You know that you are amazing right? You created a life! Holy Moly! Just thinking about that sentence it is pretty incredible right! You (maybe with an incy winy little bit of help from your baby Daddy) grew and nourished and birthed a brand new human being.
So why, with all that major accomplishing going on, do we stand in front of the mirror in all our post-natal glory and feel crap about ourselves? Why do we grab the fat on your belly and sadly jiggle it up and down. When has that ever made any feel better about themselves?
Shouldn’t this be a time when we are celebrating and feeling our absolute best. Beautiful, strong + empowered.
For me (and I think I am in the majority here). I felt yucky after the birth of my girls. I didn’t want to feel that way, but when you can’t fit into any of your clothes it is hard to feel really great about yourself.
Then there are the days when you are covered in milk and vomit and only eaten crackers and biscuits all day.
It is hard to feel pretty on those days. It is hard to recognise the beautiful, fit and strong woman that you are.
So what do we do about it?
How can we get back to feeling the way that we deserve to feel after creating a life?
How do we get back to feeling beautiful, fit and strong? Here are 5 tricks that I used in my little path back to fitness.
Sounds so simple, but often the days just fly by and we haven’t done any kind of physical movement, let alone exercise!
Moving your body and getting some fresh air will make you feel so much better. You’ll give yourself a little endorphin rush and start to build the momentum towards daily exercise.
I love adding a little exercise circuit to my walks with my girls in the Pram.
Repeat 9, 8, 7, 6……… down to 1 of each. This also works really well with squats and dips! The ideas are endless!
2. Hack your Sleep
I know! The elusive sleep! But if you are sleep deprived. And let’s face it, basically all new Mums are. Everything just seems like a huge deal. Little issues become big issues. You are more emotional and definitely more hungry.
So whilst it might be tempting to survive solely on coffee and chocolate. Why don’t you try these 4 Hacks for Tired Mummas and see if you don’t feel a bit or a lot better.
3. Do something for yourself. Every. Single. Day.
Do you feel like you have lots your sense of playfulness? I know I did / have .
It’s so hard when are constantly worrying whether your baby……
to just snap into fun, frivolous mode. So how do you get a bit of fun back into your day. Preferably that doesn’t involve playing peek-a-boo?
Do something for yourself. Every day. Yep. You heard me. Every single day, do something that you enjoy. It can be big, it can be small. Doesn’t matter. As long as it makes you happy.
Tiny little sips of daily happiness will make more of a difference to your life than a yearly holiday or day spa.
4. Nourish Your Body
I don’t think that this stage of your life is a time to be depriving yourself. Of anything. But I haven’t met anyone who ever felt better about themselves after stuffing their body full of junk.
So instead of focusing on deprivation and diets, why don’t you try to shift your focus to nourishing your body with beautiful fresh food.
My simple tips are:
Do Breakfast Well. A healthy breakfast that is high in protein and good fats will give you a slow release of energy throughout the day and stop you from craving sugar. Think eggs with avocado. A green Smoothie with protein powder and almonds. Coconut yoghurt with a paleo style muesli.
Prepare some freezable or storeable meals on Sunday. We are busy and we are often tired, so if you can, prepare just one healthy meal in advance so that you can whip it out, heat it up and enjoy a healthy dinner.
Save your treats for after dinner. Craving chocolate? Me toooooooooo! So things don’t get out of control, I just try to save my treats until after dinner. Cutting back on the sugar you eat during the day will make a huge difference in the long run.
5. Think Lovely Thoughts About Yourself
I should put this tip first really. Because if you start to think lovely, positive thoughts about yourself, you wll start to do all of the other things naturally.
As Mums, we are so good at supporting everyone around us. Our friends, our family, our children. And yet, the things we say to ourselves.
Starting right now, list 3 words that describe how you want to feel about yourself.
My words were that I wanted to feel beautiful, fit and strong.
Every time you catch yourself pinching your muffin top or lamenting over the shape of your belly, just repeat those words to yourself and slowly start to notice how much better you feel.
Kimmy is the founder of the Fit Mummy Squad. Kimmy is also a former Australian Squad Netballer, a former corporate lawyer, a personal trainer specialising in post-natal fitness and a Mummy to two beautiful girls.
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