Hey guys! Not to long ago I was determined, energetic and ready to keep up with my active lifestyle. For years I have watched my food intake and exercise routine diligently. If you are a regular reader you know that I have been recovering from having a c section a little over a month ago. The 28 pound baby weight is shedding itself and I only have 8 more pounds to go. The problem is, the lack of energy and motivation I feel right now.
I know I just had a baby and need time to get back into the swing of things. Lack of proper sleep and a less than perfect diet right now (are mini eggs a food group??) are also bringing me into a slump. To be perfectly honest there is fear in the mix too. I don’t know if any of you have had a c section but they tell you to wait 6 weeks before exercising in order to recover. I went to the Dr at the 2 week marl and he said that if things kept going well I could start a light walking workout on the treadmill this past Monday. Well Monday came and went. I thought I would be racing to the gym to get started. I could not bring myself to do it. My incision is still pretty tender but I think I am also terrified of tearing it.
I know we have all been there. Maybe not for the same reasons but we have all been afraid of starting for the beginning again. Whether you are recovering from an injury, surgery or have just taken a long break from activity. Every time we are at this cross roads we have 2 choices to keep holding your self back, which will surely take you farther away from your goals; or to jump back in right away. Maybe not full force if you are recovering from something but start slowly and get back out there. Here are some ideas to get back on track:
- Start with a short workout. Even 5-10 minutes is better than nothing at all.
- Try some new recipes. Clean eating recipes have always been a great place for us to get started.
- Eat breakfast. This is something I always try to do. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
- Drink your water!! I am always telling Jon to make sure he drinks his water! Aim for 8 glasses but I always try to do better than that.
- Social Networking. I have always found that the great communities out there on twitter, blogs, and place like facebook can be great motivators. Finding others to share your journey with is important.
- Track your food and activity. I use my fitness pal and love it. Good or bad you will always learn from your results and know where to make changes.
- Find a workout buddy. It is easier to be held accountable when someone else is waiting for you to come and workout with them everyday.
- Take a walk. With Spring just starting the weather is getting better so there is no excuse for not getting out there and enjoying it.
- Hit up your local Whole Food or Trader Joes and discover some new healthy food and snacks that you have never tried before.
- Take the stairs. I know that one flight of stairs is not going t0 make you lose weight but it doesn’t hurt either. It also just keeps you more aware of your activity levels.
- Keep track of your serving sizes. Do you ever look at the labels and see what an actual serving size it? I do and it is mind boggling how many times I have consumed double or triple what is actually considered to be a serving of something. Try this and you will start to eat differently.
- Eat slowly. Jon always makes fun of me for how slow I eat dinner but the slower you eat the less you will consume and you will enjoy your food so much more.
I am going to give myself till this Monday and then I am forcing myself to get started. How many of you are struggling with staying on track or getting started??