT! I don’t mean sit there with a tub of ice cream and a box of Ho-Ho’s. But it IS super important to keep eating small, healthy snacks throughout the day. Make sure you eat breakfast to kick start your day (and your metabolism). The rest of the day, don’t forget to eat! It’s so easy to skip a meal or go hours without eating as a young mom because we have a million other things to do, but it’s so important to keep your energy levels high!

There you have it! See, that wasn’t so hard was it? You don’t have to neglect your wellness or your body just because you’re busy! Take care of you so you can take care of your babies!

Do you have other tips and tricks that you use to stay healthy and fit? Comment below to share your ideas with other hot young mamas!

How to LOVE the way you Look

You know those days when you’re shopping for new clothes for yourself and you start to get super depressed?

All you want is a new pair of jeans or shorts and you start getting more and more frustrated because everything that you’re trying on is pushing into your love handles, creating a perfect muffin top.. So instead of just going into a larger size, you get pissed off at yourself, storm out of the dressing room, leave the store immediately feeling completely defeated, and then sit in your car and just cry?

If you’re one of those lucky bitches with superstar metabolisms that gain 20 lbs during their pregnancy (all in their belly) and then are back in their old clothes a month after having the baby, without dieting or working out at all- then you probably have no idea what I’m talking about- and I’m quite jealous.

BUT If you’re like most moms who have struggled with losing post pregnancy weight, then you’ve probably had some freak-out-after-shopping experiences, too.

I’ve definitely had my fair share of freak-outs.

Every time I’d get angry at the world and feel sorry for myself.

But then I’d look at my lifestyle choices like what I had been eating recently and my workout routine (or lack thereof), and then it was hard for me to feel sorry for myself because I knew that it was my own damn fault.

It took me months to finally get into a healthy routine of eating right and exercising to get to a point where I was happy with my appearance.

I’m not the best cook, though, and I didn’t really know what to do to drop weight fast, so I went through a lot of trial and error. (Many less-than-scrumptious recipes and wasting a lot of money on gym memberships and workout equipment that I never used.)

It would have been way easier if I had found a program that was designed to drop weight fast that just told me exactly what to eat and how to cook it and what exercises I could do (from home).

So after talking to Lacricia, our awesome fitness chick, and discussing how many moms go through depression and shopping freak-outs (A LOT!), we decided to create the program we wish that we had after childbirth.

We wanted to make it really easy to follow, fast easy and most importantly, EFFECTIVE.

So Lacricia went to work and created an entire program designed for new moms with extra weight to lose 6 pounds in 6 days- without starving themselves and while working out at home.

Sounds awesome, right? You know what’s even more awesome? It’s Free.

Seriously. There’s an entire low-cost grocery list with everything you need for 6 days of easy meals, a recipe guide that’s a breeze to follow, a workout guide that explains and shows you exactly what to do every day and at what times, and a calendar personalized for you that’s designed to hold you accountable and help you stay on track.

There’s also a private group just for the moms going through the program, to help support each other.

If it’s just been impossible for you to drop your baby weight, if you’re like me and not a very good or creative cook, if you don’t have time or money for a gym membership- I think you would really like this free 6 day program.

Here are more details and directions to sign up.

fast weight loss for new moms

I wish you tons of luck on your weight loss journey.

I know how much it sucks to not be able to button your jeans without your fat hanging over and not wanting to give in and go up a size. It’s seriously really depressing.

Yes, having a baby is a huge blessing and it’s worth the toll it takes on your body.

But that doesn’t mean you have to give in and give up. You deserve whatever body you want. YOU DESERVE TO FEEL BEAUTIFUL.

The more beautiful you feel, the more confidence you have. The more confidence you have, the more opportunities you go after. The more opportunities you go after, the better your life becomes.

Go get it, girl. We have your back. <3

Exactly how to get Back in Shape after Pregnancy

Ready to break out of your comfort zone, blast fat and get back in shape after pregnancy?

Your baby is sweet, your home is warm with family love, but you feel you have been stuck in “survival mode” and you are ready to stop feeling big, right?

I know how that feels, I have done it, three times. We all struggle to get back in shape after pregnancy, but if you know what you want, you can make it happen!

In my last blog post, we discussed how you can slowly take steps to a more slender you, after childbirth. The baby has gotten bigger and you are probably getting more sleep. You may have started back to work and are busy as ever. Well, kick the excuses to the curb and be happy with your decision to get fit!

If you have made some small changes to your lifestyle habits, I bet you are ready to get going to really re-shape your body!

This is where your mindset plays the biggest part. Remember that “Why” we were talking about? I hope, by now, that you have it written out on a huge, bright poster board to remember daily. You will achieve your fitness goals with a great plan to follow.

