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8/8/14 12:50 A

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After I had my five children, the only way I could lose weight was on a low carb diet. I found the worst problem was eating their leftover food, which I had to learn to make myself TOSS in the trash. I was not the garbage can. emoticon



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I don't enjoy exercising, as I've got some problems which make it difficult and somewhat painful. So, I do it first thing in the morning, usually with my iPod close by :) I like to get it done and forget about it for the rest of the day ;)



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Buy a pedometer and start tracking your steps. Commit to getting 10,000 steps/day and build up to it. As you start walking more take 10 mins walks, park far away from the store. Just move. As you move you'll feel better and probably start to eat better. Don't go for perfect - just move and choose healthy foods more often than not.



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8/7/14 8:22 P

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It is really, really hard to exercise when you have small kids so don't beat yourself up at all! Start SMALL. Promise to do "Just 10 Minutes" of exercise a day for 100 days. It's "Just 10 Minutes" so you can do it. Use the Spark 10-minute videos or march in front of your oldest child's favorite 10-minute video or dance around the kitchen while waiting for the macaroni or the Wii or the hula hoop or.... "Just 10 Minutes." A small thing, but it will get you started. And once you're started, you'll keep going.
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I started after surgery by fake exercising with the WII. first yoga then hula hoop and then games.
I started again with Sparkpeople 6 minute workouts & graduated to 10-15 min workouts.
I started another time with my husband's work-they had a little spreadsheet & I signed in.
I started another time at the military gym just the free lap swim at the pool & once in awhile I did the treadmill or stair stepper.
I started another time because a friend at work popped in a workout dvd and we did it on our break.
I started another time like fit for life & did crunches & worked my way up to situps and pushups.
I started another time on a long term sub job walking around the track with handicapped kids & worked my way up to jogging.
One time my husband's coworker did a stepaerobics class for free at my husband's work & I went.



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8/7/14 1:58 P

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Agree with MARY. A little bit at a time, increasing a bit more each day. It gets easier as time passes! Really!

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So sorry about your dad... I understand how tiring it can be young kids and to take/ have time for yourself. I'm sure your getting in some exercise, chasing/ picking up after 3 young kids.Walking is good exercise, as is running around, playing games outside w/ kids, dancing. It doesn't necessarily HAVE to b a formal exercise class to be exercise. You can hold the baby above you while lying down and do lift him/ her up and down making faces, and you've done arm exercise, and amused the baby. Lay above him and do modified push ups again w/ the funny faces. Squats while holding baby. I USED to put on some peppy music , and dance around w/ or without the kids, and while doing house work, makes it more enjoyable.(exercise and house work) and u and the kids are keeping active.. And if you're carrying around baby that's extra calories burned! Try to park a little further from the store take stairs when you can... if the kids take naps try to get some exercise/ stretching in while they sleep besides just picking up. Good luck to u, it takes awhile to get out of a funk, be easy on yourself. And A BIG thing that helped me when the kids were younger(mine are teens), is don't be tempted to eat what they don't finish, it just adds unneeded extra calories . Take care.:)

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8/5/14 7:38 P

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I find I have to get rid of all of my excuses.

It really helps me to lay out my exercise clothes the night before.

Instead of saying, "Oh, I'll just do such-and-such before I exercise," I can say, "Doing such-and-such will be my reward for doing my exercise." Otherwise, it's amazing how a supposedly 5-minute e-mail check can eat up an entire day!

I second (third, whatever) all the suggestions to get it done in the morning, and/or get the kids involved.

I was so distracted at home that I took advantage of a corporate discount to join my local gym, AND I signed up for personal training there and booked the appointments immediately. I was afraid I would not get there if it was just up to me...but I DO care about making it there for appointments, and my trainer is great--she challenges me without boot-camping me, if that makes sense. That is an expensive way to go, though, which is which I suggest getting the family involved instead if you can.

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8/5/14 6:49 P

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I to took about two weeks to begin exercising after I began cutting back on what I ate. I do not count calories. I have learned to weigh myself before I eat- naked. This is what got me motivated to exercise. I have lost five pounds in two weeks and an inch off of my belt.

I exercise before I go to bed as my muscles can relax and the last thing that I do is not eating.



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8/5/14 11:37 A

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I do ten minutes and then nearly always want to keep going :)



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8/5/14 11:19 A

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Start simply by walking. Walk in a park or other pretty place and time will fly by.



