Sugar Craving? 4 Ways to Handle the Sugar Monster

diet tips Nov 05, 2018

It's 3 p.m. You’re tired…you’re bored…or maybe you’re both. It’s nothing a sugar fix couldn’t handle, right? STOP! Step away from the candy bar! When a sugar craving hits, you need a game plan.

Here are four ways to avoid the grips of the sugar monster.

  1. Keep your hands busy
    It’s hard to eat when you can’t use your hands. Type an email. Take up a hobby like knitting. Do a load of laundry. Clean something — anything! Tackle your to-do list. Do whatever you need to in order to distract yourself until the craving subsides.
  2. Keep your mouth busy
    You can’t consume sugar if there’s something already in your mouth. Pop a piece of gum or sugar-free candy. Make a cup of coffee or tea. Call a friend since it’s pretty hard to hold the phone, talk and chew. Start chugging water. I find that this fills my belly and many times will help keep me full
  3. Keep your body busy
    Stop that sugar craving in its tracks and get away...
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Ways to Know You’re Stress Eating & What to Do About It

diet tips Nov 05, 2018

When it comes to losing weight, stress eating or emotional eating can quickly derail even the best laid plans.

How do you know when you're stress eating? Typically something triggers you. This could be anything from getting a rush project at work to finding out a loved one is sick. Your heart starts racing and you start searching for food. You mindlessly start putting food in your mouth without much thought to the taste or the quantity. And once you start eating, you just can’t stop. We’ve all been there. It’s not fun. But if you plan ahead and stay aware of what you’re doing, it can definitely help!

Here are some ways to prevent a stress eating spiral:

  • Distract yourself
    Take a walk, phone a friend, get in a workout, clean the house.
  • Occupy your mouth
    Brush your teeth, chew gum, drink water, pop a mint.
  • Take a moment
    Stop and take a moment to realize that you’re stress eating and ask yourself why. Journal, talk to yourself or meditate. Getting to the root...
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Cardio is Hardio...Unless You Have a Goal

mindset workouts Nov 03, 2018

Cardio Motivation is Here!

You’ve heard of #squadgoals, well I have #quadgoals. Cardio is hardio so I need some motivation!

When you need to complete a certain amount of cardio each week, it can a drag. Currently, I need to complete 30 minutes of steady state, 20 minutes of HIIT (high intensity interval training) and then one day where I just run as fast as I can for one mile. Each session has its role, but sometimes the thought of cardio isn’t very motivating. I even wrote a post about getting back your running mojo if you’ve lost it.

That’s where a new goal comes in handy. I’ve been wanting to break my 5k time of 26 minutes for years. As I get older, it doesn’t seem to get easier. My dream PR time is 25:30, which means I need to run an 8:12 minute per mile pace for the entire race. Well, right now running a 10:15 pace for one mile feels painful!

So let’s go back to my cardio sessions and see how I can make my 5k PR goal happen, while also...

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How to Become a Runner: 5 Tips for Getting Your Running Mojo

workouts Oct 28, 2018

Have you ever thought about running a 5k…or just running in general? It can be tough to get started, especially when you don’t know where to begin. But it’s one of the easiest exercise routines to get into.

It’s funny, I looked back at my past posts and it seems like losing my running mojo could be an annual thing.

Here are five tips for Fit Moms who want to get their running mojo going:

  1. Buy proper running sneakers
    This is essentially the only piece of equipment you need, so make sure you invest in a decent pair. They don’t have to cost $100. You can find a pair of name-brand sneakers for around $30 at places like Kohl’s and TJMaxx. Good running shoes prevent injuries and will make your overall running experience more enjoyable.
  2. Warm-up and stretch
    Be sure to warm up by walking for 5 minutes. Also do some light stretching to prepare your body for the workout. All of these will help prevent soreness and injury.
  3. Walk…Run…Repeat
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5 Last-Minute Holiday Fit Gifts for Fit Moms

misc Oct 28, 2018

Need ideas for what to get your favorite fit mom for Christmas or Hanukkah…or just because? How about some holiday fit gifts for yourself? Here are some of my favorite products that I use on a daily basis (and yes, some of these do include affiliate links):

  1. Fit Bit Charge HR 2
    I reviewed this product recently and I can’t say enough about how much I get out of my Fit Bit. There are benefits I totally forgot to include in my initial review, like the reminder to get up and move every hour. How great is that?? Plus, the vibrating alarm ensures you wake up without waking up your significant other.
  2. Escali Food Scale 
    Here’s how much I love my food scale: I run out and buy batteries if it so much as gives me a hint that the batteries are running low. I use this every.single.day. I bring it on vacation…yes, I’m obsessed with weighing my food! It’s the only surefire way to control your portions.
  3. Escali Weight Scale
    I’ve had this...
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5 Ways to Become an Early-Morning Exerciser

mindset workouts Oct 28, 2018

I’m strange; I love getting up early. Not just early...4:30 a.m. early. I'm a 100% early-morning exercise. It’s quiet, it's dark and it’s my time. I wasn’t always like this. I used to struggle with getting out of that warm, cozy bed first thing in the morning. That said, there are ways you can convert to those early morning workouts.

First, I have to say that I LOVE to work out and look forward to it each day. It’s my time, and that’s an important first step. Find a workout that you love, whether it’s weight training, walking, yoga, spinning, or running outside.

Become an early-morning exerciser

I used to rely on my vibrating Fit Bit alarm, which definitely helped and I highly recommend it if you have one. But my Fit Bit alarm has since stopped working and now I get up early naturally. (Yes, I even wake up at the crack of dawn on the weekends.) How? Here are five tips on how you can retrain your brain to become an early riser:

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