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Friday, January 08, 2010

I have a question for you. How do you do it? I really could use advise.
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    DAMARIS135! It is VITAL that you have a daily routine!

    I have a 9 year old, a 4 year old and a 7 month old. First, my workout is 40 min (I too use a workout DVD) and I do that during my 7 month old's morning nap time. At that time, my 4 year old is playing on the computer or watching a movie. My 9 year old is at school, but when she is home, she finds something to do, usually she reads.

    Do you know how much cleaning and picking up you can do in small intervals during the day? You can get alot done in 15 min. When I look at my day, often times I abused time I had to do things with staying on the computer too long or doing some other thing too long and then I think I have no time to do anything lol. I do most of the cleaning and picking up as well as getting supper started during my baby's afternoon nap. I also have my kids involved in some of the work and that makes the load lighter.

    Throw your laundry in the washer in the a.m. Clean up as you go. If you eat, sweep and wash the table and get the dishes into the sink at least. Get bathroom wipes and wipe off the vanity and toilet while you're in there. My 4 year old often misses the toilet water and gets it all over everything else lol so when I go in there to use, I grab a wipe from the cupboard and do a quick wipe. I try to incorporate my cleaning while I'm doing something else. When the baby wakes up (he is in my room) I go in and greet him and talk to him while I make my bed. I only do some cleaning once a week like sweeping the kids rooms and bathroom. Try to sit down and make a routine with times and if you follow that routine, you will see you have much more time than you realize!

    Spending time with hubby is usually about 830 pm after all kids are in bed. We sit and watch a show or a movie, talk about the day, etc. Bed time is around 930 pm and hubby and I spend another 30-60 min together there lol emoticon

    I'd have to say the best thing that works for me is taking advantage of the baby's nap times, printing out a daily routine with times on it and following it, cleaning up as I go and involving my kids in the chores.

    Hope this helps!
    3015 days ago
    Hi there!

    It sounds like you are on the right track - you realize that you need to be a priority. I am like you - a working mom with a busy family and no housekeeper - so I just take it one day at a time.

    If I look ahead to the busy schedule of the week, its easy for me to get overwhelmed. Instead, I try to make up a big batch of soup/stew/casserole on Sunday afternoon/evening, and pull out some lean cuts of meat to thaw in the fridge. When I get home from work on the weeknights, we either eat soup or grill meat and pair with sides of veges (salad, baked potato, beans, etc.) This has made my life a lot easier!

    As for fitness, it sounds like you're on the right track with doing home videos! I can't fit in 60-90 min. gym classes either, so I try to squeeze in at least 10-15 minutes in the morning. If I am lucky, I can get in another 10-15 at night, but this usually doesn't happen. I am also making a point of adding more "play" into my day... dancing with my son, delivering messages to people at work in person versus via email, etc.

    Like the previous post, its all about baby steps. All of the little changes and efforts can add up to a whole lot of change.

    Just remember to take it slow, and take it a day at a time. You can succeed!!!
    3023 days ago
    I loved your blog.....you are sooo right how do people do it??? I have a 2.5 year old and work full time.I tend to work out when my daughter is in bed at night by using WII active 3 times a week..... but easier said than done!!! Kids are unpredictable with bed times and moods, all of which can get in the way of your exercise programme. I have been known to be exercising with my daughter running around beside me - which can be very tricky as somehow she senses that my attention isnt on her so she starts to 'play up'!!!!BUT I think as long as you are cutting down your food intake you will definately lose weight. Stick to 1200 cals for 2 weeks..........you will see a result! emoticon
    3023 days ago
    Hi! I'm a mom of a 9 month old and a 2 1/2 year old, so I know where you're coming from. I'm only 2 months into this lifestyle, but what I have learned thus far is that I have to be flexible with my workout schedule. Luckily, my kids still take naps (and I'm a stay at home mom) so I try to workout while they're asleep. If I can't get it in then, I'll try after they've gone to sleep for the night. Sometimes my husband keeps them out of my hair for 20 - 30 minutes while I do a video. Occasionally my son wants to do the videos with me...which is so cute watching him try to imitate the moves. I just make it a goal of mine to workout at least 10 minutes SOME TIME before I go to bed.
    I can't get to the gym either, so I do workout videos as well. Sometimes if the weather's ok, I chase my son around outside, and that can be a good workout, too...plus, he loves it - he thinks it's a great game.
    I commiserate with you and wish you the best of luck.
    3024 days ago
    I know exactly what you mean! I have a 5 year old and a 4 year old - both girls. I work full time. So time is a premium. I don't have time for a gym. I mostly work out at home - using videos, wii and walking/running with the kids. My kids do yoga with me - in their own way - they copy a few things get bored and go play then come back a while later. Most things I do, I do with my kids. I run the nieghborhood with my 5 year old on her bike. We walk the dogs. Not only am I getting in shape - but I'm keeping them active and ensuring that childhood obesity won't be an issue for them. I'm teaching them about being healthy. I never use the word diet in my house - we eat healthy and workout to be strong! We play soccer at the park, I chase them on the playground and go hiking at the nature center.

    Sorry to ramble - it is hard - but worth it!
    3024 days ago
    You need to schedule it, like make an appointment. I have a 6 and 12 year old. I cannot afford a gym, or a treadmill for my house. When my kids go to bed I have me time. I wake up and go to work I am home by 1, My dear husband is usually laying on the couch bc he is depressed and unemployed.... I usually clean up bc he does nothing. Then i can sit for about 1/2 hour and try to either scrapbook, or read or sit alone... I have been trying to workout using the Wii, then i shower and go to bed...
    emoticon Its soo hard to do anything else. Baby steps
    3024 days ago
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