First of all, the “magic” really happens in the kitchen. We talked a little about healthy choices in part 1 of this 2 part blog post and now I am going to explain to you what kind of diet you should be consuming daily. Remember that portion size plays a big part and that you should focus on being healthier, not “skinnier.” I want you to be sure that you eat at least three times a day with snacks in between meals.

back-in-shape-after-pregnancyDon’t over-indulge in your temptations, but don’t deny yourself, either. If you are taking the advice I gave you previously, you are not eating packaged, fake, foods. Just make sure you are not emotional eating either. Then, there will be room for your sweet tooth like a piece of dark chocolate once a week. Turn all your ambition into this action plan!

Keep it simple and don’t let your family’s eating habits deter you from your new meal plan. With each day, make sure you drink lots of water.

Keeping a diet consisting of mainly fruits and vegetables has huge health benefits, essential vitamins and can protect against disease. Depending on how busy you are, you may need a quick breakfast, but make sure you don’t skip it because this can help you feel fuel and give you energy through the day.

Here’s EXACTLY what to eat to get back in shape after pregnancy:

Morning: Eat a wholesome breakfast like wheat toast with eggs or a protein shake with fruit. Cereal or oatmeal are great options. You could even try a fruit salad to wake you up. The key is knowing what you like and there are many healthy options to choose from.

Mid-morning: Have a healthy snack like, nuts, apple, banana, grapefruit, or celery and peanut butter. Granola, or salt free pretzels can tide you over. Even a small salad with veggies like broccoli can give you the fiber you need.

Lunch: Have wheat bread or tortilla and lean meat with lots of broccoli, carrots, and other tasty vegetables. Salads with grilled chicken are perfect for filling you up so you can get back to work. Here are some fabulous ideas for lunch, enjoy.

Late afternoon snack: Make sure you have snacks to keep your energy level up, because if you don’t, you are likely to overeat later. For a late afternoon snack you could have a piece of fruit or nuts.

Dinner: To lose weight/stay fit you are going to want to eat things that are good for you. Try not to eat fast, junk meals. (If you have to have pizza, which I LOVE, make sure you only do this once a week and watch your portion) So for dinner, try these healthy chicken dinners. Fish is also a great protein to build a meal around and make sure your plate is mostly veggies and only a little starch like brown rice or Quinoa.

After dinner snack: Fruit salad with plain nonfat yogurt is an awesome option.

Keeping a food diary is a great way to keep up with how many calories you are consuming, but more importantly, its a great way to make sure you are getting the proper amount of nutrients per day.

A good way of knowing is this: You should be consuming 4 servings of whole grain, 2 servings of nuts (about ½ cup of nuts or seeds, unsalted), 2 to 3 oz. of meats and fish, 2-4 servings daily of fruit, 5 or more servings of vegetables, with at least one serving of vitamin C. Omega 3’s are very important as are healthy fats. Dairy is good for your bone strength, 2 to 4 servings could be very helpful to your health. A recommended amount of dietary fiber that you get from vegetables, grain, meats and fruit should be around 20 to 35 g.

When it comes to healthy diet decisions, substitution is key. Eat fruits and vegetables instead of some other higher-calorie foods.

Now that you have started a grocery list for your week, lets take a look at what kind of exercise can really kick your metabolism up and get you burning that baby fat off for good.

I recommend that you do at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise twice a week.

Here is a great article about cardio/aerobic exercise.

Tip: this could be anything that gets your heart pumping: jump-rope, running, bicycle, sports or even running around the yard with your kids.

We all should be doing these great basic exercises at least twice a week in a 15 min circuit like push-ups, sit-ups, lunges, jumping jacks and squats.

The most important thing about getting back in shape after pregnancy is to remember that your body is amazing and its now your time to reclaim it as your own.

how to get back in shape after a baby picWe are all different in body type and what works for our daily diet.

Choose things that you like for healthy eating and exercise that you know will get you the results you want.

Take little steps every day in the right direction.

Simple changes to your diet and increasing your workouts by time or difficulty every week can make a big difference.

Print-outs are a big help when it comes to meal planning and scheduling. You will find what suits you best for your personal envisioned healthy lifestyle.

You owe it to yourself and your family to be healthy.

You are capable of more than you think!

I am so excited for you to get in the shape you always wanted! If this article helped you to determine a fitness plan, please share with your friends.

Leave me a comment below to tell me your thoughts and concerns about your plans.

About the Author: Lacricia Sanders is a 27 years old young mom of Jaylynn (12), Leah (7) and Lilyanna (4). She has been happily married to Jason for 12 ½ years. She loves to be with her family, help with local charity events, and enjoying social interaction.

She is a budding entrepreneur with health, fitness and anything else that catches her fancy. When she isn’t enjoying time with her family, she can be found working out, shopping, singing or helping people with fitness.

Read more about Lacricia and get more health and fitness tips here.

Exactly how to get Back in Shape after Pregnancy

 

 

5 Tips to make Losing Weight after Giving Birth Super Easy

So, you want your pre-baby body back and to fit into your clothes again but you’re having trouble losing weight after giving birth?

I know the feeling.

