I am officially 9 weeks postpartum.It has been one hell of a journey so far. My body has morphed through a ton of changes that I had never thought possible. For the pregnant MommyRockers out there, I can tell you that the one main thing that has helped me on my journey back to where I used to be is taking care of yourself during pregnancy. It will greatly affect how you bounce back afterwards. You can play the genetics card all you want, but if you do not take care of your body-it will not take care of you either.I realize that shit happens-health problems, bedrest, high risk pregnancy, etc, but if you are able, staying active during pregnancy and eating clean is the best thing you can do for you and your little one! I also realize that sometimes, you just do not feel like making it to the gym or eating salads everyday-I get it, I have been there. I remember those days when I felt like a zombie who only wanted donuts for dinner. I am nothing special, just simply a 25 year old, first time mommy, and BodyRocker who is trying to get her body back-and loving every step of the way.During my pregnancy, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to stay fit and to keep up with my original workouts, but adding some minor modifications to accompany a growing belly. I did BodyRock's 30 day challenge back in January which helped a ton! I actually BodyRocked up until my last week of pregnancy!I kept up with my clean dieting for the most part-though I did give in to a few usual cravings, such as chips & queso, pizza, fries, and cheeseburgers, every once and a while. Hey, I am human, afterall! I absolutely love BodyRock nutritionist Ciara Foy's recipes and they helped to keep me on track- especially towards the end when I wanted to eat everything (and everyone) in sight! Bouncing back after baby has been challenging, but challenges are meant to be, well, challenging! Besides, the human body is an amazing machine.Here are 5 tips that have helped me to get my sexy back after baby:1. Embrace your new look. The biggest and most important tip I can give you is to remember to love your body-no matter how it may look or feel at this moment. Realize you are human and cut yourself some slack! You just had a baby, afterall. Some of us may bounce back faster than others, but that does not mean anything is wrong-our bodies just happen to vary from person to person and situation to situation. When you feel confident and sexy, it shows through to the outside! Embrace those new curves that mommyhood gives you! 2.Clean up your diet. If you are wanting to lose your leftover pregnancy weight, clean up that diet the best that you can.The best place to start is by throwing away all the processed garbage in your pantry and going grocery shopping for clean ingredients. This part always excites me! Planning your meals or food prepping helps to keep you from deviating from your goals. I mainly used BodyRock's recipes and the Paleo diet sporadically to get me through the humps and slumps of the first 6 weeks of the postpartum period. I specifically avoided sweets, white rice, and pastas during those first 6 weeks; though I ate a TON of oats to boost lactation. Also, I know you have heard this a thousand times over, but drinking enough water truly helps to flush that fat! Aim for at least half of your body weight in ounces in water daily. A good diet trumps working out every time!3.Plan your workouts. You may not be able to workout for up to 6 weeks after giving birth, but most doctors will usually clear you for walking after a couple of weeks. Utilize that if you are able to and go with the flow. I remember getting out my jogging stroller and taking my son to the local track for nice walks. Once given the clear by your doctor, you will be able to resume and plan your actual workouts and get back into action. I realize, being a mommy, it gets a lot harder finding time to workout. I cannot just simply change my clothes, jump in the car, and head to the gym. What used to take 5 minutes now takes about 30 minutes-and that is with careful planning! This is where BodyRock's exercises come in handy. My personal favorite is the It's All About You Bodyweight workout! Now that I am officially back in the gym, I am hitting cardio & strength training hard with 4 day a week workouts.4. Set goals. Chances are, you may not be 100% thrilled with your postpartum body. That's okay. This is where goal setting comes into play. Personally, I love setting goals because it not only motivates me, but it gives me something to strive for. My body is flabby, but is slowly tightening up. I have tiger stripes on my bum, but I know that they will some day fade. Also, take before pictures-this will help you with your planning and also get you a bit excited for the future. I realize that with time, good food, and hard workouts, I can get to where I need to be. Studies have shown that consistently setting goals AND writing them down on a piece of paper will help you to achieve them 20 times more than simply thinking them in your head. So grab your pen and paper!5. Find your motivation. My personal motivation is and has always been Jamie Eason. I followed her before she ever became pregnant and I'll tell you a little secret-I had saved a picture of her as my screensaver back in 2010 which motivated me so much that I dropped 50lbs! I also had purchased a new pair of jeans-ones that I could not fit in just yet-to motivate me to tone up and lose those few extra pounds. It does not matter if your motivation is in form of another person or a thing as long as it's positive and makes you feel good about reaching those goals.Good luck and congratulations to all of the mommies and mommies to be out there!
My little gym buddy
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