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8/4/14 10:19 A

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I start with taking 30 min. walks during my lunch break and then try to start adding routines that are 10 -20 min. to do in the evening. Something is better than nothing at all. I love zumba and talking walks so it's my go to when I'm starting back into exercise. If you find something that you love to do you will more likely want to do it. The trick is to find something that will trump any other activities. For instance, if you dread the treadmill, household chores or anything else will sound more attractive to do. But if you like say belly dancing then you will want to do that more than household chores. We will always find an excuse for not doing something we don't like to do, and always find a way to do something we like to do (like for me right now ... I'm doing this for a few min before doing some more monotonous work) :)

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8/3/14 8:53 P

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What I did was to pick exercises that I could do with little or no effort. I started out doing ten wall push ups which are easier than regular push ups but help to tone the legs. I then on day two added ten windmills (touch toes (try to anyway), ten side stretches for each side, ten side leg lifts (tones the inner thigh, and ten knee bends (I am still recovering from a torn ligament from last April).

I add five repetitions to each of these every day. If I miss a day, then I just do my exercises twice the next day.

I also go walking or hiking at least once a week to get out of the apartment. I only started exercising on July 24th and have already lost an inch on my belt.

The gradual increase in exercise repetitions allows my body to adjust to the muscle complaints. I do not do strenuous exercises like running, jumping, etc. Saturday I hiked about 7 miles. I do not count calories, it has never helped before. I just eat less, buy less. If it is not near me or convenient, the desire will pass.

I plateaued after losing over 100 pounds my first year and am on track to lose the rest. Stay focused and keep exercising. It is easy to quit, but you only hurt yourself if you do.



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8/3/14 8:40 P

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I know it is hard to get started. I also had a hard time getting started but I started with the 10 minutes and that got me on a roll. Someone on here said they do 5 minutes. If that is what you can do then do it just do it. I did not start exercising until a month after I started watching what I ate and I lost a big NOTHING. You are not alone.



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I tie on my shoes and go for 10 minute before my mind fully wakes up and finds excuses.

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8/3/14 4:50 P

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Cramperella I'm so glad to hear someone else does it in 5 minute intervals. Five minutes is the most I can possibly do at one time before I have to sit down and rest.



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Nearlynina, you had some really really good ideas and suggestions. Thanks.



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Wow! I didn't ask the question, but find myself in a very similar circumstance, about not wanting to exercise. You guys gave some wonderful ideas to get started back, and if I can get back into Sparks, and track food and exercise, I think maybe, I can be back on track again too. Thanks all, Kathy



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8/1/14 11:20 P

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I try and remember how good I feel after a workout at the gym.

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It's just something you have to get up and start doing one day. You sound busy so I suggest getting up early in the morning and doing it before the clan rises. I would also suggest finding something you like or at least don't hate doing.

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~I put on my favorite fast-paced cd and just start dancing. Like they say; "A body in motion stays in motion.
~ I also find FUN exercises to do. No one said exercise had to be boring, right? Go for a swim. Fast walk around the mall, store or nature trail. I know of groups that walk early in the morning around the mall before it opens so they're not in anyones ways - and no one gets in there's either. Giggle..
~I've even done it around my yard, house and up and down the stairs with my Grand Children- whom I adore - and, they make it REALLY fun. Don't have little ones? Borrow from the neighborhood, neighborhood park, school or church by starting up a free "Fun Group" - WITH Moms & Dads OK of course!! .
~Also, if you live in a close enough area, and have the extra time & money, a seasons pass to Water Country, or any Theme Park really, is a great way to get your exercise. Just remember to PACK your lunch/dinner because their food choices are HIGH calorie count!

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7/30/14 9:48 P

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I wonder if the first step you need to take is to get to bed before midnight each night. I also tend to stay up too late, then I'm dragging the next day and it's very easy to talk myself out of exercise. Even 10 minutes is too big of an effort. Fatigue will totally change how I look at my priorities.
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There have been a lot of really great ideas and tips shared so far!

One of the biggest things I would say would be to find out what kind of activity you like. Now I know, I know, the answer is probably going to be nothing, but trust me everyone likes exercise we just kind of don't realize it. We're pretty much biologically programmed to like exercise; when we exert our bodies we get awesome releases of endorphins which make us happy and re-energized. The problem is we're also pretty lazy and really like our couches/beds/etc. A major issue with hating exercise is that initial hurdle of just getting up and starting and a lot of that has to do with not finding something that appeals to us and will motivate us to do it again the next day and the next.

