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SPUTNIK512 Posts: 1,730
3/19/13 1:07 P

So many great ideas! I try to squeeze in a walk with a coworker at lunch every day if possible. That 20-30 minutes makes a huge difference in how my afternoon goes!

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
3/19/13 12:58 P

The mommy guilt comment is meant to mean that well rounded moms don't feel guilty about giving themselves time to exercise. It's okay to make yourself a priority if it means your health and well-being. You can't be a good mom if you're dead. Or sickly.

MZNAYLUV SparkPoints: (4,179)
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3/19/13 12:11 P

I work out at home, and get up early, and also work out in the evenings.

3/19/13 11:14 A

Thanks everyone for responding! You all gave me great tips and advise and I am definatly taking them to heart. However, I don't quite understand the comment about well rounded moms lacking mommy guilt, but thats another topic for another time. I spent a good chunk of my weekend reevaluationg my schedule and I can squeeze in little workouts here and there and I can also wake up an hour or so earlier and I can use 15-20 minutes of my lunch for some sort of activity. Thanks everyone for your time! Have a good one.

AREEJ_R SparkPoints: (27,942)
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3/17/13 5:50 A

my routine sometimes changed little bit

these days i am walking @ 5:30 am prepare myself to the work, making my breakfast , my duty start at 8am but because of the transportation i am there since 7;15 am till 1 pm
i reach home 1:30 it depends if i cooked before or its from out side or mammy cooked for me , before eating lunch exercising and then eating lunch , preparing for college
i am starting two days from 5, one day 4 , two days 6 , till 9 pm , ( i have to go out one hour before my lecture)
i reach home 9:30 pm (exercising , cooking, having dinner (not necessary in that order) )
instead of sleeping early , i love watching series , i feel like i deserve some excitement ( i keep telling myself that sleeping early is the reward not the series) but anyway i am watching one or two some times three episodes and have snack with it then sleep

i worked 6 days , college just 5 days a week
i have one day off which is Friday

my routine above is in the weekdays and some times its changed if i have to go somewhere or assignments to be submit or exams but this is the usual

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (199,401)
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3/16/13 11:39 P

The fittest, most well rounded moms I know all lack mommy guilt when it comes to exercise.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
3/16/13 11:23 P

taking care of your self so you can be an even more awsome mom is a good thing to do. so it is not wrong to take time out for yourself to workout. walking with your child in a stroller is a good workout.

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
3/16/13 4:06 P

Remember that weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise, so focus mainly on healthy eating habits and make as many little exercise changes as you can. Are you able to exercise during your lunch break? There are many suggestions on this message board about lunch time routines.

The idea of needing 60 minutes of high intensity cardio in order to lose weight is deceptive in that it makes us believe that's the key to weight loss. Cardo is a small component. Strength training is even more beneficial as it will help build or maintain muscle. So if you can squeeze 20 minutes of strength training in several times a week, that'll go a long way in helping you with your goals. (Exercises are available on SP as well)

MLAN613 Posts: 19,020
3/16/13 8:01 A

I am not a mom either but I know the park can be a great place for you to squeeze in some exercise while your child plays. Do some single leg squats on a balance beam. Use the monkey bars for your shoulders. Do some walking lunges around the perimeter to the play area. Also, maybe you can squeeze in a quick 10 minute power walk on a break at work or do some body weight exercises.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (79,204)
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3/16/13 5:26 A

I have a family and kids too, and working full time with a very busy schedule.

I work out at lunch time, M-W-F, lifting weights. Over the weekends, when my younger daughter is sleeping I do cardio on the treadmill at home, 35 mins max, that would be Saturdays and Sundays.

I don't do anything exercise related Tuesdays and Thursdays, just the exercise of "life" in general.

Hope this helps.

3/16/13 12:15 A

Thanks for responding!! I just got a more economical stroller for the sole purpose of taking her to the park for a mile or two. I didn't even think about doing spark videos, I don't know why, but the belief that any work out session MUST be 45 minutes to an hour is burned into my head. That's probably why I lose and gain the same 100lbs over and over, I don't feel like I'm doing anything beneficial if I'm not soaking wet from sweat and out 60 minutes. Thanks for those suggestions, I'm definitely checking those videos out!

CAMEOBUTTER SparkPoints: (0)
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3/15/13 11:55 P

Hello Sweets!
I'm not a mother, so maybe I'm not who you want to hear from, but I also struggle with finding time for working out. A couple things that helped me:
Walking to work. Not an option for everyone, but the idea is to walk to places you would normally drive. Park in the far back corner of the parking lot. Take the stairs, etc. Maybe pop that little one into a stroller and walk WITH her.
Also, Sparkpeople has a whole bunch of really effective, short videos. So you could let her play with toys for 10 minutes while you work your core in the living room. I'm about to start the NEW YOU Boot camp videos. Check them out, if you haven't. They're like 9-15 minutes long and they will kick your butt. In a good way.
Good for you for wanting to find ways to squeeze in a work out! I'm sure chasing your little one around is quite the work out already!

3/15/13 11:44 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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