Archive for the ‘Health & Fitness’ Category

Running a Half Marathon

Monday, May 21st, 2012 by by

I always thought “they” were crazy.
Who in the world would want to run further than a few miles?
Not I…well, in a way I did.
In my mid twenties, I started jogging.
Nothing big, a couple of miles about 4 times a week.
I stopped for a while.
Trying to get pregnant & jogging didn’t fit well together.
It wasn’t even a thought until about 1.5 yrs after the kids were born.
Of all months to start, I decided July was the best.
Don’t ask me why my brain thought July.
Guess if I could run during one of the hottest months
of the year, I would maybe stick with it.
I did well for a while.
Ran about 2.5 miles per day, 4-6 times a week.
But once again, had to stop.
This time the culprit was the knee.
So I substituted w/ Jillian.
But it just wasn’t the same.
So again, I chose July to start running.
2.5-3.5 miles.
I was upping the mileage.
And then Diana came in to my life.
She is my BRB (best running buddy).
She is the reason I go on days I don’t feel like it.
But best of all, we motivate ONE ANOTHER to keep going.
We started tackling the miles.
3 miles 3 times a week & then a longer jog on Fridays.
There was talk of signing up for a 10k.
By that point, we were running a 10k on Friday runs.
It wasn’t a challenge.
Then she proposed a half marathon. (more…)


Stroller Fitness Craze

Monday, May 21st, 2012 by by

~There is a stroller fitness craze amongst new mommies, and I totally understand why.  With all three of my babies, exercising in the outdoors was what worked best for the both of us.  They got some fresh air and scenery, and I got some exercise in.  One of my favorite places for stroller exercising was the zoo.  In both cities that I lived in at the time that my boys were babies, they had huge zoos, so that meant lots of walking for us! Enjoy these stroller exercises with Alaina – she will take your walk/jog to another level!~

Toning Stroller Exercises

Featured Writer: Alaina Holland

1) Marry Me Lunge: glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, abdominals

Focus: Leg toning. Walk with the stroller in front of you with both hands on the handle bars. Take a giant step about 3 feet out with your right leg forward. Kneel downward and explode up while moving left foot to meet the right foot. Do the same with the left foot forward and alternate legs. Between sets rest by walking the stroller forward for about 30 seconds. Keep your abdominals in tight and make sure to not lock your knees during any part of this exercise.

DO: 3 sets of 6-8* lunges on each leg

REMEMBER: Always keep the front knee behind the front toes and lower straight down. (more…)

Wednesday: Accidental Workouts- 5 Workouts You Can Do Without Feeling Like You Are Excercising

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 by by

It’s honesty time. We all say that we don’t have time to work out- but if you watch one TV show a day, then you have time to work out- it’s just that sometimes we don’t want to….. When it comes to real health, though, small changes that you can do for the rest of your life are the ones that are the most beneficial. So, for those of us looking to do a little extra exercise but without actually feeling like you are exercising, here are five ideas.

1. Specially plan your grocery shopping trip- head to a store like Wal Mart or Sam’s Club. Instead of going first to produce, then frozen, grocery, dairy, and health care, mix it up- hit produce, and then head to the other end of the store for non foods. Go back for dairy, then go go for grocery. Stop and visit the clothes/DVD section, and finish with frozen. By making a route through the store that is winding instead of direct, you will do a lot of extra walking and therefore burn extra calories! Grocery shopping may take a little longer, but it will be worthwhile. (Every extra 15 minutes of walking= 58 calories)

2. What is your favorite place to shop? Leave you credit card and money at home and go window shopping at the mall- or a hardware store- or a garden shop- whatever it is that you enjoy. Just getting out and wandering around will make you burn extra calories, but since you will just be out looking at things you enjoy, you won’t even really notice all the extra walking. (15 minutes of walking= 48 calories) (more…)


Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 by by

Having a child with food allergies gives me this overwhelming feeling of uncertainty.  There are so many aspects of raising my daughter that leave me wondering if I made the right choices, and this can be so hard on a parent.  With Little Sister, I am constantly wondering if I made mistakes that led her to have all these allergies.  Is it because she was premature?   Every single time she reacts to something new, or has a terrible anaphylactic reaction I think that there must be something I did wrong.

The media is SO quick to tell us that my worry is spot on.

