Weight Loss Tips for Moms: How to Keep Weight Off for Good

Weight Loss Tips for Moms: How to Keep Weight Off for Good

Weight Loss Tips for Moms

 

When you’re looking to lose weight or get healthier as a busy mom, it can be overwhelming. You’re not sure where to start, feel overwhelmed with all of the diet and exercise plans out there, and feel like you just won’t have to time to be successful.

 

The biggest mistakes many of us make when it comes to getting healthier is that we either try to jump onto any fad plan that we see floating around because it worked for someone else or we attempt to do too much at once and set ourselves up for failure.


I’ve been there. From the time I was 16-26, while my anxiety and depression had reared its ugly head, I had ate and drank my way into obesity. My 5 foot 2 inch frame had been carrying over 200 pounds for at least 6 of these years and one day, I had decided that ‘enough was enough’.

 

I didn’t know where to start, I didn’t know what to do but, I knew that I had to make changes somewhere.

 

So I tried everything and anything. I tried diet pills, and gross tasting shakes, I attempting to eat zero carbs, and went vegan. I was on the hunt to find the ‘one thing’ that I knew would help me lose the weight for good. I mean… there had to be a ‘magic pill’ right?

 

After years of failed attempts, I had finally found my ‘magic pill’ and lost 70 pounds. What was it? Eating healthy and exercise.

 

I know, I know… annoying right?

 

But it’s true. So often we jump from thing to thing, wishing and hoping for magic when in reality, it’s a slow and steady race to a real and long term weight loss and lifestyle change.

 

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How do you lose weight for good?

 

I’ve learned a few things on this weight loss journey because I’ve had to do it a few times. I was able to keep my weight off but gained 50 pounds when pregnant with my daughter, lose 45 of it before becoming pregnant with my son, gain 40 with the second pregnancy and am down 30 of those 40 pounds currently.

 

And that’s a lot of time to learn what works – and what doesn’t – with sustainable weight loss.

 

Related Post: How to Find Time to Exercise as a Busy Mom 

 

Don’t get me wrong, I would love if these last 10 (and hopefully some more) pounds would just melt off but I know it’s not long lasting for my body. When I lost the 70 pounds a few things were different that made that journey a little easier. I’m 10 years older, I’ve had two kids, I don’t get as much sleep as I need, and I’m still breastfeeding.

 

But that doesn’t’ mean it’s impossible and I’m going to throw in the towel – and neither should you!

 

And just one small note before you dive into the tips – I talk a lot about weight loss in this post but I want to remind you that you are MORE than just a number on the scale. It’s ONE measure in your journey and once you start to look at it more as a journey to be healthier than just weight loss, you’ll see success. Weight loss can just be a great side effect (besides loving yourself more, feeling more confident, playing longer with your kids and fitting into more clothes!)

 

Getting Started with Losing Weight

 

There are a few things I think are key when it comes to losing weight for good.

 

1. Goals for Weight Loss and Healthy Living

 

Before you think about making big changes in your life, I think it’s important to really anchor in what you’re hoping accomplish and why.

 

If you’re looking to really make long lasting changes, you need to have something to cling to when it’s really hard.  Because it’s going to get really hard. There will be weeks or even months where your weight may not change at all, where temptation calls your name, and where you wonder if it’s worth it.

 

But why do you want to get healthier or lose weight?

 

Create a vision for yourself and really think about how your life will be different if things change. Write a letter to that future self telling you how proud you are for how far you’ve come, how you’ve overcome the obstacles, and how you have worked towards your goals. Pull this letter out to read on the super tough days.

 

Really think about what you’re life would feel like when things change. Can you climb up the stairs easier? Do you feel more confident speaking at work? Does it take you less time to get dressed because more of your clothes fit?

 

Draw into the things that matter to you and how you picture things being different for you. Create goals for yourself for the next year, next month and even next week. Make them concrete (inches lost or a number on the scale) but make them non-scale victories as well. Try on a piece of clothing that you’d like to wear each week of your journey and start to feel the changes your body is making. Each week, as those pants slide on a little easier, you’ll be proud of yourself for those changes – even when they might not show up on the scale.

 

 

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2. Make Small, Trackable Goals for Your Weight Loss

 

The biggest mistake I see moms make when trying to lose weight or get healthier is that they try to overhaul their entire lives in one day.

 

It didn’t take just one day, one week, or one month to have unhealthier habits in your life so, why do we expect that every Monday, life will just magically change?

 

The best way to have long lasting changes is to pick one habit to work on for 1-2 weeks at least. Yup. Just 1-2. That’s it.

 

I always suggest when trying to make changes that moms start with water. As busy moms, we often forget to drink water during the day and having enough water is the best tip for weight loss. And, if you’re  a breastfeeding mom like me, making sure you have enough water in your system is the best way to keep your milk supply up while losing weight at the same time.

