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As mothers we often find ourselves sacrificing many things in an effort to ensure our kids received the best. But, what often happens is we hit our own proverbial walls and we are sapped of all energy, our moods suffer and we stop caring for ourselves in the ways we used to. It's a big trickle down affect that leaves us feeling less than stellar and quite frankly, we need to stop doing it.
It's important to take small steps and then work to those larger goals like exercising, resting more, meditating to alleviate stress and eating well so we can be the best versions of ourselves. In an effort to find out what other busy moms are doing to work towards optimum health, we asked Rachelle Jorgenson, a triathlete, mother, grandmother and business owner how she makes it all work. She shared with us her top tips for slimming down and keeping healthy and today she's offering up how she tackles her mood, energy level and even enhances her overall beauty through the use of supplements.
I don't know about you, but if I can add a simple routine of supplements into the mix and contribute to my overall energy and mood as well as the health of my hair and nails - I'm going to pay attention. Read on to find out more of what Rachelle's go-to supplements include:
As an IRONMAN athlete, taking care of my body not only means making sure it has the fuel it needs, but also giving it the additional help when I need to sleep; boost and maintain my energy; enhance my mood; and keep up my beauty routine.
These are the four daily supplements I can’t live without.
Here at EverydayFamily, we are always keeping our eyes open for information and products that meet your needs as parents. Recently, we started having our contributors look at specific products in an effort to offer you additional insight into those things that we all need to make life easier with our children, by giving honest, straightforward reviews. Occassionally, you'll see those reviews here on the blog or on our EFTV channels.
We know it can be hard to decipher what will work for you in a sea of products and it's hard to have the time to look through everything in great detail while out shopping or even hopping site to site for specific brands, so our hope is that by spotlighting some of these products, you will find what works for you.
Each family has their own needs and visions for what will work for their child and family, our job is to provide you with a solid variety so you can make informed decisions as you work on acheiving your family goals.
We're starting small with a bottle starter set, because even if you plan to breastfeed, having a couple of bottles on hand can be handy when you have to pump and be away from baby. Starter sets are a great way to have a few bottles available without making a huge commitment to a specific brand.
The Evenflo Bebek Starter Set was sent to me to try out.
I knew she was struggling. I knew she was depressed. I knew, and have known for a few years now, that my friend was a shell of who she used to be -- funny and tan with long, chestnut hair and salon highlights that were more sun-kissed than tin foil. Everywhere she went, everyone wanted to talk to her. It was my job to walk into a store, a party, anywhere first and she would follow behind me. She had anxiety like that and I rolled with it because we were thick like thieves. We played softball together and our two dads were our coaches. She is an aunt to my daughter and sat for twelve, long hours in a waiting room down the hall while I labored and gave birth. My friend – my best friend – wrote the time of every contraction on a Post-It until they were five minutes apart.
That was ten years ago.
A little over a year ago, she started her own family.
By now, we are all a little tired of hearing the negative aspects of teenage pregnancy.
The fact that teen pregnancies make for a harder time for both mom and baby to finish their educations, an increased risk for drugs and substance abuse, violence, child abuse, domestic violence, poverty, depression, and the list goes on.
Although I was not a pregnant teen, I became pregnant with my daughter at the age of 21, as a senior in college, and even then, I experienced a lot of the negativity surrounding young pregnancies. My first thought when I saw those two blue lines was that I would never live the successful and fulfilling life I had dreamed about – I thought for sure that I would struggle to “get ahead” in my career and that I would be doomed to hardships I wouldn’t have otherwise encountered.
The hardest part about having an unplanned pregnancy at a young age often isn’t the physical challenge of being pregnant or finishing school or finding a job – it’s dealing with the negativity that you won’t amount to anything simply because you become pregnant. Whether it’s blame for “getting pregnant” in the first place or judgment about milking the system or overcoming stereotypes (Teen Mom, I’m looking at you), it’s hard to believe in yourself as a young mom.
As the due date of my third child quickly approaches, I can't help but feel anxious yet hopeful that I will be able to have another successful VBAC. A VBAC is a vaginal delivery after a previous cesarean section. It is also known as a vaginal trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC). Studies show the success rate of a VBAC is between 60 and 80% and 90% after a mom has had a successful VBAC after c-section.
