New Videos for Moms

Want to know what the roller derby, racing, and bathing suits have to do with losing weight after baby?  Check out the new video pages on my website LosingWeightAfterBaby.com  I hope you’ll enjoy these video tips for losing weight, many of which include my accountability group (my toddler and baby!). 

Speaking of video, have you taken any videos or photos of yourself recently?  If not, I would highly encourage you to do so.  As you lose your desired weight in the next few weeks and months, you’ll want an old photo to compare to.  I know the thought of taking a photograph may be about as appealing as a root canal, but you’ll thank me down the road when you have great before and after pictures. 

Today’s Action Step:  Take a picture of yourself if you don’t have a recent one.  Mark it with the date and use it as motivation to lose weight in coming weeks and months.  Fill in this sentence for yourself:  When I take another picture 3 months from now, I will weigh ____ lbs. 

 

Are you eating these power foods?

What’s on your menu today mom?  AARP magazine had a great article about ten power foods.  These foods will fight disease, fuel your body with energy, and help you lose weight.  Here they are:

  1. Peanut butter
  2. Watermelon
  3. Blueberries
  4. Turmeric
  5. Salmon
  6. Chili Peppers
  7. Apples
  8. Whole grain cereal
  9. Avocados
  10. Eggs

Get in the habit of eating some of these foods/spices everyday and you’ll be on your way to losing weight after baby.  Teach your kids by example to eat these foods too.  I talk more about power foods on my podcast Losing Weight After Baby

When Yelling is Good

Today I was in spin class with my mom.  Our spin instructor is a certified personal trainer and can be intimidating until you get to know her.  She’s competed in body building and is one tough lady. 

Well as usual, she was yelling at us, “PUSH!  PEDAL!  GIVE ME ALL YOU’VE GOT!  LET’S GET MOVING PEOPLE!”  And the thought struck me, this is the kind of yelling that is good.  Believe me, when I walked into spin this morning, I did not feel like working out.  It’s that time of the month and I just feel like eating chocolate!  But as our instructor yelled at us, I obeyed.  I pedaled.  I pushed.  I sweat and gave it everything I had.  Imagine if she had yelled, “JUST QUIT!  YOU’RE TIRED, GIVE UP!”  I probably would have done that instead. 

What thoughts are shouting in your head?  “Give up, you’ll never lose your baby weight!” or “Hang in there mom and keep pushing.  You can do it!”

Well listen up mom while I yell in your ear, “You are awesome!  You’re reading this blog and you care about your health.  You can lose weight for yourself and your family!” 

Fitting in Exercise

It’s every mother’s question:  how can I find time to exercise?  Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing: 

Make it fun. Swing baby around throughout the day. Run up and down the stairs over and over again. Your bouncing baby will love her new roller coaster. Get out of the house and walk to the park. Take in the beauty around you.

Seize the moment. Feel busy now with baby? Fast forward the tape 5 years…you’ll be dropping your baby off at kindergarten with two more kids in the backseat. Ah then, you’ll be really busy! Life doesn’t slow down. A better time will not exist in the future. Now is the time to get in the fabulous habit of exercise.

Involve a friend. If you’re meeting a friend for lunch, insist on taking a walk after your meal together. Look for ways to be active with others. Meet weekly with another mom to workout, either with the kids or take turns watching the kids while the other mom exercises for 20 minutes.

Plan for it. On Sundays, take your calendar out and schedule in your exercise times for the week. Exercise DVD during baby’s Monday morning nap. Walk 45 minutes with baby on Wednesday after lunch. Put it in your calendar and stick to it. You wouldn’t miss a doctor’s appointment, so don’t miss these critical appointments for your health.

Set small weight loss goals and reach them. If the thought of finding time for a 45 minute workout gets you depressed, start with fitting 10 minutes of exercise into your day, 5 days a week. Once you establish that as your normal routine, you can extend your workout time to 20 minutes on some days, or have a few 10 minute sessions during the day. 

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