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Weight Loss Tips For Way Too Busy Moms

Updated on April 10, 2008
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Photo: et,Flickr

You've got the kids, the house, the job - how are you supposed to take care of yourself, let alone drop a few pounds? The truth is that if you don't take care of yourself, you'll be no good to anyone. And if you look in the mirror every day and feel negative about the extra ten pounds you're carrying, your grouchy mood will ripple throughout your family. Use these practical tips to get back on the health and fitness wagon.

Cut the Excuses

Yeah, it's hard. We all know that. The sooner you accept the fact that maintaining your physical health is harder work, the sooner you'll get in shape. Stop fighting the facts and use that energy instead to get moving! The top three ways to get started are:

  • Wake up earlier so you can workout before anyone else wakes up.
  • Join a gym with daycare. Enough said.
  • Buy home gym equipment. (Bonus: Watch daytime TV guilt free!)

Set Goals

Make sure your goals are SMART, that is specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timed. A general goal like lose 25 pounds overwhelming and likely you'll quit before you really get going. Break big goals down into small, attainable, short-term goals and write down exactly how you plan to do it. Lose 1 pound this week by cutting out soda, drinking 8 glasses of water daily, and doing a total of 100 minutes of cardio. Success this week leads to confidence for next week.

Have Fun

Finding an exercise you like is crucial. Running may be awesome for weight loss, but if you hate running, what's the point? You'll quit after a week (trust me on this!). Take into account your schedule as well as the shape you're in right now.

Make Menus and Appointments

There's nothing so powerful as the written word. Plan ahead. Once a week, plan out in as great of detail as possible all your meals and exercise for the week. Make yourself and your health a priority. Treat your exercise appointments just as you would any other commitment you make to someone else. Be realistic about your meals, taking into account social occasions and dining with others.

Get Dressed

Whenever you can, get dressed in your workout clothes. This sends a strong message to yourself that you are serious about this working out thing. Whether it's first thing in the morning, or what you change into after work, lacing up those tennis shoes sets your workout into action.

Suck It Up

When all seems hopeless, remember you're creating habits. When you do something consistently each day, even for a very short period of time, you get used to it. Experts are always saying that it takes 30 days for a new habit to stick. Suck it up for 30 days and then your efforts will pay off, putting your healthy eating and exercise on auto pilot!


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    msorensson 8 years ago

    I love the tips!

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    Amanda Davey 8 years ago from Canterbury, Kent, UK

    Fabulous info - thank you. I'm off to check out your other hubs as I like your style:)

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    desert blondie 10 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

    Loved seeing the set goals section. I do overwhelm myself, and depress myself when I think about "the big picture" of weight loss I want to achieve. But that was a great tip for me! Thanks

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    Blogger Mom 10 years ago from Northeast, US

    I like the tip to get dressed in your workout clothes. It makes a difference for me - I try to do some sort of workout or go for a walk before I shower and get dressed for the day. Now if I can only find that extra hour in the day! =)

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    marisuewrites 10 years ago from USA

    One tip that works for me...and at different times when I've needed to lose more or less....each snack equals 30 min walking...course you have to make yourself walk - but the pay off is..walking also reduces your cravings!! who knew?? Marisue

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    Lela Davidson 10 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

    Thanks esocial - we could all use good recipes!

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    esocial 10 years ago from California

    Nice tips, thanks for posting. One book I'd like to recommend for anyone (not just moms) is called Eating For Life by Bill Phillips. It's got tons of great, healthy recipies!

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    Stephanie Hicks 10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    I can't agree more! Baby steps towards your goals. This is a great HUB!!

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    Lela Davidson 10 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

    Donnaleemason, I wrote this for ALL of us! Jason - I have a Food Monster and it just ate some chips and salsa!Hope - yes, simple, yet not so easy....Christalkalot - what can I say - easy? You are unique indeed. I'm glad to hear it's easy for someone - maybe it'll get easier for me? If only I didn't love those chips so much... I have been successful this year with working out every weekday. Yay!

    If you're interested, I moderate the Healthy Eating Community at - stop by and say hi!

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    donnaleemason 10 years ago from North Dakota, USA

    You wrote this one for me didn't you.


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    christalkalot 10 years ago

    With mums its different because its not always the anxiety food monster, its normal pregnancy weight gain, I lost mine quickly because I hated looking in the mirror (I LOVE FOOD) and I booked the dietician straight away!! for me it was so easy too because I would do billy blanks and Jillian michaels workout dvds at home when my son was sleeping and on most days and the same days my dog would nag if she didnt get her daily walk so id take bubs and doggy for our morning ritual so it was quite enjoyable, then at night in front of the telly id do abs and free weights and the weight came off easily, therefore I cannot understand why it should be so hard its just excuses some people have and it depends how bad you want it and if its priority. Try doing squats when feeding bubs in the high chair if you have no time ha ha.

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    Jason Stanley 10 years ago

    Your excellent tips are good advise for a little "tune up" when we have let ourselves get out of shape.

    For sustained weight loss for someone who really struggles they will also need to tackle the underlying causes, that constant gnawing anxiety about food, that put the weight on in the first place or it will always come back. I call it the Food Monster - as that is what it seems to feel like for most people who experience it.

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    Hope Wilbanks 10 years ago from Louisiana

    Simple, but totally doable. Great hub!