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post #41 of 161
Just an update. I hurt my foot and had to take 2.5 weeks off of running. Finally was able to run again today and goodness, it felt glorious. I find that it's so helpful in beating the afternoon exhaustion that plagues me everyday at 3:00pm.

We did a short family run as DH hasn't run in months and is super out of shape. Dd who is 8 months loves gong in her jogging stroller and was happy as can be. I don't seem to have anymore foot pain so it looks like we'll be back to our normal daily runs.

How are the rest of you mama's feeling exercise- wise?
post #42 of 161

I am DYING to run again.  I've just lost the habit in the last month or so and the days keep passing without my going out and just doing it!  I am supposed to do a half marathon with a dear friend on the 4th of July... I might still do it, depending on how the next few months go.  Not trying to set a record or anything, but I'd like to try!

post #43 of 161
Did 25 minutes of T25 and felt AWESOME. I'll be doing the 30 minute workouts of the 21-day fix program tomorrow. Looking forward to it!
post #44 of 161
I'm itching for another half as too, but DH doesn't like me racing much during pregnancy, so I have to work hard to get his approval. Based on my last pregnancy, I lose speed in the second trimester and slowly gain again (with no changes) in the third trimester, so I'm aiming for a July half as well.

I fell into the not getting out the door trap as well, but today was very encouraging. I hope it kickstarted my engine. I am such a happier wife, mama and friend when I run. I also hope this thread will give me done accountability to stick to it.

Sending happy running motivation your way @MrsKate

That just sounds intimidating @WendyJo410. To me running even far seems easy but make me do a video and I'm out of breath and sweating. I know it would be good for me. .. I can do hard things, right? Anyways, I'm envious, keep it up.
post #45 of 161
@crystalmarie I was a collegiate runner and I miss it. We live in very isolated Wyoming and running outside, much less with the double jogger and my toddlers just isn't an option. Running on my own is like a dream world! I'm envious you can get outside!

LOVE T25. Awesome workout and gets your sweaty and sore in only 25 minutes. That makes a busy mama happy!
post #46 of 161
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How are the rest of you mama's feeling exercise- wise?

My food-shoveling bicep is in olympic condition.  The rest, not so much.

I exercise sporadically using random video programs and walks when it's nice out.  In all I'd say I'm averaging 4 days per week.  In the larger context, that sounds OK but really it's the days in  between when I'm a super slug that it makes me feel crappy (guilty for too little movement). 

The weather is not too far off from getting warm enough to get outside more.  I like it to be at least over 40 degrees or it's not very enjoyable.  Once we turn that corner, I'll be out and about daily.  Mother nature, please hurry up!

 

Btw it's inspiring to read about you all and your exercise programs.  It makes me way more motivated for some reason.  Thanks for sharing!

post #47 of 161

doyogawithme.com is my new favorite thing!  It is especially great for rainy days, and even the kids join in sometimes!  Although the three of em take up my entire mat, so I wind up on the carpet :)  I've also been doing my hip hop class once a week, and that's an awesome workout/stretch session.  I just modify the intense crunches with deep breathing and yoga.  Walking 1.5 miles on clear days, some days I don't get to anything!  My energy has returned, so am motivated again. YAY!

post #48 of 161
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My food-shoveling bicep is in olympic condition.  The rest, not so much.

Lol! Love that!

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Btw it's inspiring to read about you all and your exercise programs.  It makes me way more motivated for some reason.  Thanks for sharing!

I agree! It's very helpful to hear everyone progress and plans. Keep it up!
post #49 of 161
All this Snow and kids-home-on-snow-days has really impacted my running routine greensad.gif. Not to mention the nausea & fatigue. I do feel MUCH better on days I run so I finally started running on te elliptical for the last week o so just to keep myself moving. Feels good but it's no "real run". Need to get myself back on track w my training for my next half in march!
post #50 of 161

I have been doing nothing! I hate it but I feel so constipated that I can't even think of using my abdominal muscles.  But, I've got to figure something out.  Feeling pretty yucky!  Oh, actually I did go snowshoeing and sledding this weekend.  But that's a once a week thing.  What are people's work weeks like?  I dropped my third job with my last miscarriage so now I am down to 52hrs/ week.  I wish it was less.  

