Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Workout Wednesday Guest Post - Fitness Tips for Working Moms

Happy Wednesday! I made it to beautiful Cebu yesterday and hopped on a ferry for a meeting in Bohol this morning (province #4 if you're counting). 


I'm strangely fond of ferries and like to brag about using as many modes of transportation as possible. The 7 AM start time and 7 pm return time...not so much.

Luckily, I have another awesome guest post to share for today's Workout Wednesday (WOW) linkup! Shelby from Everything Isn't Normal is sharing her tips for fitting in fitness as a busy working mom. Shelby blogs about parenting, fitness, animals, and DIY projects, and even finds time to edit and manage her fiancé's movie review website. Plus, as you're about to find out, she's freaking hilarious!

"I believe in full disclosure and I dislike hypocrisy, so let’s get two things out of the way before I explore today's topic. When Amanda first responded to my email letting me know I should pitch a guest post idea to her, my first act was to send a text to my fiancé that read, "I got an opportunity to write a guest blog post. Focused around fitness, I should probably write something about not being a fatty," to which he responded, "I hope you write it just like that!" So, you're welcome. Second, I'm eating a bowl of spaghetti o's while writing this. It's not my proudest moment, but I feel like my excuse justifies it tonight, so I'm letting it slide. Let's carry on.

I'm here today taking a break from my regular blog to discuss with you guys how I manage to include fitness and health into the busy lifestyle of a single, full-time working mom. To be honest, it's really hard. I'm not talking "Oh man, these crunches are hard" or even "I missed the last 30 minutes of daylight, now I can't workout, time to watch Psych" hard. I'm talking, "I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and got home at 6:00 p.m. and now I've got to get the kids’ dinner on the table all while doing the potty dance and hoping I can get the kids distracted long enough to do 20 minutes of yoga" hard. 

So, I've developed a few tricks to make sure my eyes remain on the prize--a lean, strong, healthy body--without getting burned out. 
  • I don't ever beat myself up about missing the mark. If I didn't do yoga, didn't pop in my workout DVD, didn't run around the block because I worked 10 hours that day and got scratched by twelve cats at the clinic, I allow myself to be okay with it. Because stressing out over missing the mark is going to just make your whole plan backfire. An abundance of stress is worse for your body than eating a bowl of spaghetti o's. Really, it is. 
  • Work out when it hurts. If you're going to work out, but your body hurts, do it anyway. Take it down a notch though, if you pull a muscle somewhere, it's only going to make matters worse. You don't need to be out of commission for a month because you pulled your LCL and now every time you squat you scream out like a little girl. Why? Because a month away from your workout easily turns into two, three, six, nine months away from your workout. And then you're farther behind than where you started. If you typically do high intensity training, try some low impact training such as pilates, yoga, or swimming. Even a good steady pace on an elliptical machine can be therapeutic and allow you to work up a sweat. 
  • Establish a routine, especially with your eating. This is a piece of advice I need to take myself. But it's something I learned from a personal trainer I dated awhile back. If you map out your food, plan it, make sure you're getting enough calories to maintain energy and burn fat, and then just stick to your plan, you'll lose weight. He lost 150 pounds in a year doing that. It helps you be accountable to know that today is cottage cheese for breakfast day, no matter what. And what makes this great for my lifestyle, I can plan ahead so that when it's mealtime, it's quick and easy. 
  • Last trick, my favorite trick, don't ever let yourself hate on yourself. Just don't. A few months ago I wrote a blog post titled "Why I Don't Hate My Body" and it went mini-viral (that means it got 5 more page views than my other posts that week). I even included a picture of my muffin top. It rocked. The point of the post wasn't about how to love your body, it was about simple acceptance. We all want everyone to accept us, we want men (or women) to look at us with admiration, we want strangers to get that "Oh she looks fiiine!" feeling. We expect the world to RESPECT us. But we need to start by respecting ourselves, and that starts by respecting how we feel. You wouldn't let anyone else walk all over your emotions, quit letting yourself do it. Be confident in your abilities, your appearance, and your brain. You're not going to be sexy to every person on the street, but you better believe someone thinks you are. If you don't believe me, just start digging into the depths of the internet. Just kidding, don't do that. But please know, when you can love your body now, then you can truly begin to sculpt it into the body of your dreams. Because we all know, we don't think about or care about something unless we love it. Love that body."
Thanks for the great guest post, Shelby! The last trick is my favorite, too, and I LOVED your "Why I Don't Hate My Body" post!

For more of Shelby's funny and thoughtful writing, don't forget to check out her blog here. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

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17 comments:

  1. Meal planning and/or eating the same thing everyday, can lead to weight loss. I am trying to get one of my clients to do the last method because she knows what to do but she needs to plan better. Thanks for guest posting and I hope to see you back at the #wowlinkup in the future.

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    1. Glad you liked Shelby's guest post! Thanks for hosting the link up as always :)

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  2. I also tend to eat pretty much the same breakfasts and lunches everyday with a few variations. It really helps keep me on track and is also just easier. #WOWlinkup

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    1. Me too! Thanks for joining the link up party Deborah :)

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  3. Great tips! And you're so right about being kinder to ourselves- it makes it easier to make good choices when we're working with our bodies and not against it!

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    1. Definitely agree with you and Shelby on the self love! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. These are all such amazing tips! I need to work on not hating my body, and also on following a meal plan. That is the HARDEST part for me. Afternoon snacks are what kills me because I just want something sweet!

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    1. Mmm I'm a big snack fan myself too. For me it's the late night eating that gets me. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. There are days I just don't feel well enough to workout and I'm OK with not doing anything. I just stay in bed a little longer and eventually my headache goes away. If I'm feeling nauseous, I do a 10-15 minute workout and it usually goes away. It is OK to miss a workout or just do something short. You just have to listen to your body and do what's right for you that day.

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    1. Sorry to hear about your health issues! Definitely good to listen to your body and give yourself a break! Hope you feel better soon and thanks for stopping by :)

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  6. These are some very good tips. Love of self is the start of everything in my opinion. Also - get your mind right and stay focused. #wowlinkup

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    1. Definitely a great reminder Diatta! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  7. People should NEVER EVER EVER beat themselves up if they don't quite make their goal! People need to remember that TRYING is something to be PROUD OF too!!!

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    1. Love that and completely agree GiGi!

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  8. What an awesome post! I just discovered a new blogger to follow. All of those things are true, for anyone! Thanks for linking this up, it was a great read.

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    1. Yay glad you liked it and are following Shelby, Michelle! So glad to have her guest post! :)

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