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How I Found My Time to Get in Better Shape After My Second Pregnancy

Looking back at these pictures, I still see this happily married couple who was about to have the best moments of their lives. 

From building their successful careers and owning a nice little house in the outskirts of New Jersey to holding their baby girl’s tiny little fingers, watching her smiling back at us.

What was the price of my happiness? Countless sleepless nights, eliminating bad habits like smoking and alcohol (believe me, it was insanely hard), and an extra 30 pounds.

Luckily, the weight melted away on its own in about 5 months. 

But that wasn’t the case when we had our second little angel. I was hoping that everything would be like the first time – I hadn’t changed my diet, and as months went by, the scales just kept showing more. 

This time, my body just wanted to keep those extra 40 pounds. And that’s when things started going downhill.

This household was exhausting me day by day. I saw that lovely woman in the mirror getting heavier and heavier. 

I wanted to have some quality time with myself. 

I knew I had to go to the gym, I wanted to feel more energy flowing through me and do more things quicker so I could have more time later to do whatever I wanted.

Every day there were some little moments of chaos: one of my girls having an aching belly, waking up and checking on both of my girls at night, taking care of their mixtures at the right temperature, cleaning all the mess around the house, and much much more…  

…It slowly drove me to insanity.

My identity was this exhausted and depressed person who missed many simple things in her life.

I wanted to work and meet with my colleagues again; I wanted to visit restaurants and have fancy evenings with my husband. But how could I go anywhere wearing nothing but this? 

Honestly, I was tired of wearing the same hoodie and joggers, you know, those cozy oversized clothes that keep you away from the public.

Even looking at my closet full of beautiful jeans, shorts, fancy blouses I used to wear anywhere was a little disappointing. I felt that it just wasn’t me anymore.

From that moment, I dove deep into the rabbit hole of self-help 

Every time I put my angels to sleep, I looked for forums, blogs, and youtube videos about postnatal exercises. 

Since I had diastasis recti (meaning I had a gap between my right and left belly muscles), there was plenty of material, but I wasn’t sure if it was safe for me.

I tried to wake up at 6 AM (that was my most peaceful time), practiced deep breathing, yoga, tried to hire a remote coach to help me with exercises, but his sessions were way too hard and expensive ($150 for one online session! Yeah, expensive doesn’t mean quality.)… 

None of these practices worked, except making me even more tired.

My family doctor told me that it’s normal for hormones to affect my metabolism after pregnancy, and that’s why I had a hard time toning myself up. 

So he recommended I plan my meals ahead and stay physically active.

Meal planning was the most vulnerable part of my life. Imagine sitting for a few hours, planning and making your meals for the upcoming week… And you have to work, take care of the house and kids…

It’s one of the most difficult habits I know.

I was a person who would prepare whatever was in the kitchen, and I had no problems with weight until my post-pregnancy.

And if you find this somewhat relatable, then read this part carefully.

Easy, safe, and effective postnatal recovery program

I had read these titles on different mommy forums online. Comments upon comments, reviews upon reviews – thousands of moms of all ages kept talking about this program. 

It caught my attention, and I decided to learn what the fuss was all about. 

Here are just a few of them:

“A brilliant way to get fit and healthy postpartum and also spend quality time with your baby. The workout is challenging, fun, safe, and innovative. There’s a lot of excellent information. A must-try for any new mom or mom-to-be.” – Shaidikia_360.

“I really like the idea! I think it is great because it seems geared for moms who want to continue active and healthy lifestyles despite having a lot of responsibilities with their kids. The only thing I’d recommend to improve is to put more food options, but overall I think it’s great!” – Stacy_M.

I quickly found out that they were talking about this app called FitMom. It claims to help moms to shape up without going to the gym and even without any gym equipment. 

First and foremost, to use the app, moms must complete the FitMom quiz.

It gives you an easy-to-follow personalized meal and workout plan based on your age, current weight, goal weight, breastfeeding, activity level, health conditions, and so on. 

