Updated: Aug 7, 2022
After having children, life changes. You are no longer looking solely after yourself. You now have other people that you are responsible to look out for their every need. Sometimes during the busyness, you forget about yourself and slowly add on unwanted pounds. By changing a few daily habits (you may not even notice you’re doing these things each day), you can help keep your weight in check.
That’s right, it sounds weird to say in order losing weight, you need to eat. When you have children around it’s easy to be distracted from the time you get up until time to go to bed. You’re busy all day long, making sure the kids are feed and have all their needs met. But are you making sure you are fed? It’s easy to cook breakfast, make sure everyone has their plates and drinks. After you fed everyone, you realize you didn’t eat. Sometimes we get focus on the kids favorite food that we don’t take the time to think about our food. This causes you to either over stuff yourself at one meal or eat all day long without realizing what you are eating. This leads to you feeling satisfied. Start making your plate at breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day and see how much better you feel after eating.
Don’t Eat Your Kids Leftovers
How many times do kids leave half of a sandwich on their plate or a few chicken? A lot. It’s easy to eat the few things our kids don’t finish at their meal. It’s easy to pop a few fries and a couple of chicken nuggets into your mouth once your kids runs off the play. While we don’t want to waste food, your mouth shouldn’t become the solution. At the end of the day, you are eating an extra meal by eating their leftovers. You can start putting the food aside in case they might come back to it later or putting the food in the refrigerator for the next day. Eating it yourself only causes you to eat more then you intend to eat.
Taking the kids to the park is always a great idea, they jump and play and run off a lot of energy. Use this time to get up and move with them. We are all guilty of sitting and watching the kids play. A lot of you day is either being busy with work and chores. Instead of hitting a gym like you used to, you go sit on a park bench to enjoy watching your kids play. Get up and move with them. Working out might not look like it used to but you can still get your heart rate up by running and play with your kids.
Avoid Surgery Drinks
Keeping up with kids takes a lot of energy. Two or three cups of coffee with creamer in the morning, an ice coffee at noon, and a coke for the afternoon slump. That’s a lot of SUGAR. You don’t have to give up your coffee or any of your drinks, but do be mindful of what you’re drinking. Try a sugar free ice coffee. Find a low sugar coffee creamer. Whatever your drink of choice, if it’s full of sugar and carbs, it might be causing you to add a bit of unwanted weight.
You have heard this a million times. Drinking water does wonders for your health and weight. It’s easy to forgot to drink water when you’re busy through out the day, but it’s important. If your dehydrated you’re more likely to reach for another sugar drink. Water not only has lots of other health benefits, it helps you feel more full to keep from overeating. Tricks to help you drink more water; buy an adorable cup (I don’t know if there’s study on this or not), fill your cup with ice water first thing every morning, and refill every time you finish. If you don’t like plain water, there are tons of things you can add to it to give it extra flavor. You can add fruits (lemon, cucumbers, etc). A personal favorite is Jordan’s syrups (check out my Pinterest account where I show how and what I add to my water https://pin.it/5M8QEVG . )
This article was written to help you think of different things that can be triggering a weight gain. This is not intended to make anyone feel they should lose weight or change themselves in anyway. This are just areas in my life that I noticed caused me to gain a few extra pounds. I hope this inspires you to remember to not put your health and well-being on the bottom of your to-do list.