Fitness Friday link up starting soon!

Join Fitness Friday

So after a bit of pondering, I decided to just start my own Fitness Friday link-up. Although I intend to finish this year strong and still exercise through next week, the first official Fitness Friday post will be January 3.

If you’re a blogger, I’d love to have you join in and link-up your posts with mine, so we can visit each other’s posts and be encouraging!

Not a blogger? Share your stats, successes, tips, etc. in the comments below the Fitness Friday posts. If there’s anything I’ve learned during my postpartum weight loss journey, it’s the importance of having other women to encourage and motivate you.

Don’t want to start January 3? That’s fine! Join in whenever you’re able. If you miss a week, that’s fine too. This will be an ongoing journey for many of us.

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Finish the year right!

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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.

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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:

  1. Run with a buddy (or several!).
  2. 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 is 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! is an online and brick & mortar store that I’ve recommended numerous times. They have an innovative showroom in New Jersey, and their online mom expert chat support is really helpful. The site has a huge inventory of strollers and stroller accessories. Whether you’re looking for a single, double, light weight, jogger, or more, you can probably find it at!

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Currently, has a great sale on Baby Jogger strollers. You can save up to 35 percent during this year end clearance event. You can also take a sneak peek at the 2014 Baby Jogger line and sign up to be notified when they’re available. All orders $75 and up ship free from Click HERE to see the sale!

How do you stay active?

Note: I received monetary compensation to promote the Baby Jogger sale at However, all opinions stated are my honest opinions. They may differ from yours. Get out there, walk, and run! 

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Seeking Fitness Friday bloggers!

Okay, when I reached and surpassed my post-baby weight loss goal (see the before and after photos here), I said I was done writing Fitness Friday posts. But the truth is I enjoy the accountability; it’s motivating; and I like the camaraderie I get reading other bloggers’ posts on the same subject.

I’m at a newer stage than I was even at the beginning of this past summer. Now I’m concentrating on toning, specifically my abs and butt (I feel weird typing “butt,” however there are no good alternatives- posterior, booty, and hiney don’t sound any better. Bum sounds like something my mother would say, and derriere is just out of place on my blog). Anyway…

I also want to build arm muscle. My arms are very sad and limp. I’ve never had a strong upper body, but maybe I can change that a little. If you didn’t already know, I’m training for a half marathon in April. My running buddy and I are already pretty much ready for the half, so I’d like to kick it up a notch in January. At some point after the half, I want to run a full. That will be my 2014 fitness goal.

Do you hate running? Me too! That’s why I’m running the half. I was tired of despising running. Why not face the challenge head on and conquer it? So that’s what I’m doing.

Finally, my husband and I want more children, and I’m determined this time to be in shape before pregnancy and stay working out during pregnancy. I think I may have a shorter and easier delivery (I hope, anyway), and perhaps I won’t gain too much weight next time.

1. Now that I’ve established my goals, do you know of a Fitness Friday blog link-up? The bloggers I was doing Fitness Friday with previously are no longer doing it, and I’d really like to join a group again!

2. If you don’t know of one, but you’re a blogger…are you interested in joining one if I start a group?

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