November 12, 2014

Working it Out

It's hard to believe that the time has come for our very last Mamas Tell All Linkup post. Over the past several months I have sincerely enjoyed getting to know many of you through posts, comments and pins. You have inspired me, motivated me and taught me so much about being a mother. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. 

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Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle when you have children

Some of you moms are simply super women. You can balance it all: work, kids, a husband, a household and somehow you still find time to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

I strive to be like you. Once upon a time, I was the epitome of health, a young college athlete conditioned to push my body fast and further. Every ounce of food was meant to provide long-term energy. I was a trained machine. But life moves on and things change. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is still important to me but it's more difficult than ever to actually realize

I try to stay active - running and yoga are my preferred methods. For the most part I like to think I eat healthy. Since I cannot commit as much time to my workouts as I once did, it's more important than ever that I make healthy meal choices regularly. I recently started making smoothies each day and I'm trying to increase my water intake, both of these things are easy to execute on a consistent bases without sacrificing valuable time with my family. In fact my son, LOVES the smoothies too so it's a win/win. 

So to help make your lives a little easier and to help you reach your health goals, I'm sharing my favorite smoothie recipe. 

One Banana 
10-12 Frozen Strawberries
1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries
1/2 Cup Orange Juice 
1 Cup Baby Spinach 

Preparation Instructions:
  Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Serve cold and enjoy. 

Tip: I use a Vitamix (and I highly recommend it). The entire process takes less than 2 minutes. Investing in a great blender it a time saver that also helps you reach your goals. 

When it comes to healthy living my number one tip is to take steps forward. Even if they are small. Tackle small things that will help you make a lifestyle change and stick to it. Right now my focus is my family and my career - I can't commit to working out five times a week but I can make an honest effort to eat breakfast each morning, cut my caffeine intake, take a 15-minute walk during lunch. The goal isn't to do it all at one time it's to make small, manageable changes so that improve your health and quality of life without giving you that overwhelming feeling that you are trying to paddle across the Atlantic with just a canoe. 

How are you maintaining a healthy lifestyle after having children?

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  1. Yum, that smoothie sounds so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. YUM! That smoothie looks so good! That picture of you is GREAT! you look amazing. I think what you're doing is just great. staying active and incorporating yummy foods is important!

  3. I looooove green smoothies. I was having them all the time before I got pregnant then stopped. I need to get back into it!! Pinned ;)

  4. I was so scared to try a smoothie with veggies but after my first time I was hooked. I can't believe how many veggies you can add without even tasting them.

  5. You are so sweet. The smoothie is Am-Azing! I highly recommend trying it!