Weight loss for homeschooling moms can be tough. We’re often busy from the time we roll out of bed in the morning until we crawl back in at night. Finding the time, energy, and motivation to workout can be challenging.
I know because I spent somewhere in the neighborhood of 16 years being obese…and all but the first six or so of those years I’ve also homeschooled. I know that many of you may have missed my weight-loss blog before I merged it with my homeschool blog, so I wanted to share some of my favorite weight loss tips and posts. I hope they will encourage and inspire you.
1. What Up? (First, to give you a little background, the theme of my weight-loss blog, at the time, was Twilight. It had all these photos from Twilight and a countdown to the Eclipse premiere, hence the Twilight references in the post.)
This is the very first post I ever put up on my weight-loss blog, Eclipsed. It’s kind of strange to go back and read the pure, raw emotion I was feeling the day I wrote that post. At that time, I really, seriously doubted my ability to succeed. It’s so nice to look back on it now and realize that I have succeeded. I think the support of the online community played a huge role in my success.
2. Handicapped – Looking back, it’s hard to comprehend how much I had let obesity handicap me. It’s hard to express how much freedom I feel now and how much I enjoy simple things that most people take for granted, such as standing up after sitting for awhile and not having to give my knees and ankles time to adjust before taking a step. Yeah, really.
3. The Dream – Here’s my last “raw emotion” post for the day. I hope that it helps someone who may be where I was to see what I was feeling and know that I made it out of that. I did successfully complete the impossible-looking journey that I started in November 2009.
4. Opportunity Cost – This post is for all those people who think that weight-loss is about dieting and deprivation. And, for the record, I was telling someone just yesterday that, once you retrain your mind and your taste buds, losing weight or maintaining your weight-loss really does get easier because you really don’t want a bunch of the junk you used to eat. Really.
5. 10 Easy Changes to Improve Your Health – Weight-loss doesn’t have to be one huge overhaul of every aspect of your life – well, not all at once anyway. This post offers ten relatively easy-to-implement tips that can combine to result in successful weight-loss.
6. Ten Tips for New Runners (From a New Runner) – This is one of my all-time favorite fitness posts. I never, ever, ever dreamed I’d learn to love running. These days, I’m a firm believer that just about anybody can become a runner. It may require losing some weight first because, goodness knows, I don’t think I could have run at my heaviest, but I do think that most non-runners can become runners.
7. Frugal Ways to Exercise Without Joining a Gym – One of the most common reasons people give for not working out is not being able to afford a gym. There are lots of ways to workout that don’t require a gym or expensive equipment. You already own one of the best pieces of equipment around – your body. Find out how to put it to work for you.
8. Eating Healthy and Feeding the Family Without Becoming a Short Order Cook – Another common excuse for not losing weight is having to continue to cook for a family who is not impressed with new healthy food choices. In this post, I share some simple tips that helped me to avoid this problem in my home.
9. Top Ten Tips for Losing Weight – This post shares some my best tips, based on my experience, for losing weight.
10. 10 Ways to Get Active with Your Family – Finally, if you want to get the whole family involved – something I’m still trying to accomplish with some consistency – this post offers some ideas on getting active as a family.
Bonus post: I just couldn’t bring myself to leave out my One Year Anniversary post. It contains so much truth and inspiration that I like to go back and read it to myself from time to time. I’ve got a quote from it that still takes front and center on my fridge.
If you’ve successfully lost weight, what are some of your best tips? If you’ve been around for the long-haul on my weight-loss, do you have any posts that were especially meaningful to you?
This post is linked to Top Ten Tuesday.