I’m not saying that it was easy, actually it was not. But I’ve realized that changing the approach would have been the thing to do to get back in shape and also to feel mentally better.
To get back in shape after pregnancy wasn’t that easy for me. I don’t know if you can understand me but if you are a working mum or if you just have a busy life and you love food (as I do), I bet you can totally understand me. Recently I was loosing my way again and that’s why I’ve decided to share with you my journey, proving myself that if I’ve done it once, I can do it again.
First things first: excuses are always there waiting for you, you will always find a good one to procrastinate that moment you should start thinking to yourself. Don’t do it.
How many times have you told yourself “I’ll start next week”? How many times have you chosen sofa&netflix instead of training? How many times have you used the card, i’m too tired because work and family come first? I’ve done that really too many times.
If you are here and if you are reading this I’m sure you’ve found part of the motivation you need to succeed: you are taking time for yourself.
“The first step in a new direction doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be a step”.
I don’t remember where this quote comes from but when I’ve read it, it made me thinking to it and the first step I’ve decided to do was to dedicate time to myself. That was my new goal and in that I found a real strong motivation. My goal wasn’t anymore to loose weight but just to love myself more and to get back feeling good.
Find a strong motivation, that really means something for you and not for any other around you.
When I’ve understood this, the next steps has become easier that I’ve though. I’ve found a new energy and begun a new path that conduced me to get back in my old pants.
Instead of buying junk food I’ve decided to buy healthier food, even if not necessary dietetic. I’m not a dietician and I haven’t call one, so I didn’t go with any DIY diets that would have made me feel more stressed.
What I’ve done was just using a bit of wisdom and a lot of consistency. In everything, not just only in food but also in training and in skincare. I’ve tried to find a good balace in what I ate, mixing carb and proteins with fruits and lots of vegetables. I’ve reduced (but not totally cancelled) wine and sweets. As I told at the beginning, I’ve just found time to love myself even in the choice of food or in the body care.
Stop expecting too much from yourself, both in goals or in timing. Just be consistent in loving yourself.
After pregnancy, I’ve tried so many times to get back in shape. With trainings and diets but I realized that I was doing all that with the wrong motivations. Or at least they were the wrong ones for myself, since they weren’t strong enough to help with my consintency. I was doing it looking at the calendar, thinking to the opinion of others and not at mine. How of you has felt like this? Then I realized that my body could have been what it was, but with different timings and ways.
I haven’t punished myself because I’ve eaten an icecream or drunk a glass of wine. I didn’t schedule a day to be back in shape perfect for swimsuit season and get back in my old pants. I just began gradually, listening to body and giving it all the time to feel confident with my new healthy routine.
I begun a new way of living, made of healthy habits and consistency in fitness and beauty routine, so when the results came was even more satisfying.
Now, what I have to do is just remember to read again this post every time I’m about to quit, to prove to myself that I can do it and that how to get back in shape it’s all on me.