Need Weight-loss Help Now!

Updated on June 02, 2016
A.M. asks from Richmond, CA
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I am the mother of two happy, healthy two-year-old daughters. My weight since giving birth has advanced to the "you better do something about it soon" stage, but I am not feeling motivated at all about getting started with the process. I live a very active life, socially. I work outside of the home Monday-Friday, and attend church Sundays most of the time, so when I find time to myself, all I want to do is sleep, or relax in some way. Does anyone have any suggestions? Money is very limited, even on a two-person income. I want to be able to run after my children and not feel like I have run a marathon. I also want to be healthy. Help?

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Thank you to all of you who offered suggestions and feedback. I was so overwhelmed with how speedy and consistant the responces were. I have started changing my eating habits, and I invested in a jump rope so that I can jump with the kids. They love it and I'm getting some exercise (finally). I know that it is not going to be easy, or quick, but I am up for the challenge. Thanks to you all!!!

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C.N.

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I just had my 4th child 9 months ago and am ecoutering the same problem. I have gained 20 pounds since then. I live with my boyfriend and his son. With 5 kids in the house you would think that I am active enough to be doing something about it but that hasn't been the case. I haven't been very motivated myself and think it is partly due to being new to the area and not knowing anyone I can excercise with or be acountable to. I have thought about joining a gym but money is very tight. I stay home with the kids and we only have one income.
Sorry I can't offer any suggestions, just thought I'd let you know you are not alone.

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E.J.

answers from San Francisco on

I myself, struggle with the same problem. What I have done is watched every calorie I eat. A lot of women don't realize how many calories they are eating. One day I counted and I had consumed over 3000 calories. Now I'm only eating 1200-1500. and once you get home, before you get too settled...................put the girls in the stroller and go walking!!! I also started taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator. Try not to rush anything. Try to make life changes, or everyday habits.
I HOPE THIS HELPS SOME WHAT!

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S.C.

answers from San Francisco on

Start with a commitment to get outside and do a 20-30 min. walk every single day--no excuses. You can take the kids and it doesn't cost anything. Plus, now that it's basically summer it's light outside a lot later. You'll feel much better, and it's not too taxing physically. Good luck!

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S.S.

answers from Yuba City on

Hi A.. I understand how you feel. The one thing that really helped me was keeping track of calories take your current weight Xs 12 minus 500/day or 1000/day to lose 1 or 2 pounds per week as Drs suggest....so if you're 150lbs. X 12 = 1800-500=1300 per day. Look at all the packaging of what you're eating - estimate to your best ability and write it all down. By midday you'll be able to see how much you can eat for the rest of the day!!! I was able to go to the gym as well but I lost 40lbs. in 6mos or so... I haven't kept up with keeping track of my calories so I've maintained my weight at this point but it really worked when I did it!! Good luck!

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A.E.

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Without saying too much, start walking at lunch time. When I worked full time I would pack my lunch and then take a nice walk to a neighborhood park. I would walk two laps around this big park and then sit under a tree and eat my lunch. I killed two birds with one stone. I got my daily exercise and ate a nice healthy lunch. My lunch was 1 hour and I would spend 30-40 minutes walking and the rest eating and resting. It was so nice to relax before heading back to work. It became something to look forward to, especially when the morning was hectic. I am not into the whole diet thing, I have suffered from eating disorders and cannot go that route. I don't eat out much, and when I do I just make sure not to get anything too bad for me. I choose to buy fresh foods and not to buy processed foods. I choose to not eat out too often. But I do have a nighly treat with my husband every night once all the girls are down. I do not believe in dieting. Don't try and do too much at once, it will not last. It needs to be a slow process and it will turn into a lifestyle change. Start with just walking at lunch. Then start taking your lunch with you to work. It is healthier for you and will save you money from eating out. If you do this during your luch hour, over time you will notice a differance. It is also time to spend with yourself. That way when you do get home you will feel proud of yourself and get on with your evening. Please email me if you like. I just want to encourage you to take one step at a time.

God Bless you - A.

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S.M.

answers from Stockton on

Check out weight watchers online. It worked for me. The Core plan lets you eat til you are satisfied, and with the food choices makes you more healthy.
I bought the weight watchers cook book and there are delicious recipes, I am sure your family will like them and they won't know their are eating a lowfat meal!
I have 10 lbs to go. back to my prebaby weight.
Good luck and you can do it!!

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E.R.

answers from Stockton on

Take baby-steps, girl! You didn't gain a bunch of weight in one day, it's been the result of pregnancies that have taken months/years and it will take awhile to get it off. Be patient with yourself, set realistic goals, and work both of these things in with your lifestyle. Becoming aware of what you eat is key! Sparkpeople.com is an excellent resource for tracking your food intake and your exercise and could really help you understand your strengths/weaknesses with eating/exercising. Trust me, I understand: before my last baby, I lost 40 lbs after a year and a half of lifestyle changes and now with this new baby, I have to lose it all again, but I'll do it with you! You're not alone! Let us know how you are doing...you'll probably be a great motivator for others! Best of luck! You can do it!

