Sunday, December 30, 2007

5 Successful Diet Tips and Sample Meal Plan

"Diet" Strategies that DO lead to Successful Weight Loss
What and How you need to Eat to get Results

When it comes to achieving your weight loss goals for the New Year, diets are not the way to go. The typical diet focuses on deprivation and denial and only leads to weight gain.

If your goal is to supercharge your metabolism and burn the stubborn pounds of fat - you need to EAT!

Therefore when I refer to the word "diet" within the Fit Yummy Mummy context - it means How and What you eat.

Here are 5 surefire "diet" strategies you can implement now so you can see and feel results in a matter of weeks!

1. Write down everything you eat for 3 to 5 days - this at least gives you a starting point for what habits you have and what needs to be tweaked.

2. Eat something every 3 to 4 hours - starting with Breakfast! Yes you are super busy and it may seem hard at the start - but you can and you must do so. Ease yourself into the habit by eating something....then tweak your choices as you feel more comfortable with this new routine.

3. Cut out or cut down on anything that is processed - ready to eat in a bag, can or box (yes this includes frozen meals) - you will substitute these foods with whole, natural foods - if you couold hunt it or harvest it - it is a good choice.

4. Every meal needs to have a protein - lean meat, fish, nuts, beans, dairy, or soy products. Compliment with lots of fresh or frozen fruits and/or veggies. Complex carbs can also be added in moderation to each meal.

5. Do not Drink your Calories - this is the quickest way to initiate weight loss. Your body has no choice but to store these empty calories as fat. Trade these drinks out for water. You will not only notice a difference in your jeans, but in your energy levels as well.

A Sample Fit Yummy Mummy Meal Plan:

Breakfast: rolled oats, blueberries, soy milk and walnuts
Snack: fruit and nuts
Lunch: whole wheat tortilla rolled with turkey, spinach and salsa, side of baby carrots
Snack: triscuits and string cheese with grapes
Dinner: salmon, brown rice, broccoli

Are you ready to give up dieting forever, eat your favorite foods and shed stubborn fat faster than ever? The Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle System has the most practical, family-friendly, step-by-step meal planning system you could ever ask for. Combine these metabolism boosting meals with Short Burst Exercises and you achieve results twice as fast! No need to wait to the New Year - Sign Up and begin your Yummy Transformation Today!

“Since joining Fit Yummy Mummy, I have noticed more results in four weeks than I have in 10 years of exercising. I have always been an advocate of exercise. I would exercise five days a week and still not notice a change in my body. It was not until Holly’s help and guidance did I realize that it was the way I was eating. In four weeks I lost five pounds, 2% body fat, and 4 1/2 inches total. I have more energy and I am happier. Thank you Holly for your time and dedicated support to creating a new me”. ~ Bridget McKinley

“I am a very active person. I've always tried to exercise at least three times a week for years. The one thing I didn't do, though, was watch what I ate. I thought if I exercised I really didn't need to count calories or read labels. As I've gotten older I've found that I can't eat the same way I could ten years ago.

I gave Fit Yummy Mummy a try because I thought I could use a little help with my lifestyle habits. The program was fun and encouraging. I didn't find following this new regime hard either because it's not a diet it's a healthy lifestyle change. Holly taught me what to look for on nutrition labels and the importance of women eating supportively in order to lose more fat. At first it was hard to change eating habits but I have gotten used to eating 5 small meals and it keeps me satisfied. I'm never starved feeling and I never feel deprived. I never thought I would see such big results in 4 week's time but I did! It's been awesome!” ~ Ronda Williams

Saturday, December 29, 2007

New Years Diet Resolution

Will you "Go" on a Diet to Lose Weight for the New Year?

Surprise...Look where it will "take" you.
Top 10 Reasons Not to "go" on a Diet
The only thing growing faster than the $65 billion diet industry is the American waistline. If your Resolution for the New Year is to GO on a Diet, the only place I guarantee you will go….is up in weight.
It's a Fact - Diets will only make you fatter.
When it comes to the latest in Diet fads, we are quite gullible and easily tempted by a Diet's empty promised. Reason being....the diet industry KNOWS we are in search of the "quick fix" and will only play with our emotions - our desperation for the quickest way to relieve looking and feeling fat.
What you need to know as the New Year is just a couple days away: Diets are nothing more than a Temporary Solution with many lingering, negative side effects.
Here are the Top 10 Reasons Why you should NOT "go" on a Diet
1. Diets do NOT work. Diets have a 99% Failure Rate. Have you noticed a pattern yet? Lose weight....quickly regain it? Over time, studies show if you diet you are more likely to be overweight than people who eat normally and make small gradual changes to their lifestyle. No, the Law of Averages does not apply to this faulty system.

2. Dieting can be Dangerous. Any time you severely restrict the amount or types of foods you eat you put your health and life at risk. Dieting has been related to injuries and sudden deaths from electrolyte imbalance, malnutrition, and heart arrhythmia's. Weight cycling, or yo-yo-ing weight, is associated with higher death rates - especially if some type of pills are being used. At no point should you ever place weight loss above your health.

