November 2011

Join the Project 40 Fitness Challenge!

by Sally on November 29, 2011

I’m one-third of the way through Project 40, and one thing is crystal clear: I’m failing miserably at my exercise goals.

I’ve all but stopped eating at the computer, and evening snacks barely tempt me anymore. But the exercise. Oh, the exercise.

I’m not sure what my problem is. I’m busy, but I’ve been busy before. I’m tired, but lawd knows I’ve been tired before. Two-hours-of-fragmented-sleep-in-the-throes-of-colic tired.

Whatever the reason, except for a few random workouts here and there these last two months, I just. Can’t. Get. Moving.

So it’s time for a kick in the pants. I’m challenging myself–and all of you–to exercise every day for the first 12 days of December.

Want to join the 12 Days of Fitness Challenge? Here’s how:

1. Do some form of exercise every day for the first 12 days of December. I plan to do an exercise DVD, walk/run outside, or venture into the gym if I can disentangle my membership card from a thick network of cobwebs.

2. “Like” Real Mom Nutrition on Facebook right here.

3. Each day during the Challenge, I will post a status on the Facebook page asking about your workout that day. Leave a comment on the post telling me what you did.

Did I mention the giveaways? I’ll be doing a few fun giveaways during the 12 days for those of you who join the Challenge.

My hope is that these 12 days will not only teach me that I can find time for exercise, but also provide an anchor in the crazy cookie-and-party-filled weeks ahead. When I treat my body right by exercising, I’m far less likely to stuff my face with nut horns and peanut butter fudge. I’m also nicer. Maybe you are too.

In honor of this Challenge, I’ve made a decidedly low-fi calendar to mark my achievements–with festive stickers I dug out of my kids’ craft cabinet (see photo above). If you’d like your own copy to download or print, get it here.

Are you with me?





A Radical Suggestion for Holiday Eating

by Sally on November 23, 2011

My mom's Thanksgiving table last year, complete with turkey place cards a la Henry.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving–and the official start of the holiday party circuit.

Worried about overeating your way into 2012? You should be.  A lot of us treat the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve as one big excuse to eat reindeer-shaped frosted sugar cookies for breakfast.

Worried about your kids? You don’t have to be. Do it right and they’ll be able to navigate the holidays with their healthy eating habits intact and be no worse for the wear. Better yet, you won’t have to trail them around holiday parties like a fool saying, “Eat two bites of pizza, and then you can have the cookie!”

Here’s my seemingly crazy holiday party suggestion for you: Keep yourself in check–but give your kids free reign. I wrote about this strategy here for Gig Masters’ Life of the Party blog last week.

Dr. Dina Rose, from It’s Not About Nutrition, also wrote a piece about holiday eating in which she insists you don’t have to “healthify” holiday eating for your children. You can read her post here.

How do you handle holiday eating for your kids–and for yourself?


Starter Salads: Teaching My Kids to Love Greens

November 18, 2011

When I first started dating my husband, he didn’t eat anything green, except granny smith apples. (When he reads this, he will indignantly declare, “Also parsley!” but the rest of us know that does not count.) So I started making him salads in tiny bowls: just a few leaves with a whole bunch of croutons […]

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The “Freshman 15″ is a Myth? Alas, Not for Me.

November 10, 2011

This week, a study from Ohio State about the “Freshman 15″ got a lot of press. Namely because the researchers claim it doesn’t exist. The “Freshman 15″, those extra pounds college students pack on their first year away from home, is actually more like the “Freshman 2.5 to 3.5″, according to the study. “There are […]

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Project 40: October FAIL

November 7, 2011

I’m not gonna lie: Project 40 is off to a rocky start. The inaugural month started off strong. I successfully ran the 5K and raised $545 for Donna’s Good Things. A mammoth thank you to all who contributed! I made a chart with my goals and was checking off little boxes and taking names: I wasn’t […]

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Soccer Mom on a Mission

November 3, 2011

This week, I was excited to have a guest post on Fooducate‘s terrific blog. What did I write about? Soccer snacks, natch. You can go here to read it. There’s a lot of great discussion going on in the comments section too. Have a great weekend, everyone.  

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