It all happened when one day, i accidentally stumbled upon knowing my overwhelmingly high body fat % that i realized i needed a change. Ever since becoming a mom health is an important element of my life. In order to get in shape and burn the fats, i refuse to give in only focusing on cardio.
I’m a lady and i’m not afraid to lift. The whole concept of lifting and bulking up has indeed given me the wrong ideas for many donkey years. It was after research and seeing my neighborhood friends drastically changed that got me motivated. Lifting weights as a woman, it doesn’t at all bulk you up.. instead it tones you up as our body do not have as much testosterone as men.
Ever since, my life changed….my diet, my beliefs, my mentality and needless to say, my looks as well.
I wasn’t all FAT to begin with, even after giving birth to 2 kids i bounce back to my usual weight in a jiffy.. but i did have a fair share of fats smartly hiding itself from the visible eye. 😉
I’m a momma, and my days can be rather crazy at times with my kids being around. So what am i doing to get lean and toned up? Easy… 3 easy momma steps!
Increase Protein and Drop the Carbs
Eat healthy! I have decreased my carbs intake about 25-30% (not entirely). I still do occasionally enjoy my cakes, desserts and ice creams but i limit my intake of rice and noodles. Instead, i focus more on protein such as lean meat, red meat, seafood and good carbs like green vegetables, nuts and fruits. Balance is always the key. Nothing too much is gonna be good.
Lifting weights is gonna do you good. You spend much less time getting tone when you have a good amount of muscle in your body. This also means the higher your metabolic rate would be and the more you burn. I usually spend a good 20-30 min on resistance training. Sometimes, if i don’t have the time to go the gym.. i make time at home! I do them long with my kids or husband.. Push up, sit ups, whatever i can do to get my muscles aching.. *thumbs up*
A little Cardio Goes a Long Way
I definitely am not a believer in running on the treadmill for 45 min each day. I just can’t do it. I don’t have the time nor will i have the mental strength and energy to be a hamster. >.< Instead i spend a good 15-30 min on cardio 3 to 4x a week. (This includes playing with my kids, dancing or walking, anything that keeps my heart rate up a good 140 beats per min.)
After saying all that, i would like to add that a good fitness gadget is also rather helpful. Something that sets a daily goal for yourself to target your daily steps, daily calories burned – both active and inactive, time of active exercises, daily distance walked. I have a apple watch (thanks to my darling husband) and it indeed is extremely helpful keep my daily goals in checked.
Wait no More! Pick yourself up! Kill those excuses and Get Fit and stay healthy! 🙂