3. Dieting Destroys your Metabolism. Diets will cause your weight to quickly cycle up and down. Sure, you may lose weight quickly because you are simply not eating enough. In the initial stages, the first seven to nine pounds lost are water, presenting a real danger of dehydration and mineral deficiencies. Even more terrifying is the break down of lean muscle due to inefficient nutrients and calories. If you are losing more than 3-4 pounds a week, you can be sure this is what is happening - very little fat is lost this state.
Now remember - any muscle loss will cause your metabolism slow to a crawl. The cumulative effect takes place for you cannot survive very long on very low calories (1200 or less) and you will eventually eat more - on top of a slower metabolism. All those excess calories will be stored as fat - causing rapid weight gain.

4. Dieting is Exhausting. Diets are just reduced calorie Fads disguised by a clever gimmick. "Lose weight while you sleep" "Eat all you want and still lose weight"
Not eating enough or cutting out certain food groups means your body may not be getting the energy it needs, or may lack certain nutrients. You will feel exhausted, light headed and experience some not-so-fun mood swings.

5. Dieting is Disruptive. Dieting negatively affects your normal eating patterns. Diets can lead to binge eating, overeating and chaotic eating. When you diet, it is common to override your internal signals telling you to eat. You end up trying to use willpower or resist hunger signals and may even go as far as taking appetite suppressants. This results in being unable to know when you really are hungry or worse....when you're full.

6. Dieting can lead to eating disorders. Experts state that the high rates of eating disorders in the U.S. are due in part to people dieting, losing weight, rebounding, and becoming chronic dieters.

7. Dieting causes food Obsessions. If you spend a large amount of time and energy depriving yourself of food or certain types of food - you will spend more time thinking about food and become obsessed attempts to control your weight by what you choose to eat or not eat. How long do you want to live like this?

8. Dieting Diminishes Women. There is way too much attention focused on our appearance and an arbitrary number on the scale. In the midst of this focus - we end up avoiding what really matters to us - our dreams and ambitions. Even worse, it erodes our confidence and self-respect.

9. Dieting Intensifies Judgment. If you diet, you are more judgmental of yourself and others. Once again, wasted time and energy.

10. Diets Put Your Life on Hold. Does this sound familiar...."I'll be happy when I weigh ______" Guess what, the issues in your life are not related to your weight. Take responsibility and take back control of your life. Decide to be happy now and do what it takes to live a lifestyle that reflects your priorities.
So this New Year resolve to NOT go on a Diet - Set Yourself Free from this miserable, guaranteed to fail weight loss cycle. Do NOT let the diet industry make money by taking advantage of you. It is time to stand up for yourself and take control.
Rest assured that your complete, permanent fat loss solution is found in the Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle System - no more guessing what or when you need to eat - no more long hours or boring cardio or complicated workouts - just simple, to the point nutrition and short burst exercise plans that take you step by step to help you effectively burn the baby fat and get your body back. Reclaim your Body and Sign Up Today!
I wish that I would have found Holly Rigsby's Fit Yummy Mummy Program years ago as it would have saved me over 10k a year on my Personal Trainer! Holly has a clear understanding of how to get strong yet lean and gives you step by step advise. I highly recommend the Fit Yummy Mummy Program to everyone as I have implemented her workouts into my routine and have seen great results.”
~ Posh Mama
Founder of Posh Mama Online Magazine and Social Network
"I could not ever imagine trying another “diet” to lose weight. I now have a permanent solution, instead of a temporary one. Overall Fit Yummy Mummy will create a new “you”. Thank you Holly for your time and dedicated support to creating a new “me”. ~ Bridget McKinley

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Fit Yummy Mummy Holiday Wishes

Wishing you and your family a safe, fit and happy holiday season!

Well I am into my second week of the Fit Yummy Mummy 16 week programme and I am feeling the results already ! I absolutely love your workouts I love your ethics the way you approach food with fun and you are so giving too. Your attitude is amazing and very contagious. I am so glad I found your programme. Thanks Holly!" ~ Olivia Le Blanc

Get a jump start on your New Years Resolutions - Grab your copy of the Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle System today and reclaim your pre-baby body twice as fast as the rest of the Mommy Resolutioners.

Monday, December 24, 2007

On The Go, 10 Minute Holiday Workout

10 Body Weight Exercises, 10 Minutes
Blast Holiday Fat and Stay Fit

Short, simple, effective.
Anywhere, anytime.

No Excuse for you not to stay committed to your fat loss goals and stay fit this holiday season with this 10 minute workout.

Based on my own personal experience of traveling over the holidays, it was easier for me to find a creative way to stay active rather than fit my normal workout routine into an ever changing holiday schedule.

