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Hi. I am a first time stay at home mother of a one year old. I would like to know if you can give me some advice on what exercises I can do if I don''t have any machines or tools to workout with. I can''t walk outside with my daughter because of the weather. I do all the chores here and run around with my daughter, but itís not taking any pounds off. I weigh 175 pounds and am 5 feet 4 inches tall. Iím 21 and still want to feel young. Please help me. Thanks so much. — Tisha

Christine Palumbo



Congratulations on your baby! Motherhood changes everything for women, including the time we have for ourselves, but you donít have to suffer with excess weight. As you know, losing weight can be achieved by decreasing the calories you eat and increasing your activity level. Go to the Foodfit Healthy Weight Calculator to determine how many calories to eat for safe weight loss.
Even though it's winter, you can still exercise. Buy or borrow several exercise videotapes that you can work out to while the baby is napping. Or turn up the stereo and dance away to your favorite tunes! You can purchase hand weights inexpensively and they are effective for strength training. Also, most communities have exercise classes with babysitting offered for a small fee. If you sign up with a friend you'll have more incentive to go. Your daughter will enjoy the socialization with the other little ones while you can get fit. Finally, you can always bring your daughter to the mall even if it's blustery outside. Push her in the stroller briskly several times around the mall and you've gotten yourself a great workout. At the end of the week, reward yourself by returning to check out that cute sweater you saw in the window!

About Christine Palumbo

Christine Palumbo, MBA, RD has been a nutrition communications consultant since 1989, providing dietary counsel and analysis on various nutrition, health and weight management topics to corporate clients and news media outlets nationwide. An active member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the Illinois Dietetic Association, Chicago Dietetic Association for more than twenty years, she has served on a variety of boards and practice group committees within those organizations. In 1981 and 1982, Palumbo was honored by the Chicago Dietetic Association and the Illinois Dietetic Association, respectively, as the Recognized Young Dietician of the Year.

Palumbo has been featured as the expert speaker in numerous national health panels and has published many articles and pamphlets regarding nutrition and healthcare. She has been featured in national women's, health and business magazines, daily newspapers and local and national radio programs. Palumbo has also appeared on numerous local and national TV news programs, including a segment on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1997 on the health benefits of drinking water.

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