Mommy Monday

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Last Thursday, Huff the Tot was running a slight temperature and not really acting like herself. After some encouragement from my mom to take her to the doctor (okay, she basically told me to; but I’m glad I listened because…) we had her tested for the flu. Guess what?

Flu A. 

Yep.

My reaction:

panic

 

Thankfully, it hasn’t been *too* bad. She seems to only have the coughing/fever part of the flu which is great. But still, Huff the Hubs and I haven’t gotten a whole lot of sleep and I’m so scared that we’re going to get it. So I’m a wee stressed.

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I wish I was one of those people that did NOT eat when they were stressed. But I’m not. When I’m stressed, I like to eat everything in sight. And, to be honest, I was even doing this for a few days before she got sick. I kept seeing how many folks at the Mother’s Day Out program were getting the flu/had little ones with the flu and I was legit panicked. Like, “eating-all-the-kid’s-leftover-Christmas-candy” panicked.

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Soooooo…..yeah, my New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier and get back into shape has sort of fallen by the wayside. And, statistically speaking, I’m sure a lot of you have let your resolutions go too–whether it be to lose weight, get better sleep, or save money. Research shows that most resolutions lose their steam by February. But that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost! You can still get back on track–and so can I! I’ve rounded up some great tips to help you (and me!) reach those goals!

 

Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself

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I’m really bad about this. I beat myself up whenever I have the slightest hiccup in getting to my goals, whether it be through my own choices or circumstances. I fixate on the fact that I screwed up and start to get into a pit of melancholy. Sigh. Instead of saying, “Ugh! I can’t believe you did this! You’re never going to achieve {insert goal here} because you’re worthless!” tell yourself: “Hey, its okay. Let’s pick ourselves up and do better next time.” Or, you can just watch this scene from Batman Begins to help you.

 

If You’re Not Seeing Any Progress, Maybe Its Time to Reassess Your Goal

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Maybe your goal of saving $300 a month isn’t working because you don’t have a set budget. Or maybe your goal of working out five days a week isn’t feasible because of other things going on in your life right now. Some of you may say, “Well, if its REALLY important to you, you’ll MAKE time.” And while that is true, you’ve also go to look at facts. If you’re on a tight budget as it is, don’t make yourself sick by setting an enormous goal amount of money to save. Start small and slowly build over time, then find the amount that works for you without making you eat canned chili for dinner every night. The same goes for working out. Instead of saying you’re going to workout for an hour every single day, shoot for 20 minutes, 2-3 times a week and build on that over time.

 

Think About Why You Made These Goals in The First Place

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Why did you want to start waking up earlier? So you could get more done before the kids woke up? Why did you want to start eating healthier? So you could be around longer for your family? Why did you want to save money? So you could take that big trip you’ve always wanted? Think about the reasons behind your goals and let that motivate you!

 

Get Started

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Like Nike says, “Just do it!” No matter how hard it is, just put one foot in front of the other and move. Keep that $5 and put in a jar on your dresser. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Eat an apple instead of that doughnut. Just make it happen! I know it can sometimes be hard to begin, which leads me to my next tip…

 

Get an Accountability Partner

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I know its a lot easier for me to make excuses to not do something when I’m the only person dependent on it. But, when I know someone else is expecting me to show up, its a lot harder for me to flake. So when I made a running goal, I enlisted my sister (and vice versa). It was a lot tougher for me to say, “I don’t want to run” to her than to myself. And, nine times out of ten, she would say, “Too bad. Get up. Let’s go.” (ha!)

 

There’s An App For That

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Want to drink more water? Try Plant Buddy! Need help stressing less? Maybe Pacifica could be helpful! Need guidance with workouts? 7 FIT gives short, concise workouts you can do anywhere! Want a better night’s rest? Sleep Cycle can help you count some zzz’s! There is pretty much an app for any goal you can think of–just peruse the app store and you’ll see!

 

Do you have any tips that have helped you get back on track? Share in the comments below!

 

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Happy first Monday in March, people!

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? It is! My assumption is that whoever decided it was NNM thought, “Well, we’re three months in to the new year so most people have probably forgot about their resolutions and eaten a crap-ton of candy. What can we do to make people want to be healthy? Ah yes! National Nutrition Month!”

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If you’ve fallen off of your resolution bandwagon or are just looking for ways to get healthy (and want an actual healthy way to do it) I’ve got some great ideas for you!

 

First, let me tell you a little bit about what I’ve done and what worked for me. After a horrendously bad breakup in 2006, I put on 35+ pounds. I finally realized I needed to do something when I tried on a pair of the largest size of jeans I could find in the junior’s section and they didn’t fit. I literally sat on the dressing room floor and cried. It was bad.

 

So I did what we all do when we don’t know what to do: I Googled.

 

Between that and consulting my family, we started doing Body For Life. It was a super simple way to eat healthy. All we had to do was make sure we had a lean protein, a whole grain, and a green veggie at every meal. We also worked out 3-5 times a week. In 4 months, I lost 40lbs. My mom lost 20lbs and my dad lost 25lbs! Not only that, but we were healthy. We felt better, we had more energy, we slept better, and we generally happier people. We also didn’t get sick as often.

 

Eating healthy really isn’t that difficult. There are so many resources out there! I use an app on my phone (Sparkpeople) to track what I eat. This way, I can keep tabs on my caloric intake, while also seeing if I’ve drunk enough water for the day. (Hydration is important. Many times, people confuse hunger with dehydration!)

 

Another resource I use is Hungry Girl! She’s got yummy, low-calorie recipes and even recipe swaps for our favorite fast food! And of course, there’s always Pinterest! You can find LOTS of healthy recipes while you’re pinning eCards!

 

If you want to make a change in celebration of National Nutrition Month, I’ve got some easy, simple ideas for you:

~Switch white pasta for whole wheat pasta (unless you have a wheat allergy, of course!)

~Use 2% or Fat Free cheeses

~Ease down to skim milk (My family and I used to drink whole milk. We slowly got down to skim though. A few months we’d drink 2%, and then we drank 1%, and eventually skim! Now we drink fat free organic milk and it’s so yummy!)

~Swap chicken tenderloins for chicken breast (and go organic if you can find it!)

~Add a green veggie to every meal (Yes, broccoli can be good! Steam some up in these bags, sprinkle with some Mrs. Dash and you’re good to go!)

~For every soda you drink, make an effort to drink two glasses of water. It’ll help keep you hydrated and may even help you knock down your soda intake!

 

It can be tough to completely overhaul your eating habits in one night. That’s why I was so scared to start; I was afraid I was going to have to give up everything I loved and eat cardboard for the rest of my life. But it’s not true! Small changes REALLY add up. The first month I tried all of this, I lost 10lbs. Seriously.

 

Just try it out this month, I guarantee you won’t be sorry!