I love seeing posts about how some of you are remaining active through pregnancy! If you have a healthy pregnancy, maintaining your routine is no only "ok", it is recommended. Even running! : ) This is the time for maintenance so stay active. Stroller Strides classes are great for this as the trainers are all pre and postnatal certified. It's super for your kiddos in the strollers to meet new friends, just like you will!
With weather, sickness and motherhood, you all could be derailed a bit. Don't throw in the towel. As long as we take baby steps in the right direction, we WILL get there. Take care of those bodies and let me know if I can help!
Often times when we look at where we are in our training progress it can be a realization that maybe we are at the hardest point...the decison to keep pressing on! I have read a lot of posts which highlight your successes and I am thrilled with your consistency and energy so far! The challenges you have expressed (finding the time, aches and pains, the mental aspect) will always be there. Motherhood is a constant. Your energy will ebb and flow, as will your motivation and inspiration. Stay focused on your Baby Steps, some days it's just small steps towards your goal and that's ok. As long as you are moving in the right direction you WILL get there!
Some advice for the 30-35 minute shift:
Add stimulation-maybe it's watching a TV show on the treadmill, adding some great kick-butt songs to your playlist, get a running buddy or a motivational book on tape. It's ok to "zone out" a little while getting the time you need on your feet. You may find you get to that 35 min mark faster.
Hey everyone, We are going to spice up the Who Wants to Get Active program with a blogging contest. Starting today we will be monitoring the blogs for volume, inspiration and creativity. The contest runs through March 15 and awards will be handed out for:
Most creative blog from Feb 18 to march 15
Most inspirational blog from Feb 18 to march 15
Most comments on other participants' blogs from Feb 18 to march 15
Most blog posts (from start of program to March 15)
I saw a blog post asking about good running strollers and I agree with Tamara, the BOB stroller is really the best! It's sturdy, safe, a smooth ride for the kiddos...all around great! I, of course, am partial to the Stroller Strides version but either way, you can't go wrong with this stroller. www.bobgear.com
Sometimes in life, you have to "punt"...what does that mean? Well, you plan a birthday party for your daughter and she spikes a fever the day before, you plan a playdate with a friend and your mother-in-law pops in town for a visit, you are taking a Stroller Strides Class and where you planned on doing a exercise, there is a family reunion taking place, you strap your baby into her stroller to head out for a run and she blows out her diaper causing a 20 minute delay in your schedule...what do you do? YOU PUNT! Life is about making the best plans possible with the understanding that stuff happens. This is the most powerful message I can give you when it comes to motherhood and training! Be flexible, be creative, be consistent...As a mom, do you best to plan ahead and then be ready to "punt"!
Since you all are moms, you are either marinating in the land of "Sesame Street" or you will be soon! This classic show always has a letter of the day and number of the day for the kiddos. I am proposing that we adopt a Word of the Day for this team.
Today's word (and everyday forward) is UNCOMFORTABLE!
"Why" you ask? Because if you stay comfortable throughout your workout/day you will not see the changes you want to see or get to the goals to want to achieve. We must consistently get a little uncomfortable to make these changes.
There's your directive...go get UNCOMFORTABLE Ladies!
Ok, so I know I have turned some of your stomachs with that subject header but I truly mean it! "Eat That Frog" comes from a quote by Mark Twain who said that if when you wake up in the morning you know you have to eat a frog, eat it right away! The longer you put it off the uglier and bigger that frog gets! So, is your workout YOUR FROG? Just get it done, before you take the time putting it off and building it up to be this insurmountable event. Get it done, enjoy the feeling of pride and sail through the rest of your day with that energy and strength!
*Wake each morning ready to EAT THAT FROG, Ladies! *
What a phenomenal picture of you and your little bundle! I applaud your resolve to not open emails or get "dialed in" for a little while. It is true that we all want to jump back into life and get our bodies back (so to speak) after we deliver, however, that time in those first few weeks are so special and multi-tasking is just not what you or your baby needs. Your bodies will get back...maybe even better than before, but coming back in a smart way is the key to getting results, changing life styles and staying committed.
Hi Everybody. I'm excited to join the Team even though it was quite an effort for me even to start writing. In fact, I banned myself from reading e-mails or even opening the computer for the first few weeks after my baby was born. Matteus is my first child, now 2 months old, born Oct. 29, 2008. I am crazy in love with my baby boy and at the same time a bit overwhelmed with all the time that it takes to take care of him.
I was very active before Matteus was born. I worked out all the way through my pregnancy; in fact I was in my pilates class the day before I delivered. I was taking prenatal yoga classes and i used to work out at the gym. I believe that all of this helped in my speedy delivery; under two hours. I was very relieved but in a state of disbelief. It all happened so fast; I didn't have a chance to get nervous!
Now, I am trying to set a daily routine with Matteus that will give me some time for working out and blogging. I'm finding it very challenging, days go by so fast. So far I have gone to one pilates class for Moms with babies and I made it a few times to the beach for a run.
Living in Southern California, close to the beach definitely has great advantages. I love the outdoors and the warm weather. I will take hot weather over cold any time. I used to lived in Edmonton, Canada before that. Hiking and backpacking are my favourite activities.
I'm looking forward to start hiking with my little boy and jog with him in the stroller. My goal for training with Team Bye Bye Baby Weight is to develop structure and routine for exercising, and to be able to run a Half Marathon by Mother's Day. Running doesn't come naturally to me and my longest run so far has been 5K. I loved how it made me feel at the finish line and I am looking forward to pushing myself and raising a bar.
I look forward to getting your support and the challenging times ahead with my Team.
Well, the first round of festivities have come and gone, and yes, like many of us out there, I enjoyed sweet treats and a little wine. Time with the family was amazing but this morning it was time to get back in the gym after a few enjoyable days off! Spin class was at 6am which is a lot easier to get up and out the door for when I haven't been munching on cookies all week Needless to say, I made it out the door and out to the car (burr it was cold this morning) and once in the gym, I hopped on the saddle. I forgot....I love spin!
Sweating out the toxins got me right back on track and I am ready to face the new year with new goals and priorities...it is not just a resolution this year -- it is a life change. So for all of you out there who want to take the plunge and get back in the saddle, dive in...The hardest part is at the begging and then it is all downhill from there.
I want to be able to interact with everyone on a virtual level, so I am working on a video to post so that you can get to know me a little better and see the changes that I will go through during this program. I will have it up at the start of the new year for you to view.
Happy New Year to all and remember to go out there and get Active~Jessica