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exercise accountability thread?????

post #1 of 80
Thread Starter 
Anyone? We did this in my last Ddc and it really helped me stick with it. My goals: keep weight gain around 30 lbs and keep my body strong for a quick labor. I gained 40+ with dd1, only 24 with dd2 and she had weight gain troubles... this time I am thinking of somewhere in the middle. Plan: work out 5 days a week... try to run 10-15 miles per week and maybe some yoga and another video I have. Anyone want to help me!
post #2 of 80

I want to be fit this time around, too! I did NOTHING with DS1, gained 65 lbs, and had an 11lb 14oz baby after a trying labor. second time around i only gained 40 (this is what was suggested to me by my OB), walked a couple of miles everyday, and did yoga twice a week. i had a fast and amazing 6 hour labor and felt really strong for it. So I'm going to shoot for the same thing this time!

post #3 of 80

Oooh, I'll join.  I just ran a 10 mile race last Saturday (JUST in time...as of yesterday I've started to feel a bit more winded when exercising!), so I'm hoping to maintain a decent level of fitness despite the tiredness and sickness.  I know it will be hard though!  Thankfully, I love summer in Chicago so hope to bike a bit and run outside when I can.


Tamara, what are your favorite workout videos?

post #4 of 80

I will join too!! I have been walking our neighborhood (which has LOTS of big HILLS!) with the boys for 8 months now (probably 4-5 days a week) and really want to keep that up!! I only gained 25-30 lbs with both pregnancies, but I was 30 lbs heavier than I am now at my pre-DS2 weight!! So I really want to keep my weight down and body strong. My motivation for losing weight was because DS2's pregnancy was really hard on my body. I have a small frame (5'1" and now 120 lbs), and make big babies (both babies 9+ lbs). So my body NEEDS to be strong, and can't handle carrying around a bunch of extra weight. I would love to keep up the walking, as well as do my Prenatal Yoga DVD. Anyone know how often the yoga should be done??

post #5 of 80
Thread Starter 

Rach- I got the Summer Sander's DVD when pregnant with DD2 and it was pretty good.  Not too hard at all and there were two lengths of video for each trimester, so if you only had 30 minutes, or if you had a hour there were two videos... and I believe you can use just bands so it is completely custom.  Someone recommended it to me. 


Catie- I think you can do yoga as much as you want.... I think it is beneficial to do it 2-3 times a week.... I am more of a mover and can't really do yoga too much, it bores me.  


Loveandgarbage- lets keep each other motivated!


I weighed 155-160 when i got pregnant with DD1, then I weighed 140 when I got pregnant with DD2... this time I am starting at 150... I am pretty bummed out, but hope I can keep myself on track with eating (Sweets are my downfall) and exercise.and get back down to 140 after baby is born.  

post #6 of 80

I think I could do 2-3 times a week.. I prefer moving too (fast-walking, can't quite do the running stuff..lol) and being OUTSIDE. I do like the "calm" of the yoga though.. It is the Shiva Rhea dvd.. I think if I can do it during DS2's nap that would work well.. but I was hoping to lay down/nap during that time of day. haha

post #7 of 80
I'll join. I am about 20 lbs over my goal weight right now, so one of my huge goals is to gain as little as possible while still eating healthy and plenty. With DS I only gained about 10 lbs, with DD I gained 27, and I ate WAY healthier with DS than I ever did with DD. I think the problem with me lies in the fact that I like to think that Im eating for two, but as long as I remind myself that Im not, I gain so much less weight. When DS was born, I was doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, ect within two days. With DD, it took me weeks to get back into a routine. I'd really like to keep the weight low. Honestly, Ill probably lose during the first trimester, because Ive been drinking quite a bit of beer lately and not excising. So, without any beer and getting back into my exercising routine, hopefully I can keep the gain low.
post #8 of 80

Holly, what kind of workouts do you like to do?


I ran two miles today and did some arm exercises, and even though that is less than what I was used to it tired my body out.  I just slept for an hour and half during Judah's nap, and still woke up feeling run over by a truck. It is so weird to me how this tiny baby already affects our bodies so much.

post #9 of 80
Ugh, I need to do arm workouts so bad. My arms are getting super flabby.

