Monday, January 18, 2016

post baby body

parlor girl before and after pregnancy body
This picture blows my mind! It seems like a lifetime ago I was pregnant. That belly tho!! 
Happy Monday! With a little over two weeks into the New Year, how is everyone doing as far as fitness goals go? I love goals and resolutions as they totally motivate me and I'm a plan lover. With that being said, I get asked a lot what do I eat and what do I do for workouts since having the baby. 
Today I am going to share some tips that have totally helped me get my pre-baby body back.

Water //
First off, water. I am entering my 16th month of breast feeding (which is at night only now and I plant to finish by 18 mo) and staying hydrated is #1. Not only does it help to keep your milk supply up, it satiates you and is just plain excellent for keeping your body flowing from the inside out. There are so many cute options for re-usable water bottles these days making it more fun and accessible to have water with you at all times. But Barbie water is so plain... Well then, you infuse my friend. Cut your favorite fruit and plop a few in your bottle for a bit of extra flavor. Or, we have this pitcher (it's under $20) and keep it in the fridge with alternating limes, lemons, grapefruit, cucumbers, and various berries in it. Here are a few of my favorite water bottles. 

Diet //
I eat a pretty high protein diet. I have always consumed a good amount of lean protein (as I use to compete in figure competitions and it was necessary) and this makes up the majority of what I eat around 5 times a day. I prefer smaller meals or 3 meals and 2-3 snacks if you will. We recently revamped our meal planning and I think I eat more then my hubs does. Shhh lol

I looove healthy fats! Again, this is helpful if you're still nursing. I add in a few extra egg yolks, avocado, almond butter and cook everything in coconut oil. Salmon is one of my favorite dinner meals and is so good for you with the protein and fat that it contains. 

I do eat carbs too. I would be lying if I told you I did not. However, I usually have them early in the day and taper off as the day goes by. I have eaten totally paleo for months before and I absolutely loved that too. My body responds really well to fats and can totally go without carbs. But realistically, I do have them but in total moderation. 

Exercise //
Move people! Honestly, your diet is about 75-80% of how you look but you also need to get out and move. This does not mean you need to have a gym membership (this post here elaborates on working out as a mama) although a gym or classes helps to accelerate the process and just getting out and walking while pushing the stroller can give you a wonderful workout. I currently walk and go to P2P which is similar to crossfit and boot camps and I absolutely love it! Being a mama, it is great to go to a class where they have everything planned out for you and all you have to do is show up and sweat. 

Workout Clothes //
Having a cute outfit and fun trainers always makes me feel like working out. I even reward myself when I reach certain goals to keep me going. Here are some of my favorites to help get you motivated.

Remember, these are things have have worked for me. Everybody has a different body. Be patient, consistent and love yourself! Those are key... Thanks for reading. xx, B
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