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post #1 of 68
Thread Starter 
Who's with me?

I am sick and tired of being sick and tired and I'm going to get my rear off the couch and get moving. Whether it is a slow walk around the block or many quick laps in the pool I want to move this body every (or very nearly every) day.

Lets be accountable to each other. Post your goals or plans and your daily/weekly/monthly workouts here - no matter how gentle or intense - and we'll cheer each other on for the next 7 or 8 months!

post #2 of 68
Last pregnancy, I took up belly dancing It was soooooo fun!!! I started as soon as I found out I was PG, and it was fun to watch my belly grow ans my dancing progressed. I totally recomend it! The moves are a great way to feel good about yourself and keep toned. I henna'd my belly too!

This time around, I'm working on slowing things down a little. I've been training horses and riding regularly, as well as gardening and other farm chores. But I'm exhausted!! I tend to lose weight in the beginning of my PG's, but because I'm breastfeeding, I'm thinking I need to slow down for a bit so baby gets enough calories. I think once I'm into my second trimester, I will do a little swimming and my bellydance dvd at home. Swimming is wonderful when you are PG, especially if your feeling sore/achy, and tired. The water supports you, adds resistance to your movements, cools you down, refreshes you, and helps take pressure of your joints, even if its only for half an hour. Try to find a pool that uses a salt based cleaning system, instead of chlorine if possible. We only have chlorine in my small town but some of you may have better luck

A little yoga each morning or evening is also great for your circulation. It will also keep you bendy enough that you may even be able to tie your shoes in your third trimester, or even shave your legs if you do that kind of thing.

Keep on movin, mama's!
post #3 of 68
I am with you! I was so fatigued the past few weeks and I found that even a moderate walk made me feel so much better. Afterwards I was so refreshed and alert that I could then function the rest of the day! I have even gotten back on my jogging schedule...much less rigorous now... and feel like a champ again. It is just getting off that couch that is the biggest obstacle, because when your tired, walking is obviously the last thing you want to do. It has also helped me sleep better! Three cheers for jog/walking! :::
post #4 of 68
I'd love to do belly dancing. I wonder if there's a video I could learn from? I swam during my last pregnancy, but with a two year old, I just don't think it'll be realistic for me to get away that much. I'm probably the only one on MDC who doesn't like yoga. And running hurts my knees. So I'm still looking for something for me. Preferably something I can do with my toddler. We'll see if I can find something. Suggestions?
post #5 of 68
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Originally Posted by boigrrrlwonder View Post
I'd love to do belly dancing. I wonder if there's a video I could learn from? I swam during my last pregnancy, but with a two year old, I just don't think it'll be realistic for me to get away that much. I'm probably the only one on MDC who doesn't like yoga. And running hurts my knees. So I'm still looking for something for me. Preferably something I can do with my toddler. We'll see if I can find something. Suggestions?
Don't underestimate walking! Its a great exercise. I try to walk at least twice a day (3 dogs helps with that) and dh encourages me to work out with him. I have been really sick this past week though so I am looking forward to being able to do something...anything... So I am right there with you once standing up doesn't cause me to puke!
post #6 of 68
I am trying to walk around the neighborhood every day for about a half hour or more, weather permitting. My kids love to take walks & play outside. I find that if I can do that, I feel much better after getting sunshine & the kids take a much better nap! So that's what I'm planning on doing.
post #7 of 68
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Ok, I am trying to not be eating the junk and doing a bit of walking.
post #8 of 68
Thread Starter 
Hi All! So glad everyone is here.

Belly dancing sounds fun. Never tried it but I can imagine it'd be great during pregnancy.

Boigirlwonder - I don't know if you do strollers but if I didn't have my jogger I wouldn't have exercised for the past 1.5 years. I rarely exercise if my babe isn't with me. Double jogger here I come. I am going to have to enlist the husband a bit more than usual though because I really want to get out and bike and swim.

Today's workout: 3 mile jog - hard but felt good.
post #9 of 68
I need this! I am definitely heavier starting off than I should be, so my goal is to do something 5 out of 7 days a week. Yesterday I walked 2 miles on the treadmill (would love to do it outside, but not when it is 98 degrees!!!). I hope to do the same today.
post #10 of 68
Yeah, I am not into strollers in general, but my double jogging stroller is a god send when it comes to keeping me in shape. I found it at a thrift shop for $50 and it has paid for itself a hundred times over. I still wear my two-year-old, when he'll let me, but he tends to tolerate the stroller for our long walks. I also try to walk/jog in the afternoon, d/s naptime so it works out great because he usually falls asleep. I live in a cooler climate so I should be able to keep this afternoon schedule all summer!
post #11 of 68
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Today's workout: 3 mile jog - hard but felt good.
Oh my word, you put me to shame!!!