post #51 of 161
I had high hopes for working out this time, but lamentably, I have been bouncing back and forth between bed rest and "light duty" so, for now, exercise is off limits. :(
post #52 of 161
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I had high hopes for working out this time, but lamentably, I have been bouncing back and forth between bed rest and "light duty" so, for now, exercise is off limits. :(

I'm so sorry :Hug

 

I finally got out for a run today and frankly it was awful.  Today is the worst I've felt this pregnancy so far so I'm sure I just wasn't up to it.  I've been lying on the couch feeling miserable and sweet DH has been on toddler duty all day (even though it's his ONLY day off for a week).

post #53 of 161

Today was a bit of a disappointment.  We finally had nice weather - in the 60's and sunny.  I've been all amped up waiting for this so I could go out and do my thing.  I guess it was an off day but walking just didn't feel good... I was achy all over. 

The last 2 days I've been having frequent pulling and pinching sensations in my abdomen.  I'm wondering if everything is getting stretched/loosened and that's making my joints complain.  Even my spine was achy!  Regardless, we walked 4 miles in the wind and sunshine so I know I'll be sleeping well tonight.

post #54 of 161
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Today was a bit of a disappointment.  We finally had nice weather - in the 60's and sunny.  I've been all amped up waiting for this so I could go out and do my thing.  I guess it was an off day but walking just didn't feel good... I was achy all over. 
The last 2 days I've been having frequent pulling and pinching sensations in my abdomen.  I'm wondering if everything is getting stretched/loosened and that's making my joints complain.  Even my spine was achy!  Regardless, we walked 4 miles in the wind and sunshine so I know I'll be sleeping well tonight.
We must live in the same region. This was EXACTLY my weather today!! 👍 I had some spotting so I laid low today. But oh how I wanted to get out in that nice weather!
post #55 of 161

LineUponLine - I live near St. Louis.  Although it's going to be a smidge cooler today I'm gonna get out there and do some more walking today.  After all, rain comes tomorrow. 

 

AFM:  I did some exploratory searches yesterday for prenatal yoga classes.  I found one at a place I've taken classes before that REQUIRES A DOCTOR'S NOTE saying you are cleared for a prenatal yoga class.  Either it's the litigious society we live in our people have flat out lost their minds to actually go through with getting a note.  Seriously! 

 

I found another place that I will most likely join.  It's kinda like a club with monthly or annual dues.  They have regular yoga, prenatal yoga and even insanity classes, but for mamas they have mom & infant yoga, mom & toddler yoga, mom & infant music/play and other stuff like that.  It also has 2-hour child care as part of the membership that can be used daily as well as a cafe with all sorts of things from wine to cookies to green smoothies and high tea.  The biggest draw would be transitioning to post-pregnancy classes with friendly faces and in a familiar environment.

Has anyone else here joined this kind of place?

post #56 of 161
Time for a weekly check-in on the exercIse front! How is everyone feeling? Noticing any exercise related changes? More fatigue, more energy, winded quicker?

Personally, I'm noticing that I'm losing motivation but I'm still forcing myself to run because when I don't, I get nothing, like nothing done. If I don't run, I usually nap the afternoon away, if dd let's me. Running gives me the energy i need to keep going past noon. I know from my last pregnancy that if i don't run for 3 days in a row, my hips start hurting, so I'm kinda forced to stay active but it has such a positive effect on my energy levels that I doubt I would stop even if I knew the pain wouldn't come. I'm so grateful for the ability abd opportunity to run. I know once this little one is here, It will be much more difficult. Two babes schedules to maneuver around a running schedule. I'm enjoying my runs so much right now. This week felt great Running - wise .

I count my week starting on Sunday so I'm at 9.6 miles for the week.

Sun- 2.8
Tue - 1.5
Wed - 1.5
Fri - 3.8

How are you mama's doing?
post #57 of 161

I'm no runner - but I have been walking consistently.  I too have to force myself, and it does make a difference in how much other stuff I get done in a day.  Just tallying it up it looks like 11+ miles so far.  I didn't realize it added up so quickly!

