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ANGIEFORTIN SparkPoints: (5,616)
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5/8/13 8:53 P

I have three teens at home, they want me to keep a lot of snack foods around... it's been tough to fit exercise and diet in... I find I cut a lot of calories when I bring my lunch to work, and skip social snacking at work, but birthday celebrations, up coming weddings and winter pot lucks can be difficult to stay on track when food is always around...

ELIZABETH5268 SparkPoints: (52,610)
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5/8/13 5:26 P

I workout before my little girl wakes up or after she goes to sleep. On the days her dad takes her I go to the gym or walk/run outisde if the weather is nice. My mom helps out sometimes too if I want to get in a run right by her house. I started using TurboFire last week which is great because it's at home so doing the stuff while she sleeps completely works because the workouts range in 15 minutes up to 60 minutes.

Working out on lunch breaks can be nice too.

I have a planner that fits in my purse that shows both the month and then breaks it down by week. I use the week portion of it to plan my workouts a week or more ahead of time as if it were appointments to make sure I can get everything in:)

Edited by: ELIZABETH5268 at: 5/8/2013 (17:28)
JAMSGAL87 SparkPoints: (1,052)
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5/8/13 2:27 P

Im struggling with finding time to work out also between work and cleaning and cooking and play time and bath time and on and on and on. What Im trying to do is "workout" during certain times as park of jogging in place while cooking dinner....sit-ups playing with my 3 year old. Toe touches during bath time with either baby!

JILLIAN191909 Posts: 78
5/2/13 3:13 P

I'm a single working mother of two kids 8 & 4 and I find that working out on my lunch break or before they wake up works best for me. Now that the weather is better I do a lot of stadium workouts which allows me to let my kids go with me and tire themselves out.

You have to find what works best for you :-) Good Luck.

ATSCHOPP3 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/24/13 11:56 A

I have an 18 month old who is very attached to me as well! I do try to get up early in the morning to get a work out in, but I've found the biggest help is to make your home a well-oiled machine. Have meal plans so it takes the decision out of what to eat, do your housework in little bits so each day your house is somewhat clean. Then, find something that your daughter enjoys. My daughter loves dancing. We turn on the music and we dance and I chase her around. We also go for walks, go to the playground, etc. Also, look into 30 day shred by Jillian Michaels. It's only 25 minutes and it is killer! I lost 30 pounds just doing that and altering my nutrition. It's all about trying to find a balance, and you won't succeed every day, but if you get 4 days of blissful balance out of the week then that's 4 days you didn't have last week! :)

ASHMICPEAR SparkPoints: (1,007)
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4/23/13 12:43 A

I'm so tired all the time too. My little ones are 23 months and 11 months. Eddie is teething and he wakes up a lot at night right now but hopefully this will get better. I find myself falling asleep before bedtime after I get off work. Ugh. But I'm inspired by all of you and now I'm going to start going to bed earlier and carving out time in the am before everyone wakes up to exercise. I have Zumba for Wii that my husband got me and I need to start using it. I can't wait to begin this weight loss destiny.

LORIJ3248 Posts: 50
4/22/13 4:50 P

Just getting back to using Sparkspeople after a few years of being gone and I started again just because of this. I have a 3 year old and 10 month old. And my 10 month old STILL DOESN"T SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT! So I am exhausted most days. But as I'm done having children I want to get healthy so I can play with my kids and not sit on the sidelines watching them. Finding time is SO hard with working fulltime and having little ones but there are some GREAT ideas here. Thanks everyone

RENEEAQUA SparkPoints: (35,157)
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4/21/13 11:53 P

I wake up an hr and a half early to workout, shower and get my food for the day together. I go to bed when my kids do. So I still get my 8 hrs of sleep. If that doesn't work then my 2 yr old pretends to workout with me, when I workout after work. Try a dance workout that way it's fun for both of u. I sometimes have dinner going while i workout.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,696
4/21/13 11:43 A

Just remember, you have 18 yrs ahead of you before she leaves home for college and you can't wait until then to so something so take some of the suggestions offered below.

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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4/9/13 9:55 P

Others have given great suggestions for ways to fit in time to work out, but I wanted to give you something else to think about, too. I totally understand why you feel reluctant to take an hour away from spending time with your daughter--that time is valuable and necessary. But consider that every hour (or half-hour or 10 minutes) you spend working out, you are getting healthier, which is likely adding time to your life, which will translate to more time with your daughter (and her kids and maybe their kids). Also, spending time working out models a healthy lifestyle for your daughter, which is a great gift to give her. I know my kids (older than your daughter--my boys are 9 and 6) see that I go out and run and that shows them that staying active is a normal and important thing to do.

KMFITZ721 Posts: 89
4/8/13 1:48 A

My husband works long hours and a lot of times comes home about our 12 year olds bedtime. I found Walk Slim video. It's 4 miles but is set up to where you can at at miles 1,2, and 3 if needed. Stay with it cause you will be your child's example on how to take care of yourself.

MELMOMOF4 SparkPoints: (7,311)
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4/6/13 10:28 A

find some kind of workout to do at home or work out dvd you can do.

