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MORRISAS
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1/18/12 8:45 P

I am in the Air Force. I am in a job where unfortunately, we are unable to leave our desk for lunch. I am still trying to figure out what to do. My son is 8 months old. I work about 12 hours a day, I am already down to four hours of sleep a night and I have no idea how I am going to pass my fitness assessment. Oh well I guess I hafta figure something out.

Edited by: MORRISAS at: 1/18/2012 (21:32)


KELLVINATOR
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9/2/11 4:53 P

my boss swears by sitting on an exercise ball instead of her desk chair- she has to keep her core in check while she's working! I haven't tried it yet myself!



JILLY814
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9/2/11 1:52 P

I know a woman who lost all of her baby weight and looks great by strapping her child to her in a baby carrier and doing the walk away the pounds video.



BEHAPPY0201
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8/31/11 1:15 P

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AMBER1983
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8/31/11 1:08 P

Anybody know of some good mini-workouts I can do while sitting at my desk at work? I have always had an active position in the workplace, but 3 months ago, obtained a new position where i SIT for 9 hours + a day.



BEHAPPY0201
Posts: 612
7/18/11 12:28 P

My son will be 8 months old this week and I struggle with the same thing. I also have to freely admit that being constantly told to get up earlier (I'm up at 5:30) now is just getting old. I get up at 5:30 and go to bed at 10 with only one hour to sit and relax and that's immediately before bed which isn't a good time to exercise. I'm struggling to make it all work too.



EXROLLERJAMMER
Posts: 134
7/9/11 12:38 P

I have a 2 month old and I want to try for another in a few months. Before I try to get pregnant again my Dr. would like me to lose 10% of my body weight. I am trying to come up with ways that I will be able to exercise when I go back to work in a couple of weeks. Hopefully, I can come up with a plan that will work and I can truly do.



SCRIVIE
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7/7/11 5:04 P

I do lots of 10 minute walking breaks at work. I work a full time job, teach part time at a university, and have a 4 year old and a 7 month old.



PAMLUVCHILE
Posts: 194
7/6/11 11:34 A

I get up early before my 3-year old daughter wakes up to workout. I also work out on my lunch hour, and I take her to the park after I pick her up from daycare.



SHANNJ77
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7/6/11 9:24 A

I have a full time job and 3 kids, ages 6, 3, and 10 months. I am nursing the 10 month old. To fit in workouts, I either:
Get up super early and do a workout DVD
Stay up late and get some time on my elliptical
Once a week or so, I pick a class at my gym (typically Zumba) and get my husband to put the kids to bed for me so I can go after dinner
Take an after dinner walk with baby in a stroller
Turn on some music and dance with your baby
Do an exercise video or game (Wii, Kinect, etc) while baby is in an exersaucer, jumper, bouncy seat near you and can watch
Play Wii or Kinect with my kids

There are lots of ways, it just takes some committment and planning :)



CWINKLES
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7/6/11 4:11 A

I know how you feel. I don't have a full time job, but I work as needed in a hospital so my hours are crazy!! I thought PRn was a good choice to have with a two year old but going from 3rd shift to 1st shift really takes a toll on your body, family and everything else. Hopefully you can find time to squeeze it all in. Hoping I can too!!



MELRAE2
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7/4/11 9:12 P

Your message topi is just what I have been feeling! I have 2 kds. A 3 1/2 year old and a 8 month old. I work 9 1/2 hours days 4 days a week. I feel I have no time on my work days to excercise. On my days off I spend cleaning. I let the housework slack when I work..

Those are my excuses. I am the queen of excuses! But in reality I can find at least 3 days aweek to do something. I park a block from away from my work and instead of taking the shuttle I walk up the hill to work. I pack healthy snacks (though I work in a hospital so there are 2 'cafes' that are close. I agree with the comment of buying a stoller and walking. I love walking! Get your husband involved. Have him come with, or watch the little ones so you can go. We all can do it if we are motivated and tell ourselves we can! Good luck! Le is know how it goes.



SPARKYBABY2011
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7/4/11 10:54 A

My baby is 3 mths old, I am BFing, I am on progesterone contraceptive pill.

I was on a plateau for a month. That was really frustrating!! When you BF and eat healthy you expect to lose weight naturally and easily... But actually my mistake was not to count the calories I was taking every day. As soon as I started to count and control these calories I started to lose weight. I was eating healthy but way too much calories to lose weight even if BFing...

