POST PREGNANCY WORKOUT

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POST PREGNANCY WORKOUT

One of the best post pregnancy workouts is to never worry about your belly bulge left over from being pregnant.  Belly fat after pregnancy is normal.  What is not normal is allowing it to stay with you now that your baby is in the crib.

When I was 6 weeks post-pregnancy, I was below my pre-pregnancy weight, and my abs were back in flat stomach action for the first time in my life.  If you think you will never get your body back to the way it was before being pregnant, you should simply choose another thought.  The thought you should take on is getting your body into a shape that you only once dreamed about.

Getting back or getting into shape takes the right nutrition plan for your body type, 6 minutes of daily exercise activity, and a heavy consistent dose of TLC.  It doesn’t do anyone any good if you beat yourself up about having belly fat.  Let’s simply change our mind and begin working on getting a stomach you can be proud of.  I know a mother’s time is limited, but you can commit to 6 minutes a day no matter how busy or tired you are.  All we are talking about here is 6 measly minutes that can change your life.

There is no secret that your abs are lengthened during pregnancy, but they can regain their tautness through these simple abdominal stability exercises.  Do these exercises at home and you will begin to notice how you are regaining your abdominal strength.

PRAYER, CAT, CAMEL: These three exercises begin on all fours (hands and knees).  Prayer - Exhale as you sit back onto heels, lower your head, tuck chin and reach your arms out.  Cat - From all fours, inhale as you arch your back up and hollow out abdominals while head remains tucked.  Camel – Exhale and lower abdominal and reach chin towards ceiling. Tuck your chin and sit back into Prayer position.  Repeat Prayer, Cat and Camel 5 times as a routine.

PLANKS & SIDE PLANKS:  These are great for regaining abdominal strength.  Plank is a position that is the top of a push-up.  You can begin this exercise with your knees on the ground.  As you gain strength, you can perform plank with your knees off the ground.  Be sure that your belly button is pulling toward your spine as you execute each exercise hold.  Squeeze your glutes, you butt, tight! From the Plank position, lower onto your elbows and then shift your body weight onto one elbow and move into Side Plank (pictured above).  Start with a 10-second hold on each side and then progress to a 60-second hold.  Repeat this exercise 3-5 times a day.  If at any time you feel lower back pain, back off and do a 5-second hold, slowly graduating to 10-seconds, 20-seconds, etc.

Abdominals are stability muscles.  No need to do complicated sit-ups or crazy abdominal crunches day after day.  The movement of ab crunching is not how your core was meant to function, so why bother?  What we’re talking about here is enhancing simply movements that bring back the sexy that probably got you pregnant in the first place!  Are you ready to blow your husbands mind with your six-pack abs?  If you didn’t have a six-pack before, you’re on your way to getting one now.  All you have to do is commit to a routine and stick to it.  The more you do it, the more you’ll begin to see the results.  Why not start right now?  Can you spare a quick 6 minutes?

 

 

 

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HOW TO STOP EATING SUGAR

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Julie DelaBarreHOW TO STOP EATING SUGAR: Three Days To Freedom

When I first thought about how to stop eating sugar, the idea scared me.  It scared me because who doesn’t love sugar?  Sugar is in almost everything we buy at the grocery store, so how in the world can we stop?  I mean, who doesn’t love that first bite of a warm chocolate chip cookie?  The truth is, we all love a warm cookie, but in the end, it does nothing for a healthy body and mind.  The bigger truth is that sugar takes more away from us than it gives us. Continue reading

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Sleep Deprivation Solutions for New Moms

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Julie DelaBarreSLEEP DEPRIVATION SOLUTIONS:

Sleep Deprivation Solutions for New Moms is nothing to shake a dirty diaper at.  When I first heard about sleep deprivation for new parents, I wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about.  Well, three months into the adventure of having our bundle of joy at home, I knew exactly what the fuss was…it’s debilitating.   Continue reading

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EMOTIONAL EATING

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Julie DelaBarreEMOTIONAL EATING

The most common triggers for emotional eating are boredom, failure, loss, frustration and envy.  The secret to breaking a food addiction or habit is to for us to determine the reason behind it.  When we find out why and when we eat something, we have a better chance of changing our habit to center around nutrition and whole body health. Continue reading

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7 EASY STEPS TO EXERCISE COMMITMENT

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Julie DelaBarreEXERCISE COMMITMENT

Exercise commitment might seem like an exercise in futility after you have a baby, but it’s not as hard as you might think. We all hear the gossip about how “once you have a baby, your body will never be the same.”

Instead of believing that fate, which is the same mind tricking fate that tells you that you might be ‘too old to go back to school,’ I chose to focus on those women who have a six pack of abs after having four kids. Continue reading

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NEWBORN BABY SECRETS: BATTERY CANDLES

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Newborn baby secretsNEWBORN BABY SECRETS

One of our favorite newborn baby secrets are these battery operated candles you can get from Costco.  Trust me when I say they will be your baby’s best friend, the perfect night light, a nesting must, and a great way to enhance the romance of your marriage.

We first used these battery operated candles in the delivery and recovery room to make the ambiance more inviting for our new daughter. The candles created a tranquil and cozy ambiance and helped ease the  Continue reading

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5 Tips to Fight Childhood Obesity

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Julie DelaBarreCHILDHOOD OBESITY

75% of all children suffer from childhood obesity.  50% of these children will NOT outlive their parents.

The question now is, how can we teach our children healthy eating habits?  Perhaps the bigger question is or task if how can we correct the eating habits of young children to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in America? Continue reading

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The Number One Secret to Fat Loss

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Julie DelaBarreFAT LOSS

The secret to fat loss is the chemistry on your plate. Different body types metabolize foods differently.

Do you know anyone who can eat whatever they want and never gain a pound?  Grrrr….those people make me crazy!  What about those of us who can gain five pounds just by looking at a piece of chocolate cake?  The truth is, our body type’s DNA determines how foods will be stored as fat or used as energy. Continue reading

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NEWBORN BABY SECRETS: Developing Vision

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Julie DelaBarreNEWBORN BABY SECRETS

Learning some Newborn baby secrets during that first year is vital to your sanity of raising this little bundle of joy.  During their first months, your baby can’t see much beyond 12 inches.  They can’t see colors yet, but they are fascinated by shapes and contrast.
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Fitness Results in 3 Easy Steps

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fitness resultsFITNESS RESULTS 

Fitness Results in 3 Easy Steps seems like a pipe dream, but it’s not.  Whenever we make a commitment to get into shape or begin an exercise program, the nagging question of “when will I see results?” starts to pop into our thinking minds.

Trust me, I get it.  If you have been cranking it out at the gym and dieting like crazy, of course you want to know when you’ll begin to see your fitness results from all of your hard work.  You want to know when you will begin to see your body change into the body you’ve always dreamed about, right?  Well, the truth is, it doesn’t happen over night. Continue reading

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