What’s up with me? My body? My health? It has been a while since I posted about getting back in shape after giving birth to my beautiful angel Lilly Feather. Well, it was really a struggle at first. Having gained so much weight during my pregnancy and adjusting to my new schedule as a full-time mom, my mind wasn’t bent on exercising. I had this thought however, that keeping in shape is one of the ways I can dutifully carry out every task set before me. I can’t serve well my husband and baby when my health is ill-kept.
At the onset, it was difficult to go on a diet (food intake restraint) since I was breastfeeding my baby. I had confided to my OB that I desire to have two babies more, but at the same time, gain my pre-pregnancy frame. But how??? It seemed so impossible then. My OB gave me a very sound advice, and I would like to share it to all of you mommas out there. She told me to get back to my body weight/measurements as soon as I can, (It meant then, that I need to really force myself to go back to exercising) then get pregnant again. That way, I wont be having a hard time getting back in shape after giving birth. So, I took her advice.
One of the perks in having a normal baby delivery is that you are allowed to work out on the 3rd month after giving birth. I started brisk walking for the first few days just to warm up my muscles and prepare my body to exercise again. We all know that the woman’s body goes through a lot before and after giving birth, so we really need to take necessary precautions prior to engaging it in strenuous activities like exercising. Going back in shape is not that easy too. Mental and physical discipline is a must.
Now, I want to share some tips on how to get back in shape. Not a pro here, just trying to help out.
Here are some tips that worked for me. Yours could be different, but if you think this works for you, you’re free to do likewise 😊
👌🏻 Research. Do some research about working out. Find out what kind of exercise suits you. If you are a homemaker/housewife, breastfeeding momma, momma with a tight budget, work at home momma, try exercise routines that won’t require you to go out. Download apps or video workouts that may help you get started. But please, mind your safety. Wear proper gears even if you are at home. Always be careful and listen to instructions to avoid getting hurt and injured. For mommas with budget and who have the time, go to the gym and maybe hire a personal instructor if you like. Again, it really depends on your preferences.
👍🏻 Don’t be in a hurry to get back in shape. Try to enjoy and have fun as much as you can while working out. Remember our body went through a lot! Not everyone can do what we did. Pacing and patience is the key.
Don’t overdo it. If you’re not feeling well, then you rest. Our body needs to rest too.
Eat healthy food only.
👏🏼 Try to avoid sweets, fried, oily, and junk foods. Yes, it’s really hard, but remember why we need to do this. We need to take care of our bodies, so we can take care of our family.
😘 Music is my best friend when working out. You can play music to keep your attention on what you’re doing or sometimes just to boost your energy.
☺️ Find a workout partner if you can. In my case, my husband is my workout partner, but if he has work, then I work out alone. Try talking to God while working out. Sounds silly, but it works for me.
😅 Set a time and commit. You have to schedule a time for working out. The moment you feel lazy is the best time to push yourself to workout. I tell you, it’s the best thing you’ll ever feel!😊
These super short videos below are some of my workout routines that I would often do 5-6x a week. Don’t forget to have a rest day too!❤ Pardon my outfit. 😬😬😬 Thanks to my dear husband for the video.
Nowadays, people usually come to me and ask how I lost all the weight. I tried sharing to them all that I think helped me along the way. Really flattered whenever people ask me. To God be the glory! ❤ But hey, at the end of the day, women come in all shapes and sizes. All unique and beautiful on their own special way. Toned or curvy? It doesn’t matter. What’s important is you stay healthy and a good steward of the gift that God has given you, your body. Enjoy every moment! 😊