Staying Motivated to Work Out During Pregnancy

I follow several fitness pages & people on Facebook. Here are my FAVS (in no particular preferential order):
Roller Derby Athletics
Derby Fit San DiegoHeath, Wellness, and Roller Derby
Treble Maker909
Fit Pregnancy
Knocked-Up Fitness
Diary of a Fit Mommy
Yoga With Kassandra
Yoga With Adriene
Holy Yoga
Spartan Race Training
Spartan Race
Natalie Hodson

In one of the pregnancy fitness pages, a young lady was asking for motivation to work out. If I remember right, she was about 6 months along.

The first thing that popped into MY mind was: find a goal!
There’s something about having a goal or an image or an aspiration to cling to. It REALLY helps get you off the couch and moving.

An upcoming vacation? A sport you want to try? A race you’d like to run? A class at the Y you’d like to try out? An old swim suit or pair of jeans that you’d LOVE to get back into? Getting off medications for blood pressure or diabetes? Just want to be able to play and keep up with your kids or grandkids? etc.

For me, I have several motivations:
1) I want labor & delivery *and* post-partum recovery to run smoothly and quickly and easily.
2) I have a gnarly varicose vein on my right leg that I *know* will flare up if I eat poorly or gain too much weight. Personally, I want that bad boy managed. I do NOT want to be miserable the rest of this pregnancy. Or worse yet, be couch-bound because I have to keep it elevated all the time.
3) I want and *need* the energy to keep up with my soon-to-be (7) children, homeschool, house duties, and whatever else I’m involved in with hubby/friends/family/church/& community. I do NOT want to always be tired or to have to say “no” to things cuz I can’t keep up.
4) I’m in a fitness & clean eating Facebook group where we have to report in daily with what we did exercise/food-wise. ❤❤ my ladies!!! ❤❤ the accountability!!!
5) I use a social media app called YouFood that connects me with people across the world. In this app I post my daily food intake and exercise… I can also share my food/fitness journey, post my groceries, share tips, or start a discussion. It’s SO useful. People can “like” what I post and also make comments. It’s a great tool, esp if you’re like me and can’t stand calorie counting. And I can get food/exercise ideas and inspiration from others. Both iPhones & Androids can use it.
6) I want to join roller derby after this baby is born. And that is a highly demanding physical activity. One in which I do NOT want to be starting out with cold turkey. If I can maintain fitness throughout my pregnancy, that will help drastically in getting in shape post-partum for derby.

Having these goals at the forefront of my mind really, truly helps me get off my hiney and onto my exercise mat each day!

So what motivates YOU? What gets you moving even if you don’t “feel” like it?




Getting Hooked on Roller Derby

So last night, my hubby and kids and I all went to a local roller derby event for the team I am wanting to (someday) join. It was their annual fundraiser event, a chili cook-off. They had a lot of chili’s to try from. Oh yum. They also had vendors… face painting for the kiddos… a spin the wheel game… raffles and prizes. It was a lot of fun for the whole family.

Toward the end of the evening, the derby girls got dressed up in full gear and did a few drills for the audience and showed us what a bout is kind of like, specifically so we could see what blockers and jammers look like in action. All the while, someone was explaining what all was going on.

It was my first, real, live introduction to roller derby… and I think I’m getting hooked.

Roller derby has been on my mind for a few years now… but it’s always been that distant, “I can dream, but it’ll probably never happen…” Besides, we were busy with babies and whatnot. In fact, for many years, life was just plain *crazy*. I just wasn’t in the right season of life for it I suppose.

And even now, I’m not quite “in the season for it” as I’m 22 weeks pregnant. Gotta have this baby, and heal, and get the baby to successfully take a bottle before I can even dream of showing up for a practice.

But that’s ok having a bit of time on my hands. 1) I have to come up with a cool derby name (which has proven to be a tad tricky). 2) I need to slowly purchase my gear. And 3) I need to get fit (which I’ve already started– safely– this pregnancy).

I’m ok with having a bit of time on my hands. Gives me time to keep prepping and to attend some of their bouts. And dream. 😀

roller derby

Are any of you in roller derby? What do you think of it? And please, how did you come up with a derby name?!