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Fitbit Mother’s Day: 15 Awesome Things You Got From Mom

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This week we’re celebrating Mother’s Day with our friends over at MyFitnessPal. Whether you’re a mom or you just happen to have one, you’ll find great tips and advice for staying healthy and happy all year long.

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On Fitbit and MyFitnessPal social networks this week, we asked you what feature or personality trait you happily got from your mother. And, boy, did you have some terrific answers! We expected the typical, “I love that I got my mom’s brown eyes.” But you guys got creative, and dug deep, offering up some super personal, super inspiring statements. We’re sure your mothers are all very proud!

“What trait or feature are you glad you got from your mom?”

1. “I got her muscular calves and I’m learning to love them.” —Amy Sader Brown

2.  “A gritty determination to find solutions to problems; bright eyes are a bonus too. —@Alegrya

3. “My work ethic. She worked hard every day of her life. I miss her dearly.” —Destiny Crane

4. “Motivation, looks, and a good heart.” —@iSurFHi

5. “The ability to stand on my own two feet. No matter what life throws at me!” —Caren Bacon read more

Avoid a Common Mother’s Day Mistake with These 5 Tips

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This week we’re celebrating Mother’s Day with our friends over at MyFitnessPal. Whether you’re a mom or you just happen to have one, you’ll find great tips and advice for staying healthy and happy all year long.

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Lauren headshot smallToday’s post is from Lauren Slayton, the author of The Little Book of Thin and created the Foodtrainers blog. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University and appeared on Allure, In Style, Cooking Light and more. She previously wrote about mastering your fridge and 10 Ways Busy Moms Can Stay Healthy.

Almost daily during nutrition sessions in my office, clients say, “I want my mother to come in for a visit,” or, “My wife needs to see you.” Statements like these make me squirm.

I know all too well from doing this for a very long time (I started Foodtrainers on the verge of motherhood myself, and my “baby” is now 12) that buying someone nutrition sessions or a gym membership doesn’t always work. And yet I totally get that watching a family member ignore their health can be difficult and frustrating.

…buying someone nutrition sessions or a gym membership doesn’t always work.

So how do you avoid the common mistake of buying fitness and health? Here are five easy ways to get the point across and make it stick.

  1. Do it together – Whether it’s taking a walk in the park, playing tennis or enrolling in a healthy cooking class, suggesting to meet for an activity is often better received than “You should do this.” Plus, working out or exercising with a friend or in groups increases its benefit. So do it together!
  2. Mention it and let it go – Yesterday, I received a voicemail from a prospective client saying, “I’ve had your business card for two years.” I loved hearing this as I knew this client waited until the timing seemed right. If you know of a great trainer or yoga instructor, give your mom the contact info. After that zip it! Don’t say another word about it. read more

Fitbit Success Stories: Jennifer L.

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This week we’re celebrating Mother’s Day with our friends over at MyFitnessPal. Whether you’re a mom or you just happen to have one, you’ll find great tips and advice for staying healthy and happy all year long. Today’s post is a success story from Jennifer L., a 38-year-old Canadian stay-at-home-mom to 2 girls, ages 8 and 11. She lost amazing 92lbs. using Fitbit and MyFitnessPal!

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In August 2012, Jennifer decided to get serious about losing weight. “I was tired of having to wear plus-sized clothes. In my town there aren’t a lot of choices for larger women, so I hated what I looked like in the clothes I had to wear,” says Jennifer. “I didn’t want my children to be embarrassed to have an overweight mum, who wasn’t able to do things with them. My self-esteem was low and I felt invisible.”

She knew she needed a change, so she decided to try MyFitnessPal. “It’s so easy to keep track of what food I eat because of the huge food database & the scanner,” she says. “Before I started losing weight, I wasn’t exercising at all, unless we took the family to a zoo or something. I was eating WAY too many calories—a lot of sweets including chocolate, pastries, ice cream—and not enough real food. MFP helped me watch my food and nutrition, because it showed me which macro levels and micronutrients to focus on. The forums were also very helpful whenever I had a question. In the end, the content of my diet hasn’t changed too drastically. I go by IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros), so I don’t discount anything from my diet.”

