Overwhelmed with your weight loss journey? I was too during postpartum. Here are simple ways to break down your goals and conquer them.
Tana Ashlee here, I have been in health and fitness for 16 years now! I have helped thousands of women worldwide conquer weight loss goals and actually maintain it. So I wanted to share some tips with you so you can start conquering your goals now.
I started my journey young but that doesn’t mean it was always easy.
I found myself binge eating after 2 days on a strict diet which always backfired and I’d gain weight instead of dropping weight. It was beyond frustrating to me and I knew something had to change so I could get this under wanted 40lbs off.
I finally realized strict diets and spending hours in the gym weren’t my thing. I found an incredible balance with foods and workouts that worked well for my body type which allowed me to do shorter workouts with better results. So I dropped the 40lbs and kept it off for 7 years.
Then I got pregnant… and I grew and grew and grew that 40lbs right back on. 42 to be exact. During pregnancy, I wasn’t worried about it because I just wanted a healthy baby girl (which I got thank God) I was worried about getting the weight off after giving birth because I know a lot of women struggle with this due to hormones. I knew the pressure would be on because I am an influencer with 1.2million followers on instagram.
So postpartum hits. I have this beautiful little girl, no sleep, buried in laundry and trying to figure out how to get my life back on track!
I was so overwhelmed at the thought of losing the 42lbs I gained during pregnancy. It was discouraging to say the least. I wonder how will I find the time or energy to workout now that I am constantly awake at night and feeding my baby!? On top of all of this, I am running a business, keeping a household together and trying to stay on top of cooking!
I realized this wasn’t healthy because feeling overwhelmed will only lead to stress and stress leads to more belly fat so first thing first. It is time to break down this big goal into small goals. So my big goal was losing 42lbs, I broke that down into losing about 2lbs a week. I started simple. I drank more water, I eat cleaner foods and I got my butt moving more!
I never push diets on my clients or myself because I found out the hard way that this is what leads to binge eating, yo-yo dieting and constantly starting over so don’t do some crazy, restrictive diet! Start by cutting out 1 simple meal in the day and replace it with whole foods (produce and meats) then up your water intake by adding an extra bottle of water a day and do something you enjoy to get moving… Me personally… I love hiking, dancing with my baby girl or doing family walks when the sun is setting!
If you want to kick it up a notch, here is a great workout you can do at your desk!
Pulse lunges 15×3
Calf raises 15×3
You can find more workouts like this on my instagram @tanaashleee
Doing these small changes daily will get you the results you want and best of all KEEP them! Consistency is key to conquering all goals so make the time daily for your health.