Strong Healthy Mom Challenge: Week 5 Update (Where I Go to Too Many Christmas Parties….and Feel Like a Failure!!)

Welcome to the Strong Healthy Mom Challenge update! Wondering what this is? Check out this post to join us. Then read on to find out how to enter to win this week’s giveaway and join us for a little accountability!

Strong Healthy Mom Challenge

Good afternoon everyone!  How are you today?  As we move closer to Christmas and have parties, I’ve noticed I’m slacking a little bit.  I’m still keeping up {mostly} healthy habits, but the sleep thing is huge…and I’m still trying to get myself to be in bed by 10:30.  I read a really interesting article over on The Healthy Home Economist last week about the little known signs of adrenal fatigue.  It really stuck out to me when she said this:

“Get to bed no later than 10:30pm

This piece of advice was given to me by an Ayurvedic MD over 15 years ago.  It is still one of the best pieces of advice any doctor has ever given me.   She explained how the hormone system cleanses between 11pm and 1am (generally speaking) and if you are not asleep during this time, the flushing process will not take place, essentially backing up the hormone system with toxins.”

I haven’t researched it, so I’m not completely sure on this, but it definitely makes sense to me since I have always been such a night owl…and struggled with all kinds of hormonal issues.  So, I will continue trying to reset my circadian rhythm!!

 

Here were my goals for Week 5:

1)  Continue forcing myself to go to bed by 10:30 PM!  Absolutely failed this.  I will keep working on it

2) Continue with the Eight-Week Fat Loss Plan for Busy People from FitnessBlender.com.  Complete!!  Yay!  One goal met.

3)  Eat mindfully and slowly.  I would say I accomplished this about 90% of the time.  We had two Christmas parties last week, and we made my absolute favorite sugar cookies (that I only make at Christmas), so that was challenging for me.  I tried to savor them…but I really wanted to inhale them.  Making progress though!

 

Guess what?  Same goals for Week 6:

1)  Continue forcing myself to go to bed by 10:30 PM!

2) Continue with the Eight-Week Fat Loss Plan for Busy People from FitnessBlender.com.

3)  Eat mindfully and slowly.

 

If you’ve missed the past few weeks, here is a recap of what the challenge is all about:

Strong Healthy Mom Challenge: Holiday Edition

From now through January 11, I will be posting weekly goals and sharing updates on how it is going. Even better, I want to invite you to share your goals and progress…and be eligible to win. Here’s how it works:

1) If you haven’t yet, leave a comment on the first week’s post with your long-term goals for the next eight weeks. (This post will be open for comments throughout the challenge.)

2) Leave a comment on this post about how your week went. Then, share your goals for the next week.

That’s it! Each week, we’ll just share and be accountable to each other. To keep it fun and mix things up, I’ll be throwing in a giveaway each week. There will be things like Amazon Gift Cards, Jillian Michael’s DVDs, Fitness Blender programs, Trim Healthy Mama books, and Starbucks gift cards. These winners will be randomly chosen from the comment section on each week’s post, and I will share those winners each week. Each weekly post will be open for comments until the following Sunday at 8 PM CT.

Our “big” giveaway will be at the end of the eight weeks. Those who have commented and joined in with us for at least four of the eight weeks will be eligible for that giveaway. The winner will be able to choose what they want from these three options: $100 Gift Card to Amazon, $100 Gift Card to Trim Healthy Mama store, or a $100 gift card to Target. The final winner will be chosen on January 12, 2015!

I will be posting on Instagram (you can find me here) under the hashtag #stronghealthymomchallenge. If you are on Instagram or Twitter, there will be a special giveaway at the end for those who use the hashtag, so use it so we can find you! :)

You can also join our Facebook group – Strong Healthy Mom Challenge!  Unfortunately Facebook has banned me from posting, liking, or commenting for  30 days (I’m not sure why except that I had tons of posts go into my Motherhood on a Dime group on Black Friday), so I won’t be posting in there for a while, but you are welcome to throw out questions and suggestions to people in there.   I can see everything…I just can’t respond!  :(

Last week’s winner of the $10 Amazon or Starbucks gift card is:

davidandamandaboots@

This week, we have the same choice!  You can pick either a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 Starbucks gift card!  So, get to commenting!!  Even if things didn’t go as planned, it’s okay!  We’re in progress….

Week 4 Update! #StrongHealthyMomChallenge

Welcome to the Strong Healthy Mom Challenge update! Wondering what this is? Check out this post to join us. Then read on to find out how to enter to win this week’s giveaway and join us for a little accountability!

