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Finding Motivation to Workout

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Evie, right before getting into her stroller for a walk.

Before I got pregnant, I was 110 lbs and certifying to be a Pilates instructor. I had a tight little body and I was hoping my body would be good to me post-pregnancy. In some ways it has, but now I’m at the point where dropping weight through nursing just isn’t going to cut it. I remember right after having Evie thinking, “I can’t WAIT until I’m cleared to workout again.”

Ok. So now it’s been 4.5 months and I can count on two hands the amount of times I’ve worked out since. I know the lack of sleep coupled with a day job that never ends is partly to blame, but it’s time to get a little motivation. After all, swimsuit season is only 2 months away… and I have 10-15 lbs left to lose.

Here is what I’ve started doing to get me in the mood:

  • Start a walking group. I live in an area with lots of new mommies so anytime schedule allows, I text the bunch and usually 1-2 are able to join me. When I walk in a group, I’m more likely to have a longer workout. Hopefully, when all our babies are on consistent schedules, we can pick a dedicated M-F time to walk and meet at the corner. I also do much better when people are expecting me.
  • Buy something new, and for my current body to work out in. When I feel cute, I workout better. Sad, but true. I don’t shower or put on makeup, but I need something better than an oversized hanes t-shirt. GapBody has some GREAT workout clothes. They’ve finally figured out to make pants with curves built in. They also have some nice, loose-fitting tops so I’m not constantly made aware of my little leftover tummy.
  • Dust off my Pilates reformer. I’m doing this today. It’s time I start getting my muscle and shape back.
  • Eat better. I owe it to myself. I owe it to Evie.

Wish me luck!

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