I could not be more excited to have Michelle from the oh so amazing blog Burn It Beauty to give us some tips on how to get back into those pre-baby skinny jeans that we all yearn to be wearing again post-baby. Michelle and Sara Jane are the bombshell beauties behind Burn It Beauty and I absolutely adore their blog, with it’s focus on fitness and motivation, along with beauty, fashion and even hair. So pretty much it is the quintessential blog that is every girl’s dream! Be sure to check it out here and follow along with their instagram for daily inspiration and tips! I hope you enjoy and soak in some of Michelle’s great tips for staying fit after baby!
While getting back into your skinny jeans may not be priority number one after giving birth, it eventually becomes a necessary evil. But as any mom will tell you, sometimes finding the time, or the energy, to resume your once active lifestyle is going to pose a bigger challenge than before you gave birth. After all, your schedule is a lot different which means carving out some time to exercise or cook healthy meals may be a bit more difficult now. But don’t worry! If you are trying to lose the baby weight, there are many easy and realistic ways that can help you reach your goals.
We’ve seen the celebs come out of pregnancies, Kourtney K, J. Lo, Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Miranda Kerr… just a few that come to mind, but all slimmer than ever before. Proving that us moms can come out as Mom 2.0, a stronger, leaner, faster version of the pre-pregnancy you. Most of us don’t have the luxuries of private chefs, 24 hour nanny service, or personal trainers but don’t allow that to serve as an excuse for you. It only requires some consistency and perseverance to get you back to your best body ever. Your body may not be the same as it was when you were 21, but you just brought life to this world and carried a human being inside of you for the last 9 months. We need to stop using our bodies as punching bags and be more realistic and forgiving. Here are some rules that helped me get my body better than ever.
Breastfeed: After having my baby I couldn’t get over the pooch that still existed. I had this unrealistic notion that once the baby came out so did my ever growing belly! I was honestly grossed out by the extra skin that was sitting on my stomach and thought “welp, this is my body now and thats okay because I have a beautiful healthy baby.” Not really. I was of course so grateful that my little love had all 10 fingers and toes and just perfection, but I wanted my body back. Our bodies are truly miraculous machines. Pregnancy was a testament to this, but breastfeeding was the icing on the cake. You can literally feel your stomach contracting and shrinking over night, guys! Its an incredible thing. I was only able to breastfeed for 4 weeks, and then pumped for another 6 weeks but even those 2 plus months helped to slim down.
Set a goal! Here was the #1 way I lost my weight! Preferably a race. This might sound scary to you. Don’t be scared! I have never been a runner, biker, or swimmer, really! I have always been active, and played sports which I think helped me through but I think anyone who trains can complete a sprint triathlon. I had my son November 17, 2011, and signed up for a sprint triathlon March 11 2012. People thought I was crazy of course (maybe I was) but I wanted to do something that pushed my physical limits in training and motivated me to get to the gym. Every time I worked out I told myself to keep going, picturing the finish line and then envisioning myself on the ground barely making it through before collapsing from exhaustion. I did not want to be that person! I was committed, and determined to do my best in the race and I actually had more fun with these workout than I ever have in any other time being a gym rat. There was purpose to my workouts which has completely changed the way I workout now.
Move your booty: Make exercise a priority throughout your pregnancy. Three days a week is a good goal to set for anyone who has never been a consistent gym goer, but still wants to stay healthy for both you and the baby. I tried to stick with 4-5 days of exercise a week, of course this all depended on how I was feeling. Some days I was good to get to the gym 3 days/week. Having this schedule will help your body bounce back after delivery.
Here’s a kick starter to get you on the road to a leaner you:
1- Avoid crunches in the beginning. Wait until you know your abdominal connection is back. This usually takes longer with each pregnancy. I had a c-section so more time was needed than a normal delivery. A bellyband can help you re-connect with your abs after you’re back to working out. Use it to help you focus on your abs working and reconnecting rather then as a support.
2- Focus on full body exercises rather then smaller areas of your body. The full range of motion exercises will help burning more calories because the body is working harder.
3- Squeeze in shorter workouts during your day, this is an effective way to boost your metabolism. Every time you exert energy, even 10 minutes, you’ve revved up your metabolism.
4- Be sure you are eating as clean as possible, especially when nursing, your baby literally is eating what you are. Use that as extra motivation to clean up your eating.
5- Avoid sugar as much as possible. Breast milk is really sweet so you need carbohydrates to support your breast milk production. Notice I said “carbohydrates” and not “sugar”. Do the best you can to consume the majority of your carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables, rather then breads and sugars.
6- Hydrate this is important for everyone. Most of us don’t drink enough, to help try keeping a water bottle with you all the time. If you’re nursing be sure you drink at least 1-2 cups every time you sit down to feed your little one.
Healthy go to snacks: For the first 6 months I was so exhausted that eating seemed like a chore sometimes. If it came between eating and sleeping, sleeping won every time. I needed the calorie intake though, for my baby and for my personal nutrition. With training and breastfeeding your body needs fuel. I started buying snacks and foods that were easy to grab and eat, ie.- Grapes, apples, crackers, cottage cheese, yogurt, pudding. One of the biggest reasons why women in general are able to lose weight and keep it off is because they plan and prep meals ahead of time. This means less time worrying about what to eat and making it, and more time for you to spend with your baby.
The biggest tip of all is to not stress about losing your baby weight. Being a new mom comes with its own stresses and worries so there is no need to add anything else to that. Simply watch what you eat, try to sneak in some exercise when you can (even if it’s just 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there throughout the day) and stay positive! Remember, you want to lose baby weight, but not lose your mind in the process. Think healthy, be healthy and before you know it, those skinny jeans will be back on before you know it!
Thanks for reading and I hope you all are having a lovely week xx.