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Warning: Motivation inside. One Mama’s Self-Care Story

By April 22, 2019 No Comments

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 Jane (she prefers that I don’t use her real name) 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. 

Jane 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.

Jane 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.

Sound familiar?

Jane 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 Jane was reaching out to set up a fitness and nutrition plan while she was still pregnant.

For two years, Jane endured the side effects of her first pregnancy—weak core muscles, lower back pain, feeling tired and achy, and unhappy with her body. 

Jane was active during her first pregnancy and returned to yoga after giving birth. But she did not exercise during her second pregnancy due to demands at work and lack of knowledge about what exercises she should do. 

When I finally met Jane 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 Jane completed her Postnatal Recovery course, she registered for AMC’s Fitness & Nutrition program. Once she made nutrition and self-care a priority, along with regular exercise, she was able to lose 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.”

Jane’s commitment to strengthen her abs and lose weight has been unwavering for the last 18 months—she has lost at total of 38 pounds and 10% body fat since joining AMC! She feels rejuvenated and looks fabulous! Jane 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. After 18 months, I’m moving down another size. I’m a solid 4 now. I’m not focused on the size but rather the change and progress — and it is so motivating! I haven’t been a size 2/4 in about 10 years! I’m now in the best shape I’ve ever been. I had no idea if or how I could get back after my kiddos.  Meeting Coach Cassandra and committing to AMC’s fitness and nutrition programs has changed my life.”

Everything Jane 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 when 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 Jane did:

“The time is now, and nothing is going to stop me.”

The next step is to enroll in AMC’s 90-Days of YOU! program to make your goals a reality.

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, getting in shape and losing weight—this is for you.

During the 90-day program, you’ll learn: 

  • How to disarm your inner critic—the one who keeps telling you that you don’t have time, stopping you from being a priority, getting into shape and being the best version of you
  • How to use your mindset to create forward progress and adopt a new perspective about fitness and nutrition as you move toward your goals
  • Where to place your focus to dramatically improve your ability to make permanent changes (hint: you’ve likely focused on the wrong things before now)
  • Proven systems for getting all these details right: how to establish portion control, appetite awareness, food prep and planning, fit it all into your schedule—your family’s schedule—and turn your goals into reality
  • A new approach to eating what you want—even sweets—guilt-free. Avoid the ‘diet’ police and those saboteurs and naysayers who show up when you start making progress!
  • How to fit in exercise and develop a game plan to get you back in an exercise groove
  • Exactly how to incorporate your new healthy habits into your daily life so you can stay on track long-term and truly lead your family by example
  • Tips and tricks for sticking with the new YOU as you traverse this exciting journey with other like-minded mamas
  • And so much more

So, if you’re ready to dive into summer and give yourself a starting point for new healthy habits—and lead your family by example—then join me beginning April 29th.

I know, from experience, that caring for your family AND yourself requires hard work and time management.

I also know, from experience, that you CAN do it…when you have the support, mindset, tools, and determination to get it done— just like Jane.

The time is now. Join 90-Days of YOU! and make yourself a priority.

Let’s do this!