 

Simply work on setting a timer in your phone to remind you to chug water, aim for at least half of your body weight in ounces each day, and limit everything else. Actually, don’t drink anything else. Now I’m not crazy, coffee is a must but, make sure that you aren’t adding in a ton of creamers or artificial sweeteners.

 

After you do that for a week or two, add in another habit and another and another. Yes, this is the slow climb up the mountain but, it allows you to actually make HABITS and not just fall in the trap of another fad diet where you lose weight and gain it the second you sniff a carb.

 

If you want to learn more about this concept of habit stacking for healthy weight loss, go and grab my e-book or the corresponding course The 4 Week Healthy Transition Plan! It’ll tell you exactly which habits to add or subtract, when to do it, and what to eat!

 

3. Enlist A Support Team while Trying to Lose Weight

 

It can be hard to make changes when you feel like you’re in it alone. Talk to your spouse, your kids, your coworkers and your friends. Tell them your goals and let them know that you’re really trying to make healthier changes.

 

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My suggestion with your kids is, if you want to change their nutrition as well, that you make slow changes in your shared meals and not try to overhaul everything immediately. Doing that will set you up for the troops to go crazy and, if you want them on board and on your team, slow changes work with them too.

 

Make a few different side dishes at first then change up the snacks, half the amount of juices or sodas you buy and then, after a few weeks, stop buying them all together.

 

This is exactly what we did with my stepson who, when I started dating my husband, was a 4 year old who only ate chicken nuggets and french fries. At first, I added in vegetables at dinner and then stopped having french fries as a daily dinner option. Slowly, I started offering the meat we were having with his nuggets to let him try it and now, everyone in our house eats the same dinner. (He’s 12 years old now and not picky at all!)

 

If you can’t find friends locally to support you on your goals, try to find a virtual community! That’s exactly why I started the Purpose Driven Mom Club! We push each other to work on our goals, not just in health, but in our whole lives!

 

Come over now and check out the monthly membership and join us if you feel like you need that extra cheerleader in your corner! We’d love to have you as part of the tribe!

4. Which diet plan works best?

 

Here is the thing, the weight loss plan that will work best for you is the ONE THAT YOU DO.

 

Seriously.

 

I know lots of people who lose weight successfully with all types of programs that just don’t work for me. And I’m happy for them. But you have to stay in your lane, find the ones that fit your lifestyle (for me it’s a mix of portion fix and 2B mindset) and keep going with it!

 

Related Post: 2B Mindset for the Breastfeeding Mom 

 

The same goes for exercise. If you like to go to classes and need that to motivate you to keep going, find a gym that offers what you need. For me, the time it would take to go to a gym, workout and come home, is just not something that fits.

 

I work out at home and stream my workouts with Beachbody on Demand. It’s what I’ve used for years to lose my weight and can get all of the Beachbody home workouts, meal plans, and programs included in just one yearly price. I get to workout in my pajamas (if I want) while my kids watch Mickey Mouse and be done in the time it would take me to even get to a gym.

 

I really think this is a great solution for busy moms so, if you want to try it for the year or a 2 week free trial, go to this link and sign up! If you do, email me at coachingwithcara@gmail.com and I can add you into our health support groups (free!)

 

 

 

BONUS Weight Loss for Breastfeeding Moms and Post Pregnancy

 

I have a few posts specifically on this because it is a little trickier to lose weight as a breastfeeding mom. Head over to read those if you want more tips, meals plans and resources!

 

7 Day Post Partum Weight Loss Plan

21 Day Fix Meal Plan for Breastfeeding Moms

2B Mindset for Breastfeeding Moms

Can you do 80 day Obsession while Breastfeeding?

21 Day Fix Extreme while Breastfeeding

 

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Weight Loss While Breastfeeding

 

It can be hard to lose weight while breastfeeding. You have to make sure that you’re eating the right amounts of food, foods that are higher in fat, and drinking enough water just to produce your milk. When you make changes to your diet and eating, your milk production can sacrifice. 

 

When determining a workout and eating plan to follow, moms who are breastfeeding have to be really careful to make sure that they pick something that works for their body. 

 

When breastfeeding your body can burn around 500 calories a day to product milk for your baby. When you first start nursing, you may find yourself super hungry and reaching for anything quick and easy to scarf down. I can’t tell you how many protein bars I ate or how many meals that got spilled on my little ones while I tried to nurse and eat one handed (oh come on, you know if happened to you too!)

 

And while it’s true to have to eat more for your supply, there are many factors that can help you lose weight healthily while keeping your supply up. You need to consider how often you’re nursing, how much your child drinks (I was burning much more when my baby was a newborn compared to now that he’s 16 months old) , your age and metabolism, and your water intake.

 

This post may contain affiliate links which cost you nothing extra to use but may provide me with a commission. To read my full disclosure head on over here.

 

 

Now that I am postpartum with #2, I am trying to decide which program will meet my needs the best. I had lost 70 pounds before I had my daughter, gained 50 pounds while pregnant, lost 40 pounds before getting pregnant again with my son and gained that 40 back during pregnancy. He is now 16 months old and I’m excited to have lost 30 pounds and know that it’s been much harder this time around to see results.

