It's amazing how some women seem to bounce right back into their pre-pregnancy shape right after they have a baby. I am sooooo
Of course, I understand that to lose the belly 2 things need to happen: exercise and diet. But I guess it's just one of those tings that you hope is not really an answer, and the actual answer will be discovered in science soon and it will be lots of chocolate and as much sitting on a couch as possible.
Like many other new moms (am I still considered new? when should I stop using "new"?), I know it's hard to find time for exercising, I was only able to find the time and energy, when Allie was about 1. I am really, really lucky to have a gym at work, where we have a number of different classes to choose from (fitness and toning, cardio, spyn, yoga...) and I am pretty sure we have the best instructors in the world, too. So the only time I can find in my day to exercise is during my lunch break at work. That way I don't feel like I am missing out on the time with Allie by wasting my time on stupid exercise (which is how exercise would feel if I did miss out on the time with Allie). I've been going to classes for a little over a year now, usually about 3 times per week. Sometimes more, sometimes less. It definitely sows results, I feel great, I feel stronger than I had before I started and I am happier with certain pregnancy-affected body parts, and healthy, blah-blah-blah, but the lower belly... seriously it's like some kind of a permanent damage.
So clearly, just my exercise habits are not enough. Time to think about diet. Not in the sense of starting to eat fruit only, or say goodbye to a certain group of foods, but diet in the sense of when I eat, how much I eat and what I eat.
A few month ago I switched our dinner time to 6, when Allie eats. The main reason behind that was dealing with Allie's "picky eating period", which I wrote a little about here. It definitely helped and in addition, it made our eating habits healthier: eating at 6 rather than 8 feels a lot better. It certainly comes with challenges, because the dinner now needs to be prepared in about 40 minutes at longest, but that's why my slow cooker and I are such good friends. That was about the only change I've done to my eating habits. I know what I really need to do is eat less of those refined carbs and eat less overall. But that's really, really tough for me. I LOVE to eat, especially carbs. A nice crusty white bread fresh and still warm right out of the local bakery, a big bowl (or 2) of spaghetti with a hearty sauce, some nice cookies with a cup of tea for dessert. That's all very hard to say no to, that's why I am not doing that. At best I can cut back a bit, but if I even start thinking about giving up pastries or chocolate or white pasta, I lose all motivation to deal with my belly and I start thinking how it's not really a big deal to have a belly, and there are much more serious problems in the world. So I should just make my piece with it. That's not the kind of thinking I need!That's why I am just gradually working on making my pasta portions smaller and skipping "something sweet" once in a while with my tea and so on. Nothing drastic.
Wow, that is a one veeery long introduction to what I am actually trying to say. So I saw this "30 days braid challenge" on Hair Romance and thought how cool it was! Not for me, but for someone else. I could not possibly find enough time in the morning to do my hair differently for 30 days. My hair trend right now is wear a pony tail for 30 days every month. It's working out great! But seeing that challenge totally inspired me to do my ow. Conveniently, I had a problem that could use a challenge Wait, had? Have (present tense). I've decided to do a 30 day AB CHALLENGE! Yes, for 30 days, regardless whether I exercised that day or not, I have to do 100 ab moves. Every day, for 30 days, not skipping any days. I thought it would be more meaningful if I document it here, because that way I will feel more pressure to go through with it. Does anyone want to join me? That'd be so fun to do it together! It's great, because it's realistic, doable and
I am on day 3 as of tonight and just got done with my 100 ab moves. They can be any ab exercises you want, I combine really hard ones with medium and easy ones, because if I only stuck with the hard ones, this challenge would be over on day 2. Do what's convenient for you, something pushy enough to bring some results, but something not so hard that you actually don't want to do it. There are plenty of exercise examples out there, just go on Pinterest and you'll be overwhelmed by all the options you have.
I'll report back in 27 days on my progress. If that doesn't do it, then I'll revisit the topic of cookies and chocolate again and may actually have to consider quitting... (yeah, right...) If you're doing it with me, let me know, that would provide for an extra motivation and good luck to us!