Fitspiration Friday Spotlight
Chelsea and I went to college together and have stayed connected through social media. I have been inspired by her and her fitness journey for years. Her dedication and determination even with the new title of mommy is so inspiring and has motivated me to keep at it and find the time for me.
How do you find time for your physical health after having a baby?
When I first had my daughter, Troi, it took me 8 weeks to get back in the gym. Once I decided I was ready to get back to exercising, I set aside 35 minutes, 3 times a week, to workout. I’d do 5 minutes of stretch/warmup and 30 minutes of cardio on the Stairmaster, treadmill, or elliptical. I was just trying to get my stamina back. Lifting wasn’t even a thought right after pregnancy. I knew I just needed to get used to my previous level of “pump”. After all, my daughter was almost 9 lbs at birth so I had my share of heavy lifting at home with her. Anyway, after eating terribly (cause cravings) during pregnancy, 35 minutes was all I could commit to. Three times a week, I’d put on my gym clothes and sit around until my husband got home. As soon as he walked in, I’d hand him the baby and run out of the door. Literally, if I wasn’t gone within minutes of him coming home, I wouldn’t have made it to the gym. IT.WAS.HARD! It took about four weeks for me to get back in the swing of things. Then, we bought a house and decided to make our basement a home gym. Then, there was NO EXCUSE! Just as before, I’d change clothes as soon as I got in from work (cause how terrible would it be to not workout after having on your clothes) and right after putting my daughter to bed, to the basement I went! I literally told myself, “you have no choice but to work out!” With lots of positive self-talk, to the point that exercise is now non-negotiable, I am able to workout 4-5 times a week. I treat exercise like it is a part of my daily life, just like eating and sleeping. When I start to allow the “maybe I’ll miss today” thoughts to creep in, I tell myself that if I can commit 8 hrs. to my students, about an hr to television and God knows how much time to social media, I can commit at least 30 minutes to myself each day!
What keeps you motivated?
Honestly, what keeps me motivated is the progress. I don’t weigh myself often but I’m very aware of how my body looks in and out of clothes. I notice the smallest of “gains”. I pay attention to what I call my “I had a baby pouch” (the lower abdomen) and I notice how it doesn’t hang over my pants as much as it used to. I notice the little muscles developing in my arms. They’re small, but I see them. When I lift, I notice when a weight feels lighter than it used to. I notice when ten burpees don’t feel like death. I notice it all and each moment of progress keeps me going. Oh and one other thing, I start envisioning my next workout the day before it happens. I try to get it in my head early. With me, it’s mostly mental. The more mind games I play with myself, the better. I have to get inside my own head and remember that when I don’t workout, I’m only hurting myself and when I do, I’m one step closer to my goal.