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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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