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Falling Off the (Exercise) Wagon

Even a billionaire like Oprah, who can afford personal trainers and chefs, has a difficult time staying on the diet and exercise wagon. (Read about Oprah’s recent weight gain here.) It’s even harder for moms– especially if you don’t have a lot of childcare help.

My biggest difficulty is finding time to exercise and prepare healthy meals. I am juggling work and volunteer commitments as well as taking care of my son (which is a full-time job in itself). When naptime comes, I have a long list of tasks to complete. And when baby goes to sleep at night, I still have more stuff to do. Exercise just doesn’t make the to-do list on most days.

Even if I don’t have the time to work out as much as I’d like, I do know that I’ve gotten lazy about making healthy food. With a little advanced preparation and the right recipes, it is almost as easy to eat healthy food as it is to go to the McDonald’s drive-thru. (If there were healthy, low cost restaurants with drive-thrus, I would have NO problem losing the rest of the baby weight.)

Oprah is back on the Best Life Diet and committed to losing the weight in 2009. I’d tried the Best Life Diet back in 2006, and I managed to lose about 15 pounds in two months and to keep the weight off until I got pregnant. (I also used eDiets to track my eating and exercise habits.) Reading about Oprah inspired me to dig out my old copy of The Best Life Diet  book by Bob Greene.  I liked some of his yummy (and healthy) recipes as well as his gradual three phase plan.

There’s a new revised version of The Best Life Diet out. I checked it out at a local bookstore. The main difference between the two versions is Bob Greene’s insistence on plugging his website over and over again in the new book. I found that slightly annoying…but I would still recommend The Best Life Diet if you are looking for a responsible and healthy diet that changes how you live without resorting to “get thin quick” gimmicks that are unhealthy or dangerous.

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Debbie Bookstaber started Mamanista in 2007 with her friend Candace Lindemann. Debbie and Candace also are the co-founders of Bloganthropy.org, which empowers bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. Through their annual awards, Bloganthropy.org recognizes bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and two young sons. She's an active volunteer in her community and a working mom. Debbie is a partner at Element Associates and the Social Media Director at Child's Play Communications. You can follow Debbie on Twitter @buzzmommy or meet her at a future blogging or tech conference, where she frequently speaks about social good efforts, SEO or affiliate marketing.

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10 Responses to "Falling Off the (Exercise) Wagon"

  1. Andrea F says:

    I think you Mamas should develop a 30 minute exercise routine that includes the baby — dancing, lifting, spinning and more….or ad lib for 30 minutes every morning before baby takes a nap (so you can rest too!) There isn’t a baby in the world that doesn’t like playing with Mommy — I used to have almost an hour tape that I danced with my kids — including hokey pokey, Locomotion and more…they loved it and I moved and grooved (not sure that would be their description now!)

  2. I love Bob Greene and have a few of his books. Unfortunately, I too have fallen off the wagon. Think I’ll dig them out tonight!

  3. Jessica says:

    I have been on the Best Life Diet for one week, and have lost five pounds! It’s a great plan, and very easy once you get accustomed to it. I tried out the website, but found it very cumbersome and confusing. So, I only use the book. It’s great!

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  5. Ronnie says:

    Hi, we all fall off our diets. What we need to do is just get back on when we do. I don’t beat myself up anymore if I have a bad day. I wake up the next day and say okay I messed up yesterday now back on track! Thanks for the info. Oh, and exercise is the key you have got to get the body moving!

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