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Living Fit Mommy: Right Direction, Wrong Foot

Okay, today is a new day, and I am re-dedicating myself to getting back on track.

My eating and exercise regimen from last week was an unsuccessful mess. Too many days were usurped by more pressing obligations, and too many of my food choices went the way of hell; therefore, step one is to dive into my journals and take a look at what I did right in the weeks prior to see where I can tweak things a bit for the coming week.

The goal being not to overdo it out of guilt for what I failed to accomplish last week.

I’m notorious for “making it up to my body” by going overboard with everything–food intake, exercise, reps, sets, etc. My way of negating a bad week is to increase my workout load and decrease my caloric intake. Which, by the way, is a totally insane way of doing things.

My psyche goes on steroids, with a little extra caffeine thrown in on top as I repeatedly tell myself that more is what I need to do to make things right. It’s a completely unhealthy habit, I know, but it’s one I’ve used on more occasions than I care to mention (did I mention I’m hardly perfect?).

That said, my focus today is on taking it one meal at a time, scheduling a challenging workout, and reminding myself that one day won’t kill your progress but being stupid certainly can.

I intend to not be stupid today.


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Fit Mommy: Keeping It Simple

Life can be suffocating. My days are filled with so many things to do that I can hardly cram it all in.

The one constant thing that I have made sure to do, solely for my benefit, is exercise and I do it as much for my mental health as for my physical appearance. And I have zero doubt that I would go mad without it. That small section of the day that I devote to it has become my way of facing what’s left in the day and saying I got this…so bring it!

As mothers and wives, so much of our “me” time—which if you’re a mother, you rarely find true “me” time anywhere—is spent doing laundry, fixing meals, cleaning house, working, writing blog that’s meant to inspire other women to be their best, etc. But how often are you actually sitting completely still and enjoying those rare moments of quiet? When are you just “being” without having to be there for somebody?

It’s tough finding that balance between and “enough” and “too much” while maintaining your regularly scheduled programming at the same time—the two undoubtedly bump heads with each other. So we choose to keep chipping away at our inner selves in hopes that one day we’ll find the time to do better at being still and enjoying the moment.  

Unfortunately, what actually ends up happening is we start to resent the people who so freely take up our time. We become bitter, angry, and unfulfilled in every way and, if left unchecked, unhappy with the hand we’ve been dealt. At that point, no amount of physical activity will chase away the demons we’ve conjured up. 

No matter what phase you’re at in life, you have to assess what YOU need—and you have to do it on a more regular basis than once or twice a week during Yoga (if you even do that). Steal a moment here and there to remind yourself it’s okay if you’re not perfect and it’s alright that you can’t be everything to everybody all the time.  You aren’t superwoman, and you don’t have to be…being YOU is enough. 

Take a moment to remind yourself how important a role you play in the daily processes of life and maybe you won’t have to spend a lifetime regretting how you chose to live. 


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Fit Mommy: For The Couch Potato In You

For The Couch Potato In You

If you’re watching the Olympics, you can’t help but be a little envious of all of the fit and trim bodies you’re watching run, jump, and swim across your screen five to six hours a day. I mean, Ryan Lochte alone makes me want to take up swimming tomorrow—and I abhor getting in the water.

That said, why not turn all of that visual stimulation into action by completing some of the quick exercises (provided in the link above) during the numerous commercial breaks and lulls in competition. Who knows, maybe you can get a gold medal of your own, a figurative one anyhow, for using t.v. time in the most innovative way.

And if the Olympics aren’t your speed, you can still fit any one of these exercises in during your nightly news broadcast as well—no excuses.

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