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LYNN955 Posts: 701
11/27/12 4:40 A

Being a working single mom, I understand how hard it is to get up early and work out. I get up at 4 to get to the gym by 5. If I don't get my free time from 5 to 7am then I won't get any all day. The hardest part is making that first step. Try going to sleep in your gym clothes, then when you wake up in the morning you are already dressed and have no excuses to work out. Or if I miss the morning time, I'll take clothes to work and run during lunch.

SLIMMEDOWN1111 SparkPoints: (4,579)
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11/19/12 9:19 P

I love to stay up late and enjoy my quiet time. I am a mom of two and quiet time is hard to come by. So getting up early is hard for me too. Recently on my spark goals I set a goal to go to bed early (get 8 hrs of sleep) two nights a week so I can get up early to exercise. Last week I did it and felt great on the mornings I exercised! I set the same goal this week too. I hope to increase the morning exercises with time. Start small and then add more. It seems to work for me. Best of luck :)

11/9/12 12:07 P

I also have a very busy schedule. I find that working out during half of my lunch hour, frees me up to do what i need to do in the evening, without having to wake up super early!!

CRACKERJACK2825 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/7/12 4:19 P

I know your pain! Not as far as the toddler thing goes. My daughter is 10. She's plenty old enough to entertain herself for an hour while I do a DVD or get on the Gazelle.

I work TWO jobs, plus have household, husband, and daughter to deal with. I'm not a huge fan of waking up pre-crack to workout either. I even tried the reward system. I told myself that if I would get up at 4:30 when my husband gets up and do my workout at least four days a week, I would buy myself a new book (I'm a reader) or a new DVD I've had my eye on. That worked.....for two days. I got up, did my thing for two days in a row.....then went to the library to drop off some books. I found the new book I was looking to buy AND the movie I had really been wanting to see. Needless to say, I sat up half the night reading and watched the movie the next day.

My point is, you have to find the time to work out. Maybe get your husband to watch the baby while you do a DVD uninterrupted. Get a group of girls from your work to go on a power walk with you at lunch. Do laps around a track with the baby in tow. The list is endless. :)

Good luck!!

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
11/2/12 3:38 P

I am also the mother of a toddler (and an 11 year old) who works full time. I get up at 4:25 to workout. I could probably get up later, but this accounts for a couple of snoozes, a toddler interrupted workout,and random other things, so that we can be out the door by 7:15.

One thing that helps is to find ways to shave time off your morning routine. Can you get up at 4:15, but take 15 minutes off of your showering/dressing time? can your toddler eat breakfast while watching TV while you shower? (I know, horrible mom, but hey, sometimes you gotta do whatcha gotta do!)

I'm with you on not wanting to workout after work. So, you just have to power through it. My husband's up at 4 to hit the road for the gym by 4:45. (He uses the extra time to get coffee, take supplements, play on the 'net and wake up.) Just make it a habit. Get used to it, get it done, then move on with your day. You'll be tired. There will be days you don't want to, but you'll feel awesome knowing you're taking care of yourself.

DOLPHIN129 SparkPoints: (160)
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11/2/12 11:54 A

Thanks everyone!
I love some of these ideas and will work on it...We have a Wii Fit and other items around the house to use for exercise.
I feel, and I would think that most mom's might agree that it seems like my time at the office is slow and my time at home flies by...I need a pause button.

I'll keep plugging away..Thank you for the ideas!

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11/1/12 1:49 P

I hear you - as a mom who works full time, has a commute and I'm in the office by 7am I just can't seem to get up on time nevermind early to workout in the morning! I found that once the kids are in bed (or when the kids go to bed if hubby agrees to put them down) I workout then, so sometimes it is at 10pm that I am able to get my workout in but I figure it is better late than never. I have also learned that sometimes I have to deal with dishes in the sink so I can get my workout in and I try to do the ones from the night before when we get home and the kids are doing homework or playing! I also find on the weekends when hubby sometimes has to work I can take them with me to the high school track and they run around with me (if they are younger you could push in a jogging stroller) mine love doing Wii fit with me from time to time and I started doing marching around the house with them - they dress up and push a doll stroller or a shopping cart around sometimes too and I lift my knees high for the marching to get a good workout in and to keep them from running. They take turns being the leader and if they stop for a minute I will march in place!

BELER01 Posts: 184
11/1/12 10:43 A

I hear ya! Can you work out over lunch at work? That's a nice way to break up the work day.

I recently put my husband on bedtime duty so I can be liberated to work out. From 6-7pm, he takes care of bed time routine - story, bath, cuddles. And mommy hits the streets. I'll usually make a casserole or something ahead of time that can cook while he tends to the bambino and I run. It's nice to come back to a quiet house and hot meal.

STARMONICA SparkPoints: (218,587)
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11/1/12 9:59 A

That's no problem to me. I'm eager to welcome everyday!

EWILLIAMS1000 Posts: 242
10/31/12 11:14 P

Hi Welcome to SP and know that sooo many of us are working on balancing family and health. Including the baby weight. I am 1 year pp with my last but 7th child. I am losing 90 lbs that I put on with my last three pregnancies. I also homeschool my four older children and although I do not work outside our home my day is jam packed from morning till night. Somedays I get to the end only to realize that I haven't exercised, haven't had a healthy meal, didn't take a shower. I can get really down on myself until I remember how quickly it all goes by. But I still have personal goals that are worth my time and attention. I am in love with yoga and running. And I also love to swim. Getting my family to respect my need to get to the gym is as important as actually going to the gym when I have the time. At home I have a great collection of pilates and yoga workouts and I also am much better at tracking not just the calories but if I am getting the nutrients I need to actually lose weight. Keep looking for those 30 minutes of time if 4 in the morning doesn't work. At the end of the day after bedtime works too.

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10/31/12 10:11 P

I've gotten up at 3:45 to go running's not any worse than 4:30.

TTAYLOR0316 SparkPoints: (4,574)
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10/31/12 6:46 A

Hi there! First, wow! You sure are busy! I commend you for finding time to do it all the way it is:) Now, for the exercise part. Find something your child would do with you! I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old, and time was a huge factor to me in trying to exercise. My son likes to dance and they both like to go on walks. So, in my time that I spend with them in the evenings when I am home we do one of the two. Either I turn on a Zumba workout and while I do the motions my son dances with me or I put them both in the double stroller and go on a walk with them. I know I don't get the full workout intended with the Zumba because I stop and dance with my son or spin him around or whatever. While we are doing this I put my daughter in her bouncer and will sing to her or interact with her as well. This way we are all doing something together! When we go on walks we make it a game. I will push them and ask my son to point out every "red" thing he sees or whatever. I'm not sure how old your child is, but I'm sure we could figure out a way that you keep your 30 minutes (trust me I know it counts!) and still keep your time after work with your child, but get that workout in!! :) Also, Wii's and Xbox Kinects are great ways to do exercises and have your child do it with you :)

DOLPHIN129 SparkPoints: (160)
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10/31/12 5:48 A

I am a mom of a toddler. A wife. Work full time. And miss working out...terribly. I'm still losing my baby weight--although it is an obtainable amount...I feel like a hippo.
I've started with small steps. Started taking the stairs at work--with the exception of the 5th to the 12th floor. Drinking more water. Counting calories. Gave myself about a week to get in the groove of it all. So, next is getting in the exercise. This has been my biggest challenge.
My only option is to get up at 4AM. I already get up at 4:30--but this extra 1/2 hour seems to be the biggest challenge! I've considered working out after work but honestly, I would rather play with my little one and then there is the make dinner, eat dinner, bedtime, do dishes blah blah blah.

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