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Some Fit Mama – Being the Best I Can Be!

Why I feel it is important to be a fit and healthy parent.

Being in a state of optimal health is an important foundation for parenting today for many reasons. Primarily, to set an example of leading a healthy life for your children, in order for them to grow into healthy adults, and to be the best person they can be. Children are sponges, and they literally absorb everything around them. That is one of the reasons why I feel that I can be the best Mother to my Son if I am at the greatest level of health and fitness for myself.
I started my blog a few months ago to document my journey on becoming “Some Fit Mama”, but today it has turned into so much more than that. I came to realize how important this is for me as a mother. I want my son to grow up to be strong and healthy, but moreover I want to be right there by his side, in the best of health, to experience all that he goes through. I want to be as fit as I can be to keep up with him right now in his toddler years, where he is non-stop, day in and day out. Since about October, I have taken on an “Eat clean, Train Mean” lifestyle and I have noticed that I am able to finally keep up with him. This is by far one of the best rewards of this new lifestyle. It has made me realize that determination, and a few small changes can do so much.
Another reason why I feel that achieving my goal of being “Some Fit Mama” is important is I feel that through this journey, improving my diet, and working out regularly has helped reduce my stress levels significantly! When you are a busy, working Mom of a child at any age, especially a toddler, it can be very easy to become stressed. Uncontrolled stress can have so many negative effects on your mind and body, but one thing for sure, it slows you down. As a busy mom, you can’t afford to slow down, so finding a way to reduce and manage stress levels is key. For me, a better diet, Eating Clean and Training Mean, made a difference almost immediately. Within two days of cleaning up my diet I noticed that I wasn’t getting stress headaches anymore, and I had a significant increase in energy. I wasn’t getting stressed out over the little things anymore. This alone was enough to drive me to keep with it.
The Importance of being a Fit Mama can mean different things to different people, but for me it is to be the best mother I can be to my son, and to any other children I have. To live a life where the health of my family is the absolute most important thing. To lead by example, and to exude confidence so that all of my family can follow in my footsteps, and be the best that they can be, and live their lives to the fullest.
Here’s to a happy, and healthy New Year!

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2 month update

So I’ve been at this “eat clean, train mean, live lean” way of life for a little over 2 months now, and i have to say i feel GREAT!! I don’t miss sugar at all, i don’t miss the junk food either.
i love eating healthy and clean, and i love finding new recipes to try and way to make old recipes “clean”

I LOVE working our regularly. I have become addicted to the gym lol. I used to have a workout day in the past, and the go many days without, but now I make the time to workout at least 5 times per week. I am so motivated by the changes that are happening in my body that i don’t ever want to give up!
I want to keep going!!

I notice how much more toned and defined my body is getting day by day, more muscle definition. My clothes fit completely differently, I’ve lost 8 lbs!!!

I have also noticed that my cardio endurance has significantly improved. I can run at a faster pace for a longer time.

I’m so happy with the results I’ve been seeing, and I am so happy with how much healthier I feel. I can handle Stress better which is important with you are a mom of a toddler, lol!

Speaking of toddlers…I think my son has noticed the change in me as well…he wants me to play with him ALL the time, beause now, I can actually keep up!! LOL.

It’s a great feeling to be able to build memories with him, and feel great at the same time ūüôā

My #Chobani Review… #nothingbutgood!

Chobani Greek Yogurt – It’s Nothing but Good!!!

So a while back this Greek Yogurt craze got really bit with all us health nuts, and I began my search for the best Greek Yogurt. All the ones I had tries so far were a little¬†too thick or a little too tangy. I started hearing a lot about Chobani¬†in health blogs, forums, etc. but I could not for the life of me find it anywhere. I don’t know if that’s because the grocery¬†stores near me didn’t sell it, or because it was flying off the shelves. I came to realize that it was a bit of both.¬† Only a few stores near me sold Chobani, and those that did…it wouldn’t last on the shelves until my Sunday night grocery run.

So I took matters into my own hands, I contacted the good people at Chobani and explained my situation, and that I wanted to review their yogurt on my blog. They were kind enough to send me a case to try!! Aren’t they amazing???

So last week, I finally received my case of #CHO!!!! So exciting, i was like a kid in a candy store! I could not wait to get home and open the box and finally get to taste what all the hype was about!!!

Oh the beauty when i¬†first opened it up! Even my husband was impressed! The case of yogurt was packed so well in ice to ensure freshness, my husband – who is not a yogurt eater at ALL – gasped and said “this is great”
And finally I had before me, in all it’s glory – my very first case of Chobani Greek Yogurt!

