I was just curious if there are any other moms of larger families out there? What are your tips and challenges? How are you balancing a workout/diet regimen?
I have 5 kids ages 5-12. All are homeschooled. In addition we have a farm with Horses, Chickens, Goats, Pigs and Rabbits- not to mention the indoor pets.
Anyhow, I find it difficult to relate to or get advice from people who have 1 kid or no kids at all. My challenges are simply different than theirs. Trust me it's easier to stick to a diet plan when the only person you cook for is yourself . Also, lets face it, their bodies haven't stretched to heck either - none of my kiddos were under 10lbs.
My time is often more restricted than those without kids or with just 1 or 2. This is partly a function of homeschooling I know. Gym childcare is not available when I am and it's too expensive to put 5 kids into anyhow. I get about 1.25 in the gym and that is it. Cardio is done at home on the spin bike.
I have taken off 50lbs (my goal is another 20) and dropped my body fat by 10 percent in a little over a year. I'm lifting 3 days a week and doing cardio another 2-3 days per week. Diet wise I am low carb. I simply serve the family what I can eat plus something that I can't- an example would be a dinner of burgers & fruit salad. No bun for me and I'll fix a small green salad instead.
Just wondering if there are others out there like me. How you have found solutions to the challenges of having a large family and maintaining or achieving your fitness goals?