Three Kids = Mom Bod. This third kid really did a toll on my body. After Ivy, I had been running throughout the pregnancy, and well, first kid, so bounced back pretty effortlessly. Leo, I didn’t do anything during the pregnancy, and still, mostly bounced back. Now with Faye, I was doing Barre3 and running and while I’ve made it back to my pre-birth weight, that doesn’t mean I’m happy with my bod.
It’s like, total Mom Bod now. No abs, no muscle, boobs… what, and no butt. This girlfriend jean trend with the long butt is doing no favors for my already long Mom butt! Something about the third kid, man, tough on the body. Breast feeding has gotten my weight back down, but now it’s time to ditch this Mom Bod!
I’ve started a workout regimen, it’s feeling so good to sweat and get some high endorphins running through my body!! Here are 5 tips to help you get started!
FIND A GYM. As much as I LOVED Barre3 (miss it there so much!!!) and would LOVE to workout at Form, I need childcare and I really just want to run again (I competed and ran all through high school and college, so it really is my first love!). I feel like that’s the best all around workout for your body and will deliver the quickest results. Plus, fall running, is like THE BEST. So, I decided to join at the Sanford Wellness Center and am really liking it so far! This way, I can drop the kids off at daycare (the Grandmas that work there just hold and coo at Faye the whole time!) and head outside to the Outdoor Campus for a short run while they’re taken care of. Or I can run on the treadmills. There is also a fabulous pool for the kids too to use! So many opportunities at a big fitness center! Tons of things to do. Plus a gym has so many motivational people and staff there to talk to, I love the community feel at a gym. Has anyone tried the new Club Pilates in town? AMT and Revolution are also amazing!!!
WORKOUT WITH FRIENDS. We all need motivation and someone or something to help us along. Working out with friends is the perfect way! There’s a large group of us girls that have a private trainer on Tuesdays and it is SO AWESOME. It’s so fun knowing your friends will be there and will push you while you get to chit chat about everything. Someone to work out with is huge! Really gets you to the gym and brings out a friendly competitive side.
LISTEN TO MUSIC. Get spotify, or apple music, or whatever you want, but GET MUSIC. And find a great playlist. I really love “Today’s Top Hits” on Spotify, it’s a great mix of tunes and tempos I love.The playlists “Workout,” “Cardio,” and “HIIT-Pop” are also great ones on Spotify. Music hides how hard I’m breathing, haha, so I can push myself harder! Plus, I try to catch the beat if I’m doing squats or weights or something so it helps me stay on track.
GO SHOPPING. As if we need a reason. But seriously. The first thing I did after I got back down to birth weight with Faye, was buy some new jeans. Something about a tight fitting sexy pair of distressed jeans (like these, these, or these black ones), makes you feel good about yourself, even if you do have a Mom butt or have to buy high waisted ones to keep in the Mom gut :) And maybe buy yourself a new workout outfit while you’re at it (yoga pants – here and here).
FORCE YOURSELF. The first step is always the hardest, but once you get started, the workout burn feels so great and the results will feel even more great. Make a goal for yourself, maybe you want to start working out 3 days a week, or you want to run 2 days and do a group fitness class 2 days, whatever you decide, and stick to it, make a plan. I try to plot out the group fitness classes I want to attend that week, which days am I going to run, and I DO IT. If I skip once, it’s easier to skip the next time. Try to make a plan and just get your shoes on and GO. And remember, a friend to meet up with or you signing up for a class will hold you more accountable!
Hope this helps you get ambitious again! And with the start of the school year and kids back in a routine, this is the perfect time for Mom to get into a routine also! Good luck! Feel the burn! :)
Pics by The Sampson House at Barre3