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As moms, we all know how vital even 5 minutes of “me time,” a day can be. And even though we know this, we don’t tend to make ourselves a priority. Why? Well, there are too many reasons and excuses to count. The main thing that most moms will say is that there is just not enough time in the day. While that may be true, we can’t go on like this. I need a break! We all need a break!

Here are 6 ways that moms can squeeze in a little, or maybe even a lot, of “me time” every day.

  • Do you have a panic room? It’s literally the perfect escape. Of course most of us don’t have one of these rooms in our homes, but we do have at least one room with a lock on the door. A bathroom maybe? Now, it’s been a while since I used the bathroom without little people trying to wipe me, but I rarely utilize the lock, and that’s my mistake. I think it’s time to use that lock. Take a glass of wine and a snack, put in some earphones with your favorite music and let the kid’s pound away at the door for approximately 10 minutes. Pure bliss....

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It’s amazing how the birth of a child will change your priorities. For 10 years I had been living in denial–refusing to embrace my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Even though each and every day was filled with challenges and physical limitations, I hid from the truth, and in turn robbed myself from the opportunity of a “normal” life.

The day my son was born, something awoke inside of me. I found an inner strength–an instinctual desire to protect and provide for my son. It was clear that I had to face my demons, and accept my diagnosis. It was time to stop focusing on “why me” and “this isn’t fair”, and start to accept the fact that my body is not like everyone else’s. This body is mine, these challenges are mine, and the path I have to walk in order to overcome will have to be mine too.

Now I know, that only I have the power to overcome the obstacles that MS has laid out for my life. It’s not a matter of fairness, it’s a matter of sheer will. It doesn’t matter how easy it is for other people to exercise, to balance on one foot, or even walk in high heels. This...

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We’ve all been given the choice between this deliciously, unhealthy food or that amazingly, unhealthy food. In these situations most of us will think, “Hey, if I’m going to eat crappy, I might as well go all out!” Well, you might want to sit down for this because I’m about to blow your mind! No matter what amazing pile of sugary deliciousness or greasy goodness you happen to be contemplating, one of them is a healthier choice than the other.

Say you are handed a snickers and a milky way, and you only get to keep one. Which one are you going to choose? Snickers! Despite the sugar and fat content, there is a generous amount of peanuts to add healthy fats and protein to the mix. Here is a list of some of the most common food temptations that we might face on a daily basis and which one to pick if you’re trying to keep it healthy-ish.

Cheeseburger or pulled pork sandwich

Both are delicious, but given the choice, I would almost always choose the mouthwateringly, juicy cheeseburger. But I would be making the wrong decision. Pulled pork is the way...

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Each person of our family blindly picks a letter from the alphabet from a bowl. Then we have to buy a gift card that starts with that letter. With the gift cards we do a white elephant exchange! It is so much fun! And some letter are hard to shop for!

Wishing you a holiday filled with joy!

Lauren Scott

Instructor

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These are my absolute favorite and one that I make every year, especially around Christmas!

  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 1 c brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 c shortening
  • 1/4 c molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 c sugar

In a large mixing bowl, combine 1/2 of the flour, brown sugar, shortening, molasses, egg, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Beat with an electric mixer until thoroughly combined. Beat in remaining flour. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar to coat. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges are set and the tops are crackled. Cool on cookie sheets for 1 minute. Remove to wire racks. Yield: 4 dozen.

May your holiday season be full of joy and happiness,

Katie Thompson

Instructor

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Take some time for you to burn off the holiday stress....and treats! This is a quick and equipment free workout!

