Blog

blog.jpg

Blog

We believe in building community.

Subscribe to our Blog:

wheel-of-life.jpg

As moms, it's easy to feel off balance. We tend to put so much energy in to parenting that all other parts our life are neglected. That can lead to stress and anxiety. For instance, you can't ignore your finance or personal relationships without there being some repercussions. Zig Ziglar's Wheel of Life is a great tool to get a big picture view of your life to see where you need more balance.

Take a look at the different areas of your life from finance to romance and rate them 1 - 10 (10 being highest satisfaction). The ideal would be to have a large circle. Chances are your life looks something more of a jagged shape. Which low scoring area causes some angst in your gut? Create a plan to put some energy in to raising that score.

Time is the best solution. Carve out a bit of time to learn, plan or play depending on where your life needs it.

Our lives change through the years. Maybe you are ok with a little less fun and a little more financial stability. Make it a choice. It's your life!

more
Sandbell Tuck.PNG

Using Sand-Bells, (or paper/plastic plates or frisbees or a small towel on a smooth surface or...you get the idea!) and get into a plank position. Draw in both feet diagonally toward your elbows into a tuck. Feel your core light up with every rep!

more
Tracy_BR_J_10172013.jpg

I remember trying to get the real scoop on parenting, good and bad, before I had a baby. "It's hard," new parents would say, and then quickly paper over that tiny admission. "Of course I wouldn't trade it for anything!"

It sounded suspicious to me. Even so, once I had a baby, I followed suit:

Pregnant friends came to visit our newborn. We were ragged with sleep deprivation, scared because our baby wasn't gaining weight, and uncertain of our every move. Our friends smiled at our beautiful baby. "You must be so thrilled!" they said. Umm ...

We smiled and nodded. Maybe we're the only ones struggling like this, I thought. Better not to rain on their parade.

Another time, asked what my day as a stay-at-home mom is like, I just gave the good stuff. "That sounds nice," my friend said. "It is," I said.

I did not say: "Seeing my baby smile, I feel these surges of joy. That's pretty cool. Yesterday, though, my baby had this huge blowout poop just as we were heading out the door. I mean, all over her clothes, on my shirt. So gross. I'd felt trapped in the house...

more
korean-chickpeas-carrots-potaoes-34e.jpg

A delicious and healthy Korean dish gone vegan. So flavorful and tasty, you don’t want to skip this one!

Recipe adapted to be vegan from MJ and Hungryman

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups dried chickpeas (soaked overnight in warm water and 1 teaspoon baking soda)
  • 4 red potatoes
  • 7 carrots
  • 1 sweet onion
  • cooked quinoa (amount depends on how many you are serving as I like to make my quinoa fresh and this recipe makes a lot)

Sauce:

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon miso (I used chickpea miso or you can use mellow white miso)
  • 5 tablespoons...
more
happy half year.png

Happy Half Year! Well, it's actually almost 7 months in to 2015. Amazing right? So, how are those resolutions going? If you're on track, please share how you are doing it. For many, we find ourselves off track, or maybe we forgot what we set out to do. Not a surprise. Most of us try to do too much, too hard, too fast. Our intentions are good but we are so busy it's hard to make time for new growth. Success comes from focusing in on what you want and moving towards it a little at a time. Success does not come from a quantum leap but instead from baby steps made every day.

We are not overweight from one giant meal. It is the culmination of small choices made every single day that contribute to obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and the such. But those small choices can work in your favor too.

Stop trying to make a dramatic change. Just make a slight choice better from the day before. Every time you have a decision to make, ask yourself how you can better it by one degree. If you were to improve just .003 (3/10th of 1%) per day, you would improve 100% in one...

more
IMG_4619.jpg

Check out this new compound exercise from FIT4MOM and add it into your next workout! You will gain strength in both lower body AND back...keep the majority of your movements small and concentrated. It's a great one!

more
DisconnecttoReconnect.png

I am just coming back to work after unplugging for 3 weeks. YES, three weeks of no email and no social media. Crazy I know! I have had so many people say that they wish they could do that. Or that they could never do that. Yes, you can! And yes you should! So, I thought I would share with you what I experienced...

I have been connected so to speak for as long as I can remember. I started FIT4MOM 14 years ago this August and I have been attached to a computer and social media ever since. Actually believe it or not, social media didn’t exist back then. But now, present day, I am always connected. I answer hundreds of emails per day, am constantly checking skype, facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and the list goes on. But I’m someone who believes in the power of quiet. I study the brain and know how all of these pings stress our brain.

One of the things I did during my unplugged time was read. I read a smutty book which shall remain nameless. But I also read a book on the topic of information overload called The Organized Mind by Daniel Levitin.

In an era of...

more
Red-White-Blue-berry-Summer-Salad-Blog-Cover1.png

Ingredients:

2 lb. strawberries

12 oz. blueberries

2 large Jicama

1 red onion

1 bundle fresh mint

1 bundle fresh cilantro

1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice

salt, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Wash all of your fresh ingredients (strawberries, blueberries, jicama, mint, and cilantro) with Eat Cleaner Fruit & Vegetable Wash.
  2. Chop strawberries and jicama into small, bite-sized cubes and place into large mixing bowl.
  3. Chop fresh mint, cilantro, and red onion then add to strawberry and jicama mixture. Add blueberries at the end.
  4. Squeeze lime juice and add salt, to...
more
IMG_4055 (2).JPG

Tell us about yourself

I'm Lori Drake. I have been married to my husband, Lance for almost 6 years. We have Ryder, our dog (7), Lincoln (4), and our baby girl sawyer (2). I love to travel and experience new places! I'm a big fan of reading. I really enjoy cooking as I find it relaxing, but I do enjoy dinner out as well. Family and friends are a big part of my life and enjoy getting to spend time with them.

