Most of my posts have been about fitness and motivation. Today’s post is about inspiration. I dedicate this blog post to my best friend who has been my rock, the sister I never had, the best friend I could have ever asked for, and one of the kindest most genuine people I know. She inspires me to be a better person every day.
My best friend is having another birthday tomorrow (yes, I know they happen every year) but this one is extra special as it’s the first one with her daughter (also my goddaughter) and as a mum. So, this one is for you my darling. Happy Birthday! Sorry I cannot be with you to share a glass of Prosecco and give you a giant hug!
It’s been an inspiration to watch my friend go through these major life changes, and enter motherhood. Her strength and determination is admirable is so many ways.
My best friend was so diligent with taking care of herself through her pregnancy. Obviously, as a pregnant mother, you expect to gain weight and inevitably get some stretch marks. Your body will transition through changes and most likely never be the same as it was before. I think most new mums accept these changes. My best friend gained a little weight when carrying her daughter, but through a sense of military-style discipline (that currently I cannot relate to), she simply avoided any real signs of change or stretch marks to her body by religiously moisturising and drinking 2 litres of water a day.
6 weeks after she had given birth, she looked amazing in her bikini – and just 12 weeks after giving birth, she was slimmer than she was before she got pregnant. She was in better shape than me and even though I was exercising like a crazy person! Her nutrition was on point.
Exercise isn’t one of the things I can attribute this miraculous accomplishment to. My lovely BFF isn’t as keen on exercise as I am, so it becomes less of a priority for her. Through her diet and remaining well hydrated (and moisturised), she did manage to get the Yummy Mummy body that she was committed to achieving post-birth. Rock iron discipline and a clear goal is what helped her get there.
My BFF had a goal, and with fierce determination and discipline, she achieved it. She was consistent and had her own motivational driver. She didn’t want to be one of those mums who carried her baby weight for years afterwards. The fear of being something she disliked, along with some serious focus on the long term goal, really motivated her to stick to her plan, and it worked.
Whilst my BFFs approach to getting her body back may not work for all of us (I’m still not 100% happy with mine and I haven’t even got the excuse of saying I had a baby!), we can however be inspired by some of the key elements of her journey which were:
- Having a routine
- Drinking 2 litres of water every day
- Sticking to a disciplined eating plan
- Being committed to daily skincare
- Having a clear motivation – knowing exactly what you want to be
- Use the fear of what you DON’T want to be to motivate you (but not scare you).