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    New paleo/primal convert here! I've been slowly weaning myself of the crap. Grains, aspartame/splenda/stevia, most dairy (ok, haven't given that up but eating whole fat instead of low fat), and anything processed. I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis but was told I am not gluten-sensitive or have celiacs. Currently taking .25mg of levothyroxine every *other* day because it was causing some insomnia but I was told by the doc my levels are "normal" so I don't *need* to take it. I have many symptoms of a person who is hypothyroid. Guess what? I'm overweight with a BMI at 35. Just barely 3 years ago I was at 25 BMI. This weight gain happened while I was pregnant and the hormones are really affecting me in so many ways! Sorry for my long-winded sob story!

    I decided since the weather is getting nice (I live in the LA area of California) to cancel my gym membership and GET OUTSIDE. I consider myself pretty fit, but am 50lbs heavier then I should be so I can't do anything TOO intense. I've always had some issues with high-impact exercising or crazy 60 minute cardio workouts. I love Yoga/Pilates but don't practice much anymore as I am too busy running after a 2 year old!

    Any advice on where to start first? Do I need to workout 30+ minutes every day? I'm semi-active with a toddler and am usually strapped for time. Thanks all!
    "Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all." --Hypatia

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    I would start with walking because it is something that you can do with your little one. If you get out for a 30 minute walk about 5 times a week, this would probably make a big impact when combined with primal eating. Once you start to shed some weight and become stronger, you could start to run while pushing your toddler in a stroller. Then once you get back to the house, do a couple of targeted excerises like push ups, ab crunches and squats.

    Hiking is also an option, but you'll have to make sure that you've got a good baby carrier for that. I use a Bjorn and they work great. Also, be careful to avoid extreme elevation hikes that require you to do any kind of mountain climbing type movements because this would be unsafe for your little one.
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    • #3
      Yep, just finished a 30min walk for the second day in a row. Being a cardio-freak pre-baby, it's hard for me to think of it as a workout when I'm not sweating after a few minutes. Got to get used to not thinking that way. I can do 4-5 days a week most definitely. I have a jogging stroller and love to run, but my toddler just plain HATES it! I'll just have to try harder to get her in it, won't I? Haha. I also have a Ergo, Ring Sling and a Mai Tai so carriers are no problem!

      Hiking, what a great idea! We live near mountains and it's one of my husbands favorite activities. We are definitely doing that on the weekends, along with leisure bike rides, we got a seat for the 2yo and she loves that! Nice to hear I'm pretty much on track then with the cardio...

      Targeted exercise? When and how much? Would a Yoga/Pilates class take care of that? I'm terrible at squats/crunches and that sort of thing due to knee/back pain. I feel like an old lady saying that! Thank you so much for the great ideas!
      "Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all." --Hypatia

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      • #4
        I fiddled with a few different workouts, but I've settled on the pbf model due to simplicity and convenience; give it a try. It is adaptable to your current capacities.

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        • #5
          There's a lot you can do without a gym. PBF, convict conditioning, sandbags, and maybe even flipping an ol tire around.
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          • #6
            Even if you do 10 or 20 minutes of body weight or light weight training a few times a week and alternating that with walking its a good start. You dont have to go full throttle into something right away. Some sort of movement is better than nothing and since you arent use to alot of exercise, transitioning into it slowly is ok. Use your baby and great weather to your advantage and chase them around the park for a while

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            • #7
              Pilates would be a great option for toning. If you have the ability to do it, go for that!
              Little Miss Sicky Poo
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              Ultimate health through primal living, fitness and natural healthcare alternatives.

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              • #8
                I think I can do 10-20 minutes. Erm-- pbf model? What is this? I'm googling it. I also happened to drive by a CrossFit signage and am wondering about joining up with that sort of thing.
                "Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all." --Hypatia

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                • #9
                  Oh duh. I'm such a noob. Primal Blueprint Fitness. This is, in fact, what I am doing. And actually, already have been. I was thinking I needed to do more, but maybe not.
                  "Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all." --Hypatia

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