The key to stay on track is to be consistent - well over the holidays this takes some flexibility and creativity. The "On The Go" Holiday Workout is a great solution for it uses 10 effective body weight movements that combine resistance training and cardio into a 10 minute routine.

By fitting in an alternative workout to your normal Short Burst Resistance Training and Intervals, you can feel good about the fact that you are consistent with your plan, you will feel energized, you will feel less stressed and you will be in a better position to burn off those excess holiday calories.

On the Go, 10 Minute Holiday Workout
Perform as many repetitions of each exercise for 1 minute. Complete in order in a circuit fashion, little to no rest between each movement.

1. Body weight squats
2. Push ups
3. Jumping jacks
4. Mountain climbers
5. Lunges (alternating)
6. Y Squats
7. T-Ups (alternate each side)
8. Hip Bridges
9. Belly Blasters
10. Burpees

Best Ways to use the On the Go 10 Minute Workout:

~ First thing in the morning to super charge your metabolism and energy levels for the day.
~ Prior to a holiday feast to help curb your appetite.
~ Anytime you feel the need to mix up the day if you have been a more sedentary than you like.

Like I said, this is a great alternative to your normal workout routine. You bypass the "no time" or "no way" to exericse excuses. When you effectively manage the time and resources you do have, you maintain the momentum you worked so hard to begin and have the ability to enter the New Year a few pounds lighter.

"Yea! I'm starting to get great abs! My upper abs look really good, and my mommy belly is shrinking! I'm starting to get some muscle definition in my arms. I have lost 5 lbs so far. Today I am wearing a pair of jeans that fit snuggly, but now they fit very well. :D Thanks Holly!"
~ Marci

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Holiday Energy Boosters

Get More Energy: Energizing Habits for the Holidays

It is very common this time of season for Busy Moms to feel completely exhausted.

The added chaos of the holidays can zap every last drop of energy we have. So my advice to you Moms, who are looking for a solution to getting more energy is to double check your habits and make sure you have the following Energizing Habits in place.

1. Eat an Energizing Breakfast - a great choice is high in protein and fiber. My favorite energizing breakfast is rolled oats made with whipped egg whites, topped with blueberries and a dollop of vanilla yogurt.

2. Eat every 3-4 hours. Food is fuel, if you do not eat, you have no fuel, therefore you have no energy. Refueling your body with supportive foods throughout the day also keeps your metabolism revved up and burning more fat!

Take a look at the Top 10 Energy Boosting Foods for ideas.

3. Drink Water - and lots of it. If you are dehydrated, it slows everything down. Water is not only refreshing and calorie-free - it will leave you feeling energized instead of drained like a lot of high sugar, high calorie Caffeine drinks.

4. Perform Short Burst Workouts at least 3 to 5 times a week. Yes, you want to include resistance training - it is the only exercise that boosts your metabolism - cardio does not. A high metabolism means MORE energy for YOU - PLUS - exercise melts the energy-draining stress we would normally struggle with.

Have you tried the Fat Blasting Holiday Workout ?

I Love doing these workouts, the short burst cardio is a life saver! I have 4 boys so I don't have a lot of time, but I can always fit in your workout and I love doing it! Thanks for all your support! By the way I LOVE the workout DVD. If your thinking about making another one, that would be great and I would love to purchase it!” ~ Pam O'Donnell

Make sure you also implement these Must Have Energy Boosting Habits to give you the added punch needed to enjoy all the holiday season has to offer.

Since I began Fit Yummy Mummy, I have noticed more results in four weeks than I have in 10 years of exercising. I have always been an advocate of exercise. I would exercise five days a week and still not notice a change in my body. It was not until Holly’s help and guidance did I realize that it was the way I was eating. In four weeks I lost five pounds, 2% body fat, and 4 1/2 inches total. I have more energy and I am happier. Thank you Holly for your time and dedicated support to creating a new me”. ~ Bridget McKinley

Sign Up Today! Fit Yummy Mummy will guide, support and give you the proven solutions you need to Create the New YOU for the New Year.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Top 7 Convenience Store Snacks To Keep You Slim

Supportive Travel Snacks
The best Grab and Go, On the Road, Slim Snacks

The holidays have put me on the road this holiday season. Despite my efforts to plan ahead - I seem to repeatedly end up in the aisles of the Convenience Store with my son looking for the best, on-the-go snack options.
Planning a holiday road trip? You too are about to find yourself in the same situation. No worries! What follows are my suggested "good snack choices" that will help you stay slim during your holiday travels.
Before I reveal my favorite on the go snack options, realize that gas stations, convenience stores and mini marts are some of the best places for impulse purchases as well as fast food destinations. These pit stops are quite attractive as we travel for they meet our most basic needs while on the road...
~ Convenience
~ Speed
~ Value

