I Want to Lose the Baby Weight
"I sooo want my body back. But I have no time to eat healthy and no energy to exercise."
"I can't tell you how often I hear this from new moms," says fitness expert Sue Fleming, author of Buff Moms (Villard). "But if you make a few small changes, I promise the pounds will come off pretty quickly." First, she says, don't worry about finding a 45-minute chunk of workout time. "Instead, divvy it up into several 10- to 15-minute segments throughout the day. It'll seem less overwhelming, and you'll be more likely to stick with it." Go for a brisk walk, pop in a Pilates DVD while the baby naps, or do strength-training exercises while she plays happily by herself. If you belong to a gym, check out the babysitting services (most clubs have them), or ask your partner to take over for a little while so you can go for a run or swim. "I blocked off several lunch hours a week in my work calendar and snuck out to a yoga class," Stephanie Wagle says. "Because the time was blocked off, I couldn't get scheduled for a meeting, and I had less excuse to cancel." The hardest part is just starting. "But once you do," Fleming says, "you'll be amazed at how much more energy you have -- and how much better you feel."
Need to eat healthier? It's all about planning ahead, Fleming says. Cook a big batch of veggie lasagna, grilled chicken breasts, or a stir-fry on the weekend so you'll have good stuff to eat all week. And always have a healthy snack on hand so you don't get stuck without decent options. Pop a baggie of dried fruit and nuts in your work bag, or stash an apple and a granola bar in your car. "Hey, you wouldn't leave the house without making sure your baby had food at the ready," Fleming adds. "The same should go for you!"