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What a month!! :( Support, ideas needed, please!

Friday, June 25, 2010

So since my oldest has been out of school, this working out/ eating healthy routine that I was IN is NOW gone!! :-( They are in alot of different stuff this summer (to keep them busy). I run around town most of the morning and just can't find time to workout. I miss my "yearly" routine. I know summers are always busy and crazy but I miss my routine so much. September can't come fast enough.

So what kind of different ideas do you all have for different types of exercise (besides going to the gym like I'm used to or nightly walks)?

Since we've been on the go so much more it's just easier to get a quick bite to eat out. Yes, this does not work for me at ALL!! I hate how I feel after I eat fast food, but it's the "convenience" that has been nice since we've been going to the pools, parks etc.

I've also been having a hard time coming up with lunch and dinner ideas too. Any help there would be greatly appreciated as well!
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  • 4KIDS_4ME
    How bout obstacle courses around the house that you and the kids do together? Skipping rope or bouncing on a trampoline are kid friendly activities that still head you in the right direction for your cardio. Swimming is a good one and it's gentle exercise if you're feeling a bit rundown.

    As to the food, plan ahead and keep some easy to store stuff in the car for these trips. Nuts, seeds, dried fruit, a big water bottle and maybe some mini rice cakes or something similar along with a few pieces of fruit or some cut up bags of veg should help you feel fuller so you're not as hungry when you go to the park or wherever. Maybe try planning the fast food meal you're going to have the night before so you're able to log it and see how many cals you have left to play with during the day.

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    3223 days ago
    I'm up at 430-500am just lying in bed most mornings...tired but awake. I have been so exhausted and just feeling tired all.the.time too. I know it's from my eating habits rights now and not exercising. It's just a rough spot that I have to get beyond and push through it. I do have some dvd's I could do, and take bike rides in the early morning. My husband leaves for work at 530 so I'd have to get up way before then and go out. I WILL get through this because I'm a DONE girl and I WON'T quit!!!!!
    3223 days ago
    I know your busy but....
    Is there any way you can get up early (before everyone else) and pop a fitness DVD.
    Or do a 1/2 hour walk.

    3223 days ago
    I like the strength training exercises on the SP fitness section--if you do a set of one of those exercises, it only takes 3-5 minutes and doesn't necessarily require any equipment. Work several of those in over the course of a day, and it helps!
    3223 days ago
    Oh, and in response to Katey's idea of online nutritional info... WENDY's has an AMAZING online tool where you can CUSTOMIZE your sandwich and leave off MAYO and recalculate your nutritional info so you can track it correctly. A grilled chicken sandwich with lettuce and tomato (if you like that on it) and a plain baked potato with their reduced fat sour cream isn't too terrible. Or you can do a kids' meal and they have better side options like carrots or apples or applesauce.
    3223 days ago
    I take my girls to the pool a lot and since they don't know how to swim, I let my (almost) 5 year old tread water with a floatation device next to me and push my baby in the float back and forth in the pool. If your local public pool has swim lanes, the lanes are usually measured from starting to end in 25 meters. 32 laps (that's back and forth one time... in case you've never done swimming/laps) is 1 mile! Plus you get UBER resistance. You can use noodles to help do crunches like you will in a captain's chair. If the girls are in a swim class, you might see if there's a water aerobics class at the same time at the same pool! (Oh, and swimming the breast stroke for 1 hour burns OVER 1500 calories!!! WHAT?!!!)

    You can mileage track your backyard and when they're playing outside, you can take laps around your yard. You can do lunges while you wait for them to be done with something. Or squats. Oh, or jumping rope... if your knees can do that... mine can't... YET!

    Ummm.... As far as eating better, I would listen to my BFF there. Katey seems to be really CREATIVE when it comes to food. I do have a tasty black bean hummus recipe (that's SO easy it's RIDICULOUS) that goes great with carrot or celery sticks and Kashi crackers. Send me a message if you want it.

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    3223 days ago
    I may not be able to help with the exercise part, but here's a couple suggestions on food.

    1. If you can, pack some healthy snacks/meals in advance. Maybe do 2-3 days at a time. The girls are even old enough to help (if you don't mind cleaning a little extra afterwards).
    2. I LOVE the dried fruits and trail mixes at the grocery store (you can also make your own!!!). When you buy them, have the girls help you put them into "serving" size tupperware containers. CARRY THEM EVERYWHRE!!!
    3. Keep a couple pieces of fruit and/or baby carrot packs in the car (preferrably in a cooler with an ice pack so they don't spoil). If you need something quick and you forgot your sandwiches, pull these out. Makes a GREAT alternative to french fries!
    4. Eating out - SALADS and chicken are your friends, but STAY AWAY from dressings. Dressings usually have TONS of sodium, calories, and FAT!
    5. If you have a fave place to grab a quick bite, look to see if they have online nutrition information and plan your meal in advance.
    I hope you can implement some suggestions people may have for you (even if can't use mine) :)

    PS - sorry I fell asleep on our "chat" last night! So tired from Yoga!

    Can't wait to hear what you do!!!
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    3223 days ago
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