You can maintain the benefits of these speedy pit stops and avoid the empty calories that contribute to the dreaded holiday weight gain by swapping out traditional road trip snacks with the following 7 Supportive Convenience Store Snacks - Stay Slim while you Travel.
1. Almonds - My favorite are the pre-packaged Blue Diamond Almonds.
2. Beef Jerky - High in protein, low in calories, chewy-ness lends to a slow, savory snack. (No, Slim Jims do not count).
3. Fruit - About 28% of convenience stores now carry some type of fresh fruit. When in doubt, look for dried fruit. Choose a variety that has no added sugars and keep the portion size in check.
4. V8 Juice - Better than ANY juice you could choose, low in calories, fills you up with necessary servings of veggies - a refreshing "pick-me-up".
5. Cereal - Portion controlled, ready to eat cereals that are low in sugar and high in fiber - Mini Wheats, Cheerios, etc. If you feel the need, a great way to boost the nutritious factor is to pair this with some skim milk.
6. Granola Bar - There are a lot of deceivingly healthy sounding brands. Your best bet are the hard, Nature Valley granola bars in the green package.
7. Protein Bar - Don't be fooled in this section - out of all the choices you have - very few are actually good for you. Many are loaded with sugar and trans fat (partially hydrogenated oils - check the label)! If you go this route, choose one that is higher in protein by a 3:1 ratio to fat. My favorite - Cliff Bars.

These 7 on the go snacks will keep you satisfied while you are on the road.
To create a more balanced snack be sure to include a Protein with your fruit, granola bar, cereal or V8 Juice.
Don't forget to grab a bottle of water to stay hydrated. Avoid the empty calorie colas and energy drinks - they will not only contribute to holiday weight gain but the high sugar contents will only lead to a sleepy driver shortly after consuming.
Stay Safe - choose water
Stay Slim - choose a nutritious, fat burning, satisfying snack
"Things are going great, Holly!I have lost eight pounds and a dress size! My annual Christmas Party was last night and there wasn't a guest who didn't comment on my 'fabulousness!' : )Thank you for helping me through this holiday season!" ~ Sasha Coleman
Reclaim your "Fabulousness" this holiday season with the Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle System - What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

How to Avoid the Holiday "Blow Out"

Proven "Stay-on-Track"' Holiday Survival Strategies

The holidays present a unique set of challenges....such as delicious and tempting holiday eats!

"I'll just have a taste!"

Now you are feeling horribly guilty for not just having a bite of that freshly baked chocolate cake and a few gourmet chocolate candies.....but having a nice big, heaping slice and a handful of candy from the nearby dish - not just once.....but twice!!!!

You not only feel guilty for allowing this to happen - you fear that these choices will undo all the hard work you have put into getting your body back.

Sound a bit like you? Well - you are NOT alone. And unlike most people who began these indulgences weeks ago, a few unsupportive choices will not bring you back to square one.

Losing all control and gaining a few pounds over the holidays is a common fear that many women have around this time of year. The good thing is that you recognize what you have done - you are not in denial - and you are ready to fight back.

While your plan may be to stick to your nutrition and exercise plan as closely as possible for the next couple weeks - it is also just as important to allow:

1. Flexibility
2. Forgiveness

In life, no matter how well we have something planned - the possibility that something may happen to offset our plans always exists. That is why we must be aware of and plan for obstacles and set backs.

The holidays have too many unexpected events and treats - to strictly adhere to a exercise and nutrition plan is a great goal - but must also be realistic.

By practicing a bit of flexibility and forgiveness you can avoid feelings of guilt and bypass the whole - "This doesn't work for me, I quit" mindset.

It is in your best interest over the holidays to plan for unexpected events and temptations. If you decide to have a couple extra cheat meals, then so be it. You will do more harm than good by beating yourself up over your decision to overindulge.

What about my results? It is not one meal or skipped workout that causes you to LOSE everything you have worked so hard to Achieve....

You GAIN Weight because.... day after day after day you make poor choices and revert back to old habits. You end up here only when you allow yourself to - by ignoring the choices you are making and the impact it is having on you physically and emotionally.

If you have made any effort at all over the past few weeks based on the tips, tools and strategies I have provided you - then this is NOT you.

So you must at this very moment - Forgive yourself.
Then take a moment to reflect and ask how you could have realistically handled the situation differently. EX) Have some dessert ....but reduce the portion size.
When you give yourself permission and you are less likely to overindulge and more likely to Stay on Track!

Now what....?
After forgiveness and reflection have taken place - you are at a better place mentally to get back on track and establish a Plan for Success.

Look ahead to other potentially tempting events and situations. Choose to eat supportively up until the event and/or you can always add an extra short burst resistance training or interval workout into your routine.

Whether you choose to continue to make progress over the holidays or to simply maintain, then you must have a well thought out Plan for Success- complete with obstacles and stated solutions AND you must be completely in touch and aware of the choices you make on a daily basis.

In other words- Take Responsibility for your actions! For no one makes you eat what you do not truly want to eat. You are the only person in control of your body - not even the pushiest of relatives.

