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Tips for maintaining your fitness goals during the holidays

This post was sponsored by Optimum Nutrition as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Fitness Goals During the Holidays

Maintaining Your Fitness Goals During The Holidays

Trying to maintain your fitness goals during the holidays can be a chore. With all the tasty temptations, holiday parties and treats being handed out left and right, it is hard! If you are looking for maintaining your fitness goals during the holidays, you are in luck! I will share a handful of ways to stay on track and not lose your sanity in the process!

Don’t toss out all those fitness goals you have been working so hard for, just because the holidays are approaching. Your goal was to get in shape, eat healthily, and stay fit, right? Well, use these tools below to enjoy the holidays without having to start all over with your fitness goals once the new year rings in.

Tips for maintaining your fitness goals during the holidays 

Make Time

With all the holiday schedules that get packed with parties, family dinners, and such, make sure you pencil in time for you and your fitness. Keep your workouts in the books even if you have to cut down your gym time slightly. Consider ways to exercise at home when you can’t make it to the gym. Classic workouts like jumping jacks, running around the neighborhood, lifting weights with items around your house, etc. Just stay on track with your fitness, so you don’t lose that muscle tone you are working towards.

Have Family Join In

Don’t skip your morning jog because your family is in town. Ask them to come along with you and have some quality time together. You can talk and catch up as you walk around your neighborhood or lift weights at the gym. Plus, having a buddy to workout with will keep you both motivated.

Holiday Protein Snacks

Snacking

Learn to reach for the right kinds of snacks for when you are on-the-go! I love the Optimum Nutrition on-the-go products. I merely stick these little packets in my purse, and when I feel my tummy getting hungry, I just reach in for a protein snack that is delicious and will fuel my body and keep me full. Protein-packed snacks are best, and it will help you resist the holiday desserts. You can find the Optimum Nutrition products at Walmart, for an excellent low everyday price!

Cake Bites to Stay on Track

Allow A Dessert Treat

It is okay to give in to a little treat here and there. This isn’t something you should do for every single meal you have, but once in a great while. Take a small slice of that pumpkin pie or eat a cookie. It is the holidays, and one little treat will not throw you entirely off your course. I have found when you allow yourself to treat to a dessert; it helps you stay on track. Because you allow yourself that wiggle room and then you know it is time to eat right and stay on the wellness goals you had set.

Start Meals With A Salad

Instead of loading up on turkey, ham, and all the fixings, reach for a salad. When you do a nice side salad or bowl of soup, it is a beautiful way to get full faster, without overindulging in the sides. Just make sure the soup is not full of heavy creams, cheese, etc. And be aware of the toppings you put on your salad. Reach for a vinegarette or even olive oil dressing.

Get That Beauty Sleep

Making sure you stay on track and get adequate sleep each night is essential for your health. Not only will it leave you feeling better, alert, and ready to conquer the day, but it can help you make better choices. Having a bad nights sleep or lack of sleep has shown it can lead to over-eating and bad decisions of foods when it comes time to eat.

Smaller Plate

When you go to fix your plate, use a smaller plate. It makes you more aware of your portions, and you don’t have as much space to fill up and over-eat. It is a great way to ask yourself once you finish your plate, “Am I still hungry?”

Cake Bites and Planner

 

What is your go-to way to stay focused on your fitness and wellness needs around the holidays? Leave a comment below.

5 Ways to Unwind and Relax When the Kids Go To Bed

This post is sponsored by MobilityWare but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

ways to relax at the end of the night

Ways to Unwind After the Kids Go To Bed

Have you ever went to get into bed, with the house completely silent, the kids all tucked in, the dished done, and yet your shoulders still feel incredibly tight from carrying the world on them all day?  I have, to many times to count, and it never leads up to a restful night sleep.  I’ve learned over the years that mommy time is incredibly important and finding ways to unwind and relax after the kids go to bed is exactly how I should be spending my evening.

As a work at home mom, I have neglected myself in order to make deadlines.  I have stared at a computer typing away or editing a project until the wee hours of the morning, never stopping to think about how giving myself even just 30 minutes to unwind would improve my wellbeing.  No matter what stage we are at as mothers, or what we do for a living, as moms, we seem to always forget about ourselves.  Once the house is quiet and all the children have asked for their 23rd cup of water and fallen asleep, we don’t start to think about ourselves, we see the dirty dished in the sink, the pile of laundry, the grocery list that needs to be made, and every other chore we feel must be done no matter how tiny it is or how stressful our day was.

I say it’s time to put an end to all that!  Let’s start making a point to add some relaxation to our nightly routine so that we can unwind and prepare mentally to do it all again tomorrow.

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5 Fall Must-Haves for Busy Moms

This post is sponsored by Celestial Seasonings but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Fall Must Haves for Busy Moms

My Favorite Fall Must-Haves

Fall is my favorite season.  The weather starts to cool down, the house smells of apple crisp and pumpkin pie, and the weekends are filled with hayrides and pumpkin patches.  However, the fall season can hit us moms like a brick wall of chaos if we don’t have a plan and take time for ourselves.
With the change of seasons also comes back to school, holiday shopping, fall sports starting back up, decorating, and so much more.  So here are my fall must-haves to keep you going and enjoying all the fall favorites.

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The Best Way to Find a Dentist, The Smile Generation!

Thank you The Smile Generation for sponsoring this post. Contact The Smile Generation today to see how they can help you and your family become healthier and happier!

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The Best Way to Find a Dentist Today

Are you looking for a new dentist for your family? I just went through the process of finding a dentist for myself, which is never easy because of my severe anxiety at dentist offices, and finding a pediatric dentist that was not only patient enough to deal with my children but was also trained to deal with special needs, was important. Thanks to The Smile Generation, I am able to find dentists in my area that I absolutely love! The Smile Generation is a referral service that connects you with trusted, local dentists in your community. There are currently more than 650 (and growing) Smile Generation®-trusted offices across the country.

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How One Company Continues to Make a Difference in Global Public Health!

Thank you Johnson & Johnson for sponsoring this post.

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Johnson & Johnson’s Continued Commitment to Global Public Health

I have talked about my family’s love of Johnson & Johnson countless times on this blog because I love the brand’s products, the company’s history, and what they stand for. Now what I have learned about the impact they have made on Global Public Health makes me love this brand even more! As a mom of a child with chronic health issues, I am constantly thinking about how to keep my family healthy and happy. Knowing the impact Johnson & Johnson has had on public health, as well as knowing that they continue to stay committed to Global Public Health today is something that makes me a loyal consumer.

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