These four moms got a fitness and food makeover thanks to Equinox trainer Lashaun Dale and dietitian Keri Glassman. Whether you're looking to drop 10 pounds, tighten your tummy, or lay off the diet soda, these experts have a plan to suit you. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.
The Health Nut
Name: Lorre Youngblood
Location: Newalla, OK
Family: Married with two kids (Lacy, 12; Lane, 11)
Work: Full-time land associate at an energy company
"My dad had a heart attack at 45, and I don't want to be in the same boat," says Lorre.
Goal: To do more endurance exercises to boost her cardiovascular health.
Current weekly routine: Walks/jogs on a treadmill or uses fitness apps on her iPad to do full-body strengthening moves at home for 20 to 45 minutes at a time, four times a week. "I'd like to be more consistent - sometimes I have to help my kids with homework and I end up skipping my workout," says Lorre.
Fitness fix: Amping up aerobic exercise in spurts is key to strengthening Lorre's
These four moms got a fitness and food makeover thanks to Equinox trainer Lashaun Dale and dietitian Keri Glassman. Whether you're looking to drop 10 pounds, tighten your tummy, or lay off the diet soda, these experts have a plan to suit you. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.Read More »from Does Your Workout Need a Makeover?
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1. Move alarms - Hitting the snooze button two, three or four times every morning is easy to do when your alarm is next to your bed. To ensure your family gets moving at first ring, move all alarms far away from the beds. Place clocks or phones on the opposite side of each bedroom, requiring every family member to get up out of bed to turn their alarms off. If needed, set alarms in the hallway or somewhere else out of easy reach.
2. Reward getting up on time - Encourage your kids to rise and shine on time by offering an incentive or reward that works for your family, at least until good habits are
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1. I chose a pediatrician that I could trust and disagree with
Those may sound like opposing goals, but what I've discovered is that my children get the best care when my pediatrician is not threatened by me disagreeing with her on some
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Stop us if this sounds familiar: You've got your pad of paper and you're merrily scribbling down your to-dos. And when you get to about item number ten, panic sets in. How will you ever get everything done? You know as well as we do: You won't. Not until you devise a realistic plan. "A manageable list will fuel your sense of accomplishment and allow you to get more done," says Julie Morgenstern, author of Never Check E-mail in the Morning. We put together a list (office duties not included) that resembles the one buried at the bottom of your purse--then asked Morgenstern to edit it. Follow her sensibly ruthless strategy, and your goals for any given day should fit on a scrap of paper no bigger than a Post-it.
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What Your Current List Probably Looks Like:
• Upload vacation pics from camera
Cut It: Unless it's going to bring you joy to sift through tons of blurry, off-center images to find the gems, ask another family member
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New Year's resolutions sound terribly daunting don't they? I haven't participated in them for years and for good reason, I'm TERRIBLE at them. However I like the idea of self improvement and setting goals, so this year I fell into a completely different pattern of goal setting and improving myself. Here's the truth: there are a lot of things I will never be really, really good at. Either I don't have the time, the natural ability or the money to dedicate to such endeavors. New month's resolutions
I would love to be really good at skydiving, but my life insurance policy and pocketbook have other plans. I really want to be good at sewing, but I'm learning that's going to take a lot longer to learn with a toddler and busy house to run. Cooking? I'm already pretty good at cooking, but I could manage to do it more often. A lot of women think they have to be good, or at least decent, at everything. I on the other hand realize there are some things that are never, ever going to be my thing and that's okay.
Entertain your kids without a screenThese days, it can be hard to entertain your kids without a screen. Yvonne Chavez-Lombardi, director of education at Kidspace Children's Museum, joins Easy Does It Host Ereka Vetrini with fun activities you can do with items found around the house.Read More »from Entertain Your Kids Without a Screen
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Chavez-Lombardi notes that screen time often undermines children's play. "It really affects their healthy development. It makes it harder for children to build relationships with people, with nature. And it really affects them academically in the long run," she says.
Related: 10 ways to add exercise to your kids' routine
First, Chavez-Lombardi offers an activity that is fun and that uses items easily found in your bathroom and your kitchen.
Supplies: Shaving cream, food coloring, plastic knife, paper, foil tray.
Put food coloring into the foil tray. Then place a layer of shaving cream in the tray over the food coloring. Use the plastic knife to swirl the two together. Next,
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