About Stephanie Hamm & her Blog
Stephanie 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?
Don't wait for the opportunity to present itself to you. Take control of your workout time the way you take control of your fighting children. Book that time, and prioritize it as something that needs to be done, not something that you'll do if you have time (let's face it...there's never enough time). Be resourceful and don't ever be afraid to ask for help. Remember that you deserve this time and taking care of you will help you be a better, more patient parent to your kids.
What's your best advice for moms trying to get healthy?
Take it one simple step at a time. Set small goals that are attainable, enjoy the success of it and then set another goal. Don't be afraid of failure and always be prepared to make adjustments to any plan. Motherhood is unpredictable at the best of times and it's not always possible to get to your goals walking the simple path. Be persistent and flexible in anything you do and don't expect change to happen overnight. It takes time but is worth every set-back and struggle to get there.
What motivates you to stay active while raising a family?
My kids are the most important thing in my life. I have big dreams and hopes for them but I recognize that during these first years of their lives, it's essential that I lay the foundation for them. I won't always be able to make the decisions for them and steer them in the right direction. One day, they will be independent and making these choices for themselves. I owe it to them to give them the tools, education and appreciation for living a healthy and active lifestyle. I can't expect them to make good choices if I'm not modeling those decisions for them in my own life. I do my best to include them in my activities, play with them, teach them and show them how to make good decisions and how to eat properly. I also do my best to make it fun. One of the greatest privileges to raising kids is being able to see the world through their eyes and I want everything they see to be positive and rewarding.
What are your favorite blog posts?
How do you stay healthy during the holiday season?
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I maintain my regular fitness routine and don't go overboard at the dinner table. I whole heartedly agree that we should allow ourselves some indulgences but also understand that a little can go a long way.