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04 December 2008


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Erin, I've been following your whole journey into slimness and exercise and am so impressed. It has given me lots of food for thought and I'll comment more when I get the chance. This thing about the exercise is amazing to me, though. The last time I worked out regularly was when my second child was little (she's 8 now). Since #6 came along 7 weeks ago, I find myself wanting to move and to do some exercise. I know I need to go with that really soon or it might go away! I haven't managed to add that into the busy schedule of new baby, homeschooling, running kids to activities. Any ideas on how to work it in with a newborn? I have a treadmill at home, but don't really like that.

I'm so impressed with the craving for exercise, though. I so want to have that...


I only have 3 kids, so take this one with a grain of salt.

I think one of the reasons I had success this time was that I did not try to "work it in." I didn't try to fit a treadmill run in between laundry and music lessons. I had tried that before and it just didn't click, I guess because "fitting it in somewhere" didn't help me change my self image from someone who "works out sometimes when I can find the time" into someone who "regularly exercises."

Instead, for the first time in my life, I gave exercise -- just twice a week, because that's all the time I could spare -- its own scheduled, sacred appointment into my week. I could not have done it without my husband's commitment that we WOULD make it happen. He watched the kids twice a week for me while I went to the gym. That's how it worked.

I don't think there are easy answers. My answer was a hard answer. I couldn't fit it in to my old life. I had to change my whole life to make it work. I had to change ME.

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