The Real Moms Food Journey

"Butt Sized" Smoothies, Gum Chewing, & Other Weight Loss Tips

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Happy Wednesday peeps! Time for another TRMFJ update! It has been super fun throughout The Real Mom’s Food Journey getting tips and encouragement from readers. And GOOD tips too. The kind of stuff I am dying to share with you. But first, I wanna quickly recap what The Real Mom’s Journey is and how it came to be. This is the excerpt from the first post I wrote back on November 3, 2010:

For those of you just tuning in…I have got a BIG problem. It’s called….MY BUTT. I have wwaayyyy too much Junk In My Trunk. An overabundance of Ghetto Bootie. May I be brutally honest? OK… so much in fact, it’s pissin me off, undermining my confidence, and making me pant like a wounded walrus every time I climb stairs.
It sucks. And I have no one to blame but ME.
My compadres in the pursuit of life, liberty, and thinner thighs has been Shannon Janco and the uber knowledgeable-and-I-am-Kinda-afraid-of-you diet coach Amy Kenow of Sunlife Wellness. I know I’ve gushed a ton about Amy but…let me gush one more time. SHE ROCKS. I couldn’t do 90% of what I have done with HER. There. I’m done. For now.

 OK, now to the tips. They been coming in fast and furious and they such FUN to read so here we go:  
Oh, you really must try a few different smoothie recipes! I know that you will grow to love them. I have been gradually moving toward green smoothies which have fruit but also greens like kale, spinach, Swiss chard, leaf lettuce, beet greens, etc. along with other veggies like cukes, zucchini, beets, carrots, Romaine lettuce, tomato, etc. and fresh herbs like basil, parsley, etc. Variety is key because each type of fruit and veggie has their specific benefits. Green smoothies make so much sense because you are consuming tons of fiber and nutrients. Your body will thank you in so many ways if you consume just one blender full of green smoothie a day. A Google search will turn up more green smoothie recipes than you can make in a lifetime. Give it a whirl… for your health.

p.s I laughed so hard when I read your post about your daughter commenting on the size of your butt!! I am presently working on losing 10 lbs… mainly from my butt and thighs. Oh, I guess there’s the stomach and my waist, too. This is where the green smoothies come in. By just replacing one meal a day with a blender size green smoothie (along with eating nutritiously the other two meals), it’s amazing how quickly the pounds drop. With some exercise thrown in, you’re well on your way. From time to time, I’ll post some of my favorite green smoothie recipes as well as some raw fruit and veggie recipes that aren’t smoothies but serve the same purpose. ~Adrienne from Whitely Creek Bed & Breakfast.

I’ve found that I’m not much of a “gym rat.” It’s too easy for me to come up with every excuse in the book as to why I can’t make it to the gym today – too cold, takes too long, too many people, not enough people, etc. So, I kicked our oldest out of his bedroom (moved him to the basement) and set up what I lovingly call the “Yoga Palace” in our house – right across from my bedroom so I walk by it often. I’ve got a TV/DVD/VCR player, yoga mats, dumb bells, a ball, hula hoops and my inversion table. I claim I like to switch it up but in all reality, I do yoga. I really hate any sort of cardio anything so I do mostly yoga (flow yoga and kundalini yoga) and weight training dvd’s. I do make myself do one day a week of cardio (ugh), and lift weights once a week (yeah!) but the rest of the time I do yoga. If found that if I do the type of exercise that I actually like to do then I actually do the exercises. I also try to stay at the magic 30 minutes – if I go longer than that I start to not like it again and then I make up excuses to not do it. And then, I almost always finish my exercise routing with 6-8 minutes on my inversion table. I keep a work out journal and my goal is to work out 5 days a week. Kelli Mankowski- Party World

If you find you are a “grazer” (constant nibbling and munching) while you are cooking your family meals, try this little trick…CHEW GUM. It keeps your mouth busy and you’re not likely to pop anything else in there!” -Kari Barnes co-owner of ABC Collision, weight loss role model,and Area Director of BNI.

Most people work hard and spend their health trying to achieve wealth. Then they retire and spend their wealth trying to get back their health.Adrienne from Whiteley Creek.

The best advice I can give is eat breakfast. You are less likely to over-eat later in the day if you don’t skip the most important meal of the day. Also, eat a mid-morning snack to cut down on the “O.M.G, I am starving!” lunchtime free-for-all. -Jennifer Maroney (who herself is down 52 pounds on her weight loss journey!) Artist and owner of Jennifer Inspired.

You have to TAKE the time. I have preached it for years, that there is always something else to be done, but exercise is top priority. It is moms that I stress it to. You are taking care of everyone else, and by taking care of yourself can do better for everyone else (the oxygen mask on the airplane theory – put your own on first or you’re no help to anyone else!).Make an appointment in your mind, then just DO IT. The benefits will help you keep going!-Joan-Owner of FitQuest Athletic Club

DRINK WATER. Yeah, yeah yeah… I know every Diet guru and diet plan in the world has preached this, but it’s true and it works. Drink 8 glasses a day and stop bee-atchin about it. I’ve had people tell me “I don’t like water…” ………for Gawd’s sake!!! It’s WATER! It doesn’t taste like anything! DRINK IT!-Becky- Head Cheesball at LAMS

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About Becky Flansburg

Becky Flansburg is freelance writer, blogger and virtual assistant living in Northern Minnesota. A dedicated mom to two beautiful kids, her veteran blog is filled with laughter and love about the joys parenthood. Becky is also committed to helping women realize their work-from-home dreams, enjoy life beyond the cubicle and find clarity in the work/life/family balance. Connect with Becky via her website, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest