In my effort to lose weight from my baby I thought I would do a little research on how to approach it. To be honest, I’ve never had to worry about weight much but after having 3 kids I’m afraid putting down the sweets and hitting the pavement is proving to be tougher than I thought. Perhaps I should blame it on my sweet toothed husband or my AMAZING neighbors for filling my front door step with delicious desserts. The truth of the matter is that it is 100% dependent on one person to lose the weight. ME. Which brings me to my ah ha moment. If you want to lose weight take responsibility for your actions and realize that the choice is YOURS! That’s right. No more excuses of I’m too busy, too tired, I work too much, etc. etc. etc. Make a decision and make a change for the better in your life!
Whenever I’m talking with other moms I often hear them say, “I don’t know how you do it, I just don’t have the energy to get out and run or exercise.” Although I always try to by sympathetic to these comments, the truth is I want to lay into them. If I had the guts I’d say, “Do you really think that I’m not tired at 6:00 A.M.? Do you think my kids don’t get sick, or my baby does not get up 3 times a night!?!” Here is a word of truth that may shock most of you….PEOPLE WHO EXERCISE ARE BUSY TOO, THEY SIMPLY MAKE THE TIME TO CARE FOR THEMSELVES! My apologies for my rant lets get to it.
10 Tips to Losing 10 Pounds
1. **TOP TIP**Create Accountability: Whether this is to a husband, co-worker or friend, find an individual that you are accountable to. Make sure this person will praise you when appropriate and assist you when needed.
2. Portion Control: Control how much you are eating. I loved this portion control sign from Portion Distortion Posters. Click on it to view it larger.
I was cracking up at THIS portion control container on amazon but the more I think about it, the more I think it’s not a bad idea!
3. Change Your Outlook and Get Moving. View exercise as ‘ME’ time. Make it a time that you can clear your thoughts and rejuvenate. Whether you’re on a walk or sprinting after a ball find enjoyment in what you do! Exercise for 30 minutes a day. If doing it every day is not possible right now start with 2-3 times a week and work your way up!
4. Don’t Drink Your Calories. Having a drink in your hands these days is becoming more and more of a social norm. Drinking your calories can double the amount of calories your body really needs and leave you feeling hungry still. Not to mention these drinks add much more sugar to your diet than you need. Muffintop less.com showed us this picture and how much sugar you are really bringing in with those lovely drinks.
5. Replace Your Regular Snacks with Healthy Snacks. I often get annoyed that eating fresh healthy food is a more expensive (especially during the winter months). But then I remember, if I don’t eat healthy now i’ll pay double in what I A) intake when I am bigger and B) For what I pay for in future dieting plans. Replace potato chips and high fat foods with egg whites, lean turkey, chicken breasts, nuts, berries, beans, spinach, oats, quinoa, apples, green veggies, spinach etc.
6. Ask Yourself Why You Are Eating. Are you bored? Are you sad or mad? Or are you simply hungry? Emotional eating can drive you to high weight gain and unneeded calories. Be sure you are eating for the right reasons!
7. Do Not Skip Meals in Hopes of Losing Weight. Doing this almost always leads to more daily snacking as well as brings down your metabolism rate. Eat smaller meals at meal time and include a healthy snack in between to help boost your metabolism. So you are eating 5-6 times a day.
8. Write Down Everything You Eat. Sounds simple right? Research has shown that individuals who record what they intake make healthier choices.
9. Hydrate. If you feel hungry, try drinking 16 ounces of water before eating. We often perceive being thirsty as being hungry. A big glass of water may be all that you need! It is recommended that men intake 3 liters a day while women should intake 2.2. Essentially you need to drink 3-4 of THESE
10. Choose Snacks Wisely. If you are going for a workout that is less than 30 minutes long, skip the pre-workout snack. If you are going for a longer workout choose healthy snacks that have 100-200 calories. Look for snacks that are high in protein such as nuts or a banana with peanut butter!
Try using one tip at a time. Forget about getting rid of everything with sugar in your entire house. Extreme diets rarely work long-term. Think about life style changes that you can maintain to help you get to your weight loss goal!If you need a workout regimen check out M5 Fitness which has hundreds of workout videos and food plans that you can utilize from home! Or checkout some of At Race Pace’s workouts under the page WORKOUTS, good luck!!