Cardio (2 minutes, rotating every 30 seconds)

  • high knees
  • butt kickers

Round 1: (3 exercises, 21 repetitions of each, then 15, then 9)

  • Squats
  • Push-ups
  • Sit-ups (or crunches)

Cardio: (2 minutes, rotating every 30 seconds)

  • Jumping Jacks
  • Seal Jacks

Round 2: (3 exercises, 21 repetitions of each, then 15, then 9)

  • Lunges
  • Tricep Dips
  • Supermamas

Cardio: (2 minutes, rotating every 30 seconds)

  • Speed Skaters
  • Heisman Shuffles

Round 3: (3 exercises, 21 repetitions of each, then 15, then 9)

  • Deadlifts
  • Pike Push-ups
  • Reverse Crunches

Ab Finisher:

  • 20 Russian Twist
  • 20 Toe touches
  • 20 Bird...
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  • 1 C Oatmeal
  • 1/2 C Chocolate Chips (sub raisins for little ones with no teeth)
  • 1/2 C Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 C Ground Flax Seed
  • 1/3 C Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

To make these Peanut Butter Balls, combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Roll into bite sized balls. Store in fridge for up to a week.

Wishing you an amazing holiday season,

Erin Palkoner

Instructor

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No one likes to talk about the big C. It’s scary and talking about it makes it all the more real. I’m sure we all know someone who has had to fight the fight. We all wonder if there was anything we could have done. Could we have somehow prevented it? Were there signs? Could we have caught it earlier? Why me, or her, or him? There are so many questions, and unfortunately, not a lot of answers. Cancer may be a sneaky bitch, but there are things we can do.

For starters,

  1. Know your body.

Pay attention! Get to know your body inside and out. Yes, you will occasionally have to feel yourself up, or contract this out to a 3rd party (The hubs can be very helpful). Scrutinize every mole, every lump, discoloration, strange sensation, pain or numbness, significant changes of any kind, and of course, follow your instincts. Know what it’s like to feel your best so that you can recognize any dips in your health.

As it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, a...

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Denver to Host Fit4mom Founder Lisa Druxman with Weekend of Fitness, Empowerment and Fun!

Denver, CO – Fit4mom founder, Lisa Druxman is headed to Denver and bringing with her a workshop packed with her own brand of knowledge and expertise. The weekend will begin with a Master Stroller Strides class that will take place on Friday, September 15th, lead by the one and only, Lisa Druxman. Saturday will be a full day of connection, exercise and empowering workshops. To cap it all off, there will be a City-wide Moms Night Out at Venue 221 in Cherry Creek to follow the workshop!

Stroller Strides Master Class

On September 15th, founder Lisa Druxman will take the lead instructing a city-wide master Stroller Strides class in Denver. Class begins at 9:30 am and is free to all. Registration will open at 8:30 am in City Park’s West Meadows, located at 2001 Colorado Blvd. Pick up a swag bag and don’t miss out on your chance to win some awesome...

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Why is Living Healthy so Hard?

Working out and eating healthy is the WORST! It’s hard. It’s time consuming. It hurts. Results take way too long. And finding the time with kids – forget about it! So why do we do it? Why would we choose to put ourselves through this torture? Because, maybe we’re just not ready to give up on ourselves yet. Because, as the saying goes, nothing worth doing is easy. Because, being healthy is actually kind of important and we owe it to ourselves and our families to at least try. So, let’s tackle those excuses! You’ve got this!

Making the decision to get healthy and creating a plan to accomplish that goal is easy! It’s the execution that’s hard. Trust me, there are a million other things I would rather be doing than working out, like sitting on the couch with a candy bar and a glass of wine, binge watching Stranger Things – again. Excuses are easy and convenient and tend to get in the way of progress. Instead of making excuses, make a plan. Your plan should fit into your...

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Heat Exhaustion is the Pits – Know the Signs

It’s HOTT in Colorado! I mean, it’s hot in other places too, but we’re here to talk about beating the Colorado heat. The sun is so close here that you can literally feel your skin sizzling in the mid-day sun. Despite the heat, we all want to be outside in the summer; playing with our kids, exercising, attending festivals, drinking on patios and drinking on patios. Knowing the signs of heat exhaustion and how to avoid it can save you from the much more severe effects of heat stroke.