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A.S.

answers from Sacramento on

I started jogging. I'm not a runner by nature but it was the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to exercise and I actually started to like it. Get some favorite tunes and go. I started off with just a 15 minute run and worked up to a 25 min. It helped with my weight loss and got me motivated to restart my exercise routine.

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A.K.

answers from San Francisco on

I normally don’t go for fad diets but my mother and my boss are both doing this and it really seems to work. http://www2.fatloss4idiots.com/?hop=id997
My mother recently had surgery and (b/c she couldn’t exercise afterward) started to pack on the pounds. She did this diet and lost about 18 pounds. My boss has been on it for less than a week and lost 5.

Good luck.

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K.J.

answers from San Francisco on

Hey there,
I hear you loud and clear :) I wanted to write you because I SO feel the same way...two kiddos (a two year old hectic boy and an almost 4 month old sweet baby girl) and never enough time or money!
My husband owns a personal fitness studio in Danville and I know you mentioned that money is tight. Personal training can definitely be pricey, but I know that my husband's studio offers consultation packages (where you come in, get a rundown of your current status, create goals and then they meet with you like once a month and kind of help direct you in your path). I'm sure some other gyms out there should offer the same type of thing. I've heard that some gyms have personal training that comes as part of the membership?? [don't know which ones, I've just heard this in passing from others] You have to be careful when you choose one though, to make sure they are HIGHLY qualified in the industry [there are many that are not]. Certifications to look for would be anything through the ACSM or NSCA.
I don't know what area you live in, but from one mama trying to get back on-track to another mama trying to get back on-track, I would very highly recommend a trainer. I'm not the type to stay motivated and actually make it a lifestyle change [versus a diet or temporary phase] so my "coach" keeps me focused and it's a lot of fun.
The only other thing I'd like to applaud you for is that you are seeking help to get this going....after all, where would are precious kids be if we weren't here to play with them, teach them, and guide them?!
Good luck to you and let me know if you have any other questions about fitness or trainers ~ I'd be happy to ask my hubby and pass on the info!
~K.

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M.D.

answers from San Francisco on

I have lost 20 pounds from January 7 to March 31. Here is what worked for me: increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables I eat daily, increasing the amount of water I drink daily, walking for exercise (30 minutes 3-5 times a week) with dog and baby in the stroller, doing Dance Dance Revolution with my kids a couple of times per week (or other fun things with them), and eating the right way 90% of the time, but allowing 10% for really enjoying something off my "diet". I found the "You: on a Diet" book to be very helpful. Oh, and keeping a food journal helped me for the first month.

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D.H.

answers from Sacramento on

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K.U.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi. I am probably more active than a lot of folks because of work, yoga, and bicycling. That said, the real secret for me, even when I'm not as active, is that I don't eat many refined grains or sugar. It's really simple, and it's my only hard and fast rule (except on birthdays when I'll have a piece of pie or cake.) Eat only whole grains, look for breads which are 100% whole wheat or other grain, eat oatmeal with yogurt and fruit for breakfast, (DON'T SKIP BREAKFAST!!!!) and cut back on sugar NO IFS ANDS OR BUTS!!! Eat healthy fats and don't worry about them, including nuts and avocados- these will fill you up without causing insulin spikes and they are JAM-PACKED with nutrients, AND they will keep you from feeling deprived. Eat TONS of fresh fruit and vegies, they fill you up and when you are hungry and munching them you'll get rid of your hunger without a bunch of empty calories. Apples, carrots, celery, crunchy and can be prepped in advance. PLUS: NUTRIENTS! It requires changing habits but when you've established new habits, I promise you will feel better and better, physically, emotionally, and mentally. Refined grains really are a disaster.

PS. I can't stress enough that you will benefit from changing your relationship to food, and this can't be found in a box, period. People will say they did great with Lean Cuisine or Weight Watchers, but I just don't think they are healthy options. Preparing your own food at least in part will have you not only thinking about what you consume, but eating fresher, more vital foods, with fewer additives. (MSG has been shown in labs to be a MAJOR contributor to obesity, and it's in MOST processed or packaged foods, and it isn't necessary! REAL FOOD TASTES GREAT!) Good luck!

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C.C.

answers from Sacramento on

Hi. I can relate... I also need to lose weight. In the past Weight Watchers has worked for me and even if you didn't have that hour for the meetings, you could just go weigh in... for some unknown reason being accountable to these people you don't know works! I wish you the best of luck.

