For those of you just joining us- welcome aboard the Body After Baby Challenge! A fun, encouraging and motivating place where mom’s of all walks and shapes, and of all goals and visions, can come together to offer support and accountability so we can all become the best that we can be for ourselves and our children!
The Body After Baby challenge is about whatever your
goals are for you and your body after you’ve had your baby. It doesn’t matter if you’re two months postpartum or two years! Our bodies are always a work in progress! Technically we’re on week four of this challenge, but that doesn’t make much of a difference, as each week is a new week in itself. If you’re new here, feel free to read all of the previous post which are here.
Later in the week I’ll share with you what I think a healthy diet looks like, (it’s really very simple) but until then I wanted to provide you with a few links that may guide you further in reaching your goals or learning more about losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle.
- Fitday is a great site that lets you keep track of your calories and see how much of what you’re eating is coming from fat, carbohydrates and protein. Generally you want your total calorie intake to be around 40- 50% carbohydrates, 30-40% protein and less than 30% from fat’s. These percentages are going to vary depending on your goals and your starting weight, but that is an estimate and a starting point perhaps. It’s not necessary to count your calories- some benefit from it while other’s do not. It may be something you want to try if you’re haven’t been able to lose weight.
- If you’re wanting to lift weights you can find a list of exercises that target a specific muscle groups in this exercise and muscle directory. Don’t let all the terms intimidate you. If you click on the links it will show you a picture or video of the exercise.
- Nutrition Data is another tool to track your calories and get general health/diet information.
Please note that these resources are just a tool, a resource, a guideline. It’s certainly not necessary to count your calories or look up weight exercises to lose weight or get healthy. (Although I strongly suggest lifting weights as a weight loss tool and general health perks.)
So, how did we all do this week? I want to hear! Me? Um, can we just not talk about it? Please? I actually haven’t lost a single pound in weeks. I thought I had lost a pound last week, but I guess it crept back on me… somehow! I’m rather irritated and annoyed by it. My goals this week are to run 5 days a week, lift 3 days, no sugar, no soda, tons of water and tons of healthy snacking. Oh! I got a BOB revolution stroller and I’m just beyond excited. I’ve had my eye on these since I was pregnant. But, I think my baby (almost 3 months) is too little for me to run with him yet. I’ve heard that 6 months and/or when they can fully support their head is when it’s fine to start jogging with them. Are there any runners out there? At what age did you start? I think I’m going to have my husband take a picture of me tomorrow in a swimsuit so I’ll have (scary!!) motivation and will then hopefully see small changes when I take a progress picture.
If you’re participating in this challenge with your blog- go ahead and leave your link! Please make sure you use your post url link and link back to my blog someway in your post so that other’s can see what all the fuss is about and can join along if they wish. I encourage you to write about your goals for this week, your progress that you made (or didn’t make) last week, your plan of action for the week (get to the gym, eat breakfast every morning, etc) and how you’re feeling in general. Don’t forget to visit your fellow mom bloggers and cheer them on!
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. – Robert Collier
*Mr Linky isn’t working- it disappeared! Sorry for those of you who left your link, I don’t know what happened! I’ll see if I can add it again, otherwise leave your link in the comments. Sorry!