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!

How to Motivate Yourself to Get Up and Workout in the Morning

How to Motivate Yourself to Get Up and Workout in the Morning

Getting up early to workout before heading off to run errands, go to work, and do everything else your life requires of you is hard. It can be even harder, though, to motivate yourself to workout when you get home from work. You may start your days off with every intention of hitting the gym or going for a run after you get off work. Then you get home and sit down for just a minute, but a minute becomes an hour. Then you need to make dinner. They have some take-home work to do. The kids need help with homework. Sound familiar?

Some people successfully make time to exercise after work, but it’s actually a lot harder to do than getting up in the morning and working out before you get your day started. Beginning the day with an energy-boosting workout is great for your productivity and demeanor, too. So how can you motivate yourself to get up and and workout in the morning?

Plan Ahead

Lay your clothes and gear out before you go to bed. I’ve known moms who actually sleep in their workouts clothes! Not necessary, but if you at least have your clothes and shoes sitting out by your bed, you’ll be able to sleep a few more minutes and not fumble around in the dark looking for socks. Once you’ve gotten changed into your workout clothes, and you have everything ready to go, there’s no excuse at all. Get moving!

No matter how well intentioned you are, “Just 5 more minutes” usually turns into 10, 15, 20, and more. Before you know it, you’ve slept through your workout time. When the alarm goes off, don’t let yourself doze off again. I put my alarm (my phone) in the bathroom so that when it goes off I have to actually get up out of bed to turn it off.

Think About How You’ll Feel When You’re Finished

No one LOVES getting up at 5:00 a.m., but what you will come to love is the feeling of accomplishment you have when you’ve already taken care of you before breakfast. Think about that feeling when you’re wiping the sleep from your eyes. Forget how you feel in that moment and focus on how you’ll feel when you’re finished.

After a three weeks of following these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to forming a great morning workout habit. I promise it gets easier but you have to give it time to become a habit before giving up!

 

What to Expect from Shaun T & INSANITY®

Insanity Challenge Pack INcludesYou’ve probably seen those infomercials for INSANITY® – who hasn’t? The ads and the name really drives home the idea that these exercises are, well, insane. Before you get too intimidated, I’d like to tell you what to expect from Shaun T & Insanity by giving you a more beginner-friendly perspective on this body transforming, life-changing program.

What Makes These Workouts “Insane”?

The Max Interval Training structure of the workouts is what most people find crazy. Going against the norm, INSANITY® requires you to do intense and demanding workouts for longer intervals, take very short breaks, and then jump right back into another long interval of exercise.

This type of training is difficult to get used to, to say the least. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take the workouts at your own pace. The point of these demanding intervals is to push your body to its limit and get the best results possible in the shortest amount of time. According to the Insanity website, people have burned as many as 1,000 calories in an hour by doing these extreme routines.

How Will You Feel?

You are going to feel the results from the program from day one. Your muscles will definitely feel sore, but each day focuses on a different muscle group, so you are able to continue. As with any workout, the longer you stick with the program, the more stamina, energy and endurance you will have.

Who Will Like this Program?

Even though it is extremely challenging, people consistently call INSANITY® one of their favourite workouts, if not the best. Is it because these people are insane?

 

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!

Throw Away Your Scale: 3 Better Ways to Measure Progress

Throw Away Your Scale: 3 Better Ways to Measure Progress

A lot of people, when they start eating better and exercising, will say that they’re “losing weight.” Not exactly! What they’re trying to do is lose fat. If you replaced a significant portion of your fat weight with muscle weight magically one day, you’d notice a HUGE change in your appearance. Your “body composition” would be completely changed – smaller waist, tight abs, toned arms & legs – but you would notice little to no change on the scale. This is why it’s so important to use measures of progress other than the scale.

Measure in Inches

As you workout and gain muscle mass, you may notice that the number on the scale stays the same or actually starts to climb. This is because muscle is denser than fat and therefore weighs more. If you’re weighing yourself regularly, when you start to workout, you’re going to get discouraged when you don’t see the number on the scale going down. Instead, measure your progress in inches around your waist. Make a note of where the tape measure falls on Day 1. Then do it again on Day 7, Day 14, and so on. You’ll notice real, significant change that the scale can’t measure.

