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33 Ways for moms to lose weight

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Reach your weight goal

Losing weight is the top New Year's resolution every year. Resolve to make 2010 the last time you pledge to lose weight. These simple tips will jumpstart your healthy living goals so you don't have to make the same resolution again next year!

Keep a clean mouth

  1. Brush your teeth. You're less likely to snack when your mouth is minty fresh.
  2. Wearing whitening strips on your teeth for 30 minutes a day means you'll not be snacking for at least 30 minutes a day!
  3. Mom Michelle Poteet chews sugarless gum to keep her mouth occupied -- no calories involved!

Even baby steps burn calories

  1. "Get moving. Every time you get up from your seat, you're burning calories," says Franco.
  2. Chase the kids around to burn calories and create memories.
  3. Weight training doesn't require a gym membership or fancy equipment. "Do full-body exercises like pushups, squats and balance exercises," say Kalley.
  4. Train with baby! Go for a brisk walk with Baby snuggly attached in a baby carrier on your back. Do leg lifts during Baby's tummy time. Bench press your little one to tone your arms.
  5. Always choose a distant parking spot. Always take the stairs.
  6. Wear a pedometer to track your steps. Shoot for 10,000 steps per day, suggests Kinder.
  7. Do chores: Housekeeping burns calories. Check out Carolyn Barnes' CLEAN Momma DVD for an exercise routine you can do while cleaning the house!

Find out how you can burn 500 calories with these 10 calorie-burning activities!

Enlist the help of friends

  1. "Invest in a jogging stroller," says Kalley, "to walk or run without worrying about a babysitter." Farel Hruska, national fitness director for Stroller Strides, LLC, agrees. "Women need companionship to adhere to a program," says Hruska. Working out with other moms can help.
  2. Create a healthful eating club. "Everyone brings a healthy dish to a different friend's house each week," says Reyna Franco, nutrition and exercise consultant.
  3. Meet every weekend to prepare your family's meals for the coming week. Sharing ideas along with the work will make menu planning a task you look forward to!
  4. "Commit to something special and shape up for a cause," encourages Kimberly Kayce, whose favorite is Walk for Hope. "Exercising together regularly training is more satisfying than mindlessly sweating away in a gym."
  5. Athletic charity events like the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge offer amazing motivation. Cyclists preparing for the two-day, 190-mile bike-a-thon say thinking about cancer victims and chemo recipients makes it easy to get out of bed for that early-morning spinning class.

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