If you think about kids they're "exercising" all the time just by playing.(well maybe a little less nowadays with tv/video games/internet/etc, but you know what I mean!) And they run around like crazy all day and still have so much energy. So imagine how much exercise you could be doing if you liked what you were doing! You just need to find it. For me, I can't say I've found the perfect thing yet, but I'm getting better at knowing what I need in an exercise/activity. For example, I get bored EXTREMELY easily, so I know that something like running isn't for me because I'll get bored and try to stick it out being miserable and just quit. But something where I'm running around doing a bunch of different things is exciting for me. I LOVE the beep test/shuttle run that you do in school for example because it feels competitive, has a sense of urgency, and is broken up into smaller goals.

One other thing that I'd suggest is adding in a mini workout while you're doing other things. Waiting for water to boil or some onions to caramelize? Why not do some squats while you're standing there? Watching your favourite show? During the commercial skip rope or lift weights etc!

There are a lot of little ways to incorporate exercise into your daily life, you just need to figure out what works for you and how to make it fun.




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Heaps of good ideas here. I started with a laminated calendar and filled in appointments for the month. First month it was three sessions a week, then the next month I built up to five. Now I mostly do six. I scheduled different sorts of exercise, walking, swimming, ST. I ticked off each session as I did it. I began with 3 minutes then made it 60 then 90. If I missed a session, I rescheduled. And if I couldn't reschedule, I made sure not to miss a session.
Even though I didn't like to exercise, that made no difference.
Then I tried things to see if I would like them. I found Zumba is great for me, it makes me work hard and I like exercising with others. I swim in the hydrotherapy pool down the road, 34 degrees. That means absolutely no excuses, can't think to myself, it,s cold, I don,t want to get wet, there is just NO EXCUSE that will get me out of a session.
But whether I liked it or not, I did it, because exercise is good for me, and, guess what, my head might not like it, but my body sure does!
I used to think of my body as a pet, I would take it out for a walk or an exercise session. It really helped me understand my responsibilities towards my body and my health.
And here is how I reward myself. I bought a really lovely shower gel, and I only used it after exercise. While I rub it on, I tell myself how great I felt after exercise. It worked a treat to set up positive feelings..
Hope you are enjoying trying and adopting some of the excellent suggestions here.
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I had a hard time with getting myself to start exercising. My aunt came over for tea one evening, and she told me she was going to take a 2 mile walk later that day, and she forced me to go with her. It ended up being really refreshing, and now I go on 2 mile walks regularly.



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I remind myself how much fun I have at fitness classes, and if I am super lazy I pull up my photos and remind myself that girl is in there and she wants to exercise!

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I remind myself of how I feel AFTER I work out. I hate working out, absolutely hate it. But I do it 5 times a week averaging 45 minutes each time. When I really don't want to I make myself get on it and do 10 minutes, I give myself the leeway to quit after 10 minutes. Usually I keep going but I have quit after just 10 minutes at times. Allow yourself the freedom to stop after you have started just to get your mindset out of the "I HAVE to exercise for this long"....then it feels more like a choice versus a requirement.

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for me it comes down to finding the motivation to get moving each day and doing something. each day I search diligently for the beginning hours of a new day to get moving, im learning that motivation isn't just a feeling its a tool that empowers us to want to get moving and stay on track. motivation is the mindset to want to get up and just do it for our own personal victories, I agree. sometimes I feel stiff or sore and I use that as a reminder that I'm taking action and doing something to help myself. finding what I enjoy and will do has been a challenge. I find that I enjoy low impact cardio walking and aerobics for beginners such as leslie sansome at home walking on dvd or youtube. she encourages us to do the moves we can or that we like to do and when we cant keep up to simply march in place, but the point is to keep moving for those minutes. I also find that when there is a show that I enjoy instead of sitting or laying down to watch that I can do a march or side step to the program to get my thirty minutes in. im trying to learn to at least attempt to do a little moving in the evenings to even if its just takeing a walk after dinner to help with the digestion process. usually I would just eat and lay down. learning to make myself exercise is a wonderful thing because im beginning to see how with each day I begin to crave to do it more regularly. I guess this is what they mean when they say exercise becomes a way of life. a part of the lifestyle change from unfit to healthier. I love all of your tips and encouragement. im also trying to come to spark each day to get my frame of mind together for a successful day in my lifestyle change. I know right now Im not strong enough to do it on my own. the spark creates in me the desire to move forward. to push thru! I love the forums and the topics because they have me looking at things from different levels and angles, from the beginners to the ones who stay on the team for weight loss matienence. where have you been all my life....lol emoticon emoticon

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I think of it as another tool in my arsenal to reach a healthy weight and leave medication behind me.

