Body After Baby: All or Nothing


I’m an “all or nothing” type of gal. Depending on the circumstances, this can be a good or bad thing. In regards to the Body After Baby Challenge? Bad. Very bad. Far too often I throw in the towel for a week because I’ve already messed up. More times than not, I’ve turned my bad mornings or missed workouts into “nothing” days and “nothing” weeks. I’m either “on” or I’m “off.” I can be 100% IN or 100% OUT.
I forget to take each day, hour, and minute as it’s own. I focus too much on the “big picture” instead of tackling each workout and each meal as an individual goal. I know that every day is a new day, and every meal is a new meal, but still, I fall into the “all or nothing” mentality far too often.

This isn’t how it should be.
Health and fitness should not be all or nothing. Your health should be a balance of eating right, staying active throughout your day, and enjoying a slice of cheese cake every now and then. There shouldn’t be a need for being 100% on or 100% off. It should be a balance.

We should live every day as a balance. Just as we learn to balance work and home, children time and alone time, and social life with family, we must learn how to balance health with daily life. A healthy heart with a happy tummy. Strong muscles with a Sunday morning sleep in. A long walk after dinner with a bowl of ice cream during TV. Balance is an essential part of life in all aspects, no matter who you are or what you do.

This is something I’m working on. I’m learning how to be healthy, be fit, be active, yet also enjoy life’s simple pleasures and not stress about those days when I can’t make it to the gym. Does anyone else struggle with this? How do you find balance?
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I feel like many of you have fallen off the body after baby wagon. Is that true? I had almost 60 of you join the Fit by Labor Day Challenge yet very few of you are writing about it and leaving comments on the Body After Baby post! What’s going on? Of course I love to have you regardless of the participation I see here, I just hope you’re enjoying yourselves and getting healthier! I hope you’re not giving up because you had an “off” week or day. I hope that we can learn to get right back up again after we fall! Every time, no matter what. What do you say we have an “all” week? 100%!
Should I do a cheerleading chant for you? Rah! Rah! Go! Fight! Win!
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Your “after” picture must be emailed to me by Friday September 4th. All before and after pictures will be up on Monday September 7th. We will nominate people for the biggest change and then vote. More details on that to come!
Feel free to leave your link if you wrote about the Body After Baby Challenge this week. I’d appreciate it if you linked back to me- thank you!

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

11 thoughts on “Body After Baby: All or Nothing

  1. I have fallen off the wagon big time! Sadly I just have no motivation. I really want to lose weight and I want to look better but I just can't bring myself to do anything about it. I did really well the first week but that is about it. boo on myself!!

  2. I've lost a little weight but I could be doing so much better. I do give in to food way to often! We've got 2 weeks left and I'll make the best of them! I hope everyone else does too.

  3. I “only” lost 8 pounds – but I have toned up! Yes, eating has been my downfall too. 2 kids can be stressful and eating feels good….but thanks to this challenge I am keeping it somewhat under control!

    Go brown team!!

  4. SO glad Annie is on mybrown team! 😉
    Sadly, I have not done as well as I should have or could have.
    Not totally making an excuse, but I am in the midst of training for a marathon and it is very tough to actually lose weight while not sacrificing your performance. For now my priorities are getting a good time and not on losing my gut! My priorities shifted half way through the challenge!

  5. I tend to have the same all or nothing attitude. I definitely have fallen victim to it the last 2 weeks. Hopefully, we can both kick it and come back strong these last 2 weeks.

  6. Man, I'm soooo far off the wagon it's not even funny. I was HORRIBLE on vacation and I'm avoiding the scale because I just know I gained a couple pounds. I'm not feeling really motivated either – as I type I'm shoveling chocolate ice cream in my mouth. I'm very, very bad. *sigh* But I still do like the Monday encouragment! I'm half inclined to submit my larger “after” picture just as punishment for how bad I've been!

  7. LOL to PP. I've done really well for six weeks, then this week was a bit of a backwards slide, but I'm determined to finish strong and submit my after pic. I am so an all or nothing person, and it has made me a yo-yo dieter for most of my life. Here's to changing that pattern!

  8. Funny you should say that. I have been thinking about my lack of posting, my lack of commenting. I'm sure much of this has to do with my disappointment in myself. I was doing great, on track to hit my goal and then fell off the wagon… my husband took vacation time and though we went no where, we acted like we were on vacation.

    I'm also frustrated because there's no real set time for me to do something for myself unless I wake incredibly early and my brain is just not wired that way. I don't like waking up; I don't like mornings. So, for me it's like the all or nothing you're speaking of.

    I originally lost 6 pounds; I've gained it back. I'm frustrated. I dread sending in my after photos, but alas, that's what it's all about….

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