Postpartum Fitness and Becoming a Super Mommy

I’ve had so many goals on my quest to become a “super mommy” that I had to break them down in parts to make it more doable.

Goal 1: Keep up the house.

Goal 2: Cook dinner

Goal 3: Take Norton and Eudora to the park every day

Goal 4: Read Norton a story every day

Goal 5: Focus on postpartum fitness and health.  (Or, work out every day.)

On my first week, I tackled goals one and two on my super mommy journey.  Once my house was no longer trashed, I went from an overwhelmed mom to a somewhat relaxed (though still rather tightly wound; it’s my nature) mom.

On my second week, I managed to take the kids to the park daily.  This is easier than you would think; there are three parks within a five minute walk to my house.  Two of them have playgrounds; the other park is a riverside trail park that goes through the woods.  (The one cool thing about Prince George: urban forests.)

This week, I tried to add goals four and five to the super mommy quest.  I have to admit, I wasn’t 100% successful at keeping all five goals every day.  The only thing that I did manage to consistently do was some sort of postpartum workout.  In fact, I only had one day where everything went completely according to plan, and that was on Tuesday.  Tuesday was a very, very awesome day.

So, what am I doing for my postpartum fitness efforts?  I’m Beachbody program mixing.  I started out planning to do ChaLEAN Extreme.  I was doing it (and was half way through, actually) when I got pregnant with Eudora, and I stopped.  Now that she’s out and I’m cleared to exercise again, I wanted to get back into it.  I love the weight training portions of the program.  My arms looked freaking amazing when I was doing ChaLEAN Extreme.  I never really enjoyed the aerobics/high intensity interval training or yoga aspects of the program, though.  They were just… well, tolerable.

This time, I’m finding that my body doesn’t quite move like it used to yet.  I did the yoga and I hurt.  I’m pretty sure being sore after yoga isn’t exactly a goal.  What I do know is that I generally feel good when I exercise, and if I don’t feel good, I don’t want to do it.  So I put together my own little hybrid program that takes from ChaLEAN Extreme, Chalene Johnson’s Turbo Jam, and Debbie Sieber’s Slim in 6 and Slim Series.

As for nutrition, I’m cleaning it up my using My Fitness Pal.  (If you’re there, I’m on MFP as enyo123.  Feel free to add me!)  Since I actually started to pay attention to what was in what I’m eating, I’ve cut way back on the red meat.  I’ve gotten over my disgust with touching raw chicken (well, partially) and am feeding us all better.  After all, isn’t the point of striving to be super mommy to have a healthier and more fit family?

Next week’s plan?  Keep working on my five goals.  Once I’ve got those five under control, I’ll add making bread to the routine of becoming a super mommy.

What do you think makes one a super mommy?


About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

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