Have you ever had that argument in your head when trying to decide whether or not to workout? You make up all types of excuses backing up your decision to not go: Not enough time, you're too tired, that glass of wine needs to be drank before it goes bad.
Not Nicole Williams. As a new Mom to an adorable little boy, Nicole has every excuse in the world not to work out. Trumps all of our excuses. Fitting physical fitness into her busy schedule isn't easy but Nicole seems to have figured it out. She is able to juggle everything thrown her way and still find time for herself. We thought this was a good example of what REV is all about. So we sat Nicole down and asked her to share her motivational mom tips with us!
REV: How long have you been a member of Revolution?
NW: I have been a member just about a year now, I started before I even knew I was pregnant.
REV: What drew you to this workout in the first place and how did you hear about it?
NW: I have always enjoyed working out and I was doing a boot camp style workout but the trainer was no longer going to run it at a time I could go. I was looking for something different that was a total body workout. Also, it was a plus that Rev was basically across the street from my job! I bought my first package through Groupon to try it out.
REV: Being pregnant and working out can be tricky. How did you stay motivated to continue to safely workout pre and post baby?
NW: I always made working out part of my routine, my goal was to work out at least 4 times a week. When I found out I was pregnant I just kept the same routine. I spoke with my dr and they just suggested that I wear a heart rate monitor and listen to my body. So that was exactly what I did, I purchased a simple heart rate monitor and just kept my same routine. I went to boot camp twice a week and cycle twice a week, occasionally I would do a yoga, swim or run.
REV: What was the biggest obstacle you encountered pre or post baby when it came to working out?
NW: Before baby it was hard not to get into a negative head space about how slow I had to go. I was so used to how I used to be able to work out and push myself and then even before I got bigger and in first trimester, I had to accept the fact that I was going to be slower and that it was okay. After baby, I'm sill working on! I think the biggest challenge is just being able to find the time and make it a part of your routine. Now I am lucky if I get in two workouts a week.
REV: Feeding yourself properly can be a challenge as a new Mom. What is your favorite post workout snack?
NW: I typically work out in the morning so I would say a really good breakfast. I love to have a huge breakfast especially after working out- scrambled eggs with spinach and feta side of fruit.
REV: Did you ever feel the baby kick to the beat? :)
NW: No I never really felt him kick or move when I was working out. I was told all the movement kind of rocks baby to sleep. After he was first born I had to do a lot of moving and bouncing around to get him to fall asleep! ;)
REV: Any tips for new moms trying to get their bodies back into shape?
NW: I'm still learning myself, but I would say give yourself time and don't beat yourself up! Give yourself credit for every little thing you do even if it is just going for a walk around the block with the stroller.
REV: Celebrating every victory even the small ones is definitely important! Have you reached your post baby goals yet? And if not, how do you stay motivated to reach them?
NW: I don't own a scale so I am not exactly sure but I would guess I still have about 10 lbs to go. I judge myself off of being able to fit into my old clothes and I can fit into most of them they just aren't as flattering as they used to be! That is my motivation.
Keep up the positive vibes Nicole! Change comes with commitment and hard work. Staying motivated can be tough but setting reachable goals and eating right will bring big results! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us Nicole and we will see you and the rest of the #RevFam will see you in the saddle!