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12-03-2008, 10:43 AM
I am the mother of 2 beautiful children. My youngest was born in August. I only gained 10 pounds during my 2nd pregnancy, so I have had no problem loosing that wieght. The problem I am having is that I never lost my baby weight from my first pregnancy. With two children at home and working full time, I do not have the energy or time to go to the gym and work out. Does anyone have suggestions as to how I can get the motivation to exercise? I am so tired when I get home that all I want to do is sit on the couch and get off my feet. I will be leaving my job at the end of the month, so the time issue should be resolved, but I am just not motivated to find a babysitter so I can go to the gym. Any suggestions?
12-03-2008, 11:36 AM
For me it is all about making it fun & trying to make it seem like less of a "work-out". Also incorporate the kids if you can which helps them too!!! Remmeber you don't have to join a gym either. Go for walks/ jogs around the neighborhood !! Since new baby was born in August pull out the stroller which will make you burn more calories. Also buy some workout dvd's or yoga videos to do!!! They can try to do it w/ you or do it while they are napping!! Play ball with them or even get a babysitter/family memeber for the youngest & have one on one time w/ the oldest!! Good Luck & have fun w/ it!!!
12-03-2008, 12:29 PM
May I suggest yoga! Do it 3 times and I swear you will be addicted. The inner peace that you feel ( must be your endorphines) are addicting! Thats why when you hear of someone who does yoga they become a yoga freak! Get home dvds - they range in levels. Start with a more meditational light routine and then work your way into the fat burning kind. It may not seem strenuous but holding those positions can be intense at times so I would start off small.
Besides you get a nice burst of energy when you are done. And another plus is it starts of slow so its ok if your energy levels are down, its not like your tired and staring at a treadmill going - yeah right I'm gonna run right now ...not!
01-30-2009, 07:13 PM
I was having the same problem. I was busy with kids and a job and just didn't have the energy to fix my body after my pregnancy. I went online and found this site called "jen and barb mom life"
One of the videos on the site talks about getting your body back after you have your child. It interviewed real women and talked to a professional which definitely motivated me. here's the link in case you want to check it out: http://www.jenandbarbmomlife.com
I was in a similar situation as you. My son is now 3 1/2, and up until Oct. 2008 I was 7lbs lighter than the day my son was born. Yeah, that means I didn't really lose any of my baby weight. I was pretty much sedentary. I kept using the excuse that I didn't have time. And in some ways that was true, but it dawned on me one day that if I didn't change something I would die at a young age. Then instead of taking 30 minutes a day from my son, I'd be taking 20 years of my life away.
To fight the lack of energy, I started out small. I convince my husband to buy a Wii Fit, and I started using that for 20 minutes a day. (During nap time on the weekends, and right when I got home from work on Mon. - Wed. I took Thrusday & Friday off.) It wasn't the most strenuous workout, but it got me moving. And it was fun, so I didn't dread doing it each day. Now that I've started losing weight I have more energy. I've moved on to doing Tae Bo & Yoga videos and walking outside when the weather allows. I still don't do more than 30 minutes a day, but I've lost 10lbs. since Oct. So, I'm happy that I'm making progress.
I also made some simple changes in my diet. (Cut out all non-diet pop, started eating oatmeal or cheerios instead of pop-tarts for breaskfast, starting eating smaller portions at dinner, quit eating ice cream after dinner except on special occasions like birthdays.) I also just found this website. I think it might help point me to other areas of my diet where I can improve without denying myself the things I like.http://www.my-calorie-counter.com/calorie_counter.asp
Not saying what I did is right thing for you, but if it helps that great. I also wanted to let you know that someone else has been in your position & after 3 months I'm still making progress. Good luck to you!
03-23-2009, 11:47 AM
I have two under two, and live too many miles from anything to go to a gym. My sister (who lives in Scotland) challenged me on http://www.nike.com/nikeos/p/nikewomen/en_US/training.
It's free a free site that lets you create a personalized training program, challenge your friends (without my sister doing it to, I wouldn't get off the couch), and create a dorky avatar who gives you peppy slogans while you excercise (I'm ashamed to admit that I find this inspirational. =) I'm actually excercising (after the kids go to bed), connecting with my sister, and I finally feel like I'm getting somewhere on the mommy tummy.
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