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Fit Marriage, Fit Mom

I think having a healthy marriage where two people actually like each other is important. Good for the Totally Desperate Mom. Good for the kids. Just all around good. * And yet, it can be pretty hard to make the marriage a priority when you have little ones running around finger painting with their own poop.
Excerpt from Totally Desperate Mom:
When you said “I do” to your husband there was no motherhood escape clause. You didn’t say, “I do until we have kids,” or, “I do until things get tough.” I don’t know what your specific vows were, but I suspect they included a lifetime commitment to love and support your husband. Many moms neglect that commitment and instead direct all of their energy, love, and support to their children. This is not healthy for the marriage or the children. And yet, it is pretty easy to do. As busy, sometimes exhausted moms, what can we do to continually make our marriage a priority? I talked with some of my fellow TDMs about this and we came up with the following tips. (Just offering one tip here on Fit Moms Fit Kids Club Today. Get the rest here.)

* Create common interests. I have read quite a few books on marriage and the drastic differences between men and women. One book I read was about how to affair-proof your marriage. While I enjoyed most of the book, there was one chapter that really turned me off –the chapter about recreational companionship. The chapter basically said that a husband and wife should participate in only those activities that both parties can enjoy together. Would my husband ever join me in scrapbooking, or would he ever give my hip-hop class a shot? Not a chance.  Do I ever want to learn to play chess or peruse the Internet for the latest technology advances? No thank you.

In spite of the fact that I didn’t agree with everything in this chapter, I applied its principles and joined my husband in watching a Formula One race. Does it get any more boring than watching cars go round and round a track? Yes, watching golf. But my husband doesn’t watch that. But because my husband spent so much time on the weekends watching those F1 races on television, I decided to suffer through watching an entire race with him. Guess what happened? I enjoyed it. He explained the nuances (yes, there are race car nuances) of the sport (yes, I now call Formula One racing a sport) to me, which made the race much more interesting.

Formula One racing has now become a major source of bonding for the entire family. Shiloh makes scones on race weekends, and we sit and watch the race together. Well, the kids get pumped for the scones and go in and out of watching the race. And I have been known to fold some laundry (it’s a long race), but we all enjoy the F1 race days.

To top things off, Shiloh and I even joined a “fantasy Formula One league” on the Internet where we pick our “A” drivers, “B” drivers, and teams every race week. After reading that, I know some of you may now be tempted to shred this book, but before you do you must know two things. First, I won the Fantasy League this year. The prize was nothing. My team name was “Moms for Massa.” (Massa was one of the drivers for Ferrari®.) And second, joining my husband in this activity has been awesome for our marriage.


So there you have it Fit Moms. Are you willing to check out something that your husband is interested in even if you think it is really lame? Remember, this is not a lifelong commitment (the marriage is, just not his boring activity), but give it a chance and see what happens. And then let me know!

*If you are a single mom – feel my hug come through the screen and come back for my non-marriage post next month. Or take note for that future marriage . . .

Wendy Hagen

Wendy Hagen, Author "Totally Desperate Mom: Keeping It Real In The Motherhood"

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Mya and Victoria Davis

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Annett and her "Mini-Me"

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Feeding the ducks in Awesometown

May God Bless You and Your Family,

From The Davis Family

Annett, Byron, Mya (10), and Victoria (6)

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Fit Meals Monday

Good Day Fit Moms!

I hope you had a great weekend, and are ready for a fabulous week!  I am.

My mind has been on overdrive thinking of ways to make Fit Moms Fit Kids Club better for you.  I’ve also been thinking of things I can do to improve my personal health and fitness.  A lot of you think I have it all together, but the truth is I have a LONG long way to go!  That’s the whole reason I started this blog, to learn about health and fitness myself, and help to teach you, with the help of my knowledgeable buddies along the way.

I’m getting excited for the fitness challenges we will begin in 2012, the webinars, more interviews, more cooking shows from myself and the kids cooking show.  We are going to have more contests, giveaways, and content to keep you motivated and give you some accountability as well.  I JUST CAN’T WAIT! :)

Until then, we’ll continue to plug away and today I’ll share with you as I always do, my family’s weekly meal plan.  Don’t worry if you aren’t reading this until Wednesday, just make out a shopping list, you can use our meal plan anytime!  You can even pick out a meal or two and try them with your family.

How did I come up with this week’s meal plan?  I looked in the sale paper, starting with what’s on sale that’s organic.  Then I check for other sale items at Sprouts Farmer’s Market.  Finally, I search the web for yummy healthy recipes with ingredients from my list and create my healthy inspired menu.

What’s On My Menu?