Sorry - but hurt feelings go away - extra pounds as a result do not (and hurt feelings over not eating something is pretty self-centered). Plus, where is the person who "forced" you to eat that second helping while you are making every effort to exercise and eat right just to lose the fat you gained from all those second helpings?

Each encounter with an obstacle, hurdle or setback (or difficult family member)- only makes us stronger and wiser so we are more capable of dealing with it in the future.

Have an awesome Holiday, enjoy the festivities and the treats that go along with moderation and you most certainly can enjoy the progress you have made.

"Reading what you are saying here, I think it is finally beating in to my head. Eat supportively throughout the day, enjoy dinner out a few times, enjoy the holidays but realize the Fit Yummy Mummy voice in your head has gotten pretty loud at this point and will make it much easier to find ways to eat well." ~ Kelly Alford

Wish you had the same "voice", assurance and accountability to become unstoppable as you reclaim your best body ever? Be sure to grab your copy of Fit Yummy Mummy before the New Year so you can fully establish your Look Great in 2008 Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle Plan.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Travel Tips: How to Stay Fit for Holiday Travel

On the Go Holiday Fitness Tips

What is your plan to stay fit while you travel this holiday season?
What's that? ....You haven't had time to think about it? ....You've barely begun to think about what outfits to pack, let alone a fitness plan?

Well just as you would not leave the house without a map or directions to reach your destination - why would your traveling without a fitness plan be any different?
While on the road here are 5 Travel Tips to make the Most of your Holiday Trip

1. Pack Travel Snacks:
Pack some good snacks to take along for the ride. Think protein/produce and portable. Snacks like apple and almonds, pistachios and dried apricots, beef jerky and raisins will all do well to take care of munchies and keep you satisfied.

2. Avoid Fast Food
It never fails, while on our way to our destination spot, we either find ourselves at the Starbucks or McDonald’s in the airport or on the highway, taking in far too many calories before we even get to where we are going. You can get this junk food anytime. Save your calories for the holiday meals and treats you really want too have. Avoid these on-the-go temptations by making a point to eat something before you leave or eat some of those travel snacks you packed to help curb your appetite.

3. If you MUST Eat Out...
Or your family does not cook so you find yourself out often, plan ahead and pick one or two of those stops (depending on how often they occur) to have something festive to eat. Make a point to order more supportive meals the rest of the time. Keep in mind that a typical restaurant entree is about 1500 calories – that does not include bread, appetizer or dessert. Aim for grilled chicken or salmon and a big side of fresh steamed veggies.

4. Plan your Splurges
If you know you will be enjoying a holiday feast at dinner, avoid overindulging during breakfast or lunch. Instead make your other meals that day light and more supportive.

Worst Case Scenario....If you have no control over the foods being served around you (family dinners) - there is always something that is halfway good too eat - if anything fill up on the protein and veggies, just have smaller servings of the other dishes. You can even tell yourself you are saving room for dessert. Then when you have some - just watch your portion size.

5. Stay Active
Look for opportunities to be active - even if it is a jaunt in the mall. If you can steal away 5 or 10 minutes - do a mini body weight workout in the bedroom (hotel room). The best travel exercises are squats, lunges, push ups, planks, jumping jacks, etc. You don't need a full 30 minutes to do a couple sets of any exercise.

Finally, know that 3-4 days of being not so good does not erase all the hard work you have done up to this point. You would have to
~ Not move at all
~ Eat an ungodly amount of excess food to gain excess weight

If you eat a not so supportive meal, listen to and pay attention to how you feel and you will naturally want to cut back or fill your body with better choices instead.

I wish you safe journeys and good times with friends and family~

"Thank you Holly. You really are an Angel for me. I have got great results so far. I am really pleased with the way my body is shaping up !!!! I need to buy new jeans now!" ~Eliane Terrien...Just 3 weeks into her Fit Yummy Mummy Transformation.

You can be too...Sign Up Now and you will, not only need new'll Look and Feel Great in 2008!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

No Time for Me

Rest or Keep Rushing?

This important message was delivered to my inbox this morning. I was compelled to share it with you, for the message parallels the exact same thing I have been telling Busy Moms all along. Moms who feel like there is no possible way to "make time for me". This just isn't so - and in fact is a very damaging excuse. Take a look at what Mary and Heather from have to say about it.

"Oftentimes we find ourselves running around in the SAHM/WAHM box.

The daily grid we find ourselves circling in of work, school, errands, and little time for a social experience. Everyone is too hurried at school, too rushed by deadlines at work, and too crazed by responsibilities to connect with each other.

How do we break the cycle? First things first.

~ Carve 15 minutes to yourself. You might say you are too busy but that isn't true.
~ Stop

Stop what you're doing and rejuvenate yourself by a walk or simply sitting outside or resting on your sofa. You will feel more energized. Try it."

Mary & Heather
Authors of "Live the Life You Crave; It's All About You" - A MUST Read Moms!

