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No Weakness Weekend

How to keep the weekend from getting in the way of your health and fitness goals. It IS possible!!

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The Fit Mom’s Thanksgiving Approach

Planning ahead this holiday season is going to be the key to my success.  Thinking about potential pitfalls, I’ve developed a framework to insure minimal setbacks this holiday season. I’ve seen a lot of holiday survival posts for people who get stressed out over the holidays about spending time with annoying family members. I’m the opposite: I love my family, I love spending a few days together over a holiday weekend… That said, we have too much fun: about drinking and eating in particular. I guess I get so relaxed and feel like I’m “at home” I tend to let it all hang out (literally and figuratively). Not this year!! Thanksgiving food is not my jam. Luckily, I’ve never been a huge fan of the heavy rich + sweet flavors accompanied by days and days of thanksgiving leftovers. This usually surprises my friends who know that I love to cook (so how could I not love a holiday centered around cooking?), I love Autumn (so why don’t I get all excited about candied yams and …

A Guide to Philadelphia Foodie Finds for the Fit Mom

Being constantly out and about Philadelphia with my two kiddos has allowed me to sample some of the culinary delights of the city’s many kid spots. Lately, I’ve been finding a few gems  on the kid circuit and took a moment to reflect on some of the highlights and pitfalls of staying for lunch while out. I share with you my first in a series of posts on fit mom foodie finds (of the Greater Philadelphia area). One of my cardinal rules when out and about with my munchkins has always been to have food for them. It may have been a natural progression from breastfeeding days when snacks were available on demand or the toddler days when I needed Puffs or Cheerios to quiet them down. The habit has served me well when we pass the soft pretzel guy and Tyler decides he’s starving and I have a semi nutritious option for him (and of course I never have cash on me so soft pretzel guy wouldn’t even be an option). But I’m able …

Fit Mom, Fabulous Snacks

Graze, the weekly snack delivery service, is the perfect way for the busy fit Mom to keep a variety of fabulous emergency snacks on hand to grab and go.  My first delivery (last week) gave me the Christmas morning goonies from the packaging to the selection. Here’s a sneak peek. A few weeks ago, a co-worker showed me his Graze delivery  and I was immediately hooked. The packaging was simple and fabulous. The four snacks in the box were neatly individually packed and consisted of super creative combos without being weird. I immediately took his referral code and logged into the Graze website. I learned that by using his referral code I would get my 1st and 5th box free. Score! The individual boxes were a modest $6.99 including delivery. About the price of a yogurt but way more exciting per snack. I checked out the selection so I could deselect anything I didn’t want. The only thing I am not a huge fan of is walnuts so I searched “walnuts” and then indicated “trash” …

Yoga was my Gateway to Fitness

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. –Lao Tzu While in my 20s, I tried yoga a couple of times. It drove me crazy. The breathing, the laying there, the sort of doing something physical but not getting sweaty. I felt like if I was going to take the time to put on athletic gear I might as well sweat. Fast forward September 2013. At the time I had been working out routinely twice a week (cardio step and body pump). I felt like if I could squeeze one more workout in per week I’d be at an every other day schedule and would maybe break plateau. Being in my 40s, I was feeling a lot of aches and pains in new places and thought the yoga might stretch me out a little bit.  And, I was super stressed-out between work and kids. Not only did I need a little Saturday morning time out of the house, I needed a way to de-stress. I had tried to do some mindfulness/breathing and …

911 Emergency Snacks

Before I made an active decision to be fit for life, being out and about, busy, short on time, out with the kids, or at home with the kids would be an excuse to make poor decisions that would take me off plan. Going off plan didn’t usually mean for that one unhealthy decision though, it would mean being off plan for the rest of that day, weekend or week. Staying fit in my kitchen and out of it meant that I needed to “think fit” for every meal, snack and situation. This meant being prepared with emergency snacks that would not only be there for me when I needed them but also satisfied whatever temptation I may face ahead of me during the emergency.  The requirements of these ESs would be to be yummy enough that I would actually want to eat it over, say, a bag of chips at the soccer field, but not so good that I am able to keep it around and not be so excited about it that I binge …

Protein is the Fit Mamma’s Best Friend

In all the years I spent dieting on weight watchers and counting points and calories, there was a little gem of knowledge I was missing from the calculation. Protein fills you up. Aside from the other benefits of lean protein (building muscle etc) the appetite suppression is a huge deal if you’re trying to lose weight.  Think about days when you feel like you’ve been eating all day but never quite satisfied. Those days for me used to happen when my protein was lacking. I might have a giant bowl of steel cut oatmeal but if it was made with almond milk (lower in calories but also lower in protein) how was I possibly starving by 10am? Protein. Or those days when I’d have three 100-calorie packs in the afternoon and still be hungry. That’s right, no protein. When I met with my nutritionist I couldn’t believe she was telling me to eat MORE and eat things that I like: eggs, nuts, cheese, yogurt, hummus!  She mentioned that a meal (or snack) without protein was …