To lose weight while BFing, you need to chcek the calories IN and OUT:

OUT
- You need a basic amount of calories per day to be healthy (for example for a 35yrs old, 5'4, 140lbs, you need 1200Kcal per day if you want to lose weight fast, 1500Kcal per day if you want to lose weight slowly, and 1700Kcal per day to maintain), use some calculator online to calculate your basic need; 1200 Kcal
- BF is great as you need 61Kcal to produce 100ml of milk (for example if you pump 1L a day, you burn 610Kcal extra per day); 600 Kcal
- Exercise lightly with some cardio and strengh exercise helps (for example if you use a stationary bicycle you can burn 200 Kcal extra with 30mns of exercise); 200 Kcal

IN
- Count your calories intake. It may look like you are eating healthy but you may eat a lot of extra calories that totally makeup for the loss related to BFing and exercise... You would be surprised !!! I was !!! Try to eat calories that are equivalent to your basal needs when you want to lose weight fast + BFing + exercise (for example, 1200Kcal + 600Kcal + 200Kcal = 2000Kcal per day) and you will lose weight without losing milk production !

If you dont have the time to exercise, then eat 200Kcal less per day !

Its mathematical ! In my example, I need 1700 Kcal per day to maintain, so if I have 1200Kcal per day, I lose 500Kcal per day or 3500Kcal per week, so a pound since 3500Kcal = 1 pound.



Edited by: SPARKYBABY2011 at: 7/4/2011 (11:06)


CHRIAMARIA1983
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5/30/11 1:31 A

Pushing a stroller burns extra calories. Get a jogging one to encourage jogging. Use the baby as your weight to lift...she'll love it! Trade days with another mom friend or your husband so they can et some me time too. Put the baby in the swing/jumper/high chair-whatever entertains her-and do what you gotta do. pick something short if shes clingy...like 10 min solution.



AMHAWK
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5/29/11 12:24 A

When my kids were old enough to sit in a bouncy seat or exersaucer for a spell, I'd just crank up my ipod and rock out, or I'd hold my baby and dance (the extra fifteen pounds was like a weights workout!). Even six years later we still have a ten-twenty minute dance party most nights before dinner, and we just rotate the playlists: disco, 80s hair bands, 90s boy bands, etc.



JENMC14
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5/26/11 6:09 A

When my oldest was little, I had a mom & baby yoga video that was fun. I think there are several mommy & me fitness videos out there.

I never got up early to exercise when my youngest was that little, she's 2 now. I exercise before work every morning. If you can't incorporate your baby into you workout (walks, using her as a weight, etc.), then is she happy in a swing or bouncy chair? Set her where she can see you & make faces & sing songs to her while you do a DVD or walk on the treadmill. I have found that working out before work, while losing that extra hour of sleep, is best for me. My situation with my second was different from my first (I was a student living with my parents, also not really working out). THis time around, at 5 months old, my daughter was still waking up to nurse 2 or 3 times a night, so I know getting up early would've likely killed me! ;) If she's not a good sleeper, work it in where you can. If she is, try getting up early to fit it in. Also, if it's hard during the work week, don't take weekends off. Try 2 or 3 days during the work week and maybe pack some extras in on the weekend. Good luck!



BFIT4BABY
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5/25/11 11:50 P

I don't want to pretend I know what it's like because I'm trying for a baby and don't yet have one... but I've got some ideas from other experiences:

When I taught mom and baby music classes I learned a lot. (and I've actually done these exercises with babies and could feel the work out!) Moving rhythm of a childrens' song is a lot of fun for them, helps them develop sensory skills and you get quite a work out! Get a child's CD or child appropriate adult music with upbeat songs as well as lullabies. Try some of these interactive exercises that benefit baby/mom with interactive time together AND you for exercise:

Baby on knee - bounce to music (switch legs for both sides)
Lie on your back. Hold baby facing you and lift up and down to slow song
Dance around with baby to music
Stand up - lift up and down, side to side, circles
Sit on floor and rock back and forth as if doing sit-ups with baby in arms

I've often thought about how I'm going to go about it when I do have a baby! I see a lot of moms in my neighborhood who, instead of watching a movie with their kids or sitting at the playground watching their kids, they actually play with them (pushing on swings, chasing after them, etc) and take them on walks. There's one woman where I live who every day walks her 2 dogs, a newborn and a two-year-old. She seems so happy and relaxed. It seems it would be difficult to do all that at once and juggle it, but I guess she's figured out a way by doing it every day - she makes it look so easy. I've found in my current child-less life that for me to be motivated to exercise it must be a natural part of my day and not some contrived visit to a gym or something like that. Otherwise, I won't do it.

When the doctor asks "do you exercise for a focused 30 min 5 days a week?" I say no. I exercise in shorter bits all throughout the day.

At home: When it's time to do laundry - I turn it into a work out by doing it as quickly as possible! Or vacuuming - I turn moving furniture around into my strength training and vacuuming into cardio (and I do watch the clock - I set a time goal then I know how long I "exercised". I lift using my legs and each thing I move is a "rep." When I do sit down to watch my TV shows online (I do not own a television), I do crunches or push ups during commercials, which keeps me from eating and keeps me from zoning out mentally. When talking on the phone, I go on a walk or pace around the house.

