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MEDIUM_MOMMA7 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/29/12 9:18 P

It definitely can equal exhaustion. I find that I'm more exhausted chasing after her, if I'm not eating as healthy and not exercising. Keeping myself active at the gym helps a lot with keeping the battery charged at home.

COOLEYFAM Posts: 174
3/19/12 1:22 P

Yes it is exhausting being a mother. I have a 7 yr old, 4 yr old, 1 1/2 yr old and will haves last baby in 2 months. It's very hard work. When I had my first my grandma asked me how I was (she had 11 babies). I told her I was tired. She said it willbe that way for the rest of my life and laughed. Then said you get up with babies, then chase active kids, then wait up for teenagers then you are old and need to go to the bathroom at night. She sure has a sence of humor! Keep what's important in focus!

XKWIZIT24 Posts: 64
3/14/12 9:59 P

Toddlers and Moms........yes that is a workout in itself! My toddler keeps me on my toes. Sometimes it seems like the burst of energy that I needed.

SENZ2001 Posts: 123
3/14/12 3:24 P

Toddlers are so great because they force us to get moving even when all we want to do is sit and decompress. I look it as a positive that they (my 1 year old and almost 3 year old) keep us going.

Coffee helps too emoticon

FARIS71 Posts: 492
3/12/12 10:44 A

I do have more energy since I've started living healthier, but I also think it's just part of parenthood to have zapped energy at times. If I can corral the kids, I might even doze on the couch for a few mins just for a boost on a particularly sleepy day. But if that's not an option then I don't even usually let myself sit down - that's when it hits me. We have "dance parties" when any of us need a little boost too.

NOODLETOFU SparkPoints: (6,651)
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3/11/12 11:20 P

I have a 2 1/2 year old and a 4 year old and I work 12 hour night shifts. I feel tired most of the time but I try and push myself to exercise and eat well. Some days are better than others. I want my children to see their parents exercise and stay active and know that exercise is a part of life.

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2/29/12 12:15 P

Hey!! My son will be 3 in May! :) But I feel like Im always exhausted as well. I find that the mornings I go to the gym I actually have more energy though. Plus CJ loves going and playing with other kids whileI work out.

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2/27/12 8:13 P

Every single one of my running mom friends (meaning: everyone is really fit) drinks coffee like it's going out of style.

I think years of exercising makes fit moms used to sucking it up and getting things done even when tired, as opposed to being fitter/healthier giving more energy.

HUSKERLAND3 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/27/12 1:12 P

Well... i'm not a mommy but my 2 1/2 year old wears me out too. I go to the gym 4-5 times weekly

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4/28/11 1:39 P

Best thing you can do it make yourself do an activity, I am the same way, if I sit down too long I crash, fast asleep. I was doing leg presses with my kids (i have a 2 year old and a 5 year old) chasing them, dancing with them. I started MAKING a time for myself, that is at lunch, I take a run. My energy level increased and I feel much better. I am a better mom becuase I am not so stressed out too!

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4/27/11 10:53 A

Having young ones at home does that a lot of your energy. Just keeping constant watch over them can be mentally exhausting.

If you find you are more tired than you think you should be, it may be a good idea to visit your doctor for a check up. Low iron can make you very tired and after having a child, your body changes. You may begin to have trouble with things you never had trouble with before.

I find that creating 40 minutes to an hour every afternoon of "rest time" works for us. The children may play quietly or nap and I read or nap. It helps us get through the rest of the day.

4/25/11 3:13 P

I'm the mommy of a three year old. I noticed that as I've gotten healthier, I do have more energy than before, but I am still tired all the time. Lol, I guess it just moved me from exhausted all the time to mildly tired all the time. The only time I feel actually energized is when I'm actively engaged in cardio.

I work at an office and I do research, so it's more mental than physical exhaustion for me at the end of the day. I make sure I eat enough during the day, though. On the 40 minute drive to daycare, I turn on the tunes and sing along and enjoy the coastal drive. I sing along with Alita and enjoy the scenery on the drive home from daycare. I also change clothes when I get home from work to put myself out of "work" mode and into "mom" mode. It's kind of like peeling off the exhaustion along with the business casual. Then I do something active with Alita before dinner (take her to the park, go for a walk, go for a bike ride, chase bubbles, dance, play running hugs, play Freeze, run around cones, put in a kiddie workout DVD, etc). Showering at night also rejuvenates me just enough to get through her bedtime stories without yawning.

I noticed that eating breakfast is KEY to my overall stamina throughout the day.

4/25/11 2:42 P

Hey all,

I'm the mother of a 2 almost-3 year old girl. I'm tired ALL THE TIME. It's part of the reason I (re)joined Spark People - to get more energy. But part of me wonders if that's just part of the deal, being a working mom (and grad school student).

Have you experienced increased energy as you've gotten healthier? What are some things you do to make sure that you still have energy left for your little ones at the end of the day?

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