5 Healthy Habits for Work At Home Moms

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Being a work at home mom is no joke. I won’t get into the debate of who works harder, moms working outside the home, or stay at home moms, or work at home moms…. If you’re a mother…you’re automatically a working mom. The end. Kids are a full time job, period. And they are the hardest work I’ve done. I enjoy being a work at home mom (WAHM) and wouldn’t trade it for the world. Being at home throughout the day with children is a privilege that offers many benefits to us as a family, but health-wise can have a lot of drawbacks.

When I was working a 9-5 job in NY during my lunch hour I would go right downstairs to the gym. Super convenient. My lunches were healthy because it was just as easy to grab a pre-made salad as it was a burger. At home, with children, and working on building my business, I have new challenges in my healthy lifestyle journey. As work at home moms we are constantly trying to balance (even though balance is a deceiving term) getting work done and growing our business, with keeping house, taking good care of the kids, giving spouse attention and oh yeah…maybe a little self care too. We’re running from store to event, to playground, we’re cooking meal after meal, balancing the budget, cleaning up, doing laundry, planning, fixing, tweaking… and maybe actually working to earn our income. Between all of these obligations, it’s easy to grab unhealthy snacks, munch on the kids’ stuff, skip workouts, procrastinate or get so bogged down that we don’t take the proper care of ourselves.




I have found a few tricks that help me keep my healthy habits a big part of my life without letting other areas suffer. Maybe they’ll work for you too:

Put Junk/Kids Foods Out of Sight

Out of sight out of mind. Right? Wrong. (you know exactly where you hid the damn cookies. stop it.) But out of sight, less likely to binge on! I recently did a dump of all the processed foods, white sugar, white flour leftover, etc. I took it out of the cabinets and gave some way, tossed some out. It just had to go. Now, we do have some “junk” food left, and those are on the top shelf and only come out randomly for the kids. (I literally have to get a chair to climb up and get down their mac n cheese boxes) The fridge only has healthy foods (except for my mom’s jams for the kids pb&j sandwiches) If you don’t toss your favorite junk foods, I suggest you have your spouse hide the items and make sure he or she is strong enough not to bend and give them to you when you’re feeling hangry.  (This tip works for moms that work outside the home too!)

Make Play and Exercise Synonymous  

Using playtime for exercise is the easiest way to sneak it in while working from home. Try to start thinking of them as the same thing instead of viewing exercise as drudgery you have to “make it through.”

healthy habits playground workout

At the playground I get it in. When we’re out in the backyard I do walking lunges, and jump squats all around the yard. The kids and I play tag (better known as “i’m gunna getcha” in our house) and pretend we’re animals zooming through the forest. I make our daily walks more of a workout for me by adding in sprints. “Ok Ro, let’s hop like a bunny to that tree down there.” walk to recover “Now let’s go fast like a race car to that mailbox” etc. etc. (bonus: this wears their little butts out, and makes going down for naptime less of a hassle. #momwins)

Be Competitive

My 5k training would likely be more sporadic if John didn’t lose his mind and challenge me to a monthly mileage competition on the Nike+ Running app. This fool’s about to get smoked, but whatever… The point is that a little healthy competition is a great motivator for the work at home mom. Use Dietbet or other apps to compete with others digitally, or challenge your spouse or even your kids to little competitions around the house. (Planking contests, etc) You can get some friends together that have similar goals and encourage each other (while silently vowing to beat them at whatever it is.) Signing up for a 5k may be the motivation you need to start moving. Download a couch to 5k app on your phone and follow along with a friend or whoever you’re competing with.

Change your workout mindset

This is something I am still working on. I’m conditioned from organized sports in HS and college to go hard and long. Short bursts don’t feel like they’re “working” but I know intellectually that it all makes a difference. So I encourage you to work on your exercise mindset as well. What old mindset do you have to break?

