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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!
If you have older kids explain to them about one of the goals in your new healthy lifestyle is to get exercising. Give them a job of getting your moving. Tell them you will give any idea they come up with a try as long as they are doing it with you.