Over my time working in fitness and nutrition I’ve worked with A LOT of Mums. Given that Mums give to everyone around them, I’ve had to really navigate what holds them back from giving equally to themselves.
I’ve talked to lots of women about their struggles when it comes to sticking with their fitness: I know about the fear of failing again, the fear of starting over, and the fear of falling off the wagon. I know about the cravings and lack of knowledge of how/what to eat. I’ve watched them spend endless hours on treadmills, working with trainers, and exercising with little to no return on their time and energy investment.
And I’ve seen them give up time and time again.
After training lots of clients and specifically interviewing many women around their biggest areas of struggle, several things stand out as major issues that cause setbacks or failures, but what the overlying issue boils down to is TIME.
They just don’t have time.
I’ve been able to help these same women who once felt endlessly trapped in a vicious cycle by time transform their bodies using methods they can rely on forever.
Here’s what to do:
Learn how simple nutrition really is. You don’t need supplements, shakes, pills, or anything aside from food. You don’t have to eliminate carbs or eat chicken and lettuce and that’s it. Foods that promote fat loss taste AMAZING and take very little time to prepare. You can also go out to eat frequently and stay fit. It’s just a matter of knowing what to order.
Exercise for maximum efficiency. You need the most bang for your buck because of the time crunch. You need a trainer to guide and support you with an exercise program aligned with your goals.
Mindset. Everything starts with believing that your goals are possible to achieve and making up your mind that you’re doing this thing NO MATTER WHAT. That you’ll strive to be better by just 1% every day. Accept that there will be setbacks, but there is no giving up. There is no failure this time. This is so much easier when you realize you don’t have to dedicate every waking moment and thought to your weight loss!
Stop trying to be perfect. I would go CRAZY if I had to be perfect all the time with my fitness and nutrition, even as a trainer! I love a lot of food, not all of it is “healthy”, but I’ve created parameters that are effortless to follow. Having a treat meal each way helps you still enjoy your favourite foods but won’t send you off track. Generally, the 80/20 rule is quite a useful parameter to work with. 80% of the time, try and stay on track, 20% of the time be a bit more flexible with your choices.
If all this sounds great to you, you may still be wondering where in the world to start. Don’t worry, we can help! Just get in touch with one of our expert trainers and we can guide you through it.