ZENBand & ZENTones Program Review

ZENBand & ZENTones Programs by Blooming Wellness – Review

This is a sponsored post in which I received free products (A ZENBand and ZENTones Programs) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own!

As we all know, stress and anxiety are killers. And if you’re married, or a parent, then you probably have a small amount of stress, in the very least. So when I found the ZENBand by Blooming Wellness, I became naturally intrigued. What I thought was just a cute, stylish headband, turned out to be a lot more! Continue reading “ZENBand & ZENTones Program Review”

5 New Year’s Resolutions Worth Keeping in 2017

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Need ideas for resolutions?

With 2017 just around the corner, why not make a few New Year’s Resolutions you can actually keep?

I’m the worst at keeping them-I try to become more organized, and it’s a fail. I try to keep myself from buying more shoes, when I have PLENTY of shoes, and that’s ruined in the first month. Stop drinking wine? Forget it.

So with that in mind, I’ve compiled 5 resolutions; focusing on health, happiness, and success, for the New Year. These are totally worth making…and keeping!

2017 New Year’s Resolutions

1: Practice Mindfulness (by Keeping a Journal)

When we think “mindfulness,” thoughts of consideration towards others is usually what comes to mind. But in all actuality, it’s really about considering oneself-in the moment.  It’s about forgetting the stresses and troubles, and focusing through breathing and meditation, on exactly what we are thinking and feeling right now. Granted, this can be hard to do when you’re super busy – but the benefits are astounding! Stress reduction is exactly what everyone needs in their life. So to start my own mindfulness journey, I’ve planned on incorporating a journal in 2017.

Keeping a mindfulness journal is just one of a few New Year's Resolutions worth making and keeping
This journal can help you simplify the process, if you aren’t used to practicing mindfulness. Each entry has a guiding tip that can help you focus on the moment you are writing in. And if you just can’t commit every day, it’s ok to just pick up where you left off. The most important part is to stop, and breathe. Writing can still be a form of creative meditation, and this is a great way to get those juices flowing.

2: Stop sweating the small stuff

This New Year’s Resolution can help you remember the real goals in life, and stop focusing on the minor details. Easier said than done, but something worth working towards. All too often, we become wrapped up in the little things that cause a lot more stress than what it’s worth. Negative comments and judgements other people make. Goals that aren’t met quite as soon as you intended. Unless it’s a matter of life or death, nothing trivial is worth causing more stress in your life. Once you can brush off anything that isn’t of a benefit to your life, your health and mind will thank you.

3:Maintain an active lifestyle

Yes, exercising every day can be hard to work into an already busy routine. But, this New Year’s Resolution isn’t just about exercising. An active lifestyle really only needs one thing-activity. And that can be cardio…or yoga…or even just walking. The point is to get moving! If I found I haven’t had time for a run in a few days, or I just haven’t dedicated yoga time, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve. Like purposefully parking the car as far away from the grocery store as possible. It’s my opportunity to get a few extra steps in. If I’m pushing a giant cart a few minutes later, it’s even better! It’s a workout I never would have had otherwise. 

You don’t have to adopt a new workout routine, to make a few adjustments that requires a little more activity in your lifestyle.

The Fitbit-a useful tool when making New Year's Resolutions to begin exercising and staying active
Which brings us to the Fitbit – these things are seriously awesome! It can record workouts you already do, and keep track of your heart rate and burned calories. There’s an all day and auto-sleep tracker, so even if you don’t have a dedicated routine, every step you take can still count. And there’s a reminder to get you moving more when you’ve been resting on your laurels too long! This Fitbit even comes with a guided breathing session, which totally helps with practicing your mindfulness!  It works with both Apple and Android products, so you don’t have to worry about compatibility. The call,text, and calendar features can help keep your phone out of your hands, and your body moving, as well.

4: Stick to your goals

Keeping your eye on the prize can sometimes be difficult to maintain. The stresses of life can hinder us from reaching our goal, if we allow them to set us back. Of course, there’s always a few pitfalls along the way;but nothing worthwhile is ever easy.

One of your New Year’s Resolutions, should be to always keep your focus on your goals, no matter how many fails, setbacks, and detours. Once you succeed, all the headache endured will be worth it. But first, you must not allow yourself to lose sight of that goal.

5:  Get Happy

Out of all these New Year’s Resolutions, this is probably both the easiest, and hardest, to incorporate. But be it a career, or a goal, or a passion, or a connection – find out what truly makes you Happy. And don’t give it up.

