Baby Boot Camp® Blog
The Oxford dictionary defines self-care as "the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during times of stress." Self-care is a hot topic right now, especially among mothers. What's interesting is that, while this definition is relevant across the multi-year journey that is motherhood, the actual practice of self-care takes on different meanings at different stages of motherhood.
As a follower of Baby Boot Camp, you already know that exercise is good for your body and is key to maintaining a healthy, strong body pre and post baby. I’m sure you have also heard, you can bring your kids with you to Baby Boot Camp- no daycare, no finding time when your partner is home, no rushing back to the next feeding. You might know that we also have a MomStrong community available as part of your membership. If we haven’t given you enough, here are a few more WOWing reasons to joining your local Baby Boot Camp.
By the end of MOLO, I was 24 weeks pregnant and felt better than I had in a long time. For the first time in my life, I actually enjoy working out and am physically stronger than I have ever been. It is important to me to keep up with my progress and to teach my family the importance of not just physical health, but mental health as well.
I pushed myself harder than I ever have before and realized how strong I am. My attitude changed and my body started to change as well. I made my wellness a priority. I learned to fuel my body AND my spirit. Slowly, I became the person who could encourage others...THAT has been a powerful aha moment for me.
This wasn’t just a fitness challenge for me, it was a lifestyle challenge. I needed the motivation to find my routine and figure out how to survive what felt impossible some days. I needed to be reminded of how to meal plan and food prep. But I also needed to remember what it felt like to feel good from a healthy home cooked meal and a great workout! I’ve known for years how much I love this amazing tribe of women, but this is the first year I have realized how much I really needed them.
I felt like I had no control over my schedule, since my baby's mood dictated everything we did. Each day by 6 pm, both kids were miserable. And I was miserable. I, just like many other moms with a new baby, felt helpless and needed something to break me out of the new-mom-funk!