 

Mon - 3.5 miles

Tue - 2.5

Thur - 1.5

Fri - 4

 

I also did some time on a recumbent bike and a moderate amount of resistance training with light weights.  Tell ya what though - on the days I didn't exercise... complete and total sloth.  And I pigged out!

post #58 of 161
I have my pedometer so I watch my steps a day. Since I live in a big city I need to walk ( public transportation, office to office etc.) to live here. Although I noticed using more car these days and thus having higher parking bills, I do almost every day make my 10000 steps- this is when the little cartoon character starts to applaud on the screen of my pedometer. It 's 6 km or 3,7 miles.

And I love swimming two times a week in my open air 164 feet public pool- it is a wonderfull experience: warm water around you and snowing from above. Lately no snow, and plenty of spring sun. Although I have to admit that swimming does feel strange and funny: as if I turned into some sort of a big fish: dynamics is very different!

Having said all that I am not a sporty person, as you can see, just trying to stay active. And, oh, 3 years ago we moved in our current apartment that we adore, and we could afford a rather spacious place partially because it's 4th floor without an elevator! We were sure we were done with babies and strollers. But we are happy to walk those steps up and down every day, since you at least get this type of exercise! I guess if I own a stroller this time I will either park it downstairs, or in the cartrunk , or just keep it on the balcony for the little one to sleep in the fresh air.

Inna, a word on yoga for moms and babies. I did it with my second while in Cambridge. It was important socially, we were new to the town, I did not work, and I needed to keep up with English, and I did yoga before, so I was very excited and motivated. There was a common lunch at a neighboring cafe afterwords ( not extremely healthy idea, but socially just the thing I needed), but I was disappointed. Not every baby liked it when it was mummy's turn to exercise. Like mine disapproved of doing a lot without her. Which I was absolutely not surprised with, I would nurse her and put down for a few exercises of mine.and she would smile. Which practically meant almost no yoga for me and plenty for her. But many others just kept exercising, speaking softly to their almost crying babies! Especially loud was one baby, whose mom was older ( seemed ancient to me at that time, think she was my todays age- young and strong!), and now I understand it definitely was her first. Unlike many others, she would stop each time the baby was unhappy and try to nurse it. But then she would start again and the baby would cry. Well, just like mine, but for me it was a second and I was surprised this one even agreed on SOME mommy time, as my older son would not withstand such a procedure for a second ( a healthy independent 16 year old now, btw). But that mom seemed lost and unhappy. And there was A LOT of peer pressure. So one day I came and her baby was not crying. At all. Because she was now on formula...

I dont want to sound judgmental, there are cases for formula, I am sure. But I felt like it was the sight of 15 smiling babies and lack of experience, that forced the lady to try this bottle. And I still think I should have talked to her, but I was shy and foreign... That was the moment I realised that class was not for me.

It did not change my mind on breastfeeding or on my baby being calm- I know she was calm, my peer group was her older brother, not the rest of the class - but with a first I would join group activities where mothers are not expected to put their babies aside even for a minute of personal time. Better leave a child with someone and have your personal yoga with adults and then have your together time at a mother-baby playgroup...

I wonder what the others think.
post #59 of 161

RussianMama, that's an interesting story about the mom in baby/mom yoga, and of course there could have been so many contributing factors to her decision to use formula.  It's hard to know exactly what was going on in her life from that story.  But I will say that my daughter didn't let me do yoga for long either, in those mommy/baby classes! I'm sure I spent at least 70% of the time nursing her.

 

Today I did 45 minutes of an hour-long yoga video (sweet daughter was freaking out for mom, as she has been doing a LOT lately), but I figure I mostly just missed the 5-10 minutes of lying down at the end, so oh well, it's not like I ever get to do that anyway!  Then it was SUNNY outside (!!!!!!) so I went for a 3ish mile run/walk with the dog and my daughter in the jogging stroller.

 

I still really want to do that half marathon in July... I'm hoping my body keeps up over the next few months!  And I can not WAIT for my energy to pick up again, and for the weather to keep getting better, so it'll be that much easier to get out there.

post #60 of 161

I just started doing yoga again after being too exhausted to do anything the past 2 months.  I noticed that I was very tight all over, especially my sides.

 

Has anyone else noticed this, is it normal, and is it ok to be stretching out so much do you think? 

 

I was finding my prenatal yoga video too easy so I stepped it up to a few videos on yogajournal.com.  I hope this is ok.  I feel fine, but I wonder if all the squishing around on the inside is ok.

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