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12/1/11 2:13 A

I had the same thought as Heather in getting your boys involved in your exercise. Just getting kids outside is great for their health and lets them run off some energy. You could either join in their game, or get some parallel activity going, like walking around the perimeter of their play area. You can keep an eye on them, but they are busy at their own thing. This might be a good way to start until you are feeling energetic enough to join in.

The second approach is to make the exercise time your "me-time." Take a half-hour while someone else watches the kids. You also need to find an exercise that is relaxing and fun--something that feels like play and not work. There is a quiz in the quiz section about exercise styles. I really enjoyed taking it and getting a profile of things that I would like to do. Now I look for things like yoga, or dance toning, or just dancing, or things that feel creative, and help me get more in touch with my inner self and a sense of peace. I enjoy these types of exercises. Some of the more mainstream type of work outs drive me nuts, or feel too much like have-to's.
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I also noticed the part about you being a student. If you are taking on campus classes, try walking or jogging between classes. Campuses are really great places to commune with nature.

Edited by: LARKSONGRUTH at: 12/1/2011 (02:16)
11/30/11 11:11 P

When my diet is bad I can exercise until I'm blue in the face and it doesn't make a bit of difference. Keep eating well and stay within your calorie range.
I understand about being busy but you have to make time for yourself. I used to think I was to busy but I found myself checking status and playing games on FB. I had time for that so now I make myself exercise for atleast 30 mins a day. Get creative. A good work out for you could be playing with your kids. Tag, football, jump rope, use a boy as a weight and lift them w/ your legs (we called it airplane when I was a kid) ect.

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11/30/11 10:52 P


I once read that we all have 24 hours in a day and even the busiest of people find a way to work in activity into their chaotic lifestyle. It may take some planning on your part, but you can do this. So many people feel they need to devote a set amount of time to workout when in reality studies have shown that 3 10 minutes sessions are just as beneficial to your overall health as one longer session.

For me getting started is what could keep me from running or not running. I tell myself if I just do 10 minutes and that's all I want to do, that's OK because something always TRUMPS nothing.

Hang in there!
Coach Nancy

11/30/11 10:36 P

Hello. Here is my biggest problem that has gotten me not starting on this whole getting healthy kick, Where do I start. I have added more veggies in my diet that's the first thing but I am lost when it comes to exercise. Where do I begin. I don't have a lot of time on my hands because I am a mom of three VERY active little boys, I work full time and I am a full-time student. Not like I should be adding more to my plate I keep dreaming of this woman who is strong physically and who is healthy and can "hang" with the boys. It takes everything out of me! Please help where do I start I am a beginner and have little to no strength in my upper body, I want to lose the muffin top that I have so by the time my 30th birthday hits (in almost exactly a year in April) I want to say I am in the best shape I have ever been!

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