I was going to the gym and/or walking about daily until about week 5...and now I am so drained and nauseas I can hardly get through a work day. I've been trying to move as much as I can without pushing myself to getting sick. I planted my garden, and have done a little walking. Once this worst part is over I will be out walking, back to the gym for some strength stuff and treadmill, elliptical, or bike.
post #12 of 68
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Originally Posted by MEcatlady17 View Post
Oh my word, you put me to shame!!!

I was going to the gym and/or walking about daily until about week 5...and now I am so drained and nauseas I can hardly get through a work day. I've been trying to move as much as I can without pushing myself to getting sick. I planted my garden, and have done a little walking. Once this worst part is over I will be out walking, back to the gym for some strength stuff and treadmill, elliptical, or bike.
This is excellent!

- No shame, None, No way! I felt good this morning and I could manage it (slowly) and running has been part of my routine for a long time. But, for the past few weeks a slow crawl from the bedroom to the living room was about the extent of my forward movement. We all have to take it a day at a time!
post #13 of 68
Great thread! I have been soooooo tired the past 3 or 4 weeks that I have barely done any workouts. Before I was pregnant, I exercised regularly. I relaly wanted to keep it up during my pregnancy. Today was one of the first days where I woke up & didn't feel like a zombie. My goal is to do some type of physical activity 5 days per week where my heartrate is getting up for at least 40 mins.

Today, I did a strength training DVD.
post #14 of 68
Just got back from the gym - did 25 minutes on the bike, 10 minutes on the elliptical and some strength training. Also walked ds the mile to the babysitter's this morning and will likely do so again shortly to pick him up.
post #15 of 68
Thread Starter 
Great job ladies!

Today's workout: Taught ballet class.

The rest of this week is crazy busy so it is going to be challenging to fit exercise in, but gotta do it! Keep me honest.
post #16 of 68
2 days in a row for me! Woot woot! I was working out pre-pregnancy and even after the BFP, until nausea hit me at 6 weeks and just waylaid me. Since then I have been lucky to make it 2-3 times/week. Nothing for the past 2 weeks.

So I did some good yoga (worked up a sweat) on Monday and then yesterday I did the xfitmom.com workout of the day. I am not up to the Crossfit workouts on the main site. Still sick...

This thread has been great motivation for me! :
post #17 of 68
I finally got my new bike (my *beloved* bike got stolen 3 weeks ago...) so i've been able to bike to work again!!! it's 3 miles each way, with one big hill on the way home. hopefully the weather will stay nice and i can keep it up!
post #18 of 68
Good job everyone!!

Yesterday I did a 3 mile walk on the hill program on my treadmill. I kept my HR up between 150 - 160 for about 35 minutes of it.

Today I did a full body strength training DVD.
post #19 of 68
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Originally Posted by jamie79 View Post
2 days in a row for me!
Celebrating with you. Doesn't it feel better to move again?

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Originally Posted by whoabethy View Post
I finally got my new bike (my *beloved* bike got stolen 3 weeks ago...) so i've been able to bike to work again!!! it's 3 miles each way, with one big hill on the way home. hopefully the weather will stay nice and i can keep it up!
Awesome Beth! I have to get outside before 8am if I want to survive the heat, so enjoy your bike and your weather for me too.

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Originally Posted by PaytonPlace View Post
Good job everyone!!

Yesterday I did a 3 mile walk on the hill program on my treadmill. I kept my HR up between 150 - 160 for about 35 minutes of it.

Today I did a full body strength training DVD.
Way to go!

AFM: Today was more busy movement than workout, but I did 2 hours of power cleaning - that counts for something right ? Then I took the kiddo on a brisk walk and did a wee bit of yard work after that. I woke up so sick today and I honestly just wanted to spend the day in bed, but I decided to get to work and I had such a productive day and I'm much happier and I'm sure I felt better for it.

Keep up the good work!
post #20 of 68
wow you go ladies! I'm lucky if I manage 1 workout a week. I just don't seem to find any free time. UGH! I can't exercise in the afternoon/evening, simply no energy. But our mornings are insanely hectic.
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