Wellness is generally used to mean a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being.
Without this balance, one tends to feel out of sorts and cannot juggle all that is involved in being ‘Mama’. As a Mama, you probably tend to take care of everyone else and neglect yourself, but you cannot take care of others effectively without taking care of yourself first. That is where Wellness For Mama can help.
Wellness For Mama offers advice on fitness and weight loss programs, and guides you in the basics of good nutrition and making healthy lifestyle changes. If you are at a point in your life when you are ready to stop making excuses and start making healthy choices, stay tuned.
I will admit it: I am not the best at following directions. There, I said it. And I proved it this weekend out at Cedar Hill State Park. The day didn’t start out all that crazy. I rolled out of bed when my alarm went off, woke my daughter, drank coffee and ate a light breakfast, and we headed out. The trail has loops for 3 miles, 8 miles, and 12 miles. Since this was my daughter’s second run, I thought it would be a good idea to run the 3 mile loop, come back to the car and leave her there, then run another three miles on my own....read more
Now that I’ve decided that trail running rocks, I thought it was time to get real trail shoes. I ordered a pair from Salomon that several of my running friends wear, but after wearing them around the house for 10 minutes and having them rub my little toe, I decided they needed to go. But what to get next? My road shoes are from Newton Running. And while Newton does make trail shoes, the sticker price is a bit steep. This got me to thinking… what is it about Newtons that I love? Room for my toes. I hopped online and started the...read more
The big day was finally here… my first trail race: Rugged & Raw 10k. The forecast was for low 70s and dropping with 30% chance of rain, however when I woke at 5:30, it was 78 degrees. I cringed a bit and hoped the cold front would move in quickly as I had prepared to wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt. I ate a light breakfast, drank some coffee, brushed my teeth, got dressed, and was headed to Cedar Ridge Preserve by 6:20 am. Since I was so early, I got a front row parking space, then went up for packet pick-up. The race...read more
Four Corners Brewing Co 5k was this past Saturday. Ugh… where do I start? I case you hadn’t noticed, I had not run since late July due partly to the increasing heat and a minor knee injury. I only managed to strap on my trainers twice in the week before the race. I was not feeling optimistic. However, I would be thrilled if I made it under 40 minutes. That was my goal. The weather Saturday morning could not have been any better… a cool, crisp 65 degrees welcomed me when I walked out my front door. We got there early and...read more
So I’ve made it through six weeks of the Couch to 5k Program and am pleasantly surprised at how well I am doing. It’s nice to get 10 (or even 20) minutes into a run and realize my legs feel fine and my lungs aren’t hurting. However I still am not thrilled with the idea of ‘pounding the pavement’. I wanted to check out trail running. Then it happened… the planets aligned. My husband was out of town and the kids were at the grandparents for the night. I was alone and had time to go check out a trail! I posted...read more
It didn’t take long for me to realize my running pants/capris/shorts usually don’t have pockets and I needed some way to carry my phone (and anything else I might need) while running. In the past I have used armbands, but didn’t like the way they rubbed my underarm or caught on my clothes. So one afternoon I was perusing Pinterest and came across this “dead-simple workout armband“. I will admit, I did try it. And it works OK, but I knew there had to be something else out these. During my Google searching I came...read more
When I was first introduced to Paleo, I was tickled to learn the go-to breakfast is bacon and eggs. However since Paleo focuses on nutrient-dense foods, the quality of the bacon and eggs is the key. But what does this mean? Well, it means when you are in your local grocery store and start to reach for those regular cheap grocery store eggs, just don’t. Those are probably the worst choice when it comes to eggs. Skip those. But then you look around and you see all those fancy marketing labels: cage-free, organic, free-range, vegetarian...read more
After I finished running my second week of the Couch to 5k Program while alternating Vibrams and Merrell Gloves, and discovering the 100% cotton socks with the Merrells were killing my little pinky toes, I decided it was time for some real ‘running socks’. The husband has said he needed a new pair of running shoes, so off we went to Luke’s Locker. Picking out my socks took two minutes, so I decided I’d pass the time by trying on a few pairs of shoes. <— famous last words! I tried several pairs of trail...read more
If you know me at all, you know I don’t like to run. At all. And I never have. I don’t see the logic of trudging along on the pavement in the sun for extended periods of time. I would rather do a dozen other things than go for a run. That said, I’ve seen many people whip themselves into shape from running. It does burn a lot of calories, and it helps create long, lean muscles. But there has to be something else. Why else would my seemingly normal friends spend so much time doing it? I’m not sure exactly what possessed...read more
You may have noticed this blog came to a sudden stop in December 2010. This wasn’t because I was lazy or disillusioned in blogging. No, nothing like that. You see, it wasn’t long after then that we discovered something very unexpected… I was pregnant with our third child! This came as a great surprise since I had been diagnosed with “unexplained fertility”. We were unable to conceive on our own. Therefore Child #2 was a fertility baby. And by that I mean we did multiple rounds of Clomid and injections to get...read more