I really, really don't like to exercise. Because of that fact I get up first thing in the morning and do it. Some people feel accomplished after they exercise, I feel relief that it is over. emoticon It has been 7 months and I have walked at least 2 miles every day. Still don't enjoy it much but the music and the walking make me feel good, especially when it is done. emoticon

I don't really have a solution for you about getting started but I look at exercise as a 'necessary tool' to aid in my WL efforts.

Like the Nike slogan says, I "Just DO It,"

"NOTHING changes if nothing changes" Remember, while looking forward to reaching your destination you need to enjoy the journey.

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Take a look at my before picture and compare it to an earlier picture where I was much thinner. Gets me soo motivated. I so want to get into my jeans this fall and be comfortable in them. I ride and camp during the winter. My horse will be so pleased to carry less weight!

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Find something you love. I hate hate hate running but I love walking and hiking. I also love dancing, swimming, cycling and snowshoeing. When it's cool enough I'd rather be outside than in (I do a lot of dancing workouts in summer...not a heat person) and I also love swimming if it's not too unbearably hot (which for me starts at 85F...again, not a heat person). I don't tend to stick to things like going to the gym but going for a walk generally sounds awesome to me.


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I have had the cartilage removed from the one knee and this was just going into winter. I had a terrible time and then gained weight! I couldn't really do anything to raise my heart rate. Slowly I built up my leg strength by doing lunges and leg raises. I still can't overdo it but I am so much better now (2 years).
I found that using DVD's, or exercise shows I record on the TV, helps me get moving when I can't get outside. I love Gilead, go to E-bay and look for his tapes, he has whole workouts that involve lunges and squats, excellent for leg strength!
Good luck!

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I am sorry to hear about your Dad. I do not think exercise is the problem you want to attack. The real issue, as I see it is, how do I get enough time for me? Sounds like your day revolves around the kids and keeping up with all the work and needs of the house. It wouldn't matter if you exercised or read a book in the time that you schedule for yourself. The key would be to find some time to devote to yourself. Talk with your support group, husband, friends, and family to see if someone can help you find that little bit of time that you need for yourself. I think once you can find some consistent time to yourself, you will find the energy and desire to do the exercise and do other things that you really want to do. No matter what is going on in anyone's life, everyone needs some time to but their burdens down and refresh.

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If you're having trouble starting out, think of it as a job. You would get up and go to work even though you don't always feel like it. You would need that pay check at the end of the week to pay your bills. Exercising daily is paying for good health in mind and body.

Find something you like to do that is active. If the thought of going to a gym makes you weep, try some other type of activities. There has to be at least one thing out there that you will enjoy that may not seem like traditional exercise but des get your body moving.

There are children exercise tapes that are very cute. Get one and do it with your young kids. It will get your body moving and then you'll naturally want to do more and more moving your body as it will naturally crave it on it's own.

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One thing I tell myself is "I don't have to. I can do anything I want. I don't HAVE to exercise." And that's the truth. But what DO I want?

I want to feel better physically.
I want to keep my blood sugar in a normal range, without meds.
I want to fit into my super cute "Bling Jeans"
I want to maintain my weight loss.
I want to feel proud of myself for taking actions that make me healthy.

Then I think, Well, what is it I can do to accomplish these things?

Exercise. I don't have to become a professional athlete and commit to hours of working out a day. I do Zumba regularly. And I walk 2 miles 3 times a week. I'm not breaking any records here, but I am staying healthy and active. Start small, and enjoy the success that brings.


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all of your tips are so helpful! thankyou emoticon

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You need to want to exercise. Start with small goals and gradually build up your endurance. Eventually, exercise is something that you will miss when you cannot get out and do it. If you have a family, take the kids for a walk. My children are grown, so I take my little dog for a walk. Another thing that really helps me be accountable is to have a regular scheduled time for exercise and engage a walking buddy. Even on days when I would rather sleep in, I will always walk because my walking buddy is counting on me.

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Keep on moving....

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Start small. Go for a daily walk with your children. I am coming back to exercise after a fairly long period of inactivity. I am doing it in 5 minute chunks. It all adds up.

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A spark friend recently blogged ..... "100 days til Halloween" and asked .......... What can you do between now and then if you were diligent every day?" ................. I got a little journal and add to it daily ............ and a note in my fitness journal here in Sparks! .............. A little here and a little there ................. with some ST and tracking that food! .............. I am motivated as I have some cute things to wear in the Fall and I want to look 'top notch.' ............

