How To Get Rid Of Stubborn Belly Fat

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 16:29 
Remember the day you brought your bundle of joy home, and nothing else mattered except your little tiny baby who needed you every waking moment of their day? Those times go by fast, it happens overnight (or so it seems), that she is turning one and becoming an independent child. 

 

Some where along the way of that first year, the stubborn baby belly hasn't went away. You feel unconfident, discouraged, overwhelmed, and tired. You know one day you'll need to do something about it, but there is no time to figure out what to eat, no time to fix and learn new recipes, and you barely sleep so workouts aren't anywhere on your schedule. 

 

I've been there. 

Even more, I know how to get rid of the stubborn baby belly fat. 

 

It took me a couple months to realize that my life wasn't going to be the same, I wasn't going to be able to use the routines and systems I had in place prior to having my daughter. It took me a year to realize that I'd need to create new systems instead of trying to continue to use the old ones. It was like trying to put a square block into the circle hole. 

 

I did it. 

I created new systems and I want to share them with you. 

 

I created habits, routines, and systems to get rid of stubborn belly fat. Here is what I did. 

1. I knew water was the MOST important change I could make. We need to drink half our weight in ounces a day for our bodies to not live in a state of dehyrdation. 

Steps to Drink more water: 

Pick your glass or bottle of choice. Do you like a straw or not? 
Fill it up before you go to bed and drink at least 10-20 ounces right when you wake up. 
Set an alarm in your phone to drink every hour throughout the day. 
Plan ahead for when you are on the go.
Use cleaned fresh fruit for taste, or carbonation water if you are changing from soda   
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2. Automate 1 or more meals each day. For me, this is my breakfast and snack. Everyday I wake up, drink my water, make my shakeology, and then my first snack is oatmeal with frozen blueberries and either chia seeds or pb2. 

What is a quick and easy meal you can automate that is healthy? Remember this is NOT grabbing a granola bar. You want these meals to be whole food based. 
Save your money when it comes to processed packaged foods. You're getting very little nutrients from those foods and have to eat more food to feel full longer anyway. 
Meal plan with quick and easy recipes. Example Meal Plan
3. Move More. Notice I didn't say workout daily. 

Set an alarm on your phone every 20-30 minutes to stand up and walk around. Sitting is not good for our bodies and desk jobs and holding babies make that difficult. 


4. Take time to yourself. Sounds insane right? Who has time to do anything let alone be by yourself? Stress causes your body to hang on to unwanted body/belly fat, so stress relievers and to be clear, healthy stress relievers are key. 

Get 7-8 hours of sleep. 
Take a bath
Read a book
Listen to music
Go for a walk/jog
Exercise
Enjoy a hobby
Get a manicure/pedicure/massage
Whatever it is that makes you less stressed! 
5. Track your progress. Whatever it is you want to do, if you don't track it, you won't know how to improve if your first attempt doesn't work how you want it to. If you write down, journal, or track what you're doing to see if it works, you can tweak certain areas as you go along. 

Journal or Day Planner
Myfitnesspal.com
Free Account on Team Beachbody
Fit Bit or calorie/movement tracker
Mood Tracker
6. Join a Support/Accountability Group, anything we do, we can do it more successfully with a group. Someone to lean on when the things pop up, get busy, or we get off track. This is KEY. 

I run monthly groups on Facebook - you're welcome to join!  
7. Get your mind right, daily. Start your day, every day, with positive affirmations. Listen to a podcast, read an inspirational post, meditate, etc

Some of my favorite podcasts: Brendon Burchard, Chalene Johnson, Dave Ramsey (Entreleadership), and more. 
Find inspiration on my page
8. Delegate, delegate, delegate. Everything. Chores, laundry, cooking meals, dishes, picking up toys, feeding and changing the baby, etc 

You aren't super woman and you don't have to be. 

9. Find someone to hold you accountable. Your significant other, a stranger, facebook. Ask for that accountability. Make your goals public by talking to your family and friends about it or posting it on Facebook. 

Remember it's okay. Life happens, and these changes that are slow and take time are better because they become habits and habits help us get back on track when we get thrown off (because we all do). Results will happen when you do consistent behaviors daily over long periods of time. There is no quick fix, you have to decide what your goal is and it has to be more important than your excuses. It has to be more important than Thanksgiving dinner, St Paddy's day green beer, and birthdays and family celebrations for you to be able to say no and focus. 


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