5 Reasons You're Failing at Losing the Baby Weight

CONFESSION: After my first child, my baby weight basically fell off (side note: she was born 2 months, but I had already gained about 35 pounds). My second child was full term and I gained about 55 pounds (yikes!). I lost about 25 pounds right away and thought to myself, “Oh, this will be easy...” Boy, was I wrong. It may not be fair (or accurate) to say, but it’s now 5 years later and I think I’m still holding on to some of that baby weight.

You see, after my second child I tried #allthethings to lose the baby weight.

I breastfed for 18 months - breastfeeding makes the weight fall off doesn’t it? It can help, but not always.

I counted calories.

I obsessed over the scale.

I drank a lot of coffee and didn’t eat a lot (this was also because I was extremely sleep deprived, as we all are with a new baby).

I tried a juice cleanse, a little exercising, and just about every diet I could try.

And you know what happened?

Not a whole lot. I maybe lost 5 or 10 pounds only to quickly gain them back.

I started not caring how I dressed, because I didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin or the clothes I was wearing.

I avoided going out or dressing up at all costs.

I wore oversized sweaters and yoga pants became a staple (let’s be real, they still are!).

I hated shopping for clothes, something I used to love, and I avoided mirrors as much as possible.

And the crazy part about all of this, I was really only 10-15 pounds heavier than my pre-baby weight. And my body just friggen gave birth to a human!!

It’s crazy how magical our bodies are and yet, as women we have very little appreciation for it after childbirth.

I hear from clients all of the time, “I just need to lose this baby weight.” or “If only I could wear my favorite pre-baby jeans again….” or “I can’t stand my post-baby body”.

But the thing is we are not going to get anywhere HATING our bodies. This quite often is the exact reason we end up overeating, binging, or emotional eating. And that’s not what we want is it?

10 Daily Steps to Less Stress for Busy Moms

10 Daily Steps to Less Stress for Busy Moms

As an entrepreneur with a side job, 2 kids, a dog, and a household to care for life can be overwhelming and stressful.

I used to have the belief that when I was stressed it was a good sign because it meant that I was busy and I would performed better with the added pressure. I also didn't believe there was a whole lot you could do about it. 

After many years of stress and struggle and a whole lot of research, I finally learned the importance of managing stress and I've created healthy habits that help me stay calm.

The truth is while some stress can be beneficial, stress can also be extremely detrimental to your health.

Did you know that studies have linked stress to:

  • increased appetite

  • higher risk of heart disease and related death

  • pre-existing conditions get worse

  • higher chance of picking up unhealthy habits (such as smoking, drinking, binge eating, ect.)

  • higher chance of fat around the abdomen

  • weakened immune system

  • and some studies even show a link between stress and cancer

Pretty crazy, right?

15 Tips to Simplify Healthy Eating for The Whole Family

15 Tips to Simplify Healthy Eating for The Whole Family

Do you ever feel like feeding your family healthy foods is overwhelming and complicated?

I get it, because I used to think this way too.

Trying to meal plan and make healthy meals that everyone in the family would like felt like a challenge I was never going to be able to conquer. On top of that was all the conflicting nutrition information which lead me to spend hours researching “What to eat” instead of actually trying to eat healthier. I’d often just give up before I even really started.

It’s taken me years and a lot of practice, but overtime I’ve found ways to make healthy eating a lot more simple.

One of my personal and business core values is simplicity. I am always asking myself, “How can I simplify this?” So when I was really trying to get over the hurdle of getting my family to eat healthier more consistently, I asked myself this exact question, “How can I simplify healthy eating”.

If you are ready to stop feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, or defeated when it comes to feeding your family healthy foods, then you are in the right place!

Busy Moms: Stop Saying You Don't Have Time {+ 10 Tips to Be Intentional With Your Time}

The number one excuse I hear from clients, friends, and family is "I just don't have the time.... to eat healthy, cook food, practice self-care, work out, etc."

