Having a baby is a huge lifestyle change. Your normal routine gets turned completely upside down. You are not in control anymore, that sweet, cuddly ball of adorable is now the captain of this ship. Sleep becomes a thing of the past, eating at regular intervals is a treat, and exercise falls by the wayside, becoming a fond, distant memory.
You may think nothing will ever be the same; and you're completely right. That doesn't mean you can't adjust fire and move on. There just becomes a new normal. The first few months are always the most difficult, especially if you have a baby like mine. He's a bottomless pit. I swear I didn't think it was possible for someone so small to eat as much as this guy does. In the first couple months I felt as if I was breastfeeding 24/7.
So having a baby means a drastic change to the way you live, but it doesn't mean you have to completely let yourself go and be at the mercy of a tiny dictator. You can find a way to get back to healthy. It is important to follow a few rules when getting back into an exercise routine:
#1. Start out slowly. If you jump right back into your old routine, you will hurt yourself. That's a problem for a couple of reasons, A: you can't take care of a baby if you are hurt. B: you will be set back even farther in your quest to get healthy.
#2. Take advantage of the times when baby is sleeping or otherwise occupied (ie watching the birdies on his swing fly around while listening to some nature sounds). These distractions may not be long but you ca knock out some push ups or sit ups in those precious minutes.
#3. Get a stroller and make walking a big part of your work out. When the time comes, bump that walk up into a jog. Jogging strollers are great! You can run (or walk) over most terrain in them and not have to worry about tiny tot tipping over.
#4. If "the dictator" decides to change up his routine (and he will), don't get discouraged, adapt and overcome. BE FLEXIBLE!
Fitness and kids go hand in hand. There are exercises you can do using your baby as added weight. I am sure there are hundreds of Youtube videos demonstrating this. Check them out. Get creative.
Finally, always remember, it is not forever that baby will need your undivided attention. There will come a time when you will be able to go back at it hard. There will also be a time when you can turn playtime into workout time and they won't even know it. It is never too early to start teaching kiddos healthy habits.