Strong Healthy Mom Challenge

Well, how was it?  How did your week go?  I just have to admit up-front that my week was a crazy mess!  A few of my goals went by the wayside, but I did keep to the exercise plan.

I know it’s getting harder as we get closer to Christmas, but stick with it!  We totally have this.  I noticed not very many of you commented on last week’s post, so I know we’re all feeling the pinch.  DON’T let that deter you.  Even if you completely missed the mark on your goals, there is no shame here.  We are working together and encouraging each other on!

Here is how my goals shook down:

1) Continue with the Eight-Week Fat Loss Plan for Busy People from FitnessBlender.com. Yay!  Did it!  I honestly can’t tell you how much I love this program.  It’s less than 30 minutes!  It’s challenging!  I can workout in my basement while the girls are doing school projects!  It’s fabulous!  :)

2) Work on getting to bed by 10:30 PM. Terrible.  Horrible.  Fail.

3) Do a modified food detox using the idea of two liquid meals per day idea from Clean.  I partially did this…I did one liquid meal a day and added in more probiotics and prebiotics.  I’m seeing a difference!

 

Here are my goals for Week 3:

1)  Continue forcing myself to go to bed by 10:30 PM!

2) Continue with the Eight-Week Fat Loss Plan for Busy People from FitnessBlender.com.

3)  Eat mindfully and slowly.

 

If you’ve missed the past few weeks, here is a recap of what the challenge is all about:

Strong Healthy Mom Challenge: Holiday Edition

From now through January 11, I will be posting weekly goals and sharing updates on how it is going. Even better, I want to invite you to share your goals and progress…and be eligible to win. Here’s how it works:

1) If you haven’t yet, leave a comment on the first week’s post with your long-term goals for the next eight weeks. (This post will be open for comments throughout the challenge.)

2) Leave a comment on this post about how your week went. Then, share your goals for the next week.

That’s it! Each week, we’ll just share and be accountable to each other. To keep it fun and mix things up, I’ll be throwing in a giveaway each week. There will be things like Amazon Gift Cards, Jillian Michael’s DVDs, Fitness Blender programs, Trim Healthy Mama books, and Starbucks gift cards. These winners will be randomly chosen from the comment section on each week’s post, and I will share those winners each week. Each weekly post will be open for comments until the following Sunday at 8 PM CT.

Our “big” giveaway will be at the end of the eight weeks. Those who have commented and joined in with us for at least four of the eight weeks will be eligible for that giveaway. The winner will be able to choose what they want from these three options: $100 Gift Card to Amazon, $100 Gift Card to Trim Healthy Mama store, or a $100 gift card to Target. The final winner will be chosen on January 12, 2015!

I will be posting on Instagram (you can find me here) under the hashtag #stronghealthymomchallenge. If you are on Instagram or Twitter, there will be a special giveaway at the end for those who use the hashtag, so use it so we can find you! :)

You can also join our Facebook group – Strong Healthy Mom Challenge!  Unfortunately Facebook has banned me from posting, liking, or commenting for  30 days (I’m not sure why except that I had tons of posts go into my Motherhood on a Dime group on Black Friday), so I won’t be posting in there for a while, but you are welcome to throw out questions and suggestions to people in there.   I can see everything…I just can’t respond!  :(

Last week’s winner of the $10 Amazon or Starbucks gift card is:

knsschwemm@

This week, we have the same choice!  You can pick either a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 Starbucks gift card!  So, get to commenting!!  Even if things didn’t go as planned, it’s okay!  We’re in progress….

FREE 2015 Life & Home Management Planner Calendar

2015 free planner

This is a nice freebie!  Over on The Confident Mom, you can find a printable 2015 weekly life and home management calendar with chore planner and room for menu-planning.  If you are starting your planning for the new year…this is a cute FREE 2015 chore and calendar planner to use!  I used it last year to keep up with chores around the house, and it was definitely a helpful guide!

