Momma’s Weight Loss Plan

As a single mom of four, I was finding it hard to lose all the belly weighed gained over six years. I was 130lbs before getting pregnant with my oldest. Six years later, I was 190 lbs, and feeling like a cellulite queen. (please, no offense if you are larger). I had to do something. So I made up my mind. I was not going to let the fatigue and laziness get me down, I am beautiful, but right now my beauty is hiding.

Using this diet and exercise plan, I went from January being 190 lb’s to being 160 lbs by June. But don’t take my word for it, give it a try for yourself, you will feel great.

My diet routine:

I would start the day off waking up at 5:30 am to take a shower and then get kids ready for school. I would grab a slim fast shake (powder not premade) and off I would go walking the kids to the bus stop. Then I would return home for a 20 minute work out (see work out routine). On certain days I would also volunteer at the local pre-school were I would eat child sized servings of food along with my shake, and all the activity there would help burn off the excessive calories.

Drink one slim fast shake for breakfast with maybe some yogurt, fruit, or a muffin. Then have another shake for lunch with half a sandwich or soup. Then have a nice home cooked dinner that fills ¾ of the plate with vegetables, 1/3 with meat and another with a side.

My work out routine:

20 minutes a day I would work out, and on especially good days I would do more, but I really didn’t need to.

I would start off by stretching every muscle from head to toe. Then I would count out as many belly crunches as I could do, and then do them in three different ways. Flat on my back rolling to my knees, knees bent and on my side lifting straight up (laying completely sideways) then the same on the other side. This worked three different muscle groups in the belly.

Then I would return to my back for another exercise to work the lower belly, as well as legs. I would lay one leg flat with toes pointed up, and lift it as high as I could and lower it back down nice and slow like. I would count out 10 or more of these, and then switch to do the other side. I did this same exercise while lying on my tummy to work the buttocks.

A few other exercises included the use of a rubber tubing used for stretching and working the upper body muscles (I got it form my physical therapist). I used several different moves to work several different muscles.

First I attached the tubing to a hook in the ceiling and brought my elbows to my side, the using my lower arms pulled down on the tubes. I also did this same exercise spreading my arms out like wings and pulling down to work the sides of my chest. Then turning away from the hook, I was able to pull the tubes from behind me around my chest keeping my arms straight, this worked shoulder and chest muscles.

Another exercise which can be done no matter where you are is a wall push up, or a counter push up. I would do this while doing dishes to take a few minutes break. You lean like a board against a wall or counter and simply push your chest off the wall or counter, still leaning your entire wait against the wall or counter. This works your arms and upper chest muscles.

Keys to Weight Loss: Drinking Lots of Water to Not Mixing TV and Food


Almost everyone wants to lose weight, whether it’s 2 pounds or 200 pounds. Sometimes we don’t realize how easy it can be and sometimes we just need a little help. Here are 5 tips to help you get started losing that weight.

  1. Never eat in front of the television. When you watch TV, you aren’t paying attention to what you’re eating. It’s easy to forget to pay attention to your body’s natural signals of satiety when you’re distracted by television. That means you are likely to eat more than you would if you were sitting at your kitchen table (or other designated eating area) paying attention to every bite that goes into your mouth. And don’t forget that TV is filled with ads for food, just watching TV makes you more likely to eat (the power of suggestion).
  2. Drink a lot of water. Drink as much water as you can. Don’t drink sodas or soft drinks. Diet sodas, while better because they have no calories, have been said to CAUSE feelings of hunger! And regular sodas have hundreds of calories. You can not only save tons of calories by cutting out sodas and soft drinks but you can save tons of cash too! Tap water (or filtered water) is free, while sodas, like everything else are getting more and more expensive.
  3. Eat high fiber foods. The more fiber you eat, the fuller you feel. Also, the more fiber you eat, the less likely your body is to absorb fat! Your colon will function better and you’ll just feel better in general. You can get fiber by choosing foods that are made with whole grain. Apples (with the peel), broccoli, legumes, and beans all are high in fiber.
  4. Walk whenever you can. Aim to walk at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. vegetablesYou don’t have to do this all at one time. We’re all really busy, but everyone can find 10 minutes here and there to take a quick walk. Quit smoking and go for a “walk break” instead of a smoke break! Take the stairs instead of the elevator (you’ll get used to it, I promise!). Park a little farther away from your destination instead of fighting with everyone else over the closest spaces – another plus is that you’ll reduce stress since parking spaces will be easier to come by and it will take much less time to park if you just park in the first space you find. Take your dog for a walk! Your dog will thank you, too.
    5. Eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. Don’t eat 3 large meals, you’ll be hungry and eat more if you don’t eat for at least 5 hours. Have 3 smaller meals a day and at least 2 healthy snacappleks (be sure to have some protein, i.e. cheese, nuts, peanut butter, milk, chicken). Make sure your meals count. Don’t eat chips or cookies for your snacks. Have fruit or veggies with some protein in between meals and you’ll feel fuller and eat fewer calories.

And of course, we can all use some help, especially as we get older and our metabolism slows down. I personally have used The Apple Patch Diet to lose 29 pounds! It’s all natural and so easy to use (you only have to change it 1 time every 3 days). If you’re looking for something that will help push the scale in the right direction, then you should check it out. Good luck losing weight!!!