I used to be guilty of using this excuse for pretty much everything. Exercise. Meditation. Healthy Eating. Hanging out with friends. There was just never enough time in the day to do all of the things I wanted to do.

Until a few months ago, when I listened to this podcast series & realized that I needed to start taking ownership of my time.

The Mindset Shift I Had To Make

I had to come to terms with the idea that I was in charge of my time and my relationship to it. I had the ability to spend my time exactly how I chose to. I had to let go of the idea that time was a limitation or that it had power over me.

You see, we all act like we are slaves to our to-dos, but most of the time we are overcommitting, people pleasing, and quite simply, not properly managing our time.

The Secret To Taking Back Control

The secret to taking back control of our time is to start honoring our "Yes's" and "No's".

We need to acknowledge that when we say "No" to something that means we are saying "Yes" to something else. When you say "No" to that event you were invited to, you may be saying "Yes" to spending more time with your children. Or when you say "No" to that chocolate cupcake, you are saying "Yes" to feeling healthy and energized.

How to Create The Ultimate Nighttime Routine

I’ve always considered myself to be a night owl.

I’ve also always struggled with shutting off my mind so that I could fall asleep. The second my head would hit the pillow, my mind would race. I would start to think of all the things to do or all the things that scared me or even excited me. It’s like my mind instantly would rev up and go crazy.

I used to use alcohol, tylenol pm, comfort food, or binge watching tv until I was so tired that I’d finally just fall asleep. This would just make me feel horrible in the morning and then I’d be exhausted and droggy throughout the whole next day.

When I started to eat healthier and learn more about wellness I realized how important sleep was and I knew I had to start making sleep a priority. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved sleeping, but I wanted to find away to better fall asleep and sleep peacefully through the night. Over the years I’ve really learned that I need a good 8-9 hours to feel my best and have productive day. Before, I didn’t realize that I actually had the ability to fall asleep easier and get a better night of sleep by just creating a relaxing nighttime routine.

 

Here Are 3 Tips for Creating Your Ultimate Nighttime Routine:

1. Start Winding Down 1 Hour Before You’d Like To Fall Asleep  

This means turning off all electronics and television in order to let your mind begin to rest. Research has shown that the blue lights coming from these devices suppress the production of melatonin which can delay sleep and lead to less REM sleep. This can cause you to wake up still feeling tired even after 8 hours of sleep.

2. Do Something Nourishing For Your Mind, Body, & Soul

During this hour without electronics find rituals or routines that really make you feel good. Some amazing suggestions I love are:

  • Meditating
  • reading an actual book (something light, fun, or inspiring)

  • Journaling

  • Face mask

  • Light candles

  • Take a bath or shower

  • Diffuse calming essential oils

  • Mix with coconut or sesame oil with essential oils to massage all over your body

Find an activity that makes you feel relaxed and pampered right before bed and it will help you sleep like a baby.

3. Brain Dump & Gratitude

This step has been critical for me and has allowed me to fall asleep so much faster. First, I like to brain dump any to do’s for the next day or anything I am worried about. This allows me to not stress over it because I know it is written down and I can address it in the morning. After, I write a list of things I appreciate or am grateful for that day. I write as many things I can think of and usually feel at peace and happy right before bed.

 

Well, those are my simple yet VERY effective tips for creating the perfect nighttime routine to help you sleep peacefully.


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Tell Me - What do you do as part of your nighttime routine or what are you planning to change? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Want To Be A More Intentional Mother? 13 Resources to Read, Watch, & Listen To To Get Inspired

If you read my post on My Quest for Minimalism & Living a More Intentional Life, then you'll understand why I am writing this post. 

Being a Mother, business owner, partner, and women can be overwhelming at times. The best thing I have done to help with my feelings of overwhelm and anxiety is diving into resources that help me to remember what is really important and how to make the most out of this one precious life. 

These are the books, documentary, and podcast that have informed & inspired me on this journey towards living with more intention. I suggest picking one that resonates with you the most and just get started!