According to the Mayo Clinic, heat exhaustion can cause heavy sweating, rapid pulse, dizziness, fatigue, cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat, muscle cramps, nausea and headache. Heat stroke is when your body temperature rises to 104 degrees or higher. This can damage your organs and can most certainly be fatal.

None of that stuff sounds fun. So here are some of the things you can do to avoid a heat related catastrophe.

First and foremost, HYDRATE!

Hydration is literally your greatest weapon...

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Our Fearless Leader is Turning One! Sort Of

Jillian Jones is a power-house of a human being. You’re probably asking yourself, is there anything she can’t do? Well, I mean, she can’t walk on water or aim when she pees, but she checks off a lot of boxes. She is a badass woman, a wife to Mike Jones, a mother of 2 beautiful little girls, Brooklyn and Harper, a bomb fitness instructor, a Body Back coach, a marathoner, and is soon to celebrate the one year anniversary of being owner of FIT4MOM Greater Denver!

“I joined Stroller Strides back in January of 2013, and immediately fell in love. The programs were so much more than just a workout, and I quickly fell in love with my tribe.” – Jillian Jones

Born and raised in Sussex County New Jersey, Jillian Jones is one of 5 children. She graduated college with a degree in biology and soon began working for a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey. She moved to Colorado in April of 2008 where she attended BelRae veterinary technician college. In 2010 she began working as a licensed therapy technician for a dog...

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Why I’m Not Embracing My Mom-Bod, and That’s Okay

Let me make this perfectly clear, all bodies are beautiful and capable of amazing things. I’m all for positive body image and loving yourself no matter what – if that’s truly how you feel. If you’re anything like me, you might not be as ready to accept and embrace the body that pregnancy has gifted you, and that’s okay.

I want to love my Mom-bod. I really do. Unfortunately, I just don’t and that needs to be okay. I know that my body is amazing. I have so much respect and admiration for the incredible things it has done. My body has withstood seven IUI’s in three years, three pregnancies, one miscarriage resulting in one D&C, one vaginal birth, one C-section and the capacity to care for two awesome children. All that and I’m still not feeling the love! To be honest, I most likely won’t feel it until my body changes, and that’s okay.

There is a fantastic body positivity movement happening right now and I love it! As great as the message is, there seems to be this pressure...

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Train for Denver’s Mother’s Day 5k with FIT4MOM

Denver, CO –FIT4MOM Greater Denver is offering an eight week training program for Denver’s Mother’s Day 5k that will take place on May 14th, 2017. Training begins the week of March 19th. Registration is now open to any and all mamas, partners, kiddos, dogs, cats, goldfish, literally anyone! Okay, maybe just moms and partners.

The FIT4MOM Mother’s Day 5k training is designed to prepare runners at any level to complete 3.1 miles. Maybe you run marathons on the reg, maybe the only marathon you partake in comes with a comfy seat on your couch and the remote in hand, either way, this training is for you. Simply go to the FIT4MOM site and reserve your spot under team FIT4MOM Greater Denver.

"This is our 5th year participating in the Mothers Day 5k with FIT4MOM! Every year it is a great way to start the day with such a strong and fit community of moms, dads, grandparents, and kids. This year we expect to have a bigger...

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A Quick Q&A with a Stroller Strides Member: Part 3

Stroller Strides welcomes moms in any stage of life. Your kid/s could be 3 months, 3 years or 33 years old; there will always be a spot for you in the warm-up circle. Wherever you are in your motherhood journey, don’t hesitate to join a tribe and be a part of an amazing program. Stay for however long you choose; kids in strollers are not a requirement!

Keri Carland is a long standing Stroller Strides member, working it in Highlands Ranch and Lone Tree, Colorado. If anyone can vouch for Stroller Strides as part of a lifestyle, it’s her!

  1. How long have you been a part of Stroller Strides?

Keri: I originally joined Stroller Strides when my first child was 1 years old. He is now 11 - so I guess that makes it 10 years!

  1. How many kids do you have?

Keri: Four. Three boys a one girl. Ages 11 down to...

