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!

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!

Adapting to a Healthier Diet When You Feel Overwhelmed

Adapting to Healthy Diet

When trying to eat healthier or lose weight, it’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed. You might feel overwhelmed, confused, and discouraged. Here are some tips that will set you up for success. Any one can do lose weight and get healthy – it’s truly a matter of you deciding that you’re going to make a change and never look back.

Start Slowly

“Diets” fail because they feel like punishment. As soon as I know I can’t eat something, it’s all I think about! When you create strict rules to follow, you not only feel as if you are depriving yourself of things you want, but you also increase the chances that you’ll slip up. You must stop thinking about weight loss as a temporary goal with temporary behaviors. It’s a lifestyle, a way of living, that will make you feel great and allow the weight loss to happen naturally.

I recommend making small and gradual substitutions. For example, if you usually drink soda with your lunch, you can substitute water for soda one day a week, then two days, then three. Eventually, you will get used to the healthier choice and it will become a habit.

Another great place to start is by cutting out snacks after dinner two nights a week, then three, ect. Mindless night time eating is a trap for many women! This simple change alone can lead to weight loss.

Learn to Make Simple Dishes

Cooking at home is a great and tasty way to eat healthier, especially if you incorporate fresh vegetables. However, you do not have to be a gourmet chef or count every single calorie that goes into your dishes. I recommend that you keep it simple and just focus on incorporating fresh ingredients.

Healthy people tend to eat the same thing over and over. Find a dish that you like and stick with it until you have time and are ready to branch out. For example, instead of a chicken casserole bake chicken breasts and roast a vegetable. It’s much easier to keep track of portions when you eat simple, de-constructed meals.

Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself

Lifestyle changes are much more successful over the long-term when they are gradual changes. Accept that you may not see drastic results in just a few weeks, and learn to celebrate your small victories. It is worth celebrating when you find a new healthy dish you like to cook or when you find an exercise routine that you find fun. Appreciate these victories and look for ways to add to them.
Don’t use a bad day or week as an excuse to quit trying. Failure is your friend! It’s a chance to learn something about yourself, your habits and what you need to do to be successful.

 

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!

 

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!

 

Advantages of Having a Beachbody Coach

Advantages of having a Beachbidy CoachWhen people decide to do a Beachbody fitness program, one of the benefits that they enjoy is that they can workout in the privacy of their homes, with a top trainer, and easily fit exercising into their schedule. However, if you are using these materials as you work out, why do you need a coach?

Ensuring that You Have the Best Materials & The Best Price

There are dozens of amazing Beachbody programs to choose from so how do you decide? Choosing a program that is a great fit for your goals, current level, and preferences is key to your success. Your Coach will help you pick the program that is right for you so you don’t waste your time or money! She can also clue you in on the best deals on training materials. If it is possible to get a deal on Beachbody DVDs, she will be the one who can let you know about it.

Answering Your Questions

When doing any type of physical fitness routine, it is important for your safety that you are completing all of the exercises correctly. If you have any questions about the training or any particular routines, your coach can provide the guidance you need in order to get the best results. Additionally, you may have questions about which variation of the schedule to follow or questions about the nutrition guide. Those questions will get answered by your Coach.

Keeping You Motivated

When completing these fitness programs, it is essential to stay on track. The people who do not get the results that they wanted are often those who convince themselves that it will be okay to miss a days. Your Coach will plug you into an accountability group that will ensure you are staying on track daily so that you can reach your goals. When you do experience setbacks, your Coach will be there to show you how to get back on course.

Eating Healthy

To see the best long-term results from your fitness program, it is important to adopt healthier eating habits, as well. Many people find it difficult to follow the nutrition recommendations when completing these programs because it can be difficult to adjust and plan ahead. Your Coach can provide you with nutritional guidance to ensure that your body has the fuel it needs to succeed.

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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!