Are you ready to stop rushing and begin to live the life you deserve to live? Get step by step guidance as you incorporate the body transforming, life changing habits into your routine with the Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle System.

“Well I am into my second week of the Fit Yummy Mummy 16 week programme and I am feeling the results already ! I absolutely love your workouts I love your ethics the way you approach food with fun and you are so giving too. Your attitude is amazing and very contagious. I am so glad I found your programme. Thanks Holly! ~ Olivia Le Blanc

Friday, December 14, 2007

Lauren Conrad Celebrity Workout

Want to Look Better Than a Celebrity?
Try Lauren's Workout Fit Yummy Mummy Style

"Pick up a copy of the January 2008 issue of Shape magazine, and you'll see a toned and trim Lauren Conrad on the cover. Known for her dramatic antics on The Hills, this reality gal has recently made some dramatic changes to her body."

- Not exactly my first impression. I actually see a very slim photo of Lauren Conrad. I received my issue of Shape magazine in the mail a few days ago and was surprised to see Lauren on the cover of a fitness magazine.

Based on what it takes to get lean and toned I also noticed that Lauren's workout falls a bit short. Especially when I read this line in the article...."Jarett has me do a lot of reps with smaller weights because he's not trying to build muscle so much as get my body toned."

This is a MYTH! Light Weight with High Reps will NOT deliver a Toned Body. Plus - women simply cannot get bulky with muscles. Fat, yes. Muscles, no.

Toning is due to an increase in muscle tissue coupled with a low enough body fat percentage to see the definition and shape of the muscles. So what is the point of Lauren's workout if you are not going to build muscle? Read The Most Powerful Fat Burner to help refresh your memory.

Bottom line - Muscle Burns Fat. Muscle gives your body shape and definition.

Low-weight/ high-rep workouts simply boost muscle endurance - not your metabolism. If fat loss is your goal and you would like to achieve a lean, fit, toned body - then your workouts must include challenging resistance training exercises - not endurance driven, light weight, circuit based workouts.

Follow along with Lauren's workout and you may initially lose weight but will quickly plateau for you are doing nothing to challenge your muscles and boost your metabolism. If you'd like to get the Lean and Toned results that Lauren Conrad claims she has, I suggest you switch your goal from weight loss to fat loss and make the following adjustments.

Lauren Conrad’s Workout -Fit Yummy Mummy Style
Turn her 30- to 60-minute circuit-training sessions into a 15 minute Fat Blaster with short burst resistance training super sets. Bands are a great alternative when you have no other choice. To get the best results trade the bands for dumbbells, choose a weight that makes 10-12 reps feel challenging.

A1. Squat and Press:
A2. Row: Switch this to a Bent Over Row and activate the muscles in your core.

Complete A1 and A2 3 times in a row with little to no rest before moving to the next super set.

B1. Lunge and Curl: Make the lunge more challenging by stepping forward instead of the stationary lunge.
B2. Resisted push-up: How many of you can do a regular push up? Based on what I see, I doubt Lauren can do a regular one let alone a resisted push up. Regular old push ups will provide you with the resistance you need. If you are building your strength - begin on your knees and advance to the traditional push up. Already there? Then try a decline push up - feet elevated!

Complete B1 and B2 3 times in a row with little to no rest before moving to the next super set.

C1. Butt Blaster - Not what I would choose - difficult to get your form right - notice in the magazine Jarett has to guide her. Try a Hip Extension instead - if these are too easy, try it with one leg elevated.
C2. Triceps Extension - Isolated movements such as these are not in my fat blasting, Short Burst Exercises. Instead, trade this for one of my Favorite Core Exercises.

Complete C1 and C2 3 times in a row with little to no rest before moving to the next super set.

There you have it, Lauren Conrad's celebrity workout - Fit Yummy Mummy Style.

Try both versions of workouts for yourself and you will quickly realize the difference. Be sure to Sign Up for your Fit Yummy Mummy Workout System once you do so you can reclaim a lean, toned Fit Yummy Mummy Body!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

5 Gift Ideas to Pamper Busy Moms

Top 5 Gifts for Busy Moms to Pamper and Take Care of Themselves

Michelle over at Cozy Moments - shared a few of scrumptious gift ideas to help Busy Moms "Pamper Your Skin and Soothe Your Senses".

When it comes to pampering, Michelle knows what it's all about. Her products are made by her own hands in small batches with the finest ingredients available. They ensure relaxing 'cozy moments' to help melt away stress. A unique gift idea any mom will love - check out what I'll be asking for below.

1. Black Raspberry Vanilla Healing Hands Gift Set
What do you give the person who has everything? The gift of soft hands! Our Hand Butter is a deeply moisturizing treatment for dry hands and it is wonderful to use to prevent dryness from developing on your hands. Hand poured with a blend of Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Beeswax, this soft, creamy butter melts when it hits your skin!

