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It’s no secret to my friends and family that I gained too much weight while pregnant. I always said I wouldn’t be one of those women who blimped and gained 70 lbs. while pregnant. But I totally was! I have a few excuses why, but the biggest reason is that I just wasn’t active enough. I’d come home to an empty apartment after a long day at work (my husband was deployed), and all I’d want to do is eat and sleep or eat and watch TV. So that’s what I did.
After I had my son, I made a point of walking several times a week. If the weather was nice, I went to a local park. In bad weather, I walked around inside the mall. I’d go months without seeing a lot of results, and I wanted to give up. But I always felt better after exercising, so I continued to do it. Eventually it paid off. After 18 months postpartum, I finally reached my pre-pregnancy weight. I attribute my weight loss to a healthy diet and frequent exercise.
Running has never been my “thing.” Walking is enjoyable, but I’ve always claimed to hate running. This fall I finally got tired of my negative mentality and decided the only way to get over it was to train for a half marathon in the Spring! In just a couple of months, I went from barely being able to run 3/4 of a mile to running 10 miles!
Here are my two tips for making running a little less sucky for moms:
- Run with a buddy (or several!).
- Buy a quality jogging stroller.
I have another mom that I run with regularly, and occasionally, other women join us. That’s the only way I could’ve made this much progress in a few months. If you don’t know anyone who wants to run…well, first try to persuade them. Maybe bribe them with coffee afterwards or something! You could also check out local meet-up groups for moms. A quick Google search should help you find other mamas in the area.
Once in a while, I still do run by myself (and Baby J, of course), but it’s difficult. I usually run longer and faster than I would’ve this summer though, before I started my running journey.
Also, a good jogging stroller isÂ very important! I’ve only run without Baby J a couple of times. Normally, I have him with me. If it’s a cold day, I bundle him up. He’s even worn his entire snow suit before, sitting in the stroller on a cold, windy day! Baby J loves to come with me on runs. He’ll fuss if I stop moving! And if you have a baby that struggles to nap, running with a jogging stroller could be a great way to soothe your little one to sleep.
We’re approaching the new year, but before starting your resolutions…why not finish this year the right way? You still have a week and a few days. Sure, enjoy the delicious holiday foods. But why not get out there and bump up your exercise routine before 2014!
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How do you stay active?
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I love following your stories! So motivational! I am “not a runner” as I tend to say, but I also decided I just needed to change my attitude about it because there are health benefits to both walking AND running. You are totally right that a good jogging stroller makes a big difference. It’s actually what got me into running when our youngest was still a little one. He was always fighting sleep, and I was exhausted being the caregiver to 3 kids ages 5 and under and my husband just finishing chemotherapy, and I needed to stay in shape. I got a jogging stroller for the first time after having 3 kids, and I ran! The older two would go to bed at a normal hour, my husband would settled in for the night, and the little guy was fighting sleep, so I put him in the stroller and went for a run. It was actually pretty therapeutic, too, AND it helped him wind down, too! I totally agree, though, no need to wait for the new year – get started now!
Hi Emilee, thank you for sharing! Wow, you had and have a lot on your plate!
You’re a tall lady Elisebet and I think you didn’t look fat at all while pregnant. I must commend you for your determination and discipline to live a healthy lifestyle and to regularly exercise to meet your goal. Keep it up!
Thank you, Ria. I do think that being tall helps me to carry more weight without looking like it. I definitely did gain too much though. My doctor was always concerned that I’d develop pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes because of it, but fortunately (and perhaps surprisingly), I didn’t!
Good for you! You look great! Loved seeing the pics! Happy Holidays! xo xo
Ugh. You are not kidding about having a good jogging stroller… It was easier when my kiddos were small, but pushing a three year old in something that leans hard to the left is a workout all on its own.
Agree with you on the running buddy, too. Been running for a long time and liked doing it solo until recently. Now, I run much further when I’m with someone!
I love running with a stroller, it’s given me so much more flexibility to exercise. All three of my kids have loved going out for a run with me. ðŸ™‚
I hate running, but I really appreciate my all-terrain stroller for walking on pavement and “off road.” It’s even great at the beach! And it is easier to do any kind of exercise if you have a buddy along with you!
That’s a good point, Bonnie! An all-terrain/jogging stroller is definitely handy for sand, dirt, gravel, etc. Not only because it’s easier to push, but it’s also a smoother ride for the kiddo.
“Bribe them with coffee afterwards”… I love it! Especially since I’ve found that once I run, the coffee after no longer seems necessary. ðŸ™‚
So you’re going to come out and join us soon, right? ðŸ˜‰
Running really is not my thing. I do know I would feel better if I did more walking. My dog would like that, too!
Awesome! There are so many different activities out there that are healthy and (hopefully) fun to do: yoga, Zumba, walking, biking, etc. I hope you’ll join in on Fitness Friday!
WOWZA you look great! We had the double baby jogger and LOVED it! Great for my twins ðŸ™‚
I’m trying to lose the rest of the weight I gained from my last baby and exercise is the part that is hardest to be consistent with. I’m trying biking with a trailer next. That way I can take both kids with me. Thanks for the encouragement !
Biking with a trailer would be an awesome workout, I’d imagine, since you have the extra weight to pull. Kudos to you!
After my third kiddo I have been struggling to get at least a decent wight but mainly just fit again. Congrats on your discipline and your victory. You go!
I loved having a jogging stroller. You look great after having the baby,
I LOVED my Baby Jogger when the kids were little! now they are all grown, but ahhh the memories! thanks for sharing!
With that svelte body, I wouldn’t even think that you’re already a mom. Looking good! ðŸ™‚
Hahah, thanks =D
Wow! You look awesome. Great job on losing all the baby weight and getting back in shape.