One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


How can we up our daily activity?

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Question of the weekWe hear it all the time, MOVE MORE. geesh I’ve set it about a billion times. The advice is always the same, park far away, take the stairs, blah, blah, blah.

Can you tell I’m in a mood tonight? I’m TIRED! but I was inspired to write this week’s question during my run this morning.

I had to drop the car off at the mechanics and decided to run home instead of having the Husband follow me and drive. It’s was just under 2 miles and I felt fantastic afterwards! (It took me 20 minutes)

Then this afternoon I strapped on the Little Bean…

and walked Little Guy to his karate class. It’s about 1/2 mile away.

Now I realize not everyone is a runner or lives in sidewalk-ed communities or 2 miles from an auto shop for that matter. But I know there are plenty of others ways we can up our activity level.

Let’s brainstorm.

Do you have any active habits you can share that may inspire someone else? If not, look at your day. Your routine. Where can you sprinkle in a bit more MOVING? Let’s think outside of the box and come up with some great ideas!

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    May 3, 2011

    You look amazing in that photo! I’m very impressed by all the activity you’re getting in. Very inspiring.

    Yes please lets brainstorm!! I need advice…I grew up in Philadelphia and was so use to walking everywhere until I moved away to college and met my now hubby. We live in the boonies!!! There’s not one sidewalk, everyone drives and you’re lucky if you ever actually speak to a neighbor. My road is very wooded, very hilly and the times that I have walked/run I feared for my life. Cars whip down my road and are all over the lane, I can’t even walk the kids down the road to a neighboring Cherry Orchard! We play outside and at the park but I need some outdoor local activity for those mornings I don’t want to drive but want to be active outdoors. HELP!!

    btw you have been rocking this 2nd child parenthood thing, when I had my son my daughter was 3 and I wanted to stab my eyes out I was so exhausted! keep it up you hot mama : )


    May 4, 2011

    I like to do wall sits (where you stand against a wall and sit down like you’re sitting in a chair) while I brush my teeth or do my face cleansing routine. I can almost hold it for a minute now! I stretch when I dry my hair…good hamstring stretch flipping my hair upside down. Every time I use the microwave I do pushups against the counter, or I hold a yoga pose, or a stretch of some type…depending on my mood. Every little bit helps!

    Caroline Calcote

    May 4, 2011

    I walk my kids to school every morning, which is 1.15 miles from my house (so 2.3 miles round trip). Love functional exercise! Today I am going to run to my gym (3 mi.), do Bodypump, then run home. I just love using my own two legs as transportation! Also, I have a strong feeling I’m getting a new bike for Mother’s Day (since I already paid for it myself, haha) and I can’t wait to be able to bike for those slightly farther away errands. I also do the “park far away, take the stairs” thing whenever possible.


    May 4, 2011

    Awesome photo – you are looking fit/small already! I love walking everywhere and am lucky I live in a downtown type area. My DH and I started a routine last week of getting up early and taking a 30 minute stroll around our neighborhood to start our day. It’s nice and quiet, barely any cars out that early, only the birds chirping. Makes us tired throughout the day but we’re hoping we just get used to it and make it a healthy habit. Next step – no TV after dinner, take another walk instead.


    May 4, 2011

    Great topic! I’m actually looking for some more ideas myself :)

    Right now, my two main ways to get in some extra exercise during the day is to park farther away when out shopping and if I decide to stop at a fast food restaurant (or Starbucks), I never go through the drive-thru; I always walk in to get my stuff.


    May 4, 2011

    Now that the weather is FINALLY starting to warm up here in Chicago, I can walk my 7 yo to and from school. Even though it’s only a 20 min walk back and forth, adding that to my other workouts really makes a difference.

    Skinny Sushi

    May 4, 2011

    Our neighborhood is full of winding roads, too-fast drivers, and no sidewalks, so when I have a day off I pack the kidlet up and we do laps around the mall. I also take the stairs instead of the elevator when I can. When I’m home, I try to make multiple trips up or downstairs instead of waiting to take everything at once.

    jen (jeninRL)

    May 4, 2011

    yesterday when I was playing with my puppy I realized this was definitely workout worthy – I would throw a ball to pup and she would bring it back but then she wanted to play tug of war. I was tugging and pulling and alternately chasing a puppy around the yard. I def had my heart rate up and we do that a few times a day!


    May 4, 2011

    It’s a great time to start a garden and that will get you outside and active for longer than you realize! Square foot gardening is reasonable and small to start. Not to mention great, fresh produce!