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I think you just need to make the time and realize that you are worth it. It's hard for all of us because many things can make us side step and make the best laid plans fall apart quickly.
Early am exercise is best for me because that is totally my time without and interruptions. I'm in the process of setting up a weekly schedule of an exercise routine and sticking with that. So I get up and no thinking about, I can just do it. On weekends I tell myself by 1:00 (or so) I am going to do this. That works most of the time.

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Hi!

I find something that I enjoy. For me, it's Zumba. I like that it's fun, energetic, and non-stop. I'm not working out! I'm dancing. :)

Find something you enjoy and do that. Don't think of it as "working out" because people hate working out. Just have fun!

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You have to start thinking of exercise as something you NEED EVERY DAY--a normal part of your daily routine. Like brushing your teeth, or taking a shower, you just do it--you exercise first thing every morning.

Don't own exercise equipment? No problem--just put on comfortable clothes (no fancy spandex needed!), a pair of tennis shoes, and hit the pavement! Walking for 20-30 minutes every day will provide HUGE results!

And when you're comfortable going that far--kick it up a notch & go farther. Move faster. Add ab crunches & stretches. Find new ways to challenge yourself!

I guarantee you'll reach a point (if you exercise regularly) where you CRAVE that daily workout--because it MAKES YOU FEEL SO GOOD! And as the pounds melt away you'll have even more reasons to be proud of yourself! YOU CAN DO IT!


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Such good answers here. Thanks to all.

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I started by going for walks. Using the map your route on Spark People I learned different routes around my area and saw how many calories I burned. After a while that got old so then I started using the video workouts on Spark People. Those are short, so then I used the WII Fit. Now I go to the YMCA 5 mornings a week. So, just start out doing something small like walking and then you will feel good and move on to other exercises that suit you and your lifestyle.

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Start with "just 10 Min", this is a Spark Team too. This is what got me off the couch and moving. At first I did just 10 minutes, then I went a little longer, and tried to fit in another 10 later. If you are consistent, you start wanting to do more, and you progress. It's still my Mantra, and on days I just don't want to do anything, I try something, anything for just 10 minutes, normally I end up going further, but some days that's just it.

After 4 years of this, I still seek more opportunities, no matter how short or small. Little bits really add up, even if you don't see it immediately, things change.

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If I know I have errands to run, and they usually involve groceries and specialty items, I challenge myself to bike to my destination. There are 4 grocery stores near my house, one down the block (its the fancy pants market type) and then 3 in the town next to me. I try to challenge myself to bike to the ones in the next town, using my bike basket as a shopping bag. This helps fit in some easy cardio and maintain a little bit of a spending discipline: If I can fit the items in my basket and realistically bike it all home, I can get them.House and yardwark are also easy ways to squeeze in some exercise.
Lately, during my social outings, I try to shift our base of outings away from eating out and more towards taking a walk around and catching up over a stroll of 'Adventure' instead of over a burger and fries.

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I used to walk 4 miles a day up until last year when I hurt my foot. With the severe winter we had, I didn't get out. Today I forced myself out the door, I got 3 miles in. I have been doing 1 in the a.m. and 1 in the p.m. But my eating is terrible.

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Hello TSHIRTGIRL,
It is very difficult to fit in exercise if you are a busy Mum, a working girl or both.

My advice is KIS-keep it simple. Set you alarm for 15 minutes early. Give yourself 5 minutes to wake up, slap cold water on your face and then exercise for ten minutes immediately. I like to go outside to change the environment. Nicole Nichol's videos on Spark people are wonderful, or run around your place for ten minutes. emoticon You will be surprised how good you feel throughout the day. emoticon The secret to consistency in my mind is to start simply and continue until you challenge your self to add a minute or too. Then, you choose the next level you will undertake. Find a friend who, like you, wants to improve his/her physical fitness. Remind yourself how satisfying it is to rise to challenge. Praise yourself through the day for attending to the small victories in life.. emoticon
It will astound you how quickly you increase this habit of fitness..
As for me, I still walk. I do strengthening and toning exercises and more and more general activity daily. I do not run marathons, climb mountains etc. I leave that to those who are physically smart. But I do my little bit daily. Consistency is a key.

