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I drink at least 24oz of water first thing in the morning to make sure I'm hydrated for my exercise classes...and I usually drink another 24oz while exercising or shortly thereafter. It's a good way to get most of your water in before lunch!
I always have a protein shake within an hour after I work out. I try to have one with a good mix of carbs and protein. It gives me a good boost of energy and my muscles get what they need to keep me going until my next meal.
Follow your kids around on a playground, or park. I have a 5yo son and a 7yo son. Once in a while, for a great workout, we go to a playground, or park, and I follow them around. If they skip, then I skip. If they run, then I run. If they climb something, then I climb, if I can. You will sweat!
Strength training raises your metabolism HIGHER so you burn calories LONGER. Cardio helps you burn calories FASTER but for shorter spurts. If you want to see results but can't stay in your caloric range for 1st month,this may help.
Find ways to compete with yourself or with others! If your gym has a way to record your accomplishments, try that. Improving steadily no matter how heavy you are is great motivation. With a point system it doesn't matter what exercise you are doing, as long as you're doing something!