Hey Mom — Check Out These Reader Tips for Dropping The Pounds


Well, gang, apparently I’m not at all alone in getting on the scale, post-holiday, and being a bit taken aback. I received so many great comments so far on this topic that I thought I’d summarize some of the tips for you here (and they’re all tips that busy parents can use, so there go our excuses!):

°    Julie Curtis has found that running with her dog for just 20 minutes a day has helped her lose weight. We can all squeeze in 20 minutes of exercise, right? (OK, on most days.)

°    Fred enjoys listening to Jillian Michaels (fitness coach on “The Biggest Loser”) on her radio show and has started following some of the exercises on her website.

°    Shape magazine writer Dara Chadwick, who blogs at Fit in Real Life, talked about the importance of doing JUST ONE THING — drinking more water, eating more veggies, whatever you feel will make a difference. That I can do. (And check out her blog post about the bag of chocolate chips. Boy, can I relate!)

°    Lisa Iannucci suggested taking older kids with us to the gym as
guests. I didn’t even know you could do that. Her gym allows this for
kids age 13 and older. Definitely something to keep in mind.

°    Heather turned us on to Ellie Krieger’s new website. I’m jazzed about Ellie’s new site for an additional reason: I’m on it! Just saw her site for the first time today — and there was my photo, with the before and after pics taken by my 12-year-old son! Too funny. After I had done my Woman’s Day weight-loss blog, Ellie had asked if I’d write a short testimonial for her about how well the advice in her book worked for me. I was more than happy to do that.

No, I wasn’t paid a dime. This was just something I wanted to do. So there’s no conflict of interest when I say Ellie is the real deal. Her advice has definitely helped me drop the pounds — while still preparing meals that my kid wants to eat. No small task.

Thanks, folks, for these great tips. Please keep ‘em coming!

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