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I started walking then when I was no longer challenged and ready for more I gradually added ST sessions and cardio videos. I also really like to break down my work outs, 20 min in the morning 15 or 20 in teh evening. I like to be tired but not exhausted



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Get 8 hours of Sleep. Research has shown that those who get between around 8 hours of sleep, not much more or much less, tend to wake up energized and more motivated. Google weight loss and sleep habits. Also, avoid watching TV, playing video games, or surfing the internet, etc. right up until bedtime; the optical strain of constantly changing images from doing this lasts and tends to prevent one from going to sleep quickly. Those who wake up fresh without a sluggish feeling tend to plan their day better, have more fun, and are more motivated to follow their plans.

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I've been at my goal weight for several years now, but started to think I've got this now, so just kick back and relax. Well, I gained 5 pounds in one thought. I knew I couldn't just sit back and relax and lost my motivation to exercise consistently at home. So I found that there is a YWCA close enough to home that I could go to. I joined 4 months ago and took exercising to a whole new level. I can swim, do free weights, fitness machines, bikes, and best of all ZUMBA 3 times a week, twice on Fridays because they have a regular class and then a Zumba Gold. I call the Gold class my cool down!
I've also found that by joining, I'm more motivated to go. Probably due to the fee--don't want to waste money, but also because of the people; I don't feel so isolated. Isolation is something anyone dieting should avoid.
Deciding to make a change is easy until you try. Sometimes, it's not so much wanting to, it's the not knowing how. I needed a change. I decided to find a way to make it work. It just take determination, and discipline. Once you've got those 2, you're good to go.

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I love what everyone is saying! Also, though, buy a cute workout outfit! I shop at Marshall's religiously, and can easily get a top and capris for under 20 total. To me, it makes a big difference. I felt more frumpy working out in an old tshirt and sweatpants. It's not meant to sound superficial, but why can't we look cute when we workout?? Yesterday I reallllly didn't want to go for a run, and hadn't in over a week. Then I remembered I bought two new headbands/sweatbands, and literally THAT is what got my butt off the couch! Give that a try in addition to everyone's great suggestions :)



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I think we have all probably struggled with this. It is definitely tough when you have young kiddos. My best advice is to put on your workout clothes, tennis shoes and just do it! Make an appointment if you need to but DO NOT cancel! I love what everyone is suggesting to start with something whether it's 10-15 minutes and work up from there. You will start to feel so good and your body will begin to "crave" exercise. You don't even need anything formal, just start with 10 jumping jacks, run in place, do some squats, lunges, use hand weights, walk around the neighborhood, etc. Any exercise is better than nothing. You can do this! emoticon emoticon

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I love the idea of making an appointment for yourself!



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Try making an appointment for yourself (me time) and take a walk or dance to music for 10 minutes. I found if I schedule the time for myself, physically placing it on my calendar, I will do it and not make excuses for not doing it. Me time also helps you mentally as well.



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Begin with small steps. Try ten minutes a few days a week. Then add five more. Walking is a great way to start. It takes ninety days to make exercise a habit. Take you time and believe it can be done!

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The title is the answer, You make yourself start. You don't have to be a Yoga master or Jillian Michaels on day 1. You take whatever time you can and choose something. If all you can do is ten minutes while your children are sleeping than that is a start. Youtube has lots of free videos for exercise to start with.

From there you may find other things that become fun, but without starting somewhere none of that will happen.

This doesn't imply that it is easy, but simple. That first workout whether it be five minutes or an hour may be the hardest thing you ever do, but it is worth it.

In my estimation the most important thing about exercise is not the calories you burn (although that is important of course) but the way it can make you feel. I call it natures Prozac (I am sure that is not original I think I saw it somewhere).l

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I'm inspired by the videos in my e-mail inbox. That serves as a reminder that I need to move emoticon emoticon



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I'm kind of in the same boat--I know I need to exercise, I have ~30 pounds to lose, and I HATE it. I hate exercise, always have.

But yesterday, I put on my tennis shoes and dragged myself out for a neighborhood hike -- 1 mile out to a nearby park, 1 mile back. Here's how I made myself do it: YouTube. I took my purse with me instead of just my keys and water, and pulled up an episode of one of my favorite shows I used to watch in reruns while I was in college (Alias Smith and Jones, if you're curious). Put the smartphone back in my purse, popped in my earbuds, and away I went, chuckling over the story and not paying attention to how boring the exercise is. It made it fun instead of awful, and gave me a clever way to time my hike besides.

