Be Your own Advocate, Your Body Matters!

Look at that mom... what is she a size 0. I wish I could look like that. I bet she doesn't even have any stretch marks. That's what I used to say all the time. I called those women I envied a different name, but let's keep it PG rated. 

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Sticking to your Get-Fit Resolution?


So it’s January 10th. I can’t help but be curious how many people have already dropped their get fit New Year’s resolutions. You know the ones made immediately following a Christmas pig out sesh, shamelessly made by guilt-fueled chocolate smeared faces, and especially made when there was too much wine guzzled and you thought about finally running that marathon. R. Kelly’s hit song I Believe I can Fly comes to mind.

Emotions run high during the holidays and people always use the letting go and getting back on track game plan. 

New Year’s resolutions kind of suck. They’re kind of a waste of time.

What’s the point in setting them once a year? Make resolutions or intentions and set goals every week. Write down even just the things you’d like to accomplish.

Resolutions, goals, intentions and getting fit is on my mind because I’ve recently had a couple stories on the go related to all of that. 

One was a Get Fit After Baby Resolutions NOT to Set piece I wrote for Island Parent Magazine's January issue.

It tackled the crazy getting into shape resolutions that are so off base they’re highly unrealistic and usually unsuccesful. 

Resolutions that would have already probably been ditched by now. 

As parents with young children especially, we should remind ourselves that life is hectic and just making it through a day getting even the simplest of tasks done is something worth a whole whack of those thumbs up or high five emojis.

When setting goals, you have to think about how that will fit into the equation.

You’re not going to run a marathon, in the near future anyway. You’re not going to lose a bunch of weight in a month. Unless you starve yourself and if that’s the case NOT COOL for very obvious reasons.

If you’d like to keep the weight off, and keep up with the resolutions, set routines that work and just stick to an eating plan that makes sense to you. It sounds simple and makes so much sense, but oddly it doesn’t get across to many people. Maybe they can’t wrap their heads around the idea that it takes time.

I know personally, I would never in my life give up chips. We have a special bond I don’t think could ever be broken. So I've worked my goals around that and also around my busy schedule. 

I’m also currently polishing off a piece about running after having kids.

Running was one of the best forms of excersize I have ever done and I have it to thank for helping me shed the baby weight.

But as I am trying to convey in this article as well, don’t expect to step out and become a great runner right away, especially running long distances and especially if you’d like to stick with it.

Give your body time to recover from having a baby. And a good idea is to also take part in a series of bootcamps for at least 2-3 months before you start, just to regain muscles and your core back and to get some cardio in too. When your runners finally do hit the pavement, your success rate of sticking with it is likely way higher because you will feel stronger and will be able to run 5K without dropping an F-Bomb every couple strides.

If you haven’t already seen the piece in Island Parent, let me know and I will get you a copy. And I will most definitely keep you posted on the running piece as well.

Thanks for following. And happy goal setting.

Ash Degraaf