Workout Wednesday: Finding Time

Vegan Goodness:

Today we ate the following.

  • Breakfast: Smoothies for Dad and LP, followed by banana chocolate chip muffins – Mom baked and LP helped!
  • We all snacked on cherry tomatoes from the garden during our last pond visit of the summer.
  • Lunch: Leftover garlic and greens pasta for LP and BLTs with tempeh bacon for Mom and Dad.  We have LOTS of tomatoes to eat!
  • Dad and LP went out for a special treat when they picked up our CSA box – they got soy chai ice cream in a waffle cone!
  • Dinner: Spicy Eggplant Peanut Stew with CSA eggplants and with carrots instead of green beans.
  • Mom and Dad had some apple crisp with homemade coconut ice cream for dessert – Dad’s second treat of the day!

Money Matters:
Today we spent the following:

  • $30.00 for our CSA box.
  • $3.00 for thai chili peppers at the farmer’s market
  • $7.00 Dad and LP’s special vegan ice cream treat at JP Licks

Workout Wednesday

Finding time to work out is always a challenge, and I found that having kids made it more so!  When I was pregnant with LP I went to the gym twice a week and tried really hard to stay in good shape so that I would be able to recover from labor and delivery faster.  The gym time paid off – I was able to recover pretty quickly from birth, especially considering the fact that I was anemic after giving birth.  I started doing work to build up my core and abs right away, and I was up and moving early enough to walk to doctor appointments for LP in the first week.  I was super proud of myself.

But then I stagnated.  Even though I had made sure my body was as prepared for getting back in shape as I could, I had forgotten one thing – after giving birth I had a baby.  That I had to watch.  And feed.  All. the. freakin’. time.  So, while I was physically able to work out, finding a time to get to the gym was damn near impossible.  I had to figure out other ways to get my workout in.

With two kids I now have a similar problem, expect for the fact that my husband his home.  That means that I can leave the house when at least one kid is napping, which is great!  Soon I hope that our new little baby IP will be on a concrete enough schedule that I can confidently leave the G-man with a sleeping baby while I go for a run or to the gym.  Until then I’m falling back on some of the tricks I used to squeeze in a workout here and there the first time around:

Circuits: I’m still doing the circuits I described a few weeks ago.  I’m up to three circuits at a time.  If I got enough sleep and don’t have to “nap when the baby naps” I can squeeze in a few circuits while the baby sleeps and the toddler is busy with his art table or legos.  Even if I only get through one circuit before someone wakes up, gets injured or wants attention it is still better than nothing!  Circuits seem like the best way for me to get a quick body weight or dumbbell workout in.

Take advantage of baby needs: See this post about the “incidental” workouts me and my husband did when we had a gassy, cranky baby.

Involve the baby: I developed two versions of my current circuit workout: one with baby and one without.  When LP was born I bought a jogging stroller.  When I take a walk I “wear” IP in the moby instead of using the stroller (as much as possible).  Basically, make your baby part of the workout fun!  In terms of biking, I’m looking into bike trailers so that LP and his new baby sister can both can come along on bike rides!

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