What the media says I did wrong:

  • I didn’t breast feed long enough
  • I took antibiotics during pregnancy
  • I ate too many of the top 8 allergens while pregnant
  • I didn’t eat enough of the top 8 allergens while pregnant
  • Increased vaccinations caused the allergies
  • I ate or fed my daughter too many genetically modified foods
  • Our hygiene kept the immune system from being busy, so it created something to do (a protein allergy)
  • Genetics

What the media says

I even had one mom (more…)


Monday: Why I am Not Fat

Monday, April 16th, 2012 by by

Obesity epidemic. In American, more than 1 in 3 adults is not overweight, but obese.

I can’t speak for men, but I can give some perspectives from a woman’s side. Weight issues are EVERYWHERE. Regardless of a woman’s current weight, we are always looking to lose something. 5 pounds, 10 pounds, that belly jiggle or those un-firm thighs. As soon as we accomplish one weight loss goal, we are unsatisfied and find something else ‘wrong’ with us to fix.

You know how easy it is to get sucked in.

This is how I got out.

In junior high, all of my friends and I were always on some diet or another- no sugar, no carbs, low calorie, crazy workouts. This might make sense if any of us had a real weight issue.

We didn’t. We were shopping the size 0-2 racks.

How could we be so obsessed? (more…)

IVIG received – much needed

Thursday, April 12th, 2012 by by

On Tuesday, we headed out to our other new hospital – Huntsman Cancer Institute in St. George.  This is where Haven will get her port flushed every 4 weeks, and then every 6 weeks she will get her labs drawn, and then every 8 weeks she will get IVIG.  So, we actually get a one month break, and then we’re in ever two weeks for a month….then another month break.  Every few months she will head to SLC Primary Children’s for a full run down of labs and check ups.

Her room was very nice at this hospital.  It’s bigger than my labor and delivery room, and she had a private bathroom.  I was very surprised and happy.  She was very well taken care of. (more…)

Recipe: 3 Minute Single Brownie

Friday, March 30th, 2012 by by

If you love chocolate and you want to make a quick treat then this is the perfect recipe for you.

When I was a low carb dieter I loved to make warm brownies that contained cocoa powder, splenda, powdered milk, and water.  And I would top them with cool whip because they were kind of dry.

Now that I’m aware of the dangers of artifical sweeteners and am not drinking cow’s milk I had to come up with an alternative recipe.

This is so simple, flavorful, and moist.

I am happy to admit that it is much better than the original recipe and doesn’t need anything on top.

It’s the perfect single serving desert. (more…)


MedicAlert Buttons

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 by by

*I am not being paid, or receiving any sort of incentive to write this post.  I just like to share my favorite things with other allergy families :)*

Link to MedicAlert

When we realized that Little Sisters allergies were so life-threatening, we knew that we needed to take an extra step to protect her.  I bought her a food allergy warning shirt and that was incredible, but I wanted something to put on the back of her shirt so that people got the idea not to feed her at parties, or touch her in the grocery store with food residue on their hands.

I bought this 5 pack from a fantastic store on, called MedicAlert.  They were SO inexpensive, and really well made.  The buttons get put on both the front, and the back of her shirt, the zipper pull goes on her coats, and the keychain is on the diaper bag.


Tabata Workout

Monday, March 26th, 2012 by by

Do you want to add some variety to your workout? Perhaps you just need to get started but don’t have an hour every day.

Tabatas are perfect. They take four minutes and can be done alone or added on the end of your strength workout.

I have been adding them to the end of my strength training session, but when I was a beginner I used to do them because 15 minute HIIT was just too much for me.

Tabatas are 20 seconds of work with 10 seconds of recovery for eight rounds. Just remember when you do tabatas or HIIT, you want to give all you’ve got during the work period. Really GO HARD!!

My tabatas for this month will be:

Woodchops and Burpees



Motivation Monday: Never Give Up

Monday, March 5th, 2012 by by

We all have goals that we want to accomplish.

As long you never give up, you will reach and surpass them.

Sometimes we get sidetracked, but hopefully your determination leads you right back to your goals.

If you miss a workout or eat something not so healthy, don’t give up.

It doesn’t mean you failed.

We all have times that things just don’t happen the way we planned or hoped.

What makes all the difference is how you deal with those times.  Don’t beat yourself up.

There have been many times that I haven’t eaten perfectly, but that next meal is when I do eat healthy.  Don’t wait until the next day – start with your next meal.

And if you skip a workout, you can make it up later in the day or the next day.  As long as you get back up, then the one or more missed workouts isn’t detrimental to your success.

Remember, you can do it as long as you never, never, never give up!!

Do you have your goals visible so you have something to keep you on track?