Ever since I had Molly my time really isn’t my own. If I thought it was hard to find time to work out before, then it’s nearly impossible to find time now. Some days, I look at the clock and it’s 5 PM and I hadn’t even left the house. In fact, this was happening on more days than I’d like to admit. It made me realize that my lifestyle as a new mom was actually really unhealthy. So a little after Molly arrived I decided I needed to make fitness a priority and get moving!
All that said, finding the time to workout is HARD! And we don’t have family in LA or childcare. So it’s really hard to find free time to get to the gym. So I thought I would focus today’s blog post on sharing the things I am doing to get back into shape after baby and to live a healthier lifestyle.
Mark Your Calendar
One thing that really helps me get off my butt and go to yoga is scheduling it in my calendar. Once it’s in my calendar, it’s a commitment that I CAN’T break. I try to think of it as a work obligation. I wouldn’t just skip a meeting because I was too tired. And I wont skip my workout for the same reason. That said, I only mark it in my calendar twice a month for now. As a new mom who has her hands full, I find that it’s best for me to take baby steps. If I marked it in my calendar twice a week I would be much less likely to go. Twice a month is a much easier commitment to start with. I’ll increase the number of days as time goes on.
Withings for the Win!
Since I find it hard to get to a workout class more than twice a month, I needed something else to get my butt off the couch! Or better said, to get my butt off the play-mat with Molly and outside! What I needed was something to make physical fitness easy. Something to track my daily activity to make sure I was moving by body during the day.
That’s when I discovered Withings. I have both their Activite Steel Watch and Body Cardio Scale. First let’s talk about the watch. I love that the watch doesn’t look like a fitness tracker. It just looks like a really cute watch (and you can get different color bands to suit your style). And that’s really important for me because I love fashion, I like to look cute, and blog about it for all of you! So I can’t be wearing a sporty looking fitness tracker with my cute outfits. You’ll notice that in many of my past fashion posts, I’m wearing this watch and that’s because I wear it every single day.
The watch is connected via Bluetooth to an app on my phone and I’m able to set how much physical activity I think I should have in a day. For example, it’s recommended that people get at least 10,000 steps in a day to be healthy. The first day I wore the watch, I realized I wasn’t getting anywhere near 10,000 steps! So I decided to set a more realistic goal for myself and I changed the amount of steps I wanted to achieve in a day to 8,000. The watch then keeps track of my steps throughout the day and tells me how close I am to reaching 100% of my goal. I only reach 8,000 half of the time btw, but I aware of it and working to get more activity into my day!
It also tracks how much sleep I’m getting (which isn’t much these days!) and wakes me up with a gentle vibration on my wrist (you set the wake-up time on the app). I’m woken up by crying far too many times throughout the night so it’s nice to have at least one gentle wake up call. Ha!
I also have the Body Cardio Scale. This scale is incredible! I like to call it the scale of the future! Every time I step on it in the morning it tells me my current weight (obviously), how much weight I’ve gained or lost since the last time I stepped on the scale, my BMI, the weather for the day (gotta know what to wear!), what percentage water I am (gotta stay hydrated!) and my heart rate. All of this information is then communicated to the app on my phone so I can monitor my health, my activity, and hopefully reach my fitness goals. Based on my activity and goals, the app also offers tips and encouragement to help me do even better the next day.
Withings has a promo code right now so you can get these items at a discount! Use code ALILUVS20 for 20% off. I actually think this system makes for a really great gift this holiday season, I got the scale for my sister because she’s very serious about her fitness journey and I know that she’ll absolutely love the scale. She just had a baby too (our babies were born within two weeks of each other) and I know she’d appreciate the scale to help her reach her fitness goals. Or you can just get it for yourself and get a jump-start on that New Year’s resolution to get fit! I for one don’t make New Year’s resolutions because I never keep them so that’s why I decided to start working towards my fitness goals now instead of waiting till January. Get yours HERE!
Plan Meals Ahead of Time
If I don’t plan my meals ahead of time, I immediately reach for the pasta (I LOVE my pasta!). Or reach for my phone to use Post-Mates to order food – which can get very expensive and isn’t always healthy. If you guys follow me on Snapchat, you know that I eat pasta A LOT! Often for breakfast and usually more than once a day. I’m obsessed. But I know this isn’t healthy. Not necessarily because of the calories, but because I’m not getting any real nutrients from it. And now that I’m a busy mom and find myself rushing to make and eat most meals, it’s more important than ever for me to plan out my meals in advance. Not every meal, but some of them. I just dedicate an hour one day a week to prepare veggies that are easy to grab when I’m starving after breastfeeding and have no energy to make anything. It makes reaching for a quick snack much healthier! My new favorite meal – a kale salad with quinoa, golden raisins, almonds, lemon vinaigrette, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese! I wash and cut the kale once each week so it’s easy to throw together at mealtime.
Get Dressed for Success!
And no, for once I don’t mean put on a cute outfit. This tip might seem a little weird to some people, but it works for me! On the days I “schedule” my workouts or on days when I find some time and have a little extra energy, I make myself get dressed in workout clothes. By putting on my workout clothes, I’m just more likely to be active. Or just lounge around in yoga pants all day – but that’s a whole other issue. But really, just making the teeny tiny commitment to put on the clothes, I am more likely to get in my car and go to a workout class. And once I drive there, I’m definitely likely to do the class. So basically, I commit to two things. 1) putting my workout clothes on, and 2) driving to yoga class (or the gym if that’s what you prefer). By making the small commitments to put on my clothes and drive there, I am more likely to make the larger commitment of actually taking the class! By breaking it up into small tasks, I’m more likely to actually do it.
Hope this Inspires You to Get Fit!
I hope you guys found some of this helpful or motivating as you start or continue your fitness journey! All that said, I have almost reached my pre-pregnancy weight! I am still very jiggly, especially in my belly, but I hope to work little by little everyday to get back to a place where I am comfortable with my body. It’s not about being skinny or overweight, it’s about being healthy and feeling good. Plus, I’m extra motivated because I’m getting married soon!
What are you doing to reach your fitness goals? Let’s share tips with each other in the comments below!
And a huge thank you to Withings for introducing me to their amazing products! I am proud to partner with them to bring you guys today’s blog post 🙂