Post-Baby Health and Fitness

by Ellie Betzen | from scratch, mostly in ,

It feels so great to be back on a regular {blogging} schedule and not have to deal with blog design issues.  Phew, that was not an easy task, although it was fun and allowed me to have a creative outlet.  So now I know without a doubt that technology is not my friend and next to administration it is one of my lowest gifts...or more like, non-existent gifts? Haha.

I have to say--I am finally satisfied with Fit for the Soul's new design and I hope you guys will be able to navigate through it without any glitches! 

Easter Weekend


As cliche as it sounds our Easter wekend was such a huge blessing.  Looking back to just a few years ago I can see how the Lord has transformed our family.  He definitely turned our worlds upside down and allowed many transitions to take place, and the result has been nothing short of amazing because for the first time ever our entire family celebrated Easter in a Christ centered way. 

Heck, it was probably our first "official" Easter celebration. :)  Without a doubt, He works all things for the good of those who love Him. 

On a slightly different note, it's safe to say that Selah enjoyed her weekend.  Sure, her nap schedule was way off which led to her being quite an unhappy little gal by the end of Sunday, but she had a blast looking at her cousin Daniel hunt for the eggs that uncle "Gweg" hid in his yard!  Remember when he was this little?!  He is and always will be such a cutie in my eyes.

My Health and Fitness 10 Months After Baby

I feel like I've been so privileged to be able to breastfeed because breast is obviously best for baby.  However, I also feel like breastfeeding has contributed a good amount to my ability to shed all of my pregnancy weight.  But that's not to minimize all the hard work I've put into my body through consistent exercise and healthy eating. 


*Ahem, sorry about the gross mirror.  Didn't realize it was so dirty, hah!*

I realize that there are countless of inspiring women out there, especially in the blogosphere, who have stayed fit throughout and after pregnancy.  Some of them have accomplished so much more than me in that regard, so instead of a "i got it all together" brag please take this as an encouragement.  Deal?!  Deal. :)

No matter where you are in terms of your fitness and weight loss journey, remember that slow wins the race.  Be encouraged that you don't have to become a Victoria's Secret model 1 month after giving birth.  Steady and consistent changes to your diet and workouts will get you there.  I cannot emphasize enough the fact that HIIT workouts that range anywhere from 15-20 minutes a day, 5-6 times per week is all it takes to make long-lasting results actually last.  On top of doing quick (but intense) workouts that allow me to enjoy my time with Selah, I've been trying to stick to my usual eating philosophy.  Eat clean 75-80% of the time and leave some wiggle room for the rest--or as I like to call it, the unknown.  I remember back in my ED days I had meltdowns in my mind whenever someone "messed" with my schedule and meal times, because that meant my whole week would be ruined.  I am so thankful that God has brought me out of that and now I know what true health looks like! That's why I choose to not restrict myself because believe me--traveling through that downward spiral is the last thing I want to do.

But let's face it.  We all want feel good, look good, and be healthy to some extent, right? And that's why I want to encourage you to take baby steps so you don't become burnt out or obsessed to the extent of an ED. 

I really don't do anything special aside from the fact that a lot of my workouts are completely wacky!  I mean, lately I've been using socks to strengthen my abs, hah!  (more on that on another post) My regular go-to routines are just like the short workouts I post on the blog, some yoga on alternating days, and maybe jogging at the park with Selah once a week.  One noteworthy difference in my post-baby mentality is that I have been making more of an effort to fit fitness into my schedule, rather than focus my schedule around it, and I think that has rendered better results for my physical and mental health. 

Less stress, less burnout.  Boom.

Whether you are a new mom or a college student on the way to getting a career, remember that fitness is here to serve you and not the other way around.  I highly recommend that you try doing quick and intense workouts and see how you feel as you go.  You can do this!

In what ways has your fitness philosophy evolved over the past few years?

What are some obstacles you're trying to overcome in order to get healthy, lose weight, tone up, etc.?