We could not wait to dig in! And yes I said WE…even my husband was excited to try it, and like i¬†said before, he is NOT a yogurt eater, he never really has been.¬† So here are my thoughts on my first time tasting #Chobani

pomegranate

This was the one we tried first…AMAZING!¬†So creamy, it’s hard to believe it’s fat free.¬† Perfectly sweet and¬†tart, this yogurt made my day! My husband, again NOT the yogurt eater, savoured each¬†spoonful. He was in love!¬† Beautiful, silky…this was a little taste of heaven!

black cherry

once we had finished our pom #cho, to my surprise, hubby says “ok, what’s the next flavour” lol. We tried black cherry right away. Again, this was a beautiful silky thick, but not too thick sweet but not too sweet tast of heaven.

Nice big chunks of black cherry, againg the smooth silkiness fo the greek yogurt = perfection!!!

Peach and strawberry

I just want to clairify, two seaparate flavours – peach, and strawberry – (not a peachberry combo) I’m just combining their review.

With these i decided to cook with them rather than eat them on their own. So I made a batch of virtually fat free muffins, and subbed these in place for my regular plain yogurt.

here’s the recipe:

DRY:

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup of ground flax

3 tbsp chia seeds

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

WET:

2 eggs beaten

1 can of crushed oineapple

1 peach Chobani greek yogurt

1 Strawberry Chobai Greek yogurt

1/2 cup applesauce

frozen bluberries

Mix Wet ingredients into dry spoon out into muffin tray and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.

So all in all i am so happy the great people of Chobani were able to send me a case of their yogurt to try, now im hooked on nothing but good, and hope to be able to fine these in my local grocery stores…I may have to change my grocery day to align with their delivery days!!!

Eat Clean, Train Mean, Sleep Hard

Rest. Often put on the back burner, Rest is something we all need just as much Eating Clean and Training Mean. 

I try to push my self everyday do do a little more, to eat a little better than the day before, to drink more water, to train hard, but I often neglect my sleep. Being a busy, working mom, it’s so easy to forget about sleep because – lets face it – there isn’t enough time to get everything done.

Last night, my body decided to teach me a lesson. I did everything as i normally do, left work, picked up the boy from school, hubby made dinner…but through all of it I was just feeling so low energy. My husband and I took my son for a walk like we usually do, and I put him to bed when we got home. And…then I CRASHED!

I could not get going again after I put my son to bed.

I tried to relax, tried to tell myself : “5 minutes of rest and then we can workout”. I told myself: “OK we can skip the workout today, lets clean the kitchen instead”. Nope nothing worked. I fell asleep and was not able to wake up and get going until 5:00 this morning!

I realized I need to listen to my body. The crash i had was my body forcing me to take it easy, to take a break. I also realized this morning that I felt GREAT! I feel on top of the world. I feel like my muscles have recovered from my previous workouts this week. I feel refreshed and energized. My body needed this and I needed to listen.

We fail to realize that sleep, and getting enough rest is an integral part of and fitness plan. The body needs time to recoup. The muscles are pushed so hard when we train, that they need their recovery time. Cells need time to regenerate, and do the tissues in our body. Our mind needs the rest and relaxation. We need.to.slow.down.

It’s hard sometimes, especially as working parents, with so many things going on – but listen to your body. When it’s telling you to take it easy – listen and take it easy!

The Importance of Being a Fit Mama

What it means to be Some FIT MAMA!!!

Being a mother is one thing that is entirely in it’s own universe. There are so many life joys that come from being a mom, that life before kids just doesn’t seem to hold a candle to life as a MOM. That’s my take on it, others may not see motherhood that way, but I do. Now add being a FIT mom into the mix, and things get kicked up a few notches.

I feel that since I have started my fitness journey, my road to being Some FIT Mama, I have gained a further appreciation for motherhood. I kind of see things a little differently. I’ve stopped to smell the roses I guess, I think I’m just appreciating everything in my life a little more than I used to.

To me, the benefits of being a Fit Mama are endless, but some of the most considerable ones are:

INCREASED ENDURANCE:

  • I can actually play with my son, on his level, on his terms. I’m no longer sitting on the sidelines watching him play, I am right there playing with him. Whether he’s colouring, or running around, wanting to play hide and seek, I can go along with him. This feels good. I’m building memories for both of us, all of us actually, my husband watches and wants to join in too. The delight on my son’s face is just priceless.
  • I can keep up with him, in the past part of the reason i¬†didn’t run around with him was because i couldn’t. It is truly a great feeling to be able to keep up.
  • The increases energy and endurance I have from my workout’s help me in multi-tasking. We all know that parents have to be great multi¬†taskers. As a working Mom, I feel like I have a million and one things going on at once, and I feel like I am now getting all of those things under control.

SETTING A POSITIVE EXAMPLE

  • Children learn by example, and I feel that setting a positive, healthy example for your children to follow is one of the best things for them
  • by watching us, and bu only having healthy foods in the house, my 2 year old¬†actually prefers tomatoes and cucumbers to other snacks. He just loves tomatoes!
  • He adores being active, not the kind of kid that just sits down and watches TV. He’s always into something, that’s why I’m so grateful for my increased energy levels.

