Tweaking Your Fitness Plan For Your 30s

First of all, you CAN have an amazing bikini body in your 30s (or 40s, or 50s, etc.)  You CAN have a body you are proud of after having children (and multiples)! Even when your clothes are covered in spit up, you are up to your elbows in poop (yeah... that just happened), and you feel like you are spinning your wheels just to keep up at your day job, you CAN feel fulfilled, healthy, and better than you ever felt in your 20s.  

It's taken me a little while to figure out how.  And I'm not going to lie to you and tell you my fitness has ever been much of a struggle. I'll admit to being one of the lucky few with a genuine love for the gym rat life and genetically blessed enough to eat a lot of cheese fries and buffalo wings without many consequences in my younger days.  It was a good routine for me back then. I worked my butt off at an actual gym for at least an hour a day, baked myself silly in tanning beds (what was I thinking?), and was no holds barred on any happy hour invitations, late night Taco Bell runs, or morning PSLs.  It was just all a part of the routine.  That was the life.

Fast forward 10 years... Not shockingly, time has run out on the cheese fry diet.  The twins have stretched my abdominals to the max and I swear my belly button still droops a little bit.  Forget the tan.  Aint nobody have the time (or $) for that!  So what makes me sooooo confident that I am on my way to my BEST body of all time?? 

I have the secrets right here....

1.  Commit to healthy foods.  This was the hardest part for sure.  I'm not saying give up the cheese fries, but definitely make it a once in a while, sharing with many others sort of thing.  Stock the fridge with produce and protein.  Try new vegetables.  Get creative in the kitchen.  The scope of which I have broadened my palate and creativity when it comes to food has definitely contributed to my confidence in maintaining a healthy diet.  I know that I can do it now.  And I genuinely WANT to!

2.  Let someone else plan your workouts.  This too was tough for me.  Because I really am a person who enjoys the gym, and I knew exactly what I needed to do to maximize results for my own body, it became frustrating when I wasn't getting the job done.  I know some say it's an excuse, but I really didn't have time to go to the gym.  Correction: I didn't have time to go to the gym AND be the type of mom that I wanted to be!  I completely had to revamp my idea of a good workout.  I'm learning a lot of new moves that can be done in my living room with a band or a couple of free weights.  I'm splitting up my workout when the babies are crying and learning to be more flexible with my expectations.  I'm also learning things that I can do WITH my kids while I workout to keep them from feeling ignored.  I'm still in a learning curve, but can finally feel my "fit mom" visions coming to life. 

3.  Take care of your skin.  You may wonder what this has anything to do with fitness, but for whatever reason in my mind, skin care and muscle tone go hand and hand when it comes to looking your best!  My go to products right now include a combination of Derm Exclusive and Arbonne.  I know brands claim that you shouldn't mix and that they are meant to work together, but I am a firm believer that changing your products after a period of time keeps your skin from becoming complacent.  Again, I'm no expert.  Just my opinion.  

4.  Let go of your fears.  Stop seeing your dreams as dreams, and make them your plans for the future.  This year I've been lucky to reconnect with some friends who have made me question a few things about my thinking.  While I've spent the past 10 years being prudent and doing what I consider to be the "responsible" thing, I now realize that a lot of my actions (or non actions rather) have come from a fear of failure.  F*ck that.  I'm ready to let that go and open myself up to the possibilities of GREAT things!  Are you??  

Bella And The City

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  1. I became a first time mom in my mid-30's so I really relate to this! I've definitely had to embrace working out at home and being flexible with it. Healthy eating is probably where I struggle the most since I really want all the chocolate and all the wine. Lol Can't wait to read more posts :-)

    1. All the wine!! Yes! Which is all the more reason I need to exercise haha

  2. I got the healthy eating in check last year, but am completely not motivated for physical fitness. Now that I'm in my 30's, I feel like I better start now or I never will. I just need to make a plan! This was good inspiration!

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