OKAY so today, it’s all about fitness; I would like to answer some questions I’ve been getting since I posted my progress pic.
ABOUT MY FITNESS JOURNEY
Whoo! That would be one long story that might keep us here all day! Ha.
In a nutshell, I’ve always been a bit of a fitness nut. I love to dance and I love to keep active. I don’t much like to work out with weights, but I do LOVE to do stretching exercises and dance work-outs. I love Zumba, The PussyCat Dolls workout, Tone It Up, Tiffany Roth Workouts, etc for general body workouts, and Bollywood and Belly dancing for trimming the inches off my waist.
BTW (By the way), if you love working out with weights, Dana (blogging at ivegotcake.com) wrote an EXCELLENT illustrated article on it. (Click here to go read it.)
However, even though exercise is important, it is only 20% of the fitness effort. 80% of keeping fit lies in the food we eat.
I eat a plant-based diet; for the most part, I eat very little meat, and I have seriously considered veganism. I love seafood and eggs though, so it looks as if that ain’t happening…but I would definitely try it.
My diet is described as “pro-vegetarianism”. A diet rich in plant-based foods. (UPDATE: Here’s an article on some of the benefits of eating like this.)
SHOULD YOU GO ON A DIET?
Well, that depends on what exactly you mean by ‘diet’. Basically, your diet is what you eat. Watching your diet does not mean restricting yourself from eating. To the contrary, not eating will trigger your body’s survival mode, and you will end up storing MORE fat, and you don’t want that.
What I would recommend, is seeing your doctor for a personalized examination and diet plan. I would also recommend adding a lot more vegetables to your meals. (Think salads, salads and more salads. I love salads!)
FOODS TO EAT AND FOODS TO AVOID
When it comes to foods that I eat, I love my normal Ghanaian cuisine with a twist (since M is from Slovakia and we have to sorta accommodate for that. He also loves experimenting in the kitchen.) I love fufu, but I eat it with fish (as opposed to a lot of meat). We also love pasta with LOTS and LOTS of vegetables (lightly steamed) and salad.
BTW, it is good to experiment and know YOURSELF and your body’s reaction to some foods. For example, I used to love milk, but I discovered I’m intolerant to it, and gets me all bloated up. Eeeek! Also, eating junk food leaves me lethargic and exacerbates my depression. So yeah, I definitely avoid those!
I also avoid white sugar; honey is a fantastic replacement. Also, minimal salt in cooking is highly recommended.
There is so much conflicting information on the internet when it comes to the topic of what to eat and what to avoid, so how do we sort through all that?
My solution to avoid overly processed foods (even canned food), and stick to natural organic foods.
My g(very general) rule of thumb is that the closer to its natural or uncooked state, the better the food.
TIPS FOR MOMS WHO WANT TO GET INTO SHAPE
Motherhood sure has its perks but it’s also a VERY hectic time and it can be tricky to find the time and energy to get into shape.
- What I recommend is to try to incorporate the children into the workouts. They love that and it makes it all the more fun!
- Don’t wait for the perfect time to exercise or it might never happen. Try to sneak in five minutes here and there throughout your day.
- Early morning walks or runs are awesome. There’s a certain freshness and magic in the morning and it sets the tone for a great day after that.
- But above all, if you are a new mom, breastfeed, breastfeed, breastfeed! It’s good for both you, and your beautiful bundle of joy. The weight will just melt off, and that combined with an active lifestyle, will get you exactly the body you want.
In conclusion, I just want to say that YES, you CAN do it. Others have done it, and there is no way that you can’t have the body that you desire. You carried and nourished another human into being. That was so freaking amazing and so much work! This is nothing(ish) in comparison. Ok, it’s not going to be easy, but the point is, YOU CAN DO IT. If you desire to. 🙂
Whew guys! Hope that’s not too much information to begin with. Let’s end the discussion here for now.
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