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Get a move on.

My favorite and most motivated fitness periods have always been right after I have a baby. The fittest I have ever been in life is always around six months post-birth. This is because I typically gain a lot of weight when I'm pregnant. In my normal everyday life, I'm usually quite slim as I lead a relatively healthy lifestyle, which includes a whole foods diet and frequent exercise.

As I've fully documented, however, my body seems to rebel once I get pregnant. Anything green makes me nauseous and the simpler the carb, the more I crave it. This, of course, results in considerable weight gain. My last pregnancy saw me gain a total of 55 lbs. Nothing motivates me more than getting back into shape after giving birth. When I'm pregnant, I miss sweating and getting my heart rate up. I miss the physical cardiovascular exertion. In my last trimester, I'm already mapping out my journey back to fitness and I always have a specific goal. This is what pushes me. I want to be fitter post-birth than I was at the start of my pregnancy. I need to go back to my norm and live the healthy lifestyle that makes me feel good.

Every person is different and has different motivators to achieving their ideal state. People are always asking me how I do it, how I motivate myself. Here are a few things that I do.

1. FIND OUT WHAT REALLY INSPIRES YOU.

Once you discover what that is, focus on that. This could be joining a fitness contest (a marathon, for example) or being in shape for your next birthday or wedding anniversary.

2. GIVE YOURSELF A DEFINED TIMELINE.

As human beings, we tend to perform better when we have a set goal and date to accomplish our tasks within. This is just human nature.

3. TEAM UP.

Find yourself a workout buddy or fitness motivator. Most people push themselves a little bit more when they are accountable to both themselves and someone else. A buddy can also provide support and impetus, which really helps.

4. GET KITTED OUT.

This may seem superficial but it works. Go out and buy yourself some cool workout gear. When you love what you're wearing and it is functional, you're more likely to actually get your behind into that gym or onto that track to run. Plus, you don't want to spend a lot of money on gear that you don't use.

5. GET APP'D.

These days, there's an app for everything. Take advantage of this. Get an app that helps you track your weight and exercise hours. Find one that helps you with your diet. This will help you stay on your wellness journey.

6. LASTLY, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY: BE BOTH HARD AND EASY ON YOURSELF.

Only you know what you can do and how much you can take. The secret is knowing when to push yourself and when to give yourself a break. It is a fine line but one that you should master because, in the end, the only one who loses out if you go to extremes (either too hard core or too lazy) is you.

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Title Annotation:Moms & Kids
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Nov 21, 2015
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