Step 1: Treat yourself.
I’m not talking with ice cream, although if that is your thing go for it. I’m serious bribe yourself. I gave myself a goal to work out everyday but Sundays for 30 days. And when I really didn’t feel like doing it, which happened around day 6, I thought about the prize I set for myself. I plan on gifting myself something at Disney or the spa when I get back.
Mama is working hard for some R&R!
Step 2: Make small changes.
No need to go insane and juice yourself into a blueberry. Cut out the processed stuff, eat fresh fruit and veggies. Or just focus on one meal at a time. Pinterest is full of ways to make things healthier but still tasty.
Step 3: Drink more water.
Some people love drinking water. Others hate it. I hear you. I’m not a fan either. I’m fine drinking it at restaurants, vacations, any place outside of my home. But if I’m relaxing on my couch or eating, water is not my thing. I need to be better too, because I’m not always on vacation. Sad I know. How about we hold each other accountable for this one?
Step 4: Exercise.
Before you close the window and write me off as another crazy person, I’m not saying go into some insane bootcamp where you work out 36 hours a day until you pass out. I don’t want to do that. No thanks. I’m still waiting for that miracle magic potion that will do all the work for me. But until that happens we need to work out.
My advice: find what you love. I enjoy Zumba. It is a blast to workout while shaking it. I can’t do that everyday so I started slogging again. That’s my term for jogging because I’m sloooooow. And because running has never been a favorite, but I can’t argue the results, I found FREE, yes free workouts on Amazon Prime (affiliate). They have a variety and I didn’t hate it. Plus I’m sore in the right places so I’ll call it a win. And since it was on Amazon, I didn’t have to leave my house and fight the weird guys at the gym for the weights.
Step 5: Believe in yourself.
All. The. Cheese. Sorry about that. But it goes along with my 2017 Word of the Year: Believe. You can do this. Start small, do what you can, and treat yo self when you make a goal. Find someone who also believes in you to cheer you on. Don’t have anyone local? Find me on social media and I will be your cheerleader. 1lb, 20lbs, who cares. Baby steps are still steps. Who cares that Suzy just had a baby and is back to pre-baby body while your baby is 7? Okay maybe I care a little, hey no one is perfect, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t be healthier. And my healthy doesn’t look like her healthy, or yours. That’s okay, I don’t and you don’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. So here is to 2017 being the healthiest year yet.
nabi Compete helps children learn about how active they are in a day. What distance they covered and how many calories they burned. On their dashboard located in the free app they can compare current steps and averages over time. They also earn “Go Points” by being active and completing challenges, that can be used to collect and grow virtual pets from a baby to full grown.
- Water resistant
- Syncing over bluetooth
- Free app for your Nabi Tablet, iPhone, or Android devices
- Replaceable battery
- ages 6+
- Retails for $39.99
The Compete offers challenge and teamwork activities to get kids moving and help them to earn more “Go Points.” Our kids decided to face off in a challenge, of course. Because siblings.
We chose a fitness challenge and headed out on a jog to see who would win. If you don’t want to choose a real life challenge, calorie burning ones are also available. These put kids head to head to see who will work off the most calories.
As you can see, they both think they will be number one. I was just hoping they would be worn out by the end!
She got a head start but, this boy is speed!
At the end it was really close but wild man edged her out!
Now if your kids or their friends want to team up, the teamwork features encourages them to reach fitness goals together. Complete a marathon, or go the distance of one of the landmarks listed. Or choose the food goal to burn off an entire buffet together or a certain type of food.
Adding friends is easy, you only need to hold the Compete near your Bluetooth enabled device and it shows up. Each child will have a friend code that can be shared as well to connect them with their friends.
We think this toy is a must have for the holiday season. It teaches and encourages kids to have healthy habits. Plus it is a lot of fun for them and a great way to burn off excess energy.
Get yours today at Toys R Us, Walmart, and the nabi Shop!
This post is sponsored by nabi. All opinions are my own.
