Jenna Dunham is a 36 year old stay-at-home mom who just had enough of feeling down. After her third pregnancy, her weight had grown to 203 pounds and things just weren't right. She felt discouraged and as you may well know, that is a terrible way to feel. She says, "I was 203 pounds and 'frumpy.'" Tired of using that f-word to describe herself, Jenna adopted a personal mantra to help her set foot in the gym again. Before getting on the treadmill or hitting the weights she'd say, "I can do anything for one minute." Before long, those one minute intervals gave way to sprints and advanced strength-training circuits. But Jenna wasn't looking to be a skinny mom, she wanted to be a fit mom. This desire and drive translated into a 70 pound weight loss in just 6 months and her body fat went form 31% to 17%! What makes this story even more inspiring is that between her three pregnancies, Jenna has lost a total of 180 pounds. She is living proof that the weight can come off, even if you have to do it a few times!
Be an inspirationJenna keeps a pair of XL maternity pants in her closet to serve as a reminder of how far she has come. She says that with a stronger mind and a stronger body, she has become a better mom. And really, shouldn't that be part of the goal? Our children develop the behaviours we model. If we show them how wonderful physical activity and clean eating makes us feel, they will follow suit. Similarly, if we love ourselves enough to treat our bodies kindly, they will notice that too. Raising body confident and healthy children should be on any mom's agenda. Besides, working out and eating right can provide energy. What mother doesn't need more energy? Energy you can use to spend time with your kids! [bctt tweet="Follow These Tips For The Post-Pregnancy Body Of Your Dreams!"]
Want Jenna's results?Jenna says, "some women make it look so easy to get back into shape after having a baby, but it takes a ton of hard work!" Here is Jenna's advice for you:
- Rely on a good support network of friends and family
- Try new workout classes and routines.
- Write down your goals for the day/week/month.