Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tips On Staying Healthy For Families Traveling: Kendra Thornton

I was approached by the awesome Kendra Thornton about doing a guest post on my blog since this month is Fit Family Lifestyles Month! I am thrilled to be so honored as well as in love with her piece. It is so important to maintain our healthy lifestyle especially when traveling, with all the yucky fast food options that make eating on the go easy, as well as limited physical activity. Hope you enjoy her advice as well as I did!

Tips On Staying Healthy For Families Traveling

Stay fit, stay healthy, and you’ll look and feel amazing! It’s a work in-progress motto, but it’s been something that I’ve been believing in since I became a mother of three very active kids. That’s why I’m always trying to consciously keep myself fit whether I’m on the road or at home. To honor Fit Family Lifestyles month, I put together a few helpful tips and tricks that I live by to stay healthy and energized while traveling and on vacation.

Be Clean and Germ Free!
As a mother with three energetic kids, who love to run around and touch everything, having a hygiene back is a must when my family and I travel. It makes cleaning up much easier when the places we go to don’t provide any soap or water for washing up. The hygiene kit I pack up always includes: face masks (just in case the family and I are at a place with people who are ill), lots of hand sanitizers, and anti-bacterial wipes for wiping down possible germ infected areas – like tables, chairs, door handles, etc. I try and keep the products in my kits travel size, that way I can put some in my purse and leave the hygiene bag at the hotel.

Have A Little Fun Before Resting Your Mind and Body!
While we are traveling I usually try to get in the whole “fruits and veggies”, “clean and germ free”, “please play nice with your siblings”, and “scheduled bedtime” routine. It’s an everyday thing when we are at home, but when we are on vacation I tend to let things slide a little, especially their bedtimes. You’re on vacation! Let the kids stay up a little later so they can see fireworks (if there are any), give them a few more sweets, and let them enjoy themselves. I just make sure at the end of the day that my family and I wind down and get a good night’s rest.

Get That Nutrition In!
When we are traveling or on vacation, my family and I try to avoid fast-food restaurants as much as possible. It’s a good way to keep myself and my family eating healthy. Sit-down restaurants is the places where we try to get our big meals when we’re out. It might be a little bit pricier, but each member of my family can customize their order to our liking and take in lower calories, sodium, and sugars. I want us to have fun, but I also want us to stay healthy.

Ensure Your Family’s Safety!
Before I book the flights or choose the hotel, I always do an extensive research on the places that my family could possibly be staying at. I make sure that each hotel or resort that we stay at is family-friendly to the dot. I have to make sure that they provide a good safe and secure place when my family and I stay. Some of the things I look for are: good concierge service, some sort of security personnel, hospitality. You can get as picky as you want, after all you want to keep your family safe as well as yourself from harm.

A Little Extra Advice!
Anytime my family and I are visiting theme park destinations, I always make sure that we eat a substantial amount of a healthy breakfast. It saves us money because we enter the park full and it helps steer my kids away from eating too much junk food and sweets. Many hotels and resorts, including some of the more famous ones like the Walt Disney World property hotels in Orlando, offer healthy breakfasts that are included with your booked room.

I don’t have to worry about staying active with my family - but I do always try and maintain a healthy mind frame when traveling with them! Let your kids splurge in certain areas, but make it a point to explore...walk, hike, climb, RUN on vacation. I hope these tips can be of benefit to you in the future and get out there and get active in honor of this month!


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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Vega One Review and #OneChange

Every year on the New Year, millions of people make a weight loss resolution, or the resolution to become healthier. Only 10% of those millions will actually see it through.

Very sad statistics.

So Vega One started a new revolution, #OneChange. Make #OneChange instead of overwhelming yourself with a big ol' resolution!

A little info on Vega One and what they are/do. Vega One makes nutritional shakes and bars for a athletes that are Olympic busy, or just stay at home mom busy. From their site Vega One Shakes are:

Good for your body and the planet, Vega One Nutritional Shake is the clean, plant-based choice to fuel your healthy, active lifestyle—without compromise. Made from natural, whole food ingredients, Vega One is a convenient, all-in-one supplement, packed with:
  • 50% daily intake of vitamins and minerals
  • 15 g protein
  • 6 g fibre
  • 1.5 g Omega-3
  • Antioxidants
  • Probiotics
  • Greens
And their Vega One Bars:
All-in-one. On-the-go.
Everything you love about Vega One Nutritional Shake—now in the first ever, all-in-one nutrition bar. Vega One Nutrition Bar redefines what you’ve come to expect from a standard bar into a powerhouse of clean, plant-based nutrition. Featuring 15 grams of complete protein, 6 grams of fiber, and 1.5 grams of Omega-3, Vega One Bar helps cover your key nutrient bases with a unique, balanced combination of essential vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, a full serving of greens, plus 1 billion dairy-free probiotics per bar.

