No one really starts any change in their lifestyle or anything during the Holidays. They postpone it to become just another New Year's resolution that will go all Milli Vanilli.
I say Xmas is the best time to start. You want to loose weight? Then start right away. All you have to do is evaluate your life. Ask yourself these questions:
1) Do you work part time?
2) Do you have a cleaning service or a domestic executive cleaning your house?
3) Do you have independent children.
4) Do you have time for gym.
5) Can you afford to spend lots of money on personal trainers and diets?
If you answered YES to any of the above, you have no excuses and can therefore fit exercise and healthy eating into your "hectic" life.
If, like me, you answered NO to all of the above, then there is a plan you can incorporate into your life.
Step one: ask Santa for a MP3, MP4, iPod or a 1980's Walkman!!! Whatever, just get portable music into your life.
Go to work, have a yogurt, drink lots of water and eat left overs from the night before for lunch.
Go home and make a healthy dinner (aka tomorrow's lunch). Eat half your dinner and start to clean the house & do laundry in between doing the "mom" thing as quickly as you can.
Once your little ones are tucked into bed (preferable no later than 8pm), retreat to your bedroom or bathroom.
Dance to music anywhere you can find a space for an hour. Drink water to keep hydrated.
Have a bath/ shower/ both and relax the rest of the night.
If you are on holiday during this time, retreat to the bathroom or bedroom for an hour and dance away. Take lots of walks, swim, ski or run during the day and be sure to eat half of what you ordered or made. The leftovers can be another meal on it's own. Drink lots of water before meals and afterwards.
You don't have to diet. You don't have to join a gym. The only changes you need to make is smaller portions, lots of water and some form of exercise. Basically do anything that makes you exhausted.
All of this can be done in your time, on your budget and can be fit into your lifestyle as a mom.