NANDESMAMA SparkPoints: (5,899)
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4/4/13 10:07 P

I used to putmy son in his stroller and take long walks. Alsoif ur daughter is a good sleeper maybe work out to a dvd orsp video when she goesto bed or before she gets up

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
4/1/13 7:44 A

I try to be in bed by 9, sometimes it's a bit earlier, sometimes a bit later. I will readily admit, I am tired a lot! My alarm goes off at 4:15, I am usually out of bed by 4:30. 3 days a week I lift weights, followed by some HIIT or a walk on my treadmill and some yoga if I have time. ST is my focus those days. the other 2 days of the work week, I run on my treadmill. I follow that with some sort of core/abs workout. Yoga or pilates or longer stretching if I have time. My goal is to be getting in the shower by 6am. My owrkouts are usually done by 5:45, depending on what time I get started. I do track my workouts as soon as they're done, so if I do get donebefore 6, there is often some internet tomfoolery before hitting the shower. I'm typically heading out thedoor by 7:15, sometimes earlier, sometimes not. Preparing lunch the night before does help to cut time in the morning as well. So does pre-picking my outfit. On Saturdays I also run, sometimes on Sundays, too, depending on how I feel, but I can do that at any time since my husband is home, and I'm not at work.

WEDON921 Posts: 7
3/31/13 8:19 P

Wow! Your strength is amazing...I am wondering how you get up at 4:30 to work out...what time do you go to bed? I really wish I had the energy, and didn't drag myself out of bed at 5:15...I currently am working my first full time job in almost 7 years...I teach, get up at 5:15 and bring work home with me. I try to go to bed at 9 at the latest, but that often turns into 10. I am really struggling with making the time to workout, which is just sad because I feel so gross. What do you do at 4:30, and how long do you do it for?

VIVIBARAJAS SparkPoints: (6,821)
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3/29/13 11:39 A

I also get up at 5:30 am to drive over to the gym and workout for an hour while the kids sleep. Then i run home make breakfast, pack lunches and see them off to the bus stop. They are 11, and 14 so even though they are not babies, I still think its very important to be there for them. Thankfully 2 days out of the week my husband sees them off to school and I can sleep in an extra 40 minutes, then hit the gym. The reason why I need a good long workout in the morning is because I sit in an office for 8 hours and have few opportunity to move around and be active at work. After work I have to run home cook dinner, help with homework, and sit down and eat as a family, relax, read and go to sleep early.... after trial and error, I find that this routine works for me and my family, youll find your routine. Your health is a priority without youll die...

ARMYWIFE0703 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/27/13 11:16 A

I have to fit my workout in as soon as I get home from work. I change my clothes and put on my tennis shoes and do my videos. If I can drag myself out of bed at 0500, I workout before work. I also walk by 2 boxers every night for 30-40 min.

MIRANDAFRM2 Posts: 291
3/27/13 10:32 A

I totally understand what you mean about the guilt. I don't want to leave my boys to go to the gym so I wake up earlier than everyone else and exercise then. It is hard to work all day and then leave them, I miss them too much. I started by waking up 15 minutes early then working my way up to an hour. It made it much easier and I have also found that since I am eating healthier I don't fell as tired in the mornings. emoticon

CARTOON3 SparkPoints: (36,232)
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3/21/13 4:11 P

I do several 10 minutes work outs per day. i also do wii with my children.

CMGREY14 Posts: 27
3/19/13 7:10 P

I try to break it up and I am lucky enough to work where I have access to a gym. I have recently started going on my lunch hour and it makes a difference. I don't feel pulled in the evening between exercise and my family.

3/19/13 11:23 A

Awesome ideas, thanks so much!! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has this issue. I'm so programmed to think that I MUST spend no less than 60 minutes exercising, so I figure well I can't do an hour so whats the point? Everyone keeps telling me to start slow and it's time for me to start listening. Thanks so much for your time!!

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
3/18/13 10:46 A

I get up at 4:30 and workout while my kids are sleeping. Sometimes my 4 year old will wake up, and she'll sit on the couch if I'm in the basement and watch a show on my iPad or the TV or, if I'm upstairs, she'll sit in my bedroom with a show. You can also add in extra movement by working out with your daughter. Use her as weight for squats or leg lifts. Get a mommy & me yoga/exercise video. Put on music and dance around or go for walks with her in a backpack carrier. You can also get in some good, intense cardio with an HIIT workout in 10-15 minutes.

RACHEL_LM SparkPoints: (114)
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3/18/13 12:19 A

I totally get it! I have a 22-month-old that already goes to daycare for 8.5 hours a day, so I just can't justify bringing him to the gym daycare on top of it.

I work out at home, after he goes to bed. I invested in some hand weights (think I paid $6 at walmart,) and I do videos that focus on both cardio and strength training. Right now I'm doing Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. I work up a sweat, I feel it in the morning, and I'm losing weight, so I figure I'm not missing too much by not going to the gym.

(This particular workout is on YouTube. I love getting stuff for free. And it's only 18 minutes. Double bonus.)

Love the idea of working out WITH your child! Can't wait til it gets nicer out! Too cold in WI for that now.

TWAINNY Posts: 55
3/16/13 9:32 P

I feel your pain! It is so hard. I work outside the home and I have about an hour commute each way. I finally decided I HAVE to do it for me and my kids. It is more a mind set than anything, even when your tired you gotta do some exercise!! And even if you miss a day... Or two... That you get back to exercising! Start slowly, you don't need to spend hours at the gym on day 1. Good luck, you can do it!

SAPHIRA1207 Posts: 17
3/16/13 6:54 P

Exercise with your daughter!
Go for walks (she can stay in her stroller), play on the climbing part of the playground with her, if you can afford the expense/time take a mommy and child class with her. There were lots of gymnastics classes when my boys were small that we took together.
Hope that helps!

3/15/13 2:44 P

Happy Friday my fellow sparkers!! I'm sure this topic has been brought up before, so excuse me if its old or worn out, but I really need some advise/tips on how to fit fitness in my schedule. I'm a single mom to a 19 month old firecracker, I work full time, I have sever working mommy guilt and I feel awful just thinking about taking another hour away from my daughter for workouts, but I can't continue down this unhealthy path. So, how do you do it?`

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