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J.S.

answers from Sacramento on

Hello A. I am a 25 year old working mom of 2 year old twin girls!!! I know just how you feel I am still waiting to get into some of my pre-twins clothing but I never feel motivated or have time I work mon-fri- and very busy weekend schedule. I have recently joined a gym at a very resonable rate only 45 dollars a month ( for me that means cutting out my pedicure and manicure ) but its worth it I go in early before work and do 30 min. cardio. I am slowly but surly losing weight...but the real benifit is when I get home after work I seem to have extended energy I find that Im not ready for bed as soon as i get in the door I am able to play and bath my kids with the enthusium they deserve. I know what a full plate you have but you need to put yourself back on your list up there with the kids and work and hubby dont forget about you!!!! You will see that spending that extra time on yourself you will feel better spending time with the kids. and have lots more energy I go to California Family Fittness the womens only gym if you decise to join I would love to work out and chat with you Good Luck J.

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L.P.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi A...I am a life coach and deal with this issue frequently. I think the most important thing is to connect with what YOU want. When reading your email I don't sense much energy or enthusiasm for "you better do something about it soon." I hear that you want to be able to run after your children. what has to happen for that to be possible? I also sense your perspective on losing weight and exercisong is thta it has to be hard. What other perspective is there? could it be fun, relaxing, exciting, connecting for your family, etc?
These are the deeper questions that when answered can lead to the motivation and action steps to achieve your goals. I would be happy to have a free session on this (phone or in person) if this would help.My website is lisapavlovsky.com
Good luck!
L.

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M.W.

answers from Sacramento on

Try Sparkspeople.com. It is a free website with exercise programs,and meal choices.

Also, go online and find the book "biggest loser fitness program". My work did a weight loss challenge, and I won the book in a raffle that we had. It will motivate you, and that also has a full body work out that you can do in 30 minutes. I usually do mine before bed, so I work out, take a shower, relax, and then go to bed.

M.

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D.M.

answers from San Francisco on

Hello, I have lots of suggestion from minimum costs to lots of money. First, minimum cost if you have the discipline is to do it at home. You can find items in your home to work out with. Check the library for the various items chair, band, balls etc.

There are the programs. Weight Watchers is the best I think. One you can do for life as you are eating regular food but getting help with the types to eat and portion control.

You can always buy CDS. I have Core Rhythms, Beachbody, Tae Bo... Find your favorite.

There is Curves if you have 30 minutes and the funds. Their membership just went up to $49/mth. New technology.

There is a boot camp held in Los Gatos by two ladies in the Fitness business. It is at 6a.m. in the morning and will work. It is not for the timid but if you stick with it, you will realize benefits. Here is the info. TotalFit Solutions, LLC.Office: 408-227-216.www.totalfitsolutions.com

There is a jazzercise class over next to Golfland with Sheri. It is a group of ladies only. Oustanding. Fairly inexpensive. You can drop in for $5 a class. They are there M-Friday, rain or shine, holiday or not. She will allow you to check the class out. Aerobics M, W, Fri. Body Sculp..Tues & Thurs.

And finally, I just decided to switch up for a new experience and signed up w/the "Right Stuff" Fitness Club over next to Subway where Blossom Hill split to Kooser. It is big, lots of equipment and lots of classes. Open long hours. I have been very impressed so far. They actually take a personal interest even tho I know they are trying to sell their products. It is actually quite inexpensive. After a year, I will be paying $9/month for my membership. I don't think you can beat that.

There are all types of reasonable costs opportunities in the area. Don't get locked in some supposedly upscale fitness club that you spend a ton of money for the image but don't work out enough for it to pay dividends.

All the best. It is not just about looking good, it is about health. D.

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C.B.

answers from San Francisco on

START WALKING!!!! It's something you can do WITH your kids (in a stroller), and it will get you motivated. It's hard to stick to a schedule at first. But I find that a brisk walk lifts my spirits and gives me energy. At first you will have to push yourself to get off your butt and do it. But once you get a routine going, then it will be easier to stick to. Work up to a half hour five days a week. You really have to make this your priority for it to work.

Once you've successfully incorporated a walk into your schedule, then I would suggest adding some strength training. Nothing major. Just pick up a set of 5 lb weights at your local store and get moving. Tony Little has a great book out that has an entire routine you can follow. It's cheap, you do it at home, and it gets results. I know. I do it and IT WORKS!!!

Of course, if you have any health concerns at all, always check with your doctor about how much excercise you can safely handle.

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J.S.

answers from San Francisco on

Check out Body for Life, but unless you're motivated... it won't work. Nothing will.. so you have to get yourself motivated.

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I.T.

answers from Sacramento on

This is funny, but it works for me, when I do it.

First thing. You don't want to lose weight!!!!!!

You might look behind you and find it. lol There is some truth to that because what you lose, you can also find.

I developed a diet of my own. I call it my poor scale diet.