At work: I put on music and dance with my students (it's mainly to benefit them, not me, but instead of standing there and watching them, I dance with them!) When I have desk days, I think of 3 - 4 errands I can run at one time so I'm moving briskly throughout my building for a sustained 10 - 15 minutes - copies, then walk to this persons room to talk to them, then hand deliver a report (instead of emailing), then go the long way back to my office. I basically find excuses to get up and walk briskly running errands and completing tasks (makes me look really busy to my co-workers, by the way!)

Hope there's some ideas in there you can use! It sounds like you may be able to find ways at your job to get in some exercise minutes. I just think of it as, what are some excuses I can use to get moving. I remember in college I was in great shape because I'm chronically late - so I was always running to class! Now, I run to my car, drive 30 minutes, then run into our building. Gives me a rush without having coffee!





LMBR72108
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4/8/11 2:06 A

i work full time and i have 3 kids (6yrs, 4yrs, and 3 months). DVD's are a life saver. i can usually distract my oldest 2 with a DVD or ask them to color me some pictures. i usually put my 3 month old in the bouncer near me, or on his toy mat. when he gets older i will just put him in the walker or something like that. even if its 10 minutes here....10 minutes there...anything makes a difference!

Edited by: LMBR72108 at: 4/8/2011 (02:07)


REGMAGLYPTS
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4/8/11 1:56 A

Some gyms offer day care.



WYOJEN95
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2/3/11 12:04 P

I get up earlier and do it first thing. I just changed over to exclusively pumping and that has helped to. I get up, pump and eat breakfast, put a bottle in the fridge and workout. If LO wakes while I'm workin gout DH will give him the bottle. I just do 20-30 minute workouts during the week and save my long workouts for the weekend. But same thing applies. I get up early and do it. If I don't knock it out first thing, I will likely never get back to it during the day.

For a while I was working out after I put the baby down at night. So at about 8PM. That worked to, but my work hours changed.

Oh and when the weather gets better, I plan to do more workouts with baby.

Edited by: WYOJEN95 at: 2/3/2011 (12:07)


MELISSAP1981
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2/3/11 10:16 A

Have you thought about checking out a baby and me class. They can be fun for you and baby plus you get your exercise in.



ROFOMOM
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2/2/11 11:06 P

It's OK. .. your baby is still so young and maybe you can fit in a little exercise here or there. Even just lifting your baby and walking around the house while you sooth her may be enough.

I wasn't able to get back to working out CONSISTENTLY until my baby was almost 2! (he's my 3rd). BUT you CAN modify your DIET. That will help you move in the right direction and the exercise will come in time.

You are adjusting to so much right now, it's OK. . . You'll get there!



JTARMOM
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1/30/11 10:51 P

I know how you feel! I have a 3 year old and a 13 month old and just last month figured out how to get it all in. I run or walk for 30 mins at lunch time at a gym near my work, and after the kids are in bed I do an exercise DVD for 30 mins.
Good luck! I know it's hard!!



TASHINAMARIE
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1/27/11 1:00 P

I work full time too, I sacrafice my lunch hours to hit the gym. In nicer weather I just take my daughter on walks with me.



ESTRADAES
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1/26/11 6:47 P

I'm in the military and i have 2 baby girls, life gets hectic let me say, but the easiest way for me to fit in exercise is to do it during my lunch hour. Instead of sitting down and eating i do a 20-25 minute workout, 3-5 min shower and already have my lunch prepped so i can eat on the go. It seems to work for me. I just started Spark people and i am hoping to lose those last five pounds that seem the hardest to get rid of.



COSMOJINX
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1/26/11 6:09 P

I know how you feel! I have a 4 month old and am working again too. I don't really have time for a solid time slot of working out, but I do have a few minutes here and there. Anything can become an exercise. While at work I do squats or lunges while I am making copies, or do wall pushups when my lunch is microwaving. Or just do 2 minutes of jumping jacks a few times throughout the day. If you are watching tv at night, just do a few minutes worth of crunches. This is what works best for me, just doing a few minutes here and there, and it will add up. :)



ICANTODAY
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1/21/11 2:03 P

You are getting some great advice! DVD's are a lifesaver when you can't get out of the house. Congrats on your new little one too!



DBKLINKNER
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1/15/11 3:52 P

I use a pedometer to help track how active I am at work. Days I don't hit at least 10K, I make sure to sneak in a walk. There is a yoga DVD for mom and baby (forgot the name); my 3 yr old loves to do what I do (she sometimes gets it right). Also be sure to track food. If breastfeeding, add calories for that. But overall we tend to underestimate the calories we eat and overestimate the ones we burn! Good luck!
Denise
PS lost the baby weight from #2 quickly, finally lost #1 since tracking/adding exercise...



