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!

8 Habits of the Super Healthy

 8 habits of the super healthy

Wonder what it is exactly that your super fit friend does every day that is working for her? She’s actually doing many small things every day to keep herself on track. Try adding one or two of these habits a week, get the hang of them, and then add on. In no time you’ll be fitter, leaner, and healthier. Here 8 habits of the super healthy:

1. Change your attitude about exercise. It’s a privilege to have the ability to workout, and many do not have this privilege. Stay positive about your workouts and you’ll start to enjoy them more.
2. Keep your eye on the ball by setting very short-term goals like: workout 4 times this week, eat two healthy snacks today, etc.
3. Make a conscious effort to do a little bit more during every single workout.
4. On the days you don’t do a full fledged workout, do something active like walking or stretching to keep your body active.
5. Prep for your workout the night before. Lay out your shoes, workout clothes, and water/snack. Put the DVD in the TV or your purse by the door. People busier than you make time to workout. You can to it.
6. Get an accountability partner – not only will it help keep you on track, but you’ll love the feeling of being part of someone else’s journey.
7. Keep your routine fresh. Doing the same thing over and over is a recipe for quitting. Programs like Beachbody offers will change it up effectively so that you don’t get bored but still see results.
8. Keep in mind that portion control matters – even if you are only eating whole foods. Too many calories will stall progress and frustrate you!

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

 

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!

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!

 

Get Fit By Making Time, Not Excuses

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Everyone wants to be in great physical shape, but no one seems to have the time to get to the gym, go running, or get in a good workout. “I’m just so busy!” I hear all the time. Heck, I say it some times! But look at the people you know who are in great shape. Do they magically have extra time in their days that you don’t? Nope. They have jobs, social lives, and kids, just like you, but they find the time. How do they do it?

Find Something You Love

Just joining the gym or signing up for a 5k won’t get you where you want to be. You have to really commit to doing something active every day. How can you do that if you hate going to the gym or you’d rather eat raw earthworms than go for a run? Why not sign up for a spin class instead? Or order a workout program like P90X3 or T25 that you can do at home? Whatever you do, make sure it’s something that appeals to you and that you enjoy doing. You’ll be much more likely to stick to a workout that you look forward to.

Get It Done

Don’t wait until the end of the day, when you’re tired out from work to exercise. You’ll have a ton of stuff at home to distract you, and you know how hard it can be to get back up off the couch once you sit down. Instead, get up just 45 minutes early every day. This will give you time to go for a 30 minute run or bike ride or do a short at-home workout, like T25, before you shower and get ready for work.

Make Fitness a Lifestyle

If you want to get fit and stay fit, you aren’t just going to workout for a few months and stop. Fitness and health are a lifelong journey. If you make diet and exercise a priority in your life, you’ll see major results. And you can do it in ways you never even thought of, like parking at the far end of the lot when you go to work or the store. Anything you do on a daily basis that adds motion to your routine will burn calories and keep you fit.

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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!

Get Fit in 5 Minutes

Get fir in 5 minutes

I know what you’re thinking. Get fit in 5 minutes. It sounds too good to be true. Getting fit and healthy takes a lot more than five minutes, or everyone would look like fitness models. Well, you’re right. It does take more than a few minutes, but you can make huge improvements in your health and fitness with 5-minute workout breaks throughout the day.

I’m not talking about going for a 5-minute run or getting all suited up for just 5 minutes on a bicycle. I’m talking about adding activity to your day in 5-minute increments. Here are some great tips that won’t feel like you’re adding any extra effort to your day, but will add up quickly for better fitness and weight loss. Yipee!

Stand Up

If you work in an office, you may have to sit down for most of the day. However, it’s been proven time and again that standing up and moving around helps with circulation and weight loss. Whenever you get a call at your desk, stand up to take it. While you’re on the phone, do a couple of lunges and/or squats before you sit back down to loosen your legs and build muscle. Sounds silly, but those few minutes start adding up quickly!

Walk It Out

Instead of heading straight for the break room for a cup of coffee at your mid-morning break time, take a walk around the building. As you stretch your legs and get your heart rate up, you’ll feel more awake and alert. Do the same thing in the afternoon. In fact, whenever you get stuck on a problem or just need to clear your head, take a walk. This adds to your movement throughout the day and keeps your metabolism engaged.

