On Wednesday my little Pumpkin hit the 4 week mark.  It’s hard to believe she’s already 4 weeks old!  Tomorrow she’ll be one month old!  I’ve really enjoyed being able to bend over, put shoes on, paint my toe nails, go about my life for more than an hour without having to pee, move furniture, and get the last sock out of the bottom of the washing machine without a big bump in my way.

2 weeks ago I told you how I’d lost 22 of the 33 lbs I gained during pregnancy.  Unfortunately I’m still stuck at that number.  Fall baking and Halloween candy aren’t helping I’m sure.  It’s a good thing I didn’t get rid of my size 10s, but I’m just squeezing into those.  I only have two pairs of size 10 jeans, though, so I really need to get back into my 8s so I can survive the winter without washing jeans every other day.  Most importantly though I need to get my BMI back into the healthy range.  Right now I’m sitting at 26.6 which is considered overweight.

I had my follow up appointment with my OB yesterday and she has given me the green light to start back up an exercise routine.  Slow and steady, though, as my stitches haven’t completely dissolved, yet.  As much as I’d love to get outside and start running again I just don’t think it’s going to happen.  I can’t take the girls with me (I don’t have a double stroller and you’re not supposed to run with a baby that can’t support it’s head any way) and between hubby working and working on his Master’s it’d be impossible for me to get out and back before 10 pm.  With the winter coming I don’t want to be out that late since it’s so dark and cold.

I guess it’s time to clean up the craft room and pull the old elliptical out of storage.  It’s not my favorite option, but I guess it will have to do. Now I just hope I can find the time.  I’d like to get my exercise in first thing in the morning before both girls wake up, but how many times Pumpkin wakes up in the night will be a major factor on whether or not that gets done.  My next best option is during nap time, but Cupcake isn’t very reliable.  I could wait until the evening when Cupcake is in bed, but typically Pumpkin gets fussy around that time.  I suppose worst case scenario is put an episode of Dora the Explorer on for Cupcake while Pumpkin is sleeping and I can get 20 minutes in.

I’m also going to bust out some Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred.  That thing kicks my butt!  And I tend to focus on cardio and not strength training so it’s a good way to get them both in.  And toning is what I really need!  Especially in the mid section!

And of course I’ll have to watch my water intake so I don’t affect my milk supply.  I need my chubby cheeked Pumpkin to stay well fed!

So now I’ve just told the world (or at least my 3 or 4 regular readers) all about my exercise plan, so I suppose I should get on it now!

How do you get your cardio in during the winter months?  Or with kids?