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You may not know that this soft mama of two is a 1st Degree Black Belt who is also formerly certified as a personal trainer by ACE & NASM.  I ditched the certifications while having some health issues — I couldn’t keep up with the continuing education.  No, one was not good enough.   Yes, I’m one of those people.

After I had my first child, I came down with a thyroid problem that mimicked depression.  In an effort to clear the clouds naturally, I joined a gym.  A few miscarriages later, we discovered the thyroid issue and promptly got pregnant again.   During my 2nd daughter’s pregnancy, I hired a trainer once a month and went to the gym twice weekly.

I felt better during that pregnancy than I had felt BEFORE having kids.  I think I lifted weights until about 1-1/2 weeks before delivery — after she dropped, it was just too uncomfortable.   My labor was cut in half.  I was able to easily deliver naturally.  I healed quickly.   And I got right back into it about 6 weeks after delivery.

If you’ve never done it, I strongly recommend that you get a personal trainer.  They are so helpful and lifting weights really does help take off inches, even if you don’t lose weight, which is actually more valuable to me.

So, if you decide to go to a gym or already attend one, here is a handy printable packing list that you can put into a standard laminating luggage tag.   Because honestly, there is nothing more frustrating than going into the gym, getting the kids settled in the childcare, and realizing you’ve forgotten something.

Click the link for a luggage tag-sized gym bag packing list.

Do you attend a gym or exercise at home?

Jen S.




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