First, The first 5 pounds are the easiest to get rid of, right? Well, you only want to get rid of 5 pounds at a time. Then plateau off for a while. Then the next 5 pounds are the easiest to lose, right?

Next.
Everyone usually weighs more at night, less in the morning. This is where your scales comes in, check all day long if you want. The secret is, don't think of getting rid of weight, think of not gaining it. If you don't gain weight during the day, you still will get rid of those 2 pounds at night.

This puts an emphasis on not eating as much, and thinking about what foods that will not put weight on your poor scales. It is easy for us to feel sorry for an inanimate object, such as a dolly or a truck (boy), so why not a scale?

Also, many people don't know it, but there is a thing our body produces that helps us get rid of weight that is only produced by our body when we are eating right. I think it is called Peptin

Green tea helps, Ophra says so. lol Green Tea also helps prevent cancer, but can cause spinal bifada in the unborn child.
"MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates; causing rats (and humans?) to become obese."
Parsely and cucumbers help get rid of water weight.
A deficiency in potassium, I read, but debatable, can cause the cells to be replaced by salt and water, raise blood pressure.

Whatever, I start my first day when I don't feel like eating much anyway, to get my stomach shrunk.

Feel good about yourself, no matter what your weight because God created you to be what you are. DNA can determine whether you are heavy or not, so don't put yourself down. Just do the best you can. Remember, you didn't put it on all at once, don't expect it to be gone all at once.

Study, there is a lot of information on the web. But nothing works unless you feel that you want to do it and actually get started.

God bless you.

I.

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S.S.

answers from San Francisco on

Losing weight is so hard!!! I know, been there. It's really important to try to lose, or at least not gain, however the most important thing is to stay healthy and active so you have endurance and stamina. This is absolutely essential. I got so large that I had to have bariatric surgery, not to look prettier or wear smaller clothes but because my life depended on it. Drastic??? Yes so try not to get there. Hate to exercise? Try dancing daily. It's great exercise you can do with your boyfriend.Good luck!

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T.R.

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A. this is long so bear with me...
After I had my twins I somehow had to figure out how to lose 65 lbs. I was very busy as well but my body thought it still needed the 5000 calories I ate while I was pregnant. I had to do serious portion control and I had a slim fast in between lunch and dinner to help with the cravings. I seriously limited any carbs, pasta, rice, bread etc. which was my downfall. I learned to eat all fresh veggies and lean meats like chicken and more fish. I limited my red meats and my sugars. I started walking and at first it was only 1/4 mile which seems like a lot, but you'd be surprised. After about 10 weeks I started walking about 2.5- 3 miles a day and eating right. You need to walk at a pace though that gets your heart rate going. It needs to be up for about 30minutes before you get to the fat burning stage. I saw the weight coming off and was even more motivated to keep going. Walking is free and you can put weights on your ankles and wrists. While your walking move your arms, do arm curls forward and sideways. This burns more calories than just walking. Start slow and work your way up. The weights on your ankles will do the job for you while your walking. Use a MP3 player while walking to have something to listen to and bring a dog if you have one. Also hook up with a walking buddy. This helps so you go together. It is best to go first thing in the morning because other wise it is too hot. Drink lots, and lots of water. I drink about 10 glasses of water a day. This is the key...
Before you know it you too will see the changes. But it will only work if you are 100% ready to do it. It does take time for your body to accept the eating changes so don't get discourged if you don't see it right away.
Keep it going and you will be soo proud of yourself.

Good luck Trish

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T.B.

answers from Sacramento on

For me it was all about portion control. After eating whatever I wanted through two pregnancies and breastfeeding, I was finding it hard to stop myself and the pounds kept coming on. The food was horrible, but I did nutrisystem for 1 month, just to get an idea of what a portion size should be. After that, I bought an inexpensive scale to start measuring out portions so I could put it on my plate and have an idea of what a "normal size" meal should be. I don't have to measure things out anymore, but I do find that sometimes it is a good reminder to measure to keep things in check. The jumpstart in weightloss I got from the nutrisystem diet was enough to get me motivated to keep going ( I think I lost 7 lbs that first month). I was regularly eating about 4 times the number of calories I needed to be eating each day. I also then started adding in exercise, as I want my kids to be active too, so we try to go on family bike rides, walks, or just run around in the yard playing soccer together at least 5 times a week. I also try to sneak in some strength training whenever possible, although I have to admit, I know it isn't as often as I should. I did great with the exercise and diet, but was still couldn't lose that last 7 pounds. Since I am competitive, my husband and I had a contest to see who could get to their goal weight first, which was great motivation, since I don't like to lose. We averaged our weight week to week, and the loser each week had to give the winner a massage. After each 5 pounds, we were allowed to treat ourselves to a 20 dollar reward. The winner got to plan a date night. It worked for us, we both reached our goal and now we are trying to maintain it. (For me, maintaining is actually harder than losing). I feel so much better though since losing more than 20 pounds, and hopefully am setting a really good example for my kids for healthy eating and exercise. Good luck.

