Beth is a 33-year-old Movin’ Mama residing south of Boston with her husband and two sons [ages 3 & 1]. When she’s not finding her Zen at her local Yoga studio, she’s workin’ it out as an Account Manager for an IT staffing company. We asked Beth how she’s Living Well today, and here’s what she shared…
How do you typically start your day?
If I’m going to work, my day starts with a shower, my chocolate Shakeology and leisurely train ride with my Nook. If I’m home with the kids, I skip the shower, keep the Shakeology and move right on to whatever activity is on the agenda that day.
What is your favorite workout right now and why?
Power Yoga. I used to practice 3-4 times a week before I became pregnant 4 years ago and stopped after my first trimester with my oldest. Joining a gym just didn’t make sense for my hectic life, so being able to hit up late night (7:30pm) yoga twice a week is a way for me to unwind, turn the noise off, and just sweat.
Plus, I have found it is easier to motivate myself to leave the house for a scheduled yoga class rather than changing into my workout clothes and putting on an exercise video at home.
What do you wish you knew when you first became a mom that you know now?
That I should have always made myself a priority. It wasn’t until my youngest turned 1 that I was at my wits end with the terrible work/home balance I was living with. So I registered for a night-time yoga class and told my husband he was in charge of bath/bed time 2 nights a week!
What has been your biggest challenge with wellness since the birth of your last child and how are you overcoming it?
I had to have a c-section with my youngest, so recovery was noticeably different from my first vaginal delivery. After my first pregnancy, I was back at the gym just two weeks after delivery…but with two kids to juggle and major surgery recovery after my C-section, exercise was not even on my mind until I stopped nursing my youngest recently when he turned 1.
Working full-time and nursing/pumping full-time left pretty much no extra time to squeeze in anything else (okay, maybe the occasional shower!). Plus, I was zapped of any and all energy. The second I stopped nursing, I felt like a whole new person, immediately dropped 20 pounds and have been able to fit in exercise 2-4 times a week.
What is your favorite go-to healthy snack right now?
Hard boiled eggs. I always have them in my fridge, sometimes after I make them I will shell them too and pack them into a container for easy grab-and-go. The kids love them, too—so they make for a great snack or an easy breakfast paired with a banana.
Is losing the baby weight harder or easier this time around than before?
Easier this time around, but only since I have stopped nursing. I was not one of the lucky women that was able to lose weight while nursing. I literally stopped nursing my oldest son and got pregnant with my youngest the same week, so I was never in that place where I could lose the remaining weight until my youngest turned 1 and I stopped nursing.
He is now 19 months old, and I am finally back to my pre-pregnancy weight, even a couple pounds lighter—however it is definitely distributed differently so I still have a ways to go before being total pre-pregnancy!
What are some Wellness best practices you can share with new Mamas?
- Don’t lose yourself: Always carve out some time to do something just for you.
- Prep food beforehand: I make my lunches and snacks for the week on Sunday so I can grab-and-go during the week and my husband will also prep/cook dinner on the weekend for the whole week, making dinner time a little bit easier and allowing for more play time with the kids before bedtime.
- When in doubt, get up and GO: I often found myself just getting up and planting myself on the couch for the day with my little one during both of my maternity leaves, so I really had to force myself to find story hours, other drop in classes, or even convince myself to just go roam around Target or the mall for an hour to help get me up and out…and feeling human!
What do you do when you want to have “Me Time”?
I have my yoga nights pretty well-established in my family’s routine, but if I do want that extra time (a trip to Target by myself), I will plan it for the weekend during nap time, so I can have my time away from things and my husband can still do what he needs to around the house and both kids are sound asleep.
Who do you lean on most for support when it comes to Wellness?
I lean on my husband the most for general Wellness. He is at the gym every morning after dropping the kids off at daycare and is always game to cleaning up our eating habits if we get into a rut of snack foods.
He also knows how grumpy I get when I am not exercising and eating poorly, so he is more than accommodating when I need a boost of motivation!