Healthy No-Bake Brownie Bites

Healthy No-Bake Brownie Bites

This week, the boys and I made Healthy No-Bake Brownie Bites using chocolate Shakeology. Back in my younger days, I used to be quite the baker. Not that I was especially skilled at baking or anything, but I did it very frequently. We always had cookies, brownies, cakes, or a fresh loaf of bread coming out of the oven. When we had to cut gluten and dairy from our diets, the baking stopped. I had attempted some gluten and dairy…

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Streamlining Your Home Workouts

Streamlining Your Home Workouts

Workout classes at the gym are great because they take all of the guesswork out of exercising. You don’t have to plan or think about it, you just show up and follow the instructors directions. Unfortunately, the realities of finding the class you want in the timeframe that works for you can become one more obstacle standing between you and your fitness goals. In fact, getting to the gym at all can be a huge issue when you have children!…

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5 Reasons to Strengthen Your Core 

5 Reasons to Strengthen Your Core 

As a mom of 5 boys, I know how important it is to keep your core strong. After my second little guy, I had tremendous back pain!  Luckily, at the time I had a great chiropractor who realized that my transverse abdominus muscles were not firing. I got a referral for physical therapy and learned a ton about the all of the muscles that make up your core and the various roles that they play.  This knowledge came in handy…

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Diet Adaptations

Diet Adaptations

It is often said that the best workout program for you is the one you will actually do!  Meaning, it doesn’t matter how well that weight lifting program worked for those other people or how much weight so-and-so lost doing Zumba. If it isn’t something you enjoy and something you will stick out, then it will never work for you.  The same needs to be said about your diet! In the past several years, I have learned a lot about the…

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Stronger Inside and Out

Stronger Inside and Out

Transformation Tuesday – this is a time I like to share a bit about my personal struggles and how I work to overcome them. I do this because I KNOW there are others out there who suffer in silence and try struggle. I want to make it known that I understand you and that I am here to support you in any way that I can.  These pics were taken two years apart. The photo on the left was taken…

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Connection

Connection

To be with small children all day is to know how it feels to be both smothered and lonely simultaneously.  It can leave you feeling isolated in the middle of a very noisy and chaotic room. It can also leave you feeling burnt out and overwhelmed in a very quiet and calm room.  Every day you are confronted by the reality that your sense of peace or connectedness comes from within you; it is not based on your surroundings. This can…

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Put your goals out there

Put your goals out there

Experts say that if you want to reach your goals, you need to write them down. There is something about putting your goals in writing that makes you more inclined to achieve them. Possibly because you are more inclined to believe in them when you see them in writing. But to take it a step beyond that, you should share your goal with someone else who can help hold you accountable.   So, here it is! I just purchased my…

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Striving for Growth
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