Fun Ways to Get Back into Shape after Baby

3  Fun Ways to Get your body back One of the things a new mom thinks after baby is arrives is “how am I gonna fit back into my clothes!” There are many things that affect the time and methods needed to get our bodies back like heredity, physical condition before pregnancy, and personal metabolism rate. All that aside (because really, SNOOZE), here are some easy ways ANY mom can use to start weight loss no matter how long ago baby arrived:

Friends. Get another mom friend and set goals together. Even if it’s just going for a walk a couple times a week, you with start to become more active with a little encouragement and accountability.

Snacking. Eating frequent, healthy snacks is crucial for all mothers, whether nursing or not. The body needs fuel to do all the activities associated with caring for baby, and frequent snacking can provide this fuel. The healthier the snacks, of course, the better. But frequency can also be key to boosting a sluggish metabolism and keeping energy levels high. Dancing. Babies love music and gentle movement, and you can dance your way into shape by soothing the new love of your life with dance moves. Choose slow and steady movements, mimicking the tenets of yoga, stretching gently. Any of these fun activities will help you towards your ultimate fitness goals with minimal effort. Once you feel comfortable with these things, you can take it up a notch by starting a workout program, meal planning, and accountability groups  Megean and the boys

 Meagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room. And as of July 6th is the proud mom an brand new baby girl! In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

NEW 3-Day Refresh

 

3 Day Refresh

Has your nutrition been off track lately? Have a big event coming up and need to shed a few pounds quickly? Want to sleep better, feel better, and reboot your body?

Now we have a healthy, safe 3 day cleanse option in Beachbody’s 3-Day Refresh. Yay!! This is for anyone wanting to kick-start clean eating habits for the first time or just wanting to prepare for big event, milestone or trip and look his or her best. The program is also for people seeking to undo the effects of a recent binge.

Who doesn’t want to:

• lose weight quickly,
• feel lighter,
• feel cleaner and healthier,
• improve digestion,
• curb cravings for junk food, or
• improve mental clarity

The New 3-Day Refresh is designed to help your body detox, help you eat less, and not be so hungry – all without the use of artificial ingredients or preservatives. The 3-Day Refresh contains the fiber, nutrition, and omega 3’s necessary to help you reset your body and your eating habits without starving yourself. The best part is that while doing the 3-Day Refresh, you can still work out!

How does it work? Shakeology for breakfast, 1 fiber drink, 6 healthy snacks and one dinner recipe daily. It’s that simple!

 
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Megean and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Getting the Right Nutrition to Support Your Workouts

 

 Getting the Right Nutrition to Support Your Workouts

It’s tempting to think that you should eat less and exercise more when trying to lose weight. This can be a dangerous thought process, as your body needs fuel to not only lose weight, but to function properly.
What foods should you eat if you want to get the right nutrition to support your workouts?
 

Proteins

 Protein is particularly important for your muscles. Your muscles need protein in order to strengthen and repair after a workout. Whether you are interested in improving your muscle tone or mass, or if you want to experience shorter periods of soreness after your workouts, you need protein.
 

“Good” Carbs

 Carbohydrates give you the energy you need to keep exercising. There have been plenty of popular diets that might have scared you away from carbs. In reality, there are carbs you should avoid, but there are also good carbs that make for great fitness fuel.
 
As explained by WebMD, the bad carbs are often in processed foods like white rice and white bread, while good carbs are foods that are high in fiber: vegetables like sweet potatoes and fruits.
 

Water

Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink. Keep yourself well hydrated before, during and after your workout session. Most people do not incorporate enough water in their everyday diet, and the body needs even more hydration when you exercise.
 
When you do not get enough water, you can see your heart rate increase, your energy levels can drop, and you might develop a headache or an increase in body temperature. You will feel better, be able to workout longer, and see improved results from your workouts if your body has plenty of water.
 