Did the same thing again today. Still fun. NOW, my goal is going to be to get all the way back home before the end credits music. That's 2 miles in 50 minutes. I'm not there yet, but I figure each time if I can get closer to home by then, I'll be making progress... I don't have anyone to exercise with, but listening to those guys sort of makes up for it.

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try just 10 minutes a day. try one of sparks short videos. it gets contagious after a couple weeks. Also, I LOVE to light up my spark tracker.

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I am doing the same thing and I don't even have 4 little kids to keep up with. (My stepkids are 20, 14 and 11) I get so tired and feel so busy just keeping up with the normal demands of everyday life that I don't take time to exercise. You need to figure out whether you want to exercise with or without kiddos. When I mall walk in the winter, I see many moms doing interval training with kids in tow. However, I think it would be good for you to get some alone time just for you if at all possible. The Y has free childcare (and the Y close to me was very good at entertaining the kids.) while you work out. They also have financial aid if money is tight. Your husband could also spell you for at least an hour. We do "tag team" at my house. I entertain the kids while hubby does what he needs/wants for a bit, then we switch.

Personally, I know that not exercising is not making me feel less tired. I just have to schedule an appointment with myself and do it. Also... I am oddly motivated by visuals. Get a calendar and some cheap stickers. Put a sticker on the calendar for every day you get in your 10 minutes.

I know the extra 80 lbs also has to be making you tired because I have been there. Hang in there. And set a 10% goal. Losing 10% of your weight will already improve your health. That's 8 lbs, not 80. emoticon

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Pick something easy and simple that you can pause and come back to later if you need. Yoga or pilates might be quite good. Relaxing too :)



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10 minutes is a good way to start!

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I agree with the folks saying to start with 10 minutes. I just started doing this myself a week ago. A couple of nights I almost didn't get it done, but I asked myself if my health was worth 10 minutes and of course the answer is yes! Most nights I have been walking, either by myself or with the hubs. One night when he didn't feel like it and it was just too hot outside, I turned on some upbeat music and danced. That's something you could do with your kids, dance. My kids loved it when I would dance with them.

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Assuming that you do chores around the house, you can count the more active among them as exercise. You could keep a timer going on your phone. Of course, there are more vigorous exercises you could be doing than mopping or picking up the house, but it might encourage you to get to more active exercising if you at least got the lift of getting to list what you were already doing?
That's something I read in a book called Switch--about creating and motivating change.
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There are many things you can do to be active, that aren't "formal exercise." If you find gearing up your mindset (and setting up your schedule, childcare, etc) makes it difficult to follow a formal exercise routine (like going to the gym, or jogging, etc), then try other things that just keep you active. Such as... Take the kids for a walk, go to the park and run around with them, take a ball to kick or throw. This stuff counts as activity! Walking, hiking, playing frisbee, all counts, and it doesn't even FEEL like "dun dun dunnnnn.... Exercise!"

I am a big fan of "accidental" exercise, the kind you get when you don't even realize you are exercising!

Also keep in mind that the major contributor to weight loss is what you eat. So even if you can't swing a steady intense exercise routine right now, you can make great strides with weight loss simply by paying close attention to the quantity (and quality) of your food intake.

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It looks like you need some help. Do you have someone to watch the kidlets while you take a walk or ride your bike?

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7/21/14 3:18 P

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Use your kids. Have fun and play. You get exercise and they get tired. Lay the baby on the floor and do push-ups, on the down do a belly blow on him or her. Lay on your back and lift baby in the air. Your arms will get a workout. Do a few sqauts holding baby. Chase the others around the house or play hide and seek a few times a day. Everyone will be happy. Not to mention you'll be the fun mom as they grow up.

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7/21/14 2:05 P

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Hi there,

CJ has great advice to start with just a few minutes a day. There are loads of free exercise videos on this site. You will never get tired of the variety. Then, fake it until you make it. I find exercise has to become a habit--a good one!



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TSHIRTGIRL,

I've very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". if the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. that's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time, thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body. Spark People encourages all its members to start with simple changes first. don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. set some simple goals.

Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to east 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you're not exercising, don't start with an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

Would you expect your beautiful baby to start walking within the first 3-4 weeks ? Okay, if it takes time for your baby to learn to walk, it's going to take time for you to learn to incorporate healthier habits. If your baby falls when they try to walk, do you chastise them ? Same thing. Don't chastise yourself for making mistakes. We ALL make them. it's part of the learning process.

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7/21/14 12:22 P

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think of it as you time. It is hard to keep giving to everyone else if you never take care of yourself.