    May 4, 2011

    I am fortunate to live in a sidewalk friendly neighborhood and we even have a short walk to a nature trail/bike trail and if we get up early and go before school starts at the local elementary school we have the trail to ourselves!

    I do think that household chores add up to a work out! Scrubbing, vacuuming, dusting all work lots of different muscle groups. I also live in a two story house and all of those trips up and down the stairs are a good way to burn extra calories.

    I read one time that if you are watching a tv program you can get up during the commercials and do stretches, reps with weights or run in place!

    If you work sitting at a desk, get up and walk to talk to your co workers instead of sending an email or calling. All those extra steps add up.

    Tracy Hansen

    May 4, 2011

    I work on the fifth floor of an office building. I will only use the bathroom on the first floor and I never take the elevator. All those stairs really add up.


    May 4, 2011

    You look great in the photo. Love the way little Bean is peeking too! I take the stairs at work (I’m on the 7th floor), and when the weather is ok, I walk to and from work (it’s about half an hour each way)
    Take care Roni!!


    May 4, 2011

    I haven’t done this in forever but since I can’t get my running groove back I strapped on my pedometer and tracked my steps. Then aimed to do better the next day. Sometime that helps.

    I haven’t been running but I did start the Insanity workout and do plan to run every Sunday until FitBloggin where I will run the 5k.


    May 4, 2011

    First let me say how adorable Little Bean is and thank you for sharing him with us! When I’m drying my hair, I do squats and leg lifts. At work, I take the stairs but if I have to ride the elevator (by myself!) I do tricep dips, leg lifts, front leg kicks, and/or stretch! Our copy room at work is down the hall from my desk and sometimes I try to walk as quickly as I can without disturbing anyone. If the room is not busy with other employees, I do push-ups off the desk in that room. It’s amazing how all this adds up in a day!!!


    May 4, 2011

    i dont have much time for the standard form of exercise, so when i do my food shopping i will jog/walk to the grocery store, its about four miles, and have my husband pick me up when iam done, groceries and all.


    May 4, 2011

    I started pacing in my dining room and kitchen when I am on the phone. Those steps really do add up especially if it is a long talk with a friend.


    May 4, 2011

    After having a baby in October and surviving a very snowy winter in New England, I have been wearing a pedometer and committing to getting at least 10,000 steps in every day. It surprised me how much walking I actually did in the house chasing after a crawling 7 month old.


    May 4, 2011

    I am horrible about exercising. I need to incorporate more activity into my daily life for sure!

    Shannon H.

    May 4, 2011

    Here’s a couple I keep in my daily routine:
    1. Walk 1/2 mile to my “farther away” bus stop.
    2. Take the stairs instead of the escalator at work…
    3. Get off the bus a few stops early so I have some extra walk time to home (on nice days only I will admit).
    4. Drink more water so I have to get up and go to the bathroom on the other side of the building more.
    5. Drink more water so I have to climb up and down the stairs to our upstairs bathroom in the house more.
    6. Take laundry up/down stairs one basket at a time. Screw efficiency! I welcome the extra trips.

    I need to move more too! Here’s what I can do to move more: Walk to CVS when we need the “just one item” kinda thing. Walk to the gas station to fill up my gas can before mowing. Mow regularly (push mower, and very steep back yard). Bike to the grocery store when I have 40 minutes to spare, and we only need a few things.

    Here’s what I already do: park far away when by myself. Counter push-ups and squats while making bacterial media at work. Volunteer for all outside field work at work, and encourage us to walk to the top of the mountain to get that sample instead of drive. Get up early to either walk w/my sister, run by myself, or do Wii Yoga, strength training, or cardio.

    Laura Jane

    May 5, 2011

    Yep, I definitely need to get more movement at times other than intentional exercise. I was reading someone’s blog recently who wears some sort of activity monitor and they said they burn calories in a day when they are just generally active all day w/ no “intentional exercise” versus a very sedentary day when they workout. That was very telling to me. I have a desk job with almost an hour commute each way, so that’s a lot of SITTING! I so, so wish I lived in a sidewalk, walking friendly neighborhood. No sidewalks at all where I live. Where I grew up part of my childhood there were safe places to walk and we walked everywhere. I loved it, and I really miss it. I do try to walk around when I’m on the phone and sometimes go outside and just walk around the parking lot. I also sometimes go into the bathroom at work and if no one is in there I will jog in place or do jumping jacks. I’ve never been “caught” but I do worry about that. I also try to walk at least ten minutes on my lunch break.


    May 11, 2011

    I pace when I’m on the phone.