Watching the Oscars Sunday night.. Red Carpet Moms.. the gowns, the politics, the accolades, the awkward moments, the shout-outs, the after parties, the late night talk shows & a call to your mother.
That’s a wrap.
Now, let’s get back to what we were doing before last weekend. Ah yes.. shoveling chocolate candies and breaking New Year’s resolutions so fast it’ll give you Whiplash.
This Award Show after-math is positioned just right to help us re-set & get back on track. Let’s get our focus locked & our healthy eating routine streamlined. After a romantic holiday binge it’s time to get real with these 3 little words:
IT’S ALMOST SUMMER.
It just got real in here. And there is no way I’m taking on this battle alone. I wouldn’t expect you to either. Instead I’ve called friend & former SHAPE Magazine Editor, Jeanine Detz, to help us out.
Kristin: As a fit mama of 2, tell us your #1 tip to tame this darn “belly pooch” that was NOT here before baby!
Jeanine: This is the number one body complaint of moms I know—what’s with that stubborn belly pooch? Besides the fact that some of us carry more weight around our middles, the squishiness is usually due to the fact that your six-pack muscles stretch apart when you’re pregnant, and often don’t close back up again. There’s an awesome trainer in NYC named Leah Keller who taught me an amazing move to fix this and the cool thing is you can do it anywhere (even while you’re sitting beside your baby’s crib at 1 a.m., which I know from personal experience). Sit up tall with your shoulders aligned over your hips, place one hand above your bellybutton and the other below it and push your abs back toward your spine. Take a really deep breath in and as you exhale pull your abs in even more. Now keep breathing as you just do those little ab compressions. Keep at it for a few minutes, take a short break and do it again. It tightens your deepest ab muscles that wrap around your waist like your fave pair of Spanx!
Kristin: How can we prepare like the celeb moms you’ve photographed, so we can look our best in front of the camera?
Jeanine: Most celebs tell me that when they’re prepping for a cover shoot, they make sure to amp up their workouts a couple weeks beforehand, eat a super-clean diet in the days leading up to it, and get lots of sleep the night before. So at the very least, follow those three steps when you’ve got a photo opp approaching. And don’t discount the value of styling. Celebs have people who know exactly which colors and styles look fab on them—and they don’t wear clothes they don’t feel great in, especially for a photo shoot. If you can’t afford to buy a new outfit that flatters your current shape, rent one! I’m obsessed with rent the runway because it lets you search for dresses by occasion and body type so you can borrow something that you’ll feel awesome in.
Kristin: As a busy working mom, what are the unhealthy traps we need to be aware of, and how can we avoid them?
Jeanine: Moms who are trying to cut calories to lose weight don’t count the food they eat off their kids’ plates—I’m sorry to tell you, but mac and cheese doesn’t have negative calories when it’s eaten with your fingers off a Frozen plate! We need to be aware of everything we put in our mouths. And fitness wise, as moms I think we sometimes over-exaggerate how much exercise we’re really doing. If you weigh 150 pounds and you walk for an hour at a pretty quick pace, you burn about 250 calories. That’s like half a muffin! To stay healthy as moms, we need to add higher intensity exercise to our days, which can be as easy as walking really fast every few minutes instead of just strolling.
I like the straight talk & if you need to hear more, you can keep up with Jeanine on Twitter.
Let us know in the comments below if you have any hot tips or tricks that are helping YOU bounce back to your pre-baby body. Be sure to enter our podcast contest to win prizes from LoseIt. Winner announced Monday 11:00am PST on Twitter & via email.