4 Ways to Balance Motherhood and Weight Loss
Being a mom is hard (yet, rewarding) work.
We wear many hats;
Educator, chef, nurse, maid, chauffeur, detective, and many others.
When in the midst of a busy schedule, it’s easy to place your weight loss goals on hold.
Below, are 4 tips that will keep you from having to do that any longer!
1. Wake up early
If your kids are anything like mine, it is near impossible to get any personal things done for yourself (in peace) once they barge out of bed.
Waking up early to get your workout done before anyone wakes up will leave you feeling accomplished and ready to take on the day.
There is something so amazing about getting your workout done early in the morning.
For one, you get it done and out of the way.
And secondly, early morning workouts are proven to bring long-term success and consistency.
2. be okay with putting yourself first
For some reason, there is a lot of mom guilt that women experience.
I can spend hundreds of dollars on my kids without batting an eye.
Yet, I question myself, “Do I really need this?” on every single personal purchase.
Mama, let’s stop doing this!
Yes, you are a mom and you have many responsibilities.
But, nowhere in the “Motherhood Contract” does it say you have to keep yourself (or your needs) on the back burner.
Be okay with putting yourself first.
If your cup isn’t filled, then you won’t have anything left to give others.
You may still be able to get things done for your kids, but it will come with agitation and fatigue.
Who wants that??
Putting yourself first does not mean that you are selfish, or you don’t care about your kids.
It simply means that you love yourself and your kids enough to know that you function at your best when you take care YOU.
And plus, your kids deserve a happy, healthy mom.
3. Meal Prep
Whether you are a corporate mom or a stay-at-home mom, prepping your meals in advance is beneficial.
Having meals on hand, that are healthy and nutritious, will prevent unnecessary snacking or skipping meals.
How amazing (and time savvy) would it be to simply grab some meals out of your fridge and heat it up?
I can already see the weight loss success just by doing this one, simple step!
Okay, okay, it’s not that simple, but over time, planning your meals in advance does get easier and faster.
If meal prep is new to you, start off with preparing 2-3 meals and work your way up.
4. Bring the kids along to your workout
Sometimes, it’s not possible to workout before your kids wake up, due to certain circumstances.
Maybe you have a fussy toddler who wants to be held throughout the day, as I do.
Or, maybe you work overnight which prevents you from waking up early to workout.
Whatever the reason, just know that you can still crush your weight loss goals by including your kids in your workout.
Bring out the Hula-Hoop, have a dance party, go on a family jog, or play an intense, yet fun game of hide-and-seek.
All of these options will get your heart rate up and burn some calories.
The great part is, you didn’t even have to call in a baby sitter!
Wanna get a workout done that doesn’t directly involve your kids?
Pull out some toys, puzzles, blocks, or arts and crafts so your kids can be occupied while you get your sweat on.
Losing weight while balancing motherhood isn’t always easy, but it’s doable.
It comes down to planning ahead, being consistent, and remembering to make time for yourself.
There will be many days you may wonder, “What’s the point?”, but continue to push forward.
You deserve to be healthy, happy, and fit!
Keep going, mama!