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A Baby Is A Workout Enough!

I only have myself to blame. I’ve been complaining for awhile now that I miss my pre-baby body! Sure, nursing helped me drop most of the baby weight, but… there’s those last stubborn pounds… you ladies know what I mean.

Before the baby, I ran the Hartford Half Marathon! Now, I feel like an elephant when I merely pick up the pace to get the last grocery cart in the corral!

But… the problem is, I need external motivation – like a deadline, a marathon, a taser… something.

So my DH decided to implement this body weight workout routine for us. Now, what’s great about this is that using only your body weight, you do a series of “circuits” to tone and strengthen your entire body – so you don’t fuss with weights, elastic bands, balls, etc. And the month-long plan is only 3 workouts the first 2 weeks, and 4 workouts the last 2 weeks.

Sounds great, right? Okay, so… first workout… repressed memories of middle school gym came out during the squat thrust phase of the workout (I could barely move when I did the squat part, never mind trying to “thrust” and then return to standing position). So… I huffed and puffed through that day. Day of rest, and second workout…my sprinting was rather like watching the tortoise from the famous fable. I eventually made it across the yard and back.

Now I’m thinking… isn’t carrying around a 15+ pound baby all day enough? I mean, I’m not bench pressing the baby, but think about the workout I’m getting:

  • Screamer Sprints – you know, when you just put the baby down for a nap, and then you hear him screaming – you sprint up the stairs to find out what’s wrong, only to have him giggle at you. Repeat 5 times.
  • Lullaby Lunges – you know, those side to side, bend at the knee to get just the right “jiggle” that will lull the baby to sleep (usually done BEFORE the Screamer Sprints). Repeat for 15+ minutes, several times a day.
  • Slipped-From-My-Fingers Squats – you know, the about million reps of squatting down to retrieve whatever small item (pacifier, rattle, teether) has just slipped out of baby’s hands since he’s still not in control his motor skills. Repeat ad infinitum throughout the day.

So… I am thankful my hubby is helping me get back on the workout bandwagon. And I plan to stick with the plan. But, sometimes in the middle of these workouts, I am thinking, “Isn’t a baby a workout enough?”

What kind of workout routines helped you get rid of those last few pounds? Or, can you think of any other “baby workout” moves to add to my list?

DCH

Thursday 15th of July 2010

Horror-Hurdles: (usually at older ages, though) When you must hurdle numerous objects inyour way to get to the other side of your house to save your blood-curdling-screaming child who is actually just fine.

DCH

Thursday 15th of July 2010

Horror-Hurdles: (usually at older ages, though) When you must hurdle numerous objects inyour way to get to the other side of your house to save your blood-curdling-screaming child who is actually just fine.

Tiffany Lamb

Tuesday 13th of July 2010

Babies are a workout, especially in the first year. I think being a mom qualifies us to be excused from working out. However, to make us feel better it is a good idea. Lol. Today was my first trip back to the gym since having my daughter (6 weeks ago) and did I workout? No, I sat in the sauna relaxing. Haha!http://organicparenthood.blogspot.com

Tiffany Lamb

Tuesday 13th of July 2010

Babies are a workout, especially in the first year. I think being a mom qualifies us to be excused from working out. However, to make us feel better it is a good idea. Lol. Today was my first trip back to the gym since having my daughter (6 weeks ago) and did I workout? No, I sat in the sauna relaxing. Haha!http://organicparenthood.blogspot.com

Stephanie

Monday 12th of July 2010

So impressed by your motivation! I need to start running again. I've been using the AZ summer heat as an excuse, but I just need to make it work...100 degrees or not. ;)Also - My arms always stay pretty buff and toned for my babies' 1st year or so. My stomach? That's another [email protected]

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