#1: When you decide to commit to these hour long workouts, whether at home or at the gym, you’re excited and do it at first. Then it becomes hectic and tiring and you start to dread getting going. Then you’re frustrated because you’re failing and it’s not working. Give up altogether and restart a month or two later just to complete the same cycle. Hence, not actually seeing the scale “tip in your favour.”
Have you been there? I certainly have. Here’s what to do instead, and why it actually works wayyyy more efficiently.
Simply put, you deserve at least 10 minutes of purposeful movement to yourself every day.
As moms, our routines are hectic, so our exercise needs to work with our days, not separate from it. This works to break free of the cycle that is unmanageable and ultimately sets you up for failure.
Plus, #2, when you exercise, you want to activate your muscles and systems to continue burning calories beyond the exercise time. Being chaotic mommy’s, when our workout is done, our bodies are NOT done moving, right? You’re still walking and carrying, reaching and bending, doing all the things. So, when you go to a gym or workout for an hour a couple times a week, you activate your system a couple times a week. When you exercise for at least 10 minutes each day doing effective movements, you activate your system EVERY day, to continue burning calories in your other duties every day.
Doesn’t that make wayyy more use of your time and efforts? Doesn’t that sound much more manageable and relaxed? Go be the mama your kids deserve without being stressed over a workout. Let the workout be a relaxed part of your day.
What piece of your routine could you tie 10 minutes of exercise just for you to? Breakfast, snack, drop off, bath...? Brainstorm, try a few, then adjust as you go. Consistent movement = consistent energy.
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I hate it when I used to look up "healthy _____ recipe" only to find that I needed a bunch of odd ingredients and couldn't make what I wanted until I get to a grocery store. This is where I learned THE most simple way to make baking healthy, is not to search for specific recipes, but to make a few simple swaps within old favorites.
My kiddos love baked goods, as do I. So, I make them with pure, clean foods; everyone wins.
Check out these wonderfully yummy pumpkin blondies. We've swapped the sugar for pure maple syrup and butter for pumpkin.
I freeze pumpkin from our Halloween carvings, but banana or grated carrots work well, too.
Do you have a favorite baked good? Check out some of my best "healthy" swaps in our FREE Facebook community.
It's 9:30 at night, I am heading to bed, but find myself in the kitchen. What do you do?
This used to scare me so much! LOL because I had always heard "don't eat after 7pm or you'll gain weight;" but that's not entirely true. Here's why;
You essentially need to intake less calories than you burn, so if you have eaten clean all day and paid attention to your portions, you may actually need a bedtime snack. That being said, if you often find yourself feeling this way before bed, maybe it's time to keep a little food journal for a day or two and reevaluate where you're being deprived or start to plan so that a night snack is part of your routine going forward.
If you try this and see that your body reacts well - great. If you try it and aren't convinced it's the best thing for your body, fine. Here are some things you can do instead of grabbing that snack (because for me, night snacks are the one time I almost always only want junk & can't actually eat anything else)
- Drink a caffeine-free herbal tea
- Do something you enjoy that will give your brain the relaxation it's actually craving
- Break out a quickie core workout (you'll feel too accomplished to treat your body like junk)
- & (one of my favs) Put on something skimpy - you'll definitely feel more confident and sexy if you aren't bloated or full ;)
And if you do want to try something sweet at night, check out these yummy chocolate brownies.
They freeze great, so you can grab them as you want them, they're clean and as a bonus, totally holiday party-friendly!
Do you have a night routine? Does it include a snack?
Alright, mama, may bedtime be quick and your coffee be stronger than your kiddos!