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  • Holiday Gift Planner Worksheet.  Keep track of your holiday shopping list and purchases and what still needs wrapped or delivered. Never forget that well-hidden gift again!
  • Babysitter Information Form.  This form makes it easy to provide your sitter with all the information he or she needs so you can relax and enjoy your time away.
  • Quick Contacts.  Helps you keep important emergency contacts available for easy reference when you need them in a hurry as well as frequently used numbers.
  • Family Emergency/Medical Information Form.  Record your family’s medical and insurance information on this form—it will be easy to find and share with those that need it.
  • Website/App List for Kids.  An easy way your kids can list the websites they want to visit, or apps or songs they want to buy. This gives you a chance to review first and make sure the content is age appropriate!
  • Website/App List for Me.  A place to record websites you want to visit or apps you want to buy during your downtime.
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Strong Healthy Mom Challenge: Week 3 (Update, Giveaway Winner, & New Goals!)

Welcome to the Strong Healthy Mom Challenge update! Wondering what this is? Check out this post to join us. Then read on to find out how to enter to win this week’s giveaway and join us for a little accountability!

Strong Healthy Mom Challenge

Welcome back everyone! I was so excited to see several of you share your updates.  My goal this week is to actually respond to all of your comments…I just got a little distracted by three big holiday outings last week!  Anyway, here’s a look at how I did last week:

1) Continue with the Eight-Week Fat Loss Plan for Busy People from FitnessBlender.com. I only completed four of the work-outs this week, but I made up the fifth one today!  We had three big family get-togethers, so I actually did decently well all things considered…

2) Eat mindfully at our get-togethers. I did pretty well with this at our actual holiday meals.  I had some treats, but I chose them specifically (grandma’s homemade stuffing and my mom’s homemade cinnamon rolls…yum)!  I did struggle a few times and made some poor choices when I had a stressful day on Friday, but I’m learning to just let it go and move on to making good choices at my next meal.

3) Continue working on improving my digestion. Still working on this.  Looks like it might take a while, but I am adding in prebiotic and probiotic foods like kombucha, kimchee, sauerkraut, and some yogurt.

 

Here are my goals for Week 3:

1) Continue with the Eight-Week Fat Loss Plan for Busy People from FitnessBlender.com. 

2) Work on getting to bed by 10:30 PM. This is not easy for me, and it hasn’t become a habit, so I need to continue working on this.

3) Do a modified food detox using the idea of two liquid meals per day idea from Clean.  I plan to do a full cycle in January, but this will be a good way to get things back in balance from the holiday meals!

 

If you’ve missed the past few weeks, here is a recap of what the challenge is all about:

Strong Healthy Mom Challenge: Holiday Edition

From now through January 11, I will be posting weekly goals and sharing updates on how it is going. Even better, I want to invite you to share your goals and progress…and be eligible to win. Here’s how it works:

1) If you haven’t yet, leave a comment on the first week’s post with your long-term goals for the next eight weeks. (This post will be open for comments throughout the challenge.)

2) Leave a comment on this post about how your week went. Then, share your goals for the next week.

That’s it! Each week, we’ll just share and be accountable to each other. To keep it fun and mix things up, I’ll be throwing in a giveaway each week. There will be things like Amazon Gift Cards, Jillian Michael’s DVDs, Fitness Blender programs, Trim Healthy Mama books, and Starbucks gift cards. These winners will be randomly chosen from the comment section on each week’s post, and I will share those winners each week. Each weekly post will be open for comments until the following Sunday at 8 PM CT.

Our “big” giveaway will be at the end of the eight weeks. Those who have commented and joined in with us for at least four of the eight weeks will be eligible for that giveaway. The winner will be able to choose what they want from these three options: $100 Gift Card to Amazon, $100 Gift Card to Trim Healthy Mama store, or a $100 gift card to Target. The final winner will be chosen on January 12, 2015!

I will be posting on Instagram (you can find me here) under the hashtag #stronghealthymomchallenge. If you are on Instagram or Twitter, there will be a special giveaway at the end for those who use the hashtag, so use it so we can find you! :)

You can also join our Facebook group – Strong Healthy Mom Challenge!  Unfortunately Facebook has banned me from posting, liking, or commenting for  30 days (I’m not sure why except that I had tons of posts go into my Motherhood on a Dime group on Black Friday), so I won’t be posting in there for a while, but you are welcome to throw out questions and suggestions to people in there.   I can see everything…I just can’t respond!  :(

 

Giveaway Week 2 winner

Last week’s giveaway winner was comment #4 from khower06@. I’ll be contacting you within the next 24 hours to claim your giveaway prize!

This week’s giveaway will be your choice of a $10 Starbucks card or a $10 Amazon Gift Card.  You have until 8 PM CT on December 7 to share your comment below to be entered to win. The winner will be chosen from the comments with help from Random.org.

Alrighty! How did it go last week? What are your plans for this week?