This article is one that is very dear to my heart as my mom has allowed me to share her fitness story.
A recent visit to my mom’s doctor had her wanting to make some serious life changes. Her doctor advised her to avoid wheat and any genetically modified foods. Jokingly to herself my mom said, “Well I guess I can’t eat anything.” My mom grew frustrated from having to once again change her diet and lifestyle habits. I’m sure that some of you reading this can relate to that, too. To my mom she felt that by watching her sodium intake, cutting out fast food and occasionally exercising she was taking the steps to live a healthier lifestyle, but that wasn’t enough! Having gained 7 lbs. in a year she knew that it was time to make drastic changes if she wanted to live longer and I for one wanted her to be around for a very long time.
Simply, doing the bare minimum to be healthy wasn’t going to cut it if she wanted to have a healthy BMI and body fat % for her weight and height. Her goal wasn’t to be skinny, but to be healthy. Often so many women believe that by becoming smaller will mean they’re fit or in shape, but that’s not the case. More people should strive to be healthy because at the end of the day being a size 2 is no different than a size 6 if you are not healthy.
Because I love my mom to pieces I took the liberty of researching the best foods to help her cut her belly fat. That was target area that my mom noticed she gained the most weight in. Below is a list of some of the foods my mom has added to her diet to cut belly fat:
Top Foods to Cut Belly Fat
- Green Veggies
In addition, to getting my mom’s food plan under control I knew it was important to also create a workout regime that fits with her busy schedule. As an educator, mother and wife one doesn’t have time to do everything. Even, Wonder woman had to have a break every now and then. My mom’s lack of motivation to workout kept her from working out early in the morning before work, but knowing that her health was on the line fueled her desire to workout. I had a sit down with my mom to find out what she dreaded most about working out.
Me: What keeps you from working out?
Mom: I never have enough time and working out doesn’t interest me.
Me: Why have you not taken the initiative to start a new fitness journey in the past?
Mom: I didn’t think my health was that bad.
Me: What would motivate you to workout?
Mom: Having a committed workout partner just until working out becomes a habit for me.
My mom has said countless times that she wishes she could just get to a healthy state already. I’m sure that we all wish our fitness transformations could happen in the snap of a finger, but if you want something to last it takes time. I assured my mom that with persistence and time she’d be there in no time. Many of us all want results instantly when embarking on a fitness journey, but it’s the process that seems to be the most rewarding in the end as you see where you came from. If you or anyone you know seem to struggle with losing weight or having a healthy BMI or body fat % give them encouragement because you’d want the same if the roles were reversed.
Be on the look out for the next Mommy Motivation post because I can’t wait to show you my mom’s transformation in months to come.