December 4, 2013 Lisa Druxman
Many of you may not know that my Master's degree is actually in psychology; not exercise science. As a fitness professional of some 20 years, I was always more in awe that we didn't do what we knew we should do. It seemed, our mind was our most powerful muscle.
Do you know we think some 60,000 thoughts per day? And 98% of those thoughts are the same as we thought yesterday! Not much room for originality. So, if your thoughts aren't serving you, then your behaviors probably aren't either. This beautiful quote from Gandhi (I've also seen it credited to LaTse) sums it up...
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
So, if we want to change our destiny, we will need to change our thoughts. And it is actually doable! In fact, the most recent research on neuroplasticity of the brain shows that we can change our brain. Think of a thought as going on a trail. The more we think...more
December 3, 2013 Deena Prichard
To help FIT4MOM members discover the latest tips and trends, resource® Natural Spring Water is teaming up with a group of experts in fashion and beauty, health and wellness, and food and entertaining. resource® is proud to connect with these experts and offer exclusive tips to FIT4MOM fans through the “Moments of Electrolytenment™” online video series.
This month we bring fans of FIT4MOM Bobbie Thomas: Bobbie is a fashion and beauty expert, author of “The Power of Style,” and Style Editor for NBC’s TODAY show. Just like resource, Bobbie is passionate about empowering women to embrace style as a positive form of self-expression.
Please enjoy this video and be sure to check out resource on FB for more exciting expert tips!more
December 2, 2013 FIT4MOM
Have you ever met a person that just radiates happy? That can cheer you up in an instant? That loves her job and legitimately loves her life? Well, these people don't come around all the time but we are lucky enough to have someone like this who works for corporate FIT4MOM: Meet Stephanie. She owned and operated an awesome Stroller Strides franchise in Knoxville, TN. For the past 5 years she has worked as the marketing director and is now the VP of Partnership Development (sound important right!?). We love, love, love Steph and she motivates us all at FIT4MOM headquarters so we knew we should feature her as a motivating mom!!
*Tell us about yourself*
Stephanie Ramirez, 43. I’m a work at home mom to a 6-year-old by and I’m the former owner of the Knoxville FIT4MOM. I've been married to Santiago for 18 years. We traded in our surf boards in San Diego for hiking boots and moved to the hills of East Tennessee to pursue a quieter, more affordable life and to start a family.
*How did you find FIT4MOM?*
My husband was flipping through a 2-year-old copy...more
December 1, 2013 FIT4MOM
Hey Moms!! We would love your help with a project we are working on at FIT4MOM headquarters. We want to know WHY you love/choose/own/participate in/teach/can't get enough of FIT4MOM. Here is what we are looking for:
Shoot a short video explaining WHY you choose FIT4MOM.
* .mov or .m4v
*Don’t wear white
*Kids can be in the video or not, your choice
*30-40 seconds of talking about your "Why"
*No music bed
Frame it so that you are chest up and fill the frame (not a lot of space above your head)
No sunglasses - we want to see your eyes
Try to have a quiet background - be aware of music or loud white noise
Make sure there isn't a bright light behind you - the sun should be behind the camera
Avoid dark lighting
Post on FB and / or Instagram. tag #WHYFIT4MOM
The chosen videos will be part of a national marketing video. Questions? Email email@example.com
November 29, 2013 Farel Hruska
Hello, and welcome to the day after Thanksgiving! How do you feel? If the answer is "Not very good", read on. So many of us tend to resonate on the "all or nothing" concept of self improvement, fitness and general behavior change. Is this you? Here is some really great news that you may not have thought of...
Your BEGINNING can happen anytime and anywhere. You don't have to wait until New Year's Resolutions, or December, or Monday or even an hour from now. Your transformation can happen NOW! You are driving this train of life and the power of its direction and speed is up to you. Why wait? BEGIN. You've got this!more
November 27, 2013 Lisa Druxman
The number one request I get from moms has nothing to do with fitness, nutrition or parenting. The number one request I get is about balance. How do you balance life and motherhood? It may be as elusive diets. In theory they all work. Making it happen in real life is much tougher.
We are living in a fight or flight world. This reaction was fine in the cave days when we encountered a saber tooth tiger. Our adrenaline pumped, heart rates increased and blood went to our extremities so we could run.Then we got to rest in our cave. The problem is that we aren't resting in our cave anymore. We are just living in a high stress, chaotic routine.
