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.

 

Related Post: How to Make Mom Friends and Beat SAHM Depression

 

 

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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The Ultimate Guide to Achieving Your Goals for Busy Moms

The Ultimate Guide to Achieving Your Goals for Busy Moms

The Ultimate Guide to Achieving Your Goals For Busy Moms

 

As busy moms it can be hard to achieve our goals since we have a lot on our plates. We have to juggle things for ourselves, our families, our homes, our jobs and more. It can be hard to get things done, let alone work on ourselves.

But just because it can be hard, doesn’t mean we should give up and throw in the towel. 

If you want to make changes in your life, don’t let the ‘start’ stop you. I’ve been there before, unsure of which goal to tackle first, really overwhelmed with what kind of vision I want for my life, and just ultimately stressed about where to even get started. 

That’s why I’ve put together the ultimate list to achieving your goals. This is the best list of resources to help you get started creating goals, making an action plan perfect for a busy mom, and start to tackle what matters to you the most!

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.

 

 

For Getting Started with Goal Setting

 

Year End Reflection Workbook

 

 

 

How to Create a Vision Board

 

 

 

How to Goal Set For Success

 

 

Creating an Action Plan that Works

 

 

 

How to Track and Stay on Top of Your Goals

 

 

 

For Your Health and Fitness Goals

 

 

7 Day Post Partum Weight Loss Plan

 

 

Meal Plan + Recipe Freebie

Free Meal Plan 

 

 

 

How to Meal Prep in Two Hours or Less 

 

 

 

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How to Find Time to Workout as a Busy Mom

 

 

 


21 Day Fix for the Breastfeeding Mom

 

 

 

 Breastfeeding Moms Meal Plan 

 

 

 

For Your Financial Goals

 

4 Tips for Meal Planning on a Budget

 

 

 

Save Money on Groceries without using coupons

Save Money on Groceries

 

 

 

How to Survive When Money is Tight 

 

 

 

Legit Ways to Make Money From Home

Legit Ways to Make Money from Home 

 

 

 

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7 Ways to Homeschool on a Budget

 

 


The Best Things to Buy from Brandless 

 

 

For Your Spiritual and Self Goals

 

Printable Scripture Cards for Anxiety 

 

 

 

5 Podcasts to Increase Your Positivity

 

 

 

Free 3 Part Video Series 

 

 


31 Days of Positive Affirmations for Moms 

 

 


Using Trello to Organize Prayer Requests

 

 

 

How to Create a Self Care Schedule as a Busy Mom  

 

 

 

For Your Home and Productivity Goals

 

Conquer Your Time Challenge 

 

 


How to Keep Your Kid’s Toys Organized 

 

 

 

The Ultimate Cleaning Checklist  

 

 


Setting Up Your Week for Productivity 

 

 

How to Organize Kid’s Schedule

 

 

 

Weekend-Checklist

Ultimate Weekend Checklist for a Productive Week 

 

 


How to Use Time Blocking for a Simple Weekly Schedule 

 

 

 

Awesome Evening Routine 

 

 

 

Busy Mom Goal Setting Challenge 

 

 

 

For Your Family and Relationship Goals

 

20+ Cheap Date Nights

 

 

 

Using love languages to spark marriage 

 

 

 

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The Ultimate Bedtime Routine for Adults – Free Printable Chart!

The Ultimate Bedtime Routine for Adults – Free Printable Chart!

Evening Routines for Adults

 

 

 

 

Even adults need a bedtime routine! As parents, we know how key it is for our children to have a solid routine to make bedtime easier, so why don’t we do it for ourselves? An evening routine can help you go to bed less stressed and wake up ready to take on the day and be more productive.

 

 

 

By the end of the day, we’re often so tired we just want to relax and ignore everything. I know for me, I have a little mini ritual that I do. As soon as the kids are in bed (around 8:00 pm), I walk across the hallway to my bedroom, lay in my bed, and take 10-15 minutes to scroll social media, decompress from the day, and enjoy having no one touching me (come on mama, you know what I mean).

 

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The hardest part of that ritual is what I do after. Once I’m laying in my bed it’s super easy to get a little lazy, spend closer to 45 minutes on my phone and not get the motivation to do anything. I set a 15 minute timer, and use the principles from the 5 second rule to get myself out of bed and moving downstairs.

