I have 2 young children and when they were babies and toddlers I did Mama and me yoga. If your child naps, you can do 10-15 minutes of some excercise there and the rest of the time doing the other things you need to do (you know, shower, the dishes, sleep, talk to a grown up, whatever). I also found other ways to work in more movement. I am on the phone, I pace. For the food issue- I plan the meals and buy only what I need for those meals. My fridge and pantry are usually pretty bare but not empty. The crackers are for planned snacks and for the kids and since I am not going to to the store again for several days, I can't eat them or the kids won't have that snack. I also am not going to cook up steel cut oats or lentils or the like when I just am bored and wanting to graze on snacks. That pretty much eliminates the opportunity to just eat.
You've gotten some great tips already, but I'd add that you should look closely at what you're eating earlier in the day. I find that if I skimp on the protein, fiber, or calories in general for breakfast and lunch, by dinnertime I want to eat everything in sight and don't stop until I'm absolutely stuffed. Hopefully you're tracking your food (whether here on Spark or elsewhere).....it's a HUGE help in figuring out what you need to change and why. If you're using spark, you could probably get some more specific suggestions if you made your trackers public (if you'd care to, that is).
I truely know that not everyone can afford it or have the room for it... but I finally got my own treadmill & it has been a huge lifesaver for me. It is in front of the TV so I can watch my favorite shows & walk at the same time. And it doesn't have to be a hard strenuous work out. Walking slow is better then sitting on the couch & eating chips. I live in the Seattle area so going for a walk outside is so not an option for me.
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I don't keep any junk food that I like in the house at all. My bf loves to eat junk but I will only buy stuff I don't care for. If he wants other things that I like that are bad for me he has to go buy them himself, which he won't lol.
You can always find some form of fitness on youtube that you could do at home. Also, I eat 5-6 small meals daily and eat like every 2-3 hours and protein at each of those. You could have a protein shake around 8pm if you really are super hungry.
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I like flipping through magazines or pinning away on Pinterest. Remember that it takes a while for a habit to develop...it will be hard at first, but you'll get there!
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If I sit in front of the TV I struggle not to snack so keeping busy is my best option. In the last few days I have been reading SP boards and blogs to keep focused or reading a book.
I gave up corporate life because it was too busy and now I am even busier so waiting to have time to get healthy is not an option. My time is NOW!
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Ty so much for ur tips and advice...it's greatly appreciated...I try motto eat after 8 either and if I do it's something high in protein! Was it difficult at first to not eat after 8
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1. I hate water, but I force it down. 2. Get yourself an exercise DVD or go onto a sparks video. Count minutes and list it. 3. Yes, I crave food, and I have changed my meals around to eating later, but I try not to eat after 8 p.m. 4. I used to walk 4 miles a day in the nice weather, but with snow and ice, I can't walk, and that was my main exercise. I live in the country, so I can't get around. 5. Just do what you can, and know we are here for you.
What works for some may not work for others, but I have found that if I just drink some hot tea I drink black tea, that seems to curb my appetite and a full glass of water, I put one packet of sweet and low and some honey in my tea.
It takes 21 days to change a habit so fight through it you can do it!
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1/8/13 6:39 P
So....here's my story and would absolutely love any advice help or tips!! I am a stay at home mom of a 19 month old so I do something's around the house but don't get out muchnduebto the fact we have just 1 car. I do make it to the gym daily mon thru fri for about a hour ( just started ) and I am making healthier food choices! The problem is as I sit here in the evenings I get super bored and all I wanna do is eat everything constantly.....has anybody else gone thru this? How do u subside it? What do u do? I've tried occupying my time with other things but all I can still think about is eating! And right now it's hard to go walk somewhere cuz it's so cold out and my 19 month old is already constantly sick! I've tried water to...ugh....I just don't know what to do...I feel like I'm out of options...anybody that can help me or with any tips plz feel free to MSG me or comment...
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