 

Related Post: 7 Day Post Partum Meal Plan for Moms 

 

 

This past year, I’ve used Beachbody on Demand to stream my workouts and follow the meal plans laid out for me. It’s helped me lose a big chunk of the weight and is a busy mom lifesaver! It’s so hard to make it to a gym with little kids so being able to stream any workout while my kids play or watch Paw Patrol has been amazing! If you’re in a similar boat, head over and get a year to stream ALL workouts from Beachbody for just $99!

 

 

After the holidays, I am ready to stop feeling like a Christmas cookie and prioritize my health again. And that’s how I settled on starting the year with the 21 day fix extreme. I like to do this program 2 times a year because it’s more advanced and a challenge for my body but, the meal plan is not something that I’d recommend you do too often.

The 21 day fix extreme meal plan incorporates what’s called Carb Cycling. Carb cycling is where you have a few days of lower (but not no-carbs) carb days and a few days with a normal amount of carbohydrates. This type of plan should only be followed foe 3 weeks at a time to help your body detox from sugars and carbs and lean out.

This is NOT a long term eating plan. Your body NEEDS carbohydrates for energy and health. It is important that you eat them. The problem comes when we eat the wrong kinds or too many of them. And, as busy breastfeeding moms, we sometimes just eat what’s leftover on our kids plates or convenient.

You NEED to make sure you are eating enough food while nursing so that your body has the calories and fat to make milk. The biggest mistake I see women making when trying to lose weight post baby is slashing their calories WAY too low. I know I thought that was what I had to do.

 

21 day fix extreme for Breastfeeding

 

 

When breastfeeding and starting a new weightloss program, you want to make sure that you find one that fits you and your supply. I picked 21 day fix extreme because my son doesn’t nurse that much anymore and I know my supply wouldn’t be too changed with it. I would not suggest it for a mom with a newborn while you’re supply is still regulating. We are starting to wean (okay, who am I kidding, I’m so not ready!) and he gets most of his nutrition from solids so I wanted to see how this program could change my body. 

Since I’ve done it before, I know that on the lower carb days, I need to drink a lot more water to help my supply flow. I also suggest that you start to pay attention to how fussy your baby is or, if you pump, if you’re supply dips. 

The first thing you’ll want to do is figure out the correct bracket for weight loss and breastfeeding. 

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Currently, I am eating in a bracket which is around 1500-1799 calories (bracket B). I am unsure of how my body will respond to eating this amount and if my milk supply will drop so I am playing it by ear. If my supply starts to dip, I will add in more food and if I am hungry I will simply eat more until I figure out what my body needs. The key for me is going to be adding in vegetables and not sugary treats that will make me binge eat! 

 

When figuring out your calories, this is the general rule that I follow

  1. Determine what your bracket would be for the program using the formula in the book
  2. Go up ONE bracket
  3. Add in one extra blue a day for those healthy, supply boosting fats (yay cheese!)

 

This is the same formula I’ve pretty much followed for the past 4 years since I’ve either been pregnant or nursing that entire time and knew I needed something to help guide me to eat healthy foods while fueling my body.

 

21 Day Fit Extreme and 2B Mindset for Breastfeeding

 

 

The past 6 months, I’ve also been following the principles of the 2B Mindset Program (also from Beachbody). I love this program now that my healthy eating has seriously just become my lifestyle. This is actually the first year I didn’t make a weight loss goal because I know it will just happen if I continue this lifestyle and am finally not just fixated on a number! (can I get an AMEN!)

As I dive into the 21 day fix Extreme, I’ve decided that I want to keep some of the 2B mindset principles that have helped me. This has me changing a few things in the 21 day fix extreme plan but, I’m okay with making changes that I know my body and life will respond to!

Related Post: 2B Mindset for the Breastfeeding Mom 

The 2B Mindset Principles I am keeping during these 3 weeks include:

– Water First (helping my supply and keeping me full)

– Veggies Most (making sure I get the good stuff)

– Have snacks be optional (I’ve finally kicked my morning snack habit and want to stick with that. I was just having it out of routine and not hunger and I want to keep that up)

– Dinner and done (I’ve seen a direct correlation to the nights I don’t eat after dinner and my weight loss)

 

All of these principles still keep me within the 21 day fix extreme meal plan but also allow me to have flexibility to do it my way! I’ll be tracking my color coded containers, eating more veggies if I am hungry (because seriously… why limit veggies?), and making sure my water intake is high (which I 150% suggest to any mom worried about her milk supply)

 

Don’t have the  21 day fix extreme yet??? Head over and you can order it here! When you order from my link you get the DVDS and a set of containers to get started and  I become your personal coach to help you through your journey so after you do, email me at coachingwithcara@gmail.com so we can talk about your goals and get you started!

