I'm so glad someone posted this topic! I'm a SAHM and have been trying to go to the gym during the day, but my biggest problem is my 21 month-old daughter's separation anxiety. At this gym, if your child doesn't stop crying after 15 minutes, the staff will pull you from whatever it is you are doing to tend to your child. Needless to say, my attempts to work out at the gym during daylight hours have been pointless. I either have to go at 5 a.m. or after 6:30 p.m. when my husband gets home and if I go in the evening, I miss having time with my family at dinner.
I'm not going to give up though, and neither should you. I take my baby jogger or stroller around the neighborhood and to the park. Sometimes I go twice a day just to get mileage in. At other times I do lunges while I have the baby jogger and I take a ball with us to the park so we can play "chase me" and run around. I don't care if my neighbors think I'm weird- they were bound to find that out eventually anyway. And at the very least, I'm setting a good example to my kid about being healthy.
If you live in an area with inclement weather, play follow the leader in the house and do jumping jacks and hill climbers or lunges with your toddler while the little one watches- it will be good modeling behavior.
Lastly, look on Pinterest for toddler ideas- you really never know what you will find there. I hope all this rambling helps somehow- don't give up on yourself!
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Mavan, I see you are very new here. Just take your time and go throughout the site. There is much info here in all respects.
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4 1/27/13 8:55 P
Thank you, I needed to hear that. I know I will be a better mom for my kids, loosing all the extra pounds. Any suggestions in meal planning, that is kid friendly. Need to manage our tight food budget. Any good exercise videos I can possibly do at night/ early morning?
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I'm willing to bet that most folks here gained their weight mostly during the time of raising their children. It takes much time and energy and serious parents have no problem sacrificing themselves for their kids. I was one of those folks myself. So YES, I blame my kids for my weightloss. But, truthfully, it wasn't their fault because I actually do know I had plenty of time to keep myself in good health during those years. It was just easier not to and to blame them.
Yes, it's tough, but it just take time management and a will to do it. First off, you need to learn how to provide good nutritious foods for you and family. That is first and foremost and will benefit ALL of you. If you are eating right and healthy, then your really don't need to spend as much time out exercising to lose weight. You can just find periods of free time and/or find things that help you MOVE. Easy things like parking further away from stores and walking more will do you and family and car good. Then if you are wanting to do more, assess what you do now and see what you can give up to put more time into exercise. Such as less Oprah and Housewives. You can do it, just work on it and keep the faith.
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211 1/27/13 9:23 A
I feel the exact same way. My son is 13months and I also watch a 16month old... They are always snacking and it makes me want to too. Also, when they don't finish something, I usually do. I feel awkward trying to work out around them, so yesterday and today I made it a game. We marched (knee lifts) around the house.
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4 1/27/13 1:29 A
I know how hard it is to fit in exercises. I have 3 children under 7, and work 3x/wk. I am just excausted - need to get ideas to work out. Good luck for you. I've just joined.
Stroller walks have been crucial for us. Not only for any possible exercise I can get, but our 16 month old just likes to be outside. A double jogging stroller could be a good motivator, or one of those little secured carts you can hook up to a bike, and take them along on a bike ride. Or, just use a baby carrier for the infant, so you can wear the baby, and go for a walk around the neighborhood with the toddler with the infant in tow.
I love all the ideas that come from posts like these. I'll have to try some of the ones suggested by others here.
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344 12/24/12 10:02 A
Do mommy and baby yoga!!! it's amazing and fun!
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44 12/14/12 1:56 P
How old is your babe?
I have a five-month old and I have always been in love with fitness. My daughter is pretty high needs. I breastfeed. She eats a lot. I don't get much sleep. I have lost 60 pounds from just breastfeeding. When I try to workout I regret it because I am close to passing out from dehydration, lack of sleep, name it.
So, I think it's important first to assess if you CAN work out right now. As a new mom it can be hard to put on the brakes and say, "hey, I am spread thin right now." But, if you're like me, it needs to be said. I am focused on developing a yoga practice for now and taking walks.
Then, long term, I see myself getting back into weight lifting (I used to weight lift competitively) and dance (I used to teach dance and aerobics before I got pregnant).
If your little one is older then you might take some advice from others who replied. Make it a group effort! I can't wait to do that myself...but my daughter, well, she isn't very good at the bench press yet.
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1 12/13/12 12:26 A
Have you thought about exercising with your toddler? I work in a day care so I get my exercise doing things with them. One of the best things I do with them is listen to Jim Gill who sings songs for children. The songs are fast pace and give instructions for different things to do. My kids particularly like one called jumping and counting. You jump while he sings then he says to stop and count.. so you stop and count then jump again. My kids will do it several times in a row.
I have a 3.5 month old and a 3 year old, so I feel your pain. I am a working mom, but I am home for the next year on maternity leave, so I am a SAHM for now.
I know what you mean about needing to get away from the fridge. One of my bad habits after my daughter was born was just grabbing whatever was handy when I was hungry, which usually meant downing half a box of crackers or some other unhealthy option. About a month ago I decided to start being better about what I ate, so I started planning snacks ahead of time and preparing as much as possible in advance, like chopping up a week's worth of veggies. It also made it easier to give my son snacks when he asked for them, so that I wasn't always just shoving a handful of Goldfish crackers into a bowl. We also double recipes for dinner time, so that there are leftovers for lunch. I can just heat something healthy up even if I am busy with the baby, the toddler or both.
As for exercise, I have done a couple things to work it in: I called in reinforcements and my retired aunt comes once a week to watch the kids while I go for a run. I signed up for a baby bootcamp where I can bring my kids with me twice a week. And I also try to hit the gym one night a week while my husband watches the kids (usually after they are in bed).
Hopefully these ideas help. And worse case scenario, even a little bit of exercise is better than nothing. That's why my motto is "No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch."
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I workout around my husband's schedule. Mornings seem to work out better for baby (easier to get back to sleep), but rarely can I time up baby's early morning feed and my husband's departure time.
If he'll get home before 9pm I'll have baby fed, diapered, needing a nap, and an extra bottle pumped and ready to go for when he gets home so I can dash out the door.
If he can wait until 7am to leave for work and baby just went back to sleep within a half hour I'll be at the gym as soon as they open at 6am.
Also, check to see if your gym has daycare. Mine charges $2/hour and will take newborns.
It's hard to get both cardio and weights in with young breasfed baby, so I try and do weights at home using baby like squats, pushups, etc.
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Every mom I know adapts to less sleep, and fits in exercise whenever possible, whether that be early in the morning, during naptime, or after the kidlets go to bed. Combine with coffee and that's how people who successfully juggle having kids and a healthy lifestyle do things.
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When my son was an infant, I just worked out during his naps. Usually during his morning nap when I had the most energy. I actually found that working out gave me more energy for the rest of the day.
Now my son is 4 and my daughter is 2.5. They play really well together so I just workout in the livingroom after my breakfast and they go off and play together in one of their rooms. To be honest, I didn't workout when they were an infant and toddler but they both took a nap so I think I would have worked out then. I can imagine it must be hard to do it then though. I remember how tired and worn out I was when they were that age.
If you can only handle doing 30 mins every day or most days then that's fine. You can always increase your fitness activity as they get older. You could also get a bit more in by taking them for walks. Try to put most of your emphasis on strength training. Remember, diet is 80% of weight loss. Strength training will help keep your body firm as you lose weight because when you lose weight ,not only do you lose fat but lean muscle as well.
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