Old: Workouts take long and are boring // New: Short workouts are effective and fun

Old: I hate cardio/running/treadmills etc. // New: Dancing is fun cardio that I can do at home

Old: I dont like/dont have weights/gym. // New: I can get a full workout using just my body weight at home

Old: I have no space at home to work out // New: I don’t need a lot of space to work out

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Schedule in Fit Breaks

Every work at home mama knows that sometimes you can get into the zone and just work work work without breaks.  You’re grinding away at the computer, all hunched over and tensed up and don’t even realize it until you’re so daggone tired and your eyes are killing you and you’ve got a crick in your neck. Please try not to make that a habit. (I’m talking to myself here too.) Every now and then stand up, stretch, walk around your house, or around the block, take deep breaths, drink some water, and then return to work. You can set your alarm for these.

On days that I don’t have both children, I’m able to get work done during the day. At the top of each hour I will get up, do some ab workouts or jog around the house and sip on water. I reward myself for this by making my “fit break time” also my “check facebook guiltlessly for a couple minutes time.”  Hey, whatever works for you!

The Takeaway:

We have 5011 things to take care of as WAHMs and our fitness and well being has to be a priority. If mommy’s not healthy, the household suffers. So, try these techniques above, or come up with your own healthy habits and share them below!

What are your healthy habits?

Look Cute While Working out #LiquidoActive #Giveaway

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I said before that cute workout clothes make workouts more fun. It’s really true!

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Liquido Active (Clothes with a conscience) is my new fave legging/yoga pants spot.

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I tried their pants and bra, let me tell you, don’t go for a jog in this bra in the pic above. Just use it for yoga and pilates…maybe biking or ab work or something with no bouncing around… trust me.

The pants are so perfect in fit, and style. I like that they just feel like soft, smooth…nothing. They’re not tight to you like compression leggings (which I also love) but they’re not loose like how some of the cheap quality yoga pants are after wearing them for a few hours. I want some that go down over the ankle though.

They have tons of adorable patterns:

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I’m obsessed.

Makes me want to return to yoga! yet again (and not the P90X3 yoga that’s on sched for today)

I wore them for almost a full day on the cruise and didn’t have to pull them up down (or out) to readjust them at all. And I got quite a few compliments on the pattern (called soul sister) #egoboost. 

The collection in the line that these pants came from was designed by Tiffany Cruikshank, an amazing yogini and natural health guru.

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Here are a few wellness tips from Tiffany for OK Dani readers:

Three health/wellness tips on pursuing a balanced lifestyle:

  1. Never forget how important something simple like water is to your health. Check out the book, You’re Not Sick, You’re Thirsty!
  2. Be conscious of everything you feed your mind. Our perspective is shaped by everything we do & see & experience. Try ending your day by reflecting on 3 great things that happened every day for week and notice how your perspective changes.
  3. Notice the things you don’t do and how that affects your health & wellness. We spend so much time focusing on our goals & to do lists but it’s also really important to take time to rest and relax. As you get clearer in your purpose it becomes easier to say no to the things that aren’t as important to prioritize your time. In Chinese Medicine this is an essential component of our health & longevity, even though it’s difficult to put a value on the time we spend not doing things. Start noticing the value of the time you take for yourself to relax and rejuvenate. Do less in order to give your body and mind a break to restore and repair yourself—whether that’s a relaxing bath, time to meditate or spending time with someone you love without an agenda.

Do less? You got it!!! I’m down for that. ::takes nap::

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Beachbody Flash Sale and Week 4 Accountability Vlog #FitnessFriday

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OK, back to business….

I’m a day late….but I still have to get you my results for the week!

So, remember that P90X3 I was supposed to start this past week???

Yeah….. didn’t happen.

I only worked out 3 times this week, and one of those was just a lil short jammiejam.

So, I start P90X3 on Monday June 1

Here’s the schedule:

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I realize I’m a lil scared of P90X3. I know it’ll be a challenge so I”m pumped….
But it’s 90 whole days.
NINETY
I know myself.
I”m going to want to mix other stuff in.
But I’m going to try my hardest to only mix in some runs, and really see what results P90X3 gives me all by itself.

