Thursday, October 16, 2008

If Any Lack Wisdom....

When I had Sweetie six years ago, I gained a tremendous amount of weight. I have always been small.

In college I weighed a whopping 99lbs. Now before anyone gets concerned, I do want to stress something.

  1. I am *VERY* short. I am barely five feet tall. For a person my height and frame, a normal BMI can vary between 98lbs-129lbs. That is quite a range, but I wasn't anorexic

  1. College is a stressful life. The food isn't nutritional, so what I did eat wasn't very healthy. Fried chicken, fake hamburgers, you know that kind of gross stuff.

So anyway. After I went home from college, I gained 12lbs on my mom's good home cooking. At my wedding I was 110lbs. Then three months later, I found out I was pregnant with Sweetie.

With her, I gained almost 60lbs! I was afraid that I was "too" small. My belly doesn't get big with pregnancies. But being this was my first pregnancy, I didn't know that. So I packed on the the pounds through lots of "Whole" fat yogurt, milk, whole cans of tuna fish with mayo in it, etc. etc."

Needless to say, I didn't gain any weight where I *wanted* it. So I had *alot* of work cut out for me after Sweetie arrived.

It took me about six months to get back to 115lbs. I went on a power walk everyday six days a week, *and* I would come back home and do an hour of aerobics. When I hit the 115lb mark, I found out I was expecting Bean. I continued to take daily walks, but no aerobics. With her I gained a normal amount of weight.

Along come Tiny Boy in my tummy. Life at that point was CRAZY. We just moved, and I had two toddlers to chase around. I tried to walk, but the morning sickness kept me down most of the time. And my double stroller broke.

When Tiny Boy finally came, I thought I would get back on track. But it wasn't so easy. Now I had *three* to get ready early in the mornings. I tried all sorts of things.

Aerobics in front of the TV, but the kids would get under my feet. Or they would get into scraps when I couldn't "technically" stop to correct them.
I tried Waking earlier than my husband left for work. I liked to sleep better in those early morning hours, and I was afraid of "bad guys" in the dark. My mom got me a nice three seat stroller. But I still struggled to get out of the house with all three of them in the early morning without it being stressful. You know diapers changed, breakfast, pottie breaks, yada yada yada.

Now that they are older, Sweetie is too big for the stroller, and can't keep up with me.

I can't exercise when my husband gets home, as he normally arrives home after dark.

So the other day, I was praying and asking the Lord what to do about the situation. It's been two years that I have been out of shape. I need the fresh air, and I need to burn those calories. All of the sudden, after praying that simple little prayer, the idea came to me (effortlessly without *any* thought) to walk around our yard.

Now, why hadn't the "idea" occured to me before that, I do not know? I have even had Sweetie run outside around the house to let out excess energy. I myself have ridden my husband's bike outside around the house to try it out, and even to get my heart rate up. But it *never* occurred to me to take a power walk and a jog around the yard!

Such a simple answer! So I tried it today, and it worked! The kids loved it. They played outside in the yard while I walked and ran around it. As I came around to the back yard I would give Tiny Boy a push on the swing. He loved that. :) The neighbor lady probably thought I was loosing my mind, but that's OK. We are all quirky in some way. ;-)

So if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God. (James 1:5)


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MrsMomma said...

What a great idea! I'm glad you found something that works for you!

Happy walking,

Julie said...

Hi! My name is Julie & I found you through my sister's blog, Crystal, at Praying Mom of 3!

Just wanted to tell you that I love your blog and I can totally relate to you on the exercising with 3 kids thing! Mine are 3 & 1/2, 1 & /2, and 6 weeks old. Kind of hard to get out and get it done with 3 so young and close together! Anyway, I enjoy your blog & I will be back!

Jennifer said...

Great idea - sorta cuts away all the excuses, right? If we really want to exercise and keep ourselves healthy, we can find a way. All the best....for quick results!

"Sweetdove" said...

Well, you did ask God and he did answer!!!!! He keeps His promises:)

Of course I am the other way around: I cannot take the children out easily (being on the third floor with twin toddlers that cannot walk stairs themselves yet). So I do the aerobic walking videos inside. Yes, my children sometimes get in the way but I deal with that LOL! If the older ones misbehave, they are required to stay in their bedroooms with the door shut. I usually exercise while the babies are in their playpen though.

Kelli said...

What a wonderful idea! I'm glad it's working out!

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