Meatless Monday- Quinoa Vegetarian Taco Salad

Tuesday- Zucchini Casserole Red Pepper Aoili

Wednesday- Dhat Island Restaurant!!!! I can’t wait!  This is my favorite restaurant ever! It’s my sister-in-law’s.  If you ever stop by check out the kids menu, they have a Victoria and Mya (my kids) favorite meals on the kids menu named after them.  :)  Don’t just take my word for it being good… they were the top ranked restaurant in the Inland Empire, in Ca!  It’s located in Redlands.  Enjoy!

Thursday- Broccoli Casserole (putting much less cheese in this though and I may add chicken)

Friday- Going to Six Flags Magic Mountain in the day for the holiday, and kids pizza party banquet for my sons flag football team.

Saturday- Healthy fish Tacos with homemade guacamole and homemade tortilla chips (I’ll share my from scratch guacamole recipe one day)

Sunday- Celebrating my little girls 6th Birthday…. Tea party at American Girl.  :)

What’s on YOUR healthy menu?

Annett Davis

Annett Davis, Olympian & Founder of Fit Moms Fit Kids

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Happy Meals Making Some Parents Happier?

This week McDonald’s Corp. decided that they would finally listen to some consumers and change things up a bit.  On Tuesday they announced that they would be reducing the amount of french fries put into their Happy Meals by more than half, and adding apples to every Happy Meal purchased.  The changes will begin to take place in September and all McDonald’s in the USA should have the new meals by the end of the first quarter of 2012.

With 1 out of 3 children being obese or overweight McDonald’s is slowly getting a clue.  Currently a Cheeseburger Happy Meal with a small fry and 1% milk has 640 calories, 1040 mg of sodium, and 9 grams of fat.  Their 4 piece Chicken McNugget Happy Meal with small fries and a milk has 520 calories, 650 mg of sodium, and 5 grams of fat.  The new meals are supposed to have not only fewer overall calories (less than 600 for all meals), but for the chicken meals less sodium as well.  All meals will have 20% less calories than todays most popular Happy Meal.

What will your child get to account for the 20% less calories?  Well instead of 2.4 ounces of french fries, your child will receive 1.1 ounces.  With every meal apples will be given to your children.  Instead of the 3.1 ounce bag that they used to give you with the sugary carmel sauce, they will omit the sauce and give you 1.2 ounces of apples without added sugars.

As a result of the new meal, nothing else will change.  Prices will stay the same, and toys will continue to be given.

Not only is McDonald’s working on making the kids meals “better” for you, they are also planning on reducing sodium over their entire menu by 15% by the year 2015.  They’ve also promised Americans that they will cut down on added sugars, saturated fats and calories by 2020.

Just like the movie “Super Size Me” supposedly had nothing to do with the changes, McDonald’s says that the Santa Clara County ban and San Francisco new laws had nothing to do with the new meals.  FYI over 1,700 health professionals and institutions signed an open letter to the food chains CEO, asking thm to stop marketing their junk food to kids. They say this idea of less fries and adding fruit has been in the works for the last 2 years.

Did you know that 9 out of 10 American kids will eat at McDonald’s this month?  Did you know that most kids that live in the US can recognize McDonald’s before than can speak?  And, did you know that kids born in the year 2000 or after 1/3 of them will develop Type 2 Diabetes in their lifetime.  That’s sad and scary I know.

I am pleased that McDonald’s is making a change.  It is a small step in the right direction.  So many other fast food chains follow McDonald’s ways.  Hopefully more fast food restaurants will make even healthier choices and give us healthier options for our kids.  Time will tell.  We are in no way encouraging you to take your kids to McDonald’s for a Happy Meal because of these small changes!  The meals still aren’t what’s best for your kids. As always the best thing to do is to plan ahead and eat fresh food at home.  We are always saying we are in a rush, we’re busy, but planning ahead can save your families lives.

What are YOUR thoughts on the new changes?

Here’s a quick Egg McMuffin recipe  you can make at home healthier and cheaper (instead of eating this)!  Make a bunch of these and freeze them for your busy days!

Healthy “Egg McMuffin” Recipe

1 Whole Wheat English Muffin

1 Egg

1-2  Slices of Canadian Bacon

one slice of low fat cheese (optional)

Cooking Spray or healthy oil for eggs

Toast your whole wheat english muffin.  Scramble, “fry”, or cook egg over easy (your choice) in pan using a little cooking spray or a little dab of your favorite healthy oil. Warm Canadian bacon in pan for 2-3 minutes.  Assemble sandwich.  Place eggs and bacon on top of bread (adding cheese if you wish).  You can eat right away.  Or, you can make however many you wish (simply multiply recipe).  Let sandwiches cool and then wrap in freezer safe bags. Place them in freezer and save them for busy mornings.  Just heat up and take to go!

Annett Davis

Annett Davis, Olympian & Founder of Fit Moms Fit Kids

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