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Monday, May 07, 2007(Am I the only one that remembers those cheesy 80's videos and work-out equipment for young girls?)
Anyway, if you're anything like me, you sometimes walk past the mirror and think "gee...having x number of kids sure makes your body different." In fact, one of the many things I looked forward to about not being pregnant again (no more babies for us) is that after having two kids in two years, I can finally start working my way back to a decent weight.
I've been plugging along on my own, eating healthier, exercising when I can and the weight is slowly coming off. (I've lost enough weight that even my jeans from before Elnora was born are too big. Finally went and bought a new pair last week and they're already sagging again. Good thing mom has a sewing machine!)
One of the things that I've been trying to do is get out and walk more. Finding time to exercise is tough between two jobs, nursing, nap times, potty training and life in general...but I know it's something that I HAVE to do.
Thankfully, there are some good excuses to walk around the village. We've got a butcher shop on the other end of town and we buy our meat there. (Mmm...good quality all natural Amish stuff...not the industrial processing plant meat of grocery stores.) I've mapped it out and it's about 3 miles round trip if I put the kids in the stroller and we take off. My goal is to walk there twice a week for fresh meat. (mmmm....fresh meat.)
I'm also aiming to get Elnora to the playground twice a week. (About 2 miles round trip) If I can add a good hour of cleaning to the schedule twice a week that will give me good exercise 6 days out of 7. (Even God rests one day a week, I should be allowed to!)
So, instead of having a blog carnival this month, I'm teaming up with my fellow breastfeeding bloggers (Tanya, Andi, Sinead, Angela and Micky) to create a team in the WOMAN Challenge. Tanya from the Motherwear blog and I are co-leading a team in the challenge. The idea is that beginning on Mother's Day (May 13th) and running for 8 weeks, you vow to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day.
That might mean walking, swimming, cleaning, chasing your kids...anything you want. As long as you're moving. If you register at the site, join our team and upload your progress everyone will get tracked together and we can watch our progress on a route from San Francisco to Washington D.C.
Our team, The Breastfeeding Babes, is open to anyone. You don't have to have a blog, be breastfeeding, or even be a woman!
If you're up to the challenge, here's what to do:
1. Sign up here. If you choose to count your activity in steps, you may get a free pedometer (while supplies last).
2. Follow the directions for joining a team, and join the "Breastfeeding Babes." Note: You may have to search for teams in Massachusetts to find it.
3. Starting on Mother's Day, track your progress on the WOMAN Challenge website.
4. Tell your friends and encourage them to sign up!
Labels: Life as a Mom