 

 

Daily and Evening Routine Examples

 

 

When I get downstairs, I often just sit in the chair and think, “Look at this mess and my to-do list, where should I start”. I used to become paralyzed with all that I had to get done and feel helpless about getting started.

 

It wasn’t until I came up with a simple system that I realized that my evening routine can  be done easily and doesn’t have to be daunting. I truly can get all that I need to get done pre-bedtime in just 20-30 minutes.

 

I firmly believe that a concrete bedtime routine can set your day up for success. There is nothing more frustrating for me than when I wake up and the house wasn’t cleaned up the night before, I Have to rush to get lunches going and I just generally start the day already feeling behind.

 

When you consistently implement a bedtime routine with yourself and your family, you are setting the next day up to be more productive, less stressful and a win for everyone.

 

Related Post: Creating a Nighttime Routine for your Infant

 

There are a lot of different things you could do in the perfect evening routine and I suggest that you come up with a list of (no more) than 5 things that would have the biggest impact. When we try to put too many things on our to-do list, we often quit the routine before it becomes a habit because it’s unmanageable.

 

 

A quality and effective evening routine has a few simple things in it:

  1. A Clean Up
  2. Preparation for the Next Day
  3. Reflection, Gratitude and Unwinding

 

 

Related Post: The Ultimate Cleaning Routine for Moms

 

 

My personal bedtime routine has been the same for a few years now. I do it almost every night with the exception of Saturday nights (which I always regret Sunday morning). I take Saturday ‘off’ from most things; I don’t work unless I feel like it, I don’t follow any of my week day routines, I try to take a nap if I can, and I just generally relax.

 

 

Evening Routine

My bedtime routine is (typically) as follows:

 

10 minutes - Load Dishes, Clean Up Dinner and Table, Make Lunches for Tomorrow, Fill Up Coffee Pot  (while this is happening, I listen to a bible study or a podcast. I find it makes the time go so much faster)

 

Related Post: 5 Podcasts to Jumpstart Your Positivity 

 

10 minutes - Quick Pick Up: I put on a 10 minute timer and do a quick pick up of our kitchen and living space. I find the rooms we spend the most time in and just see what I can get put away in 10 minutes. If it’s not done in 10 minutes, I can either keep going or stop. I find I get a lot more done than I realize I can when it’s with the timer.

 

10 minutes - Reviewing Schedule and Setting Priorities: I go through my list from today on Trello, move anything over to tomorrow, check out what tomorrow looks like and determine my top 3 priorities and tasks that I want to get done before the kids get up (this helps me when that 4:30 am alarm goes off to only snooze a few times and not just ignore it completely)

I then take some time in prayer, thanking God for the day, and focus on the gratitude in the moments. I’d love to say that I have a better gratitude practice but honestly, at the moment, I don’t. I highly encourage you to get a gratitude journal or find a practice that works for you! (making it one of my next month goals too!)

 

Bedtime Routine Chart

 

When you’re first getting started with a new evening or bedtime routine, I suggest using a chart to track your behaviors. While it seems silly, as a former high school teacher, I know that every one of us likes to get that gold star and see our progress.

 

I use a simple printable chart (like the one below) in the beginning to help reinforce the habit that I am trying to create. It takes me almost a month to really establish a good routine of any type and only a few days to get out of the habit.

 

Using a chart can help you stay focused on what you’re hoping to get done, see which things you skip more than you should (like that quick pick up) and applaud yourself for mini wins and success along the way!

 

You can download this blank checklist to use and put on your fridge to keep motivated until it becomes a habit! This chart is also great when you want to involve your spouse or kids because they can see what to do next, you can assign them a task and more can get done in a short amount of time!

 

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Habit Stacking to Make Routines that Stick

Habit Stacking to Make Routines that Stick

Habits for Success: Achieve the Goals that Matter

 

 

When you work to achieve the goals that matter to you, you need to come up with a plan to create habits and routines that will work. Using habit stacking will get you closer to your goals faster.

 

So often, we set out to hit these big goals and fall short. We’re told DREAM BIG and REACH FOR THE STARS but we go about achieving these goals the wrong way.

