First of all, thank you for reading my previous blog ‘Four golden rules for fit moms’ and for the positive responses! I am excited to announce to blog for Carin on regular basis (oh yeah!)! So THANK YOU! This blog post will be about getting back in shape after pregnancy and how this inspired me to work out the way I do now.
People often ask me what motivated me to work out the way I do now. As fitness instructor and outdoor trainer, working out is part of my job. But it used not to be like this. I just started with one hour per week of exercise, just to get myself in shape again after pregnancy. I wanted to do more but I had to combine my daily job and family time. How was I going to do that?
I learned along the way two very important things for getting back in shape after pregnancy.
1: “Don’t miss out on an appointment with YOU!”
Just like all my other things I had to schedule the workout in my calendar. This may sound ridiculous, but it works! If you schedule your workout in your calendar, it feels more like an appointment. Make yourself priority: You don’t want to skip an appointment with yourself, right? Just to give you an idea, I added a print-screen from my agenda here below.
Ok planning my workout didn’t happen overnight. The ‘old’ me would have said: “Oh it’s Thursday already? I wanted to go to the gym yesterday. Oh well, new week, new chances…” Turned out, I forgot to go to the gym many weeks. Until that moment I started scheduling my workout. And with a little help of my husband I started my new routine. On Wednesdays he would look at the calendar and said: “Honey, are you going to the gym? It’s Wednesday…” And so I went to the gym and my new routine began.
2: “How bad do you want it?”
You can schedule time for exercise but sticking to it requires persistence. Ask yourself how bad do you want to reach your goal? Define concrete goals and make a plan to get there. This way your workout becomes a routine. Is there a good reason you can’t workout on your scheduled day? Re-schedule! Make it a habit, because when it becomes a habit, it is easy.
It took some time to get into the habit of regular exercise. The ‘old’ me would have said: “Oh well, my husband has a meeting and isn’t home in time so I will miss my workout. Nothing we can do about that, let’s skip this one and try next week”. Of course I knew that wouldn’t happen. Luckily a friend at that time who also followed other fitness classes at the gym asked me to join her to gym on other days. I tried something different and I liked it! From that moment on I figured that if I can’t go on Wednesday, than I will go to another class on another day that week.
And be grateful…
These two things I mentioned above, to make myself priority and find an exercise routine I loved, got me getting in shape. It may sounds easy, but in reality it wasn’t easy for me or my family at all. In the beginning, starting to exercise for most of us isn’t easy, especially for (new) mothers who are getting into a routine with their child and partner. I admit I would never have come this far without the help of my better half.
We might forget them sometimes, but always be thankful for to those giving you the opportunity to do your workout and who supports you to take care of yourself, whomever that may be (partner, parents, friend, babysitter etc). Be grateful to your loved ones and let them know you appreciate what they do to help you. I would like to say thank you to my amazing husband Patrick: Thank you for letting me do the things that makes me happy, which makes me a better mother and wife. You are appreciated my love!
Be happy, be you, be inspired! Have no excuses.
Natasja, Fit Mom.