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S.W.

answers from Springfield on

Mummy magic weight loss tea is an organic herbal remedy to lose pregnancy weight. I lost all my baby weight through this remedy.

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L.D.

answers from San Francisco on

Motivation is definitely the key. In the beginning you just have to force yourself. Try some mental preparation. I've never had a weight "problem", but I've fallen out of my routine many times due to work, children, school, etc. When I want to get back into my routine, I plan the night before. For example, I'm going to the gym at such and such a time tomorrow. Then I keep telling myself the next day. Each time you do it, it gets easier. And it doesn't have to be the gym, of course. It can be a video, a walk, a bike ride, etc.

When I'm at work, I ALWAYS take the stairs instead of the elevator. I'm lucky enough to be able to walk to my daughter's school to drop her off and pick her up (on my days off).

Snacking on junk food has to be out of the question. When we go out to eat, my boyfriend order one entree and split it or if we don't share I put half to the side for the next day. It's easier said than done in the beginning, but good habits form and just become routine. Oh yeah, never eat at fast food and when you go out to eat, get ice water, not soda. I will admit, I do get cravings for In and Out burger from time to time and I have to feed my cravings every once and awhile!

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S.T.

answers from Bakersfield on

Check out Sparkpeople.com. It is a free website dedicated to encouraging us to live healthy lifestyles. There are groups you can join, based on your interests. Sparkpeople will customize an exercise program and even an eating plan for you if you ask. They even have set up system for you to earn "points" on their site based on how much you participate. It's a fun way to motivate you to take those walks and steam those veggies. I've met some very nice, encouraging people on there. Again, it's all FREE!

I've been a member there for six months and have NEVER recieved any spam or other emails that I did not request.

It's worth checking out. Really!

All the best! ~S. (soozeey on SparkPeople)

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J.C.

answers from Sacramento on

My husband and I are both in the same position. This is what he is going to do (I can't yet, still pregnant with #5). Check out www.sacramentogetthin.com
Some ladies I know really well from church are the ones doing it. It sounds fun, very inexpensive ($39), and a chance to win money. I know we need accountability, and this is it. Maybe it will work for you? The first meeting is June 11th.

God bless.

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K.M.

answers from San Francisco on

Without a lot of effort, I've actually lost about 15 pounds from the weight I was before having my second daughter in March 2007. Believe it or not, I haven't done much to do it. I just starting eating more salads (and my salads are actually large with dressing) and started walking as much as possible with a neighbor in the evenings. Doing these walks with someone has really helped because knowing you are going to meet someone doesn't let you excuse yourself from the exercise as easily. Try to find someone to walk with...

Also, I did do Weight Watchers online for a while, and their advice is pretty good. I'm not a member anymore, but it did make me think about my food choices a bit more after being on for a few months...

Don't do anything drastic because you won't stick with it.

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J.C.

answers from San Francisco on

I second the sparkpeople advice. I've been doing it since '06 and find it superior to the paying Weight Watchers online program. And yes, it's totally free. I have a walking and weights program I do 3x a week in addition to drinking lots (LOTS) of water and watching portion sizes. It's a slow and steady way to lose weight. Mine hasn't come off fast, but it's not coming back either.

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Z.M.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi A.,
As a therapist, the biggest mistake I see people make in the weight-loss area is feeling like they have to do it all' at once. Start small-- evaluate how many mochas you have a week, and cut one out. Park at the other end of you office parking lot and walk in-- go for a walk at lunch. Tiny little steps, which don't cost anything and won't cut into your relaxation time (believe me, I know how precious that is!) will add up. Can you walk your children to their day-care? That'd be good for you and them. Anyway, evaluate your lifestyle, make a list of some small steps you can take, and whatever you do-- do *not* 'beat yourself up' when things don't go the way you want. Instead of thinking, 'Oh, man-- I didn't want to eat that cake! I always do that!' try 'Well, that probably wasn't the smartest move-- I'll do better tomorrow'. The more you can cheer yourself on, the better you'll do. Good luck!

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H.F.

answers from San Francisco on

I like Shelley have been doing Weight Watchers too. It has been great. I use online and go to the meetings with a monthly pass that is $40 a month. I need the weigh-in with someone else to help me be accountable. The online tools are great and help you make choices. The only thing I don't like about Weight Watchers is that they tend to encourage diet foods but we don't eat them. They also have a Recipe Builder online that you can enter your favorite recipes and find out how many Points they are. We have found that little changes make a big difference.
Good Luck.

