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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!!

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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:

Morning Belly Blasting workout

start your day off with these belly blasting moves and see the difference!

10 sit-ups

10 V-sits

10 crunches

20 reverse crunches

20 scissor kicks

1 minute plank hold.

repeat until you can’t 😉

A new week, are you up for the challenge?

Mondays have always been like a blank slate for me…however this week, I’m pleased to say I don’t really need it!

Happy Monday!

 

I had a great weekend, worked out, spent quality time with my son, and ATE CLEAN!

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately on what exactly “eating clean” is.

In the Simplest form, “eating clean” is eating only what nature provides, eliminating anything processed from your diet. Basically, consuming foods at hat are whole, natural, and unprocessed, and made with no artificial ingredients, or preservatives.

 

For example, incorporating in your diet, whole grains, such as whole grain breads instead of white bread, brown rice instead of white, grains such as quinoa, amaranth, steel cut oats, whole fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, lean meats, and fish, etc.

 

I try, and lately have been succeeding, to incorporate the “clean eating” lifestyle at every meal. If it didn’t come from nature, and doesn’t look the way it did in it’s natural form, I don’t eat it.

Now there is one small exception to this, and that is because I weight train frequently. The exception is protein powder. But, I have found a protein powder that works with my clean eating plan, has 30g of protein per serving, and doesn’t have too many unnatural ingredients.

 

So…now that I have shed some light on clean eating, are you up for the challenge?

 

Start day by day, eliminate something processed in your diet, and replace it with something whole.

 

WARNING: Clean eating may result in higher energy, glowing skin, and a better body! 😉

I MADE IT!

WOW! I made it through the week! After a hectic week, horrible traffic, 2 year old tantrums, I seriously thought I would crash before making it to FRIDAY!!!!

This week, I’m proud to say that I accomplished all of my goals.

I ate clean for EVERY meal this week!!! yay!

I worked out 4 times so far, and at quite a great intensity.

and today by the end of the work week…I fit into a shirt that I haven’t been able to wear in 7 months!!!!! woo hoo!! happy dance 🙂

So what does this mean, you ask? I feel very motivated to continue clean eating and working out this weekend. That’s hard to do sometimes because weekends are for fun, right? Well…this whole turning over a new leaf thing….i now have to change my view on things, and make sure I view clean eating and working out as fun. There’s no other way I’ll stick to it!

You know that saying of “the proof is in the pudding”? I guess for me, the proof is in not eating the pudding lol! the progress I’ve seen so far is enough to keep me going on my quest to becomming some FIT Mama~~

This is where it all begins….

I’ve been thinking about starting up a blog for over 6 months now, but have never found the time. So now, when I’ve decided to make a change in my life, I thought – there’s no better time than now to start my blog!

I’ve struggled with my weight all my life, and like anyone else out there, I’ve always wanted a time in my life to come where I didn’t have to worry about how much I weigh, or what size I am. I’ve decided that time is now. I’m turning over a new leaf, focusing on something else…feeling fit and being healthy for my family.

I want this blog to be a record of my journey to achieving my fitness goals of eating clean and training mean! Being a busy working mom often leaves little time for health and fitness, but I’m willing to take on the challenge and see if I can achieve my fitness goals, increase my energy, and keep up with my 2.5 year old.

Join me as i chronicle my journey as I become some FIT Mama!!

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