Share where you are in your fitness journey

I have worked out off and on throughout my life, but it wasn't until I had my first that working out became a necessity. I wanted to get back in shape because I left all over the place with my body and emotions. I struggle with depression so I knew that working out would help! That's when I found Stroller Strides and fell In love! I started Strides almost 4 years ago this fall and got certified to teach in January 2011 I have been teaching for 3 1/2 years Strides& Barre. This opportunity opensed up a passion I didn't know I had!

...

more
mmp compilation.png

A Special Compilation of Motivating Mom Podcasts that talks about -getting out of overwhelm, increasing your productivity, improving organization and enjoying love, motherhood and the fruits of your business.

Mommy Meditation

How To Get Inspired

The Impact Of Yes and No On Your Happiness

Love Your Space

Moms In Business

Getting Out Of A Funk

Lean Out

...

more
Banana Cookie pic.PNG

Here's a delicious way to enjoy your banana. Pack it for your your kids for that summer picnic or have it on the go, and enjoy chewy and chunky goodness in every bite.

more
wendy 2.jpg

Tell us about yourself

Hi,I’m Wendy and I love FIT4MOM! I turned 26 in April and have two loving and energetic boys, Jadiel (5) and Nico (2). I’m a SAHM and the owner of FIT4MOM Southwest Plano, TX. I currently teach Stroller Strides and working on adding Body Back in the future. My hobbies include dancing, homeschooling my 5yr old and of course, exercise.

Share where you are in your fitness journey

My fitness journey began last October, when I joined Body Back. This program is what reignited my passion for fitness. While in high school I was a runner, but as time progressed and I had children , asthma reappeared and "took" fitness away from me. Last fall, after Body Back, I realized that something was missing in my life, taking time to care for myself. I made a firm decision to never let go of fitness again, and beat the odds against me. Every day I resolved to 30 min HITT workouts with 12 floors of stair climbing and my results, complete transformation! I lost 45 lbs in 6 months! My new fitness challenge on my list is...

more
f4m ashburn.jpg

Check out some of these "Before & After" photos from our first session !!!

In Feature - FIT4MOM Ashburn

Facebook Page - Fit4Mom Ashburn

more
4.png

Recipe Serves: 4

Ingredients:

5 Yellow Squash, washed with Eat Cleaner Fruit & Vegetable Wash

4 Garlic Cloves, minced

2 Tablespoons Green Onion, minced

1 Tablespoon Raw Coconut Oil

1lb. Baby Scallops

1/2 Cup, Cremini or Fancy Mushrooms, washed with Eat Cleaner Fruit & Vegetable Wash and chopped

1/2 Cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth

1 Cup Chopped Tomatoes

Pine Nuts

Asiago Cheese

Salt

Pepper

Paprika

  1. Spiralize 5 yellow squash with a handheld spiralizer (I got mine off Amazon for $10!!)
  2. Sauté 4 cloves minced garlic and 2 tablespoons minced green onion in 1 tablespoon raw coconut oil
  3. Add 1 lb baby scallops, 1/2 cup chopped Cremini or fancy mushrooms and sauté for another 5 min
  4. Add 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth and reduce to low until sauce thickens
  5. Add tomatoes and squoodles to pan and simmer together for 3-4 min.
  6. Season with sea...
more
tanya.jpg

I don't usually share my fitness and health journeys. I find that I am usually celebrating everyone else's. Well, now I'm sharing my journey with you.

When I became pregnant with Violeta back in 2011 I was in very good shape. I had just finished STP (a bike ride from Seattle to Portland--roughly 210 miles) and a half marathon. I was in great shape and probably in the best shape of my life. During that pregnancy I felt terrible during my first trimester with morning sickness and overwhelming fatigue. I craved carbs-mashed potatoes, bread and macaroni and cheese were a staple for me. I quit working out because I didn't feel good and was too tired. I noticed that I lost a lot of muscle mass and gained more weight than I thought I ever could at one time.

I kept up the lack of exercise and eating well throughout my pregnancy. I was a Physical Therapist Assistant! I "lifted" people at work! Wasn't that enough? NO. I was just doing my normal day to day activities. When you do that your body doesn't truly get a workout. Doing the same thing every day causes your body to adapt...

more
b09a04b625add43c9472b15fe2723838-53821559090565ba5cf5b9650d489805.jpg

I recently polled our mamas in our prenatal fitness class, Fit4Baby, on what they think they needed to pack for the hospital. Here is what we came up with!

1. Comfy Clothes and toiletries: pajamas (gowns may be a better option especially if you have a c-section for less pressure on your incision site), slippers/flip flops, nursing bra and a robe.

*Pre-pregnancy clothes will likely not fit right after baby so bring something comfy for your ride home.

2. Your own pillow from home to increase your comfort. Let's face it hospital beds and hospital pillows are never as nice as what we are used to having at home.

3. A nursing pillow to increase your comfort while feeding baby. We have liked the Boppee and My Breast Friend.

4. Music. One of our moms made the mistake of forgetting music when her baby was born and was stuck listening to her husbands music. He had Nine Inch Nails. That may work for some people, but be prepared with your...

more

Copyright Notice

You may NOT use the contents of this site for any purposes without explicit permission from FIT4MOM. Commercial purposes includes blogs with ads and income generating features, and/or blogs or sites using feed content as a replacement for original content. Full content usage is not permitted.

Disclosure Statements

This blog is a blog written and edited by Lisa Druxman and FIT4MOM. For questions about this blog, please contact us at blog at fit4mom.com.

This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. We believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. The compensation received may influence the advertising content, topics or posts made in this blog. That content, advertising space or post will be clearly identified with the sponsor name.

The owner(s) of this blog is compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this blog receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers' own.

Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.