Struggling to meet your weight loss goals as a new mummy? All mothers find it challenging to get back in to health and fitness regime with a little one in tow, but it can be done! The key is NOT trying to make a plan to lose weight but more taking it day by day until the little one is in more of an established routine as I guarantee if you make a plan - he/she will have an entirely different one in mind and this just leads to endless frustration!
1) Get Out with the Pram!
This is the easiest way to shift the early baby weight in those first few months! Not only will you benefit from the fresh air and a bit of peace and quiet, baby will enjoy looking at the great outdoors! It's a great way in the early days to establish a sleep routine for your baby (most can't resist a nap in the pram) and a daily healthy routine for you getting out and about. Build up the intensity by increasing the pace / distance each week. Use an app on your phone to monitor progress and calories burned.
2) Clean Up Your Diet
It's so easy when you are tired to eat anything you can get your hands on (usually all the wrong things!) but this is how the baby weight can become a permanent fixture if you aren't careful! As early as you can try to establish a healthy eating routine that works around your little one and lifestyle. Some find the easiest way is to make food in batches and freeze portions that can easily be defrosted. Buy fruit and veg and cut up in to bite size portions for easy, healthy snacking on the go. The best way to monitor if you're eating too much is to get an app on your phone such as FitnessPal to see what foods are sabotaging your weight loss goals. That morning bagel might have a lot to answer for.
3) Work Out Why you are Eating
In the early days of motherhood there can be a lot of 'mindless eating' because you're tired and often living off adrenaline and often trying to 'comfort' yourself through food. Just watch that this does not become too much of a habit as this can really get you in a sticky spot moving forward if you become reliant on food to make you feel relaxed, happier, soothed or comforted. If you are eating for any other reason that you are hungry or need an energy boost then ask yourself what emotion you're trying to connect with and try to think of healthier alternatives to achieve that emotion.
It's also worth having a little think (on one of your pram walks) why you are using food to fill any gaps - perhaps you are feeling isolated, lonely, insignificant, angry, irritated, frustrated, out of control (ALL totally normal emotions when you become a first time mum). Perhaps you are reaching to food for a sense of security and certainty in your currently uncertain and new world of motherhood! Pondering on the answers can help to bring clarity, which leads to control.
4) Get Your Workout Gear On
Every night get your clothes out for the next day. If you make your walks in the morning, then have your walking gear ready to go and get it on as soon as you wake up! There's something about being 'dressed for the occasion' that gets you in a positive mindset and committed to the action of exercise! A small thing that takes little effort but makes a HUGE difference.
5) Try to Get Some Rest
A good night's sleep is vital for weight loss. It stops you from overeating, gives your body time to heal and the energy to exercise! However these little people often don't feel the same way! If you're struggling with getting the rest you need it's vital you ask your partner / friends / family for help if you can. Just one or two nights good rest will turn you in to a new woman with new resolve to reach your weight loss goals! Don't try to be a hero - just ask for help. Read our blog on getting a good nights rest here.