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#1 of 9 Old 08-25-2006, 11:44 PM - Thead Starter
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I have a 22 month old and a 4, almost 5 month old and it's nearly impossible to get to the gym or exercise for that matter. We live in the country and our road is almost like a freeway (55 mph, but really people go 70+), so riding bikes/walking/running in the neighborhood is out. I don't have anyone to leave the kids with during the day & I'm not taking them to daycare where it costs me $40 a day no matter how long they stay.

So....here's my question.....how did you fit exercise and decent nutrition into your day when your kids were little. I REALLY want to lose weight, but it just seems I'm doing nothing for myself and running myself ragged for everyone else. I have incorporated trying to walk the stairs (4 flights) as many times as possible when I'm at work...no elevators unless I have to go to a code, stairs in/out when I go to/leave work. I'm trying to drink more water at work. I'm still a cow. UGGGGGGGGGGGGGGH!!

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#2 of 9 Old 08-26-2006, 01:54 AM
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excersize?

good question, i don't have your obsicals but i still dont' do it
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I go to the gym at 6:45 A.M. three days a week (Before the kids and DH are awake) I also am able to take the kids for a walk/wagon ride in my neighboorhood on the days I don't go to the gym.

Do you have a mall near you? I often walked the mall when I had really little ones. There are a lot of walkers in our local mall.
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When the kids were younger, my only way to get exercise was by joining a gym that had free childcare. They actually loved playing with all the kids and toys and of course, I could take my time. I also invested $200 in an elliptical trainer that sat in my office for a year. I'd get up 1/2 an hour early before anyone else was awake and get my cardio in first thing. Later, when the kids got to a point where they were watching their favorite shows in the afternoon, I'd jump back on it. You can even just do 10 minutes at a time, if need be. Ten minutes several times a day can easily add up to 30, 60 or more!

Is there a park nearby that you could go to? My good friend actually has a baby seat on the back of her bike and she rides with a 22 pound kiddo every night. I bet that's why she's seeing results faster than me too!

I'd say take it step by step. Find one or two days that you can somehow fit exercise in. If that has to be the weekend, then so be it. Find a workout that you like (a couple of my favorites are Turbo Jam and Core Secrets). Once you've mastered two days a week, shoot for three, four, etc. I won't lie and tell you it's easy, but it DOES become habit and you find more ways. Once the kids are a little older, it will be easier to occupy them while you exercise.
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And all of my information and experience is based on the fact that Mike has been 100% supportive, no matter what I've chosen to do. I really hope you can convince Chris that this is something that will make you happier and healthier, and he'll help you find the time!
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yeah right, my body REALLY needs to see a gym, but it ain't happening anytime soon!
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I found that going first thing in the morning is best. I always get tired if I wait to go in the afternoon.
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Luckily for us Zachary is old enough to watch the other children for an hr every evening while Johnny and I go up the street to the rec center (and our friends across the street help make sure our house isn't burning down-lol). If i were you I would look into a YMCA. They have daycare. Or look for a workout center that offers it free or cheap. Is there anyone you know closeby that would watch them for an hr a day or so? I have been trying to find someone out here to watch the girls for an hr every morning so I can workout twice a day but the only people that I found want to charge me $10hr
Good luck honey! If you can't get to the gym try doing a workout video at home while the girls are napping. That is what I mainly did when Payton was small.
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I would start with the diet. You know WW works well for you and did in the past. I would start there and when the pounds start dropping then I would feel more motivated to fit some

I know you of all people could put your mind to it.
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