Lose Weight While Buying in Bulk: Tips From the Amazing Toddler Diet
Percent of moms who say they can't help finishing their kids' food: 49. --From Parenting magazine.
Five months after having my second baby I weighed 216 pounds. And my weight was going up, not down. Like many moms, I faced a moment of truth, a choice between being obese and making weight loss a priority.
I lost 50 pounds over two years and have kept it off. My secret to sucess is simple. I didn't lose the weight for myself. After years of spit-up on my blouse and jelly stains on my shoes, vanity wasn't a factor. I didn't lose it for my husband, who had come to accept the woman in the billowing nursing nightie.
I lost it for my kids. Obesity leads to health problems. At 216 pounds my feet were killing me. I wanted to be a healthy mom, not a mom limping around the park and soaking her feet in Epsom Salt.
Every half pound was a struggle. But it was worth the battle. My feet feel fine now and don't need soaking - even after a long trek through the zoo. I also feel better about myself. When you lose 50 pounds while packing lunch-boxes, going to birthday parties and hiding chocolate bunnies, you feel like you can do anything! (Even write a book.)
To lose weight with children you have to use motherhood to your advantage, using the skills you've acquired as a parent to accomplish your goal. Below are some of the strategies described in Beyond One.
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About the Author
Jennifer Bingham Hull is an award-winning author and mother of two. Her book, Beyond One: Growing a Family and Getting a Life, looks at life after the second child. To learn more, visit www.growingafamily.com, where you can contact her to receive this Parenting Tips column and sign up for her free newsletter.