Take Pictures

Your Facebook friends may make fun of your gym selfies, but they actually serve a really great purpose. You don’t have to share them all on Facebook and Instagram, but after a few weeks, you’ll start to see serious differences in your pictures. You’ll know what people are talking about when they approach you and ask if you’ve lost weight.

Make Fitness Goals

Is your goal to run your first 5K? Or is it to beat your time on your last 5K? Whatever you’re doing to exercise, make goals for improvement. You can work on getting faster at running or cycling, lifting heavier weights, or getting through a workout with Shaun T without feeling like your core is on fire. You’ll feel great about yourself as you meet and exceed each goal.

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Personal Experience

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!

You Have To Start Somewhere

You have to start somewhere

When you begin your weight loss and/or fitness journey, it’s easy to feel like your limitations and missteps totally negate your effort. You try a new workout, you only make it 10 minutes before you need a break, so you quit because you think, “how much good is 10 minutes going to do me any way?” If you find yourself in this destructive cycle, STOP. Stop right now.

First, I can relate. When I got pregnant with my third child I was in the best pre-pregnancy shape of my life, much better than with the first two kiddos. I thought that would mean smooth sailing. Wrong! I’ve had more physical limitations and pain with this one than with the other two combined. I’m basically where I described above – 10 minutes into a workout, I have to sit down and take a break. Does that mean I should quit trying? No. 10 minutes of activity here and there is much better for me than no activity what so ever, right?

Second, please realize we are all beginners at one point. Doing anything more than you did yesterday is a step in the right direction. It may feel like a baby step, but it’s still a step. Trust me, the steps will get bigger as you continue but only if you continue. All progress is great progress, no matter how small. Regardless of where you were yesterday, pick it up again today and KEEP GOING. You can’t fail if you don’t quit.

Love yah,

Meagan

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!

10 Simple Tips For Controlling Cravings

10 Tips To Stop Cravings

Cravings can get the worst of us. They can turn a great day into something we would rather not remember. Learning behaviors and habits that will allow you to just say no is the key to weight loss, feeling great, confidence, and long term maintenance once you’ve reached your goals!

Remember That Willpower Is Like a Muscle

Willpower is just like any muscle in your body. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. At first, you may find it very difficult to say no to your usual afternoon sugary treat. Over time, your willpower gets STRONGER and it becomes easier to make the healthy choice. You start to recognize the confidence and power that come from being in control of food, instead of letting it be in control of you. Don’t expect it to be easy right out of the gate, but know that it does get easier!

Drink Plenty of Water, Then Drink More

Thirst can mascarade as a craving. I suggest cutting your body weight in half and shooting for that many ounces of water every day. For example, I weight about 145 so I shoot for roughly 70 ounces of water (or 2.5 Nalgene bottles) every day! Make sure you’re not just thirsty before you reach for that treat.

Eat Enough of The Right Foods

It’s not enough to count calories. You have to eat the right foods. The good news is that you can eat much MORE when you eat the right foods. Be honest with yourself, are you actually getting 5 servings of vegetables every day? Do you know what a serving looks like? This is something I struggled with and didn’t even realize it! Programs like 21 Day Fix will help you get your portions and food on track if you need help with what to eat. Without enough of the right fuel in your body you will be more likely to crave something that’s bad for you.

Indulge Once A Week

If you’re trying to lose weight, I recommend limiting true indulgences to once a week. Once you are in “maintenance mode” you can relax that a little more. It’s important to give yourself something to look forward too every week so that you can say no in the moment knowing that if you wait it out you can truly enjoy a treat at the end of the week.

Embrace the 20 Minute Rule

If you’re really feeling like you just can’t live without that piece of chocolate or salty pretzel, wait 20 minutes before indulging. Drink some water and focus on something else. You may find that 20 minutes later you couldn’t care less about that treat or you might gain some perspective about whether it’s a good choice for you.

Don’t Expect to Be Perfect

It’s about progress, not perfection. No one is perfect! If you use a slip up as a reason to quit and throw in the towel for the rest of the day or week, you’ll back track big time. You can’t ruin your progress with one bad choice or even one bad day. Don’t give yourself this easy out.

