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9 Ways I'm Getting Back Into a Fitness Routine

By Lauren Hartmann |

I’ve always struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember, so I’m no stranger to dieting and exercise.  Pre-pregnancy I had gotten into a pretty good routine, but it was pretty easy to fall out of my routine once I was pregnant.  The excuses, while legitimate, were plentiful:  ”I’m too tired”, “I feel awkward trying to do Zumba with a giant pregnant belly”, “My feet are swollen”, “It’s too hot – I don’t want to overheat the baby”.

And, let’s not even talk about the eating.  While I ate a fairly balanced diet, I definitely enjoyed my indulgences, namely ice cream…often.  By the time my pregnancy was complete I had gained a whopping 55 pounds.  Lucky for me 35 of those pounds came off right away in the week after Fern was born, but I’ve still got 20 to go – actually 30 since I was 10 pounds over my “happy weight” before getting pregnant.  Time to get back in a routine!

So, what am I doing to get back into a healthy routine and shed these post-baby pounds?

Find out after the jump!

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Eating a good breakfast.

While I won't be going on a "diet" per say, I will be trying to eat a well-balanced diet instead of subsisting on granola bars. I've found that starting off my day with a protein packed breakfast is key. For some reason it helps me to make healthier choices all day, and even if it doesn't at least I got in one substantial meal. Eggs are the easiest option, but they leave me full until I can manage to get away for a moment to make something else later in the day.


•Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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Lauren Hartmann is a wife, wardrobe stylist, and mama living in Portland, Oregon. She writes about her adventures in motherhood on Babble's Baby Channel. You can also find her blogging at The Little Things We Do or obsessively partaking in social media. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lauren's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “9 Ways I'm Getting Back Into a Fitness Routine

  1. Kira says:

    A little unrelated to fitness but, I love that glass water bottle. Where did you get it?

  2. caroline says:

    Way to go Lauren. Love these tips!

  3. Renee says:

    Great tips for everyone (not just moms) :) Fern is so cute!

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