Losing the post-pregnancy weight

Q: Many women struggle with post-baby weight and compare themselves to slim celeb moms. How did you get back into shape after giving birth to triplets, just a year after your first baby?

I think there is such a push for celebrity mums to get back into shape quickly. And because they have a new movie or project coming up, theyâ??ll do extreme diets and workouts. Whatâ??s sad is that they donâ??t know what itâ??s doing to their bodies in the long run.

If you think about it, it takes your body nine months to morph itself to carry your baby as it grows. To expect that youâ??ll lose all the baby weight just weeks after a birth is not realistic! Quick fixes donâ??t work – quick results, in anything, donâ??t last long. You have to think about the long-term. Iâ??m all about taking small steps that turn into healthy habits.

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My stress eating cookie cycle

I found it hard to get back into shape after carrying triplets and being on 20 weeks of bed rest â?? it changes your body.

“I started in my kitchen with 10 pound (4,5 kilogram) weights. Whenever I felt stressed out, instead of reaching for a cookie, I would grab my weights and do what 10 reps of five exercises.” [/su_pullquote]

As a young mum with three newborns and a toddler, it was around the clock work. Like many new mums, I was living on coffee and cookies – I call it my cookie cycle. And Iâ??m being real honest here because, as a personal trainer, there I was telling people, â??I donâ??t know why I havenâ??t lost the weight yetâ? when I was actually sneaking into the pantry to eat cookies. I was looking for that bit of energy and stress eating.

My breakthrough happened when my husband sent me to a spa as a Motherâ??s Day gift. There I was, sitting in the steam room, when one of the staff members just about dragged me out. She said, â??You canâ??t be sitting in here too long, itâ??s not good for you!â? I didnâ??t understand. And then she said, â??Itâ??s not good for your baby!â? I wasnâ??t pregnant. That was my wake-up moment!

Quick kitchen workouts

So I started getting back into shape by doing what I had being telling my clients to do for years â?? working out in little bits and pieces. I started in my kitchen with 10 pound (4,5 kilogram) weights. Whenever I felt stressed out, instead of reaching for a cookie, I would grab my weights and do what 10 reps of five exercises. If I still felt like I wanted a cookie after that, I would have it, but most of the time my little workout was enough. It just helped me cope with the stress â?? especially when my triplets were teething. Sometimes I would even laugh because there I was, exercising in my kitchen, while my children were crying. It must have looked crazy but it helped me deal with stress.

Eventually I started doing my exercises first thing in the morning and called it my 10:10 workout, in which I did 10 sets of 10 exercises. I would do the workout again in the evenings, just to help me let go of stress and relax before bed.

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