Back to school is around the corner and while you are making plans, don’t forget to take time for yourself and remember the goals you set at the beginning of the year. We’ve all heard the phrase “summer bodies are made in the winter”, but healthy bodies and mindsets can start at any time as long are you are ready to commit.
Fourteen months ago I became a brand spanking new stay-at-home mom to my daughter Jemma. I’d love to be able to say that becoming a first time mom was an all around blissful experience but that wouldn’t be the entire truth. Being home those first few months with my newborn baby were disorienting, isolating, and terribly lonely. I didn’t feel like myself, I didn’t look like myself and there were days upon days where I didn’t speak to anyone other than my baby who couldn’t talk or to my dog who doesn’t speak English.
It’s not just for runners anymore.
Ahhhh, the elusive runner’s high… We’ve all heard about it, but with only a small portion of self-proclaimed “runners” in the world, it may seem out of reach to most. So, is the runner’s high only for an exclusive club of very fit people? The answer is NO. The truth is, all it takes is a little push and some heart-pumping exercise. Chances are, you’ve already experienced it yourself!
Unstoppable. This year I decided to do something new, and instead of writing out a list of resolutions, I chose a word. Unstoppable. If you asked me 22 months ago if unstoppable would ever be a word I would describe myself with, it would be a no.
I don’t know about you ladies, but my husband and I have always liked to make the most of our days off. When we were both working and had different schedules, it was rare we had a day off together so we would try to fit as much into one day as we could. Now that I stay home, we both look forward to my husband’s days off for different reasons. He looks forward to a break from work and a chance to be with his son. I look forward to a break from MY work and the chance to relinquish some of the control of our son.
The year I turned 30 was the same year I became pregnant with my first child. Before I turned 30 I would read those silly articles that said “30 Things You Realize by the Time You Turn 30” wondering if there was any truth to them. However, when I turned 30, I realized they were true! You know who your true friends are, you know what clothing items work best for you, etc. but overall you know yourself well enough to trust your instincts.
There is a lot of buzz right now around Intuitive Eating. As someone who is normally skeptical of dieting and weight loss trends (looking at you Paleo, Keto, & Whole 30), this nutritional philosophy got my attention.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, people sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week.
(Eye roll) Tell that to a new mom…
Do you need some ideas for your favorite fit mom? Look no further than this awesome holiday gift guide! Pick a gift up for a friend or send this list (with a few directions) to someone who might need a little help picking out your perfect gift.
Becoming a mom means that your calendar will fill up with birthday parties, ice cream after school, play dates with snacks (hello pumpkin bread), dinners out and brunch with the family. All of these social events can add up to a lot of extra weight and make you feel low energy. Now layer on the holiday season and there will be more parties, more temptation, office snacks and daily opportunities to “just have one.” Fortunately, attending holiday parties doesn’t mean you have to throw your plans for healthy eating out the window! We’ve got 8 tips to get you through the holidays with a lot of cheer, so you can toast to good health instead of stretchy pants!
This is the number one reason moms of toddlers won't try a class, even though our classes are filled with toddlers. And I get it! There was a period of about 6 months where my daughter didn't want to stay in the stroller either. She fussed, she whined. She took off her seat belt and would run around, so I would have to teach and try to catch her at the same time. It was frustrating and exhausting, but it didn't last. If there is one thing I've learned while raising my children, it's that I can be infinitely more patient than them and I will always win in the end. It's because I am their mom and eventually they will have to follow my rules. So to all the moms of toddlers struggling with the idea of coming to a Stroller Strides class, I'd love to share a little mommy-to-mommy advice.
I love you with all my heart. I promise that I won't tell you how to live your life, but I will try to show you.
Guest Blogger: Mariam Barnes
Most of us can agree that almost everything changes once you become a parent. Our relationships change, and the type of conversations we have with people change. You will notice that the same friend that you used to chat with about the “hottest club in Hollywood,” is now the person you call to talk to about your favorite non-leaky sippy cup. If you are the mother of twins then there are just some extra things that come with the territory. As the founder of twinmom.com I hear twin parents talk about the same few things all the time. I thought I would put a list together for your laughing pleasure.
Please, people, let's do away with the expression "One and done".
Ever since my daughter was a year and a half, I've been asked (mostly by people I've just met) whether I'm planning on having another child. When I've answered in the negative, I've often been met with reproach, disbelief (of the "don't you know you're supposed to have two?" variety) and a firm admonishment that I'm bound to raise a lonely, selfish, entitled child.
Yep. That's a description of yours truly on an average day. I'm on a mission to downsize, organize and prioritize. How's it going, you ask? Hmmm.... I guess that's where the stressed out and out of time part comes in.