You might find true happiness in your family, your job, a hobby, or a future achievement.But whatever you find your personal joy within, is worth investing everything in.

We tend to leave behind some of the things we once found happiness in, when the demands of Life take over. But take the time to invest in what really makes you happy – because your health, mental well-being, and success, all stem from that. Only after giving up Happiness, do we succumb to Anger, Guilt, Negativity, Stress, and Sadness. As long as you don’t give up what really brings you joy, you’ll succeed in everything! And that’s worth carrying into a brand new year.

So these are just my ideas for making New Year’s Resolutions worth making and keeping, even for a few year’s to come. Have you made any yet?

5 New Year's Resolutions Worth Making and Keeping

Motivational Workout Pointers

Need to motivation to start working out again? I was recently talking with Vanessa about how entirely unmotivated I become (and stay!) about developing a workout routine. Her words really helped me, and I encourage you to read them and get moving! Vanessa has an awesome blog, Fitfoodiemomlife, and I’m so happy we could have her posting here today!
By Vanessa G.
Exercising is one of those things that I absolutely LOVE! And when I say that I am definitely not over exaggerating.
Putting in a good workout is something for this mama and I definitely need an avenue to escape every single day. I’m a fulltime mama (is there any other kind?) and I literally chase little feet, wipe dirty chins, wash peanut buttery fingers, and change poopy diapers all day long. I rarely have a chance to just breathe or sit down and when I do sit down it’s usually playing with my son. In fact, my son is the one who motivates me to workout. That little chubby 15 month old doesn’t even know it but he’s the one who literally kicks me in the butt every single morning. Many times I want to pull the covers over my head, throw the alarm clock out of the room, and go right back to sleep. But then I think, “I want to be a healthy mommy! I want my son to make healthy decisions!” And so I always get up and grab my shoes and kick butt in the garage.
I understand that not everyone grew up with a daily exercise regimen and so I have a few pointers and maybe motivational key points that might help you begin to move that beautiful body of yours!
  •  “I’m not a morning person!” This is perfectly okay and please, DO NOT beat yourself up for not getting out of bed before 7, or 8 or maybe even 9 (if you can sleep past 9am, please email me because I want to know your mama trick!). You don’t have to workout first thing in the morning, just start out with a walk or after brushing your teeth in the morning and evening time push yourself to do a 15-30 second plank. Those basic moves will kick start your body.
  •   “It’s too late. I will never be thin again!” MYTH! MYTH! MYTH! You can do absolutely anything you want as long as the mind is up for the change. Just by walking 20-30 minutes a day you will train your body to do some extra moving and you might be amazed to see how good it feels! Not everyone can start off with a high intensity workout. Start slow and gradually increase your activity. Don’t ever tell yourself you can’t because you better darn right believer you can!
  •   “Cardio is boring and too hard!” I agree. Cardio sucks! Try mixing up your workout routine if the thought of having to do cardio discourages you from even trying. Maybe do a high intense move (burpees, jumping jacks, high knees, lateral jumps, etc.) for 30 seconds and then move to the weights for 10 reps. This up and down heart rate interval training is super beneficial to weight loss.
  • “I get bored!” Okay, I can understand that. So maybe think of a friend or another mom who is in the same boat as you. Reach out to her and start a workout routine together. Doing this will force you to stick to your commitment because the other mama has a schedule to follow too!
I listed a few of the excuses most people seem to have (I’ve thought them before too!) but it’s now time to kick yourself in the butt and run after what you want most. If you want those slim legs or if the muffin top bothers you, then stop complaining about it and actually do something about it. You can’t complain about your issues if you never work against them. I know it’s so easy to tell yourself you’ll just do it tomorrow. Because who doesn’t have a baby who wakes up during the night? Or who doesn’t deal with the annoying bladder that screams in your face at 3am—just another one of the changes that occur after birth. I know. I get it all. But not doing anything for you actually discourages you more than you realize and moving your body 20-30 minutes every day will do lots for your mama brain!

Get moving mama. No workout will ever be a regret!

vanessa
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Vanessa is a mommy blogger, wife to a Naval Officer, and a mother to her one-year-old son. She loves everything fitness and health related and also enjoys cooking and baking. Motherhood is by far her most favorite and challenging journey and life task she has ever taken upon herself, but she would never trade it for anything in the world. Vanessa loves family, coffee, Jesus, traveling and good conversations.  
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