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So I have completely fallen off the bandwagon. Life gets busy, things happen, and I get back into old routines and habits. Usually the first habit to creep back in is not making the best choices when I am eating. It becomes whatever is fast and easy especially when you have 5 little ones ranging in ages 8 months – 3 years running around the house 5 days a week. NO MORE! Old habits may be hard to break but taking time for myself should be #1 priority.
I have teamed up with Chobani to bring you ways burn 100 calories in a day! There are many ways that you can do this. The choice is yours!
  • Increase your step goal by 100 steps! We are all becoming obsessed (including myself!!) with how many steps a day and it’s becoming more of a competition. My average step goal is between 5000 and 8000 steps a day, which I thing that it is a good average being that I never leave my house during the day and I am running a home daycare. I have made it a point to push myself to get 100 more steps in the evenings before bed. This doesn’t take much time. Right before bed, I usually pace around my home for a few extra minutes
  • If you don’t have a lot of time in the evening just taking 10 mins and jog (in place, if you have to) and that short amount of time of jogging will give you an extra 100 calories burned for the day.
  • If you are a parent, you know that “the days are long but the years are short” — take an extra 25 minutes out of your day, unplug and play with your children. Get outside and take a walk around the neighborhood, talk to them about their day, or if they are younger talk to them about things in nature that you see. Make an obstacle course (inside or outside) and join in the fun with them. Before you know it, the 25 mins will turn into an hour and you and your children are making memories and burning calories all at the same time! #doublewin

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Now I am not a HUGE yogurt fan but I did try the new Chobani 100 crunch before writing out this because I am one who writes about things that I enjoy or agree with. I can say that the blueberry cookie crunch was one that I will be purchasing again. (Side note: brain fog was heavy that day and a picture didn’t get taken!) But I can tell you that it was not only tasty but also a much better choice then some.
Most people believe that yogurt no matter what brand it is. You really need to read ingredient labels because some yogurts have added sugar. aspartame, and other not so good for you things added.
The Chobani Simply 100 line (crunch or not) is all about making healthier choices.

The Chobani Simply 100 line (crunch or not) that you can find here is all about making healthier choices.

So tell me…
How are you burning 100 more calories a day? Have you tried the new Chobani Simply 100 Crunch yogurt? Which one was your favorite?

 

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Mom Life …. Struggles, Milestones and Unconditional Love

Having a baby can change a person over night. There is the excitement of finding out that you are pregnant. The anticipation of meeting your little bundle of joy. The anxiety of “Am I doing this right?”. The unconditional love you have when you first lay eyes on your son or daughter.

Like children, life with children don’t come with an instruction book. Yes, you can read books about what to do but none of them can prepare you for this life. I have been around many different children but it is very different when the child is your own.

I think the biggest struggle  challenge I personally endure (even on a daily basis) is balancing life and understanding that things will get done when they get done. If there are times that Baby P needs more cuddles, more attention or just reassuring that Mama is here; the dishes can wait, laundry will still be there and not vacuuming for a day won’t kill me.

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We have to remember that as a mom our purpose is to love and reassure our children that we are here for them no matter what. We have to teach them the value of patients. We teach them empathy by modeling it towards them. We teach them the value of supporting someone. Children learn what we teach them, both consciously and unconsciously. If we keep telling them, “mommy is busy” they will learn that the laundry is more important.

Take the time to enjoy every moment when they are little because before you know it, there will be broken hearts to fix, disagreements to be had, and friends will come first.

What is/was your biggest challenge as a mother?

Official Diagnosis…Now What?

For awhile now, I’ve felt like something just wasn’t right with my body. I’ve felt like something was being missed but I just wasn’t sure exactly what it was. So Tuesday, I had an appointment with a reproduction specialist and after discussing my concerns and what was going on with me – I officially have a diagnosis…

PCOS 
(Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

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What exactly does that mean? In non-medical terms, I have a hormone imbalance that causes my body to be insulin resistant and gives me other complications such as wacky monthly cycles, a more difficult time losing weight, and the inability to ovulate most months at all.

The doctor prescribed metaformin and also an HSG test in order to see if my tubes are clear, that will have to be done at a later date. Hubby and I are not trying for another sibling for Baby P at this time but I did this to make that if that times comes, I am as normal as I can be. I also want to be able to focus on getting myself healthy.

So now what? Since PCOS is something that I will have to live with for the rest of my life, my main objective is to get to the point that I need to take metaformin for the rest of my life. Because my body is insulin resistant, I will have to limit my carbs and also my sugar intake.

When I first started on this healthy lifestyle journey, all grains in the house were switched out to 100% whole grain so that right there is the first step I can check off! Sweets to me are like kryponite! I have a HUGE sweet tooth, so that will take some TONS of willpower to limit them even more now.

But this is just the start of a journey. I won’t let this define me, I won’t let this control me. This is just something that will make me stronger. Just one more thing that I will overcome!

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And with that…Weigh in Wednesday was no change in either direction. Thank you PCOS!

Changing my mindset

While participating in the Fit for Fall challenges, we have weekly challenges to participate in. This week’s challenge is about changing your mindset. This is something that I have a hard time with some days. It’s easier to just give in to the temptations and some of the not so healthier choices. But it’s time. It’s time to change my mindset!

I’m changing my mindset because –

*my health is worth it!
*I only get one life!
*my daughter is worth it! I want to be able to be a good influence in her life about living a healthy lifestyle.
*I want to change my can’t into cans!

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Why are you or did you change your mind set? Do share!