Chubby Chicks Run Too

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Tales of an out of shape runner getting back into the sport while balancing work and family. This blog is the next best thing to having my own reality show.

Carly is a winner of Top 25 Health & Wellness Moms - 2012

What's one tip you'd give to moms struggling to make time for physical activity?

Take advantage of small pockets of available time. Life only gets busier with kids so you have to seize the free moments even if it is just a few minutes. Get up a little earlier and do a 20 minute DVD, find a buddy and walk on your lunch hour, run while the kids are practicing their sports, or simply run around the backyard with your kids. Making time for physical activity does not mean putting hours in a at the gym, it is sneaking it in when you can.

What's your best advice for moms trying to get healthy?

Be selfish and schedule time to take care of yourself and do it without guilt.

What motivates you to stay active while raising a family?

I am motivated to stay active because of the guaranteed "ME" time. I know the time that I spend running or doing yoga is time to be myself....I am not a mom, wife, or employee....I am me and it is my time to recharge.

How do you stay healthy during the holiday season?

Carly

For me staying healthy during the holidays is more than just eating well and exercising. It is about staying sane and not driving myself crazy with stress or to the point of absolute exhaustion. There are so many festivities and extra "to dos" on top of normal life stuff which can cause a lot of stress. The less stressed I am, the less likely I am to face plant into a vat of homemade caramel corn. Here are a few ways I combat stress during the holidays: I demand some "ME" time. It isn't always easy to carve out the time, but even 10 minutes makes a huge difference. That time can be spent doing just anything from working out to sitting and reading a book. For me, I spend my me time doing yoga or I meet up with my girlfriend for coffee very early in the morning while our families are still sleeping. Sometimes we are full of conversation and other times we quietly sit and sip our morning java. For me it is a great way to regroup before I start the day. Saying NO. It is hard word to learn but a very necessary one to maintain some level of sanity. I would love to volunteer for every event and go to every party but there are only 24 hours in a day. Outsource. Again, I love doing most of the holiday things but I still have to work, get my kids to school, and work around our activity schedule. These are some of the ways I outsource: I ditch baking and buy sugar cookies to have the kids decorate them (semi-homemade). I utilize the store gift wrap service. I shop online (having them shipped to a friends house is a good way hide presents too!). Exercise. Nothing melts stress like a good endorphin rush. This is especially helpful when the in laws drive you crazy!!! (kidding) Count my blessings. It is an instant mood lifter for me to reflect on all of the things I am thankful for in my life rather than stressing about the little things that in the end, do not matter.
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