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9/12/10 8:33 A

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My advise is START SMALL,
Build with consistency a SPECIAL TIME for you
in the begining some 15 minutes that you WALK...
Just walk for 15 minutes/day and then everything will follow smoothly..
I trust so much babystepping,
I used to procrastinate which most of the times meant i was aiming too high for my ability at the moment...
Good luck, dear co-sparker
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9/9/10 10:08 A

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Yowza...three preschool aged kids. That is a lot of work, I've got two myself! And, to be clear, I GET that morning thing. I just have found I don't get up consistently enough...sleep is important too.

Just trying to get creative...how about packing two of them in a wagon or a stroller and going for a walk after dinner or during that 45 minutes you mentioned. Have your oldest walk next to you. Even if you don't get moving super fast, the extra weight of pulling or pushing the kiddos will make you work!

Or, put on a DVD and get 15-20 minutes in with them trying to do the routine with you? I do this with my oldest pre-schooler. It's kindof a hoot and then when het gets bored, he'll just hang out and watch.

Even if you aimed for 10-15 minutes a few days a week, you'll get benefit. Think about dancing with your kids in the living room for 15 minutes...you think that's not a workout and you've got another thing coming! Plus they'll love the fun time with mom. Add that to what you do on the weekend and you've got a winning situation.

EDIT - I just realized you were originally talking about finding time to run. My comments above were just about getting moving. Maybe this is the time of your life where running doesn't fit in super well...that you focus on other movement until your kids are a bit older?

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9/8/10 12:00 P

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I set my alarm for 5am to exercise, but I'm just so exhausted it's all I can do to roll out of bed before 6 to start my day. I have to have all of us ready by 7 to get out of the house at 7:10...there's three preschool age kids that still need help getting ready and out the door each day... I am a school teacher, so I only get 30 min lunch, and if I use that time to walk...I don't get to eat, which I desperately need by lunch time. I have to get the kids from the sitter by a certain time. When I get home I have about 45 mins before my husband gets home, but I can't get on the treadmill then (which I'd love to do) because the kids can't be trusted to be alone yet. When hubby get's home I begin supper, clean the kitchen, bathe the kids, get them to bed...and yeah..he sort of helps during that time, but mostly it's me, because the kids have routines that he just doesn't understand about nightly books,milk...etc. Anyway, once they are in bed..we finally get to sit down for the first time during the day and from there it's all down hill..it's 9:00 pm and I can't get back up...I'm just exhausted! We go to bed about 10 that gives us a little couple time to chat and actually connect with each other, then it's to bed. and starts all over again. I know EVERYone is busy...just like me...I know I'm not a special case..the problem is I just can't figure out how to work it into my life right now..I can see in the future when my kids are older that they could entertain themselves for a bit, or even stay home and watch each other when they get even older...all my friends who run around here have teenage kids that are in sports or other activities and so mom's have more free time..you have to admit..toddlers and preschoolers take up a quite a bit of time. It does sound like I'm trying to come up with excuses to some people who find the time to get in their run. I do get a nice 30-45 mins on the treadmill on Sat and Sun...so that's nice...it's just the rest of the week that's so crazy!

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9/8/10 10:42 A

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I'm not a morning person, but I get up at 4:50 am to make time for myself...I can run or go to a class, and when I get home at 6:45 the kiddos are just getting out of bed and I can go into Mom mode. It's all about making time for YOU and making YOU a priority.

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9/8/10 8:20 A

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Wow... You are to be commended...You are doing a lot for everyone... your work, your family.. but you really need to do something for yourself (like running). It will make you better in all the other areas of your life. My suggestion is to not worry about trying to get in x # of minutes...etc. I would just start even if you just walk down the block and back. Do something that is easy to do and keep doing it. I guess what I am trying to say is do something that you can be positive for you.

Many years ago, I was in the same boat as you... 3 kids, full time job. work until midnight trying to keep up then try to get up early to work out... never happened. And I was always trying to get in at least 20 minutes everyday - just didn't happen. I finally started doing the small things consistently... park the farthest away, take the stairs, take an extra trip to bring laundry up, etc... go out at lunch. In the process, I was building up my muscles and conditioning and then I would walk/run on the weekends.... That's really all I could do back then because I didn't want to give up my other responsibilities. And it was ok. I think you have to find the balance that works for you.

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9/8/10 8:19 A

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Simple but not - yup, that just about explains all of health and fitness to me!

What is your lunch hour like - is that a time you could use? If not, how about switching into your running gear before leaving work...so when the kiddos are in bed, you are already dressed and ready to go! Are you with a partner or spouse? Any chance they could help get the kids in bed some nights so you could start your run an hour or so after eating? I have to be honest, I wouldn't be able to train without my husband's support on that matter.

Weekends?

I find that if I take a look at my planner at the start of the week and pen in when I'm going to exercise, I have a bit more success throughout the week.

Finally - don't discount short exercise sessions. If you only have 15 minutes, take it. It's better than nothing and may just get the ball rolling for you!

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9/8/10 7:36 A

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I hear ya!

There are days that I get up and running sounds like the most horrible thing. And honestly - for the first 8 minutes EVERY TIME I run (don't know why it's 8... it just is) I hate every second of it. I curse myself for doing it, I curse my best friend for wanting to do a marathon together and therefore I HAVE to get out there to train... I think about all the things I COULD be doing with this time - laundry, cooking, SLEEPING... I absolutely, positively think I want to just turn around and walk home.

But then it happens - I get into my groove, I start enjoying the music or book I'm listening to, and I feel free.

Once I get through those 1st few minutes - I'm in love with the sport again, and know exactly why I'm out there doing it - and it's knowing how great that feeling is that gets me to keep pushing through through those first few minutes that feel like torture the next time.

It's not as simple as "just get out there and run", and at the same time it is that simple. You can do this, if you want to... and if you discover that you love the idea more than the sport itself, that's okay too - you just need to find something that you enjoy doing, that doesn't feel like a chore or something you find excuses to not do it - and you can still enjoy reading about the running - maybe one day you'll find your way back.

Best wishes to you :)

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9/8/10 12:17 A

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What you need is to have a good talking to your shoes that sound as stubborn as mine were in the beginning..

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You're off and away!
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You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.
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9/7/10 10:39 P

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I know the obvious answer is to just go out and run...it's not so easy for me. I read all the time about running, learn what I can from all the books, enjoy reading Runners World each month, love planning my runs and thinking about how fleet I'll be flying down ..um..on the treadmill..but when it comes to actually doing it I don't have the time, or I'm too tired, or I'm hurt, or sick...etc. I wake up early to get ready for work and get the kids out of the house on time....I come home from work and go straight into mom mode, by the time they are all in bed, I'm exhausted and fall to my sofa and prop my poor feet up and can't even think about running except to read a few more pages in my newest book. I love the THOUGHT of being a runner, but I'm afraid I'll never actually be one. ....I signed up for a 5k hoping that would motivate me to finish the c25k program, but yet I keep procrastinating...I don't really know what to do. I keep thinking if I just weren't so busy, or tired I could do it. Does anyone else ever feel this eay??

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