Motivation to exercise and loose the last 10 pounds!

Martha - posted on 12/23/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




I stay home with my daughter who is 8 months old. I have about 10 pounds to loose and am having a really hard time motivating myself to exercise and get in better shape. I used to work on a farm and really loved all the physical labor, but now the most labor I get is laundry baskets up and down the stairs.

I was doing good for a couple of months after she was born but now I am having trouble getting back to it! Any suggestions for what I can do.

I live in NY and it is too cold outside for walks and stuff - and I don't have the money for a gym membership.


Leah - posted on 12/27/2009




I have come across the same problem. My son is 6 months and before he came along I was a fitness freak. We have a treadmill and exercise bike downstairs but don't have internal stairs so I dont use them. I was also walking with him quite regularly in the evenings. Although now it is too hot. I have lots a few kilos and have managed to maintain these by doing little things here and there when I can. Every time he has a sleep I try to do a 5 min exercise regime. Either squats, sit ups, star jumps, lunges etc. It is not much but with walking or house cleaning and a healthy diet it has helped.


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Doris - posted on 12/27/2009




I understand and Im a native New Yorker, physical work is rewarding theres a clear beginning and an end and when the task is complete, one has excercised while doing the task. I saw a TV program which suggested some excercises while doing chores, ie. squats when doing laundry inlieu or adding a bulk of clothes to the washer, squat down to basket and take an article rise put in washer and repeat another-the vaccum using leg lunges as your arm pushes the vaccum out, take one leg step forward and bend etc. Ive come up with some of my own, waste twists while blow drying my hair or buttocks leg lifts workout when washing dishes by hand even making sure I wash them hand inlieu of dishwasher and finally squeezing...the buttocks, a hand ball for the arms, face excercise as in voice lessons. OH! and if you can wait awhile when she starts walking there's all kinds of physical things you will and can do. Your a NYer now, dont forget the stairs and walking in the snow or the cold in NY with your daughter well bundled is an excellant way to burn calories, no need for a gym in NY youll do well. Have patience Martha and for warmth, layer your clothes cause as you walk in the cold youll become over heated long johns under pants and under your top or a product the football players and skaters and skiers use called Under Armor sold at sporting goods. and a clear plastic windcover for the carriage, you can and you will do it :D I hope this helped good luck here in NY its the rain that keeps us in the apartment.

Sarah - posted on 12/24/2009




I know how you feel. I live in Northern BC and when I say Northern I mean North! So the fact that it is -20 C it makes it very hard to get out. I try to do the work out videos but it is hard to stay motivated. I try for at lease twice a week but this week.. nothing. If you can find someone to keep you motivated that would be great. I also have to think realistically that I should lose a pound a week. Gross. Let me know how everything goes!

Tanya - posted on 12/24/2009




not sure exactly where you live, but I know some cities with large malls have walking early in the mornings before the mall opens, you can take you child in a stroller and walk, walk, walk. I know for myself a lot of my problems was my stomach/abs, buy a mat, and its so easy to do 100 sits ups a day in your home, just have to take the time to do it. I would love to lose my last few pounds and its been 1 year for me. I would love to tone up my stomach more, it is hard, and I love eating! But i do know when I do take the time to do my abs regualr, it does make a difference. Maybe you could buy a wii, they have gone down a lot in price, I hear there is great wii fit games on there you can do right in your living room.

Kymmi - posted on 12/23/2009




I too stay at home with my son, and given the winter weather, am unable to go running/walking outdoors and can't afford a gym membership. Do you by chance have Comcast? I sometimes do their free work out videos they have in their On Demand menu. You can also try looking up "Mommy and Baby" exercises online. I use those when my son decides to no take a nap during the day. I also do jump rope and do circuit strength exercises. I try to go for at least 30 minutes of some kind of work out every other day.

I have a number of things to keep me motivated. One is having a friend who is active (she runs 4-6 miles a day) text me whenever she works out, and we praise each other when we work out. I also have a dress I wore before I was pregnant that I would like to fit in again by the time our son is a year old (he turns 4 months on Christmas). When I feel unmotivated to work out, I pull it out of the closet and remind myself of how wonderfully it fit. Lastly, I subscribed to Health magazine. Instead of focusing more on losing those last 10 lbs, I am focusing more on getting healthy, and working out is part of that process. The magazine also has helpful tips on working out and eating well...

Hope that helps! Good luck!!

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