Well, here I am, now 6 months postpartum and I am starting to feel my efforts are finally paying off! There are still parts of my body I'm learning to love, but on the whole I am proud of how far I have come. It hasn't been easy thought.... Even being a Personal Trainer, I find myself having down days when I can't be bothered or am loosing track! I think it's safe to say, trying to find the motivation to workout (or do anything for that matter) when you're super tired, rocking the mum-bun and just trying to get through the endless amount of baby washing, is HARD. No matter what stage your at in motherhood, every day can be a challenge. I've had days when I've seriously struggled (especially with Maddison's teething and reluctance to sleep right now), to even find the motivation to get out of bed and open the curtains haha!
As good as it is to have a day when you do just chill in your pjs.. too many of these days, and you feel like your in a downward spiral of sloth-ness.. know what I'm talking about mamas? That feeling of, "how will I ever get myself back together, if I don't give myself a kick up the ass ASAP?!"
Nutrition and fitness do get knocked back a couple of places on the priority list when you become a parent. So here are my 5 tips that I go by, to keep me motivated on my postpartum journey and on the right track. I'm hoping that sharing these will help you too, if you're finding you need a little help keeping the motivation going!
1. MEAL PREP
Seriously, if we didn't prepare our meals in our house, I would be eating all the worst convenience foods going. When babas crying or you're trying to do 101 things at one, cooking a proper balanced healthy meal isn't something you want to face. Every Sunday, Josh and I have started prepping our meals for the week, cooking a ton of fish, meats and veggies! Then splitting them up into Tupperware's for lunches and dinners throughout the week. So when I'm dying to eat but CBA to cook (or Maddie's being hard work and I can't spare two hands!), I can pop my healthy meal into the microwave and it's done! It really has stopped me wanting to reach for anything naughty or convenient knowing I have healthy, clean cooked meals waiting for me!
This one is So simple, yet SO affective! (And one of my favourite things to do!) If you haven't got the time or energy for the gym, get outside and go for a long walk! It is the easiest way to get your body moving without feeling like you're doing a workout. Not only is it great for you physically but walking is so refreshing mentally too. I find getting out of the house clears my mind and you just can't beat some fresh air! I always find myself in a positive mood after a lovely long walk.
3. ME TIME
As much as I love my daughter, you can't beat some quality "me time". If thats going for a coffee alone, getting my nails done, or whatever and for however long. I find just having some time alone helps me mentally recharge and stay focused on what I need and want to do! I feel lucky that we have family nearby who help out and make this easier for me, or if Josh isn't working he will be on daddy duties. If you can't get someone to look after baby, try and designate one of babies nap times and your "me time". Sod the housework for a moment, and just give yourself a bit of time to sit with a book or watch a programme you love. Just something to recharge, so you're refocused and can crack on!
4. SET SHORT TERM GOALS/DAILY TO-DO LISTS
There is nothing more satisfying than ticking something off a to-do list. The satisfaction of completing a goal or task! This was also one of my New Years Resolutions! (CLICK HERE to watch my goal setting video.) Rather than focusing on the long term goal, break it up into short term goals. These feel much more achievable and will keep you on track! The more tasks I tick off of my to-do list, the more focused and motivated I am to keep going, till you find yourself where you want to be!!
I feel like this tip is most important. At the end of the day, we are all only human. And being 100% strict with yourself is only sustainable for so long, before you crash and end up binging or loosing your momentum. I have always lived by the rule 80/20. 80% being good and healthy, 20% of indulgence. I spread this out over the week. So once a week, Josh and I will treat ourselves 1 "cheat meal" out and maybe 1 "cheat snack", or maybe have a few cheeky glasses of Gin as our 20% indulgence - hehe! There is no point kidding yourself into a treat everyday because (from my experience), it won't get you to where you want to be. But there is also no point in torturing yourself without the odd treat at all. By having balance, it's almost like giving yourself mini awards when you achieve a certain short term goal, which will then motivate you to keep going onto the next short term goal! It's a positive cycle!!! Most importantly, it's about finding a balance that works for you and your lifestyle, that in the long run will get you to your desired goal!
I hope you all find these tips useful to help keep you on track on your postpartum journey, or use adapt and use these tips for any goal you are trying to achieve!
As always, feel free to comment below or share any tips and tricks that you do to stay motivated! Hopefully we can all inspire and support one another in our journeys! Lots of love, Bethany x