“As of March 30, 2014, I lost 75lbs. It’s so hard to believe…”

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10 Simple Ways Busy Moms Can Stay Healthy

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This week we’re celebrating Mother’s Day with our friends over at MyFitnessPal. Whether you’re a mom or you just happen to have one, you’ll find great tips and advice for staying healthy and happy all year long.

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Lauren headshot smallToday’s post is from Lauren Slayton, the author of The Little Book of Thin and created the Foodtrainers blog. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University and appeared on Allure, In Style, Cooking Light and more. She previously wrote about mastering your fridge.

 

Motherhood is great. Sure, I can get all sappy and say it’s a gift, which it absolutely is, but it’s a demanding gift that comes with its own unique challenges. With a little planning (I mean who’s better at planning than moms?) we can put those difficulties to bed.

Try these 10 tips to make it your healthiest Mother’s Day yet.

  1. Have a “Pick-Free” Week – Many of my “mom” clients say they don’t eat chicken fingers or candy or mac and cheese. And truth be told, they don’t really eat a full portion of them. However, the few French fries and cookie bites that you “pick” at from your kids’ meals can add up. For one full week, skip the kid picks. It will be both eye-opening and slimming.
  2.  Try Turmeric - Are you familiar with turmeric? It’s a spice that gives curry powder its yellow hue, and you may very well have in your spice cabinet. Take it out and sprinkle it on eggs, veggies or grains. It’s a very powerful mood-booster, has strong anti-cancer properties and is anti-inflammatory, too.
  3.  Start the Week Skinny - Take an hour or two on Sunday to plan a weekly menu, create a grocery list and hit the supermarket. I recommend trying at least one new recipe or ingredient per week, and planning at least one fish or shellfish dinner for the family. Winging it and weight loss often don’t go together. read more

6 Ways to Make Mother’s Day Sweet this Year

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This week we’re celebrating Mother’s Day with our friends over at MyFitnessPal. Whether you’re a mom or you just happen to have one, you’ll find great tips and advice for staying healthy and happy all year long.

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With all the negative buzz around added sugar lately, showing up at mom’s with a cake this weekend might not be the smartest move. So how do you celebrate her day without inadvertently wrecking her diet plan? Here are six simple ways to keep things sweet and make Mother’s Day even more special this year.

  1. Pound the pavement – Lace up your sneakers and register the two of you for a fun run/walk in your area. (Search Eventbrite to find one near you, or plan out your own route with MapMyFitness.) A sweat session with mom is the perfect time to gab about the rest of the family and max out your Fitbit steps. Plus, the finish-line photo will totally be frame-worthy. Can’t find one? Just make a plan to go for a jog together!
  2. Hit the farmer’s market for flowers – Sure, mom would be more than happy to get a ready-made bouquet from the grocery store. But why not take her to a farmer’s market and let her pick out her own blossoms? And while you’re there, check out the produce that’s in season. You get fresh groceries and alone time with mom—score!
  3. Take her dancing – We’re willing to bet your mom’s got moves—and she’d probably love to show them off somewhere other than your cousin’s wedding. Country line dancing, square dancing (don’t knock it—it’s a ton of fun!), your favorite Zumba class…there are lots of places for you and mom to get your groove going.
  4. Make dinner together – Yes, this is mom’s special day, so she shouldn’t be spending it in the kitchen cooking for everyone else. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t ask her to share the secret family chicken recipe you’ve been dying to learn. Call ahead for the ingredients list and arrive with everything washed, prepped, and ready to go. (Pack a nice salad to serve with the meal, too.) Then watch and learn from the master mother chef!
  5. Two words: tandem bike – What could be more fun (um, funnier?) than a bicycle built for two? Riding a bike torches tons of calories, which will help mom burn off that breakfast in bed. And, again, think of the terrific photo ops! If you can’t seem to get the rhythm of pedaling together, you can always hop on a couple of single-seaters and tour your town with a little more autonomy.
  6. Friend her on Facebook – Remember when hanging with your parents just wasn’t cool? Those days are long gone (thank goodness!), and now the cool thing to do is to give your mom a shout out in your status update. Share your favorite photo and let her know how much she really means to you. She’ll get a kick out of feeling famous online.

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