Losing weight isn’t easy and being a full-time working mom doesn’t make it any easier! I’m obsessed with time management so it will not surprise you that the only way I know how to accomplish my weight loss goals is to schedule everything. If I don’t write it down and assign a time slot for it, it simply will not happen! A lot of things can get in the way of losing weight when you are a working mom: guilt about taking time away from your kids, time, energy, household demands, your husband needs attention, your dog needs attention, dinner won’t make itself…
Are those valid excuses? Of course, but they certainly won’t make the pounds melt off of you like you hope they will every morning when you look in the mirror and repeat “I really need to do something with this baby weight!”
I started a Working Mom Weight Loss series on my blog, Redefining Mom for my New Year’s Resolution this year. I’m on Week 3 and I actually have not lost any weight yet, but I have made important changes and I am more conscious of my decisions. I know for me, awareness and daily changes is where it starts.
I know that working out and calorie counting has always worked for me in the past. I have struggled with weight most of my life, but this is the first time I had to compete with losing weight and being a mom. I have some tips to share thus far.
Practical tips for working moms trying to lose weight
- SCHEDULE EVERYTHING! Yes, I mean literally everything! Grab a planner and start to plan out all of your meals, including daily snacks and time to work out
- Pack your lunch the night before
- Calorie count; the serious way of calorie counting as in actually write it down because if it’s not in writing you are lying!
- Grocery shop with your meal plan in hand
- Find a time during the day that you could re-purpose for 30 minutes of exercise: get up 30 minutes early, go to the gym on your lunch, have your husband pick the baby up for daycare, go as soon as you put the baby to bed, remember your weekends!
If for no other reason, do it for yourself. Never underestimate the value of your health to your children. It is something that worries me every day. I want to be here for my daughter’s future, the best way to make sure that happens is to take care of myself too!