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2/7/14 12:21 P

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Going for long walks and going to the park with my 10 month old is by far the best of both worlds - getting in exercise & spending time with him. I'm in Phoenix, so we've been absolutely spoiled this winter with amazing weather! I'm so sorry to everyone stuck in the frozen tundra! But, I've got to enjoy it while I can because the 100 + weather is right around the corner and I don't know what I'm going to do with a toddler stuck inside all summer! I'm thinking we'll end up going to the mall on the weekends for walking and playing in their play area?

Also, I try to go to the gym for a class once a week, which feels reasonable. Like, "it's ok to spend 1 hour in the evening away from him one night a week" It makes it easier and then the rest of the week is walks or things I can do with him :)

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LORNAMARIE Posts: 41
2/4/14 9:29 A

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I have the exact same problem staying motivated. I am also really tired so I find it hard to exercise. That said I think I'm going to start trying to go up and down the stairs carrying the baby. That'll be good exercise!

I also can't wait for the end of winter. Getting gear on to go outside discourages me from going out as much as I probably should. It makes me feel lazy.

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1/20/14 8:13 P

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I am looking forward to when the winter is OVER! My hometown has several walking trails and I want to get out and push my daughter in her stroller. I know that she would enjoy it too. Nothing like hearing the birds chirping and the frogs croaking. Oh my, when is winter going to be over?! And I wanted to move to Alaska. What WAS I thinking?!

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1/9/14 9:57 P

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I find that working out after my son goes to bed at night it the best option for me. Luckily, we do have a treadmill, but there's also great and easy options that do not require a treadmill or much equipment. On the weekends, I work out as soon as he goes down for his first nap.

However, I did just start working out in September and have kicked it into high gear now in January and I am no longer nursing. My son just turned a year on Christmas eve. When my he was younger, I don't think I would have been able to do this, because he only took 15-30 minute naps 1-3 times a day. He suddenly decided that 2 hour naps are fabulous.

I hope you can find something that works for you - whether than means fewer days at the gym and more work outs at home after his bed time OR realizing that you're hitting the gym to be a better YOU and once he's on the move, he'll love having a mommy that can keep up.

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1/2/14 10:41 A

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I workout during my lunch break which helps, but on the weekend I get no gym time. However, playing with my 19 month old is always a good workout. When the weather gets warmer I plan on taking little jogs with him in the neighborhood. I want to set a good example for him.

I know it's hard staying away from the little cutie but remember, you also need time for yourself and working out is the best way to do that. I have found that my motivation to workout has increased as my son has gotten older and more desireous of my attention (if I look away from him for a second he starts repeating, "mommy, mommy, mommy" until I look back). It's a chance for me to find myself, forget everything else, and just be me. I find that by taking that hour for myself I come home a better mother and wife.

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May 2014=165lbs; September 2014=158lbs;January 2017=180lbs; December 2017=186lbs


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11/21/13 4:02 P

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Like someone else said, right now he doesn't realize that you are gone, but when he's older he will realize you aren't there. That's about the age that you can start to have him workout with you.
Just remember that you are working on you now to be healthy for more time with him in the future.

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11/9/13 10:02 P

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I worked out with my little one, but the gym wasn't an option for me. I walked the neighborhood pushing his stroller. I used the wii fit/sports active and DVDs with him playing/napping next to me. As he got older and more active I often would have to hold him while lunging or what not, now that's a workout! A friend of mine puts her 6mos old in a little floaty and she swims laps with her,, kid loves it and she gets a real good workout.
There are definitely ways to include him, it just takes some experimenting. Also a lot of gyms have a mommy and me fitness class that would be good for both of you. Don't forget though that a little "me" time isn't a bad thing.

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DDTUCKER13 Posts: 30
10/18/13 2:23 P

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Thats a good idea. Never crossed my mind about him "knowing I am gone" part. Thanks much for that thought should help when I am on the elliptical wanting to cut it short to get home early!!

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10/17/13 2:33 P

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Can you do 2 days at the gym and do a 3rd day taking a walk with your son, weather permitting? It's hard but getting yourself back where you want to be while he's little will be easier than when he's a toddler and he knows you're gone. Congrats on your baby! emoticon

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DDTUCKER13 Posts: 30
10/17/13 12:29 P

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It is so hard to stay motivated to work out when I could be at home with my 3 1/2 month old son. It helps that my work a lots time for me to work out, but it is still hard to stay motivated to work out instead of heading home. I have been dieting for about 3 weeks not and that is going good. I am on day three off the gym (my goal is at least three days a week). Just so hard to supposed to go today, but today is my day for picking my son up from daycare. ughhh

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