My baby will be 4 months old next week ! 4 MONTHS OLD ! This maternity leave is flying by faster than I could ever imagine and my not so little baby is growing way too fast. It seems like since he was born we have been on the go. I remember our first “walk” was when he was 4 days old and I could barely get around our loop. At 6 weeks pp we joined Fit4Mom and have been going there almost every morning at 9am. Some may think that I am doing this to get my “pre-baby body back” but without a doubt in my mind can say it’s something entirely different. I work out because of my baby, not despite of! He is the reason I get up everyday and go work out at my mommy class. He is the reason I do workouts at home and take the dog on long walks. He is the reason I want to be my best self. Before he was here, I was always chasing a number on the scale or a pant size. Now I’m chasing after more time with him. More time to be here with him. More time to be able to hold onto him just a little bit longer and have the arm strength to do so. I want to be able to play games with him, kick the ball around, keep up with him and be part of his fun. I want to be able to take him on adventures, be able to hike around, race him up stairs, or swim with him in the ocean. He is my reason why!
I want to show him what a healthy lifestyle is and to give him that person that he can look up to – someone who is healthy and always trying to be her better self. It is so easy after having a baby to start into bad habits, but I want him to see something different. I want him to see that you can be happy and healthy after baby. Exercise can help with this. Exercising helps you clear your mind after you’ve had a rough day, it gives you that rush of joy after you finished a hard workout, it gives you a sense of accomplishment when you complete something that you didn’t think you could do. I’ve never heard a person say I wish I didn’t do that workout. It’s always the opposite. Working out is hard to start, but once you do you’ll feel better physically, mentally and emotionally as well. If I am happier, my baby will feel that and he will be too. He is my reason why!
Mama’s out there: you may never have the same body post baby… but you can have a new and improved one! You should feel so proud to have been able to create your little bundle of joy. Once you begin working out and start seeing those results, you will gain even more confidence than before. You should look in the mirror and be impressed for what you created and that you are trying to be a better you. This will have a positive impact on your baby! Your baby should be your reason, and heck, why not your excuse !
After reading this I hope you have found your reason why. I know what mine is. He is a blue eyed, strawberry blonde, huge tank of a 4 month old laughing at me as I write this. I know you’re tired but go and get out, get some fresh air, take that dog on a longer walk, find a Fit4Mom class or dust off an old work out you used to love before baby. You deserve it mama!
plant based mommy