5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Moving in the Winter

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5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Moving in the Winter

Winter can get long and dreary, especially for our kids who are usually stuck indoors. We need to get creative to expend that energy we so easily use outdoors in warmer weather. It’s so much easier to go for a walk or a trip to the park in the summer! Exercise is great for our bodies and our minds. Here are five ways to keep your kids moving in the winter:

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It’s Never Too Late to Start!

One of my goals for 2014 is to run 500 miles, either outdoors (when this Wisconsin weather warms up!) or on my elliptical. Yesterday, I found myself turning the calendar over to February and realized that I was still at 0/500. It was time to get on it!

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Taking a Natural Probiotic as Part of a Healthy Routine #shop #cbias

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Taking a Natural Probiotic as part of a healthy routine #NaturalProbiotic #shop #cbias

We’ve been on a gradual quest for a healthy lifestyle, and the start of a new year is always a great time to make small corrections and set new goals. In the past, I’ve put a large emphasis on exercise. That’s fantastic, but there’s more to wellness than just working out. This year I’m focusing on internal health and wellness, too. We went to Hy-Vee and picked up a doctor recommended natural probiotic to promote digestive system balance.

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Finally Using Our Jogging Stroller For Jogging

Inspired by a friend’s Facebook status, I decided to add some jogging to our traditional morning walks on the trail.  It was the first time I’ve actually used our BOB Revolution Jogging Stroller for jogging, and I must say – I absolutely LOVE it.  Love.

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Why I’m Finished With Greasy Fast Food

Hubster and I are completely addicted to My Fitness Pal.  We both have the app on our iPhones and track everything.  Between eating well and P90X, we’ve both lost weight and have felt awesome.

We’ve been doing this for over a month now, and haven’t had any fast food for that amount of time.  Granted, we’ve gotten Subway and Panera; but nothing that you typically associate with the term “fast food.”  While we were driving to an adjacent town to pick up a toy for C that I found on Craigslist, we stopped at McDonald’s and decided to split some fries.  Delicious in the moment.  Bad decision in hindsight.

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Pushing Myself Is Worth It

Ugh, sometimes I am completely drop-dead exhausted by the time I put C to bed at 7pm.  The last thing I want to do is wash his bottles, and I certainly don’t have the energy for P90X.  Last night was one of those nights.  I melted into the couch and watched The Bachelor, my Monday night trash TV of choice.  By the time that was over, it was 9pm and I just felt like cruising Twitter or flipping TV channels.

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When Did I Get So Old?!

I sprained my hip.  That’s right – my hip.  With that information, you might be led to believe that I’m sitting over here with a wrinkly body and white hair.  No, I didn’t turn 90 with Betty White this month.  I’m 24.

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We’re Taking the P90X Challenge!

Hubster and I have decided to take the P90X challenge!  Okay, so the truth is that I’m excited about it and he’s begrudgingly going along with it.  I’ve been curious about this extreme 90-day fitness program for quite some time, but was always too scared to try.  One 5k and three Mamavation Two-Week Challenges later, I feel more confident in my abilities.

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I Did It! My Pre-Pregnancy Jeans Fit!

When I look at this, I'm happy it *only* took me 6 months! ;)

Yes, I realize it has been six months since my son was delivered via c-section.  I never thought it would take this long or be this much work to get back into my pre-pregnancy jeans.  It’s been a bit disheartening seeing other moms get back to their pre-pregnancy size, or even smaller, months before I have.  But, it’s time to put all that behind me because it’s my time now – I DID IT!  Today I was able to button my pre-pregnancy jeans!!!

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My Son Killed My Mid-Section

I was excited to notice how loose the jeans are that I’ve been wearing since having C.  So, I thought I’d test my luck and try on all of my old jeans.  Um…yeah, that was a bad idea.

My pre-C jeans fit perfectly everywhere except the waist.  C killed my mid-section!  Ugh.  It’s terrible.  I need to lose probably another 2-3 inches on my waist before I can fit into those old jeans.  Somehow I’ve managed to shrink my thighs and butt back to their pre-C level, but that ol’ waist is hanging tough.  C stretched it to the max and I hope it’ll someday shrink back up.

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I’m Running a 5k!

Our local MOMS Club has organized a workout club to train for a 5k at the end of October.  I haven’t joined the MOMS Club yet, but now I plan to!  It sounds like we’ll be using an adaptation of the Couch to 5k program to prepare.  One of my personal fitness goals has always been to complete a 5k.  I won’t be concerned with my time, I just want to cross that finish line!

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First Post-Baby Workout at the Gym

If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you’ll know how excited I was to start working out again.  It was pretty much a standard answer to the “What are you looking forward to” question in my weekly updates.  :)  Well…this week, I signed up for a 7-day pass to a 24-hour gym in my town and decided that I will join.  When I was given the tour, I was practically drooling over the exercise machines.  I was so excited.

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Prenatal Workouts

A while back, I purchased three prenatal workout DVDs with the intention of working out daily to stay fit and keep my muscles loose.  I did them for a while, but once I hit my third trimester, it has been very difficult to work up the energy to work out.  I often put on my workout attire and then end up sitting on the couch for a while, unable to work up enough energy.  Eventually, I give up and take a shower.

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Working Out

I can’t believe how difficult it can be to try to work out while pregnant.  I started doing 20-30 minutes of prenatal pilates each day.  It feels great afterward, when my muscles are all stretched and loose.  Yesterday, however, I thought I was going to pass out after only 10 minutes – my belly felt SO heavy.  I’m hoping the extra exhaustion is not a sign of what is to come once I’m technically in my 3rd trimester in just a few short days.

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Wii Fit

I think that Wii Fit should have an “I’m pregnant” option in order to save the self esteem of pregnant women everywhere.  Tonight I started my body test and it first asked me if I’ve noticed my stomach getting firm!  Now that part was pretty hilarious, but the next part…not so much.  It proceeded to ask me why I’ve gained weight, even though I set my goal to gain weight.  Then it reminded me of my ideal weight, which is extremely unattainable at this point.  It broke my lil pregnant heart.

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