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JENMC14 Posts: 2,707
6/11/12 3:06 P

Get some mommy and me videos. Get a really good baby wrap/carrier and strap the baby in and use her for extra weight for lunges and squats and dips and such.

Use the SP 10 minute videos when you can sneak them in during naps or floor time.

Invest in some dubbells or a barbell and weights (or both). Lift while she sleeps. If you can't get a whole weight/bench set-up, get some resistance bands. Use the resources on SP, there's a ton here.

As someone else said, start in the kitchen. Make yourself breakfast, lunch and dinner. Have healthy snacks. If you're a SAHM, as your daughter grows, you're going to need to have these things in place for her anyway, so start now! Weigh, measure and track everything you eat. Start with baby steps and go from there. Get a cup with a lid and a straw and keep it fll of water. Sip throughout the day, especially while you're nursing (if you're nursing). You can do this.

HLEECH29 SparkPoints: (404)
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6/11/12 2:38 P

Thank you, I do have a Y membership but I live in a small town and theres no pool or daycare at my Y and its also in the next town and i dont have transportation during the day as my husband has the car.. and I live in the country so I cant really go for walks unless its on the side of the road on gravel which is kinda hard with a stroller and also scary. Ive been doing some workouts at home but when im at the gym i do more because i see other people doing it and they have all the machines available.

MAGGIEMURPHY4 SparkPoints: (13,865)
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6/11/12 1:21 P

After I had my son, I felt the same way...just overwhelmed by everything. It is a big adjustment! I joined the Y after I had my son, because they had daycare for members working out. The other reason was I was allowed to take him into the pool with me after he was a bit older, and it was quality time. And He loved it! Working out after he was born was the best thing I could have done for myself...as a matter of fact it was about the only thing I could do for myself. If your not working go in the mornings...you will meet other moms and it will be come a social thing. God knows when your a new mom you can be isolated from adults most of the day, plus you will be able to take a shower for more than a couple of minutes and enjoy the hot water. If you work then go to the gym right after work before you pick her up from daycare. Just make the time for yourself, everyone will benefit from mom taking care of herself.

Edited by: MAGGIEMURPHY4 at: 6/11/2012 (13:27)
GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (131,032)
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6/11/12 1:09 P

You need to exercise NOW more than ever! A tired, fat, unhealthy mom isn't good. Exercising will make you a better mom!

As a mother-of-twins, I know the challenges...I think I invented half of them. (wink, wink)

Get up early & exercise. Throw the kid in a stroller & go for a walk! Lift weights 3 times a week to keep your baby-carrying arms strong! Just do it!

Make it happen & your whole family will thank you. :)

JADOMB SparkPoints: (106,130)
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6/11/12 12:48 P

Babies and children do make scheduling tough, but I'll tell you right now, DO IT. Even if it is just focusing on good nutrition and catching a good walk with the baby when the time arises. You'll find that most of us that have found ourselves here and in trouble with our weight and health started where you are at now. It is too easy to use others and new reasons for NOT exercising or eating right. DON'T

As far as motivation, that is something you will have to find works for you. Motivation is just that little something that helps us all continue on with whatever we are trying to accomplish. It's different for everyone. But, we need something more than just motivation, we need a reason, a driving force that gets us started and stays with us to keep us on track. Find that and you won't need as much motivation and you won't try as hard to find reasons to quit. Again, the driving force will be different from one to another. It has to be something that really strikes home and makes us want to do something. Keep the faith.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (104,912)
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6/11/12 12:32 P

Didn't you ever have to fit your workout in on a busy day or have quick healthy meals ready to go pre-baby?

It is not any different post-baby, except that you are a bit busier and your schedule a bit more unpredictable.

I either wake up before everyone else to workout, run with my son in the stroller, or take him to the gym daycare.

Edited by: ZORBS13 at: 6/11/2012 (12:34)
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,374)
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6/11/12 12:23 P

The first place to start's in the kitchen. You can work out all you like, but if you don't eat right, you won't be able to lose the weight. You can't out-exercise a bad diet!

With the baby, there's plenty you can do! Strap the baby in a stroller, and start walking! Do videos in the living room (there's more videos than you can imagine out there.) get some resistance bands for strength training... the motivation has to come from within you... do you want it badly enough?

Make exercise a priority. Heck... involve the baby! Once her head is strong enough, they can be incorporated all kinds of ways. You haven't had an arm workout until you've flung a 15 lb baby in the air a few times. ;)

HLEECH29 SparkPoints: (404)
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6/11/12 12:02 P

Im trying to get back into shape after having a baby.. before I had my daughter I was at the gym everyday working out and swimming.. now I feel like I have no time in the day to work out and I cant get to the gym now with my baby so Ive been trying to work out at home but I dont end up doing anything! Any advice on how to work out at home with a baby? ... I just cant get into it! and also my eating habits are not good.. im always just grabbing something quick or not eating at all till like dinner time! i need helppp and motivation! tell me all ur tricks :)

Edited by: HLEECH29 at: 6/11/2012 (12:07)
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