CONFIDENCE

  • I believe that increased confidence radiates on to those around you, especially little ones.
  • I honestly feel that children are more well adjusted when both parents exude confidence in everything that they do.
  • becoming¬†more fit, and feeling better about myself has increased my confidence levels like crazy, and it’s not all just about how i look. I have more confidence in what I am able to tackle as well. I feel like I can handle anything.

and most of all

IMPROVED HEALTH

  • I like knowing that by Eating Clean, and training mean I am improving my health
  • I like knowing that this means I will more likely be generally well for my family, and hopefully lead a healthier life, and a longer life – which means I won’t be a burden on my children in my old age. This is something that is of great importance to me.

So these are what I feel are some of the greates benefits of being a fit mama! These points are things that have always been important to me when I’ve thought about what type of mother I want to be. I guess it all boils down to being the most positive influence I can be for my son, to help him become the best person he can be!!

ch-ch-cha chia seeds! Why eat Chia seeds?

I am constantly researching things to do to keep my health at optimal levels, looking for things to incorporate into my diet to aid in weight loss, things that will help me stay full between meals.

In my recent reseach, I’ve come across Chia Seeds. Chia Seeds, you ask? Like the ones that go one the Chia pet that was so popular about 20 years ago? Yes…the same kind of thing. Except these you can eat!

Chia seeds are tiny little black seeds that are from the mint family. They are tiny but JAM packed with nutrients!

  • chia seeds are a complete protein¬†as they contain all 8 essential amino acids
  • they are very high in dietary fiber…so great for digestion (but make sure you up your water intake when¬†eating them)
  • chia seeds are gluten free!
  • Chia has 8 times more Omega 3 than Salmon, and they¬†contain 20% Omega 3 ALA…so they are heart healty!
  • Chia Seeds contain more Calcium that milk, in proportion to thier tiny size
  • they have 3 times more iron than spinach
  • they are highin Vitamin C
  • chia Seeds are high in Magnesium & potassium
  • Chia Seeds, when consumed, have a very positive effect on balancing blood sugar levels, so great for diabetics, but also aid in not¬†crashing from hunger

Consuming Chia Seeds can be as simple as putting 1tbsp in water after breakfast to keep you full and help stave off hunger pangs before your morning coffee break. But, you can also use Chia Seeds in many different ways since they are virtually flavourless.

Add them to oatmeal, muffins, protein shakes, puddings, quinoa, just about anything really!

How do Chia seeds keep you full? Well in addition to their high fiber content, When soaked in water Chia Seeds develop a jelly like coating kind of resembles tapioca pearls. This beautiful trait of the Chia Seeds is what keeps you belly full, and help to fight off hunger between meals!!

Pretty cool, eh? I was amazed when¬†was doing my research and read about what they do. I went out last night and bought a container from the health food store and tried them for the first time this morning.¬† I added a tablespoon in my protein shake, and honestly, I made it to my morning coffee break (which I ended up taking late b/c¬†I actually forgot about it) I was that full that I actually FORGOT about my morning coffee break!!!!¬† This thing is amazing! I am going to try it in a muffin recipe tonight!! can’t wait!

Below is a picture of what chia seeds look like raw and unsoaked:

Happy Halloween – Pumpkins are not just for carving!

Happy Halloween!

In the spirit of the day…Let’s talk PUMPKINS!

Pumpkins aren’t just for carving my friends!, They come with many health benfits…and can be cooked in a variety of ways.

Pumpkins are a fabulous¬†source of nutrients, and are naturally low in calories. For example, 1 cup of raw pumpkin is only 30 cals!!!! Raw¬†pumpkin is naturally fat free, and a great source of dietary fibre, as well as high in Vitamins A, B6, C, and E. it is high in Magnesium, Iron and many other “good for you” nutrients.

Some benefits: Beta Carotene can help reduce night blindness, and Magnesium is great for strong teeth and bones, and it prevents abnormal blood clotting.

Pumpkin seeds are great too! They’re a good source of protein and make a great snack to help fight off hunger…snack on a few today – or better yet, sprinkle some on top of your salad.

Here’s a great recipe for pumpkin soup that I love in this season:

1tbs EVOO (extra virgin olive oil

2 orange bell peppers, diced

1 large onion, diced

2 medium carrots, peeled and diced

1/2 tsp cumin

5 cups low sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)

2 cups of pumpkin puree

salt & pepper

In a large pot, or dutch oven, heat oil and add onions, sautee untill tender. Add peppers, carrots and spices, and sautee untill tender. Add brot, bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Blend your wonderful creation until smooth, and then add the pumpkin puree. Keep on low heat and cook for another 10 minutes.

ENJOY!!

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