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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.
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•10 crunches (easier on your lower back than sit-ups). Lie down with arms across your chest with fingers lightly rested on collarbone and knees bent with feet up in the air. Bring your chest up toward the knees and hold for two seconds. 

Repeat this routine three to five times, with short, active cardio breaks in between. 

Don't sit on the couch and rest. Walk, jog, jump rope, or do jumping jacks for five minutes. Then, repeat the routine. With cardio, time is key. The more you do, the more calories you burn. 

You might want to find a personal trainer who can come to the house twice a week for the first couple of weeks to get you started and to make sure that you are doing things right. 

After that, you can check in once a month for an updated workout as you make progress. 

The life coach's advice 

Polly, you need to get back to happy.  We get a false concept of what that is when we read women's magazines, which often make us think that there's a perfect life out there and if only we were smart enough and had our act together enough we'd be there. So I'm putting you on a "happiness diet." 

Write a list of all the things that you haven't been doing that you know make you feel good. Then, you have to make a commitment to yourself to create time for those things for the sole purpose of making yourself feel good. Don't think of them as things you "should" do, but things you want to do. 

What are the things you can do to make yourself happy in five minutes? In half an hour? What takes a full hour? Schedule some of those things into your day, every single day. Plan them just like you plan your lessons at school. Maybe do the five-minute things during the week and the longer things on the weekend. Two weeks later, look back and see if you're feeling better -- what's worked for you and what hasn't? Then, can you up the ante? Can you take it to another level, by joining a book club or going to a lecture at the library? Look to do the kinds of things that will actually satisfy you deeply.

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