Source: Webmd.com
 
Megean and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

 

 

Meal Replacement Shakes

Meal replacement shake

I think everyone knows I drink Shakeology daily, even while pregnant. I’ve loved it daily for over 2 years now. But do you know why? My meal replacement shake is my daily dose of dense nutrition, vitamins, and minerals that I don’t otherwise get in my diet. I love it because it keeps me full, satisfies my sweet tooth, and gives me energy to keep up with my boys (and soon, baby girl too). It’s an easy, fast, healthy addition to my crazy routine; like a vitamin that’s just part of my life. It’s just yummier, all natural, and more easily digested than the little pills you buy at the store.

I don’t use it to avoid eating real food, or as a reason not to continue learning about the importance of fueling my body with whole food. It does not REPLACE real, wholesome, healthy foods. I’ve learned how to eat healthy through the Beachbody nutrition guides, researching and studying on my own.

Any meal replacement shake will assist with weight loss if it’s accompanied by an overall reduction in calories. No shake magically causes weight loss in and of itself, and the loss will be short lived if you don’t learn how to eat well and nourish your body long term. I trust Shakeology because I know it’s all natural and free of artificial ingredients, soy, gluten, and sugar. As long as you know what you are putting into your body and recognize that it’s part of a bigger picture, not a short cut to skinny – I think that using a meal replacement shake as a supplement to a healthy lifestyle is A-ok!

Megean and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Fit Habits for Busy Mom

Fit habits for busy moms

Given that moms are usually everything to everybody, it’s no wonder it’s a struggle to take care of ourselves. Here are some simple, realistic fit habits for busy moms – ways you can be healthier on a daily basis by making small changes, one day at a time.

Write Down Your Workouts

Make a brand new workout schedule every single week. Not only will it keep you more motivated, but it will make it more difficult for you to not show up. I prefer using my iCalendar and setting alerts to go off when it’s time to push play. In the big scheme of my day, 30-45 minutes is not that much time to take away from other things and people and I get so much out of it. Worth it!

Prep Healthy Food Ahead of Time

Keep your diet on track by washing, slicing, and dicing veggies and fruits ahead of time. If they are ready to eat in the refrigerator and ready to grab for meals on the go, your diet will stay on track. My favorite foods to prep ahead of time are: carrots, celery, berries, grapes (great when frozen in the summer time!), hard-boiled eggs, pre-measured nuts, bell peppers, and grapefruit. I also bake chicken breasts and make some homemade mayo to have for chicken and egg salad.

Eliminate All or Most Refined Sugar

This probably seems like a no brainer, but it’s the simplest way to dramatically improve your health quickly, lose weight faster, and feel better sooner. Read your labels, drink only water, and limit take out & fast food.

Avoid BLT’s From Your Child’s Plate

Ohhh those bites, licks, and tastes! BLT’s add up quickly and are so mindless that it’s hard to even know they are happening before it’s too late. If you find yourself ravenous during your kiddos’ meal/snack time, grab some prepped snacks out of your refrigerator and eat mindfully. Just because you grab a bite while clearing their plates, doesn’t mean it doesn’t count. Don’t sabotage your diet unconsciously, that’s just not fun!

Megean and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

4 Instant Energy Tips

4 Instant energy tips

 

As a mom, I almost always feel zapped of energy on some level. Diapers, meals, snacks, potty, laundry, work, house, phone, snacks, meals….you know! I still have a mental check-list I run through on days when I’m really struggling to get (and stay) going. While it may be normal to feel run ragged at the end of a long day, struggling with energy all day is not normal. My 4 instant energy tips:

Get More Sleep

If I’ve gotten less than 7 hours, I’m zapped. Quick fix? Skip the T.V. and reading and go to bed earlier. Even 30-45 minutes makes a huge difference. For me personally, it never works to head to bed at the same time and just skip my morning workout by hitting snooze! Catch up on the front end.

Eat A Healthy Breakfast

Some days it’s 10 a.m. and I realize I’ve been up since 5:30, worked out and still not eaten. It’s difficult for me to recover on these days. Best I can do is to eat ASAP and wait it out until the next day. Skipping breakfast, or not eating a well balanced breakfast will zap your energy every time!

Workout

People don’t workout because they are tired. They are tired because they don’t workout. It’s a vicious cycle. Yes, the first couple of days are going to suck! But sooner than later, a short workout will help you feel more energized every day. Even 20 to 25 minutes!