When you have a new baby you feel as though you can only spend quality time on them.

There just isn’t enough time in the day,” I have heard myself say so many times. Especially when you feel so tired, you feel as though you will never slim back down. We, as women know how it can make you feel so stuck and unable to improve your image. It’s no fun being in that place of dissatisfaction in ourselves. You may be having a hard time knowing who this person is that you are looking at in the mirror.

losing weight after giving birthDon’t make the mistake that most of us make, consider yourself  “too mommy” to be physically fit. Never give up on improving because mothers can be hot too!

And successful..

..and just as totally awesome as anyone else.

We women are diverse. This may be hard to believe right now, because of your dirty hair, spit up stained lounge wear and no makeup, but you can be glamourous! This is all about your mindset and seeing yourself how you want to be. The can do, positive attitude is what will make your goals a reality.

Taking care of a new baby is one of the most rewarding, but challenging, life-changing experiences that you will ever face.  At the beginning, you should take your time and connect with your newborn. Exercising with your newborn can help with postpartum depression. Be sure to wait at least six weeks after delivery and talk to your doctor before beginning your workout regimen.

There is a way to reshape your figure. With a few small steps each day, you can slowly regain your body strength and fitness. You can do it! If you have the desire, I will show you why it’s not so hard losing weight after giving birth. We will take it one step at a time. Now is the time to focus on your plan of action.

Your well-being is just as important as your baby’s. I know it seems as though there is absolutely no time for you, but you will start losing waist inches with these tips for losing weight after giving birth.

Make sure you know your “Why” for getting healthy. That’s what you should focus on. These reasons could include: having more energy, being more calm, a good example for your children and getting the confidence you deserve.

Hang this “Why” on a wall or somewhere you will see it everyday!

The 5 tips to losing weight after giving birth are….

1. Take 15 minutes for yourself each day, preferably in the morning, to stretch and relax, yoga is a way to do just that.
Tip: Try green tea to soothe and use an obtainable goal and plan to get fit slowly.
2. Drink lots of water

Tip: about 8(8oz.)  glasses or more a day

3. Eat healthy meals throughout the day as well as snacks.

Tip: stock your fridge with easy to grab items, Nutrition goes a long way.Cut out sugar and processed foods. This is anything packaged and soda drinks. Try fruit instead of sweets. Eat veggies with low-fat dressing instead of chips.

4. Get moving! Take baby for a walk, climb stairs, do 10-15 minute workouts at a time, because with your new baby that’s all you will have time for. It will work and you can gradually add more.

Tip: use household items to do your own workouts at home.

5. Get enough sleep!

Tip: you may need help to make this happen. Ask a friend or loved one to watch your baby so you can get rest. Hopefully, the child can be put on some sort of schedule. Try sleeping when baby is.

Stick to your plan, write a schedule, pin notes and don’t give up!

I have personally had to schedule my phone to tell me to wake up and do my workout! If you have to change your schedule to fit the kids, that’s ok. Just make sure you follow this through and get help with the baby. In fact, you can include your little one and she/he will be grateful that you did because you will be a happy, fit, more serene mom!

Baby benefits from exercise time, too.

Imagine the bond baby is developing with mom through interaction,” Maltbie says in this BabyZone article. “You are building confidence, self-awareness, human connection, love. Babies need these intimate interactions to adjust, to develop and grow. Also, the activities are exercise for Baby too, so he/she is developing cognitive and physical abilities.Click to Tweet this wisdom out!

Also, don’t forget that breastfeeding can also help you get back in shape!  Don’t go on a reduced calorie diet, this will hurt the nutrients in your supply.

Be sure to tell yourself everyday that you will achieve your goals. Surround yourself with positive people and recite daily affirmations.

You are a work in progress, but love yourself along the way. Treat yourself when possible, like mani/pedi or shopping. Just remember that weight loss doesn’t take tons of money or lots of skill, just commitment and it takes time. Be confident in yourself and love your body! Confidence is sexy and you will get addicted to improving that sexiness. Soon, this will all be habit and you will have formed long-lasting lifestyle changes.

Start today by writing your schedule and lists. To find out more details how to make your goals a reality, follow this series and fill in your email address to get updated when new material is added.

I hope this article about losing weight after giving birth was beneficial to you and would like for you to share what struggles you faced, in the comments below.

Share with your friends who can relate!

Coming soon: Part 2: Taking mom fitness to the next level.

About the Author: Lacricia Sanders is a 27 years old young mom of Jaylynn (12), Leah (7) and Lilyanna (4). She has been happily married to Jason for 12 ½ years. She loves to be with her family, help with local charity events, and enjoying social interaction.

She is a budding entrepreneur with health, fitness and anything else that catches her fancy. When she isn’t enjoying time with her family, she can be found working out, shopping, singing or helping people with fitness.

Read more about Lacricia and get more health and fitness tips here.

5 Tips to make Losing Weight after Giving Birth Super Easy