If you want to see a sample meal plan of what I’m eating this first week, head over and download it now! I also left a blank chart so you can customize it!

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Once a Month Cooking Menu

 

As life gets crazier and busier, one thing I know is that creating a once a month cooking menu is the best way for me to provide my family with quick and easy healthy meals all while saving time, money and being less stressed.

 

I recently started using a once a month cooking menu but organizing myself with Theme Nights and it’s been incredible. Creating a menu a month in advance for our dinners has helped me save a ton of time each week in planning. When you batch organize your meals, you can easily come up with meals your family will love with ingredients you know you can buy often or save on.

 

This post was sponsored by Once a Month Meals and I was compensated for this review. This post may contain affiliate links which cost you nothing extra to use but may provide me with a commission. To read my full disclosure head on over here.

 

Once a Month Meals Review

 

To start once a month planning, I would sit down and start to fill in my grid with my theme night ideas but often would get stuck. I get into a meal planning rut where we are making the same few dinners on rotation and needed some new ideas that fit my budget.

A friend suggested I check out Once a Month Meals and can I tell you, I am OBSESSED with it! Once a month meals provides a ton of recipes, menu ideas, and tips to create awesome meals that your family will love AND shows you how you can make them now and prep them ahead to freeze and add to your meal plan later.

 

 

Once A Month Meals

 

 

I love the idea of multi tasking my cooking, where I can not only make some meals for tonight but freeze some for later. Each recipe also gives you exact directions on how to do it if you want to cook it not or if you want to freeze it for later.

Freezer Meals for your Crock Pot

 

The biggest bonus when it comes to using monthly meal planning and finding a site like Once a Month Meals is that SO many of the meals utilize the crock pot and what’s called ‘dump recipes’.  I LOVE these type of recipes (and you can check out my free 5 day challenge to learn how these can be your best friend too!) 

 

Now I know not everyone loves this kind of cooking but, for a busy mom like me who always has little people underfoot, can I tell you how much stress this saves me! I literally can drop in a meal that I’ve already prepped, turn on the crock pot, and just serve it at dinner time! It not only saves me time but makes clean up SO easy! 

Quick and Easy Toddler Recipes

 

My second favorite thing, besides the easy dinners, from Once a Month Meals was the menus that you can download for toddlers! My 1 year old is at a stage where he eats everything but my toddler has become increasingly pickier.

 

I’ve also fallen into a rut when it comes to making their food and these menus and recipes have given me a new spark to try simple meals that bring in some variety! I’ve gotten into a good groove with breakfast but when it comes to lunches, it’s often just me throwing on plates whatever leftovers we have. The menus they provide have helped me feel much less stressed about providing my kiddos with healthier lunch options while expanding their palettes!

 

 

 

If you’ve never checked out Once a Month Meals, what are you waiting for?

 

I’ve linked below some of my favorite plans that they have to check out for free! You can also head over and get a subscription for super cheap that will provide the shopping lists and more! Go and grab it now and save yourself time and stress in the kitchen!

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2B Mindset for the Breastfeeding Mom

2B Mindset for the Breastfeeding Mom

 

There are many weight loss plans for breastfeeding mothers out there and I have found that the 2B mindset is made for breastfeeding moms!

 

I have been following the principles laid out in the 2B Mindset program for a few months now and have not only lost almost 20 pounds but there has been little to no change in my milk supply, I constantly feel full, and have transformed the way that I see the scale, food and my body!

This post may contain affiliate links which cost you nothing extra to use but may provide me with a commission. To read my full disclosure head on over here.

 

What is the 2B Mindset Program?

 

2B mindset is a nutrition program from Beachbody, the creators of many home fitness program and nutrition plans.

 

 

The main focus on this program is mindful eating and helping you lose weight without feeling boxed in and restricted.

 

 

I’ve been following the Beachbody programs for 6 years now and have been able to lose 70 pounds before I had my daughter and subsequently have 2 healthy pregnancies where I’ve been able to continue to exercise, eat healthy and drop the baby weight within a year.

 

2B Mindset was created by a registered dietician, Ilana Muhlstein, who herself has lost 100 pounds with this program! (and honestly, there’s just something about following a program from someone who is in the trenches with you that makes it so special).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With 2B mindset exercise is ‘extra credit’ and the focus is more on developing a healthier relationship with food. When I heard about this part of the program, I was sold. I knew that even though I exercised 5x a week, there was something missing nutritionally that was standing in the way of my results.

 

 

The program comes with digital access to over 40 videos that you have lifetime access to. You can watch them in chunks, binge them all at once, or just go back to the ones you need when you might be struggling with a craving or need a refresher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You also get access to an iOS app where you can track all your food, a journal to use if you’re more of a paper/pencil type of gal, and a water bottle to help you always be ‘water first’.

2B Mindset for Breastfeeding Moms

 

 

I truly believe that 2B Mindset is the perfect program for a breastfeeding mom. I nursed my daughter until she was 19 months old and am currently still nursing my one year old AND have been able to lose weight at the same time.