Get An Accountability Partner

Having someone you can call, text, or email when that craving hits can make all the difference. Choose someone with whom you are comfortable sharing your goals and struggles. Also commit to offensive accountability: it’s not about that person discovering that you’re struggling to make good choices, it’s about YOU taking responsibility for reaching out when you need help.

Sleep More

If you constantly find that you are fighting cravings even after trying these simple techniques, you may just be tired. Permission to sleep more granted! If you’re sure you simply can’t get to bed earlier think about cutting out Television and Internet surfing. Chances are you can sneak in at least one more hour of sleep with some scheduling and discipline.

Operation Distraction

Finding a healthy alternative to your favorite treat couldn’t be simpler now. Google is your friend so use it! There are endless blogs and websites dedicated to making yummy treats out of healthy ingredients. One of my favorites is www.paleomg.com but find the ones that work for you. Remember, it’s better to eat a high calorie treat that’s full of healthy ingredients than to opt for a low calorie treat that’s highly processed and full of chemicals.

Never Give Up

Never give up on yourself. If these tricks aren’t working for you, who cares? Do your own research, be your own advocate, and find something that does work for you! These things work for me, but that doesn’t mean they are perfect fit for everyone. Take responsibility for your health and have confidence that you will figure this out!

 

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan 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!

Water is your Best Friend

Water is your best friend

You’ve probably heard that it is important to drink plenty of water. Most people appreciate that it is bad to be dehydrated, but few fully understand just how beneficial it is to incorporate enough water into your diet. Let’s look at a few of the somewhat surprising benefits of drinking water.

Water Can Help You Safely Lose Weight

One of the simplest ways to shed a few pounds is to drink more water. This may seem too easy or strange to you, but there are plenty of reasons why it works. One of the first symptoms of dehydration is hunger. You may find yourself craving less food when you increase your water intake, and you are not depriving your body of anything it needs.

Moisturize Your Skin from the Inside Out

Dry skin is a very common problem, especially in the wintertime. Instead of spending a lot on expensive moisturizers, you can provide the hydration your skin needs by drinking water. Your skin cells need water in order to repair quickly, allowing you to enjoy youthful, smooth and firm skin.

Build Your Muscles

Trying to tone up or bulk up during your fitness routine? According to Fit Day, you can strengthen your muscles with the help of water. Your muscles require oxygen in order to work and perform, as you need them to. Water delivers this much-needed oxygen.

Boost Your Energy Levels

If you are feeling run down and do not have the energy to complete your fitness routine, it could be because you are low on H2O. Thirst is actually often one of the last signs of dehydration. When your body needs water, you could begin to feel tired, run-down, or have a headache. Instead of reaching for more caffeine, reach for a glass of water.

Get a reusable water bottle and make a point to drink several bottles every day! Could be the simplest solution you’ve ever tried!

Source:

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/5-little-known-benefits-of-drinking-water.html

 

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan 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!

What is Max Interval Training?

Max Interval Training

 

If you are considering completing one of the Beachbody fitness programs, there is a good chance that you will encounter the term max interval training or high intensity interval training (HIIT), as it is sometimes called.   And chances are you’ve heard of Insanity, the program that really put max interval training on the map!  Tabata workouts also incorporate this type of training.

 

Most exercise programs include some form of interval training. The program will require you to alternate between lower and higher intensity workouts or resting periods. For example, you might be asked to walk for a few minutes and then sprint for one, and then return to walking.

 

The difference with max interval training is that these actions would be reversed. You would sprint for several minutes and only rest for one. Most of the Beachbody max interval fitness programs are actually much more intense than that example.

 

Why Choose a High Intensity Interval Training Program?

 

These programs optimize your workout time. They require you to spend more time doing the higher intensity exercises and/or require more of these intervals. The end result is that you burn more calories than you would if you were doing lower intensity workouts for the same amount of time.

 

Max interval training is usually a favorite among people who want to really feel and see results from their workouts in a short period of time. This form of training is also great for people who want to improve their fitness, but do not have a lot of time to devote to exercising every day. Ace Fitness reports that high intensity exercise has also been linked to improved cardiovascular health.

