How One Busy Mom Gets Motivated

As always – hearing from our FITness Instructors is enlightening. Every instructor (and mom) has their own tips and tricks to how FITness works for them. And we have the honor to hear how our Maryland FITness Pro Hannah stays on top of her FITness goals!

As a mom of little littles, I know how tough it can be to fit a workout in. I have two girls — a 3 year old and a 4 month old — and between the two of them there a million obstacles to exercising.

I can’t get in a whole workout at once; I’ll be interrupted 20 times during my 20-minute routine; I’m exhausted because my baby was up half the night; when they happen to both be sleeping at once, the pressures of housework/emailing/cooking weigh on me; when they happen to both be sleeping at once and I don’t have much housework, I just want to sit down and rest; I don’t want to give up time with my husband. Continue Reading →

Leeann Likes – Frozen Hot Chocolate! What what!!!

Frozen Hot Chocolate.

My friends.  STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING.  Make this smoothie.  It is truly amazing.

Here is the link.  It is creamy, chocolatey, filling and delicious.  IF you hate avocado you will still like this.

My three year old thought she was having a chocolate shake.  It is so good.  

Here are my #reallife recipes notes:

  1. I used regular dates not medjool Dates so  I added 4 dates
  2. I did not have any Rice Milk Powder so I left it out.  I hear it will be creamier with it
  3. The second time I made this, I added a handful of spinach.  Absolutely no idea it was there.  Next time I will add a little more.  
  4. I did add a small squeeze of agave nectar to make it a little sweeter.
  5. I used plain unsweetened almond milk because that is what I had on hand!
  6. I am picky about cocoa powder.  Trader Joe’s is cheap and in my humble opinion has the best flavor!

And to keep it real #reallife…..

I was trying to cut back on dishes and I needed this RIGHT NOW so I poured it right back into my measuring cup.  No time for frills. It is that good.  (The recipe easily makes 2 cups, this was my portion, my daughter had a good bit also).  It lasted in the fridge no problem.

Restorative Pose for a Rough Day

All of May, our PowerFull Fitness crew focused on restoration.  Our daily tips, newsletters, and games all centered on the idea that FITness does involve RESTORING your body through mental wellness, nutrition, and relationships.  
Here is a quick tip I shared with the crew on an easy way to practice a quick moment of restoration at home.
Try the “Legs On the Wall” Pose.
Why do it?
Practicing this can:
1. reduce any fluid build up in your legs and feet
2. relieve tired leg muscles
3. let you practice an inversion pose without effort – helping to reverse gravity on your whole system (helping with digestion, blood pressure etc)
4. calm your nerves – literally. According to doyouyouga when you “combine a longer hold of Legs Up the Wall with slow, rhythmic breathing, you will be tapping into your rest and digest nervous response.”
5. quiet your mind – calm you down. Focus on deep breathing while in the post to get you to a restorative state!
You can stay here for 10-15 minutes but even a few minutes of practice a couple of days a week can help you reach the benefits we talked about!

Sloppy Joe – A Weeknight Fave

Here is one that will keep you on track with your goals and the kids will love!  SLOPPY JOES. Sooooo yum.

Let me give you the way I have designed the recipe.

  • 1 lb of extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp of worcestershire sauce
  • 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 3 tbsp of tomato paste
  • .25 cups of bbq sauce (we use Stubbs original)

Last night I threw in some chopped onion too.

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Real Life Tips from Fitness Instructors!

All this month, we are focusing on ROUTINE and how to build routine in a #reallife way. Our instructor Tristan has some awesome tips and I just had to get her to write them up for you. Here is how Tristan manages life with three littles!

I am a recovering type-A personality.  I think this is leftover from my days in an elementary classroom. When I added our second kid to the mix, I became a stay at home mom/ group exercise instructor with the wonderful PowerFull Fitness ladies.  Our oldest began participating in preschool, then sports and other activities. After many situations where we were double booking, or I expected my husband to read my mind and remember our schedule, I knew that I had to have something in my house with all of our schedules on it that is visible to all.  Fast forward to three years and another kid later, this is key.  Between Little League, soccer, doctors’ appointments, work trips, and my class schedule, this was a life saver.  It isn’t crazy, it isn’t rocket science, but it’s my method and I hope that sharing this helps you!

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FUN Fitness – Ideas for the Whole Family

All of July in PowerFull Fitness we talked about making fitness FUN.  I shared some workouts our ladies could do at home with their kids but sometimes you just need a quick idea!  Check out this list.  It has some fun ideas for ways to keep moving with your kiddo so that everyone gets their energy out. Of course – added to the list would be any of our Mommy and Me Classes as well!


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Quick and KID FRIENDLY Weeknight Dinner

This is the EASIEST meal ever. Like ever.  And my kids ACTUALLY eat it. Yep. Both of them.  All of the ingredients I use I get from Costco which cuts down on cost.  Seriously I make this at least once a week on our busy nights and I am sure that everyone will get a good meal with minimal clean up.

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Your Favorite Kid Snacks Revealed

All of July, we focused on Fun for Fitness. One aspect of fun is giving kids some snacks that are fun and (mostly) nutritious.  I asked our PowerFull Moms for their favorite kid snacks and I couldn’t resist sharing. These ideas are super fun and easy to do – great for a busy mom on the go!

Download and print your copy today – get a few more summer fun snacks before school starts back again (where has the time gone?)


Leeann Likes – Sweet Potato Toast. Is this #reallife?

What is up with Sweet Potato Toast??

Let’s talk about sweet potato toast.  I feel like it hit the internet by storm.  I LOVE sweet potatoes.  Sweet potato fries are on the top of my favorite food list.  But for some reason I was weirded out by the idea of toast.  Maybe because I was scared to cut those suckers that way.  But see something enough times and you just need to try it.  I found two methods of cooking.  Some people use the toaster, other people use the oven.  I went with the oven because I think sweet potatoes taste better when cooked low and slow.  I can’t imagine how many rounds it would have taken them in the toaster.  I make a a lot, stored them in the fridge and then toasted them each morning for breakfast or in the afternoon for a snack.  I was really surprised.  It was great and I can’t wait to make it again!

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Welcome Leeann – Our Resident #reallifemom

I am so excited about welcoming Leeann to our blog. Leeann is a dear friend of mine – someone I can be real with, someone I can really share life with and be honest about how I’m feeling no matter what. I never fear judgement but I know she will always give it to me straight.   Since she moved away, our weekly “therapy” walks have turned into daily texts and from them I glean so much encouragement. I decided it was selfish to keep all that #reallife encouragement to myself so I asked her to guest blog for you too.

I wanted Leeann to share with YOU the struggles she has been facing as a mom of two little ones, trying to accommodate allergies and live a FIT healthy life.  I won’t go into details – I’ll let her introduce herself!  But stay tuned because we will have updates from her as she discovers what Leeann likes in the real world of being a mom – and also – what Leeann really doesn’t like.

I hope this helps you as you go through each day in a realistic, practical way!  We aren’t trying to be movie stars people, we are keeping it real!

Meet:  Leeann and enjoy her first blog post for us!

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