 

 

There are a lot of misconceptions about postpartum weight loss and breastfeeding and many times women either don’t eat enough or hold onto some body fat while they are nursing. This doesn’t mean though that it’s impossible to lose the weight!

 

 

2B mindset is 100% set up to help you have weight loss without feeling deprived.

 

 

 

One of the core principles of 2B Mindset is ‘water first’. This means that you are fueling and filling your body with all of the water it needs (and more) which is perfect for breastfeeding.

 

I know that on days I don’t have enough water, my supply is down and my son is more fussy. By following the 2B mindset, you are ensuring that you have enough water to make your milk AND lose weight. (though I want to toss a disclaimer right here… I am NOT a doctor and every women is different so make sure you check with them if you have questions and follow your baby, and milk supply’s, lead!)

 

Another struggle I had when trying to lose weight while breastfeeding was that I was hungry ALL THE TIME. I felt like I constantly was eating and many times, I wasn’t eating the proper foods for my body. Because of this, I was either gaining weight or stuck in a weight loss plateau.

 

And while it’s true that you burn calories while breastfeeding, everyone’s body is different and, if you’re just eating unhealthy foods to feel full, you won’t lose the weight anyway.

 

The 2B mindset teaches you how to fuel your body the right way AND how to go back for more food if you still feel hungry! This was a game changer for me when it came to pushing passed my last plateau. I finally felt like I didn’t have to feel deprived but could still lose!

 

 

One of the toughest principles to follow (but I’m working on it!) is the ‘dinner and done’ principle. Most of my night time snacking is habit and I’ve found that on the night’s that I don’t eat after dinner, I almost always have a weight loss the next day. But, I also notice that on those nights I may wake up less engorged and just ‘flatter’ than normal. I nurse on demand so I don’t have a number to share  but I can definitely notice a difference.

 

If you find you need something to eat or your supply needs a little boost, adding in some veggies with a higher fat dip like hummus or guacamole might be an adjustment you make! Listen to your body and milk supply and feel it out!

2B Mindset Results

 

In the few months that I’ve been doing the 2B Mindset I’ve dropped nearly 20 pounds and can fit comfortably now in my pre pregnancy clothes. I feel a HUGE difference in my mindset and have inspired my husband to start the program too!

 

I also have started making my kids plates similar to mine and I know that they are eating a TON more veggies and a lot less processed snacks. They are also filling up on water and I’ve noticed asking less for snack after snack after snack!

 

 

 

 

 

2B Mindset FAQ

 

The scariest part for many women when jumping into the 2B mindset is that part of it is to track your weight and use the scale daily. I struggled in the beginning because I really had ‘broken up with the scale’ during my last pregnancy.

 

2B mindset has allowed me to change my mindset around the scale. I no longer see it as ‘the enemy’ or something that will make me sad, but rather a tool to help me see what foods my body prefers. I’m not obsessing over the numbers but rather adjusting course as need be. This allows me to drop my “I’ll try again Monday” mentality and actually create lifestyle changes!

 

 

I also wanted to share what Beachbody itself says about this program and breastfeeding moms…

 

“La Leche League International advises breastfeeding moms to wait at least two months before making any drastic effort to lose weight, allowing their bodies to recover and to ensure a steadymilk supply.

 

However, the 2B Mindset can help you get in the right frame of mind to makehealthy decisions for you and your baby so you can ultimately shed the baby weight.

 

Remember, everybody is different, so you should consult your physician before starting this nutrition plan. Keep in mind that breastfeeding women may naturally lose 1 to 4 pounds per month simply due to the amount of energy required for nursing.

 

You may notice a slight reduction in your milk supply at the start of this program, but it should quickly rebound so long as you continue to nurse frequently, drink plenty of water, eat according to the plan, sleep when you can, and keep your stress low. Some women may also see a decline in milk supply as their baby begins to transition to more solid foods, but that is to be expected for any nursing mother.”

 

 

2B Mindset Costs

 

2B mindset is an incredible program and completely worth the cost! Starting at $99 you can get the entire system with the videos! If you’re looking to incorporate exercise in as well, you should definitely get the package where you get a year to stream Beachbody on Demand AND the 2B Mindset access! This way you can have all the tools at your fingertips!

 

 

If you decide to sign up for 2B Mindset with the link below, you’ll also get access to me as your personal coach to help guide you through! I run private support groups full of women doing the program with similar goals to be in each other’s corner!

 

If you have any questions about which option is right for you, I’d love to setup a 15 minute FREE consultation so we can chat! Just head over here and fill out this form!

 

If you’re ready to get started, go and grab it now! Email me once you do at coachingwithcara@gmail.com so we can get you into our health support group ASAP!

 

And if you have any other questions, just leave them in the comments below!

 

 

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Healthy Toddler Breakfast Ideas

Does this sound like a situation you’ve been in before?

