I am not going to lie and tell you that this getting fit and healthy stuff has been easy for me since I had my baby girl almost six months ago. It hasn’t been easy. It’s been hard as hell. Even as a health coach who is committed to making healthy choices, reaching my goals has been a struggle.
Because I have a lot on my plate, including 3 kids. Some days I have to choose between exercise and sleep. I choose sleep. Some days I have to make really tough choices about how I will get a workout into my day. I typically make the right choice, but it’s not always an easy one.
And listen, I am flawed. I spent the first 4 months postpartum worrying about my body and my size. I let fear and anxiety get the best of me. I started to wonder what other people would think about a health coach who couldn’t pull it together after having a baby. I started to wonder if people would judge me at my Wellness Symposium in October if I still had on extra pounds.
And then it all clicked. I experienced this amazing moment of clarity.
I realized that I was abandoning all the things that are paramount to my work as a coach and a lifestyle expert. I was losing sight of what makes my style of coaching unique.
I am not hung up on size.
I am not hung up on a certain number on the scale.
I am not hung up on what other people think.
The only numbers I truly care about are the ones that give me an accurate reflection of how healthy I am.
What is my blood pressure?
What is my cholesterol?
How many hours of sleep do I get?
How many hours of self-care do I practice?
How many hours do I spend moving every week?
Once I had this moment of clarity, I started to change. I coached myself in the same way I would coach a client. I showed myself some grace. I let go of these notions about what I should weigh and what other people may think. I decided that my love for myself and my ability to make healthy choices is far more important than anyone’s opinion about my damn size.
So on this journey back to me, I have discovered a fewhacks that are helping. I want to share them with you because I know how hard it is to get to a happy and healthy place. I want to help you get there if I can.
- Use your fitness time to do resistance training (even if it’s just 10 minutes). Too many women I know spend way too much time on cardio when the best way to reshape your body, lose inches, and gain strength is to engage in regular resistance training. And guess what? No equipment needed. Use an app like SWORKIT, and you are golden.
- Connect with friends. I am an emotional eater, and nothing makes me eat more than feeling sad or anxious. But you know what helps me manage those emotions (aside from a brownie and ice cream)? Connecting with friends. When I spend time with other women I like, it allows me to de-stress and relax. And when I do that, it’s a lot easier to make healthier choices.
- Drink Water. I know, I know. You expect more from me than this, right? Well listen, I am gonna keep telling people to drink water until everyone takes it seriously. Can I tell you how many times I have been to the ER with my mom only to find out she was just dehydrated? Too many times to count. My mom doesn’t like water. She never has. But I want to make sure that you aren’t visiting the ER for dehydration when you get older. Drink water. All day. Every. Single. Day. Water is good for your health in countless ways and it a super easy step on your journey to wellness.
I still have good days and bad days, but the more I find simple ways to fold wellness into my life, the more the good days outnumber the bad ones.
Not too shabby, right?
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