How can I motivate myself?

Linda - posted on 07/14/2013 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I'm 21, mother to a 19 month old and a 3 month old. I am a stay at home mom and am exclusively breastfeeding my 3 month old. I'm on the heavy side, about 60lbs overweight for my height. I'm definitely unhappy with my body. But I can't find the courage in me to leave my kids to go work out, yes there is a daycare at the gym , but I just don't trust anyone with them. Can anyone help me out in finding ways/things to do to help me loose this weight.

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Krystal-Tess - posted on 07/20/2013

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oh also, i know a lot of moms that just take their kid for a walk everyday and thats how they put them down for a nap (=

Judy - posted on 07/18/2013

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I was in a similar boat when my first was a baby (I had him close to my 21st birthday). The best motivation I had was to think of it as setting a good example for him and any other future kids (which I now have on the way). I wanted him to see his mom working out regularly, eating well, etc., so that he could form lifelong healthy habits, which I'm proud to say he now has. I started watching what I ate carefully, and doing anything I could to get moving-- even jogging around our living space, while living in a not-huge apartment, if you can believe it. He was about 2 when I started and thought it was a riot to watch me. I'd do jumping jacks while waiting for dinner to cook, squats while the bathtub was filling up, etc. Just try to fill any of those little moments with something that will get your heart pumping, and you will probably see changes-- and if not, you'll at least be putting yourself in an active, healthy mindset, which is (at least for me) half the battle. Best of luck!

TIA - posted on 07/16/2013

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START SMALL. TRY WEANING YOURSELF INTO TRUSTING OTHERS WITH THE LITTLE ONES. LET DAD WATCH THEM FOR 30 MINUTES. JUST LONG ENOUGH TO MAKE IT TO THE GYM FOR A TEN MINUTE WORK OUT. SLOWLY INCREASE THE TIME TO AN HOUR. OR START WITH FIVE MINUTES AT THE GYM, GET UP TO THE HALF HOUR WORK OUT.
OR INVITE FRIENDS TO COME WORKOUT IN YOUR HOME VERY WEEK A COUPLE TIMES A DAY. YOGA IS A FUN OPTION.

Melissa - posted on 07/15/2013

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I hear you Linda! I was the same way when I had my son. I was 80 pounds overweight and nursed my son for 13 months and couldn't lose any weight...I barely made enough milk so I couldn't restrict my calories. I'm now a certified personal trainer and I coach people through at home fitness programs. I'd be happy to help you! My FB site is Destination You Fitness by Melissa Hadley Just know that you're a very busy woman and your youngest is only 3 months, so give your body some time:)

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Sarah - posted on 10/29/2013

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Oh, Linda - there are so many alternatives to going to the gym. I used to work out w/ my babies. I'd hold them and dance. I'd do crunches with them sitting near my waist. Or planks staring down at them as they giggled up at me. Take walks. Start slow. Here's a great place to get started: http://www.fitfamilytogether.com/.

But when it comes to motivation - fitness isn't just about losing weight. The best benefits are things you'll experience so much sooner. It helps you feel better. And it's fantastic in helping you deal with stress. Here's a great article on this w/ research to back it up.

https://www.sunchlorellausa.com/blog/myth-buster-what-good-stress-and-why-you-need-it

Use these kind of motivations - how you feel right afterwards to keep you going. Notice if you feel more focused, relaxed or energized!

Baby - posted on 08/03/2013

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Motivation is tough for a lot of us..... I eat when Im hungry and stop when Im not. Whenever Im hungry, I allow myself to eat, snack, nibble whatever it is. I give myself 10% of the week Im allowed to eat junk without guilt. I try to stay social, meeting up with a friend lifts my spirits and I don't need to turn to food. I try to get out of the house to be somewhere new, be around people(even strangers), a new vibe and this helps overall. Its a lifestyle I try to create for myself. My entire life is created on a daily basis and I try to get in a little bit of work, play, social, rest in each day..not always like that but I try to balance, keeping social is a huge motivating factor for me. Enjoy exercise and play tennis or an easy sport with a friend, that helps me and its motivating and social too! I think many of us have a very hard time leaving our kids too....do it when you're ready, take baby steps, one hour or so at a time...

Jessibell - posted on 08/03/2013

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I did the same! haha. I made a list of all my favourite songs and the only time I would allow myself to listen to them was while working out. It make me WANT to work out because I wanted to hear those songs SO bad!

