Profile Ambassador Sam Schaefer is a Certified Profile Coach gym owner and mom of 2 boys. She is queen of the living room workout and aims to encourage fellow moms to lead a healthy lifestyle while growing into beautifully confident women.
A mom’s job is never done. Run the kids to activities, help with homework, cook meals, clean the house, coordinate the family schedule – there’s more work to do than you could ever possibly get done. I’ll be the first to admit – being a mom can be hard, really hard.
Thinking about your own fitness goals may seem like a daunting task, a finish line that you’ll never reach. Well, I’m here to tell you that most of the effort put toward being a #fitmom isn’t as much about sets, repetitions, and miles ran as it is about all the other pieces of the puzzle. Here are 7 helpful tips to help you become the #fitmom you’ve always wanted to be:
1. STICK TO A BEDTIME ROUTINE – FOR YOURSELF
We’re always concerned about the sleep routine for our kiddos, but not for ourselves. Sleep Is such an integral part of weight loss, weight maintenance, stress reduction and healthy living. Once I got into a good bedtime routine, I noticed that I no longer lay in bed running through my to-do list for the next day.
Here’s my routine:
• Chores are done by 7pm (whatever doesn’t get done, I move to tomorrow’s list).
• Kid #1 bathed and in bed by 8pm
• Kid #2 bathed and in bed by 9pm
• Take a shower after Kid #2 is put to bed
• Yoga for at least 10 minutes (ideally 30) each night before bed
• In bed and asleep by 9:45pm
2. DON’T HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON – IT LEADS TO UNDUE STRESS
My alarm clock goes off at 3:50am – that is, if my 3-month-old baby hasn’t woke me up before then. Even though it’s tempting, I don’t hit the snooze button. Every time I hit that delicious snooze button I’ve regretted it…every. single. time. I always end up running late for work, grabbing an unhealthy breakfast, skipping my workout or forgetting to make sure my son has a lunch packed for school. Don’t fall into the snooze button trap!
3. ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF – TELL OTHERS WHAT YOU NEED FROM THEM
I can’t expect my family to read my mind. If my husband buys donuts for himself, I ask him to keep them at work so that I’m not tempted during my push to lose the last 10lb of my “baby weight.” If I never say anything about my donut temptation, it’s not my husband’s fault that I eat the whole box (this may or may not be a true story). Rather, it’s my fault for eating the whole box and not speaking up and saying what I need for him to do to help me be successful as I work toward my #fitmom goals.
4. BE THE QUEEN OF THE 30-MINUTE WORKOUT
You’d be surprised how much you can get done in 30 minutes. Follow along with your favorite YouTube workout or find a great app to create the perfect living room workout (check out NIKE+ Training Club). If you have extra time, do the workout again. If not, don’t sweat it…you did what you could with the time you had.
5. INCLUDE YOUR KIDS IN YOUR WORKOUTS AND HEALTHY COOKING
My son has always seen me be active and doesn’t know me any other way. Now that he’s 10 years old, he is accustomed to seeing me lace up my running shoes and now asks, “Can I go with you?”. Looking for some healthy recipes? Have your little helpers in the kitchen with you! They’ll be more likely to eat it if they helped prepare it.
6. USE A POST-WORKOUT SHAKE
If your household is like mine, it can be a busy, busy place. I would be lying if I said I sit and eat with my family every evening. A more realistic view would be me coming back to my cold dinner after everyone else is fed and settled. That’s where a good post-workout shake like Profile Perform Restore comes in handy. Not only will you get the protein your body needs after a workout, but it can act as a nutritional buffer on those busier days.
7. GIVE YOURSELF SOME GRACE
Not every day is picture perfect with kids and family who wave goodbye with smiling faces as you head out the door for the gym in your LuLu Lemon gear. Realistically, it probably looks a bit more like a toddler screaming from the front door as you dart out the house with spit up on your shoulder (that you don’t even know is there). Don’t aim for perfection. Give yourself room to have an imperfect #fitmom day.
Life is chaotic, and being a mom doesn’t help. Nonetheless, keep your head up and do what you can. Every little victory is progress. Always remember: becoming a #fitmom is a process that is more about the journey than the destination.