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Please help with advice on improving lifestyle and getting exercise - I am a bit desperate!

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RubysReturn Wed 11-Nov-09 18:31:56

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KurriKurri Wed 11-Nov-09 18:41:16

Pick an exercise you enjoy, otherwise you won't feel like doing it. If you use a bike or something similar, listen to music while doing it - its easier to think 'I'll keep going to the end of this song' than 'I must do two miles' or whatever. Don't set yourself enormous goals you can't achieve, set yourself up to succeed, not fail. Keeping an exercise diary can help, then you can look back and see what you have achieved. If you aren't doing any exercise at the moment then ten minutes a day is a good achievement IYSWIM.

Try not to think of it as 'I must lose weight' think in terms of 'I'm doing this because it makes me feel good.'

I do a lot of yoga, which is easy to do in the house, very relaxing and a gentle way of toning.

Good lucksmile

RubysReturn Wed 11-Nov-09 18:45:14

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KurriKurri Wed 11-Nov-09 18:46:05

Oh, meant to say - in a diary, record all the exercise you do e.g. going up and down stairs, walking to the shops etc. as well as specific 'exercise'.

One of those step counter thingies may be useful, - small changes you can incorporate into everyday life can make quite a difference. smile

RubysReturn Wed 11-Nov-09 18:55:01

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swanriver Wed 11-Nov-09 18:56:53

I lost weight in the halfterm over two weeks.
It was not a plan, it just happened.
I didn't have access to regular meals due to circumstances, and lived on tea and bread and jam
I walked long distances.
I felt slightly hungry most of the time but lived with it.
I ate just enough at meals to stop me feeling desperate but never more, and not just to finish what was on my plate.
I drank no alcohol whatsoever.

I think once you feel just slightly hungry you know you are eating less - it can be a positive feeling - you recognise you are doing something to cut back and feel stronger for it.
Apples and bananas can be craving busters.
Could you walk at weekends with kids or dance in evenings for short bursts to music?
Swimming is NOT a good way to lose weight - healthy but makes you hungrier.

RubysReturn Wed 11-Nov-09 19:01:05

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swanriver Wed 11-Nov-09 19:01:29

P.S. I have never in my life taken formal exercise, or been good at games - I think walking and dancing are the key because they are not boring or competitive.

swanriver Wed 11-Nov-09 19:05:38

X-post. Could you stride purposefully round corridors of power instead?
sorry about dancing - sometimes I do a rage /frustration dance a la Billy Elliot???

Othersideofthechannel Wed 11-Nov-09 19:17:13

I can't commit to regular class or exercise out of house easily. I do a Davina DVD a couple of times a week. I usually have to get up v. early for this or do it on the weekends when DCs have just got up as they usually play nicely for an hour before breakfast.

RubysReturn Wed 11-Nov-09 19:35:57

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Bonsoir Wed 11-Nov-09 19:38:42

Diet is more important than exercise for losing weight. If you walk for 3O minutes, briskly, per day, you are taking enough exercise. Fix your diet and get plenty of sleep - you will lose weight.

RubysReturn Wed 11-Nov-09 19:42:44

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lovechoc Wed 11-Nov-09 19:52:18

Exercise bike. Best investment I ever made.

BikiniBottom Wed 11-Nov-09 20:02:12

Diet may be more important regarding losing weight but exercise is more important for keeping healthy. Plus on the rare occasions I actually do exercise it actually reduces my appetite.

BikiniBottom Wed 11-Nov-09 20:03:38

Oh and where did you get your exercise bike for half price. Also does anyone know just how flat a folding treadmill is, i.e. how much space it takes up.

purplepeony Wed 11-Nov-09 20:03:59

Put on your fave music- lively bouncy stuff- and dance/jiggle very fast around the house for 30 minutes. If you can throw in a few press ups or lunges as well, great.

RubysReturn Wed 11-Nov-09 20:06:16

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KurriKurri Wed 11-Nov-09 20:11:32

Yes, exercise raises mood, and tends to make me less hungry. Also it makes your body look thinner, even if you don't lose weight, because you're more toned.

RubysReturn Wed 11-Nov-09 20:19:31

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KurriKurri Wed 11-Nov-09 20:21:19

Have a big drink before you eat anything - fills you up grin Enjoy your bike!

gingerkirsty Wed 11-Nov-09 20:28:19

I can heartily recommend weight watchers online if you want to change your eating habits too - and I would also say it's better NOT to let yourself feel hungry - that's when temptation kicks in, IME. Also you need to eat enough food to keep you going, just make sure you are filling up on the healthy stuff! Good luck

RubysReturn Wed 11-Nov-09 20:42:19

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KurriKurri Wed 11-Nov-09 20:58:20

put it in a sports bottle - know one will know grin

swanriver Wed 11-Nov-09 21:17:19

Ruby, I am back here because I'm still locked up in bed and feeling v. bored.
Still thinking of your connundrum.
Do you ever take your kids to the playground or park at weekends - could you chase them purposefully?
Gardening [hedgeclipping, lawnmowing, digging, chopping branches] is very exhausting and fittening
as is hoovering over several floors
If your dh is at home at w/e could you insist on walking/running by yourself for half an hour mornng and afternoon on some scenic route? Take one kid with you as special "treat"
Does he like walking?

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