THELUCKIEST018
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1/15/11 12:17 P

I have a 4-year-old and a 9 month old. Everyone always told me to work out before they wake up, but some mornings they are up at 6! It is so hard for me to get out of bed earlier than that to exercise,a nd if I exercise at night I cannot sleep :-)

I usually do some exercise while my 9-month-old naps. My older son has to play by himself, but if I only do it for 30-45 minutes he is fine. Sometimes I pop a DVD in for him to occupy him, but he normally likes to sit by the treadmill and color. It's hard but hang in there!!!



MCDERMOTTER
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1/15/11 11:32 A

I agree with what others have said. Your best bet is probably to wake up early and try to be more active throughout the day. Even 10 minutes extra will help! :)



SHOHNEKE
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1/12/11 3:33 P

From Wisconsin here, so this time of year I tend to rise early and get it done before anyone in the house is awake. There are exceptions...today my 2 year old got up right when I was going to head downstairs to the treadmill. She was still tired and laid on the floor while I did my Jillian dvd. I decided to skip the treadmill till tonight. We bought our kids an indoor trampoline for Christmas and they love it. It has a zippered net all around it so they can't fall out. It seems when I hit the treadmill, they want to hit the trampoline.

In the summer, I put the littlest one in the jogging stroller and the oldest rides her bike. They love exercising with mom!



PRINCESS012106
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1/12/11 3:24 P

Thanks Everyone for your suggestions. I'm on the east coast so winter keeps us indoors, I just have to work on working out in the morning while Madelyn sleeps. I feel guilty working out after work because I only get 2 1/2 hrs with her before her bedtime. She's at such a wonderful age developing that I just don't want to miss a thing. Thanks again and good luck on your goals!



ZORBS13
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1/11/11 10:14 P

I talk with women with 1 to 6 kids, all avid runners.

- get up early (what I do personally)
- home treadmill
- gym daycare
- get a sitter
- supportive husband
- DVDs



ELLASMOMMY18
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1/11/11 6:30 P

I have the exact same problem. My daughter just turned 5 months old last week, and I feel guilty working out when she is awake (more so on the nights when I am working during the day). I am a teacher, so my work usually isn't finished when I leave school for the day. I am already looking forward to when the weather gets better so I can take her for a run in her jogging stroller.



BELLATRIX1224
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1/11/11 6:04 P

I work 60 hours a week and I have a two year old. I always find time to run. Running burns lots and lots of calories, making it my favorite from of exercise.

Get yourself a jogging stroller and a good pair of running shoes. Problem solved.

If you live somewhere that has seasons and the weather doesn't permit outdoor exercise (I live in southern California, we wear flip flops and go to the beach year round) try these:

1. Buy a treadmill. I run in my garage where I can keep an eye on my son while he entertains himself with his toys.

2. Join a gym that offers child care while you work out. I go to 24 hour fitness and I bring my son with me.

3. Rely on your friends and family. My mom and my aunt are always willing to babysit.



FROGFACE84
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1/11/11 12:58 P

It is so hard to be a mom and take care of yourself the right way. I always feel guilty for going outside for a walk or a run. (How dare I go somewhere without the kids!) I trade off nights with a good friend of mine. One night she keeps the kids and the next night I do.



BURNINGEMBER
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1/11/11 12:32 P

I worked full time when my oldest was a baby, I know it's difficult! Here are some of the things I do now as well as way back then...

1- Make everything you do active-I look ridiculous holding a spoon toward the high chair in Warrior pose, but it works lol Do calf raises while you do dishes. Park further out in the parking lot and get in extra steps everywhere you go.

2- Include your baby in exercise and employ others to help. If you have a husband or partner, ask them to put the laundry away while you and baby go for a walk-go to a mall if it's too cold out where you are for baby. You can talk to baby about everything you see and make it a learning opportunity for baby while you burn calories.

3- Get up earlier-I know sleep is precious and necessary, but I've managed to work in a full yoga routine many mornings after my oldest is on the bus at 6 am and before my two babies (ages 2 and 1) are awake for the day. Coffee is my dear friend. Use a playpen or exersaucer if your baby is an early riser-she'll laugh and clap if you do jumping jacks and make it a game between the two of you, think active peek a boo!! We also do a lot of dancing to sesame street around here lol.

Any positive attention you give toward an active lifestyle will not only better your own health, it will serve as inspiration to your daughter-she'll be accustomed to a healthy level of activity early in life:)

If I can do it, I know you can too!!!!!!!!!



PRINCESS012106
Posts: 28
1/11/11 12:19 P

Hi Everyone,
My daughter is 5 months old now & I still haven't lost this extra 20 lbs. Between working full time & taking care of my family, I just haven't figured out how to incorporate exercise in the mix. All suggestions are welcome...I know it can be done. Thanks in advance for your help!



 
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