With all of this in mind, I wanted to do a little digging into the risks and benefits of having a VBAC. Here's what I found out:
As school age children approach the tween years, parents often start to worry about what are often viewed as “teen issues”, such as drugs, sex, and smoking.
The truth is that children start hearing and internalizing messages about traditionally teen topics at younger ages, often even in elementary school, and taking a proactive approach to helping them understand these complicated issues is important.
Above all, parents are still very powerful tools for curbing early drug use. It’s time to start talking.
As you begin to approach the topic of drug use for your child, remember to rely on instinct. There is no magic age for broaching this complicated subject. You know your child better than anyone, and you know what your child can handle. It’s essential to talk to your child at a developmentally appropriate level to ensure that your child understands, and always choose moments of calm to discuss difficult topics.
Before you start talking, take some time to think about risk factors. Do you have a family history of drug abuse? Is there drug use going on in your home (prescription drug use counts)? What is the stress level in your home? A family history of drug abuse does not guarantee that your child will use drugs, but it does increase the risk. It’s important to keep these facts in the back of your mind so that you can be on the lookout for signs of drug use as your child grows.
Tips for talking to tweens about drugs:
If your house is like ours, you have many phone, iPad, and camera chargers all over the house. When I saw this idea for a charging station made out of a simple shoe box, I got excited. Corralling all of those unsightly cables in one neat tech organizer, plus it looks stylish? Yes, please!
Pregnancy will likely change your body not only during the nine months you carry junior but for months –or possibly years – after. And since everyone carries weight differently, it’s impossible to prescribe a one-size-fits-all training plan for new moms.
Cardio, of course, is a must. If you are carrying excess weight, regardless of where it is located, you need to burn calories to get it off. At some point, though, you’ll want to tone and strengthen problem areas.
Many women find the excess weight post-pregnancy tends to gather in one of three ‘problem’ areas: hips, butt, and/or abs. The following exercises target these three areas. Pair them with a healthy dose of thirty minutes of cardio most days of the week to get your body to a place you want it to be. Remember, though, it may never be what it was pre-pregnancy, and that’s okay: You made a human being! You’re a rock star! Your body should change a little!
Expecting a baby is simultaneously exhilarating and frightening, especially the first time. When I was pregnant with my first, I teetered daily (especially in the later months) between being so excited to meet my little girl that I couldn’t see straight and so scared of the thought of the unknown that I just wanted to call it all off. Thank heavens I had my husband by my side to hold my hand, talk me down, and reassure me that it was all going to be alright and he was going to be right there by my side the whole time. That was what alleviated the anxiety and allowed me to enjoy pregnancy and impending motherhood. But what if he wasn’t there? What if I had to do it alone?
There are women who do it every day because there is no option. Many military spouses spend their pregnancy alone while their husband is deployed overseas. For the military wife, there is no one there to take her hand and talk her down. No one is there to hold her hair back as she battles morning sickness. There is no voice of calm and reason to take her hand and tell her it will all be all right or hold her when she hits a bump in the pregnancy road. Her husband is serving and protecting our country thousands of miles away.
Thankfully, there is an organization called Operation Shower that makes sure that pregnant military moms know just how much we civilians appreciate the challenges they face alone while their husbands are deployed.
Here at EverydayFamily we are always on the hunt for ways to provide you with quality tips and sound advice for living a healthier life in the midst of raising your kids. We know how hard it can be to make it all work with a busy schedule so we we asked a mom who has found a way to make healthy living a regular part of her life while keeping up with the beautiful chaos that is life as a mom, grandmother, and business woman.
Rachelle Jorgensen is a triathlete who has found her way to making it all work, and she's sharing that with EverydayFamily. Here's what Rachelle has to say about how you can slim down, and stay healthy, while balancing everything else in your life:
I know firsthand that a lot of women have a tendency to get lost in the mire of meetings, appointments, housework, and forget to take care of themselves!
As a wife, mother of three gorgeous children, a grandmother of one precious child, and CEO of my own interior design company, I realized that I needed to do something for me. Luckily, a friend convinced me to do a triathlon in 2008. I did one, became hooked, and so my journey as an IRONMAN athlete began! To this day, my training, nutrition and recovery remain a part of my lifestyle. I am 41 years old and feel younger than ever!!
Here are my 5 secrets to slimming down and staying healthy.