Staying Thin

Erin - posted on 10/12/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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How do some of you stay on a diet? I start them but end up messing them up because my daughter wont nap so I don't have time to exercise and I finish her food so I'm not wasting it. Grr!

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Bethany - posted on 10/12/2010

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First of all, food is going to go to waste whether you throw it away, or you eat it, it's going to end up in the bin or the toilet, at least the first way, you havn't filtered it through your body, so stop finishing other people's food, would you do that to a guest? Finish off the food on their plate so it didn't go to waste? I don't think so.

Then, don't wait for your daughter to sleep before you excersize. Incorporate it into your day with her. If she's playing somewhere, do some squats and star jumps and pushups, and walk around on your tippy toes, run on the spot, jump on the spot. She'll probably join in, which canonly be a good thing.

If she's outside, step up onto something, like a couple of bricks, step up and down until you can't do it any more. She'll probably join in that too.

In the kitchen? Waiting for the kettle to boil or toast to pop up? Do some bench presses against the counter and go up and down on your toes while you wait, or grab a couple of cans of beans and do some bicep curls and butterfly lifts.

As for food, other than learning not to finish other people's food, try having a big drink of water nearly every time you go for a quick energy snack then run out of the kitchen and jump up and down or run around with your daughter and give her a big tickle, the laughter will pep you up as much as a sugar hit. Save one lovely snack and cuppa for once a day and look forward to it, and relish it.

Go for a walk with the pram if you can, even just around the block, and more if you are feeling it.

I am writing this to my self as much as to you. My current mantra when ever I am tempted into the fridge or the pantry is "Will this take you closer to, or further away from, your goal weight?" and I act accordingly, usually. I save lovely snacks and drinks for when I have company usually, or when I'm out. Slowly slowly.

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Here's what I do, I don't really consider it a diet, because I won't ever stop, but it does keep me thin.

Exercise: I exercise in the kitchen while I am cooking dinner. I'm really just standing there when I cook, stirring occasionally, or watching the oven, so I do some stretches, lunges, jumping jacks, push-ups against the counter, knee lifts (3 variations), and maybe a few more--I look through magazines for workouts I can do standing in one place. lol! In an average dinner, I get about 20 minutes of workout :)

Food--several things here:
1) I never finish my son's food, mostly because I don't like the foods he eats, but also because I don't want the extra food in my body. Think about it like money...you have a certain amount of calories that you can eat each day. Before you eat something, think "Do I really want to spend my calories on this, or do I want to find something yummy to eat that I actually like?"

2) I munch all day on healthy stuff. I m busy, I rarely get through an apple before it is brown and yucky because I have to keep setting it down to tend to Jake. It is a lot easier to much on chips than apples, but I keep a bowl of grapes, berries, and melons that I've already cut (which don't turn to brown mush just from sitting out) in my fridge. Anytime I get a snack craving, I just go grab a couple--I do not get a plate or take the bowl out of the fridge, I just eat what I can pick out with my hand.

3) I NEVER buy junk food at the grocery store--NO candy, NO chips, NO cakes, NO cookies. If it is in the house, I will eat it, but if it is at the store, I have to think, "Do I really want this bad enough to get in my car and drive to the store and back to get it?" 98% of the time, I don't want it that much, and if I do, it is TOTALLY worth the effort.

4) I eat the foods I love--In moderation--and I savor them. If I am hungry, and I eat something quick that I don't really like, I am still "hungry" after. My tummy isn't growling anymore, but I'm still thinking about foods that I would like to eat and trying to get satisfied. Think of it like money again. Some quick foods are really high in calories, but low in taste and nutrition--low quality. You would not spend a bunch of money on a cheap shirt, would you want to waste a bunch of calories on a crappy meal? No. If you are going to spend $200 on a sweater, you'd have to REALLY LOVE it, right? So if you are going to spend 600 calories on lunch, make sure you really love it!

Hope this helps!! Good luck with your health!!

Michelle - posted on 10/13/2010

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I agree with Emma, Walk with your baby. My girl and I go for a 1/2 hour walk (mostly uphill) every other day. I also do lunges, squates, and crunches while holding her.

Also, the best advice I can give you is to relax about it. Don't just take it do to day, but meal to meal. Everytime you go to eat something think, 'Is this the right fuel for my body? Is this going to make me feel good? Is this what my body need?". And remember it's ok to have treats! If you totally neglect your taste buds and cravings- then your going to go crazy! My daily treat after dinner is homemade hot chocolate (with soy milk and melted dark chocolate chips).

And lastly .. as others have said.. water water water. Thirst can be mistaken for hunger. Add a lemon or lime wedge to make it a little tastier :)

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Leslie made a good point, I'm not sure if she (or you) are in the US or not, but we have a problem here with people not knowing what hunger feels like and eating when they are thirsty or sad or whatever. Anyway, I wait until my stomach growls before I eat. That way, I know I'm actually hungry.

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I can give you all the advice about exercise and eating right...but I know from experience of grabbing a granola bar on my way out the door because 3 kids want outside NOW, that it is not realistic sometimes. It's true if you never buy it, it won't be in the house to tempt you.....but I also find if you deny yourself too much, you go crazy all of a sudden. But I have found that a lot of times I think I am Hungry......I am actually thirsty. So that is my trick now....drink an 8 oz. glass of water and you might actually be surprised that the craving went away, or that you are not as hungry as you think you are. Other than that, just be sensible about your diet.