Unwrap a healthier you with Skinnygirl Protein Shakes! These shakes make getting the protein your body needs convenient and delicious. Throw them in your purse, diaper bag, tote, gym bag, or whatever you shlep around with you all the time so when hunger strikes you are prepared.
Skinnygirl Protein Tasty Nutrition Shakes Are:
- 2 Flavors: Rich Chocolate Brownie and Vanilla Bean Sundae
- 80 calories
- 0g sugar
- 12g protein
- Low Fat
- Gluten Free
- $5.78 at Walmart and Skinnygirldaily.com
I not only drink the shakes straight from the bottle, I also use them to make protein packed smoothies!
Strawberry Banana Vanilla Bean Sundae Smoothie
- 1 Skinnygirl Vanilla Bean Sundae Protein Shake
- 1/3 cup of organic Greek Yogurt (I used a super fruit blend)
- 1/2 cup of organic frozen/fresh strawberries (cut not whole)
- 1/2 banana
- 1 TBSP of Chia Seeds
Combine all ingredients and blend well. For a thicker smoothie add ice and/or more fruit. Enjoy it freshly prepared or freeze for later. Sub out the Skinnygirl Vanilla Sundae Shake for the Rich Chocolate Brownie and it still tastes delicious- like a chocolate covered fruit dessert!
Join in the fun on the Skinnygirl Daily Facebook page and share your excitement for these drinks or even a favorite way to enjoy them with #SkinnygirlProtein.
How will you enjoy the new Skinnygirl Tasty Nutrition Protein Shakes?
This post was written on behalf of Skinnygirl as a #SGSavvySnacker. All opinions are my own.
When I was growing up, I played a lot of sports. One of my favorites was tennis. I was really good, not bragging but I did win almost every game I played! My serve was my greatest asset, just ask my poor husband when he plays against me! I always wished I could have played more though, it was so much fun but where we lived there wasn’t a trainer anywhere nearby. As an adult, I still enjoy the game and the kiddos are picking up their rackets and playing too. Tennis is a great sport for kids. They can learn teamwork, meet new friends, and have a blast doing it. Not only is it a good workout but their fine motor skills are honed.
If anyone in your family is a tennis player then you will be pumped for PlayYourCourt.
PlayYourCourt is a better way to take tennis lessons. With PlayYourCourt, the pros come to you! Which is great if you are in a place like I grew up and you do not have the time or the membership to go to a far away club. It is convenient, affordable, and they work with ages 4 and up!
How does it work?
First step is to visit PlayYourCourt and enter your zip-code. Then it will ask who the lesson is for, skill level, and goals of the lessons. Choose to book over the phone or online.
You will then receive a list of recommended Tennis Pros for your lessons. Their photos, qualifications, rates, and full profiles are included. Once you decide on a Pro, choose your location or if you are unsure of a good court you can request the instructor to suggest one. That’s it, you are all set for your first lesson with your Pro on the court of your choosing. Easy right? I wish PlayYourCourt was around when I was growing up!
For other FAQ’s like inclement weather, group classes, and more visit PlayYourCourt.
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Do you or anyone in your family enjoy playing tennis?
This post is sponsored by Global Influence. All opinions are my own.
Both the pre and post race activities are fun too. Everyone is buzzing with energy, clean, and anticipating the fun to be had. It is one of the few races I have ever been involved with where all the participants have great time. Post race includes more activities, more awesomeness, and of course more color.
Who says fitness as to be boring?
In 2015 The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is back with the Shine Tour!
The Color Run celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Their races are fun for the whole family whether you are a marathon runner or someone who speed walks on the treadmill.
They are shining up the 5k course and finish festival too! Look for a unique Sparkle Zone and killer photo ops on the course. At the finish festival, get ready for confetti cannons, shimmering clouds of color, and more!
Here’s a look at all the Shine coming your way during The Color Run!
See where the Shine Tour is coming near you.
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Everyone in 2015 will receive a limited edition Shine Tour Participant Kit, including: custom race tee, gold finisher’s medal, tricolor headband w/ silver stitching, brand-new shine packet, and shiny tattoos!
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This post is sponsored by The Color Run. I received a free entry into a race for this post. All opinions are my own.