2. Merry Christmas Pampering Gift Set
Our Merry Christmas Gift Set makes a great gift choice for Christmas! Your Set comes packaged in a sweet Chinese take out container, complete with a bow on the top. Set includes:
* Bar of Peppermint Chocolate Holiday Hand Soap
* Almond Hand Butter
* Lavender & Peppermint Soothing Foot Salve
* Pure Shea Tin - 100% Pure Shea Butter

3. Lavender and Peppermint Soothing Foot Salve
Our Lavender and Peppermint Soothing Foot Salve rocks! I LOVE this Foot Salve. After I apply it to my tootsies I put on some soft cotton socks and in the morning my feet are like butter!! Blended and poured by hand with Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Jojoba Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, and Tea Tree Oil, our Lavender and Peppermint Soothing Foot Salve will make your feet HAPPY!! :)

4. HOT CHOCOLATE with Whipped Cream Topping Goats Milk Soap - Great Gift for those Chocolate Lovers on Your List! Our Hot Chocolate Goat's Milk Soap smells just like a steamy cup of rich hot chocolate! The aroma of warm hot chocolate with melted whipped cream topping is a real treat! A gentle sprinkling of cocoa powder naturally colors this bar and layers the bottom. This bar is SO YUMMY! Spoil your skin and delight your senses!

5. Black Raspberry Vanilla Sugar Scrub
Yes - this is the one - just the thought of treating myself to a sugar scrub makes me happy - let alone the scent! I hope you are reading this post, Patrick : )

Whipped to perfection, our Creamy Sugar Scrub gently exfoliates and richly moisturizes skin, leaving it refreshed and revitalized. We use a combination of beneficial moisturizing oils and butter in our Creamy Sugar Scrub including grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, and creamy shea butter. Soothe your senses while you invigorate your circulation and give your skin a healthy glow!!

Every Mom deserves to be pampered!
Make sure the Mom's on your list are covered by including some of these yummy pampering products! Nothing wrong with getting some for yourself while you are at it! How about it Moms....Are You Ready to Unleash Your Yummy-ness?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Perfect Time to Begin your Fat Loss Program

"I'll Begin When...."

Waiting for the right time to begin your fat loss program?

I'm wondering something....

What is the magic in waiting?
What do you expect will suddenly be different one week, two weeks, a month from now?

As Busy Moms - there will always be too much to do. And guess what....there is no perfect time - except the time that you can take RIGHT NOW - to make a firm decision to begin something that is Overflowing with benefits into your life and the lives of your family.

If I told you that you could...

~ Have more energy
~ Eliminate cravings
~ Dramatically reduce stress
~ Drop a Jean Size
~ Feel good about yourself again

Would you smile, look me in the eye and say...."No thanks, not right now, the time just isn't right" Huh...?

If not now -to Look and Feel great.... then when? And when that time arrives....what is to prevent you from making the exact same statement? Then you look up to find another year has passed!

So what are you hoping to accomplish by putting off what you deserve to have right now?

It is quite unfortunate that during the holiday season, on the cusp of the New Year where "resolutioners" come out of their sedentary lifestyles for a brief moment as they promise.."This time I will lose weight" - only to find themselves defeated yet again as they quickly revert back to old habits.

It's pretty obvious that this approach just does not work. Taking the easy route, the route that allows us to stay with unsupportive, familiar habits is giving us nothing in return - in fact it is draining and taking away your 3 sources power ... your valuable time, money and energy.

Super Busy Mom, Sarah from Solutions for Busy Moms came to an amazing realization...

"One of the things that has been holding me back was needing to feel like everything was 'in place' (more or less) before I took the time to exercise.

I felt like I had to 'have time' to exercise.

Nope, I've got to make time, I know...but now I know what that really means.

It means making time to do it REGARDLESS OF THE CHAOS around me. I am now starting to visualize a messy house (not too hard :) a stack of piles waiting for me -- and me exercising anyway -- and then tacking all that stuff AFTER I've exercised."

This is a brilliant realization and one you need to take to heart, moms.

"Your actions express your priorities"

What statement are you making about what matters most to you if you put it on the back burner?

Moms - It's Time! Time to make your health and fitness, your ability to reclaim your pre-baby body, your ability to look in the mirror and feel good about what you see a Priority starting today. Fit Yummy Mummy is your solution to putting your priorities into action.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Top 10 Fitness Gifts for Busy Moms

Only 2 Weeks Left...Fabulous Fitness Gifts for You or the Busy Mom in Your Life

'Tis the Season to be Giving!

Be recognized this holiday season for giving the gift that keeps on giving...

Why not give the gift of Fitness and Yummy-ness to someone you care about?

Or maybe you are a Busy Mom.
Why not do something special for yourself? After all you give, it is time you give back to yourself. Taking the time to revitalize who you are as a woman from the inside out is the most rewarding gift of all.

Here is a list of the Top 10 Fitness Gifts that every Mom would love to have to help her Reclaim her Pre-Baby Body (or better!) all from the comfort of home!