 

Drawbacks of Max Interval Training

 

The obvious drawback of this type of fitness program is that it is challenging and requires dedication. To reduce the soreness that you will feel after doing one of these workouts, and to reduce the chance of injury, you should always stretch, warm up your muscles before beginning and do cool down stretches after each session.  You can also use Beachbody’s Results & Recovery  drink to help reduce soreness – it is specifically formulated to help you recover from tough workouts!

 

Source: http://www.acefitness.org/fitness-fact-article/3317/high-intensity-interval-training/

 

 

Meagan NorrisMeagan 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!

Tracking Your Weight Loss Progress Without Getting Discouraged

Tracking Weight Loss

When adopting healthy nutrition and exercise habits in an effort to lose weight, you want to see your hard work pay off almost immediately. You are putting in a lot of effort, and it can be discouraging to not see the results you want. The key is to know how to monitor your progress in a healthy and accurate way.

Tracking Your Choices

While it is not necessary to write down every single calorie you take in or burn off, food and exercise journals can be helpful. Make a note of when you are eating, what you are eating, and the portion sizes, and also keep track of your workouts.

These journals are not to cause you to criticize every little thing that you do. They are there to help you identify trends that could be helping or hurting your progress. These journals also hold you more accountable to yourself. You are going to be less likely to skip a workout or have a snack you don’t need, if these decisions are going to be recorded.

Give Yourself Time

One of the easiest ways to become discouraged is to weigh yourself every day; some people even weigh themselves multiple times each day. It takes time to change your body. You should wait a minimum of a week between weighing yourself. It is also important to note that your weight may be deceptive because you could be burning fat but building muscle mass as you tone your body.

Use Measurements To Track Your Progress

As alluded to above, the scale can be very misleading. The scale may not budge for 3 weeks, but chances are your measurements are changing. It’s important to know how to properly take your measurements so you can accurately track your progress as your body fat decreases and your muscle mass increases.

Assess Your Lifestyle

If you are working out, eating well, and still not seeing any change in your progress, you need to take a hard look at your lifestyle. Are you getting enough sleep? Drinking enough water? Are your stress levels high? All of these things affect your metabolism and ability to lose weight. It may be time to re-prioritize things so that you can take care of you.

Plateaus Happen

If you do not see the results that you want, this is still not a reason to become discouraged. It simply means that it is time to change your routine in some way. This is a time for you to look over your journals and look for a small, but significant improvement that can be made. A change as simple as extending your workouts by five minutes or eliminating something from your diet could be just the push you need to get over the plateau.
No matter what, remember that this journey is about progress not perfection. Stay positive and keep educating yourself. As long as you continue to make good changes in your life, you can’t fail!

 

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan 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!

 

Fitting Exercise into a Hectic Schedule

Fitting exercise into a a hectic scheduleIn the winter months when the temperatures are low people find plenty of excuses not to get the exercise they need (my hand is raised too!). It gets dark early and it’s just COLD outside.

One common complaint is that going to the gym is simply too much work. You have to set aside a huge block of time to go, work out, shower and drive home. The problem is, if you want to live a healthier life and have more energy, you need to find ways to fit in exercise.

The good new is, there are many easy ways that you can boost your activity levels throughout the day. You’ll feel better, lose weight, and sleep well!

Get Moving

Think of all of the opportunities you have to walk, but you do not. Instead of just letting your dog out into the yard, take him for a short walk around the neighborhood. If you are running errand, choose the parking spot that is farthest from the door. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Do 5-10 squats every time you use the restroom (I used to do this when I had a desk job!). Start looking for little ways to get in extra movement in your day and you’ll be surprised by how many openings you have!

Stretch and Flex at Work

Find some simple stretches that you can do at your desk at work, or any moments when you have a break. Stretching is just as beneficial and important as other types of exercise. Bend over to touch your toes for a few seconds, stretch your arms and shoulders, or do neck rolls.

You Do Not Need a Gym

A gym is awesome, but only if you A) have the time to get there, and B) know what the heck to do with all that equipment once you are there. There are many top-of-the line workouts that you can perform right in the comfort of your home. You can incorporate a 25 minute workout Focus T25  workout in the morning, when you get home from work or nearly any other time. These programs (and others like them) literally put some of the best personal trainers in your living room every single day for a fraction of what it would cost to hire someone with far less experience at the local gym.

Say goodbye to those excuses and hello to the new you!

 

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan 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!