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How to Stay Fit as a Mom {PART TWO}

Last week, I wrote a post with a few tips that help me stay fit as a mom. You can read more about it here. Today, I’m back with a few more tips that might help you find time to stay fit and get moving, even with small kids in your home!

Just because you have a baby and/or toddler, it doesn’t mean you can’t find time in your day to get a workout in, even if it’s a quick one! Here are three tips that might help you out:

 

1. GET YOUR KIDS INVOLVED

I am a huge proponent of an active lifestyle not only for my husband and me, but also for my kids. I want them to see us going out for a run or getting in a good strength workout at home because it teaches them that it’s a part of our every day life. Even if my husband is around to watch the kids, sometimes I’ll take one or two of them with me in the jogging stroller (we have BOB jogging strollers) to get in a tougher run and also for them to be a part of it.

If I am doing a strength workout inside, I try to get them involved. They love doing squats, push-ups, wall sits, and jumping jacks with me. Also, seeing them attempt these moves is one of the cutest things you’ll ever see. If you make it fun for them, they will want to do it!

If you like your own space for working out though, insert my next tip…

 

2. UTILIZE NAP TIMES

My children are still young enough that they all nap. Their naps don’t always overlap with each others’, but I do sometimes like to utilize that time to get in a good, concentrated workout. It’s nice to not have to push pause on a workout DVD or stop mid-squat to run over and help them fill a water cup or the hundred other requests they always have going on.

 

3. WAKE UP EARLY

Before we had children, I used to do this every day before work. I was an assistant manager at a financial institution and usually helped close the branch so my work day didn’t start sometimes until 9-9:30am. This allowed me to wake up early, get a good run in, shower, and get ready for work.

It worked well for me then. And I know plenty of moms who are able to get up before their kids wake up in the morning. If their kids wake up around 7am (I don’t remember what that feels like, but I’m sure it must be glorious) then they set their alarm for 5:30am.

(I will be honest with you. This isn’t the best option for me and my family right now. Some nights I am getting up 6+ times between my three kids and it just isn’t feasible at this point in our lives. In a few years though, I will most likely go back to waking up early to get in a workout before my husband leaves for work and the rest of our day begins.)

 

Do you have any other tips that help you workout with little ones in tow?

 

 

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Help with Deployment {for kids}

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Having a deploying husband who is away from us for six months every year {for this three year tour} makes it very difficult for our two-year-old to understand why Daddy leaves so much. Adam left last week for training in Australia until the end of March and while it’s not as long of a time as his deployments, it still affects our lives here at home.

Yesterday, my friend gave me this deployment kit created by Sesame Street and we just watched it for the first time. I absolutely love it. It talks to Brooklyn on her own level and she can relate to Elmo as his Daddy leaves for a while as well. It also talks with real families that have their daddies or mommies in the armed forces that deploy. The parents and children give ideas on how they deal with the separations and how exciting it is for a homecoming. They deal with the range of feelings children go through {on a very elementary level} which makes it nice for Brooklyn to see she’s not alone.

If you have a deploying husband or wife with young children {or deal with a separation for any reason!}, I very much suggest this deployment kit! It comes with two DVD’s, a magazine for parents, and a children’s activity poster.

Check out the Sesame Street link here with more talk, listen, connecting ideas! It even has a link to receive a kit for FREE from Military OneSource! See the website for the link. {I didn’t receive mine this way, so I’m not sure the steps to get it, but it’s worth a try!}

What are some of your ideas to help your children get through deployments?

*Check out my other Products I Like here.

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Product I like:: Laundry sorter

First, thank you to all of you who thought of me and prayed during my surgery yesterday. It was a very long day, but thankfully it’s over now. Since Adam had to go back to work today, it’s been a really lazy day of watching movies and playing sit down games where I don’t need to move much. I am truly overwhelmed with so many offers of help that I can hardly believe how blessed we are with so many great people here! I am a very independent person and hate asking for help, so thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Tomorrow, Lent begins.

While Adam and I are not Catholic, we do sometimes challenge ourselves to give up something for Lent. This year, we decided to give up sweets and anything with high fructose corn syrup. We will see how I fair. I thrive on eating sweets, so if I start wilting too much, I might need to back out of the pact.

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I wanted to share another product I like. For someone who does laundry quite a bit, this laundry sorter saves me a lot of time. When we take off our dirty clothing, we immediately sort it into the different sections. This saves me time so I don’t have to dump out all the dirty laundry and sort it right before I do our wash. Instead, all the colored clothing, whites, etc. are already sorted and I just take out each section separately and dump it right into the washer. It may not seem like a big deal, but I absolutely love it.

This isn’t the exact laundry sorter we have, but it was the closest I could find online.

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Hemp Hand Protector

Due to the cold weather {and continuously washing my hands after all the diaper changes I do}, my hands have become very cracked. Even to the point of bleeding. Not fun. Thankfully, I was given this for a gift recently and I absolutely love it!

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No more painful, cracked hands! If you also deal with badly dried out hands, I suggest purchasing this from The Body Shop. It will definitely be worth your money.

*I was not paid in any way for this blog post. This is 100% my own opinion. I just wanted to share with you something that I found and love!

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Products I like:: #1

I was blog surfing the other night (one of many things I look forward to doing after the girls are in bed — that, and eating chocolate) and saw a really cool idea that I will be adopting for this blog. The blogger had a tab on products that she likes. Once she comes across something that she will definitely be using again, eating again, etc, she then blogs about it and keeps a nifty little tab at the top where you can browse at your leisure.

So, consider this my first “Products I like” post.

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The BOB double stroller is one of my all-time favorite things that I own right now. I know I’ve talked about it in a previous post, but I can’t have a Products I Like tab and not include this! I seriously would be heartbroken (and lost!) if something happened to this stroller.

I run a lot throughout the week (currently 40-50 miles per week to give you an idea) pushing my girls in this stroller. They love it. I love it. It is completely worth the money and I have gotten at least 5 other people to purchase a BOB stroller as well. (I really should get paid from the company every time I convince someone to purchase one of their strollers!) If you are a runner, or just looking for a good stroller to hold over for years and years, I would suggest getting a BOB. It is top rated amongst running moms.

I bought the single BOB Ironman in 2010 right after Brooklyn was born, and purchased the duallie BOB revolution this year. Both are still in great condition and I plan to hang on to these for years to come!

*I am not being paid to write these posts. They are purely my opinions on products that I come across and love.