Jessibell - posted on 08/03/2013

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Here are some ideas that help me motivate myself!

-Connect with people who live a healthy active lifestyle, SURROUND yourself with these types of friends as friends who do not care about their health will only hold you back.

-Find a forum for people trying to live a healthy life.

-Speak to your doctor in order to create a diet and exercise plan that is best for you while breastfeeding.

-Sell/Donate/Finish off all processed and bad food in your home. Stock up on healthful foods.

-On days where you cannot work out at home or at the gym throw the kids in the stroller and go for walks. Instead of driving the car you can walk places with the kids.

-Find a babysitter you trust to watch the children if you're afraid of the gym daycare. Or ask to meet the daycare staff ahead of time to see if you are comfortable with them. Talk to them and see what they do in their program.

-Read about the health effects of obesity and living an unhealthy lifestyle, then read about the benefits of living a healthy active life.

-Remember that you are setting an example for your children. You need to teach them from the start that eating healthy and being active is the ONLY option.

-Google Paleo, it's an interesting life style choice which involves low to moderate exercise. I live paleo and I walk for half an hour per day to keep thin. Something you can talk to your doctor about.

Marlise - posted on 07/28/2013

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Fruit smoothies really help me - try blending sweet fruits such as mangoes, bananas, oranges and grapes, with cold water. It helps curb my cravings for things like chocolate!

I hope breastfeeding helps you, too. It helped me lose a lot of weight.

Another thing you can do is to just not buy unhealthy snacks, so they're not in your house to tempt you. Cut up carrots and apples instead.

I'm like you in that I don't like leaving my baby with other people. Go for walks with your kids whenever you can, and do as much housework as your baby permits. Dance with your kids to music ( try inventing moves to " overture light cavalry" by Suppe - leaves me out of breath! Haha)

Lisa - posted on 07/26/2013

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You will lose it when you stop thinking about it! Change your diet.. take your kids on walks in strollers that strain you a little! Sit ups at nighttime before bed or in the a.m./childrens naptime helps!

Natasha - posted on 07/26/2013

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Weight watchers :) I lost 10kgs eating heaps and was never hungry!!! It is a great program . Good luck :)

Niki - posted on 07/22/2013

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Make your own youtube.com playlist and workout at home. Its those 30 or less minute workout that got me back to my normal shape. Good luck!

Krystal-Tess - posted on 07/20/2013

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you can do workouts at home! thats what i did when i was breastfeeding! there are so many workouts you can do at home on pinterest that you can do for free. also, if you have a little extra money, invest in some weights for your home and then do a little lifting here and there in your spare time. i used to curl dumbbells in one hand and hold my son and breastfeed him in the other. when i switched boobs, i switched hands (=
good luck!

Jeanie - posted on 07/19/2013

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I bought a walking work out video and played that with my kids. My son 4, asks for mommy's movie because it has fun music my kids can dance to.
Dancing is another good workout! 3 month olds don't care if you look silly trying to dance they just like the movement, and if you hold your child skin to skin with you while you dance it can help with breastfeeding.

Finally I got a body bugg. That tracks your calories burned even over night so you ha e a better idea on how much you need to consume.

Chelsea - posted on 07/19/2013

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I am a personal wellness coach & would love to help you out of this.

I use a combination of cellular nutrition ptoducts & simple light exercise (eg. A light walk)

I lost 6kgs & 20cms in 2 months and have had my antidepressants dosage halved twice in 6 months. I have become a happier, healthy person & feel I have become a better parent.

Please email me, chelsea_ackrill@hotmail.com

Monica - posted on 07/16/2013

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I Am The Same Way And Im 23 Im Kinda Uncomfortable With Leaving My Daughter With Someone I Dont Know Well Enough! So I Chose To Work Out At Home By Doing Sit Ups And Push Ups And As Well As Lifting Weights! It Did Me Wonders And Even When It Comes To A Point You Will Never Get To Know The Day Care And The People At The Work Out Center Without Going On A Reg Bases And Keeping An Eye On Them Even If Tht Means The Closest Machine To The Room So You Can Keep An Eye On Them Doesnt Matter Just Do What Will Be More Comfortable To You!

Lacy - posted on 07/16/2013

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Work out with your kids...take them on walks. :)
take them to a baby and me class...where you hold your children and play certain ways with them and it is a work out for your body.

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