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E.L.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi A.,
I've been working on my weight loss for the past year since I gave birth to 2 beautiful twin boys. During the pregnancy I gained about 40 pounds, so I was eager to lose it. I have to say I found no miracle solutions or diets; it just takes commitment, work, and sticking to the rules. Basically, I watch my diet (i use weight watchers points for breastfeeding moms -- 32), eliminated refined sugars and high-calorie foods (but will allow myself an occasional treat if I feel like it), and I exercise at home every day for about 15 min. When I started watching my intake plus exercising, I started losing 1-2 pound a week. So far 20 lost and about 20 to go. You should not feel too hungry or you'll overeat, but you have to limit your food intake. The best way to do it is to choose your favorite low-calorie foods and stick to them. An occasional treat is OK, otherwise you'll feel deprived and --- EXERCISE. You do not have to pay anything for it. Just go for the walks (as other suggested) and set up a routine for you to do at home for 15-20 min EACH DAY, so you'd sweat lightly during the exercise, and you'll lose. But you have to be persistent about it, and committed. After all the exercise helps a lot to feel good, and the healthy diet too -- if you give this time to yourself it will pay off in every way. But choose foods and exercise that you like - it will be easier to do it then. Hope this helps!

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A.L.

answers from San Francisco on

CHeck out Weight Watchers, worked for me and my friends. And throw in some exercise, walking is great with kids.

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K.V.

answers from San Francisco on

What I've found is getting up an hour earlier in the mornings while the kids are sleeping (and when I was married, this was easier as someone was home to be with the kids), and walk/jog in the neighborhood. It didn't cost me anything, and I never had to worry about the summer weather as I was doing it first thing in the morning. You can start with walking and work in running a bit more as you go along. There is a great Couch to 5k program on the web that gives great tips.

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R.M.

answers from Sacramento on

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G.P.

answers from Modesto on

Ive tried many diets myself, so I know the feeling. I try saving my money to lose weight myself. I tried Hoodia, and recently I tried Slimquik '6 reasons why a woman can't lose weight', I was bouncing off the walls cleaning. I wanted to keep cleaning and getting things done. Our bodies are different.
I found my first love a few weeks ago, next thing I know we tied up the phone for two days. I wasn't paying attention and I saw my stomach literally disappear. I was happy to talk to him. If dieting doesn't work, exercise, positive attitude is another way if you don't want to spend money. Even things to distract you works fine, next thing you know, the weight disappears.

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N.B.

answers from Sacramento on

My suggestion is to put your daughters in a double stroller and take a walk! They will enjoy it, and you'll get some exercise. It doesn't cost anything (except for the stroller, I guess). Try to make time for it everyday, even if it's just around the block. It's a great way to get started getting back in shape.

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M.T.

answers from San Francisco on

I feel you...it's hard to find time for exercise. I'm trying to combine it with other things. For example, there's a farmers market a couple of miles from our home on Saturday's so instead of driving there I put my son (6 mo. old) in the stroller and speed walk there. It takes me a half hour there and a half hour back and by the time I get home I've worked up a really good sweat and gotten our fresh fruits and veggies for the week. Plus the baby and the stroller can be considered resistence. Good luck!

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W.M.

answers from Sacramento on

A.,
When my kids were little I used to get up an hour before they did to work out. It was the best thing I did for myself, I had more energy, and patience with them. Now,
I go to the gym. It's your choice what you choose as a work out, but I would recommend mixing it up, as it will boost your metabolism, and you won't get so bored so easily.

W.

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M.S.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi A.,Find a way to exercise. You will have more energy and your metabolism will improve. Find a good place to hike or an exercise class. TV tape. Doesn't have to be strenuous. Swimming, dancing, Tai Chi. Find a friend who will go with you. Buddies help you keep with a program. I love walking so I try to do it daily. It helps my mental health as well as my physical well being. Ole Mother Mary Ann

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S.H.

answers from San Francisco on

I started running and it works well. I usually do it early in the morning and 30-45 minutes 4 times a week can do magic. The only cost is a good pair of running shoes (and take it easy...build up from running 2 minutes and walking 3 minutes off and on to finally running the whole time...email me privately if you want more info). Make sure the shoes are good so you don't injure your legs...if you know of a running track (there is one near me at the local high school) then use it...

Anyway, running is about the quickest cheapest way to burn calories. The other way to loose weight is to only drink water as a beverage (which I do anyway) and noteat non-foods like chips and fast food.

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K.G.

answers from Sacramento on

I felt like you were talking about me (with the exception of the girls; I have a 4 yr old boy).
Recently I restarted Fitness 19 (citrus Heights) they are $19 a month. No frills gym. Machines and free weights.
But this past 2 weeks, my family has come down with something and I haven't been able to go and I am feeling fatter. I completely dispise most machines- I tend to like the cardio classes which they don't have but you make do with what you have. You could also try to just walk around the block at night; start slow.. at work take a break and walk around the block or building.
start slow... I also do weight watchers but you have to stick to it for the most part.. but the good thing is the meetings help you as well.

