|Drop some LBS|
I’m going to cut to the chase. I’ve gained 10 pounds in the last eight months. I was already about 10 pounds overweight to begin with, and now I’m about 20 pounds overweight.
My body needs to be decluttered.
I think I’ve been in denial, and I know I’ve been making excuses. I’m a total stress eater, and I’m raising preschoolers. I need to find some solutions.
And really, I think I know what the solutions are. I’m just not doing what I need to do. Last night I had a wakeup call when I stepped on the scale and saw the numbers 1-8-2. I think this is the heaviest I’ve been in my entire life.
I know I need to make some changes for my health. Here are some things I’ve found, and even done before, that can help someone trying to lose weight:
1. Hydrate. Drink that water! I know I haven’t been doing this. I drink all of the time, but it’s usually coffee or diet soda. I’m not giving up coffee again (at least not right now), but I need to make sure I’m taking in a lot of water.
2. Green tea. Green tea is supposed to boost your metabolism. I love Tazo Zen tea and we have it in our cupboard, so I need to start drinking it. It’s calorie-free.
3. Walk. Walking has so many benefits beyond weight loss. When I walk, I feel so much better. Check out my Walking board on Pinterest for more information. I really need to stick with my plan to walk at least 30 minutes each day. Every day.
4. Count calories. Okay, this should be my number one, because I really think this is where my problem lies. Being aware of how much you’re eating, and tracking it makes a huge difference. I keep chowing down all day because I have no idea how much I’ve already taken in for the day. I’m going to use MyFitnessPal to help me track things.
5. Meal Plan. By planning meals ahead of time, I avoid going out to eat, and avoid whipping up something really quick that has a lot of fat and calories. By planning ahead, I’ll have more control over my calorie intake.
6. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are the same. This may not work for everyone, but for me, having a consistent breakfast and lunch is really helpful. I know what I’m eating, I can make things ahead of time, and I know that my meals are healthy. I worked out a sketch of a plan last night, but I need to work on refining it to make sure the foods I plan to eat will actually keep me full! 🙂
7. Plan cheat meals. I already have my first one planned for Sunday night! Having cheat meals helps me, because I know I’ll have the chance to chow down in the near future.
8. Eat metabolism boosting foods. This will take some research on my part. I’ve heard that cinnamon can boost your metabolism, hence, there’s a wee bit of cinnamon in my morning coffee today. Every little bit counts, right?
9. Lift weights. Ugggghhhhhh! I don’t like lifting weights. I’m sorry, but I just don’t. HOWEVER, lifting weights can help build muscle, which burns more calories. I’m looking for a super-easy beginners program for this one. Any suggestions? I need something really easy. For real.
10. Run. Hands down, this is the most efficient way to burn calories. Need to do this a couple of times a week to build up my endurance.
Now, I just have to figure out how to do all of this! I’m a routine junkie, so setting up a good plan for when I’ll do what should be helpful.
I’d really love to hear from other moms of littles. How do you find time to stay fit? Do you have any other tips or tricks to share?
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