Drink More Water

According to a study in The Journal of Nutrition, women who experience even mild dehydration saw significant drops in energy levels. Carry a water bottle with you at all times. You’ll sip unconsciously on it all day! If you’ve been dehydrated, drink up and your fog will lift.

Megean and the boys Meagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Real Life Weight Loss Goals

Real life weight loss goals

Ever open a fitness magazine, look at the images and think “that’s nice but how can I ever look like that?” We all know that Photoshop alters images and that fitness competitors and body builders spend hours in the gym, but there’s still a mental disconnect between what we see, what we know, and what we want. Before & after pictures can be inspiring but also discouraging. I wish there were more before & after pics reflecting real women in real life – in particular of moms!

Here’s the deal, unless you are planning on becoming a fitness competitor or you have a serious passion for fitness and just love working out for an hour or more every day, chances are you are never going to look like Jillian Michaels. Do you really care? I remind myself all the time to keep the focus where it matters. For me, this means focusing on feeling strong, feeling great in my clothes, loving the skin I’m in, and being healthy so that I can be around for my family.

Don’t lose sight of your reality and don’t let a crazy awesome transformation story make you feel like your goals & reality aren’t good enough. They are! Keep it real and make it easier to celebrate your victories and milestones. Everyone has a story. This is yours. Make it count.

 Megean and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Searching For Skinny Instead of Fit

Fit Feels So Much Better Than SkinnyMost girls are aware at a very young age that “skinny” is better than “fat.” I felt “fat” through my awkward years (I insist I was over weight, my mom says it was just a “stage”). As I entered my late teens I began a quest for that perfect skinny feeling. I gained and lost weight through out college and my early twenties. The weight loss was always achieved by counting calories, going hungry, and jogging as much as I could. I thought that was what I was supposed to do to stay healthy. I thought eventually it would make me feel confident in my own skin.

It never did.

By my mid-20’s, I accepted that “searching for skinny” was just a perpetual state of living for women. I assumed it would never feel good enough, comfortable enough, thin enough. The top photo in the collage above was at my wedding – I felt beautiful. The dress fit. If you had asked me, I probably would have said 5 more pounds less would have made me feel just right. Truth is, it probably wouldn’t have been “enough.”

The bottom left photo is 3 months post-partum with my second son, and just under the heaviest I’ve been in my life – 170ish pounds. After seeing that picture I decided it was time to get back to my skinny quest, and boy did I! I got my butt into gear, starting eating ONLY 1200 calories a day, doing cardio until I was blue in the face, and struggling with exhaustion, fatigue, hunger, and two babies. I lost weight and plateaued at the weight in the middle, bottom image. My pants still didn’t button, and I was far from comfortable in my skin. I accepted that my body would just be different after having kids because after 2 months at a plateau, I wasn’t seeing any changes.

Enter my friend (and now Beachbody Coach), Tiffany. We actually met on Facebook in a mommy support group. She invited me to join her online fitness support group and give P90X a try. I was incredibly bored with my cardio and figured I had nothing to lose. Let me tell you, I had NO expectation that it would change my body that much. During the 90 days of P90X I committed to:

1. Eating as clean as possible, sticking very close to a Paleo diet
2. Letting go of counting calories and recording every single bite I ate (oh this was scary and FREEING all at the same time)
3. Getting in all the workouts, no matter how much I had to modify them

As you can see, 90 days later my body was completely transformed. Guess what, the scale said I was only 3 pounds lighter! Yep, that’s ONLY 3 pound difference, AND (get this) about one size BIGGER than I was on my wedding day. Shocked, I realized that for the first time in my life I felt like it was “good enough” … in fact it was GREAT. I felt amazing in my clothes, cared less about what size was on the tag, and basically threw out my scale.

All those years, I was seeking FIT, not skinny. I didn’t know how to get there, or what it was called. Having been on the quest for both, let me tell you FIT is so much better and so much more FUN. It feels amazing and it’s always good ENOUGH.

 

Me and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

 

3 Surprising Things Slowing Weight Loss

Is the scale stuck?