That being said...I am a Number Cruncher! And super excited to try their Shakes and make that #OneChange to make myself less of a Number Cruncher!

I count calories to the point of obsessive. I measure, weigh, and calculate everything I eat. If I can't get an accurate count it drives me nuts. I do my best to guesstimate but its never perfect.

From Vega One I received a 10 day pack of Chocolate Shake. They knew how to sway me in their favor from the get go. I love me some chocolate, and I was ready to taste that #OneChange!
The first day I was in a hurry so I just chucked my Vega One in my shaker cup with 12 ounces of 8th Continent Soy Milk, and I wasn't sure about the product. It was a little chalky, which I am not a big fan of, but the taste was great. And it filled me up. To the point I had to make myself eat the rest of the day.

So I decided to take my time with it the next day. And I made up a yummy recipe for my Vega One Shake:

1 pouch Chocolate Vega One
1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
12 ounces Soy Milk
1/2 banana
2 packs Stevia in the Raw

Told you I love me some sweets! And it was awesome!!! Totally loving this #OneChange Campaign!
That being said I am stuck on my recipe...I couldn't brave trying any new ones. I still have a few packs left so I am going to scour their recipes and see if there isn't anything that peaks my interest.
I definitely recommend giving them a try, their products are good, and we all know I am an honest blogger.

*Disclaimer-MommyWeighLess is responsible for this content, is libel for the opinions above, is not libel for comments made by others, and is expressing personal views. Thanks! MommyWeighLess was not compensated for this review, but was provided product for free for review.

Fitness Is Their Second Nature

As you may know I have two very beautiful and perfect reasons for getting healthy and changing my life. I do it not only for myself but for them, and Dustin, so that I am around to see all their great milestones and achievements in life.

When I began this journey, I was the only one involved. I made myself separate meals, worked out alone, and didn't push to make it a family change. Then I began to realize that it was making it ten times harder for me. All the bad food laying around tempting me. Seeing them soak into the tv and couch. I knew if I didn't make this a family thing, Scarlett would be like me in 20 years. Overweight and trying to figure it all out via Google.

I started slowly weeding junk out of their diets. We never allowed her soda or much candy anyways, so thankfully I didn't have to kick those bad habits. I started cooking more healthy meals with lots of veggies. Introduced her to quinoa...which she loves. Included her in the cooking process. And poor Dustin he just coped and was supportive because he too realized that even though he is tall and slim he has high blood pressure and cholesterol. And I don't. And I have 30 pounds on him.

This started almost a year and a half ago. Now eating healthy and exercise issue second nature to Scarlett. Dustin still won't exercise, but he does have a very physically demanding job as a diesel mechanic, but he doesn't complain about the lack of junk food anymore. Scarlett will eat a green bell pepper over a chocolate bar any day, and her favorite meal is anything I'm eating. She's always stealing my protein shakes.

Evan is still too young to eat, but I do strap him on and include him in our walks. Starting him earlier than I did Scarlett. When I watch her now, I don't have that fear she will be overweight and underactive anymore. I know this is her lifestyle because I have made it so, and it is second nature to her.

No more fretting mommy!

Monday, January 13, 2014

He's Gone To Bed!

So my blog isn't just about my weight loss journey, as roller coaster as its been lately, but life as a mommy in general.

I crib trained Evan!


It was easy. I was just being dramatic. With Scarlett we lived in a smaller house. Her bedroom was right next to ours. I could hear her through the wall.

This house is much bigger and they're rooms are on the other side.  I was so nervous about having my babies so far away. Especially since Evan is so tiny. He's only 3 months old.

Its flown by.

My mom kept saying he needed to be in his room...daddy agreed...and I caved.

I worried he wouldn't be comfy in such a big open space, but I laid him down and he went right to sleep.

Score for mommy!

Such a big boy already...where is the time going?