It’s morning time, you’ve barely had your coffee and you hear the kids getting up in the other room. You had a busy weekend so you didn’t get a chance to go to the grocery store and have no idea what to make them for breakfast. You know they need something healthy but right now, you can barely find enough cereal to fill a bowl and wish you had a better plan. You are tired of always having to think about what healthy foods to feed your toddler and wish you had a better system.

Yup… I’ve been there too.

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Toddlers are picky. Some days they love something and other days it’s the worst food ever. You may have to try super hard to get something healthy in them and other days they’ll eat the entire pint of blueberries you were hoping to enjoy too.

As our kids grow, it’s up to us to help build their taste buds and help them make healthier choices. Kids don’t know what sugar tastes like until we give it to them. As parents, it’s up to us to give them healthy choices, pray they don’t just throw it on the floor, and fuel their tiny little bodies so that they have all that energy to burn.

Now, before you go thinking we eat 100% whole foods, organic everything, and grow all of our own food (and there is nothing wrong with that!), we’re not there yet. I am currently in the slow transition to making our lives and home healthier which includes what we eat and the products that we put on our bodies. Right now though, we do our best to just make sure we are at least trying to get our kids to eat healthy.

But the thing is, it’s not easy. Tantrums are frequent in this house, I have time where I haven’t make our weekly shopping trip and it’s all about being creative in the kitchen, and sometimes we just choose whatever option is available.

So, I’ve come up with a simple system that we use in this house that allows out kids some choice, decreases the tantrums and makes it super easy to have anyone give the kids breakfast if I’m not home to make it.

What to Feed your Toddler

 

I like to use meals that are quick and easy to make and we are pretty much a ‘no frills’ home when it comes to breakfast. Breakfast is one of our favorite meals and often, we just grab a healthy shake and go,  so  I don’t go all out or make anything too fancy unless it’s a special occasion.

 

I also think it’s important to balance the kids food with the right things that they need. I make their breakfasts just like mine; 50% protein and 50% carbohydrate (and veggies are extra credit!). When I look at which carbs to give the kids, I look for ones that are Fiber Filled… fruits (not juice), whole grains, and high fiber foods. We try to stay away from things with white flour, added sugars, or artificially flavored stuff.

Daily Sunshine is our GO TO Shake for all of our kids! You can grab a sampler pack here!

I’ve created a super simple chart that I keep on the side of our refrigerator so that anyway can create a balanced breakfast. This is super helpful for my 11 year old step son. He makes his own breakfasts about half the time and knows to go right to the chart and pick one thing from the carb column and one thing from the protein column. If it was up to him to make breakfasts he’d probably just have bacon with a side of bacon.

 

The things is at breakfast time we need BOTH carbs and protein. Protein will keep us and the kids full until the next meal and the carbs give us the energy to get through the morning. You want to make sure you balance protein and carb and not just give them two carbs (like waffles with fruit).

 

As for protein sizes, I really just eyeball what I know my kids will eat. With toddlers, I think it’s important to give them less to begin with to eliminate waste, otherwise my dog will eat most of it. I use this same system for my 10 month old as well. He and my daughter will have the same breakfast so I don’t have to make anything else and I will just cut his food into smaller pieces.

 

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    Easy Breakfast Recipes

     

    I’m not much of a cook but, this year I made a goal to make more of an effort in the kitchen and to make as much from scratch as possible. That means that I always make a huge batch of pancakes, am drooling over this waffle maker I want to buy, and try to mix it up with some new recipes every few weeks.

     

    I’ve also found some awesome, healthy and toddler approved recipes for you!!! Head over to check these yummy recipes out to add to your breakfast chart!

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    Kid-Friendly Breakfast Broccoli from On My Kids Plate 

     

    Apple Protein Muffins from One Clever Chef

     

    Healthy Breakfast Bowls from 5 Minutes for Mom

     

    Kid Friendly Avocado Toast from Theresa’s Reviews

     

    Blender Spinach Muffins from Joy Food Sunshine

     

    Yogurt Fruit Breakfast Pizza from Finding Zest

    Hope these tips help you feel more in control during breakfast and ready to take on the mornings! Keep it simple, balance what your kids need, and fuel them right!

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      How to Find Time to Workout as a Busy Mom

      How to Find Time to Workout as a Busy Mom

      How to find time to workout as a busy mom.

      Taking care of ourselves is something most moms struggle with. We feel guilty about taking time to exercise. Our time and attention is pulled in a million different directions. The to-do list becomes so long that taking care of ourselves doesn’t always seem like a top priority. We’re tired and don’t always have the energy to do it. And honestly… we just sometimes don’t feel like it.

      The reality is, exercising can be tough enough when you don’t have kids but, adding kids to the mix can make prioritizing your health and self-care even tougher.

      But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it.

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      Why you need self-care.

      I know that it can be super hard to create the time for you between the real like stress and the guilt but can I tell you something…

      You matter.