 

I’ve been there. I’ve created an ‘all or nothing’ mentality way too many times in my life. Maybe you’ve been there too.

 

You’ve created these grandiose statements about how you’re never eating sugar again, decluttering your entire house in one day, or finally sitting down to write that book you’ve always dreamed of (which you of course plan to finish in just one month).

 

Making big goals and not creating a system to attack them is just setting yourself up for failure. If you’ve ever started a diet on Monday and by Wednesday are back to your old habits because you’ve ‘fallen off the wagon’ than you know what I mean.

 

Related Post: 5 Steps for Creating a Virtual Vision Board

 

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Habits of Successful People

 

When successful and productive people make habits, they do it strategically. Yes, they dream big and make huge and mighty goals (because playing small never served anyone) but they also come up with a PLAN to get things done.

 

 

To create habits that really will produce results and get you to your goals, you have to make them concrete. It doesn’t do you any good to say that you’ll ‘eat better’ or ‘read more’ or ‘be happier’. Those are just words tossed up in the sky. You need to put a concrete measure on what you really will accomplish.

 

 

Change ‘eat better’ to ‘eat 5 servings of veggies a day’ and ‘read more’ into ‘read 2 books a month’ and ‘be happier’ into ‘have coffee with a friend each week, take a dance lesson every month, or go on a solo vacation’.

 

 

Writing down your goals in such a way that you can measure will set you up for tremendous success. When you know exactly what you’re shooting for you can create a plan to track your results and take steps to achieving it.

 

 

Related Post: Successful Goal Setting in 3 Steps

Habit Stacking and Creating Routines

 

But how do you actually make a plan that you’ll stick to? How can you take your goals and DO SOMETHING with them without quitting?

 

 

Enter habit stacking.

 

 

Habit stacking is the #1 way that I’ve seen success with my goals and the way I teach all of the women I work with to go after theirs. Instead of trying to change everything overnight, you need to pick small pieces of the goal to tackle each week.

 

 

Let’s go back to the weight loss example. If you’ve decided that you want to lose weight and eat healthier, you might decide overnight that you will only drink water, eat vegetables at each meal, eliminate unhealthy carbs and stop eating after 5pm. Where you set yourself up for failure is when you try to do them all AT THE SAME TIME.

 

 

Related Post: How to Find Time To Workout as a Busy Mom 

 

 

 

There is nothing wrong with wanting to change and do better but, if you truly want to make lifestyle changes and achieve long term goals, no one says that you have to make all of the changes overnight! By breaking them down into smaller habits, and really developing those habits as part of your day to day routines,  you can create systems in your life that just become second nature and impact you long term.

 

 

So, if you’re looking to get healthier and lose weight, you might want to pick one of those small goals to work on for 1-2 weeks. Take 2 weeks to just focus on your water intake. Don’t worry about any of the other stuff and put all your efforts into doing one thing really, really well. You’ll become a water expert, hitting your water goal won’t feel as hard after two weeks, and you’ll be able to celebrate the small success and win that you had.

 

After 2 weeks, now that you’ve tackled that goal and it’s become second nature, ADD in a second small goal. For the next 2 weeks you’ll not only focus on your water intake (which won’t be as hard to achieve since you’ve mastered it these past two weeks) but you’ll focus on eating one serving of vegetables with each meal. Focus on that for two weeks and then add your next small goal.

 

 

 

 

The Best Way to Organize Your Goals

 

 

 

Will it take you longer to get all of your habits down? Maybe. But by tackling your goals this way you’re more likely to not quit along the way because you’re trying to change too much too quickly. This way you’ll start to create habits that last you a lifetime and not just for the short term. And you can celebrate the little wins along the way!

 

 

Staying Motivated

When you’re on your way to achieving your goals, how can you stay motivated?

 

Well with habit stacking, it’s not as tough. I suggest using a goal tracking sheet to mark down which habits you’re sticking to. There is nothing wrong with giving yourself a gold star or needing to check a box to stay motivated in the beginning.

 

As you are tackling these new habits and making them more part of your lifestyle, external motivation will be a big part in keeping you going. After a few weeks of seeing success with your ‘little wins’, these habits will become more internal and you won’t need to track them each day.

