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post #21 of 40

Normally I wake up before the kids so I can do yoga, but now I'm so damn tired I can't seem to get out of bed no matter how much I've slept! Bleh. I walked for 45 min today pushing my kids in a double stroller, and I was completely wiped out afterwards. The hill at the end was awful. I'm looking forward to having a bit more energy in the 2nd trimester.

post #22 of 40
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Originally Posted by sara125 View Post

How do you ladies do so much with other kids in the house?

 

 

I'm super lucky, we get time to work out at my office, and they offer a free crossfit class every day, twice a day in the breezeway of my building. Best job perk ever. My dance class is Monday right after work, so DH picks up DS from school and watches him.

post #23 of 40
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Originally Posted by *MamaJen* View Post

 

I'm super lucky, we get time to work out at my office, and they offer a free crossfit class every day, twice a day in the breezeway of my building. Best job perk ever. My dance class is Monday right after work, so DH picks up DS from school and watches him.


Not fair! I'm lucky if I get an hour or two to myself each day. And once naps are gone, that will seriously dwindle.

post #24 of 40
My whole family does martial arts together, that is how I fit it in - as a fun family activity. :-) Then all the kids hang out for an extra hour together while us adults do cardio kickboxing. Anything at home, sometimes the kids join me, and sometimes they watch, or play outside while I do some strength or stretching in the sun.
post #25 of 40

My dog is the only thing motivating me to get off the couch, lately!  Lots of walks and training--we compete in agility trials, so running around doing that.

 

I need to be more intentional, but it's so hard to convince myself to wake up earlier!

post #26 of 40

I'm also having a hard time getting off my butt! Haha. I run a home daycare, so I've been trying to make sure I stay active with the kids. Really, all I want to do is sleep.

post #27 of 40
Sara125- I have a 15 mo DD who hates her stroller too. That whole "stroller stride" or "I burned off my pregnancy weight with a jogging stroller" has never worked for me! Bummer! What I found works is that I've started to do workout videos while she takes a nap. I love pilates! And there is there is this one called Pick Your Level Weightloss Pilates that is awesome and allows you to choose your level (beginner, intermediate, advanced) so even on days when im feeling tired I can just do the beginner level and know I'm getting an effective workout. Its really fluid movements so sometimes you don't even feel like its doing anything. But a few years ago, this dvd alone helped me lose 30lbs! Ok, I didnt mean to be putting out an advertisment for a dvd. Ha ha ha! Got carried away, sorry. Bottom line is- if there are workout dvds that youre interested in, doing them while older kids nap is a suggestion! smile.gif
post #28 of 40

My DD is not a stroller girl, either. She wants in and out and in the mei tei, then back in the stroller, then to walk, so I can never get a good pace going.

post #29 of 40

I love the Ellen Barrett pilates videos! They're a little older so they're super cheap if you get them used on Amazon. Super Slim down is pretty gentle and mixes in a lot of yoga. Burn and Firm is a pretty good workout with handweights.

post #30 of 40

The difficult thing for me right now is not the doing, but how tired I am afterward.  When I'm not pregnant I find exercise energizing, not *draining*.  Tired tired tired.  Anyway, yesterday did a workout with 26lb kb swings, turkish get-ups, pushups, weighted lunges, and sprinting.  Feels good to have done it.  I'm resting today, but will do it again tomorrow.

post #31 of 40

Since we just moved 6 weeks ago - My gym routine is lost until I join another (waiting for school to start) So, it's been hikes, 5 mile power walks, a little yoga on the living room floor and occasional free weights. I'm very excited to get some inspiration from all you!

post #32 of 40

I joined the Alaska Club in April, and make a habit of going on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday after work. I skipped Friday night because I had a terrible day at work and just wanted to go home and cry. I think it was a good choice. When I workout, I start with the XpressWay (minus the shoulder machines I can't do because of my torn rotator cuff), move to the balcony where I use small free weights and an exercise ball to complete all of my shoulder physical therapy prescribed by my physical therapist, then go to the cardio theater where I spend 5 minutes on the arm bike, 5 miles on a stationary bike, then 1-2 miles walking on the treadmill.

post #33 of 40
You all are motivating me to do something! I honestly do not *like* exercise though I can handle walking when the weather is cool. But I really want to try to build some stamina and strength. Not sure where to start though now that I'm pregnant.
post #34 of 40
I teach yoga 8 classes a week and I usually train. I have been to fatigued to run so I have been doing short hikes. I hope that my energy will return next trimester.
post #35 of 40
Usually trail run oops
post #36 of 40
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Originally Posted by andriagirlie View Post

You all are motivating me to do something! I honestly do not *like* exercise though I can handle walking when the weather is cool. But I really want to try to build some stamina and strength. Not sure where to start though now that I'm pregnant.

I hear ya! smile.gif it's a whole new ballgame when pregnant.
As long as your healthcare provider approves, I know that walking and swimming are great exercises to start with. I LOVE swimming while pregnant. Especially In the later minths, It Is heaven to feel so weightless In the water! smile.gif hope this helps.
post #37 of 40

I'm so glad to see this thread!  With my last pregnancy, I was pregnant in Fairbanks, Alaska, in an 800 sq ft apartment and  1 year old - in winter.  I did nothing for exercise.  I wanted to, but couldn't afford the Alaska Club (only one in town with child care), couldn't seem to make exercise work around DH's schedule as a grad student, struggled to find someone who could trade childcare . . . blah blah blah.  I felt terrible!

So this pregnancy I've been biking my DD1 to and from pre-school, which adds up to almost 7 miles each day (twice a week).  We tend to walk all over town, which is helpful, but not really elevating my heart rate unless I'm also pushing 70 lbs of kids, plus the stroller, and all the things the children bring with them.  I'd like to add in prenatal yoga once a week and maybe a trip to the gym once a week as soon as I stop puking and start getting some sleep!

Honestly, this morning the only reason I actually biked to pick my girl up from pre-school was the string of mom friends on facebook who had posted pictures of running with their kiddos.  A little peer support can be critical for me.  :)

post #38 of 40

I started going back to the gym after a 3 month break the week I learned I was pregnant. I used to focus primarly on Olympic Weightlifting, but am changing my routine a little now to do primarly squatting. I'm trying to make it to the gym for an hour 3x a week, but it's turning more into 2x a week instead due to my work schedule/exhaustion/all day nausea. I would like to start doing some interval sprints too, but we'll see if I make it that far!

post #39 of 40
Omg thanks cyclamen for that info! I had really bad pelvic girdle pain with my last pregnancy, so much that my PT said not to use any stairs. Wow! I'm in better shape going in this time but I'm going to take the advice of those mutu people with the transverse exercises smile.gif

Now I've been jogging about 1-2x a week, walking the dog every morning (which isn't great exercise because it's slow, but I get majorly winded from pushing the stroller up the hills!), and then doing some Insanity and Nike Training Center workouts. I'd love to do yoga but I need to find a prenatal class as I'm scared to do positions that are contraindicated in pregnancy. I find if I overdo the exercise in general, I'm totally out of it. I have to find the right balance so I stay fit and have energy to do my normal stuff!
post #40 of 40

I was doing Jillian Michaels workouts 5x/wk, now it's more like 3-4x/wk.  I do it during dd's nap, but I've been opting for my own naps lately, which is why I haven't been working out as much ;)

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