I’m eating low carb, and staying that way. With one high carb spike day a week (Saturdays).
I’ve gotten a few emails asking about what exactly I’m eating. I’m going to continue to share it here, but I’m also going to start taking photos, so if you’re my friend on instagram you’ll see that coming. … And I guess maybe I’ll include pics of my meals in the weekly updates

I’m a lil bummed that my results were not so great this week. I went UP ½ an inch in all areas!!! UP!

::kills self::

I had two lunches with more carbs than I should have, and I had a sweetener in my coffee a couple days but other than that I ate fairly well. (Not 100% on the cruise, but mostly made the low carb choices)

So, I know that the lack of workouts did me in.

This week I’m going to be very diligent about my eating again, and since I’m starting P90X3 I’ll have my workouts in check.

I look forward to making a video for you next week detailing how I went down 1/2 an inch or more!

How was your workout/nutrition this week?

 


Week 3 Accountability Vlog

Week 3 done.

This post is late because of poor planning, but my update is in!
I swear one day I’ll make an update video in my house instead of in a car!
We have a special guest star making an appearance in this week’s accountability video though.

So, 21 Day Fix is over.

P90X3 starts Monday.

I’m psyched.

Ready to start seeing inches lost results again!

Tho…these are my results as of Saturday May 23 🙂

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Week 2 Accountability Vlog #FitnessFriday

Did you check out my Week 1 Video Update?

This ratchet ol’ video LMAO

 

Well, there it is, uncut and uncensored hehe.

#thisismylife

My results this week were good!

Eating:

I’m drinking shakeo when I wake-o, I have eggs and bacon for breakfast almost every day, lunch is something from the salad bar at work, or veggies and meat if it’s offered. I snack on hummus (ok and maybe a couple of pretzels dipped in it) and I have one sugar item on most days.  I also snack on plain almonds or peanut butter, or random stuff that I grab from the kitchen. Dinner is meat and veggies, or a crustless veggie quiche, or tacos in lettuce shells, or something else low carb and delicious.

My sugar item:

Around 2 or 3, I used to have a hot chocolate with whip. (I know, I know, shutup.)  So since going back to my low carb lifestyle I have changed to a mocha, I put ½ black coffee and ½ hot chocolate, No whip. And that’s my sweet treat for the day.

I’m not going to deprive myself stuff I really want, I’m just not.

And I don’t believe you should have to feel deprivation to lose weight or get fit, there’s always a substitute, there’s always a way to get your satisfaction in a healthier way, if you’re flexible and ready (read: willing) to make changes.

Eating has been on point. I’m not following the 21 Day Fix eating plan, but I’m getting results!

Workouts:

I am doing my Fix videos, and am actually looking forward to getting back from the cruise and starting P90X3. I am ready to switch to something more intense and crazy. The 21 Day Fix workouts are awesome, just straight forward, multi-body-part moves that get your heart rate up no matter if you’re doing upper or lower body. They’re great, but after almost 3 weeks of it, I’m ready for a change. (May buy 21 Day Fix Extreme, my coach is doing it and she loves it.)
I didn’t run as much as I wanted to, Aunt Flo was here, and running is just not pleasurable to me during that time. 

RESULTS!!!!

Well I already told you in the video, but here are the pics:

Reglah:

belly out okdani

Reglah:

belly unsucked okdani

Suckin’ in with all my might:

sucking in abs okdani

(can’t wait til my abs are like this without suckin’ in!)

 (Next time I won’t take pics in undies – or so far away from the camera – so I can have bigger pics to share)

I’m down ½ inch at the smallest part of my waist, no change at my bellybutton and about an inch at the biggest part of my waist.

When I suck in with all the force in the world, I see some definition!!

Oh, and I weighed myself the day before Flo came, the day she arrived, and then today. Just to see how much water weight I gained…. 9lbs!!  And down to normal again today.

This is why we need to IGNORE the scale and go by:

  1. fit of clothes
  2. inches lost
  3. photos

The scale will F your whole head up if you let it. Just leave it alone.

So that’s my update for Week 2! See you next week for the last 21 Day Fix Update right before the cruise!

 

How was your week of workouts/nutrition?