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R.M.

answers from Stockton on

My Dr told me to not focus on excercising for weight loss, but for my mental health. Somehow doing it for my mental health seems so much more doable and immediately gratifying. Weigh loss takes a while, but after one walk or session of yoga I am already feeling better mentaly. I'm still accomplishing the same thing just a different focus.
Do something that you enjoy. You mentioned that you just want to relax. I'm the same, so I've taken up yoga w/a DVD. Just after one session I feel energy running through my veins! It's wonderful and you don't even feel like you've done that much.

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S.W.

answers from Sacramento on

Hi, I'm a nutritionist. I used to be a much larger woman with small children. My children are now 10 & 8. The best way to help with fat vs lean tissue is to eat low glycemic for your carbs and also eat according to your metabolic type (genetic key). This is not the blood type diet. Fad diets don't usually work. You can find lots of infomation online about low glycemic foods. This web site www.proevity.com offers a nutrition class for under $20.00. If youb body doesn't have all the needed nutrients it will breakdown muscle. That will lower your abilty to process food into lean tissue. I'd be happy to send you some e-mail information or talk to you on the phone. Exercise is needed. Walking is great. At 10,000 steps a day you will trigger a gene to help you burn fat. Anyway, I'd love to help you more.
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C.B.

answers from San Francisco on

One of the best ways to lose weight and tighten up muscles is walking. Maybe you can do a power walk every day with your daughters. they can run themselves tired and you get your exercise! combine a daily power walk with good eating habits and you'll lose weight! I'm not saying to go on a diet, but if you eat slower, you will feel full faster. when you feel satisfied, push yourself away from the table - you've had enough! Also, drinking water between meals helps you not to feel hungry. Good luck!

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E.J.

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Arbonne (www.arbonne.com) has a great weight loss/management line and a website for those who prefer a program to commit to...www.GoFigure8.com The shakes and supplements are all very reasonably priced and fit well into any busy schedule. Good luck!
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M.J.

answers from Sacramento on

I felt the same way ... too busy with work and the kids, where am I going to get time? I ended up enrolling at California Family Fitness and it's the best decision I've made in ages. They have great childcare so I can work out when it fits into my day. The downside is that it's pricey, but you can achieve the same results on your own. I'd start with a basic exercise DVD. Read reviews on Amazon and find something that suits your style. There are some that are as little as 30 minutes and you'll achieve results (I liked Postnatal Boot Camp by Lindsay Brin).

I agree with the pp ... it's a mindset thing. If you're not really motivated to do it, you're going to fail. I just hit a point where I was tired of feeling tired all the time (same thing in wanting to keep up with my kids) and tired of snug clothes that used to fit. Now that I exercise regularly, I'm not as hungry and my energy and outlook are much better.

Good luck!
M.

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V.M.

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Yoga! It will help you become stronger physically and more flexible, but will help you relax as well. You can find classes everywhere without joining a gym and they are not usually expensive.

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S.W.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi A.,

It sounds like we have a lot in common! I too am a 33-year old mom of two who is at the point where I realize that I need to do something about my health. I'm very active - not even close to being a couch-potato! But at the same time, I'm overweight and unhappy with it. And then to top it off, I had my physical and found out that I have borderline high cholesterol. That was the kicker that got me going!

After looking into various weight loss programs and talking to lots of people, I decided to go with Weight Watchers Online. The best part for me is that it's easy to understand, you have complete control, you can make it fit into you and your family's lifestyle, and there are no meetings - it's all done online. Oh, and the cost isn't too bad at about $16 a month. The online tools are AWESOME and I've learned so much in a short period of time. It's eye opening and life changing. And the icing on the cake is that I've lost 10-lbs in about 5 weeks. If I keep going at this rate, I'll be at my goal weight before I thought possible!

Good luck to you!
S.

J.P.

answers from Stockton on

Hi A. ~ I too found myself in the same situation! I purchased The Firm excercise program that you see on tv - or you can go to firmdirect.com - I like it a lot - I get up in the morning about a 1/2 hour earlier than I normally would and get it in - otherwise I won't do it - then when I get home at night - there is no pressure, I can do what i need to do and then sit down and relax with my kids! It has been a struggle - and there are days that I miss - but it has a pretty good little program that for the most part is pretty easy to stick to. I hope that you find something that you like. I also noticed that the Firm also has some stuff at Longs Drug Store - like an excercise Ball and Video, and some pilates stuff....I am going to purchase those also so that I have more to mix it up with. I wish you luck! I do want you to know that even though it is hard if you stick with it, you will see results. I had my husband measure me before I started, and then after I had been doing it for 4 weeks. I had lost 3 inches around my waste - even though I cannot tell, he can - and my clothes are getting a little bit looser, but it was good to see the measurements and know that I truely had lost some inches - slowly but surely, I will get back down - and you will too! We also took before pictures (in a bikini)- so when I get down to where I want to be - we will take some after pictures! That is a big motivator for me!

