When a lot of people look at me, they see me as being in shape, which I don’t understand sometimes. I take it as a compliment especially after having a baby four months ago, even my husband feels I’m back to my pre-baby weight. I must give thanks to the beautiful gene my mother has because, after having five kids herself, she does not look it at all.
Recently, I started talking to myself on how I need to get back in shape to tone my body especially when I’m not used to seeing myself this way and I know it’s time for a change. As I’m starting to write today’s blog, I have so many questions that people frequently asked me four months ago. Questions like: When are you going back to the gym? How soon can you start doing crunches? When are you having another baby? How long are you going to wait to give Keziah a sibling? Looking back I would be so upset saying things like “seriously, can I get a break?”
I remember clearly my experienced friends whom were already mothers telling me that, no matter how quick, long, or surgical, the body undergoes a huge transformation to expel a baby. Birth is a transforming event. This tells me that it would take time for my body to get back in shape but that’s not an excuse to not try at all. I’m a firm believer that, if you are not happy with your body, then stop complaining or comparing yourself to someone else and do something about it. Now, let’s get right into it.
#1. First and foremost, before you begin any postpartum physical activity, get your doctor’s permission. They usually say wait until after six weeks for normal childbirth and longer for those that had a c-section. However, it’s best to check with your doctor first. As for me, I am ready to get started. It’s been too long.
#2. Take your time by taking small walks in the neighborhood: I live in a quiet place that is friendly for families with kids to take walks. Kizzy and I love taking morning and evening walks when the weather is nice. I have to understand that my body will not change overnight so it requires some time.
#3. Set a realistic goal and work towards achieving that goal. My hubby and I have set goals for ourselves when it comes to getting in shape and we both have a reward for each other if we meet that goal. This helps me stay motivated because, when I’m sleeping in and I think of that goal, I get up and start exercising. Find a friend or a loved one that will hold you accountable when setting this goal.
#4. Be consistent: I can talk a lot on this because everything I’m doing this year is all about consistency. My blog, YouTube, Tyra Beauty, and many more to come are all about consistency. I literally can’t sleep because my heart is filled with joy knowing that I’m on the path to achieving my goal. I can’t achieve my goal If I’m not consistent. Sometimes when I lay down knowing I have a blog due the next day and I haven’t written anything, I immediately get up because I want to make sure I keep my words by being consistent. To achieve that Victoria Secret body you’re looking for, you definitely have to put in the work and stick with it.
#5. Last, check out YouTube videos for getting back in shape: I recommend this tip for mothers who don’t have the time to go to the gym and having a personal trainer come to you may be pricey. I recently started doing this workout and trust me it’s no joke! Check out Rebecca Louise on https://youtu.be/CxNHOtE1jEE Hope you enjoy it because I’m loving it so far.
Hope these tips will help you mentally, physically, and emotionally achieve your dream body. Stay tuned until my next blog. Don’t forget to leave a comment and tell me what exercise or video you are doing to get back in shape. #adakuinspires