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The WebMD Healthy You Challenge: Two Mom Makeovers

WebMD's expert team helps two crazy-busy mothers transform their eating, workout, and life routines.

Help! I'm Starving for Me-Time continued...

Snack better. Resist the chocolate jar during the day by keeping your own stash of hard candies. Or enjoy a few roasted nuts, such as almonds or walnuts, or a couple of pieces of dried fruit, such as individually wrapped prunes. At night when you're up grading papers, try a cup of calming chamomile tea or sliced apple spread with a little peanut butter.

The trainer's advice

Start by breaking down your weight loss into manageable goals. Instead of saying "I want to lose 50 pounds," start by aiming for 210. When you get there, set your goal to get below 200. When you reach 199, buy yourself something nice to celebrate. You need many mini-steps, as opposed to one big goal that looks like Mt. Everest.

Since you don't like going to the gym, I've designed a simple workout routine for you that you can do at home and won't take up too much of your time. The fact that you did crew and ski racing shows that you have coordination going for you -- it won't take you too long to get back into the swing of things.

Doing the following workout three times a week is a good start.

Polly's workout plan:

10 push-ups on the side of the coffee table. If you're not used to working out, doing a push-up from a more elevated position is easier than doing one flat on the floor. Rest your palms on the edge of the table and extend your body; push up just as you would from the floor. If it's too hard, try a higher surface -- even the counter -- to begin.

•10 squats. You can hold a water bottle in each hand and do bicep curls with them as you do each squat.

•10 reps rotating side plank, each side. Get into "plank" position: as if you're at the top of a push-up, arms fully extended. Then, shifting your weight to one arm, reach the other toward the sky, rotating your upper body sideways at the waist while keeping your lower body/feet mostly in position. Slowly move back to plank and on to the other side. If you can't do a side plank on the floor, lean your weight-bearing arm on a table, desk, or counter.

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