 

But to start, don’t hesitate to track! Tracking will keep you focused, help you see the big picture, and allow you to applaud yourself for your success. Without tracking, it’s so easy to miss a day of your new habit and completely stop. When you track your new habits, you get that little reminder of what you need to get done and that little push to keep going!

 

 

So this week, break your goals down and pick 1 thing to focus on and get really great at it! Comment below with what you're focusing on this week and keep me updated!

 

 

Want to work on being more productive? Download the weekend checklist to get started (and just pick one area to focus on this weekend) 

 

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How to Use Time Blocking for a Simple Weekly Schedule

How to Use Time Blocking for a Simple Weekly Schedule

Time Blocking for a Simple Weekly Schedule

 

As a mom, it’s important that I have a simple weekly schedule to guide my day. By using time blocking, I find that I can spend more time getting things done and less time complaining about not having any time.

 

Because let’s be real, as moms we’re SUPER busy. We have a million things on our plants, our brains are constantly running in circles, and we often feel overwhelmed and at the mercy of the to do list.

 

But there is a better way.

 

There is a way that you can set up a schedule, not to ‘get everything done’ (because that’s just ridiculous to put on our shoulders) but to get MORE of what MATTERS done. To create a schedule that aligns with our priorities, help us maximize the time that we have in a given day, and actually go to bed feeling good about everything we’ve done.

 

 

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Since I began being a work at home mom, I knew that I needed to be more in control of my time. There are a different set of challenges when you work from home, and you have to really be the master of your time. I needed something that would let me have the structure of a schedule but the flexibility to deal with the day to day craziness of having small kids at home.

 

Related Post: How to Schedule Your Day as a Work from Home Mom

 

 

When I found time blocking things really changed for me. Instead of having a rigid schedule where at 9:00 am everyday we did our daily cleaning and at 1:30 pm every day was reading time,  I use time blocking to organize out sections of our day so that the have some semblance of order but the flexibility to do things on our own time.

How to Organize Your Schedule as a Busy Mom

 

The principle of time blocking is that you chunk your day into sections (early morning, morning early afternoon, nap time etc….) and assign 3-5 tasks to get done during that schedule.  By doing this, you’re making sure that when that time comes, you’re not overwhelmed and wondering what you should be doing but focused on the tasks at hand.

 

Time blocking also leaves room for the typical day to day life with kids where toddlers need you, it’s always snack time, and some days things just don’t get done because extra snuggles are necessary.

 

As a work at home mom, who has kids who still are napping, I block my time into small chunks that make the most sense for me.

 

Early Morning 5:00-6:30 (pre-kids waking up)

Morning 6:30-9:00

School Time 9:00-12:00 (my 3 year old is at school on MWF)

Afternoon 12:00-2:00

Nap Time 2:00-4:30 (on the day all of the stars align and my 1 year old makes it until 2 and my 3 year old actually naps. This time happens maybe 3-4 times a week)

Evening 4:30-8:00

Post Bedtime 8:00-11:00

 

By chunking my day this way, I have small parts of my day already split up where I can decide what I am hoping to accomplish, what my kids will be doing, and which tasks make the most sense.

 

 

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Take time and chunk out your day so that it makes sense to you. Try to have 2-4 hour time blocks that you are working with that just naturally fall in your day to day.

 

 

Once you’ve determined your time blocks, the next step to productivity is to pre-determine what happens during those chunks of time.

 

 

Now again, this isn’t where you make something super rigid that you must still to right to the minute, but a general idea of what is happening. And by predetermining what happens, you can make sure during that chunk of your day you’re more intentional with all that has to happen.

