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How My Toddler Helped Me Lose 45 Pounds

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Losing weight is no walk in the park. Believe me, I have been there for a couple years, trying to get back to my slender, petite pre-kids shape. Those little buggers really do a number on your body!

But since I had my daughter I have been working extremely hard to shed the pounds and the toddler in my life has really helped me a ton too. Between him stealing my food and chasing after him, it is no wonder I am almost back down to exactly where I want to be.

No diet is fool proof and if you think I gave up my sweets you got another thing coming, but there are a number the things that helped me to shed 45 pounds and counting. Of course, I know not everyone is going to have the same stroke of luck I did with stupid stuff helping me to lose weight, but if anything it is worth a laugh!

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  • Ditch the Scale! 1 of 6
    Ditch the Scale!
    Put the scale away while you are trying to lose weight. If you are constantly staring at it and wondering what it says, it will defeat you! If you really feel like you need to use it, pull it out once a month for a weigh in.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • No More Snacks 2 of 6
    No More Snacks
    It's easy not to snack when you have a toddler. The moment I pull a snack out to enjoy, mine decides he needs to eat it instead of me. Or at least 85 percent of it. Oh well...thanks boy!
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Say Goodbye to Soda 3 of 6
    Say Goodbye to Soda
    I traded my typical favorite of Pepsi for water when my toddler started asking for my soda. Since I would NEVER allow my son to have any, trading it for water made sense all around.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • The Chore Exercise 4 of 6
    The Chore Exercise
    Between cleaning up after the toddler, and of course the fact that he dirties every piece of clothing within a 50 yard radius, the increase in chores certainly helps in keeping me active.
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Toddler Germs 5 of 6
    Toddler Germs
    You know you have been there...you have a plate of food or a glass of something to drink, which your toddler decides is now his. Well, all those little floaters they leave behind are enough to make anyone push a plate away. ICK!
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Breastfeeding 6 of 6
    Breastfeeding
    While I am not breastfeeding a toddler (yet) it has helped a ton in the weight-loss area. I am not sure how much weight it is responsible for but hey, I will take anything!

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Jobs my Toddler Would be Good At
How Young is Too Young for Chores?
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