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Cecilia - posted on 09/20/2013
Oh and to add to Kelly's advice. Most people drink their calories. Watch what you drink. If it isn't water- it won't help you achieve your goal (diet pop/soda included)
I will admit I used to drink so much pop. I now have addiction to infused water. It's really simple, at night throw some cut fruit into a pitcher of water. My favorite is lemon, mint leaves and orange slices. Also a great way to get children to drink water.
And avoid carbs until right before or right after a workout.
I use mapmywalk.com Your cell phone can track it, or you can manually put it in. I found out by using this my 2 year old (almost 3) walks 2.3 miles on a typical walk with me.(done 4 times a week) We rarely use the car unless going large monthly grocery shopping. Not to mention it helps them nap better for you.
Cecilia - posted on 09/20/2013
I think peppermint would be delicious. I've been meaning to buy mangos and try that too. Watermelon is good in it also. Oh and cucumber too. Pretty much put in things you like. It does taste really good. The longer you leave it sit the better it tastes.
I actually didn't start the infused water over my own health. My daughter refused water, wouldn't touch it at all. I tried refusing all other drinks and she went all day still refusing. I had to make the choice to find a way for her to like it or let her dehydrate. So at first I would squeeze fruits into water and then learned to just cut them and leave them. I tasted it and loved it so we both drink it all day now.
Don't think I could ever water fast.You're tougher than me. I love food. Adore it in fact. Cooking and eating is a huge part of our family. I think for the most part just cooking your own food would help so many people drop pounds. Yea you can get a salad at mcdonalds. If you look at the calories in it, you might as well have ordered large fries.
Also when it comes to the calories of soda, even if you take it in and intend to burn it off. 150 calories to burn can be a task day after day, it's easier to avoid it. Plus as you mentioned, all the chemicals in there that your body has issues with. Do you know if you add baking soda to mountain dew it will glow in the dark? Something isn't right when that happens.
Cecilia, I just quit my addiction to soda. I did a 10 day water fast (no food or drink except for water), but I only made it to day 8 before I had some complications and my doctor pulled me off :( I had a soda about 3 days after I quit fasting and it was so sweet it was actually disgusting. I've got a whole 12 pack of can sodas in the garage and I don't think I'm ever going to drink them. Especially now that I am so much more conscious of what I am putting into my body. I really can't think of a good reason to put all of those chemicals inside me, the whole idea is repulsive now.....It's strange because I used to crave them all the time, and drink several each day. I knew they were bad for me, but I just figured eating healthily and working out cancelled them out, but now I can't wrap my mind around that idea anymore :P
Anyway, the infused water you mentioned with the lemon, oranges, and mint is supposed to be a really good natural cleanser. Not like the detox cleanses, but a running cleanse that keeps your body from absorbing so many toxins in the first place. I've been meaning to try it, but haven't gotten around to it. I grow peppermint, but not regular mint....I wonder if it would be as good? Do you think?
For thought: One 12oz can soda is over 150 calories! Depending on your activity level, most women need only 1200-1500 calories per day (more if you are really active), so 3 sodas would be 1/3 of your entire daily allowance. That doesn't leave much for food.
What do you mean by "find motivation?"
Do you want to lose the weight or not? If you want to lose the weight, wouldn't that be motivation? Or am I just totally misunderstanding something??
Like Cecilia said, plan physical activities for you and your daughter to do together in addition to your regular workouts. Also, diet is a HUGE factor. When we become moms, it is easy to fall into the trap of quickly grabbing snacks throughout the day with little or no nutritional benefit. I have been guilty of making J a plate of carrots then running around with a granola bar in my hand. (Not that granola is bad, but the bars have a ton of extra sugar and carbs in them--great before a workout, or for breakfast, not so great for an afternoon snack). Also, try to eat the bulk of your calories in the morning, then have a light dinner. When we go to bed, our body starts turning unused calories into fat. If you eat most of your calories in the morning, you won't have as many left over at bedtime. And most importantly, you have to take in less calories than you spend.
There are lots of apps out there to help you keep track as well, such as livestrong.com and myfitnesspal.com. A lot of people can stay more focused if they have something like that to track their progress. I use myfitnesspal to keep track of what I eat and how much I need to exercise. If I splurge on a family dinner, I know exactly how much extra exercise I need to do to burn it off.
Cecilia - posted on 09/20/2013
Your daughter is 2 which is such a great age to just play. Play and run and use their energy to keep you going. Go on nature hikes with your daughter- they love it. If you can, walk to stores with her, bring a stroller because she will wear down sometimes.
A huge part of weight loss is actually how and what you eat. This is sometimes more important then exercise. Motivate yourself in this by telling yourself the lessons when it comes to eating are the best you can give your daughter. Avoid snacking off her plate ( don't all of us moms do this?) Instead when you feed her make yourself a plate of good for you foods. That will prevent you from touching what she is eating.
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