How I'm Reclaiming my Mom Bod

I had two babies in less than three years. In my head, I know that. But when I say it "out loud," it seems crazy that I put my body through two pregnancies in such a short amount of time! That's a very short period to undergo such a rapid physical transformation not once, but twice. In the span of about 2.5 years, my body changed dramatically and if I'm being honest, it kind of messed with my head. For many women, coming to terms with their postpartum bodies is a difficult pill to swallow. I never got stretch marks, and after I had Charlie it took me several months, but I eventually got back down to my pre-pregnancy weight. So my confusion and insecurities about my body have less to do with the fact that I don't recognize my new body, and more to do with the fact that I honestly don't know what my body is supposed to look like anymore.

With both my boys, it took me about six months to return to my pre-pregnancy weight. With Crosby, however, that weight kept coming off. I'm now sitting comfortably around 120 lbs which is a number I like, but it's no indication of my health and wellness. Rather, it's an indication of the fact that we are strapped for cash so I don't binge-eat anymore, I'm breastfeeding, and I spend the majority of my life chasing after a very energetic (and fast!) toddler. (I was hesitant to even post the picture below because it's not very flattering, but it is realistic.)

After being cooped up all winter with my boys, and experiencing every possible sickness my toddler threw my way, I am so ready to get healthy and reclaim my Mom Bod. In my quest to become the best and healthiest version of myself, here's what I've been doing:

1. More yoga and more stretching. I admit, my yoga practice is seldom at best. However, I can feel it within even a day or two when I've been too long since I last stretched. My muscles feel tight, inflexible, and stiff. Even if it's while I'm making the boys' lunch, I try to do some stretching whenever I remember. My hope is that by the end of the year, I'll be able to easily and comfortably touch my toes again, and maybe even get my splits back!

2. If I can't run, walk. One of my 2017 goals was to run 13 miles. My running practice has been pretty much the same as my yoga. It is just plain hard to get on the local trails or college track to run when I have two babies, work-at-home projects, and a cumbersome double jogging stroller that doesn't fit in my car. Although running has been hit or miss, I do make a point to walk at least a mile or two on sunny days. My boys' love to be outside and they love going on walks. Pretty much any time they're in motion, they're happy so I have no excuses!

3. Hyperbiotics. Charlie and I were literally sick for about two months straight. First it was a stomach bug, then a cold. Then another stomach bug. Then another cold. Oh yeah, and I can't forget that time I accidentally flung his poop in my face and got pink eye. Good times. I am just plain sick of being sick. I wanted to boost my immune system and improve my energy. My one-coffee daily allowance just hasn't been cutting it.

I started taking Hyperbiotics Pro-Moms, specifically for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Not only does the probiotic formula encourage proper nutrient absorption for me, but it also contains folate and helps produce essential B vitamins for Crosby's brain and spinal development! The patented LiveBac® manufacturing process provides a guaranteed shelf life of 18 months and there's no refrigeration necessary! This is especially helpful for me since at any given time I'm juggling at least three different things and I'd be lying if I said I didn't forget to take my capsules daily. Since taking them, my body is more regular and I feel more confident that Crosby is getting all the nutrients he needs while we're in this solid foods-transition phase.

If you're a sick, tired Mama like myself and you're interested in boosting your immunity, feeling more energized, and increasing your regularity #followyourgut to your nearest Target to get yourself Pro-Moms probiotics! You can also check them out online at Hyperbiotics.com to learn more.

Disclosure: This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media® and Hyperbiotics, but all my opinions are my own. #weavemade #HealthiestDaysAhead   http://my-disclosur.es/RgFrEH.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Probiotics support many facets of overall health when taken regularly as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

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