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A Quick Q&A with a Stroller Strides Member: Part 2

Stroller Strides means something different to everyone, and yet there are many common themes members tend to agree on. Community, friendship, support, encouragement, camaraderie, social outlet; these are just a few of the ways members describe Stroller Strides. For every unique experience there is a story waiting to be shared.

This story belong to Kyleigh Shipp. Kyleigh is a member in Parker and SE Aurora, Colorado. Read below how Stroller Strides has changed her life.

1. How long have you been a part of Stroller Strides?

I joined Strides when my son Benson was 6 months old- in the summer of 2014. I would have joined earlier if I had known about this amazing group!

2. How many kids do you have?

My son Benson turns 3 in February.

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A Quick Q&A with a Stroller Strides Member: Part 1

Stroller Strides is one of those programs that makes people say, “It totally changed my life!” It’s more than a fitness group; it’s a community of moms, and sometimes dads, who work, play and love hard. These women encourage and support each-other through all of the ups and downs of motherhood, and basically life in general.

With all Stroller Strides has to offer, we decided to find out what the members had to say about their own experiences. Personally, I can’t say enough positive things about this program and I’m not the only one!

Linny Pettit Unzicker is a member of Stroller Strides of Greater Denver at the Littleton location. She is also the co-playgroup captain, planning fun activities for the kiddos to participate in. Here is what she has to say about her experience with Stroller Strides.

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Approximately 45% of Americans will make New Year’s resolutions this year. Are you one of them? Maybe you’ve made resolutions in the past. If so, did you stick to them? Personally, I make New Year’s resolutions every year and by February I’ve either forgotten most of them or have just, plain given up. This is not uncommon. According to statisticbrain.com, only 8% of people are successful at achieving their resolutions. I don’t know about you, but I want to be part of that 8%!

In order to get there I’m going to have to make some changes, and I’m guessing you are too. So I’ve put together a few ideas to help us keep our resolutions this year. 2017 is the year that the slackers will prevail!

1. Write down your goals.

Make a list. Make ten lists! With each goal, write down why you want to achieve that goal. People tend to do better when they write things down. It keeps things fresh in the memory. Put it in your computer, your phone, your tablet, your planner, on your fridge, on the mirror in your bathroom. When you are forced...

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Holiday’s are fantastic! They’re exciting, nostalgic and full of magic. Who doesn’t love seeing their little ones give thanks at the family dinner table or open gifts from Santa with whimsy in their eyes? Someone has to make all this magic happen and that can be incredibly stressful, especially for a busy mom. As we enter the holiday season with our family obligations and ever so many “to do” lists, we find ourselves searching for ways to manage the stresses that seem to overwhelm us.

There are many simple ways to de-stress during the holiday season. Here are 8 stress relieving tips for you.

1. Meditate

Meditation can take as little as 5 minutes. A quick time-out to clear your head, letting go of all things negative and inviting in the positive can have a huge impact on your day and your psyche. Sparing a few minutes to pay attention to your breathing instead of your holiday budget can help to melt the stress away.

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Stroller Strides is Moving Inside with a Few New Locations

Denver, CO – Stroller Strides of Greater Denver is moving indoors on Nov 1, 2016. Many of the groups will return to last year’s locations while others will be breaking-in some new digs.

For those who have not yet experienced the awesomeness of Stroller Strides, here’s the run-down:

“Stroller Strides is a stroller-based fitness program designed for moms with little ones. Each 60-minute, total body workout incorporates power walking, strength, toning, songs and activities.” (fit4mom.com)

Stroller Strides spends the summer outdoors in parks and beautiful public spaces. Moving indoors allows Stroller Strides members to continue to get their sweat on throughout the long Colorado winter. Each location provides a warm, safe place to work-out with the kiddos in tow. Some of the locations even allow for an occasional outdoor class when the weather is nice.

With seven locations in the greater Denver area to choose from, members and prospective participants are sure to find one that...

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