Work Those Arms

If you Google “5 minute arms workout”, you’ll find tons of results that take only 5 minutes to complete for firmer, more toned arms. Repeat one of these activities a couple times every day, and you’ll notice your arms start to get more toned. Hello Summer!

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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!

4 Easy Ways to Slim Down for Summer Without Dieting

4 Easy Ways to Slim Down For Summer without dieting 

With the season of shorts, swimsuits, and sundresses fast approaching, you might be wondering what the heck you’re gonna do to drop a few pounds and feel great in your clothes ASAP.

Use these 4 easy ways to slim down for summer without dieting!

1. Focus On Reducing Night Time Snacking.

Instead of obsessing over total calories, just close the kitchen after dinner. You’ll cut your daily caloric intake without number crunching. Try drinking hot tea or ice water with lemon to keep you mind and mouth occupied and your tummy feeling full.

2. Include One Fruit & One Veggie At Every Meal.

As soon as you start thinking about removing something “bad” from your diet, you’ll probably start wanting it even more. Focus on adding in the good and eating it first, not taking out the bad. Chances are you’ll end up eating less unhealthy foods because you’ll be full and satisfied by the healthy stuff!

3. Sneak In Activity Without Exercise.

Instead of worrying about creating a workout routine from scratch, focus on being more active in general. Play with your kids, park far away from the door of the store, take the stairs, walk to the mail box, ect. Any extra steps you can put into your day will add up big time.

4. Make A Date.

Our social lives tend to revolve around food and drinks. Instead of meeting a friend for drinks, meet her for a walk on a trail or invite her over for a healthy dinner. The more you can include your friends and family, the easier it will be. Plus, the busier you stay doing fun things, the less likely you’re going to be focused on food!

 

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!

5 Things To Do Instead of Eating Out Of Exhaustion…A List For Moms

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Exhaustion eating…one of my pitfalls without question! Here are my top 5 things I turn to when I realize I’m about to eat just because I’m tired. I see these lists around and think “oh RIGHT! Like I’m just going to get to take a nap today for 30 minutes instead of mindlessly munch. Hahaha.” I thought I would put together a list that moms can use.

1. Play with your kids. If you can find the energy, a good sword fight, puzzle, or coloring session will take your mind off of eating immediately.

2. Do your nails. We take for granted how much of an impact taking care of our appearance can have on us. A simple manicure can make you feel like a new person. I have boys & they don’t want their nails painted, but I give them two empty nail polish bottles and they are well occupied while I take care of me a little.

3. Read. Not a book because you don’t have time, are too tired, or your kids won’t let you just sit and read. Next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up a magazine that jumps out at you. When you want to eat something just because you’re tired, pick it up and read a page or two.

4. Call a friend. This takes my mind off of the kitchen and gives me a great chance to recharge my batteries with someone I care about. A Bluetooth earpiece is your best friend if you’re a SAHM, and so is mandatory rest time…which leads me too the next option.

5. Mandatory rest time. Put your kiddos in their rooms or beds with their favorite toys or books and tell them it’s time to rest. They may protest the first few times, but when they realize they don’t have to sleep it will get easier. They come out recharged & you can actually sleep or do something like take a bath!

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 Ways to Lose Weight the Quick and Healthy Way

 fruit bowl

Losing weight and getting fit takes effort. If it was fast and easy, everyone would do it, but it doesn’t have to take as much time or effort as you might think. If you make a few tweaks and small changes to your lifestyle, you’ll be surprised how quickly you see improvements.

1. Switch Up at Happy Hour

Instead of meeting up with your friends for drinks after work or having a glass of wine at home, which can pack on excess calories in a hurry, why not go for a walk or run? Invite your friends to join you and/or bring your kids along. That way you’re adding exercise to your afternoon routine and avoiding calorie packed alcoholic beverages.

2. Commit to 25 Minutes Every Day

It can be all too easy to skip a workout, especially when you think you have to commit to an hour or more. If you tell yourself that you’ll do just 25 minutes every day, you’ll be ahead of the curve. If you’re tempted to skip, just tell yourself, “It’s just 25 minutes. Netflix…kids…dinner…laundry can wait for 25 minutes.” You’ll find, once you make this commitment, that you’ll often do more than 25 minutes, as you get caught up in working out and enjoying your results. On days when you’re feeling tired or out of it, you still get 25 minutes in to feel good about. If you can’t get outside, check out Focus T25, P90X3, or 21 Day Fix for workouts that are 30 minutes or less. 

