I haven't applied this to stay-at-home mom's yet, but for a working mom, I can attest to the following:
If I do happen to have access to cake and am faced with the prospect of eating it:
1) I must settle for cake that someone else made (either Mary Poppins or Sweet Mandy B) because I don't have time to bake.
2) That cake will likely end up as a permanent part of my ass. Any time spent at the gym is precious time away from the kids.
3) If I didn't work, I may have to settle for less fancy cake or no cake at all, in which case my ass might be better off. Or, I might find the time to bake it myself, in which case, I would be a super-chunk in no time.
I'm having a tough time today balancing work, life, losing 25 pounds and flawlessly executing my holiday preparations. If I own up to the ridiculousness of this metaphor, and cake = money, then my preference is to just pay someone to make me thinner. Unfortunately, losing baby weight is one thing I cannot outsource and it's pissing me off.
Working moms - how do you find time to lose the baby weight? "Total starvation" is not a helpful answer ... I LOVE FOOD.
PS - I am typing this post halfway through a fifteen-mile ride on my new recumbent bike. This type of multi-tasking is bound to frustrate even the most even-keeled individual.