Dad Bod: My Thoughts So Far About My #dadlife
No one wants a Dad bod right?
I thought I would put together some of my thoughts so far about my #dadlife experiences and try to give some other new or old Dads some strategies on how to overcome some challenges though this new period of life.
I’ve just become a new Dad and I always thought that people used the excuse of “I have kids, I don’t have time to train”, but now I can see now how people can make that a valid excuse especially if you have young kids.
I thought I would put together some of my thoughts so far about my #dadlife experiences
The hardest thing for me has been the lack of sleep.
In my fatherhood experience so far, I feel like don’t sleep a lot; there is always 3000 things that need doing and there’s never enough time in the day. And let’s face it, sometimes Dads needs need to come last. So you could probably forgive some people for not going to the gym right?
But the more I think about it, the more I tell myself that it’s ok, the more crap I feel. As soon as I started back at the gym SUDDENLY I feel like I’m normal again,
The tiredness goes away,
The fuzzy head tired feeling goes away,
I feel good again,
My back pain is going away,
My shoulder pain is disappearing.
Yes, I’m tired and haven’t slept more than 3 hrs at a time, BUT I feel good after 3 weeks off training. For some reason exercise makes me feel like a 100 bucks!
Maybe it’s the endorphins pumping through my veins but I suddenly get excited to go back to the gym, finally I’m back in the swing of things, not at 100% more like 50%, but I’m still getting it done I’m still here.
Now, being that I’m a new Dad my schedule has changed. At the moment it’s convenient to wake up at 4am, feed my baby boy so Mum can sleep in, and go to the gym before work. I don’t think this will be a forever time for me to train, but hey I’m up I can’t go back to sleep for 30 minutes so I may as well get up and do something good for myself.
Also the nutrition side of things has been interesting over the last few weeks. Gone are the 3-5 meals a day hitting my macronutrients (Protein, Fats & Carbs)! Now I’m opting for the easy option of toasted ham and cheese sandwiches, coffees, and Subway sandwiches ha ha. But again, this got old after a while, so what to do?
I’m still time poor more than before. I’m back at work now and still have not had a lot of sleep so here come the rotisserie chickens and ready made salads wooooooo! (I literally bought 5 chickens last week and pulled them apart.)
Now this strategy is not a long term solution but it is working so I have basic protein and vegetables that are easy to do.
As the bay gets older and I start sleeping more and as I adjust more to #dadlife my strategy towards eating a healthy diet will get easier and more manageable.
For the new dads out there, my one bit of advice is to prepare for battle.
There are so many options these days for ready-made meals, youfoodz has been a great one for us. Having something ready to go within 2 minutes is always handy and they are really well portioned.
For the new dads out there, my one bit of advice is to prepare for battle, make sure you have enough ammo and supplies (healthy food) to get you through the upcoming battle (newborn baby) and make sure you have your fellow soldier (wife/partner) can withstand the upcoming few weeks in the fox hole. Good luck!
Dad & Chief Exercise Officer