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HAPPILY EVA ANSWERS: Fitting in Fitness

Eva Amurri answers questions in her Happily Eva Answers column

*This blog post was originally published on September 27th, 2015. It’s been updated with new images, copy, and links.

Dear Eva,

 

Could you share a little info about your diet and exercise routine with a little one? I have an 11-month-old and work full time, and I’m always looking for easy ways to incorporate exercise and healthy eating– especially now that my daughter is eating most of what we eat! Thanks!

 

– Ms. Fitting In Fitness

Eva Amurri answers a reader question about fitting in fitness after baby

Dear Ms. Fitting In Fitness,

The struggle is real! I know exactly how challenging fitting in a wellness and fitness plan can be for a Mama who is juggling the work/life balance. And as hard as it is, we all know how important it is to stay fit and healthy—not only for our physical well-being but for our mental health as well! I know that I always feel a little down in the dumps when I haven’t sweat it out in while or eating crappy foods. If I’m being totally honest, figuring out my own fitness and healthy eating plan post-baby was probably the hardest (and last!) element of my pre-baby life that I put back into place. And I feel like a lot of parents can relate to that struggle. But as I always say, you don’t have to come last just because somebody else comes first. Let’s get you back on track!

Eva Amurri answers a reader question about fitting in fitness after baby

Fitting in Fitness At-Home…

You sound beyond busy, so clearly “going to the gym” regularly just isn’t going to cut it for you, or be sustainable. I started out by following Youtube videos in my house. When the baby was napping or asleep at night I would search for a certain exercise I wanted to do. There are so many options on there, and it’s FREE!  I just bought a yoga mat and a couple sets of free weights and I was on my way.

Then, I progressed to taking walks with the kids in a stroller. You can even go on hikes as a family! When you get home, make sure to stretch and do a few sets of push-ups. Push-ups are amazing for the arms as they work various muscle categories and really do build your strength. Begin with three sets of five push-ups, and build from there.

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Supporting your Fitness Goals with Nutritious Options…

Nutrition is a huge factor to looking and feeling your best. I find that keeping my family on track (kiddos included!) is all about planning ahead. If you have ready-made, healthy options in your fridge that you can just grab and assemble, you will be able to eat healthfully even during the busiest of times.

My plan is this…

Twice a week I take two hours and cook/chop/store a bunch of foods. I put them in containers to assemble as needed:

Now, whenever you’re hungry, you can make any member of your family a delicious meal or snack! These foods are nutritious, yummy, and can be easily grabbed-on-the-go if you put the work in ahead of time. I hope these simple tools will help you feel empowered!

Working Mamas do so much every day, and I really respect you for wanting the most for your family and not letting your health slip through the cracks. Please let me know if these tips end up working for your family!

I wish you all the best,

 

xoxo

 

EA


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7 Comments

  1. Rebecca B. says:

    Hi Eva,
    While I’m not a mom, I do teach 1st and 2nd graders full-time, and struggle with finding the energy to cook dinner every night when I get home. I love your idea for prepping a variety of healthy ingredients ahead of time to make fixing dinner during the week less stressful and time consuming. Thanks a bunch! Love the blog and the cute pics of Marlowe!!! ☺️

    09.27.15 Reply
    • Happily Eva After says:

      Rebecca,
      Yay! This is great to hear! Try mixing up the seasoning on the chicken, or even within the dressing to jazz up the ingredients too!
      xoxo
      EAM

      09.27.15 Reply
  2. Thank you so much Eva and Ms Fitting in Fitness for this week’s question! I’m a wife and mother of two young daughters. I have two exciting part time jobs and love to take good care of my family. Being super busy I don’t always have time to exercise or I’m rushing to get a healthy dinner on the table. I love your advice for prepping food twice a week (I usually chop and prepare fruits and veggies daily) and I’m so gonna try out some YouTube videos (love that idea!)
    Eva, I just love your blog and following you on Instagram, your pictures are always so beautiful and inspirational, you are an amazing role model!
    Natasha
    Xxoo

    09.27.15 Reply
    • Happily Eva After says:

      Natasha,
      I’m glad you can relate, and thank you so much for the kind words! Youtube exercise videos are the way to go! Try “Tracey Anderson Arms”. Such a great and short workout.
      xoxo
      EAM

      09.27.15 Reply
  3. Julie says:

    Saw your call for video content ideas on snap chat! Some ideas: workout demo, cooking demo, baby food cooking demo, makeup hair and skin care tutorials, house tour!

    09.27.15 Reply
    • Happily Eva After says:

      Julie,
      Great ideas, thanks!!

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  4. Liz says:

    Heyyyyy! I’m Ms. Fitting in Fitness! Thanks for the great tips, Eva. It’s so nice to find other moms who can relate to the struggle. It’s amazing how much I can fit in now compared to my pre-baby life, but it still seems as though there just are not enough hours in the day. I’m super excited to give your advice a try, it’s just the extra kick of motivation (mixed with realism) that I needed!
    xo Liz

    09.28.15 Reply