One of my favourite bloggers out there, Ana of Bluebird Kisses, just started a new “Get Fit Challenge” on her blog, which I am really excited to participate in. This could not have come at a better time for me, as lately I have been feeling pretty down about my own post baby fitness. 16 months post baby I definitely thought that I would be a lot further along than I am, which is disappointing and overwhelming to say the least.
Losing weight post baby is really, really hard – I am always tired and drained, and while I was breastfeeding I was constantly STARVING. I was also always scared to limit my calorie intake for fear of it affecting my milk production. I find that I put a lot of emphasis on feeding and cooking for Olive, and tend to let my own nutrition fall by the wayside. Since I stopped breastfeeding two months ago I have actually gained a few pounds. But now that I am not so concerned about my milk production, I have no excuses. I have decided to use this space to motivate myself and (hopefully) others in the same boat.
Each week Ana is going to post a new challenge, and every Friday of that week I am going to post an update on how the week went for me and hopefully be able to share some recipes, tips and words of advice.
The point here is to set smaller attainable goals for yourself so that the end result doesn’t seem so daunting and out of reach. This is important for me. Breaking down the ultimate goal (weight loss) into weekly, smaller challenges makes the end result seem attainable.
Week 1 Challenge:
1. Drink more water! My first goal this week is to carry this Lifefactory bottle with me everywhere I go. I am definitely guilty of running on empty H2o -wise, and often end the day headachy and dehydrated because of it.
2. Make healthier breakfast decisions. I’m not going to lie, our mornings are hectic. I often find that I am so busy with my morning routine of making Olive’s smoothie, feeding her breakfast, unloading the dishwasher, and making my coffee (which, let’s face it, is like gold these days), that I don’t eat breakfast myself. This week I am going to try to find some quick and easy breakfast recipes that I can make ahead of time in order to encourage myself to eat a better breakfast in the morning. I hope to be able to share some of these with you next Friday.
I am excited for this challenge and hope that you find it helpful in some way as well. If you want to follow along check out Ana’s original Bluebird Kisses Get Fit Challenge Post. She offers you a few different ways to follow along – either on your own blog or on Instagram.
Let’s do this together!