Do you take time each day to keep yourself fit and healthy?

Mirdza - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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As moms, it's important that we take the time to eat healthy and to exercise on a daily basis so that we can be there for our family at all time. Sick days are not good! How do you take care of yourself?

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Doris - posted on 01/13/2010

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Until you can develop a routine it is a challenge, but possible to do. Nutrition is important particularly the breakfast. Excercise (sp?) can be incorporated into your daily chores, ie, arm excercises while putting the groceries away, squats while putting laundry in the machine one at a time, stuff like that. Remember, a routine with a child will change as they grow and learn more, try to avoid the stress.

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Kerri - posted on 01/13/2010

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I lashed out and bought an exercise bike. I wait until their fav program comes on (playschool) and pedal like crazy intill they get restless. Before the nike I bought an exercise video (a dancing one), well the girls would try and do it with me and they loved it, and thought mummy looked funny. However I have yet to controll the eating. I started a healthy eating 'diet' a week ago and combined with the bike have lost 2.2 kilo's, now I just have 13kg to go..........
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Amy - posted on 01/13/2010

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When my son was first born, we would go for a walk everyday. He was born in May so I was able to do that, but then we moved and it snowed and I stopped. I got really depressed and stressed and it effected how I talked to my son and Husband and actually put a real strain on my husband and I relationship... anyway... At new years I made a goal, not a resolution, to spend 10 minutes a day on myself as well as work in at least a 20 minute work out. I gained close to 60 lbs during my pregnancy and was over weight before so I have a lot that needs to come off. I have found that doing a combination of yoga and pilates 2 times a week as well as Tae Bo 3 times a week has already made a difference and it has only been a couple of weeks! My encouragement is to make the time, start with 5 mintues and add a minute everyday till you are up to an hour. But then again, I am a first time mom, so what do I know...

Mirdza - posted on 01/13/2010

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Once we develop a routine, it will definitley become a lot easier. It takes time to make exercise a habit, but we do feel better about ourselves, and we feel more energetic, when we take the time to exercise. We don't necessarily have to commute to a gym... In fact, I don't have the time to commute to the gym. Instead, I have invested my money in purchasing a program called ChaLEAN Extreme, which is made by professional trainer Chalene Johnson, and has a 90-day program all laid out. It takes between 30 and 45 minutes to do the routine, depending on the one schedules. There are 15 in all in the program. I used to walk all the time, and I did lose weight, but strength training with this program is what helped be actually get fit. If you are interested in learning more about it, let me know =)

Mirdza - posted on 01/13/2010

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It may be hard to find time to take care of ourselves, but it's so necessary. In order to stay healthy, it's good to find a program that is effective, yet not time-consuming. Have you tried the ten minute trainer made by Tony Horton? Playing with our kids also helps, like you mentioned. If you have 20 minutes, Turbo Jam is also a fun workout. I'm glad you try to eat healthy =)

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I don't buy "junk" so it is never in the house as a temptation. I make a point to serve fresh veggies at dinner time. I also make it a goal to workout, 45 min of cardio then weight training 3x a week. I feel so much better when I work out. It is also a great stress reliever. Some people don't like to workout but you have to remember, only 20% is physical and 80% is in your head. Once you get to the gym (or go outside to take a walk) you've won most of the battle. Also, its good to take it week by week. Look at your schedule at the start of every week and pick three or four times when you can work out and treat it as a appointment.

Jodi - posted on 01/13/2010

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I have tried so hard to keep in shape. Before baby I was a nice 130 lbs size 9 jean confiden mom! I only gained 20 lbs during my pregnancy...then came baby. I stopped eating breakfast because I was too busy feeding my daughter, getting my hubby off to work and cleaning up, misake #1. I started grazing on snack foods most of the day because it seemed I never had a real chance to cook real food with baby at my feet or on my boob and laundry piling hi. Mistake #2. Mistake #3 came in the form of.."Honey, could you pick up something for dinner?" "nuff said there. My last mistake was to put cleaning my house and doing laundry before excerise, my poor treadmil is a battleground of tossed aside clothes, forgotten toys and general crap. Since having my daughter I have shot up to a size 18 pant and weigh in at a whopping 193 lbs. I hate it I hate it I hate it! I've been trying to start eating healthier and excercise more, but we all know it's so much harder to take the weight off than to put it on! To any moms out there who are expecting and read this...don't make the same mistakes I did!!! :( Best of luck to everyone else!

Justine - posted on 01/13/2010

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Well, to tell you the truth, it's really hard to take care of yourself especially when you are home along a lot with the baby! but If I'm sick, i'll just nap whenever my baby does and get to bed early! but i try to exercise while he's napping and think ahead of time, like a day before what I'm going to have for dinner the next day, lunch and breakfast to keep it healthy. Also, pace yourself throughout the day to have enough you time and everything else time. Playing with your kids also helps to keep you fit!

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