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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I am so tired, I have a 3 month old and a two year old. Not to be too graphic but wiping butts and feeding kids all day is not going to help me loose weight. I have no energy to work out. I feel like even if i get started now, i'm so fat that an in home work out won't make a difference. I also know 95% of the misery i am feeling right now is because I don't like how I look due to my weight. Does any one have any advice on how to get started and stick to it. I also get very little sleep. HELP!

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AGOY14 3/15/2013 7:30PM

  Thanks guys. I'm glad to know there is so much feed back and support through my journey. Sometimes your friends and family don't want to make the same choices. The lack of support can make things feel hopeless. I am very appreciative of the encouragement and great ideals. I have taken a lot of advice, this week has felt so much better then the last. emoticon

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    I have 4 kids - all under the age of 11. I feel for you - I've been there. It is not easy. For me - it was really helpful to join a gym - because there I was able to actually have time away from everything (even if it was only for 1 1/2 hours). I could escape the buttcream and the constant calls of "momma" at least for a little bit and it did help. I was consistent with it. However, now that I have 4 kids - I just can't get it together to go to the gym (I homeschool too).

Anyway - I saw that I could do it by going to the gym - so I knew that I could also learn to motivate myself to work out at home. You really need to set up a plan of what you want to accomplish (make it reasonable). Then, at least for me - it was helpful to buy a calendar to track my progress. If I planned to work out Monday - Wednesday and Friday - I would shoot for that goal. If I missed on Monday - then I knew I better make it up on Tuesday.

If you plan to work out with videos - get them together before you start (don't wait to do that until you exercise or it will take too much time). Involve the kids - yes, not the baby - but your younger child would relish the thought of doing it with you. Obviously - they are limited in abilities - but they don't really get disappointed - they just do what they can.

Here's hoping you find a way to motivate yourself - even walking in the park with the kids is a good way to exercise - you would be surprised at how much of a difference it can make.


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HDHAWK 2/26/2013 10:14PM

    I started with 10 min. of exercise per day. I was so tired that's about all I could get myself to do. It didn't take long before I was able to do more. Try to get kids in the stroller when you can and get out walking. Although I'm starting over again I lost all my weight the last time by working out at home. It can be done!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/26/2013 9:26PM

    Do you have adrenal or thyroid issues. They can make a big difference in your energy levels. You sound like you could use some ME tine with no interruptions to relax. Nothing like a bubble bath with music playing. . . to unwind. emoticon

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JENNIK2 2/26/2013 8:40PM

    I know what you're feeling. I am a stay at home mom to an 18 month old and a 4 year old. I try to exercise when they are sleeping, and sometimes the house work doesn't get done during their nap time, but I have to put myself before housework sometimes. Their are also times I don't work out because there is house work that HAS to be done.

I really like doing a cardio dance dvd. It doesn't matter if you're not good at it as long as you're moving, and in your house no one can see you! You're 2 year old may even dance along (Although I do it when the kids are asleep)

It's is hard to exercise when you feel tired, but at least in a video there is another adult talking to you. And I always feel better after I've made myself do it.


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USMAWIFE 2/26/2013 5:45PM

    get the kids into a stroller and take a nice long walk. It will be good to get outdoors and walk and meetup with other moms in your area emoticon emoticon emoticon

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63KEEPONGOING 2/26/2013 2:58PM

  Do you have a treadmill? Even 5 minutes at a time during the days help big time about speeding up the metabolism.
Concerning your food, be sure to track for it shows how much you have left to eat calorie and nutrient wise. It does all the work for you. Drinking 8 glasses of water helps tremendously. Tracking your exercises as well, gives great satisfaction for you can add your own exercises and it keeps up with the running total.
Be sure to get lots of sparks friends for fresh ideas, motivation and encouragment. You are not alone, my friend. I use to feel exactly as you did. (confined at home, same routine, no time for friends, or recreation) Now mind are grown and I miss that soooo very much.

You can do this. Please don't be discouraged. Here to cheer you on.

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TCMAKEUP 2/26/2013 2:19PM

  Find a buddy in the same situation and trade off times to watch kids to give each other a break. You would be surprised what 30 minutes of alone time will do for you.

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SISTERPRETTY 2/26/2013 2:12PM

    Congratulations on your bundles of joy. I don't have kids but You can start at home...when the kids are sleeping you can pop in a workout video and start moving even if you only get in 5 minutes then that's a start. Another option, put the kids in the stroller and go for a walk. Hope that helps...good luck!

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