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A.P.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi A.,
My name is A. Papangellin, and I am a certified in Weight-Management. I have found that by choosing high quality, nutrient dense food for yourself and your family, everyone wins and you will find you need to eat less food and consequently fewer calories to get the nutrition your body is asking for.
Of course the obvious equation of expending more calories than you consume pervades the field, you must be aware that the body continues to eat, and or holds onto was it has accumulated due to some deficiency in what you are eating. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, feel free to call me.
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E.T.

answers from San Francisco on

I'm one of those who wants to lose 10-20 pds for about 10 yrs now.. Pounds don't fall off me, but tone & inches are lost. I've always exercised - hiked, biked, walked for hours 2/3xs a week and we eat healthy foods. Exercise & healthy foods like grilled fish/chicken, salads, vegies. Our downfall has been for larger portions and too much of good social drinking this past decade or so.

Over a year ago, I joined Bob Greene's Best Life online and my husb & I have been his excellent vegetarian menus ever since. We also have social drinking down to 1 glass.

My husb has completely embraced the Total Gym I bought a few years ago _ both our fathers died in the past 2 yrs, that and turning 55 inspired him. He's amazing. He went from 36 to <34 inch waist and has lost 12+ pds in the past yr. Not to mention his new biceps, toned abs, etc.

I've been doing Pilates Reformer, hiking too ~ but 3.5 mos ago I bought the Tony Horton 10 Minute Trainer DVDs and ever since, I've been doing 20-40 mins of his stacking exercises 4-6Xs/wk. Loving it! Lost inches, from a size 12 back to my standard size 10 pants/8 dress. Not to mention the extra energy, reduced stress, increased tone everywhere - core, arms, thighs, etc. better sleep. expands wardrobe as I can wear some older clothes again.

I highly recommend the checking out Bob Greene's Best Life at http://www.thebestlife.com/ - Bob is Oprah's longtime trainer = he also offers other menu types as well. Vegetarian meals = measured amt of beans + rice = protein, vegies, salads, angel hair pasta, etc. Also we eat a grassfed hamburger or steak 1 or 2x's month. Veg menus just works best for my body type. Carbs & too much pasta got me in the past too. 10 Minute Trainer program - you can do as little as 10 mins of cardio or yoga, abs, up to 60 mins, whatever. Its really the way to go! rave, rave, rave!

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N.S.

answers from Sacramento on

Hello,
My family and I went to the Galleria Mall yesterday. We were on the merry-go-around. My son 4 and my daughter 22 months. The gal working was helping my son on the horse. I said be careful he is a big boy, don't hurt your back. She mentioned that is no problem I used to be 365 lbs I can lift a lot. I was shocked to hear that because she looked like a teenager. I would never guessed she was big at one time. She told me she had gastric bypass surgery. Well what was a little upsetting is she said that medical insurance pays for it and she asked what mine was. Yeah she told me to go online and put my insurance information in to see if they will pay for mine. Ouch! It looks like I need HELP as well. I rather not do the bypass and my husband doesn't like it either. I know what I have to do and it's not eating so much sugar etc. I need to take care of myself. Take Care!

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J.H.

answers from Salinas on

Hi Arienne,

The plan that has worked best for me is Weight Watchers. The people you meet help you with motivation and food ideas. Just know, that it is a life long process but learning how to pick and choose the right foods will take awhile, but once you learn the program it becomes easy. If you cannot join weight watchers, cut out all of the junk and and try to buy products with a lot of fiber in them. Go for a walk everyday - take the kids. You'll be surprised to see results in as little as two weeks.

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S.Y.

answers from San Francisco on

Sign up for www.sparkpeople.com. It is FREE! They have menu options, exercise options, advice and lots of other people doing it.
I started it last week, because I hit a rut w/ my weight loss and I have managed to knock off 3 lbs again this week.
It doesn't hurt, since it is free. You just have to login and fill out the information.

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J.F.

answers from San Francisco on

I love Weight Watchers because it teaches you how to eat right and keep portions in control. You can do it exclusively on-line or buy a monthly pass to attend meetings. The monthly pass also includes free internet programs, I think. What I've done, rather than the monthly pass, is to buy a 10 pass ticket which is a little less than paying weekly.

You can use their core program and count points or the flex program where you can eat any amount of the foods on that list (too many veggies for me on that list so I do the core plan).

You can find a meeting through www.weightwatchers.com. The meetings are helpful but like anything else, you need to find the right leader and group of people to keep yourself motivated.

Good luck!

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