How to Avoid Weight Gain as a Busy Mom
We’ve all been there…or want to avoid getting there…
You have your baby, your entire world changes as you once knew it, you’re super busy with feedings, not sleeping, crying, diapers…the list goes on…
The months, or perhaps years, go by and you decide to face the truth you’ve been avoiding or too busy to notice…
YOU’VE STOPPED TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF, STOPPED WEARING THE JEANS YOU ONCE WORE, STOPPED BEING COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN!
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Are you ready to stop the madness?!?!?!?!?!
Here are some very easy tips to implement during your daily grind to help keep yourself a priority while handling all your other responsibilities as a busy mother and everything else that you do!
1. LOG YOUR FOOD
I’m not saying you have to count calories, carbs, or points if you don’t want to, although I think any of those are great tools to help yourself lose weight or not gain it!
But, for the sake of accountability and awareness, writing down EVERY SINGLE THING YOU PUT IN YOUR MOUTH can really help to inform you and open up your eyes to how much you’re actually eating!
There are plenty of apps on your phone you could use or plain old pen and paper will do the trick!
2. DON’T EAT YOUR KIDS SCRAPS!!!
THIS IS A BIGGIE!
I know its just a half a cookie, or corner of a piece of toast, but DON’T DO IT!!!
This is what gets so many of us mamas out there! We feel bad wasting food, throwing money in the garbage and so on and so on…
I understand all of the reasoning as to why we eat the leftovers on our kid’s plates!
However, you have to stop doing that!
If you don’t want to stop doing that then see point #1. If you eat your kid’s leftovers make sure to account for it. Write it down. Know the calories. Know the carbs. Whatever it is that you want to account for just make sure you keep yourself honest and accountable.
After all, the reason why you’ve gained weight (if you did) is because of you and nothing else. I can’t blame my kid because I gained 10, 20, or 100 pounds…that really makes no sense and it’s an excuse.
3. MEAL PREP/PLAN
One of the things that derails healthy eating is lack of planning and prep.
I’m not saying you have to spend a ton of time on this sorta thing either…
If you want to eat more salads, have your lettuce ready to grab, veggies cut and ready to throw on a salad, have your salad dressing measured out, make multiple chicken breasts at a time to get you through your week.
This stuff is all very doable! You just have to start doing it!
I mention smoothies a number of times on my blog because they are a great way to incorporate nutrition into your everyday diet!
Smoothies are a great breakfast choice for you as well as your kids!
Easily incorporate healthy foods such as:
Kale and/or spinach
IT’S A LOT HEALTHIER THAN THE OVERLY SUGARY CEREALS, TOAST WITH JELLY, POP TARTS OR ANY OF THE OTHER “CONVENIENCE” FOODS OUT THERE!
My husband and I both use it on the regular and we haven’t had a single problem with it.
5. TAKE A WALK
I know, I know, you don’t have any time…but really, YOU DO!
This is something you can do with or without kids!
You can do this during your lunch break if you work
You can do this after work or after your spouse gets home
You can do this early in the morning
You can do this late at night
You can do this WHENEVER YOU CAN MAKE IT WORK!
6. WEIGH YOURSELF
This is something I’ve often found myself avoiding because I didn’t wanna face the truth!
This is something you really should face though. It’s a great way to get a starting point for yourself as well as a way to track your progress.
Sleep truly does affect us in so many ways and when you are lacking in it I’m more than sure you can tell how it affects your entire day!
Once again, I know you’re busy. Of course you’ll have your rough nights with the little ones at times, or if you have a newborn your sleep is hugely disrupted. Just do the best you can to get at least your eight hours. GO TO BED EARLY!
8. MAKE YOURSELF A PRIORITY
Priorities change, kids and family come first, and that really is okay!
But, that doesn’t mean we should actually let ourselves go!
When you take care of yourself you truly do become a better caregiver and you’re able to give your best to your family and those around you. So, try to start treating yourself more like the priority you really are 🙂