November 12th Meeting (Part 2)

November 12th’s meeting was a great meeting and so full of content that we had to break the post into two parts. If you missed the first post, please read it, you will be encouraged: November 12th meeting (Part 1)

The second half of our meeting focused on the importance of taking care of ourselves, so we can not only be the best Mom to our children, but also the best version of ourselves.   A fitness instructor from a local gym came and discussed some basic ideas of nutrition and exercises that we can easily do from home with out a gym membership.

Being mothers of young children, we often find that we are too busy to take time for ourselves, but the reality is, we likely have not made it a priority. Whether it’s because you have guilt when you give yourself 30 minutes a day, or that you don’t have time; the reality in this, is that there needs to be a change in time management and priorities, realizing that you are worth it. Getting up a little earlier, going to bed earlier, organizing your day the day before by planning ahead are all things we can change. Taking care of ourselves is the least selfish thing we can do, it helps us be at our best.

“Being healthy and fit is the LEAST selfish thing you can for those you love.” -Dustin Maher

This month, MOPS Blog has an article on this very thing, Learn to Put Yourself First, which has some great tips on how you can get started: making the change to taking care of yourself and giving yourself the time you deserve.

As a mother you know, that 30 minutes is realistically the only time you can fit into your busy lives as mothers and we need to maximize our time for fitness, below are some links to exercise plans and programs that fit into this 30 minute time frame, all of which can be done at home with little to no equipment.

Walking:

14 Walking Workouts (Select from the left column)

10 Week Walking Program

Beginner Walking Program

Intermediate Walking Program

Advanced Walking Program

Running:

Couch to 5K (C25K) Never run before? This is the perfect program to ease you into it.

8 Week Beginner Running Program

Log Your Run. This site has various running programs for all types of runners

Whole Body workouts:

50 Body Weight Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

15 Minute Workouts (Core Exercises-perfect for getting those abs back in shape after babies! Requires a stability ball)

5 to 30 minute circuit (excellent exercise programs that gets your heart rate up, can be a 5 minute pick me up or a 30 minute routine)

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Not only will exercise help clear your head and energize you, but eating well will boost these benefits, as well as help you loose those unwanted baby pounds. Eating accounts for the majority of our health and any weight loss.

The Marathon Mom (This site is a great resource for all things life, including health, fitness, life, raising children, faith etc.  Definitely one worth looking through.) The Marathon Mom is also a big advocate for 42 days to Fit, which is a realistic diet and exercise challenge that you all might find helpful!

100 Days of Real Food (Interested in cutting out processed foods for you and your family? This site is a good resource to getting you and your family there)

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Our diet, nutrition and fitness is a personal journey that we all are on, and it is just that, it is personal. Any change that we make is a process and we are all at different places in that journey. Encouragement and support is what we all need. Let’s lift and encourage one another as we do what we can to be the best Mom, and best version of ourselves that we can be!

If you have a program that you like to follow, we would love for you to share what they are!

November 12th Meeting (Part 1)

We are so blessed to have so many great ladies come to our meetings. You all truly are a blessing. Thank you for being part of our group!

Jenn shared with us today all the great information that she learned at the MOPS leadership conference (MomCON). In doing this, she reminded us all that we are God’s MASTERPIECE (Eph. 2:10) and we need to give up these things that keep us from being who God intends us to be. In a symbolic exercise, we wrote down any of our struggles, fears, feelings of inadequacy, etc. that keep us from being this. After our lengthy short lists were written, we crumbled them up and threw them away. As symbolic exercises go, the goal is that each of you (and those that missed can do) are able to fully and completely give those things over to God, that our hearts and minds can be transformed and we can be renewed (Romans 12:2) fully into who God ordained us to be. You are God’s daughter and you are LOVED by Him.

Today’s meeting wasn’t just about soul searching, it was also about scoring some awesome stuff!  Let’s be honest…those of us who didn’t get anything, we’re not thrilled…

In my feeble attempt to appease the disappointment some of us are feeling; here is the list of the books and resources that were given out so we can all benefit from these great resources (even if we didn’t win them). The list of books are linked to websites with the best deals, many of them you can also get an audio or digital version. Unless you have Amazon Prime (i.e. free shipping), purchasing from the linked websites are your best bet. **If you find a better deal on these books locally or another website, PLEASE leave a comment sharing this information and the link will be updated.

The Beauty of Broken by Elisa Morgan

The Artist Daughter, a Memoir by Alexandra Kuykendall

Get Yourself Organized Project by Kathi Lipp

The Husband Project by Kathi Lipp

Seven (7) by Jen Hatmaker

Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions by Lysa TerKeurst

Caramel Sauce

This Caramel Sauce is so super easy and perfect for the holidays, and the best part, you practically don’t do a THING:

Ingredients:

-14oz Can Sweetened Condensed Milk

Instructions:

Place ENTIRE unopened can into crock pot, cover completely with water and cook on low for 6 hours. Open can and it’s done.

Could it get any easier than this?? Enjoy this on Cheesecake, drizzled on cobblers, pies, for dipping apples as an appetizer. The uses are endless, just enjoy!

Courtesy: Hello Darling Blog, MOPS.org

October 8th Meeting

Today’s meeting was a really great meeting and we’re so glad that you all attended.  If you couldn’t make it, we missed you! The skittles game was such a great ice-breaker and a great way for all of us to get to know each other on a deeper level.

Thank you Mary for sharing about fear and overcoming it. What a great encouragement to all of us mothers in our messy, busy lives that are sometimes so overwhelming and filled with the unknown.

Jenn put together some great resources of FREEZER MEAL TIPS and FREEZER MEAL RECIPES, and I know we all are excited about the Garlic Lime Chicken (I’m pretty sure most of us went ahead and made these for our meals tonight instead of freezing them!!).

Can’t wait to see you all next time!