 

 

This is a sample of my ideal day in a time block:

 

 

Early Morning 5:00-6:30

 

  • Workout
  • Bible and Devotional
  • Shower
  • Small work task

 

 

Morning 6:30-9:00

 

  • Breakfast
  • Clean Up Breakfast
  • Start Laundry
  • Get Dressed

 

 

School Time 9:00-12:00

 

  • Run Errands or Playdate
  • Daily Household Cleaning
  • Make Important Phone Calls

 

 

Afternoon 12:00-2:00

  • Lunch
  • Clean Up Lunch
  • Floors
  • Put Away Laundry

 

 

Nap Time 2:00-4:30

 

  • Work time (which I'll spare you the details of but I put 3-5 work tasks to get done each day)

 

 

Evening 4:30-8:00

 

  • Dinner
  • Clean up Dinner
  • Pack Lunches
  • Load Dishwasher
  • Family Time

 

 

Post Bedtime 8:00-11:00

 

  • Bible Study
  • Finish daily work tasks
  • Evening Routine

 

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As you can see, I’m not super specific about at what time during that chunk things happen but, it gives me a guide of what I should be working on during that period. Before I had this system, I would continuously put off things like phone calls or cleaning, feel like I was never accomplishing anything, and felt frazzled and overwhelmed by housework.

 

I suggest after you go through and assign your tasks, look again and make sure it’s a realistic set of things to accomplish. Then you can create smaller goal charts and checklists for what they mean. For example, I write down that in my “school time” block that I do my daily household cleaning but have a separate Trello board where I put down what that actually looks like each day.

 

Time Blocking Template - A Trello Weekly Planner

 

You may be a paper planner person, and so was I, until I found Trello.

 

I know use Trello to keep all of my time blocking charts, as well as my weekly schedule. It took me a bit to figure out how to create a board that fit my needs with time blocking but, by using labels, I can separate out each day into sections and drag and drop the tasks from day to day.

 

Trello allows me to make a checklist on each card so that when it is ‘daily household cleaning’ time, I can look at see which day i focus on today and what tasks should get done during that block.

 

You can also use Trello on your phone as an app so it makes it very easy to see when you’re out or share your schedule board with your family so that you’re all on the same page.

 

If you want to see more about this board and how you can use Trello to simplify your life, go and grab this free mini course! In it, you’ll learn the Trello basics AND get to snag my ‘my week’ (along with 2 other) boards absolutely free!

 

 

This week, I encourage you to take time to start to implement time blocking into your schedule and see how it changes things. My hope is that it helps you be more productive, more accomplished and less like you’re stuck on a rigid schedule trying to squeeze everything in!

 

And if you need any more help figuring out how to make a schedule that works, go and grab my e-course Design Your Day: Time Management for the Busy Woman. 

 

In the course, I break down exactly how to map out a schedule AND get done what you need PLUS work on your goals! It's a self paced course and we go step by step together to helping you design a life you love!

 

 

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Using the Beginner’s Bible to Teach Your Toddler

Using the Beginner’s Bible to Teach Your Toddler

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Using The Beginner’s Bible To Teach Your Toddler 

 

As a parent, it is up to us to teach and help our children grow in their faith. One of the best ways to start this young is to get them a biblically based bible. This helps them connect with God, learn about the word, and start to connect with the stories of the Bible.


I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. Yes, we celebrated Christmas and went to church on a handful of occasions but I would not say that my childhood was rooted in Christ and any sort of faith.

 

Now, as an adult who is a born again Christian, I wonder all the time how different my story would have been if I had the chance to connect with God at a younger age. And while I know that His plan was for my life to come together this way the whole time, as a parent, I plan to do my best to be a good influence and encourage my children to walk with Christ.

 

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Using a Toddler Bible to Teach about God

 

Since I do still consider myself "young in my walk", I wasn’t sure where to start when it came to teaching my children about God and the Bible. There are so many stories I personally still don’t know, so much that I am still learning, and so much that I still ask and learn about each day.

 

I knew that in order to really help my children, I wanted to make sure that we were using a biblically based toddler bible. I was so thrilled when I got the chance to review the Beginner’s Bible with my 3 and 1 year old.

 

I had been eyeing this bible up for a while and was immediately drawn to the bright colors and vivid images and I knew my children would be too. The excitement was high when they got to open the box and see the new bible just for them.

 

If you’re looking to incorporate the bible and start teaching your children about God and Christianity, I think this bible is the perfect one to start with. The pictures draw their attention, the stories connect with them, and the length of each chapter is long enough to tell a story while short enough to have them keep still and listen.

 

 

Creating a Bible and Devotional Routine with Toddlers

 

When you’re aiming to start a good bible and devotional reading with your kids, consistency is key.

