Well, we kicked off Kaia Fit’s Fall Brik session and I have successfully completed two workouts. I repeat, I successfully completed my first workouts post baby. My sneakers are set out, I’ve got my goals set, and I’m ready to start rebuilding my fitness level. The rest of this week and the next 6 should be interesting. As I was thinking about my goals, I figured I would share some realistic advice on conquering your fitness goals after giving birth.
Creating Goals Before Labor & Delivery
Before Delilah arrived, I made sure to focus on what I wanted my fitness goals to look like after the baby. I knew that I wanted to get back in the gym, but I also wanted to allow myself plenty of time to heal. By creating these goals before labor and delivery, I had my expectation set out ahead of me. It also allowed me to be realistic in my need to get back into the gym.
Be Realistic in Goals
I cannot stress enough to be realistic in your goals post baby. Don’t go out there trying to lose 50 pounds in the next 6 months. Start small and work your way up. I quickly have taken into consideration while my mind is fully there for working on my fitness, my body needs a little work. It’s not that I’m out of shape, I just have to really work myself back to the point of where I was prior to baby. Set small realistic goals that set you up for success! Look at conquering those small goals before you head into the big goals of lifting the heaviest weight in no time.
Accountability for Goals
Accountability with your goals is so important in achieving them. Find an individual who will motivate you to do and be better each step of the way. Look for individuals who will encourage you on the hardest days when you don’t feel like doing anything. Join a club or fitness program with other individuals who could help you on your journey. I’m very fortunate that I go to an amazing women’s gym here in Dallas (Kaia Fit North Dallas) without a support group like no other. In addition to my gym, I have two amazing accountability partners that help motivate and encourage me to keep going.
Fit Mom Personal Goals
For the remainder of the year, I’m really focusing on 3 big goals.
Workout 2x + 2 walks with baby girl each week
I want to be in the gym and taking walks with the baby girl at least twice every week. This’ll get me out of the house to see all of my Kaia Sisters. The walking will allow quality time with my baby girl to explore the world.
Eat healthily and drink lots of water
My eating habits have been great since I found out I was pregnant. My pregnancy cravings were all about fresh fruits and veggies, so I want to stay on that track. I’ve continued to watch what I am eating because I’m currently attempting to breastfeed until Delilah is at least a year to 18 months. By watching my habits and staying hydrated, my milk supply will benefit from this goal greatly.
Stay under 200lbs
This literally is just a bonus goal and something I’m doing for myself. My goal before my 30th birthday was to be under 200lbs and I successfully accomplished that. I weighed in at 199, two days prior to turning 30. With my healthy eating habits during pregnancy and nursing immediately afterward, I’ve seen a drastic drop in my pregnancy weight. Right now, I’m happily sitting at a weight that I never imagined I would see again. As extra motivation for myself, I’ve decided I never want to see 200 on my scale again. So I’m committing to staying underneath the 200lb threshold and that’s it.
Moms, mommies, future moms, and anyone else looking for motivation – go and conquer the world. Life is too short to sit back and make goals that you never intend on reaching. Be reasonable with your capabilities and make magic happen. I’m rooting for you!