Happy Labor Day

As we end the summer with this last holiday weekend, remember the goals that you are working towards. Don’t let all of the BBQs and fun derail you… Even if you over indulge remember that it’s only one day or even one weekend, get back on track with these ideas!
Eat Smart Fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains are your friends.
Get Moving Whether you are at the beach, in the park, in the mountains, on the lake or at home, there are always opportunities to get moving and burn a few calories. Look for them…
Stay Hydrated Alcohol, juice and soda can add extra calories to your diet, try drinking at least one glass of water for each glass of other beverages to balance it out or just drink water. Add some fruit to your water for an extra boost of flavor.
Have Fun After all it is a holiday weekend! For some its the last hooray of the season… Enjoy time with family and friends!

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If You Need A Reason to Exercise, Here are 50!

We all can come up with a lot of reasons we don’t exercise but do you have a reason to exercise? If you can’t think of any I’m going to give you fifty reasons you should.

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As a mom of two small children, I find that taking time to exercise makes me a better mom and wife. When I get to the gym or even exercise at home I am able to unwind and focus on me. For me, number 01, 08, 09 and 10 are my top reasons to exercise. All of the other reasons listed are of huge benefit also. If you don’t exercise or can’t think of a reason to get started use this list as a catalyst to change your habits. You have to find your top reasons to exercise, and once you do, you will be glad you did!

The Worst Gift EVER!

I think of my birthday as a national holiday. As such I believe that the gifts I receive should be worthy of such an occasion! A few years back, like at least eight or nine, I received what I thought was the worst gift ever! My dad, thinking he would give me something I needed, gave me a blender for my birthday! A BLENDER!!! I have to say, at the time I could not hide my disappointment. It wasn’t like it was one of those fancy blenders they make now it was a run of the mill, everyday blender… Now I know you are thinking what does this have to do with health and fitness?

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That blender sat on a shelf in my kitchen forever! It collected dust and grease and was never used… Then this year while doing the SHRED Diet, I discovered smoothies! Now in general, I was not a smoothie drinker. Although I was not opposed to them, I just had not met one that I liked! Enter my never used blender… The diet required that I drink smoothies and I knew I was not going to buy the store made varieties so I found some fruit that I liked and went forth making various smoothies and protein shakes!

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Since February, smoothies and protein shakes have become a daily part of my routine. They are easy to make, nutritious and a great way to get lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet. I have made smoothies with apples, bananas, oranges, spinach, blueberries, raspberries, mango and peaches. (Not at the same time of course) To my surprise and delight, I really like them! If you are like I was and think that they are hard to make, here is an easy formula to make smoothies.

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Now that I am a convert here are a couple of my favorite smoothie recipes:
Strawberry Orange Banana Smoothie
1.5 oz. Yoplait Vanilla Greek Yogurt
4 oz. Trop50 Orange Juice
1 whole navel orange, peeled and sectioned
1 banana, peeled and cut into small pieces
1 cup of fresh strawberries cut into small pieces (frozen can be used if they are not in season)
This makes 2 10oz. servings. Approximately 129 calories per serving via MyFitnessPal

Mango Banana Smoothie
1 whole mango peeled and cut into small pieces
1 banana, peeled and cut into small pieces
2.5 oz Yoplait Vanilla Greek Yogurt
8 ice cubes
This makes 2 10oz. servings. Approximately 138 calories per serving via MyFitnessPal

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If you are into “Green Smoothies” here are a few recipes that I found on Pinterest that you may enjoy!

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So looking back, I guess that gift… Turned out to be… The BEST GIFT EVER!

Strength Training for Beginners

Team Fit Mommy is dedicating the month of August to strength training. Many women think that weights are for men or for body builders but that is the furthest thing from the truth. In fact weight training is recommended for a variety of reasons. Check out this infographic I found on Pinterest that explains why you need to add strength training to your workouts!

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One misconception about strength training is that you need a gym full of equipment to get it done! Not so… I also found this awesome workout Can You HIIT Like A Girl? 22 Minute Cardio HIIT Workout by FitnessBlender.com that burns calories while you build strength! Join me on this journey to being the best me I can be!