Its been 5 months since our 3rd baby boy (Mario) was born and I’ve been working hard to get my body back. I’m happy to report that not only did I reach my goal to get back into those little lime shorts (part of my ‘motivation outfit’) but I surpassed my goal! When I put them on for the first time since setting my goal, they were too big! Yes, BIG! I had to exchange them for one size smaller. WIN!
So here’s ‘Part 2′ on…
How to Get your Body Back after *multiple* Babies
The challenge for me with 3 kids was and is finding the time to exercise alone. Since that rarely happens, I had to find ways to exercise with my baby boy while my 2 ‘big’ boys took their afternoon naps! And btw, it should also be noted (to PiggyToes newbies) that I am NOT a personal trainer, nor do I have ANY professional training behind me. I’m simply just sharing what has worked for me to get my body back.
So, here we are.
STEP 1. EXERCISE (with and without baby)
Mario man… Let’s Go!
The exercises below are a few things I do each day. These exercises are all about breathing, flexing your tummy and holding the position. To do the exercise ‘right’, you should breathe in through your nose, then while exhaling, flex your muscles, suck in your belly button to your back and move into the pose.
Exercise 1. Get on your hands and knees. Breathe in. Breathe out while arching your back with pelvis towards floor and butt up to ceiling. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
Exercise 2. YOGA. I do a form of yoga/pilates daily. Some days for 20 min. Some days for 30-45. Mario especially loves the ‘downward dog’ pose and giggles each time my face is near his. This is one of my favorite yoga poses and has helped tone my arms and tummy as well as it has relieved some of my back pain. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
Exercise 3. While laying on your flat back, breathe in. Exhale and suck your belly button in while pushing up to this position. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
Exercise 4. This is one of my most favorite postpartum exercises! This position tones your abs, your thighs, your arms and those pesky love handles. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times. Do on both sides!!!
Exercise 5. Elliptical without baby! – 30 minute pre-set program. I swear by my elliptical. It gives me a great cardio exercise, it’s easier on your joints than running and I can do ‘other things’ while I’m on it too:
Read a magazine, watch a show, listen to music, check e-mails from my iPhone… Heck, I’ve even been known to take my nail-polish off (giving me a harder leg work-out because my hands are off of the arm handles).
STEP 2. “DIET”
I’ll use that word lightly. I don’t diet but I do count calories in my head. I used to use an iPhone app that counted calories but after baby #3, I didn’t have time for that. I’m just mindful of what I eat and make smart choices. You can check out my snack choices in this post.
And yes, I splurge too! I have a big sweet tooth and would never cut sweets from my life. Therefore, I just choose to make an ‘occasion’ out of it rather than keeping cartons of ice-cream and jars of cookies in my house. When I crave something sweet, I’ll drive through Dairy Queen and treat myself!
While it should be noted that I’m a nursing mama that’s taking care of 3 little boys day in and day out; it also took work and commitment to getting to where I wanted to be!
That is how I’ve lost my baby weight and how I’m continuing to tone my body too!
It took: eating right, doing yoga, spending time on the elliptical and exercising specific areas of my body.
You can do it!