I just had a baby, well two months ago I had a baby. Don’t ask me how much weight I gained during the pregnancy because I don’t know. I didn’t keep track. I don’t own a scale, never did and never will. What I know for sure is that I don’t fit my old clothes, I’m still rocking the maternity jeans, I feel tired and sluggish and I know I’m not eating well. I want to be healthy. I want to make better choices and fit back into my old jeans.
I am not a skinny person. I never was. I have curves. I have hips and I’m comfortable with them. I have stretch-marks on my stomach, sagging in places that weren’t saggy before, and I’m comfortable with those too. I am a mom and that’s what it took to get me here. I’m proud of all that. But I don’t like feeling out of breath when I run up the stairs to Magnus’ room, or the fact that I can only wear stretchy pants.
With Magnus being two months old I am still recovering from the pregnancy and the c-section. I am breastfeeding and that makes me crave food all the time. But did I need to eat a couple of kilos of Halloween chocolate? Probably not. Do I have to order a croissant every single time I order a coffee? Or rely on pizza as my only go-to take out meal? Its about the choices, I make the choice that’s easiest or the one that I crave. I shovel food into my mouth in between school runs, laundry and diaper blow-outs. I have very little time, I’m constantly exhausted and I am not a priority for myself.
It would be easy to keep doing what I’m doing, except that I remember how I felt when I was healthier. When I ate better and worked out. I felt amazing, lighter, slept better. I didn’t have stomach pain, or headaches and I was in a better mood. I was a better mom, more patient and more playful. I want to have “me” back.
A few weeks ago someone suggested that I create a challenge, for myself and to inspire other moms like me. Mom’s don’t have a lot of free time, a workout and diet are sometimes impossible and definitely daunting. So here’s what I’ve come up with:
A 4 week challenge. A challenge that focuses on one thing at a time, small changes towards feeling better and hopefully, looking better too. From past experience its better not to be overwhelmed by making complete lifestyle overhaul right from the get go, although ultimately that is the goal. And for those of you, like me, who are breastfeeding, we don’t want to affect the milk supply. So here’s how it will work.
(1) Every week on Friday I will post the new challenge here on the blog, along with how my week went, tips, and a healthy recipe for something relevant to the challenge ahead.
(2) Those of you with blogs feel free to create your own Friday post on the previous week and how things went for you, your own tips etc… Come back here and leave a comment with your link to your blog if you so wish.
(3) Those who don’t have blogs don’t worry, you can comment or not, totally up to you.
(4) Those of you who have Instagram and want to post any pictures during the week, you can hash tag them #bbkgetfitchallenge so we can connect and see how we’re all doing.
(5) Lastly sign up to my newsletter in the sidebar. I will send out a biweekly newsletter with the meal plans I create for my own family, along with extra recipe (s) and the usual blog post recap. The first one goes out next week.
I know myself. If I break this down into small chunks, I will be able to achieve my goals. I am a mom first and foremost, I don’t have time for complicated meals or even multiple meals for that matter. Everything I do needs to work for the whole family, myself and the boys. My first focus is on nutrition and the exercise will follow.
So here goes!
WEEK 1 CHALLENGE
(1) More water. I am notorious for never drinking enough water. I will fill up on coffee, tea, juice… but water I don’t drink nearly enough, and its a KEY component to being healthier and losing the weight. So for this week I will fill up my reusable water bottle and take it with me in the diaper bag.
(2) Healthy breakfast. I love all things carbs…bagels, croissants, english muffins. This week I’m going to switch the bread carbs for healthy carbs like steel cut oats with berries, greek yogurt, and eggs. My plan is to make a large batch of oatmeal on sunday and keep it in a sealed container in the fridge. I’ll take out small amounts for each breakfast. And the eggs, those I’m planning on making on the go. I make them for Johannes’ breakfasts too so I should be able to make eggs for myself at the same time. I don’t plan on cutting calories, since I don’t want to affect my milk supply for Magnus, but I plan on swapping the bad for the good.
For this week’s recipe I’m digging up an old recipe I used to make when I was working out regularly and more careful with my food intake. They’re mini quiches you can make ahead of time and refrigerate for the week in a sealable container. Recipe found here.
So what do you think? What are your personal goals?
Also, here is my before picture… fully clothed but of course.