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N16351D Posts: 2,349
10/27/12 6:49 A

Wow! You have a lot going on! Let us recap your post. You are overweight, in a stressful (full-time?) job, have a toddler at home, and likely have a long list of household chores at home when you get home from that stressful job and have a two-year old wanting your undivided attention.

Based on your short post, it sounds to me like you have more than a weight problem. The stress of it all,even without a stressful job, would be extremely difficult for me to manage. You hardly have time to exercise.

1) Look at "deskercise" and other threads on "Fitness" message boards for ideas of activities you can do at work to get moving. See other tips on moving during your day (ie... parking further away and walking to the buildings).
2) Look at articles on this SP website for ideas on how to make time for fitness in a busy life
3) Be active outside at a park with the toddler as time allows. Put the child in a stroller and go for walks. Push the child on swing sets, and toss the child in the air and catch him or her. Throw balls and play. All of this will help get you both connected to each other and moving.
4) Ask for help from family and friends for breaks from work, home, and child. Get an hour to yourself once in a while
5) Can you afford to hire housework help and/or child care for a break?
6) Can you find time to trade babysitting and/or household chores with a friend? One friend and I trade 2 hours housework help every month. It gives us both a great break!
7) Can you afford to have less responsibility at work and have less stress? Fewer hours? A different job?
8) Is there a fitness center or Yoga classes nearby where you can get away from child, work, and home for 30 minutes a few times a week to get moving and concentrate on yourself?

While not a health-care professional, I can't help but wonder if part of the lack of motivation comes from such a hectic lifestyle with tremendous responsibility. I expect you are a responsible person! Maybe the lack of motivation to exercise and eat right is probably within in part due to an exceptionally busy schedule. (How do you have time to go to SP website?)

I was a single mother of a small child, going to college, and working part-time throughout my twenties. It was very, very difficult and stressful. I found that exercising helped me feel better and manage my hectic life better. I jogged early in the morning before kids awoke. If not then, it did not happen.

Remember that you can do anything for a while. Children do grow and mature. Also, "If you don't take care of yourself, you are no good to anyone else."

Keep hunting for and reading articles about healthy living to get ideas on what you can incorporate into your lifestyle, and look for articles on how people manage the "overload" which you carry each day.

Can you get to church, or somewhere peaceful for an hour each week to calm yourself and consider priorities to help you cope with the stress?

Warm regards, best wishes, and good luck. I hope something written here is helpful.

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
10/27/12 1:00 A

Hello. While I don't have any children, I definitely understand working at a desk job, as that's how I ballooned out to 330 pounds at one point in my life. The hardest part for me was avoiding all of the pot-lucks, and office party food. To be honest, what really sparked me was the fact that I had been overweight for all of my adult life (I'm 26). I honestly wasn't happy at my job, and I actually had to quit and see a counselor to deal with all of my emotional issues.
The thing with motivation is I cannot give it to you. You have to dig deep within and grab it.
Make a list of reason why you want to lose weight.
No one else will care if you stay as you are, or if you lose weight. I realized that when I noticed that everyone always said "you're fine just the way you are". you have to want that change for you, and you only.

You can do it! Everyone has to start somewhere, and it's better to start now than put it off year after year. It just has to start with you.

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10/27/12 12:15 A

Hi all! So here I am asking, begging, for some motivation. I desperately need to lose 40 lbs. I am do unhappy with myself. I weigh more now then I did after having my 2 year old. I do not feel sexy and it is killing my marriage. I have a very stressful job, which I m chained to my desk and sitting in meeting all day! I need to hear from you all what pushed you to start and what has kept you going!

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