      Yup, you matter more than you realize and more than you’re willing to admit. Because if you take the time to actually acknowledge how fabulous you are, you’ll have to admit that you haven’t been treating yourself the way you deserve. You’ll have to admit that you’ve put yourself on the backburner and that you need to get back to it.

      But taking that time to workout a few times a week (I currently work out 5-6x a week for around 30-40 minutes) does more than just get your heart pumping. When you leave a workout, you feel accomplished. You feel proud and you are reminded that you are worth that effort.

      You are better when you fill your cup and when you do, you can be a better mom. There is a reason that on airplanes, you are told to put on your oxygen mask first. It’s because if you’re a panicked mess, there is NO way you’ll be able to help someone else.

      And it’s the same situation in life. If you aren’t taking care of yourself and have little energy, poor health, low self-confidence, and just feel generally bad, then that trickles down to your family.

      I find that when I am exercising regularly (which I do now and, though it’s taken years, is now a habit that I hate to miss in my day), I am happier, I snap less at my kids, I feel good about myself, I have more energy, and am just a better mom.

      The thing is, and I’m going to toss you some real talk right now, your kids deserve a happy and healthy mom. None of us can guarantee how long we’ll have on this earth but, don’t you want to spend as much time with your kids as possible? And wouldn’t you do anything you could to make that happen? Then you need to find a way to fit exercise into your life and take care of your health. For you, for them, for the grandkids you’ll hopefully get to be around for, and the pictures taken of memories that you aren’t hiding in because you hate the way you look.

       

       

      How to find time to workout

       

      When it comes to working out, you need to decide what you need and how you want it to happen. I personally, haven’t stepped foot in a gym in years and love working out at home. Some people need to leave the house to get that extra motivation to get it done. Determine the type of person you are, be okay with it (because you don’t have to be like anyone else), and come up with a routine that fits that.

      If you need alone time and want the gym to be your sanctuary, then go for it! I coach and talk to so many moms that tell me they’d love to workout at home like me but really need to get out of the house, have interactions with people, and get time alone. If that’s you… go for it!

      Find a gym that has a daycare included so that you truly can feel at ease. It can be pretty tough to find childcare for just an hour or two to go to the gym each day but, if your gym has a daycare center then you’re kids get interaction, which they need, and you get the time to workout. The first place I’d recommend checking out is your local YMCA. Not only do they have great rates but you can get family packages, which includes childcare, classes, swimming and something for the whole family.

      If you’re going to leave the house to workout, make sure you pick a time in the day that works and makes the most sense to you. You don’t want to go when you’ll be cutting it too close to nap and fearing cranky littles or the dreaded car nap. We have a 2-hour chunk in our mornings that is our only time where we can leave the house to do anything without someone napping so if it were me, I’d make sure that we left for the gym then.

      Get yourself prepared the night before so that you don’t waste any time. If you know that you have 2 hours to hit the gym after one of the kiddos naps but before the next nap (which is our schedule), take 5 minutes the night before and lay out your workout clothes and pack your diaper and gym bag. If you bring bags for the kids with activities for them, make sure they are packed along with any water cups and snacks. This way, as soon as the kids are up and your window to workout begins, you’re not wasting 10-15 minutes packing things up. If you can pack the bags when they are sleeping, you can get it done super fast since you’ll have limited distractions.

      Make sure you also sleep in your workout clothes to save a step and have any shower stuff packed. Many gyms have showers you can use so, you can grab a quick one before you pick up the kids and be on your way!

       

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      Working out at Home 

       

      Working out at home is my jam. I get to wear whatever I want, get all sweaty and not care, try moves I would never do in public, and get my groove on to some great dance workouts all while looking pretty embarrassing. I also don’t have to worry about commuting or taking the kids anywhere and can be flexible if they are fussy.

      That being said. It’s not easy. Getting my daily workout in at home takes planning and a system that it’s taken us a few months to really get the hang of. But, once you get the routine it can also be fun.

      My kids LOVE workout time and a tantrum normally happens on the weekends when I go to workout in our home gym alone since my husband is home. I get to be an example of health to them and they get to join if they want. I always invite my 11 year old stepson to workout with me and, though he almost always says no, the other day he asked if I could help him train for basketball and my heart swelled up with excitement.

      My first suggestion is to find a workout you love. I use Beachbody On Demand and have for the past few years. I used Beachbody workouts to lose 70 pounds before I had my kids, the 50 I gained with my daughter, during both my pregnancies and currently using it to stay healthy and drop the baby weight after my son.

       

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      There are so many workouts out there that you can pick but, here is the thing… if you don’t love it, you won’t do it. In the past few years, I did some soul searching when it came to workouts and decided that just because everyone else was trying the newest workout, didn’t mean I had to. I love to stretch out of my comfort zone and try new things but, if I don’t like doing a workout, I just pick something else.

       Now, at first you might not like any workouts because working out isn’t the most fun all the time (particularly when you’re out of shape), but I guarantee there is something out there for you! When I was pregnant and my goals were different, I did some home dance workouts or yoga because I knew it would make me feel good. Find what lights you up, challenges you, and makes you happy and I swear, over time exercising will become a part of your lifestyle.

