How I Lost My “Baby” Weight [And Then Some]

As a fitness professional, I’ve been thinking about all the many different people I come across…12801176_10102465341263210_3944079194812601495_nThere are those that work your typical 9-5pm and are just too tired to work out at night or wake up early. Then there are the stay at home moms who get wrapped up with their kids. Or me the part-time working & stay at home mom who just juggle too much.20160505_073548-1 I’d be lying if I said teaching group exercise classes and building programs for clients didn’t help me with this – trust me, it did.

The fact that I was committed to clients or class participants who came to my class with the same goal or similar to mine gave me that motivation.20160305_101027 There were plenty of days I didn’t want to teach or was too tired from being up all night with Samantha. But as they say, if you want something, you MUST work for it. Nothing comes easy and that goes for weight loss too.IMG_20160611_103448A few weeks ago, I hit 155lbs ish on the scale. Now while on my ‘fitjourney,’ my sole intention was to get back to “pre-baby” weight which, was 162lbs. What was my secret, you ask?13494860_10102559946493570_7389813496027112989_nDiet & Exercise. I know right! My advice?

THINK & PLAN AHEAD: Prep some healthy meals in advanced, have plenty of nutritious snack options on hand and even schedule your workout days for the week – trust me it helps!20160223_073034-1Here are my top 15 items I try to keep stocked my fridge/ pantry at ALL times:

  1. Old Fashion Oatmeal
  2. Natural Nut Butter (Teddy’s or Justins- if on sale)
  3. Chia or Flax Seeds (whichever was on sale)
  4. Frozen Veggies/ Fruit
  5. Fresh Fruit/ Veggies (that I know Samantha will eat too)
  6. Milk (soy or almond)
  7. Protein Bars (Quest & Luna are my go-to)
  8. Eggs
  9. String Cheese
  10. Pretzels or Triscuit Thin Crisps
  11. Beans
  12. Brown Rice or Whole Grain Pasta
  13. Meat or Veggie Burgers
  14. Dark Chocolate (I got that sweet tooth!)
  15. Greek Yogurt (Chobani or Stonyfield)

In terms of workouts, I tried to workout 4-5 times a week.

If I wasn’t teaching a class, I was doing a workout from my “Virtual Bootcamp” coaching program or testing out a routine I was going to have one of my clients do that week. I try to stay moving in any way whether it’s by walking, doing yoga, Tabata or Barre!backdogI used to stress if I didn’t workout 5-6 weeks. You know what I saw? Nothing. No results. The stress holds cortisol aka FAT aka NOT my intention.

I use to stress if my fiance brought me a donut home or I ate a cookie because I was just craving it. Same thing, no results. The stress is all mental and it totally brings you down.

All things in moderation. That is my motto and I am sure plenty are sick of hearing me say it, but it really does work. Some people though do need structure so yes they may need me to help, but I am constantly giving them extra tools and support so they can work on their own to achieve their goals,

You can find one of my workout samples HERE. Plus there are plenty of free or cheap things you can find online, but you didn’t hear that from me. 😉

That’s where my Virtual Bootcamp coaching comes in; you are given all the tools, it’s structured and I am available at the drop of a text or Facebook message. You can out more information or client reviews on my coaching program HERE.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below or shoot me an email at FitCoffeeMom15@Gmail.com.

You can also find me on Facebook HERE and on Instagram HERE.Thinking-Out-LoudI’m linking with Amanda for Thinking Out LOUD Thursdays. Hope everyone is doing well and thanks for hosting Amanda!

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