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7/21/14 10:19 A

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Visualize. As you're trying to keep up with the kids, visualize how much easier your life would be if you weren't winded and tired so often. When you collapse at the end of the day, once the kids are down, visualize how much better life would be if you only had a little more energy. You've got to want it, it is so worth it, and you start with just 10 minutes per day.

As you gain strength and stamina by slowly increasing your daily exercise routine you will find that you have more time in the day, not less. With increased energy you will be able to function at a higher level, accomplish more, and not have to end each day exhausted.

A quick ten minute walk before the kids get up, or after they go to bed would work. But I suggest you incorporate your kids in your daily exercise. Start with actively playing with them: tag, kick ball, jump rope, hopscotch...there are endless possibilities. My son and his friends loved it when I became the monster in the playground and chased them all over the place, if I could catch them, I got to tickle and kiss them. After a couple of weeks you will have more energy and will want to add more exercise to your daily routine.

Exercise really is a magic energy potion.

Good luck.

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Thank you :)



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7/21/14 9:36 A

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Hey!
Just wanted to tell you it takes a lot of forceful talking to yourself to get into the habit of exercise. I hated it. Always have. Even just walking. But I am lazy and that is a capital word for me.
However....I know if I want to lose weight....I have to exercise.

No choice about it. That walk that I do uses calories.....the elliptical I do...burns lots of calories. And now I usually don't have to force myself too much. I still have lots of weight to lose but I know I need the exercise to help lose it. It is much easier to talk myself into working out or walking now than it was 2 months ago so I think what you need is to just make it a habit and then it is something you just do as part of your daily routine.
I won't tell you I love it because I would be lying. I hate sweating and I sweat a lot. Doesn't matter what exercise I do....but that's because I have too much fat on my body and I just feel like now the sweat is my fat melting away. But I will tell you...it's awesome after you finish a workout....you just kinda pat yourself on the back and say good job.
There are no easy answers to losing weight and exercising but I do know they go hand in hand.
And if you have a hard time with the exercise part...get yourself a calendar...and some lil stars like they use for lil kids in school. Every time you do a good workout...give yourself a star. You deserve it. And eventually if nothing else...you like seeing the stars fill the calendar and you get into the habit. LOL! Whatever it takes eh.....honestly....that's what I did and it worked. I now don't even think about exercise...I just know its part of my day and something I just do. I would still not do it if I could but....I have to and I know it so it's just there before noon...every day.
Hope something in there helps and motivates you.
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7/21/14 8:50 A

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Exercise is fun, not torture. Why wouldn't you want to do something that makes you healthier, happier and more energetic?

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7/21/14 3:36 A

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I am sorry to hear about your dad!
Firstly, you are not alone in this. I think it has to do with loss of faith in yourself, that's why it becomes so difficult for you to get up and start working towards your goals again. You put on weight, are probably angry at yourself and now you feel you don't deserve to be fit and healthy. Well, that's what I often go through!
My motivating factor is usually someone at work saying "hey, your ass is getting big!" after the initial feeling of wanting to slap them in the face, i realise that "hey, yes my ass is getting fat!" it helps me get over denial, which puts things in perspective.
For me, if I put in a tiny bit of effort, just force myself to get going again in the smallest way, i get the much needed boost of confidence and away i go again.
Do not despair! just make ane effort to get back on your right path...and before you know it! you will be feeling great once more!:)
God bless

P.S:NEVER say HAVE TO.it creates a feeling of dread... instead say :i will! I want to!" it helps to make you feel less hopeless, more powerful.

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7/21/14 2:48 A

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Start by doing just ten minutes (could be ten minutes of walking). Preferably in the morning, so you can be 'done' with it for the day and feel good about doing it. It is more important to get into a habit than to do a lot, in the beginning.

Maybe do another 5 to ten minutes later on in the day if you have the time. And start tracking your fitness minutes, that may help you to be motivated. emoticon

It also sounds like you need some more 'me-time' - would be good if you could arrange it, though it may not be easy if you're a mother of four children.



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I know how to exercise, I know how to eat right. My baby #4 is five months, my twins are 3 & my oldest is almost 5. I gained a little with each pregnancy & then my Dad passed away a month before I had my 5 month old & I ate to comfort myself. Needless to say, I am the biggest I have ever been & I keep saying I will start & the time passes & before I know it it is midnight & I'm the last one to crawl in bed with zero actual exercise for the day & I promise myself I will "start" tomorrow. Help! This has gone on for weeks. emoticon What can I do to make myself do this. I have 80 pounds to lose, I have to start



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