Hey everyone! I hope all of you are keeping well.
Adele here, founder and dietitian at Nutrition Track.
Just a few life updates:
- I had a baby about 11 months ago
- Currently juggling mum, fitness and entrepreneur life + everything in between
I wanted to pop on here to share some thoughts and a glimpse of my postpartum journey as this relates to what I talk about all the time on this platform!
Pregnancy, postpartum and navigating the demands of babyhood have upended my regular routine and challenged me in countless ways.
For the past 13 years, I’ve been unwavering in my commitment to nutrition and exercise. I was eager to put my tried-and-true habits to the test during this new phase of my life. To be honest, I was excited for the challenge.
Side note: Although they can be closely linked, I want to clarify that I am referring to my healthy habits around nutrition and exercise, not aesthetics.
I can safely say that YEARS of working on giving myself GRACE, building solid habits, adjusting them according to different chapters of my life, and aligning everything I do with my goals and values have set me up for success.
Don’t get me wrong. The process IS/WAS still hard and there were many bumps along the way. But overall, I’ve been able to stick to what is important to me and consistently show up for myself.
A Note on Goals and Values
One thing that I’m VERY clear about is my goals and values. A healthy lifestyle requires effort. Period. BUT the process is easier (or rather justifiable) if they are IN LINE with your goals and values. Some of my values include family, growth, resilience, accountability, health and nutrition. Showing up for myself and going out of my way to do the things that are in line with my values make sense to me. More importantly, I’m able to serve my family better when I’m at my best both physically and mentally.
If you have not identified your goals and values, I challenge you to do so. If you have, then think about your current habits and behaviours. Are they in line with your goals and values?
As mentioned, it took YEARS of hard work to get to where I’m at.
Let’s rewind to my early 20s. I’ve always been victim of the perfectionist mindset. I adopted the mindset that if it was NOT perfect, it was not worth doing at all. This is why I can totally relate to my clients who struggle with this. I’ve always swung between the extremes of going ALL IN or NONE AT ALL. The middle ground didn’t exist. And obviously, it was mentally exhausting.
I’m still a work in progress. This mindset does creep up from time to time. BUT I have actively taken steps to overcome them. Right now, I’m working on developing a growth mindset, building resilience, practising self-compassion and taking challenging experiences as opportunities for growth.
This is the very thing that you NEED to master during the postpartum journey – being OK and doing whatever you can when things are NOT perfect because everything during this time is FAR from perfect. And if you wait, you’ll never achieve anything. So here’s a reminder that you don’t have to wait for Monday, a new week, a new month or a new year to make changes. You can start wherever you’re at and focus on small steps. We’re in this for the long haul.
This is exactly what my signature FIRST STEP COURSE is ALL ABOUT! I created this program back in 2018 and have continuously improved it based on feedback from hundreds of clients. I’m truly proud of the content and the approach with the goal of helping you find a sustainable non-restrictive way of eating, exercising and just doing life according to YOUR goals and values. I also cover developing the right mindset around nutrition and how to navigate through different life situations.
This experience has been invaluable, and I’ve learned so much about myself and what I am capable of.
I hope this course can do the same for you.
What are my current goals and what does my routine look like?
Here’s a snapshot:
In terms of nutrition and exercise, my focus is to just get back to my regular routine and regain fitness.
Current nutrition and exercise approach:
- Working out 6x/week + 1 rest day – 2 HIIT style days (at F45 Damansara Heights!), 2 strength days, 2 runs.
- Meal prep 2-3 times/week. Super basic, nothing fancy.
- Focus on whole foods but include (and heavily rely on) convenience and processed foods like tinned tuna/legumes, frozen fruits/veg, protein powders. If you’re worried about processed foods, check out these videos here and here.
- Flexible mindset around food.
Numbers and body composition:
9 months in vs 9 months out
Weight: Lost 17kg
BF%: Lost 10%
Muscle mass: Gained 1kg
Fitness level and strength gains: back to pre-preg state and increasing
My scans from 2018 to 2023!
We love to see lean mass go UP!
Disclaimer: This is just to give you an idea of what it looks like. These are MY numbers and stats. PLEASE do not compare. There are SO many factors that come into play. I actually started weighing myself again halfway through pregnancy cos I was being weighed at the hospital and it was nice to see some numbers. I have a VERY neutral relationship with the scale. It does NOT dictate my actions, thoughts or behaviours. I also track all my workouts so I know exactly where I’m at.
Wherever you’re at in your journey, let this be an encouragement that you CAN do it and it is POSSIBLE!
But first, you need to accept where you are. Give yourself grace. Identify your goals and values. Focus on the lowest hanging fruit. Put the right strategies in place. Show up for yourself every single day. Work on you for YOU!
If you need help, I’ve laid them all out in the First Step Course.
You can check it out here.
Sending you loads of love.