Is balance really possible? Maybe we need to re-define this goal. Maybe we should instead focus on cramming our life with what we love most. If balance is what you crave, here are 5 of my tips to living a more balanced life...
#1 Counter Balance
Let's re-define balance. A counter balance may be a better goal. No matter how much you plan, there will be times that motherhood will take over and times when work or life will....more
November 26, 2013 Stephanie Ramirez
Prep Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 1 hr. 15 mins
Makes 8 servings (1 x 9-inch pie)
· 4 cups organic, all-purpose flour
· 1 ½ cups Organic Valley Salted Butter, cut into ½-inch cubes, chilled in freezer at least 15 minutes
· 2/3 cup Organic Valley Whole Milk, cold
· ½ tsp salt
· 1 tbsp sugar
· 2 pounds organic Granny Smith apples (10-11 medium-sized apples or 4 large), peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch thick slices (coat slices with juice of 1 lemon to prevent browning)
· 4 tbsp Organic Valley Salted Butter
· 1 cup sugar
· ¼ cup Disaronno liqueur (optional)
· 2 tbsp cornstarch
· 2 tbsp apple juice
· 1 tsp cinnamon
· 1/8 tsp cardamom
· 1/8 tsp cloves
· 1 tsp vanilla...more
November 25, 2013 FIT4MOM
Happy Monday Moms! Here is another awesome Mom to motivate you to go for it!! (I was going to say "to just do it" but that sounded so Nike, right?!). Lynn is looking good these days, really good!! She is the perfect example of hard work paying off if you commit, which she has. Thank you Lynn for sharing your story!!
*Tell us about yourself*
I am a 35 year old stay at home mom to a 1.5 year old daughter. I was struggling to lose my baby weight and came across a Stroller Strides Living Social Deal in December 2012. I joined Stroller Strides in January 2013 at Tierrasanta and mostly attend there as well as Balboa Park and Lake Murray sometimes. After about 6 months with Stroller Strides I started noticing some people posting about their amazing success with Body Back and still not being 100% satisfied with my post-baby body and shape, I called Michelle at the Kearny Mesa location on the first day of her second session to ask if it was too late to join. She was able to fit me in and I never looked back!
*You look amazing, how much weight did you lose and...more
November 22, 2013 Farel Hruska
"Muffin Top": The over-hanging of the belly just like the top of a muffin sits on its paper casing...lovely, right?
I have never liked this term. I like this question even less because the answer is NOT a simple one. The concept of spot-reduction (losing weight or mass in a particular part of your body) does NOT exist. There are not specific exercises that will target weight loss at the waist. Now, please don't get discouraged because I do have an answer for you, and it's a 3 step approach: cardiovascular training, strength training and...wait for it...Fueling your body with good, clean eating!
The best way to get your workouts in using the combination of cardio and strength is to use an interval approach. Get approx 5 min of cardio (walking, running, biking, etc), then stop and work in some strength (push ups, tricep dips, squats, etc.), then repeat. While you are getting in these interval workouts, be sure you help your body along with clean eating so that you are rewarding your body, not punishing it.
It IS important strengthen and build stability in your...more
November 21, 2013 FIT4MOM
Get ready to be the hero of Thanksgiving! This side dish is off the hook. Seriously. I made it for a group of mom friends and everyone demanded the recipe! Now I cannot wait to make it on Turkey Day. It is super easy and totally healthy, but the flavors are just to die for. Even my hubby who is a real meat-and-potatoes-kinda-guy, loved this vegan recipe!! Thank you to the beautiful Sophia from http://veggiesdontbite.com/ for sharing this recipe!! A few notes: I used chicken broth instead of vegetable bc that's what I had(so wasn't vegan anymore), I cooked my quinoa on my stove, I used roasted/salted pistachios and so I did not roast them with the butternut squash mixture. It kept great and leftovers were a delish lunch the next day!
Fall Quinoa Stuffing
1 medium sized butternut squash
1 cup Brussels sprouts
8 ounces roasted unsalted pistachio nut meats
5 sprigs rosemary
Your favorite oil for roasting and sautéing (or can use extra veggie broth if...