Category Archives: Everyday Living

Let’s Talk About Health

Healthy-LivingI get so frustrated watching TV commercials these days. I swear all you see is commercials claiming “pop this pill and lose weight…..no exercise or diet needed”. Really?! What in the world is in most of those pills? I don’t even want to know. Truly, the thing that disturbs me the most is that we are marketing to people with a true disease, yes obesity is a disease, telling them to keep on living their sedentary unhealthy lifestyles and just pop a pill to deal with the weight. WHAT?!?! NOOOOOO!!! We need to be educating people on how to eat healthy, how to exercise…..how to take care of themselves and get healthy. Believe it or not, the majority of people do not know how to eat healthy, they never had a good example set for them. They don’t know how to start exercising and what to do…..as a community we need to stop contributing to yo-yo dieting and easy fixes and start educating our youth on health and staying physically active. It is a crime that PE is being taken out of schools from budget cuts. I mean, what is wrong with us!?!? How does that seem like a good idea when we have such a problem with obesity in this country?

Let’s talk about some good ways to live healthy:

Walk:

  • Park further away from the door so you have to walk further
  • Walk for 10 minutes at lunch, everyday (if you live in snow, walk around your office)

Exercise:

  • Do lunges, squats, push-ups, crunches, planks – whatever you can think of, during commercials when you are watching TV at night.
  • FIRST thing in the morning – get out of bed and do some jumping jacks, squats, push ups

Your Plate:

  • ALWAYS use a small plate. There is no need ever for a large plate. Put it back and get the small one.
  • Fill half of your plate with vegetables. Every single meal. 1/2 of your plate should always be veggies. The majority of the remaining plate should be protein, with a small portion left for carbs.

Food Preparation:

  • Buy raw vegetables – but when you get home, chop them up IMMEDIATELY and store them in ziploc bags or tupperware. That way when you go to the refrigerator the healthy food is ready available for you.
  • Buy bulk healthy meats (we buy at Costco) – when you get home immediately put them in ziplocs with a marinade and freeze them. That way you can take a lean protein out in the morning and have it ready to grill up when you get home from work, or all your kiddos activities.

The number one thing you have to know is that living a healthy lifestyle does take work. BUT….it is completely worth it, to put in the extra effort and time in order to feel so much more alive. I promise you that if you challenge yourself to move more and eat real healthy foods, you WILL feel like a completely different person. Please, don’t just pop a pill and hope to lose weight. Put in the effort for yourself, because you are worth it.img_1439

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9 Month Old – Stuck Between Milk, Puree and Solid Food – HELP

IMG_7833I have had so much fun the past 9 months growing and discovering life with my 9 month old son! I have two children, a 9 year old daughter and a 9 month old son. I had my daughter fairly young and honestly don’t remember the baby years too well. I worked a ton and it was a completely different experience the first time around. My parents helped out a TON, I always asked them what to do, how to do it, when to do it, etc. I mean who better to ask than your expert parents, right?!? They successfully raised me and my 4 siblings and we were all doing well……must have known what they were doing, right?! Well now that I am a little older and doing the baby years all over again after already raising my daughter for 9 years, I realize it is really just all a guessing game. You parent with the best intentions, an open heart, an open mind and cross your fingers that you are doing what is best for your little ones.

So far I have solely breastfed and homemade all of my son’s baby food. Recently he started to get Cheerios…..I am not going to lie, as much crap as I have eaten in my life growing up, I was afraid to give him something that I didn’t personally make for him. BUT he loves Cheerios, he loves the independence of picking them up and feeding himself, he started drinking water out of a sippy cup….all is good. I decided it was time to give him finger food options other than Cheerios. Instead of only giving puree baby food I thought it was time to give him steamed veggies and fruits in bite sized pieces. I was so excited to give him nutritious food he could pick up and feed himself, I got the go ahead to give egg yolks, cheese, yogurt, etc at his 9 month check up……I was completely ready for our journey to take a turn away from purees and into solids. But it came to a screeching halt when my son refused to eat basically EVERY finger food, other than Cheerios. Eeekkkkkk, it is so frustrating/discouraging. Does anyone else know what I am talking about?

