It’s time for another installment of Rock it. Work it. Love it. Fridays!!
Rock it: Things you can wear, stuff with hair, fashion etc
Work it: Things you can cook, create, make or do!!
Love it: Articles, blogs, music etc that I love!
I am a sucker for cute workout clothes which is probably why I hit Lululemon’s website weekly! Unfortunately, the prices are a BIT too high for me, but I can dream can’t I? Here are some things I found this week that I love! (Click on picture to take you to website)
I dig these colors, the style and the longer back of this skirt!
My best friend (and running partner) is tall and has problems with tanks being long enough when she exercises. Here is a great EXTRA LONG tank for those of you who might need it (or don’t want to risk showing any belly!)
Easter is around the corner and this cute floral arrangement has been making it’s way around Pinterest! Isn’t it adorable? I think I may not wait until Easter to do it!!
Source: b-moviestar.com via Clare on Pinterest
MOPS! A few weeks ago I had a chance to speak to our local MOPS group about healthy living. Even though I don’t attend the MOPS meetings, I am currently a MOP–(Mother of Preschoolers!) so I am 110% in the same stage of life that these ladies are! A few of you asked me to share what I talked about so here’s a very high level outline of what I talked about!
We almost forgot to take a picture so here are some who attended who hadn’t left yet!
WHY Healthy Living?
Emotional: Healthy living gives us clarity of mind. It helps us fight depression. We just *feel* better!
Physical: Beyond feeling and looking good in your favorite pair of jeans, it also gives us more energy, a better quality of life and keeps all the biochemical things in check (blood pressure, cholesterol etc)
Spiritual: God tells us that it is of value in our lives! We also use the same techniques/qualities to keep pressing on in our physical lives that we do in our spiritual lives.
Pray. Ask God to help you in making the right decisions for you and your family!
Plan. Don’t try to go after this without thought. Get some resources, write down your plan and keep yourself accountable.
Press On. Keep going! You WILL fall off! You WILL want to go another path! Get back on the train when you fall off!
Eat Clean. Get rid of processed foods, white sugar, and foods with lots of ingredients. This is a simple way to eat better.
Eat FOR your body. Instead of thinking “I can’t eat this”, ask yourself, how can I help my body? This will change
Drink lots of water. “nuff said.
Avoid eating off your kid’s plates and making 2 separate meals for your children and you.
Your healthy life will look different than your friend’s.
Remember there are seasons of life when these things will work better for you than others.
You are leaving a legacy and setting an example for your children. Let that be a motivator!
Look for a local MOPS group and be encouraged!!
This is such a dumb statement, but I have yet to figure out how folks avoid white sugar. Help me out? Yes, I’m serious. I’ve thought long & hard about this because I want to make the change & genuinely don’t know how to cut it out altogether. Shamefully, we are sugar freaks in my house. We have cut down on our processed foods & continue to make changes there. We also drink plenty of water, but the sugar thing has got a handle on me. I just don’t “get” how to get away from it. Any information, advice, tips would be greatly appreciated!!
Well, I’d say you are on the right path! Avoiding all the processed and “junk” foods is going to keep you away from the sugar. Are there other areas that you can think of that include white sugar that makes it hard to avoid?
Maybe I don’t fully understand what “processed” means? I don’t buy junk food (cookies, chips, etc.), but I bake. All.the.time. We eat whole wheat breads (mostly made by me), whole grain crackers, fresh fruits/veggies, but I bake. All.the.time. Cookies, bars, cupcakes = sugar, sugar, sugar. We don’t eat it all. We share w/ our family & my husband’s co-workers. Are white sugar sweets not okay in moderation? I know I sound like an idiot, but I really want to understand. I can’t imagine my life without some sugar (even though I tell my husband it’s a drug), but I’m hearing of so many people who seem to be avoiding it altogether. I want to eat “clean” & live a healthy lifestyle, but this white sugar thing has me stumped.
It sounds like you are doing a good job keeping it in check. Honestly, if you are getting the results you want (and feel good) then continue with your lifestyle, however, if you feel that some things could be changed/tightened up, then I’d look into it further. Check out Tosca Reno who is the “professional” on Eating Clean. She has a website/facebook and many books! I really liked her book, http://www.amazon.com/JUST-THE-RULES-TOSCAS-EATING/dp/1552100936/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1331562806&sr=8-9 for a good overview or check out her others!
Will do! Thanks!
I’ve been trying to come up with a new center piece for our table each month/holiday, but wasn’t sure what to do for Easter. I love the eggs and flowers in a vase. I’m gonna put that together this weekend. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much for speaking at our MOPS meeting Clare. You were such an inspiration to us to GET UP & GET MOVING! I also appreciated the wisdom you shared on the spiritual aspect of healthy living…I’ve never heard anyone talk about that before. Thanks for opening up my eyes and helping me explore a new avenue in my prayer life. Come visit us anytime!