       You can also find something that your kids love to do can include them. Another reason that I love Beachbody on Demand is that they have a kids channel but my toddler loves doing the dance workouts with me, climbing on my back for pushups, and kickboxing is her fav! Your workouts with them may not be as hardcore as before, but remember DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT!

       You can always workout at home during nap time if your kids still nap. I choose to do it when they are awake because I use naptimes to work but, you can make that your time to take care of you, grab a shower, and then get to all the other tasks. The cleaning and laundry can wait… your self care cannot!

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      How to include your kids in your workout block

       

      My first tip is to find an area of your house that is the most conducive to you getting the workout done, not being frustrated with interruptions, and sets them up for success. I tend to do more bodyweight exercises than weights because, when I do have to use our gym and bring the kids in there, they are ALL over the place. On those days, I put my 9 month old in the pack and play and my daughter plays with her kitchen set or easel that I’ve left in there but, since there is so much more to look at and touch, it’s normally more of a headache for me.

      I choose to workout in our playroom on most days. Their stuff is there, they can watch a TV show, and it’s baby proofed. That does mean I have to pick and choose workouts that fit in that space and don’t have weights but I”m okay with that. It helps to keep them contained so grab a good baby gate or pack and play so that you know that they aren’t trying to escape or eat little things off the floor!

      Keep them occupied

       

      Next, figure out how much time your kids can hang before they don’t want to play independently anymore. My kids (2.5 years old and 9 months) have a sweet spot of 35 minutes. If I do anything longer than that, someone is fussy or needs more attention from me, so I try to average a 30-minute workout.

      30 minutes is also about the time of one kids show so yes… this is when they get to watch TV. The baby could care less about TV but my toddler loves it so, during a workout, she gets a show. I do try to do my best to limit the amount of TV she watches and besides working out and when I do her hair, we keep a mostly tech-free day.

       There are some super cute shows out there that don’t include too much sass (my biggest pet peeve with shows today!) and the kiddos love!

       We love;

      • Little Baby Bum (Netflix)
      • Owlegories (Amazon Prime)
      • Super Why (Netflix)
      • Daniel Tiger (Amazon Prime)
      • Doc Mcstuffins, Nellie the Princess Knight, Sofia the First and anything about a girl show isn’t just a damsel in distress
      • Sesame Street (PBS)
      • Word Party (Netflix)

       We could go on about some other shows we love but I always give her two choices of what she wants to watch and, if I’m being real, this keeps her attention long enough for me to workout in the playroom and her not to attack or take all of her brother’s toys so he gets fussy.

      Oh, and I have to toss in a disclaimer because maybe you’re rolling my eyes at the fact that I let them watch TV so I can workout. You need to take care of you too mama, your kids are fine with a little TV while you do so, let go of the guilt, and stop judging any mom who does things you might not *drops mic*

      Be Prepared 

       

      The best tip I can give you for working out at home is to be prepared before you begin. I always make sure that we have a few things handy.

       My 2.5 year old is recently potty trained so I make sure she tries to go before I workout. I also keep the portable potty in the playroom so, if she has to go, she can go there. But be careful… one time I did not stop my workout to empty it and my 9 month old pushed it over… ONTO ME during my pushups.

       I also make sure all the toys are there for the baby and he has plenty of things to chew on, bang together, or build.

      Also, make sure you get the milk cup filled up and have a snack ready so that you don’t have to stop. I workout pretty much right after breakfast and it never fails that my toddler will ask for a snack at least once during my workout.

       You’ll also want to make sure that you pick the right time to workout so that you aren’t dealing with too fussy of kiddos. My son normally naps at 9:30 so I aim to workout at 8:15 am which gives me enough time to workout without him being fussy because it’s too close to nap. On the days when he gets up early and his nap is at 8 or 8:30, I put him down first and then workout with just me and my toddler.

       

      Adjust your expectations

       

      There are times when working out either at home or in the gym just doesn’t go as planned. Kids need things. Life gets in the way. You may have to stop and modify and hold your kid during that last set of squats, let them play horse with you while you do pushups, or sing “if you’re happy and you know it” through the last 10 minutes of your kickboxing workout.

       That’s mom life.

       But you’re a better mom for just trying to take care of yourself than saying “well it might not be perfect so I shouldn’t do anything”. 30 minutes of your day will go by super fast with you guys just sitting around playing or watching a show, so why not get your workout in at the same time?

       This week, I challenge you to find 30 minutes or less each day to do SOMETHING active with them. And if none of these suggestions work for you, put them in the stroller and take a walk! Something is better than nothing and DONE is better than perfect!

       

       

      Know that it is possible to workout with kids but you have to create a routine, be prepared, realize it might not be perfect, and do your best. Your kids should be one of the reasons you take care of your body and health, not an excuse not to!

       

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