I mainly like to run, but have started a yoga class and am getting set up on the elliptical machine at the YMCA on Tuesday. I'll probably take it more easy than I would if I wasnt pregnant, but Id still like to run in a marathon this fall- just a 5k.
post #10 of 80

I'm going to try to get in some gym time before morning sickness if it happens-- i hope it doesn't though! Gym time for me is just the elliptical and some weight machines to tone my legs.


I'm pretty thin in general and I think that makes me gain a lot of weight when I'm pregnant because suddenly I don't have my "great" metabolism anymore. I usually hover around 115 (I'm 5'7"), went up to almost 180 with DS1 and I can't let that happen again! AAHHH! My problem is my pregnancy sweet tooth. I eat a healthy diet 90% of the time, but when knocked up I've been known to scarf down several muffins and cupcakes a day. Haha.

post #11 of 80

I'd like to join!  I've lost about 100 lbs in the past 4 years and I'm terrified of gaining weight while pregnant.  I do NOT want to go back to weighing 280lbs. 


Today, I walked my dog, Buster (he's my work out buddy) fpr 40 minutes.  That's a pretty typical day for me and I'm going to try try try to keep it up the next 9 months!

post #12 of 80

I'd like to start! I walk to the park and outside with the kids a few times a week(park is maybe quarter of a mile away), I'm heavier with this pregnancy than I was with the others(lost all my weight with DS, but put on a TON when I had Implanon that I hadn't completely lost yet).. I gained 10 lb. with my first and 15 with my 2nd, and hope to keep it under 20 with this bean :).

post #13 of 80

I'm honestly not that into the exercise - I walk, garden, and chase kids all day so I feel like i get enough - I'm at an all time low starting pregnancy weight (was 138 with DD1, 144 with DS, 137 with DD2, and now i'm starting at 133) This pregnancy I'm trying to seriously limit refined sugars and sweets - Coke has been a serious weakness of mine in previous pregnancies and i quit soda and all caffeine and most sugar last fall - Maybe i should start another thread for healthy eating/ low sugar accountability ? Or we could just throw it all together and maybe the exercising will wear off on me :)

post #14 of 80

Staci, I'm impressed!  I could SO benefit from cutting out all sugar.  And I am a Coke girl too...I limit myself to a small can a day, although I don't have one every day. 


I did two miles on the elliptical yesterday along with some pushups and situps.  I don't know that I'm going to do the pushups and situps again soon, because my back really started hurting afterwards.  I think I need to do more yoga and pilates for strength training, but I'm sort of a yoga newby so I'm a little intimidated to go to the class at my gym! innocent.gif

post #15 of 80
Thread Starter 

I need some help with the healthy eating stuff.  I just blank on what I should eat and since my appetite is so low, I end up grabbing bad food (cookies, dried mango, toast with butter).  I really feel ill in the morning, so I don't eat much till lunch... yesterday I had a grilled cheese (what DD1 wanted) and then one taco for dinner.... I couldn't even finish the taco because I was feeling sick. So.... no veggies, no fruit, YIKES, how is this baby going to thrive????


Anyways, I have been doing good with exercise.  Last week I lifted weights 2 times and ran 6 days with a total of 14 miles.  Yesterday I did a 3 mile run and am planning a 2-3 mile run later today with DH (it is going to be nice and cool here today!!)


Lets start another thread with healthy meal ideas (PLEASE!!!)  I am terrible, so need some guidance from you ladies.



post #16 of 80

Here's the guide I am using:


Cod Liver Oil to supply 20,000 IU vitamin A and 2000 IU vitamin D per day

1 quart (or 32 ounces) whole milk daily, preferably raw and from pasture-fed cows (learn more about raw milk on our website, A Campaign for Real Milk, www.realmilk.com)

4 tablespoons butter daily, preferably from pasture-fed cows

2 or more eggs daily, preferably from pastured chickens

Additional egg yolks daily, added to smoothies, salad dressings, scrambled eggs, etc.

3-4 ounces fresh liver, once or twice per week (If you have been told to avoid liver for fear of getting "too much Vitamin A," be sure to read Vitamin A Saga)

Fresh seafood, 2-4 times per week, particularly wild salmon, shellfish and fish eggs

Fresh beef or lamb daily, always consumed with the fat

Oily fish or lard daily, for vitamin D

2 tablespoons coconut oil daily, used in cooking or smoothies, etc.