3. Drink Water and Eat Your Veggies

When you’re dehydrated, it’s easy to mistake thirst for hunger. To combat this, drink plenty of water. Keep a water bottle with you so that it’s convenient for you to drink at least 64 ounces of water every day. At the same time, when you get a snack attack, reach for fresh fruits and vegetables. They’re high in fiber, water, and will make you feel full for long periods of time without packing on a ton of calories.

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Personal Experience
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/lose-weight-fast-how-to-do-it-safely

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!

5 Common Sense Tips For Rapid Weight Loss

Common Sense

We are so bombarded these days with information on how to lose weight, what works and what doesn’t. I dare you to google “weight loss” and read for 20 minutes without your heading spinning. If you weren’t confused before that, I can guarantee you will be afterwards. I’m such a no nonsense person – I just want you to give it to me straight without all the fluff. Why not get back to the basics of a healthy lifestyle? I promise that if you focus on healthy living and making these 4 things common practice, weight loss will be an oh-so-fabulous side effect. It will just happen naturally and quickly.

1. More Sleep.

Duh. Right? Easier said than done. Right? Sleep is non-negotiable. We have to have it to function in the world. Our bodies have to have it in order to function properly. Things like metabolism, levels of stress hormones, and appetite are all greatly affected by lack of sleep…and not in a good way. Chronic sleep deprivation can actually cause weight gain along with a whole host of other unpleasant conditions like high blood pressure and heart attack. If you can’t find time to sleep for 7-9 hours a night, you must re-evaluate things. That may sound harsh but until you can get enough sleep, nothing is ever going to feel great or come together like you want it too!

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2. Limit Processed Foods.

It sounds so great to say, “I limit processed foods!” Yay! But what does it really mean? What and how much you limit is up to you, but I think that in this case, more is actually better. Generally, I think of processed food as any pre-packaged food with more than two or three ingredients. Here are my general guidelines when deciding something is not consumption worthy:

• It has more than two or three ingredients. Frozen broccoli should only say “broccoli” next to ingredients.
• I found it in the center isles of the grocery store. With the exception of grains, most things in the middle of the store are highly processed with lots of junk.
• I found it in a convenience or gas station store. Even the nuts and dried fruits in these places are FULL of truly awful things like sugar, nitrates, and other preservatives.
• I found it in a drive through. In a pinch, ok fine some of the salads are edible, but even those are topped with meat that’s processed.

3. Don’t Go Back For Seconds, Ever.

This is the simplest thing in the world, but not always easy to do. Our perceptions of serving sizes are skewed. Chances are you had plenty to eat in your first round. If you’re still hungry an hour later, have a snack instead of another plate of food.

4. Drink Water & Only Water.

We hear this so much now that it’s almost like white noise when someone says, “drink more water!” A cup of coffee is fine. Herbal tea? Go for it. Our bodies are more water than anything else so water intake is actually required for it to function properly. If you’re already drinking only water, that’s amazing! Keep it up. If you’re not, it just makes sense to start. It’s a simple way to see immediate improvements in how you feel and in your waistline. Ditch the sodas, alcohol and juices and drink water!

5. Be More Active.

You don’t have to commit to doing Insanity or P90X. You simply need to increase your activity level. Shoot for 30 minutes of activity 5 days a week. If you hate exercise, get outside, play with your kids, turn up the music and dance, or go for a walk. Not only will you feel amazing from those endorphins, you’ll also speed up weight loss. As you become more active, keep working on being even MORE active. If you only have 30 minutes, that’s ok just make those 30 minutes a little more intense over time. Keep challenging yourself! The rewards of accomplishing something you thought you couldn’t are just as profound as dropping a clothing size.

There are always exceptions, I certainly haven’t covered every “what if” here, and I’m not saying you need to be perfect all of the time to make progress. Generally, if you do these five things you’re going to feel better, make better choices, lose weight, feel better, make better choices….you get my drift.

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!