After having my fifth child, I was having a hard time losing the baby weight. I guess I had always been lucky before, the weight had just come off without much effort. So I did all kinds of research, trying to figure out what to do to get the weight off.

I believe the most important thing for me was cutting out sugary soft drinks. I was in the habit of drinking about 6-7 canned Mountain Dews a day. I tried to go to strictly water but this did not cut it for me. I just felt deprived. So I then went to unsweetened tea with sugar substitute. This worked great for me because tea does not taste bad that way. After doing this for a while, I believe that I had trained my taste buds to like sweetener instead of sugar. So all diet drinks tasted normal to me. I have not drank a regular soda since April 07. The reason this step was so important is because belly fat comes from sugar, or excesses of sugar will show on your belly.

I also had another big problem and that was night eating. I suppose I got in the habit of night eating from having to get up with babies in the middle of the night. I would be so tired and I guess the food gave me energy. Especially since I only ate sweets at night. This one is strictly a will power move. You just have to decide not to eat at night. When you wake up wanting to snack grab a drink of water and decide that you are going back to bed and that you will be fine to wait until breakfast to eat. This one can be hard but if you just tell yourself this and lay back down, you will be asleep in a few minutes and morning (and breakfast) will be there before you know it. I still slip on this one every now and then but very few and far between. This cuts out a ton of calories that you are not burning since you are going directly back to sleep.

Besides these two things there were many little maneuvers that I used.

1) Always take the stairs, why use the elevator when you can get great exercise just by walking where you have to go. It doesn't take that much more time and you will be so proud of doing what is best for you. Not to mention that stairclimbing makes for a great butt.

2) Don't always look for the closest parking place when shopping. You know that we waste the same amount of time driving around looking for that spot then if we had just parked at the back and walked. So since it is going to take about the same time anyway, why not help our bodies on the way.

3) Don't put so much on our plates. I still eat pretty much what I want to but in smaller portions. We can feel satisfied with eating less of what we want, a lot more satisfied than if we have to eat things we don't want, like diet foods.

4) Here is another one I slip on now but when I was really trying hard to lose weight I did it religiously. Eat breakfast. Something good for you. Try a whole grain cereal or oatmeal, just something to get your metabolism going.

5) Get some exercise. You don't have to go to the gym or buy workout videos and equipment. Turn on your radio and dance with your kids! 30 minutes of fast dancing is considered vigorous exercise.

6) Take the long way around sometimes. When cleaning house, scrub your floors by hand every once in a while or wash your dishes, dry them and put them away all on your own (without the help of your dishwasher) These things burn calories too!

7)When the absolute only choice you have is to sit, squeeze your butt muscles. At least you can shape your butt while having to sit on it!

As you can see, these are all simple things anyone can do to trim up and you will be suprised at how easy getting in better shape can be!!

I am not a fitness expert just a mom who tried these things and lost 30 lbs and kept it off for a year and a half now. I felt like these things were easy to do without having to feel drained or deprived. Plus, you can feel proud of anything you do to better your health!! Small steps do add up!!

Go ahead laugh!!

I thought this video was cute. Feel free to smile and laugh, that burns calories, too!!!

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countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

Nice tips. Hope I get to keep all these good resolutions. I have read and learnt so much from these hubs but implementing them is the hard part....LOL

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cristinab 8 years ago Author

Thanks for comment, I really think the ones I have wrote here are easier to follow than most. Good Luck on resolutions, I get to try to quit smoking, I have a feeling that one is going to be harder for me than losing weight was. And in pure vanity, I am afraid quitting will make me gain weight. Worries, Worries, LOL.

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crazyhorsesghost 8 years ago from East Coast , United States

Really great tips and information and yes I have learned a lot from Hub Pages. And its great to see you writing again. You write very well. Lets see more. Something else on the Paranormal would be great. Or tell us some great unique recipes.

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cristinab 8 years ago Author

Thanks for the nice comments, Crazyhorsesghost. I also love your hubs!!! I will try to get on that request soon!!

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RGraf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

Good tips. They are easily done especially if we do them gradually since it is SO hard to break old habits.

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