My goal was to reduce the amount of times he was nursing a day from 6 to 4-5 and increase the amount of food he was eating. I was hoping that the foods he could eat as finger foods such as: avocado, egg yolks, cheese, etc would fill him up better than his purees do. But now all I have done trying to transition him is screw up his sleeping schedule. He went from sleeping 10 hours at night to now waking up in the middle of the night to nurse. UH OH! What did I do?!?! Eeekk….can I reverse this? Should I stick it out? I need some advice from you mom and dads out there, please!

Transitions are VERY hard! HELP!!!

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New Years Resolutions 2015

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The majority of us likely have similar New Years resolutions…..get healthy, exercise, lose weight, eat healthy, spend less, etc. These are all great positive mindsets to have going into the new year! So, why do so many of us fail at them? When we make a New Years resolution to exercise why doesn’t it last? We all know gyms are crazy the first few weeks of the year and then it dies down. People get busy, life settles in, work picks up following the 1st of the year. There are so many things to derail us on our journeys. So this year instead of making a bland resolutions like: exercise more…..I am going to make resolutions that I can track easily. As well my husband and I and out family will share joint resolutions to keep each other accountable. Opening yourself up to friends, family, the world makes it so you are held accountable!

Our resolutions this year so far include:

1. Working out for at least 20 minutes 4-5x a week!

In order to keep ourselves accountable we are going to track our weeks. When you write something down it is easier to track your progress and keeps you accountable to your goals.

2. Plan out our meals for the week. Meal planning can help save money and ensures that you will make better, healthier choices. We will plan out on Saturdays what the meals will be for Monday – Sunday of the following week! Maybe it is time to make a weekly meal board like I see all over pinterest!!

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3. Walking our dogs, even if it is just 10 minutes so they can get outside, get fresh air, exercise and so that we can also get outside and get fresh air too! We still need to do a better job of quantifying this resolution but we are getting there with setting our goals!!

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We are well on our way to improving ourselves and setting quantitative attainable goals!! What about you? What are your goals for this year? Let us know, share with us!! We would live to hear from you and get feedback and suggestions on how you keep yourself accountable! Cheers to new starts!!!!!

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Happy Monday – 17 Days Till Thanksgiving….Stay HEALTHY with GOALS

Happy Monday everyone! I know that happy and Monday don’t always go well in the same thought, but I encourage you all to embrace Monday as a positive day to reset. Let go of what happened last week and reset for this week. Whether you didn’t work out enough or at all, you ate horribly or you had a few slip ups, you got down on yourself…..whatever it may be, let it go and start new today.

One thing that happens with a lot of us is that we let a bad day/week turn into a bad month, bad season, bad year. Then you wake up and realize you have been living an unhealthy lifestyle for WAY too long. Don’t let slip ups get you down and set you back. Just brush it off and keep reaching forward toward your goals. Forgive yourself for your slip ups and move past them. We often hold on to negative behaviors for too long simply because we get down on ourselves for “failing”. Don’t let this happen to you!

Setting goals is extremely important. We all need goals. Think about your professional life….how many of you have evaluations every year or even more often where you set performance goals? Probably a great deal of you. Apply this to your personal life too! Set short term and long term goals for yourself. If you don’t have a goal to work towards than it can be very hard to stay motivated and measure your progress. Currently we have set a goal to eat extremely clean for the next 17 days. We need a fresh feel good cleanse to get us from the crazy Halloween parties and vacation we were on to the fun Thanksgiving weekend approaching. SO many people give up on themselves between Halloween and New Years. That is over 2 months of set backs! Think about how long that is. I encourage you to stay healthy this holiday season. Of course we will all have parties and holiday events where we aren’t eating as healthy as we should but don’t let that role over into months of bad habits! Join us in eating healthy for 17 days so that we all get to Thanksgiving feeling AMAZING!

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I know that none of you want to be devastated by not being able to button your jeans. It is in your control. Eating healthy is a mental battle. No food will ever taste as good as healthy feels! That is my promise to you. Stay active and eat healthy and you will be so much happier!

Today I am going back to one of my favorite core strengthening workouts! Join me in enjoying some awesome planks! Link below….

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Keep your mind positive. Have a wonderful Monday!

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