In an effort to share with you more lifestyle content, I’ve reached out to a few former classmates and fellow moms who are active on social media and active in real life. I’m talking about getting fit and getting healthy. This week, Lorraina Brandsetter shares with us her weight issues growing up and her motivation on getting fit, something we all can relate to.
I have always been pretty self conscious as I was a bit “big boned” growing up. I struggled with my weight and finally, during high school, decided that I had enough. The teens years are crucial and unfortunately, my portrayal of weight loss then was more about image and popularity. Looking back, I’d change that point of view on weight loss to the one I have now, driven more by health than anything. Here are my tips on motivation for a healthier lifestyle.
Try to make a little time for your even if it’s ten minutes.
I find time while my son naps but not everyone stays home so I recommend finding ten minutes during the day whether on a lunch break or after work, and sit in a quiet place. Another option is getting up a bit earlier or going to bed a few minutes later just to make sure you have time just for you.
Do smaller workouts.
I swear by squats, push-ups, and burpees. It is best to create a little routine and stick to it. I do three sets of twenty of squats and push-ups and then three sets of ten burpees. Burpees are a great total body workout, while squats focus on lower body and push-ups focuses on upper body and your core.
Do something daily that helps your health.
Drink a super food shake for example, one that not only has protein, but one that has vitamins, minerals, probiotics and antioxidants. Multi-vitamins are just as important after childbirth as it was during pregnancy. Lastly, drink a lot of water. The average is roughly 6-8 glasses a day. If you aren’t a big water drinker, try infusing your water with slices of fresh fruit. I, personally, love cucumber or lemon.
Keeping the weight off for me, always included diets, more than I’d care to admit, and of course, exercise. Then I ran into an old friend from school on social media. Until now, I had never had anything impact my physical and mental well being the way she did. She introduced me to beachbody and shakeology, these popular at home fitness programs and surprisingly delicious food shakes. In a nutshell, after giving birth, I struggled with weight loss just as I had in my younger years and unfortunately, depression because of it but doing this fitness program and doing a whole lifestyle change has taught me discipline while being able to enjoy eating. These 20-30 minute workouts got me back to being toned and losing inches off my body. Now I am able to enjoy life again and create a career out of this lifestyle.
Lorraina is a mom to a 13 month old and currently expecting a second. She is a fitness enthusiast and a Beachbody coach. For more tips or to get your fitness routine started, contact Lorraina directly at email@example.com.