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Working out as a Stay at Home Mom

Before I became a mom, I didn’t understand when I heard women complain about not having time to work out… but as soon as I became a mom myself, I realized how hard it really was to work out as a busy mom.

how to work out as a stay at home mom
how to work out as a stay at home mom

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I like working out for the most part.

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In Junior high and High school I was fairly active. I played tennis, ran track and cross country. I even played for my college tennis team for one semester!

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So when Adam and I were first married, I worked out using my elliptical machine and some workout videos to do at home. We would fit in the occasional walk in the neighborhood. read more

Happy New Years!

It’s the start of a new year. The time to reflect on what has happened the last 365 days for better or for worse.

Happy new year

I am trying to slowly come out of the morning sickness fog and focus on growing a little person now.

So for that one goal this year: To have a healthy pregnancy and baby… I have a few sub goals that I will try to follow.

1) Take my Cod liver oil everyday.

41cc7jSpB9L._SL500_AA300_Pregnant women are supposed to have 1.5 teaspoons a day. I have been trying to down the chocolate gel that Aidalyn loves so much, but sadly it has come up far to many times. I just ordered capsules from Green Pastures that are butter blend/cod liver oil. That should help with Vitamins A and D.

2) Try to get Magnesium into my body.

Foot Onsen

Most people are deficient in magnesium. From our poor soil quality to overly processed foods, we are lacking this vital mineral. Magnesium is also difficult to absorb orally, so topically is the easiest way to get your requirements. Yesterday I used a foot soak of 1/2 cup Ancient Minerals Magnesium flakes. That was pretty easy after the 5-10 minute melt down from Aidalyn when we told her she couldn’t play in the water… Maybe next time will be smoother. I also have my homemade oil in a spray bottle, but I was not very good about using it once it got colder outside. Thirdly, I have calcium/magnesium supplements from my Chiropractor that are called Coral Legend Plus by Premier Research Labs (made with coral minerals).

3) Try to get 80 plus grams of protein a day.ย 

A Guernsey Cow

As recommended by the Bradley Method of natural childbirth (and also just common sense tells you that a baby needs protein to grow), I am trying to get at least 80 grams per day. Most days I don’t have much of an issue if I start my day with eggs and cheese, then have protein for lunch and dinner. The only days I have any issues is when I’m feeling sick or having some strong food aversions – hopefully those days will get less and less.

4) Try to stay as active as possible.

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I have an elliptical machine and have been able to go for about 60 minutes 3-4 times a week. I just want to continue that through the winter and hopefully will be able to move my exercise outside once it warms up – and I can enjoy my beautiful neighborhood.

5) Eat a green salad or green vegetables as often as possible.

A picture taken, of A Green Salad.

I really hate to put a number on it, because I don’t want to get discouraged. However, what I would like to accomplish is to eat through a big tub of spinach greens every week. I find this is harder in the winter, when I don’t want a salad because I’m cold… but I am going to try my best!

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What are your goals for this year? How are you going to accomplish them?

Belly Picture for this week: 15 1/2 weeks along!