Mumsnet hasn't checked the qualifications of anyone posting here. If you have medical concerns, please seek medical attention; if you think your problem could be acute, do so immediately. Even qualified doctors can't diagnose over the internet, so do bear that in mind when seeking or giving advice.
Please help with advice on improving lifestyle and getting exercise - I am a bit desperate!
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.
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.
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.
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
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?