I am so thrilled to feature my new friend, Monica. I’ve recently started getting to know Monica, and she is an absolutely amazing fit mama! Monica Bencomo is author of 7 Habits of a Healthy, Happy Mom, founder of MomsWearHeels.com, and co-owns the restaurant Pasión Latin Fusion with her husband. She inspires mothers to lead authentic, happy, and healthy lives through her workshops and social media. Monica has been seen on the Food Network, and has a segment on 2 Kasa Style on Kasa Fox every Monday called Parenting 411. For coaching services, you may contact Monica at Monica.Bencomo18@gmail.com.
Have you ever wondered how many Hollywood moms have their babies and then are seemingly skinny the next day? All of us mommies from time to time experience that rushed sense wondering, “Am I ever going to fit in my old skinny jeans?” Well, wonder no more, moms! I am here to give you the unfiltered truth as to how I lost all 45 pounds postpartum with these simple tricks and tips.
Tip 1: Do NOT be in a race! Slow and steady really does win the race here (this is especially true if you are breastfeeding). If you lose your baby weight too fast, you will risk jeopardizing not only your milk supply, but your skin’s elasticity. Losing weight at an expedited rate can and will cause your skin to hang loose after weight is lost or even causes stretch marks to appear more on your body.
Tip 2: Supplement at least one meal with a healthy smoothie. When I had my son, I still received all the necessary vitamins and minerals to be healthy and energetic by drinking my green smoothies twice a day. Once your baby is eating (or drinking) foods other than milk, you can give her some as well! Check out my video here of how to make a green smoothie for mom and baby. http://momswearheels.com/?p=676
Tip 3: Once your doctor or midwife gives you clearance to exercise—get outside! Nothing is worse than catching a case of cabin fever postpartum. Make it a point to get you and the baby outdoors. My midwife cleared me to workout 6 weeks postpartum, and I bundled up my son and I and we took walks and soon upgraded to jogs. Here is a compilation of my favorite workouts for outdoors you can do with your stroller here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8SkjR7q0-c
If it is too cold in your area, do workout videos at home while baby rocks or sleeps! There are plenty of free and awesome workout videos on YouTube.
Tip 4: Join a fitness community to stay updated. I joined Instagram when I was about 6 months postpartum and followed all fit mom enthusiasts! It was incredibly comforting and inspiring to witness other mamas so dedicated to healthy living despite having 1, 2, 3, or 4 kids! I post on my Instagram daily: this not only helps to motivate others but also helps me stay accountable by posting progress photos.
You can find me here! : http://instagram.com/fitmom118
Tip 5: Set a tangible goal. I started training for a fitness competition once my weight really started to drop about 4 months postpartum. What this did was motivate me more than ever by seeing a date on the calendar for which I had to be prepared! If stepping on stage isn’t for you, get a group of your girlfriends to sign up for a 5K, triathlon, or Zumba class! The key is to find a physical activity in which you’ll truly enjoy.
Remember, losing your weight postpartum is a journey, not a race! Follow these tips and tools to stay motivated and you will wake up one day seeing a brand new figure!