Finding time to exercise

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I need to lose weight. I know it, my doctor knows it, anyone who knows me knows it. Knowing something, however, is not the same as doing something. And wanting to do something is not the same as being able to do something. Before the kids were born, I got up every weekday and swam a mile at the local YMCA. After that, I would sit in the hot tub and kibitz for a bit and then walk home, often stopping at a coffee shop to drink a cup of joe and work on my novel.

I was down to my lowest adult weight ever and well on my way to hitting 200lbs. Then, we had kids. Rachel leaves very early in the morning, so I have to stay home with the kids until it's time for school or until someone is here to watch them. After work, I come straight home and get started on dinner, and cleaning up, and getting the kids to bed -- the whole nine yards. By the time they're in bed, and I'm working on stories for ParentDish, my vision is getting blurry and my brain starts shutting down for the night.

Despite all that, my doctor wants me to lose weight. I want to lose weight. The question is, when? When do you find time to exercise? How do you fit it into your busy parenting schedule?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.