Tips from a Fit Momma {A Guest Post}

Hello everyone! I am Megan from Megan to Momma and when Tami asked for guest bloggers, I was so excited!

Let me give you a little background on myself. I am a momma to Vince who is almost 1 {tear} and wife to Jacob who in the Air Force. Before being a stay at home mom I was a hairstylist, but being a mom is more fun for me right now.

I am addicted to fitness and that is what most of this post will be about. It is actually how I found Tami's amazing blog, through her series "Bye Bye Baby Weight."

Here is my before and after picture to let you see first who far I have come in 11 months.

Now here are the main reasons how I got to where I am today, that I think will help you fellow mommas and non mommas out. 

When Vince was a wee little newborn the only workout I did was run. I put him in his car seat and would go for an hour run/walk starting at about 4 weeks old. Once I stopped nursing is when I could actually make it the the gym. In my house the only day I am able to actually get a long workout in is Sundays. I do take advantage of this, but one day a week of a solid workout won't get you very far.  On my other days where my time is limited I do CrossFit, on my own not at a CrossFit box {at least not yet.} I was a little intimidated at first, but once I got the hang of it, I was hooked. 

I started with Cross Fit Mom WODs {workout of the day} then moved up to CrossFit.com WODs. Most WODs take less than 45 minutes and you are smoked after. Most workouts require you to lift heavy weights and do exercises one after the other. It is normally a race for time or for reps, which makes it fun with adding a little competitive edge in there. 

Don't be afraid of lifting heavy:
When I tell people I am doing Olympic style lifting with sometimes pretty heavy of weight, they question if I am going to get too bulky like those giant body builders. My answer is always NO! To add that much muscle and definition would require me to way a very strict diet and lift 2 times a day. It is not easy to add that much muscle, so never use that as an excuse. 
Yes I muscle defintion, but I don't consider myself bulky by an means. 1 pound of fat just sitting there burns 1 calorie an hour, opposed to 1 pound of muscle that burns 6. So if you have a toned muscular composition you are burning more calories, doing nothing than those who never do anything. Works for me!!

Working out one target area:
Won't do anything for you! If you want a 6 pack and you think you will get there only doing crunches, it will never happen. Try to workout every muscle at least once a week, if not more. Another reason why I love CrossFit, is because in one WOD, you normally work a giant group of muscles. 
In addition, I do exercise my abs after every exercise. Mostly because they still aren't where they were before I had Vince, and having a strong core will help with your lifting, without hurting your back.

You can't outwork a poor diet:
Yes, my husband can eat horrible and still remain his amazing body, but the truth is most women can't. A lifestyle change I have made is eating Paleo. This is huge ammongts CrossFit athletes and once you try it for a week you will understand. It is pretty much eating like a caveman. No processed foods, no dairy, no soy, no grains, no legumes, no starches, no sugar {except natural sugars, found in fruits} and no added salt. This is a huge tranition for most of us today, so I recommend if you are going to try out Paleo, make a few recipes and try them out first. Cutting cold turkey is extremely hard. I did 23 days of strict Paleo, without one cheat and I felt amazing. I normally get 3-4 headaches a week and didn't have one the entire time. I never felt bloated or fatigued, I was ready to go all day!! Meats, veggies, fruits and nuts were my best friend! Although now, we mainly eat about 70% paleo at home, I still fell better than I did eating a lot of those processed foods. You will see the pounds fall off if you follow it strict. A few of my favorite Paleo recipe sites are PaleOMG and NomNomPaleo Also Pinterest is another favorite!

Most of all have fun while working out, try to stay positive and it will help you reach those goals faster and faster. Don't give up if you have a bad day, week or even month. Get back up and work harder. Of course everyone is going to fall off everyone once in a while, but we are only human and yes I will indulge in 6 pieces of pizza if I really want them. But then I will work out even harder!

Being a mom doesn't mean we have to give up those bodies we had before. Or even getting a better body than before. I am in the best shape of my life! I have more muscle than I have ever had and I am fitting into clothes that I haven't fit into since high school.

More importantly than how I look, is my overall health and showing Vince how important being healthy is. I think it is important to teach children from a young age how important it is remain healthy. Especially in these days where there are McDonalds everywhere you look. 

I hope everyone enjoyed this post!! I do weekly posts that have every workout that I do every week and some of my favorite Paleo recipes. But you will also find tons of pictures of my crazy little boy and  some DIY craftiness from time to time! 

Mallorie said...

what an awesome post! My hubby does cross fit and is always asking me to do it with him...maybe I should take him up on it!

the workaholic momma said...

WOW....what an inspiring story!!! I've always been curious about the CrossFit workouts and paleo diet...sounds like a recipe for success!!!

Megan said...

Wow!! You look great! I agree, so inspiring!! I've seen a lot of people trying the paleo diet, I need to try it!!

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