Erin is a mom of two and has been with Today’s Mama for ten years. She is charged with finding and sharing all of the wonderful things the web has to offer. She is particularly fond of food, photography, printables, and funny things. She writes about losing weight in her Healthy Living for Mom series, and is chronicling her attempt to master her DSLR camera with her series, Big Girl Camera.

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Healthy Living for Mom: One Change at a Time

I mentioned in my last post that I’d lost weight before. What I didn’t mention is that for every time I’ve knuckled down and lost a significant chunk, I’ve started and stalled a dozen times.

I’ve made bargains to buy myself [insert expensive gadget] when I lose _____ number of pounds.

I’ve told myself that I will get a [insert spa treatment] for every ______ pounds I lose.

I’ve looked in the mirror and thought: CRAP. I have [insert event that requires either fabulous and/or minimal clothing] coming up! I need to look good. I’m going to eliminate all sugar/caffeine/fat/dairy/carbs from my diet AND I’m going to go to the gym 5 mornings a week until I am bikini ready!

Each and every time…failure.

I have finally realized that eliminating everything at once just does not work for me. As soon as you tell me I can’t have carbs, I will crave (and eventually eat) an entire loaf of bread. And not even a good loaf of bread…something stupid like a 98 cent loaf of French Bread from Wal-Mart.

Knowing all of this, when I officially kicked-off my 30 pound weight loss extravaganza, I purposefully eased into the diet and nutrition aspect. I’ve been eating really poorly for most of the summer. Getting the hang of wrangling two kids meant that I often missed meals and became hungry to the point of being light-headed. Since “passing out while responsible for two young kids” is not on my Bucket List, I would immediately head to the pantry or fridge and wolf down whatever sounded tasty. When you’re that hungry it’s usually something SUPER nutritious like 16 Golden Oreos.

What do I mean by “easing into the diet”? The first priority was to eat every 2-3 hours. No matter what. Hunger is my enemy and once I’m hungry I can’t be happy with a salad or a handful of almonds.

That meant that every day I had breakfast, a morning snack, lunch, an afternoon snack and dinner.

In upcoming weeks, I know that I’ll need to nail down what I’m eating ahead of time so I can stock up at the store and keep my meals and snacks nutritionally balanced. But it wasn’t realistic for me to sweep the contents of my kitchen into a garbage sack and start from scratch. That means that my morning yogurt may have had more sugar than it should or that one day my afternoon snack ended up being a chocolate chip granola bar.

Yes, I’ll say it, I’m using up my Ranch dressing before I stock up on low-fat vinaigrette.

Because having a colorful salad with grilled chicken breast and a light shower of Ranch dressing is better than eating half a bag of tortilla chips with a giant bowl of guacamole for dinner. Which I have done. Repeatedly.

For me, making that one nutritional change was a good way to shift from a pattern of being “too busy”, to making myself a priority along side the kiddos. More than once my daughter bellowed, “I’m hungry!” while I hastily threw together both of our lunches but I resisted the impulse to hustle her lunch to the table before I had a chance to prepare my own. A few times I alternated between feeding myself yogurt and feeding the baby boy prunes…I only almost ate a spoonful of prunes once.

Breakfast for three.

I feel good. I’m not spending my days swinging between being overly hungry and uncomfortably full and I managed to hop on the treadmill to walk for 30 minutes twice last week.


  • Starting Weight: 195.5 lbs
  • Week One Weight: 191.5 lbs (-4lbs this week)
  • Goal Weight: 165 lbs

What’s your favorite healthy snack? I need to branch out from string cheese and apples with peanut butter. 🙂

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  4. Brooke 09/12/2011 at 12:26 pm

    My favorite snacks are:
    Laughing Cow Cheese with apple slices.
    3 Strawberries cut up with a side of lunch meat slices rolled up. (of course eaten separatly)
    A lettuce leaf with a slice of lunch meat and banana peppers rolled together.
    1T. Peanutbutter 2T coolwhip mixed together and dipped with celery.

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  6. Raejean 09/08/2011 at 9:37 am

    I love snacking on some air popped popcorn.

  7. Shannon 09/07/2011 at 3:50 pm

    You are a rockstar! And as I desire to get back into my pre-baby pants, I loved reading this…four pounds in a week is a lot!

  8. whitneyingram 09/07/2011 at 1:12 pm

    I don’t keep a lot of snacky things in our house, but I do keep a lot of fresh fruit. Currently in the fruit bowl: bananas, plums, peaches, kiwis, apples and mangos. My snack is fresh fruit. And after a lot of conditioning, my children know our snacks our fruit. That one took FOREVER.

  9. Erica Fehrman 09/07/2011 at 7:40 am

    Excellent start! Granny smith apples with dark chocolate PB are good (a girl’s gotta have some chocolate :). Also, frozen packets of edamame that you can microwave and lightly salt; whole wheat muffins with veggies (carrots, zucchini) and currants baked in; air popped popcorn. Keep it up!!

  10. Rachael Herrscher 09/07/2011 at 7:29 am

    down 4 lbs in one week? You rock!!!!