Also, they pay attention to any kind of pregnancy-related injuries you might have, for example, diastasis recti which was my case.

Every detail is considered when preparing a program for busy mothers who want to improve their fitness and lifestyle.

And it can adapt to people’s schedules, meaning it shouldn’t take more than 40 minutes to complete a workout at home or anywhere else.

After reading these comments and reviews, I decided to give it a shot because I was already tired of doing all the thinking by myself.

As always, I had this healthy skeptical side of mine that told me, “I hope you know what you’re doing…”

Before I used the app, I had a feeling that the 30-minute recipes they claimed would be more or less quick snacks or just plain veggie meals. 

I was happy to be wrong. 

Honestly, their recipes seem fancy, but they’re quite cheap and simple to prepare.

Every recipe has a nutrition fact table, so I can easily count my calories after each meal and follow my goal calorie intake below 1500.

Not only do they have tasty snacks, a delicious selection for vegetarians, but also lots of amazing dishes with beef, pork, chicken, and my favorite – salmon. 

For example, here’s a recipe for Quinoa with Salmon and Eggs that I like to make for lunch.

Calories 
517 
Preparation time
20 min
Nutritional value
30.8 gFat85.63 g
Carbohydrates
58.62 g
Protein
Ingredients
1/2 cup white quinoa, dry
2 large eggs
1 small salmon fillet, raw
1 cup of green peas, frozen
2 pinches of salt
2 pinches of ground black pepper
1/2 tsp olive oil
Preparation
1. Cook quinoa according to package directions.
2. Meanwhile, season salmon with a pinch of salt and ground black pepper. Place a steamer in a large saucepan. Add enough water to reach just below it. Bring to a boil.
3. Add the salmon and frozen peas to the steamer. Steam covered until cooked through for about 7 minutes. Test the fish for doneness by poking the thickest part with a chopstick or fork; the fish should flake. If not, steam for 1–2 more minutes.
4. While the quinoa and salmon are cooking, heat olive oil in a non-stick frying pan on medium heat. Crack the eggs into the pan. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard. Season with a pinch of salt and ground black pepper.
5. Serve the cooked quinoa in a bowl. Top with cooked salmon flakes, peas, and fried eggs. Try it!

The best part? You can actually select which meals you want to include in your diet. It’s easy, just enter their quiz and leave your preferences there. 

And another important thing – they ask about your allergies, postnatal health conditions, and physical abilities, so your personalized exercise plan is 100% safe and risk-free.

I had the opportunity to choose the best time to work out on whatever days I picked.

In fact, they selected exercises that were safe for me personally so I could easily work out up to 30 minutes a few days a week without worrying.

Today, you would hardly recognize me from the pictures, even before having my first child.

Heck, even my neighbor Jennifer keeps asking me for advice on how to shape up like me. I can say that I didn’t even have to go to the gym and could stay with my kids at home. 

By knowing how to eat and exercise the way my body needs, I feel more energy, and I’m able to do simple household chores much quicker. I even have the energy for some romantic time with my husband, if you know what I mean.

Where are the extra 40 pounds? I said goodbye to them a while ago, now I’m back in my closet and trying to spend some of my free time thinking about how to dress up. 

Because my husband and I are finally going to a fancy restaurant and after that, he promised to take me to our first dance in a long time. I can barely control myself with excitement!

Ready to take the FitMom quiz?

It’s completely up to you. Sure, you can try to seek other solutions that are more suited to your situation, but hear this.

If you’re going hard on yourself, I really know what it’s like. But you don’t have to. 

And you know that it’s not your fault. It’s the metabolic change every one of us moms goes through. It’s something that happens naturally in our bodies when we create a new life in this world.

And there’s definitely something you can do about it. I was able to shape up, and It’s been a while since I’ve felt this good, sexy, and confident.

I know you can also change like I did, or even better.

So, take this quick 1-minute free quiz and energize your life.

Results may vary due to personal features

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