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Candi - posted on 10/13/2010

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Although I have never had a weight problem, I am careful about what I eat and how much. I am a snacker. I love snacks! As for exercise, I don't have a routine. I get it when I can. I walk my kids to and from school. Its 1/2 mile each way. I also have stairs in my house and I am constantly up and down the stairs! Its a nice workout. Plus we have 4 small gardens to take care of. We are always doing something. Just staying active helps a lot

Audrey - posted on 10/13/2010

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The thing about dieting that most diets won't tell you is that if you ever go of it you are screwed. The less weight you have the less calories you need to maintain your current weight. That's what a plateau really is. It's your body weight catching up to what your calorie intake is. So if you diet, to maintain you need to stay on the same diet forever or you will without a doubt gain your weight back, it's the law of our bodies. My suggestion is to make sure you are eating, or not eating what you are comfortable sticking with for as long as you want to keep the weight off and offset the rest with exercise. What I did was just did a bunch of 10 minute walks a day (they add up faster then you would think), and I wore a pedometer and made sure I walked 10,000 (or more) steps a day. I managed to loose 50 pounds, (I am now 110 and have been for 2 years).

After all the dieting research I have done I don't believe in dieting I believe in diet. Keep things as natural and healthy as possible, eat when you're hungry, never starve yourself (it will murder your metabolism), and as much exercise as you can manage to find the time for in a day. My daughter doesn't nap either, so when I do exercise I let her do it with me, you would be surprised how entertaining it is to watch a two year old trying to copy you and do squats etc... If you live in a house or building with stairs, add as many trips up and down those as you can manage. Apt, don't use the elevator. House, fold laundry downstairs and take it up to put away in trips. There's lots of little things that you can do to add in alot of extra exercise into your day. Do calf lifts when standing in front of the stove cooking. Pretend to skip roap when watching t.v. (I always told myself if I could find time to watch t.v. I could find time to exercise). Dance with your daughter, great way to get your heart rate up and kids love dancing weather they are big enough to dance on their own feet or not. Hope this helps. ( Just one more note, I've been heavy all my life, after having my daughter I am thinner then I have ever been in my life, I have never been skinny, so I know how hard it is to loose weight)

Bethany - posted on 10/12/2010

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I also try to remember to have a drink of water out of the cup I'm going to have a cuppa in, while I wait for the kettle to boil. I have about 2 cups of tea/coffee/milo a day, and I habitually have a bickie with them, so a cup of water while I'm waiting for the kettle to boil is helpful, and not make it too hot, so I don't need a bickie to eat while I wait for it to cool a bit. Again, if I'm with company, I'll put the bickies out.

Stifler's - posted on 10/12/2010

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I agree with the others, thirst can be mistaken for hunger. I have a drink of water of a cuppa when I'm "hungry" and have eaten lunch 2 hours before.

Stifler's - posted on 10/12/2010

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walk walk walk with the baby in the pram to town to do errands or in the afternoon. i mainly feed my kid veggies and fruit so it's no big deal if i finish it.

Lady Heather - posted on 10/12/2010

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I don't stay on a diet. I just eat real food nearly all the time (everyone needs a treat once in a while!). That coupled with regular walking (I walk instead of driving for most errands) and all the housework keeps me at a normal weight. So fruit, veg, whole grains, legumes, eggs, meats...anything goes as long as it doesn't come in a box with a bunch of salt and goodness only knows what else! I also eat off of smaller plates. It makes your brain feel like it's eating more than you really are if you see a nice full plate. It's a good lesson in portion control.

As far as leftovers - I try and keep portions reasonable, but I have two dogs just in case. They are doubly useful - they need walking and they eat my daughter's unwanted food. Ha.

Erin - posted on 10/12/2010

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Start giving her smaller portions, or set it aside for her later when she's hungry again. They need to learn not to waste food at a young age. If she won't go down for a nap google activities to do with her that will both keep you active indoors and out. Eat more fruits and veggies and cut out as much carbs and meat as you can. Pick up the book Skinny Bitch. It's the honest truth about being thin. Well worth the read. You should be able to pick it up at you local library. Take care and good luck!

Jane - posted on 10/12/2010

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i lost 40 lbs 4 yrs ago by changing my habits - i went thru my pantry and threw away everything that was no good for me and then i started shopping for more healthy foods, mainly fruits and veggies. making a list for shopping and sticking to it helps too. or Peapod - i buy less when i'm not at the store. also, i portioned things out ahead of time so i can just grab them, Ziploc makes all different great sizes of containers. w/this pregnancy i've developed diabetes in my third tri-mester and i'm realizing how much i eat of the kids' food b/c now i can't. if she doesn't finish, what's the difference b/w putting it down the disposal or in your mouth - ya know, let it go. if she were finishing her plate, would you go and make yourself more of her food - no, so the end goal is that the food is gone, throw it down the sink. also, cut her portions so there isn't food left over, she's not eating it all anyway, right? exercise whether she's napping or not. give her somthing to amuse herself w/and she can always cheer you on.

once you stick to some changes, you'll feel better and allow yourself to suceed. i also think "dieting" is a negative state of mind, just change your habits and live that way. don't set yourself any certain amount of lbs to loose or size to fit into, go by how healthy you feel. i haven't owned a scale in 4 years. put that non-napping baby in the stroller and go for a long walk, same time every day. that could be her naptime.

good luck!

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