 

Start by determining what time of day you want to read as a family. For some families, reading over dinner while reflecting and talking about your day works. For us, it’s always at breakfast. We’ve been doing this routine since she turned 18 months and now, it’s become a habit for all of us.

 

Before we eat breakfast, one of the kids will get the bible for us (and yes, since we do it daily even my 1 year old knows where to go and get the bible). While they sit and eat, I either choose a story or let them pick. I try to mix it up otherwise my daughter will always ask to hear David and Goliath or Jonah and the Fish!

 

We read two stories each morning and then I let the 3 year old page through the book, look at pictures, and we talk about the message.

 

When it comes to toddlers, you want to keep this part simple. Having them understand and know the stories can really help later on when you’re trying to teach a lesson, use it as a reference when disciplining, or praising them for doing something similar to a story we’ve read in the bible.

 

I recommend to keeping your reading to 2 stories at a time as to help them understand it and really pay attention. A toddler’s attention span is pretty short and if I try to read for too long, I know I’ve lost them and it becomes more of a chore for all of us. That is honestly my favorite thing about this bible. I’ve tried to use other toddler bibles before and the stories were just way too long. After just 1 page (with very small text), my kids were ready to play blocks or move on with their day.

 

This bible has the perfect size print for each page! Each story is around 3-4 pages long and the picture grabs their attention. The other thing that is good about using a toddler bible with larger print is, when you’re ready to teach reading to them, you can use this as one of the books. When the print is too small, they struggle more to see the letters clearly than to really read the words.

 

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I know that our bible reading routine is really making a difference because my daughter talks about her bible at school all the time! She goes to a Christian preschool and her teacher said she was the only one in class who knew what a bible was when they showed it. And the day the Beginner’s Bible came in the mail, she had to bring it to school to show her friends! Her enthusiasm and love of God is beginning already and I'm so thankful to have a tool to help her love and know God more!

 

Using the Beginner’s Bible for Advent and Christmas

 

One thing that we’re doing this year, is using The Beginner's Bible for our advent and countdown to Christmas. This will not only help us read a variety of stories but, talk about the birth of our savior and point to stories in the Bible that show His miracles and love!

 

I love that this bible has a ton of Old and New Testament stories that we can pick from. So many of the other toddler bibles we have don’t have as many stories about the Old Testament. When we were reading there were even stories I wasn’t familiar with!

 

When I created our advent plan, I made sure to include stories that started in the Old Testament to talk about sin, God’s love and forgiveness as well as the birth of Jesus and all of his miracles of the New Testament.

 

Below I’ve listed what we’re reading (along with the corresponding page numbers for the Beginner’s Bible). If you want a printable version, just drop your email below and I’ll send it to you!

 

Day 1: The Beginning - Page 7

Day 2: The Sneaky Snake - Page 18

Day 3: - Ten Commandments - Page 120

Day 4: The Lord is my Shepherd - Page 190

Day 5: Daniel and the Lions - Page 251

Day 6: Jonah and the Big Fish - Page 257

Day 7: An Angel Visits Mary - Page 266

Day 8:Baby Jesus is Born - Page - 271

Day 9: Shepherds Visit - Page 277

Day 10:  Simeon and Anna Meet Baby Jesus - Page 282

Day 11: The Bright Star and the Three Visitors - Page 286

Day 12: Jesus’ First Miracle - Page 314

Day 13: The Lord’s Prayer - Page 323

Day 14: Jesus Feeds Thousands - Page 357

Day 15: Jesus and the Children - Page 408

Day 16: The Last Supper - Page 442

Day 17: Jesus is Arrested and Crucified - Page 446

Day 18: Jesus is Risen - Page 453

Day 19: Jesus Return - Page 459

Day 20: Jesus Goes to Heaven - Page 466

Day 21: The Holy Spirit Comes - Page 473

Day 22: The First Church - Page 480

Day 23: A Changed Man - page 488

Day 24: Jesus is Coming - page 504

 

Make sure you head over here to Amazon and grab this bible to add into your reading routine! Your kids will love it and don't forget to get the reading plan! Whether or not it's Christmas time, this plan will help them see the glory of God and the love of Jesus!

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