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LIVINGKERRY Posts: 179
7/4/12 11:26 A

My biggest suggestion (not being a mom- but of being the ex-lazy type)
start small

take a few hours after grocery shopping to cut all all of your meat and plan it for the week.

Do you have a crockpot? if not- go buy one.

you can make easy, lazy, healthy meals in here.

Chicken ideas- use boneless chicken breasts or boneless chicken thighs for the following:

Shredded BBQ Chicken- cup of chicken broth, bottle of bbq sauce (use a healthy one- or make your own) serve on a whole wheat light toasted english muffin or on its own with some steamed veggies/microwaved veggies/baked potato
Chicken Tacos- cup of chicken broth, jar of salsa, whatever spices you like
serve with whole wheat tortillas; lettuce, low fat cheese and black beans OR top a salad with all of the stuff
Chicken Soup (easy) - a few cups of chicken broth, veggies, salt and pepper, squeeze of a lemon or lime, lots of rosemary. boil noodles separately or serve just with bread no noodles
shredded chicken chili- can of tomato's, cans of beans that you like, packet of chili seasoning or home made seasoning, add peppers and veggies to taste


or if you want to be really easy about it:
a ton of chicken breast or chicken thighs (all boneless) in the crockpot- and just let them cook all day with chicken broth until they are shredded... Drain. save broth for soup next time or stock. (if you want or not- its up to you)
take shredded chicken and mix in any of the above stuff- this way you have already cooked chicken that you can freeze and make anything with it!


once you get used to doing this.. you can start preplanning more and more and it does become easier...

you should also want to encourage your kids to eat healthy home cooked meals as well.
maybe you can get them involved in cooking..


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7/4/12 10:29 A

Hi C4R0L1N3.

Boy, you got some great advice here! I myself am going to try LILLI's cleaning tip and KGWINDER's advice about being positive is spot on.

Rather than lazy, you may just be overwhelmed (and w/ two young boys, anyone could fall into that category).

Positive (happy) people really do make the world a better place. They create better memories for their kids, too. So when you feel yourself getting overwhelmed at your to-do list, losing weight, etc. tell yourself you are doing it for them (your boys). Yes, you are doing it for you, but that in turn w/ fuel you to be a better, more positive Mom, friend, etc.

One foot in front of the other...don't get bogged in the spirit-sapping all-or-nothing mentality.
The fact that you recognize the need for change & want to is a HUGE step in the right direction!

You can do this. Just be patient and do NOT give up. When you stumble, simply get back up and continue. No beating yourself up for not being perfect. News flash: none of us are!


KGWINDER Posts: 1,366
7/4/12 1:05 A

My suggestion is to start your day with a positive focus. This will feel silly at first, but please try it for a week. Make a sign to remind yourself in a location you can't overlook (morning mirror, the loo, bed side clock) It will say "I smile because...."

Then put your face in a smile and keep it that way until you can say one great thing about yourself aloud and one great thing you're going to do that will make you smile today.

If you can do one thing each day that will make you smile, you can start to build from there. Keep it simple to start and really just work on getting your face to get use to feeling what it means to be proud of yourself.

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7/3/12 11:05 P

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CLESSFAT SparkPoints: (7,063)
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7/3/12 4:31 P

Well I will tell you how I feel about your situation! I was in the EXACT same situation just two and a half months ago. I don't think it's laziness at all, I think it's disgust. When you are not happy with you and truly miserable on the inside, you don't really want to do much of anything. I promised myself I would stick with my goal just to see if it made me feel better along the way and it has. In two weeks, I felt my energy and drive to do things increasing. As I started to feel better and eat better, I didn't feel all tired and lazy! Who wants to do anything when they are carrying around unwanted weight! Stick with your goals, things will get better, you will get better and you will have more energy to not only do the things you want but the will to do them!! DON'T GIVE UP!! emoticon

C4R0L1N3 SparkPoints: (1,155)
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7/3/12 2:30 P

That's a cool idea!!! I'll see if it works for me right away! Thanks!

LILLIPUTIANNA Posts: 1,038
7/3/12 1:43 P

Other folks have already talked to you about exercise and diet. I'll give you some advice on keeping you house tidy. Years ago, I was given this advice, and it's always worked for me.

So, to get your house clean, do it in small bursts. Set a timer for ten minutes. Then, while the timer is running, clean like a crazy person. Run around frantically cleaning as fast as you can. Then when the timer goes off, stop cleaning. You'll be tempted to continue, but don't do it. If you want to, wait an hour and then set the timer again...but each time, clean like crazy.

If you do that two or three times a day, your house will be SO much cleaner.

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7/3/12 10:52 A

C4R0L1N3,

If you are the mom of two young boys, you are not remotely lazy !! You're just tired from taking care of two boys. Don't look at weight loss or good health with an all or nothing mentality. If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was to drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

Start with some simple changes you CAN stick with. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Set some simple goals. Example, if you're not used to eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not used to drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you're not used to regular exercise, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

And that's how good health. It starts with some simple changes and goals. Because one small change will lead to another and another and another. before you know it, all those small changes add up into one huge accomplishment.

And you can lose weight with two little ones. There are plenty of Spark Moms who find ways to sneak in exercise through the day. You don't have to workout for 30 minutes if you don't have the time. You can break your workouts up into shorter segments and still get all the benefits. So, why not try working out for 10 minutes ? Check out the fitness section, Coach Nicole has a bunch of short 10-15 minute workouts you can do at home. Three 10 minute walks still adds up to a 30 minute walk. Every little bit does add up.

You're not lazy. You just need a good schedule.



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7/3/12 10:43 A

Hi Carol,

You are that great Mom just remember that it takes time to unlearn years and years of unhealthy habits we have made a part of our every day life, therefore don't expect to that the minute you decide to change your way of life everything will fall into place.

What you may want to consider is focusing on one area of your life to change...it could be that you want to become more active. Know that 3 10-minutes walks are just as beneficial to our over-all well being as one longer walk. Maybe adding in one extra veggie at each meal can be a great start. Once those become habits then you can begin to incorporate a couple of new changes until they become habits. After all this journey is about making us healthy, not just to lose the weight temporarily.

YOU CAN DO THIS!
Coach Nancy

C4R0L1N3 SparkPoints: (1,155)
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7/3/12 10:30 A

Hi, I need help! I'm a Mom of 2 young boys and I really need to loose lots of weight. My biggest problem is Laziness... in every aspect of my life! I go to the gym 3x a week but I eat crap all day long... I'm to lazy to cook good things, to lazy to do my housekeeping. I'm desperate. I don't know how to beat this stupid laziness out of me. I want to be that cool Mom that cooks good healthy meals. I want to be proud of my house. I want to be healthy. And I don't know how to get there... Help me please... Anyone...

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