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.