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I am soooo tired

I am obese. I am a single mom. I have two kids. I work full time. I am in grad school full time. I am so tired. I can't even think about exercising because I am just soooo tired. I need to motivate myself, but I yawn and just want to take a nap. I have very little time to myself let alone time to go workout. How do you get that energy it takes to get to the point where you can start losing and feeling better? I want to feel better and am open to suggestions. I get the best of intentions, but just never seem to do anything really. I am just growing fatter and feel gross, unattractive, and destined to be single forever. I know they say working out gives you energy, but where do you get the energy in the first place? Lol....

Sun. Mar 9, 7:47pm

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You sound like you have A LOT on your plate. You should give yourself a big pat on the back for doing everything that you do. Of course you're tired! You're a supermom! Don't let it get you down. I am an avid exerciser. I exercise 1-2 hours everyday, and even though it does tone and tighten, I have never really felt that it made me lose weight. If anything, it just makes me hungrier. My suggestion to you is to focus on healthy eating choices, and cut back on calories. Drink water like it's going out of style. Once you drop some weight, you may feel better. Then, after you've had some success, start exercising a little bit at a time. I have an eliptical that I park right in front of the TV. I never lay down to watch TV anymore, I use the eliptical. Before you know it, a half hour or hour has gone by and you're done. They are not expensive. I got mine at Walmart for less than $200. I have used it everyday for over a year. Another suggestion is to go for a hair makeover. I had some people comment last year on how tired I looked. I really wasn't any more tired than usual, so I decided to do something about it. I went and got my hair cut totally differently. Then I went to the makeup counter at Sears and had them do my makeup and give me some tips. Then I bought a microdermabrasion kit (exfoliator for your face) at Shoppers, and some teeth whitening strips. Before long I was feeling much better about myself and when you feel good about yourself you suddenly have the energy and motivation to make more positive changes in your life. Good luck, and remember, you're worth it!

Sunday, March 09, 2008, 8:11 PM

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The 8:11 poster has some great suggestions.

All I can add is that I'd try to get my exercise in first thing in the morning. It will give you energy all day long, you'll feel good about yourself because you started the day in a positive way, and come bed time, you'll pass out! When you start out, don't over do it and become discouraged. Maybe do a 30 min aerobic tape at home B4 your shower. If you're in a warmer area, walking is a great way to get started.

Good luck to you!

Sunday, March 09, 2008, 8:36 PM

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Not sure if you're able to because of weather...walk outside with your kids for a walk....start with 20 minutes...

Sunday, March 09, 2008, 10:40 PM

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First, for women, keeping the calories under control is WAY more important than exercise for weight loss. Worry about that when you shift from "obese" to "overweight" - that's when the difference really becomes visible. However, the psych benefits happen at any weight. If you can squeeze any walking into your day at all, it's a great stress reliever and will burn about 100 calories in 20 minutes at a medium pace.

Second, if you eat right, it will help with your energy and fatigue levels. I have found the following daily targets keep me in line in terms of alertness, appetite control and avoiding illness: minimum 60g protein and 25g fiber, 7-10 servings total of fruit and vegetables.

Monday, March 10, 2008, 12:26 AM

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I agree, energy is almost always linked to diet.

Monday, March 10, 2008, 12:51 AM

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Everyone has so many great suggestions and I agree. If you make changes to your diet you will soon notices changes in your energy level and your body. Try to add an extra serving of fruits and veggies to each meal. This will really help give you more energy.

Monday, March 10, 2008, 10:05 AM

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Love yourself right were you are at...

You need to start by making small changes. Drink more water. This is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Some times we get very tired when we are dehydrated.

If you drink soda, even diet soda, you really need to cut back on them, the same thing is true for coffee.

Add more fruits and veggies to your meals.

learn to like, love and except yourself, right were you are at. We can be so incredible hard on ourselves. Losing "weight" is not the cure all; yes it is important to be at a healthy weight, to exercise, to eat right. However, I believe it is just as important to be healthy mentally, and that means having peace of mind. Pray, go to church, ask some freinds to watch your children for a few hours, so you can have some time for your self.

You need to be so proud of yourself. You need to look at all the wonderful things that you are doing for yourself and your children.

Maybe on the weekend, take your children for a walk, bike ride or even to the mall and get some walking in.

Things will get better.

Hang in there.

Best wishes....

Monday, March 10, 2008, 12:53 PM

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Diet is more important for weight loss, sure.... But she says "I'm tired!" And paradoxically, exercise is the way to get more energy and feel less fatigued.

OP, the first workout is the hardest to get motivated for. Once you get going it's easier, and you will start to feel less fatigued.

Monday, March 10, 2008, 1:18 PM

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That first step is a doozie. I know you're tired - I've been there too, but you have to put 'you' on your list of things-to-do and make sure you're near the top or there won't be anything left to give to anyone else.

Monday, March 10, 2008, 1:38 PM

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Wow I don't know how you fit it all in, of course you are tired.
I am going to agree with the majority of what was said.
First for my though is get enough sleep. If at all possible.
I myself am what you would call super obese. I have not been able to exercise in almost 12 months. Since I started this journey.
I have lost over 170 pounds. So far.
So exercise isn't everything, It does make a difference though and I wish I could do it and hopefully one day I will be able to.
It is true that when you exercise it gives you more energy to exercise more. As well as eating properly, to fuel your body, gives you more energy as well. Except in the first couple of weeks. While your body detoxes. It can be rough, I always fight feeling sick and headaches. But since I have made the choice to eat healthier it has been an amazing journey.
Back to exercise. When I was able I used these videos, walk the walk by leslie sansone. If you are like me in an area that has an on demand menu in your tv programing. I found her under the exercise part. But I had her dvd long before that. She has a lot of different types of work outs walking. And they are challenging. I love them. Especially since it is indoors.
Otherwise diet is the only other issue to look at that I can see. Try and fill your meals with veggies. I finally started using meat as a condiment rather than the meal. And pasta is not bad but I weigh it to be sure I only get so much. Bread that is a hard one, some people do ok others don't. If you can find a good low cal one with lots of grains, sarah lee has one for 45 cal that is good. But when I don't use bread I use a leaf of lettuce and it is very good.
Soups are good too, low cal and you can fit a lot of veggies into a soup.
I focus on calories but everone has their own style that works for them.

I hope that helps even a little. I feel for you. I don't have all your committments and I am exausted all the time due to illness. I hope things go better for you today. We are here for you. Anything I can do to help you in your journey, let me know.

Monday, March 10, 2008, 2:43 PM

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