Being Healthy Before Starting a Family


Good evening!

One of my main motivations for getting fit and healthy is my desire to start a family.

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Our tentative timeline for “starting to try” to have kids is around my 25th birthday, July 2011.  I feel  that I need to be in the best physical shape possible before we start to do that, for a few reasons.

The first is that losing weight and being healthy will significantly decrease my chances of developing complications such as high blood pressure and gestational diabetes.

The second reason is that I need the next 18 months to develop the healthy habits that I want to maintain during my pregnancy and instill in my family as it grows, such as taking a multi-vitamin with folic acid, drinking more water, exercising regularly, and choosing healthier foods.

My third reason for getting healthy is that I just don’t want to haul around the weight I am now, plus a baby!  I feel like doing these things before I want to get pregnant will arm me in the best possible way to deal with motherhood in a healthy, active way, rather than my current couch-potato way.

What are your motivations to get fit and healthy?  Do they have anything to do with your current or future family?

Stay tuned for a new recipe that hubby and I concocted for dinner tonight!

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