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BEHAPPY0201 Posts: 619
10/22/13 12:25 P

I am having the same trouble as you and I get up at 5:30am. I don't have any advice since I'm struggling too, but want you to know you're not alone.

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10/21/13 12:17 A

My best advice: streamline your evening routine -- get hubby to help some -- and take 30-50 minutes to do a quick fitness video (see YouTube and SparkPeople for ideas). It seems like a lot of time in there between 8 and 10 pm -- spend 20 minutes reading to the kids, have hubby help put them to bed and take some time for yourself. It's important that you do so.

I agree with the prior poster who suggested having hubby help with some of the overnight childcare, too. Either switch off nights, or have him do the 2 am and you do the 5 am or whatever. You need to sleep, and so does he. Get his help.

I started the habit of working out in the evening when my daughter was a toddler. She is a 6th grader now, and I still do so. She knows that the time from 8-9pm is my workout time.

I have to give you a little tough love and say that it's not about "finding" the time -- it's about making the time, and letting your family know you are serious.

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10/20/13 10:05 P

Remember that as a mother, you ARE getting lots of "exercise"...everytime you pick one of them up for a hug, it counts!! (I'd rather pick up the kids than a dumbbell!! LOL) In the evening can you start a Dance or Yoga DVD, and just pause it when a little one needs attention. The kids may even Dance with you....

Its a little difficult now that the weather has closed in some....but can you arrange a family walk on the weekends?

But mostly...just be're probably in much better shape than you realize!! Eat healthy; Take care of yourself. Love your family!

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10/20/13 3:42 P

Exercise from 7:30-8:30 PM. Have your husband put the kids to bed. Have your husband do some of the night feedings, or switch off days for who gets up in the middle of the night. Husband could also get the laundry started, help with food prep and generally contribute a lot more it sounds like.

Do you children really need to bathe twice a day? It also seems like you are taking a LONG time to get them ready in the there any way to streamline that?

You are going to burn yourself out quickly if you keep doing all of this without any time to take care of yourself and exercise.

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CORRY000 Posts: 32
10/18/13 10:58 A

Your plate is very full, but you need to squeeze some "me time" in there. My motto is - if I fall apart then everythinhg else does too. I used to feel guilty about spending my time on workouts where I could be cleaning or doing some chores. It felt selfish at first but when I noticed I'm more positive, have more energy and i'm generally more happy then I stopped feeling bad. Everyone wins. There are some great workout programs out there that are high intensity and do not take more than 25 minutes. You should look into high intensity interval training ( HIIT). One example is Focus T25 from BeachBody that just came out recently. Im sure there are others oput there too.
Good luck!

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10/18/13 6:50 A

Wow - that is a pretty full schedule.

One thing about working out is that you don't to spend 60 minutes doing it. Even a quick 10 minute workout can create significant benefits. This doesn't find any extra time in the day, but it is probably easier to free a 10 minute block of time rather than 30 or 60 minutes.

If you combine this with some longer workouts on weekends, then you should have a pretty good activity level overall.


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10/18/13 1:04 A


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10/17/13 11:13 P

I am amazed at what you are doing. I wonder if you are even getting enough sleep! Do you get a break on weekends when you and your husband are home? Can you grab an hour for yourself sometimes?Your story is familiar to those with a couple of young children in the house. I only had one child, and she was really easy for whom to care. The late night feedings didn't last very long.

My only suggestions are to try to sneak in little exercises throughout the day.
Suggestions follow:
When folding laundry and diapers, do squats.
When talking on the phone, put your foot on the counter and stretch hamstrings.
When writing on computer at home and at work sit I(and stand!) with your ears over your shoulders over your hips. This corrects for bad posture and strengthens the back.

When walking, put a jog in your step when practical (does not work when carrying two kids!)

Walk whenever possible - go up stairs, take extra steps

When in the shower take a few seconds to stretch all the way up high,

When standing/sitting, pull your shoulder blades back together and try to "put them in your back pocket" (That's what the physical therapist told me!)

When waiting in line at stores (post office, grocery) do calf raises - 3 sets of twenty. First do two legs, then one leg each for balance and strength

When getting off the toilet, put the lid down and do 15 triceps.... do these all day long (a girlfriend has been doing that for decades. At age 55, she has no skin hanging off her upper arms!)

When sitting at work or on computer, squeeze your butt cheeks together as often as you can (If you do it enough, you can get pretty sore muscles!)

When talking on the phone at home, pace the floor or go up/down stairs!

Come up with your own, other ideas. Get creative!

If nothing else, PRAY

Wait until the kids are out of diapers and then schedule time in for yourself!

I hope some idea here helps! Good luck! You can do some of these!

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10/17/13 10:57 P

Thank you. He does help but the thing is I don't see my babies during the day so I like to see them in the evenings. He does his own laundry and he watches the kids while I take a bath. He doesn't get home til 7:30 and he leaves at 6 am. He also works all day Saturday too- so he's just not around much.

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10/17/13 10:54 P

What do you feed your kids? Why isn't your husband stepping up to do some of the work? sorry if he is, but from your post, you make it sound like all he does is go to work, come home, relax and expect you to take care of him on top of taking care of the kids.

You try to be active during your day, taking the stairs, parking farther away..

And then you set aside time for yourself, a couple evenings a week, or maybe more on the weekends and do what needs to be done.

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10/17/13 10:45 P

I feel like I'm failing before I've begun! My day looks like this:

7 am get up- get myself ready for work.
7:30 am 15 month old and 3 month old wake up- feed them, wash them, dress them.
9 am - drop kids off at day care
9:30 am- arrive at work. I don't take an hour for lunch because I have to leave at 5 pm to get my kids.
5-30/6 pm- pick up kids get home, feed them. wash them, change diapers, clean house.
7:30 pm- husband comes home.
8: pm- get the kids into bed.
9 pm- do laundry/ take care of whichever kid won't sleep.
10 pm- bathe myself prepare for work, prepare bottles for day care etc.
2 am- feed baby
5 am- feed baby
7 am start over

How will I ever work out or prepare a meal for myself? I feel like there's no point even trying. Thanks for listening.

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