When I was pregnant with my son, I had many (and I mean many) people tell me that I would “lose my body” (I’m not sure what that even means). I’m guessing they mean I wouldn’t be able to keep up with my Fitness Goals or something to that extent. While I do admit my schedule has certainly changed, something that I had committed to myself long before even becoming pregnant was i) to be able to physically keep up with my future children and ii) to also be a continued example of health/wellness for them throughout their life. Is it challenging? Of course it is! But it was something I had committed to myself and really no alternative but to work it into my schedule consistently. Will there be days you don’t feel like training? Yes there will and, more than likely, there will be a lot of those days but the key is to stay #focused. With my STRONG LIKE MOMMY brand, I had a goal of documenting the physical changes of my …
I’m back from vacation and up about 7 pounds. So why am I posting this? Because a lot of my clients freak out after they come back from a vacation and their scale weight goes up (and this is why you shouldn’t rely on the scale). If you are away and enjoying yourself ➡eating, drinking, relaxing, sun tanning, and of course flying (this is a big one) your body will hold water. For me, it’s NOT 7 pounds of fat that I’ve gained in a span of a week (that’s crazy!). Once you get back to your normal routine those water pounds will come right off and, more importantly, the scale is only measures our relationship with gravity – break up with it, move on and judge your physique with the mirror and how your clothes fit! It’s back to training and long build for this Mama..time to build the booty☺
Finding the time to get to a fitness class or the gym is nearly impossible when you’re a new mom and there’s probably nothing more you want to do than lose the baby weight or ‘squishiness’. I’m very lucky to have been able to set up an at home gym but even then it can be hard to squeeze a workout in with a teething 5 month old so I’ve come up with a some quick and easy body weight circuits that can get done anywhere, anytime and it only takes 15-20 minutes…easily done during nap time. Give it a try and let me know how it goes in the comments below 🙂 15 Squats 15 Mountain Climbers 15 Burpees 15 Hips Thrusts 15 Lunges 15 Push-ups 15 Crunches 15 sec Plank 15 Jumping Jack Repeat 2-3 times Thank you Under Armour Canada for always supplying me with the BEST EVER active wear 🙂
If you’re in a hurry and looking for a delicious meal to stay on plan, try my “On-The-Go Tuna Salad” from my #StrongLikeMommy ebook: Ingredients ■ 100 grams of low-sodium flaked white tuna (I use Wild Planet Wild Albacore Tuna) ■ 1⁄2 cup chopped celery ■ 1⁄2 cup chopped yellow and green peppers ■ 1⁄2 cup grated or finely chopped carrots ■ 1 chopped green onion ■ 1 tsp mustard ■ 1 tsp hot sauce ■ 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper ￼￼ Directions 1. Mix all ingredients together with a fork 2. Scoop into 1-2 pieces of Rye Toast I love this recipe and is a staple in my diet giving me 30 grams of Protein, 16 grams of carbs, and 6 grams of Dietary Fats along with plenty of flexibility all fitting within the confides of my plan!
Because time is of the essence for all new Mommies, sometimes getting to the gym on a regular basis isn’t a realistic goal but that’s not to say we can’t get our workouts in with some creativity! One of the simplest movements we can do with our Baby is Seated or Standing Shoulder Presses. I recommend performing these when Baby is 3 months or older so the experience of being lifted up and down in a controlled manner is both pleasant and fun. This can be also be used as an alertness game in addition to getting a quick and short shoulder workout in that also allows us to engage our core muscles, preparing us to help build the strength necessary when we’re ready to return to the gym on a more regular basis. – Stand in neutral position with legs shoulder width apart/In seated position with legs – Mommy holds baby firmly under arm pits and around the waist – Straighten arms upwards without locking elbows – Pause Baby at the top and smile …
A little caution to the wind and some Food Prep planning helps avoid the dietary mishaps that will often plague our day because we all know that there’s no avoiding food temptations – it’s everywhere right??? As a busy mommy, taking some downtime for food organization helps me stay on track because when I’m on plan – my food is cooked and prepped on the weekends so, during my upcoming busy week, my meals are ready and there are no surprises. I also know, and am well aware, of all of my nutrition obstacles by writing them down along with accompanying solutions to help me avoid any dietary breakdowns in plan…which is usually my hubby. LOL! “IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN, YOU PLAN TO FAIL” Photo by Liana Lauzon MUH by Florencia Taylor
#StrongLikeMommy has begun with an e-book, but we are so much more than that. As our children grow up, we should never lose the drive to continue getting stronger and learning even more about how to live a healthier lifestyle. As strong mommies, it’s our responsibility to set an example of how to get more out of our lives, and the only way to do that is to lead by example. I cannot wait to share my #Postnatal e-book along with more of my journey as a new mommy 🙂 Photo by Dave Laus and Liana Lauzon MUH by Valeria Nova and Florencia Taylor