After years of trying to find a health club that we could afford, we finally looked "outside the box" and found a place with an indoor pool that we can swim laps in. Yesterday was our first day, and my ribcage is definitely telling me that an hour of being chased across the pool by the kids ought to help the pounds drop off.
Our plan is to visit the pool five times each week. Because our schedule varies from week to week we can't commit to "every Monday" or anything nearly so structured, so five times each week will have to suffice. The boys will be going through orientation to use the exercise room this afternoon, and tomorrow it will be the girls' turn.
For a visual reminder of my progress, here is where I'm at right now:
Since I know from experience that my downfall seems to be persistence - what are YOUR tricks for keeping up an exercise routine after the first few "kickstart" pounds are a distant memory?