This blog post is longer than I normally write, but I’m sharing intimate details that I know you will relate to. So please take a deep breath, grab some water and spend a few minutes connecting with this story.
A client of mine who I’ll call Amanda (because that’s really her name and she gave me permission!), is a kind-hearted, dedicated, lovable, successful, 40-year old mama of two…
As a new mom 3.5 years ago she felt conflicted and overwhelmed. She was very emotional about her body after having kids. She was happy to have two little blessings but disappointed, critical of herself and overwhelmed with the amount of work ahead to get back to where she wanted to be.
She struggled for years with extra baby weight and how to make her self-care a priority.
Amanda works full-time and is on the road 4-5 days a week, every week, with regular late nights to meet client deadlines.
She knows what good nutrition looks like, but finds it challenging to make good choices on the road and at home given her demanding career in client service.
She suffered from a significant abdominal wall separation with her first child, which made her look six months pregnant a year after giving birth.
Amanda once loved exercise, finishing 5 marathons (pre-kids), but since found it challenging to balance family and exercise and mostly worried about doing the ‘right exercises’ for her postpartum body.
Amanda initially reached out to me, from a friend’s referral, about postnatal fitness classes during her third trimester with her second child. She was eager to find support. She knew she needed to make a plan to mend her body and make changes in her nutrition habits after her daughter arrived.
I was impressed Amanda was reaching out to set up a fitness and nutrition plan while she was still pregnant.
For two years, Amanda endured the side effects of her first pregnancy—weak core muscles, lower back pain, feeling tired and achy, and unhappy with her body.
Amanda was active during her first pregnancy and returned to yoga in between and did not exercise during her second pregnancy due to demands at work…and just not knowing what exercises she should do.
When I finally met Amanda in AMC’s Postnatal Recovery class, her daughter was just six weeks old. She made a plan and was sticking to it. AMC’s class proved to be the catalyst she needed to take charge of her self-care, get back in shape, safely strengthen her core—along with help of a Women’s Health Specialist—and have the support of other new moms in class.
As soon as Amanda completed her Postnatal Recovery course, she registered for AMC’s 60-Days of YOU! Fitness & Nutrition program. Here she made nutrition and self-care a priority, and with the combination of exercise, lost 11 pounds in 60 days.
“Initially I found it very challenging because I felt selfish. I knew I had to make my self-care a priority and make major changes to get where I wanted to be. I am blessed with an amazing husband who is very supportive.
AMC’s programs have definitely been worth it. There will always be competing priorities between family, work, and self-care and there are often times when those other priorities win. Because of the knowledge and tools I have gained over the last year, I have a solid foundation established with my nutrition and fitness to prevail during those times. Fitness and exercise is important, but nutrition and meal planning is critical.”
Amanda’s commitment to strengthen her abs and lose weight has been unwavering for the last 14 months—so far she has lost 33 pounds since joining AMC! She feels rejuvenated and looks fabulous! Amanda no longer feels guilty for leaving her two kids to attend fitness classes because the energy and strength she gains from training fills her up. By making herself a priority, she is 10x the mom than her previous fatigued, frustrated self.
“I no longer feel overwhelmed with healthy eating requirements and workout goals on the road for both work and personal travel with family. I have learned know how to manage healthy eating and exercise on the road when there is a big client or family dinner, or when there is no gym, workout classes, or a personal trainer available.
I am proud of how far I have come. I still have work to do to get where I want to be and that’s great — I like the challenge. I feel great now and have the tools I need to get me where I want to be. It’s a big change from 14 months ago when I first started AMC’s Small Group Training and the first 60-Days of YOU! program. Meeting Coach Cassandra and committing to AMC’s fitness and nutrition programs has changed my life.”
Everything Amanda IS DOING for her self-care and wellness—dedication, planning, consistency, mindset, positive affirmations—are the things that bring success in every area of our lives…particularly getting fit and losing weight.
What if I could teach you the skills you need to get in shape, and you applied the very same levels of determination and hard work to your goals?
I guarantee you’d have more energy, feel centered, empowered, and at peace with your body.
The first step is to embrace the mindset like Amanda did:
“The time is now, and nothing is going to stop me.”
The next step is to sign up for my FREE online event, January 7—11: Mama’s 5-Day Self-Care Reboot.
If you are feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, or frustrated about getting in shape after having kids and you’d like to take simple-yet-powerful baby steps toward getting off the exhaustion roller coaster, so you can FINALLY get lasting results—this is for you.
During the 5-day online event, you’ll discover:
- How to set your self-care goals and why they really matter so you’re set up for success from the get-go (you’re going to LOVE how simple this is and how easy it is to incorporate it into your daily routine!).
- The best way to utilize your time so that you’re focused and efficient when tackling your to-do tasks (and therefore, stop feeling overwhelmed that there is not enough time in the day).
- How to put your A-team in place so you can set yourself as a priority without battling guilt (having help doesn’t mean you’re any less of a mom!).
- How positive affirmations and self-talk can set you up for long-term happiness.
- Baby steps you can take to stay motivated as you get in shape and stay healthy, naturally and easily.
- And more
So, if you’re ready to dive into 2019 and give yourself a starting point for your own successful self-care—and lead your family by example—then join me starting January 7.
I know, from experience, that caring for your family AND yourself requires hard work.
I also know, from experience, that you CAN do it…when you have the support, mindset, tools, and determination to get it done.