Is the scale stuck? Do you feel like you are doing everything right but not seeing the results that you want? It’s actually very common among women trying to lose weight. They are working hard and are focused, disciplined, and serious about their health, yet they aren’t seeing the results they want to see.

These are the top 3 reasons why ladies in my online support groups find themselves in a weight loss plateau.

Not Eating Enough

When you eat a clean, healthy diet, the body requires a surprisingly large amount of food. If you are obsessively counting calories so that you hit your calorie target, you may not be getting enough food to fuel weight loss. You should never drop below 1200 calories (NET) a day, but many of us should be well above that number for healthy weight loss. This is especially true if you are working out intensely. Take two weeks and increase your calorie intake by 200 HEALTHY calories a day and see what happens.

Sleep Deprivation

It doesn’t matter how perfect your diet is or how intense your workouts are, if you are sleep deprived your weight loss will stall. The body requires adequate sleep to function properly – that functionality includes weight loss. Lack of sleep also makes proper nutrition extremely difficult. I really don’t feel like a chicken breast and brussel sprouts when I’m running on 4 hours of sleep – I would rather have a cheese burger! If you’re a mom, this can be the most challenging part of losing weight. Do the best you can and at least be aware that it affects weight loss.

Lack of Weight Training

If you are nearing your goal weight and feel stuck, you may need to either lift heavier weights or START weight lifting. Strength training will not make you bulky. Women generally do not have enough testosterone to bulk up from lifting. It will build muscle mass, prevent injury, and keep you strong. Without weight lifting you’re going to have the same shape body even at a smaller size. To change the SHAPE of your body, you have to have weight lifting in your life. Think of it as a toner bicep taking away from post-baby belly fat.

Me and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

There Is No Starting Over In Weight Loss

 whitney progress  in weight loss
This progress picture was posted by one of the ladies in my support group a couple of weeks ago. With the picture she posted the following comment:

“I am so…I don’t know the word. I found this picture in my computer. I must say the picture in the left is the biggest I have ever been … from 2012. The one on the right was last weekend. So even when I feel like I’m not losing weight, and I have been feeling very down because I’m not where I want to be, I know I will get there. I truly am making great progress!” Whitney N.

Her post struck a cord with me. When a woman “starts” a weight loss journey, it’s about so much more than the scale or a clothing size. It’s easy to focus on those numbers because they are measurable and gauge progress. This journey is about so much MORE than those numbers though, and if we keep that in mind it gives us the perspective we need to keep going! Whitney gets that now and so it matters less that she isn’t where she imagined she would be a year ago. It matters more that she is making progress.

Healthy, lasting weight loss TAKES TIME. It doesn’t happen in a vacuum – life happens to us and around us while we are working towards a goal. Progress may seem non-existent some weeks or months, but you ARE moving in the right direction as long as you are trying. The scale may not move for one, two, three weeks, but mentally there are changes and adjustments happening that are important…critical actually. People give up because they don’t “feel” like they are where they should be, but that’s the exact moment when it’s time to dig deep and think about things other than the scale.

The real transformation happens internally, not just in how we feel about ourselves but in how we perceive the world around us. Our confidence levels, attitude, knowledge, energy levels, ect. are all transformed when we adopt a healthy lifestyle and lose weight.
Although we talk about “starting over” on Monday because we had a bad week, or “re-starting” a workout program that we stopped doing, it’s actually impossible to begin again from where we first started. Why? Because we’re different people now than we were a month, a year, a decade ago. We have new experiences, new knowledge, new muscle, ect. that will change our experience THIS time. So while we can start AGAIN, we can’t actually start over.

So no matter how far you have come, or how far you have to go, KEEP GOING. It doesn’t matter how bad last week was, it only matters that you learn from it and move forward making small adjustments to improve this week. You left the old you behind when you started this journey – so even if it was a year ago and you haven’t lost a single pound, SOMETHING is different. Embrace all of your progress, not just the number on the scale, and it will be so much easier to keep going…forever.

Thank you to Whitney N. for letting me use her progress pictures and for being an inspiration!

Me and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!