Lots of people ask how I lost my baby weight and how I keep it off. I freely share the tips that worked for me, but I rarely see people who actually try them. When it comes to eating and exercise you have to do what works with YOUR body. All the numbers out there used to calculate what your body needs are just estimates. They could give you numbers so far away from reality that it could hinder your fitness. Take the Max HR for example. There are several “equations” to calculate your Max HR. You’ve probably seen this equation Max HR = 220 – age, but I find it very unlikely that EVERY 20 year old in the world has a max HR of 200 bpm. So lets start with the tip that I recommend to EVERYONE – do metabolic testing.
Most gyms and fitness spas offer metabolic testing and it’s usually $100-$200. These tests will tell you what YOUR body needs. Knowing things like your VO2 Max and resting HR are important because it will teach you how to exercise for your body In addition to those, you’ll also learn how your body burns calories and in what HR zones. The first time I did metabolic testing I was on a very strict low calorie diet only to discover after the test that I wasn’t eating enough to support my body. Once I added more calories to my routine I started seeing great progress. I like to get tested twice a year in order to stay current on my fitness levels. The numbers from this test will change with your fitness levels so you’ll have to re-test to see where you are.
My second tip AFTER metabolic testing would be WEAR A HR MONITOR. How are you supposed to exercise efficiently when you have no idea what level your body is at? I am someone who tends to exercise too hard and it has caused me to suffer from “overtraining” on more than one occasion. I admit that my idea of ‘exercise’ is quite dysfunctional so I never exercise without wearing a HRM. I can use the information from metabolic testing to keep me on track and avoid injuries and plateaus. This information is out there for everyone so why not obtain it? I recommend Timex and Polar HRM with chest straps.
Sleep, what a topic! It’s common knowledge by now that when you become a parent sleep becomes a distant memory. Most people dread this part of being a parent because it is one of the harder things we have to deal with physically. When you are pregnant with your first baby people tell you what to expect, but expecting doesn’t prepare you for the physical toll. Some people think ‘I’ve been without sleep for a few days, or maybe a week so I will be fine’ but the loss of sleep could last for YEARS! Tom always liked to say “I used to work 36 hour shifts in the hospital without any sleep. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again”, but he conveniently forgets that he did it 20 years ago!! Lucky for him I did 100% of the night care with Audrey and I’ll do it with the next baby too. It’s like being anorexic, only with the zzzZZZ. Parents are ‘sleeporexic’! If you don’t eat properly it will take a toll, just like not getting adequate sleep. Who can function without sleep? Well parents try, what choice do we have? I’m at the point now where I’m always tired. I love the idea of getting a nice restful sleep, but it never seems to happen. My hubby is wonderful at letting me sleep in (9am) on the weekends, but my body isn’t. My mommy brain has to decide between sleep and getting something done. Do I want to take advantage of an early bedtime or wash another load of laundry? Most of the time I choose to get something done. Sometimes when I get a “normal” amount of sleep it makes me slow all day. It even gives me a headache! So I long for more sleep but when I get it I don’t feel well. Ahhhh long gone are those pre-baby days where sleep was plentiful. Being a parent is a new phase of life and lack of sleep is part of it. I do miss the pre-baby days, but those days came and went like they were supposed to. I don’t feel like I let them go too soon, timing was great. It doesn’t mean that I don’t drool when I imagine how easy sleep used to be.
I started my beauty channel to show my experience with Obagi Nu-Derm products. I was so pleased with my results and I always recommend Obagi products. To see my Obagi experience go to my channel youtube.com/mrssarahmarie55.
Since then I have used several different products. I love the Obagi line but I couldn’t use it while I was pregnant and breastfeeding. So for those 2 years I experimented with other products. I really don’t need an aggressive skincare routine anymore because I am happy the results from Obagi. Now I just try to maintain and preserve my skin. I was recommended Vivier Skin by my skincare specialist and I decided to try it. I bought my kit from http://www.lovelyskin.com/o/vivierskin-dry-sensitive-skin-system. The kit I bought was pretty good, but I really didn’t notice any difference. I started swapping some products and I’ve found some new favorites. This product by PCA Skin is AMAZING http://www.lovelyskin.com/o/pca-skin-c-quench-antioxidant-serum. I noticed my skin was soooooooooo soft after using it. I will definitely be re-purchasing it. Next I started using a different eye cream from SPA COM. I use it at night because it’s greasy, but WOW it works great. And of course I use my Retin-A every other evening.
Watch my video to hear more and see the products I’ve been using.