Lacto-fermented condiments and beverages

Bone broths used in soups, stews and sauces

Soaked whole grains

Fresh vegetables and fruits


  • Trans fatty acids (e.g., hydrogenated oils)
  • Junk foods
  • Commercial fried foods
  • Sugar
  • White flour
  • Soft drinks
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Drugs (even prescription drugs)

IMPORTANT WARNING: Cod liver oil contains substantial levels of omega-3 EPA, which can cause numerous health problems, such as hemorrhaging during the birth process, if not balanced by arachidonic acid (ARA), an omega-6 fatty acid found in liver, egg yolks and meat fats.  Please do not add cod liver oil to a diet that is deficient in these important animal foods. It is important to follow our diet for pregnant mothers in its entirety, not just selected parts of it.

post #17 of 80

I also struggle with getting in enough food and keeping hydrated. I don't really get morning sickness/nausea, but I just don't eat very much and have a low appetite. I try to get as much as I can early in the day, since for me that's when I'm the hugriest and I also like to try to avoid eating before bed since it affects digestion so much and I already have enough trouble with that!

We've been on the Traditional Foods journey for about 4 years so I didn't get where I am over night. I also had a health crisis that really caught my attention and we made MAJOR changes to my diet in January and the rest of the family Joined me at the end of February. We havent' had any sugar (only honey), grains, processed foods, starchy veggies (no potatoes! WAAAAHHH!) , for the past 3 months. I started off in January just dropping grains, processed foods, sugar (used stevia and honey) and fruit...I did that for about 3 months and have reintroduced raw dairy when I got my BFP. Our budget has been struggling so we're gonna have to see what else we can add back in that doesn't affect our gut health (that is the tricky part!)

post #18 of 80

I think the diet info is GREAT!  This whole thing is about trying to have a calm, healthy pregnancy- and diet and exercise play a huge role in both physical AND emotional health.  I've been pretty good about exercising so far- I've kept up with the 45 minute dog walk almost every day this week.  I'm also doing a pretty good job with my diet- I've been tracking calories for the better part of 4 years, so I'm still doing that (and I track on a website with several friends and I think they would figure something was up if I stopped.  I'm guessing they'll figure it out when I don't drink wine with them at book club next week, though...).  I'm trying to avoid most "junk" and eat whole foods.  Maybe I should take the bag of jolly ranchers off my desk at work... eat.gif

post #19 of 80

I love this thread to inspire a healthy active pregnancy!


I would love to keep my weight gain at or below 30 lbs. Last time I gained around 60 pounds, and it was not kind on my petite frame (5'2, 115 lbs). I walked daily two miles roundtrip to work last time around, but then sat at a desk for 8 hours, so I think that cancelled out the walking.. LOL. This time, I'm home and constantly moving with my busy toddler so I hope that alone will help keep the weight gain down. I will say that nursing really was key in helping me to lose the weight pretty efficiently last time, so if my body does decide it wants to gain a ton of weight, I'll try not to stress about it and just trust the nursing to take the pounds off.


I've been doing some light running and stretching/yoga but I definitely need more of a plan/schedule to follow. Anyone have a good weekly routine they can share?

post #20 of 80

from what I"m reading walking is the best thing we can do  (pregnant or not), According to Katy Bowman (biomechanist). Stretching is great too, I'm working on the muscle groups that will help support my pelvic floor...who knew my calves are tight and my pelvis is accounting for it! Its crazy how our body works.

My goal is 4-5 miles a day, broke up into morning and evening walks....in flat shoes rather than tennis shoes. Maybe soon I can save up for some barefoot shoes, but for now, I only wear shoes when I leave the house. No sitting through out the day, Although I'm having to work up to that, so far I'm at from Morning to Noon. Today was the first day it got to be about 1:30 and I wasn't waiting on the clock so I could "relax" So looks like I"m making progress!

I've come across 2 stretches I want to work to do through out the day. The calf stretch with my pelvis untucked (ouch! I can't even hardly bend over even with my feet flat!) and there's a sitting stretch called the Piriformis stretch. The last thing I'm working on is trying to not hold in my belly and boy is that HARD! I find my self correcting my self several times a MINUTE sometimes! I know it doesn't sound like much, but my goal is to avoid just creating a "get through the list" routine and really make these types of things part of my day, something I'm constantly paying attention to and working to become natural movements. 

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