I’m ready to BRING IT. After spending most of Vinnie’s infancy on the couch nursing and pumping and eat and resting to get my milk supply up, I have to make up for lost time. My muscles turned to mush and my eating habits shifted to keep my calories high. In the last couple months I’ve picked up my workouts again – and things are feeling great. I’ve just finished weaning (AMEN. HALLELUJAH.) so I can return to my regular diet.
This is great timing. I’m also coaching 33 of my local clients in our Spring Flingin’ Fat Loss program. So I’m working hard right along with them. And, I’m SO READY to feel great in my own skin again, especially with summer rapidly approaching.
So, what’s a girl to do to get her body in tip top shape for summer? It’s a matter of commitment – commitment to a few things. Here’s what my clients and I are doing to get lean and mean for the summer:
1. Wonderful Workouts
Commit to a workout schedule. Get in 4-5 workouts a week. They don’t need to be long. If you’re working hard and doing the kinds of workouts in our FHM programs, 20-30 minutes is completely acceptable.
2. Cut the crap
Cut out junk food and foods that don’t fuel you. This includes unnecessary snacking, eating off your kids’ plates, indulging for no reason, mindless eating.
3. Going Green
Eat greens at every chance. Loading up on greens, and all vegetables, for that matter, will fill you up and keep you full. Additionally, these extra nutrients will kick up your energy. Add spinach to your smoothies, saute greens for lunch/dinner, roast a bunch of veggies or dinner, snack on raw veggies throughout the day.
4. Protein Power
Make sure you get in a good source of protein with each and every meal and snack. This will keep your blood sugar well regulated, keep you energized and decrease sugar cravings. Excellent protein sources: lean meats/poultry, wild fish, eggs, nuts/seeds, nut butters, plain Greek yogurt, cottage cheese.
5. Badass Behavior
Move through your day with confidence and conviction. See yourself as strong and powerful – because YOU ARE. Seeing yourself this way will help you make choices that reflect your goals, like choosing a healthy lunch, because you’re worth it, instead of succumbing to the pizza in the break room or the Pirate’s Booty on your kid’s tray.
6. Pick a Program
Following a program is MUCH easier than making up your own as you go. Find an exercise program that works for you. All our programs are on sale for Mother’s Day. They all come with follow along workout videos and full meal plans – a complete blueprint for you! You can find all our programs here.
Regardless of what program you use to get ready for summer . . . FIND A PLAN. FOLLOW IT. DO IT FOR YOU. BE AMAZING.
I’ve been helping women and moms lose fat for a long time now. I’ve seen thousands of pounds melt away over the years. It’s a beautiful thing. I’ve had the chance to really hone in on what works when it come to losing fat and getting lean. Yup, there are some secrets. And yup, I’m gonna share them with you here. This information is particularly pertinent to moms, as you do not have the time to waste figuring this all out through trial and error. You need to do what works – NOW. Don’t dilly dally in all that hype that you see in the media. Stick to the basics that have been proven to help women shed weight, get lean and own the best version of their body.
I run weight loss programs locally in Seattle – in fact, I just kicked one of today with 24 clients. I also run online weight loss programs for moms. In a typical program moms lose about 10-20 pounds in the first 6 weeks and many go on to lose 30-40-50 pounds in the few months after that. That is no small loss. Here are the Top 10 Things my moms do to shed fat FAST Read more »
I was advised to test drive a gluten and dairy free diet after little Vinnie got a horrible case of cradle cap accompanied by a full body rash – poor baby! Given his sensitive skin, he’s bound to be a redhead. . .
I’ve been gluten free/dairy free before. It’s very possible. It’s just not easy – at least not when you have a house full of lasagna and chocolate chip cookies from baby well wishers. So, I’m off the cookies – begrudgingly.
I’m compiling a bunch of my recent meals to share with you down the road. But, here’s a sneak peek – what I made for dinner last night. Read more »
I’m partially back from maternity leave. By partially I mean that Little Vinnie is sleeping long enough in his swing for me to actually get in a workout AND write a post for you all. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a new routine!
I have been on the workout wagon for 2 weeks now. It has been humbling. I have about 8 pounds of baby weight to lose. I’m not worried about that. Mostly I want my lean muscle and strength back. That is more important than the scale!Here is my 1 week postpartum pic. I lost 24 of my 32 pounds of baby weight in the first week after Vinnie was born. Read more »
I know you are used to me posting workouts, recipes and motivation here. I promise, that is all coming back – sooner than later! (You can still find all our free workouts here.) In the meantime, this is the best way for me to share our most recent joy with my FHM community, my family & friends. So bear with me as I Baby Bomb you for a moment. . .
Here are some shots from Vinnie’s one week photoshoot. Thanks to My Beloved Photography for the awesome shots!Read more »
Little Vinnie Dean arrived on Sunday, September 23rd, 8 days early. I’ll write about my entire birth at a later date. But, I will tell you he panicked me. I had big plans for those last 8 days – a life of leisure on the couch and running last minute errands, moments to myself before giving 18+ years to someone else….. But Vinnie was ready and my water broke at 4 am on Sept 23rd. I tried to hold him in for a few hours – seriously. I thought maybe I could will labor to stop. No such luck.
Over a week later I am so happy I have had this extra time with my little man. What a gift these 8 days have been. Not that they have been easy. WOW. Not Read more »