1. Dumbbells - Resistance training is a must for women to not only look lean and toned but to boost that metaboslim sky-high! Choose adjustable dumbbells to keep workouts progressively challenging, to save money and to save space!

2. Jump Rope - Jump rope is one of the best short burst interval tools around. You can easily take it with you on vacation and provides a great cardio workout. Save the $700 you were thinking of spending on a treadmill, a less that $10 gift comes with much longer list of benefits.

3. Stability Ball - Add variety to your workout with a stability ball. Takes the place of a traditional bench - also a great tool to improve the strength of your core and lower-back, plus
you will work multiple muscles at one time as your body tries to balance itself.

4. Medicine Ball - add variety to your Short Burst Resistance Training workout. They are a great tool to exercise any area of your body, whether upper, lower, or core. There are different sized exercise balls from 2-12, that you can use for numerous different exercises.

5. Pull Up Bar - Want great arms? Then pushing and pulling exercises are a MUST! What better way to begin than using your own weight with a pull up bar! They can fit anywhere and adjust to any height to meet your fitness level. Pull ups also help to strengthen your back plus You can also do a variety of abdominal exercises.

FYI: I did not get the arms I have from bicep curls and triceps kick backs....I'm all about the pull ups and push ups. Get the best results with both!

6. Yoga Mat - Great padded surface for comfort during floor based exercises.

7. iPod/Mp3 Downloads- Enhance workouts with portable Music! Focus on pleasurable feelings you get from following the rhythm of your favorite songs, select the ideal tempo of music for the exercises you’re doing, you can actually heighten the flow of your exercises, PLUS it is a great Motivator! If you hear music you like, you’re more likely to return and do your workouts again. Listening to songs that you enjoy increases exercise adherence = great results!

8. A Gift card for Fitness Wear - We LOVE to Shop! Fit Yummy Mummy favorites... Underarmour, Danskin and Nike Women

9. Prograde Cravers - Really - THE best tasting nutrition bars on the planet!!! Yummy and 100% organic snack bars...perfect for busy moms on the go that need healthier (but delicious) snack options – and they are the safe way to satisfy your sweet tooth! Hey, we can all use a little more 100% organic dark chocolate in our lives - especially when it benefits our shape!

10. Fit Yummy Mummy The ideal, all inclusive, life enhancing fitness Gift for the Mom in Your Life

"My wife and I both have been looking for ways to begin leading more healthy lifestyles. We have two beautiful girls at home that are the most important part of our lives, along with each other, of course.

Leading a healthy lifestyle is a very important part of our family life. My wife received an email concerning the Fit Yummy Mummy program several weeks ago and has talked about it ever since. In that email she saw testimonies from people that we know. We don’t know each of them personally but we know them and that made the Fit Yummy Mummy program seem very real to us.

I decided to order the Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle System for my wife, as a Christmas gift, to help her begin an exercise program that fits her busy schedule and to help her begin to make some healthy changes in her life. I plan to be right there with her to support her in her efforts and to make some changes in my lifestyle to become more healthy too." ~ Mike Skaggs

PS - if you liked today’s gift ideas, feel free to pass this Top 10 List on to any of your friends, family, or co-workers that would enjoy it.

Remember, there is only 2 weeks left! Be sure to order your Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle System Today and beat the holiday rush!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Top 5 Beauty and Fashion Gifts for Busy Moms

Beauty and Fashion Expert Shares Top 5 Gifts for Busy Moms

The Holiday season is a mass of activity, spending and rushing (or waiting, if in line!). The season goes by so quickly! While you are out shopping for everyone else, Tammy Gibson over at A Mom in Red High Heels encourages you to snatch up a few goodies for yourself to enjoy!

There are so many great sales, you shouldn’t feel guilty for indulging a little on yourself - -You Deserve it Mom!

Top 5 recommended beauty and fashion gifts to treat yourself with:

A Fabulous Cocktail Ring that you’ll wear to your holiday events. A cocktail ring attracts a lot of attention. You can buy something fun, glamorous or totally unique. Make it your own statement.

Comfy, Sassy Jammies. You will benefit from the happy feeling you’ll have when you wake up and realize how darn cute you look. You deserve to wake up in fitted, cute sleepwear NOT baggy, stained, stretched and ugly things that should have been thrown out long ago!

Luscious Body Treats. Buy yourself some yummy scented shower gel, lotion and hand cream. The touch of your silky skin and the hint of your favorite scent will keep you connected with yourself.

New Lip Gloss. The holiday season is a great time to buy cosmetics and receive a gift with purchase! Find your favorite gloss set and purchase it for yourself! You’ll start the holidays with a dazzling smile! Wear alone or over your lipstick for extra shine and sparkle!

Pashmina Shawl. You'll wear it again and again! Wear it with dresses or jeans to really make your outfit special!

You've worked hard to be a Fit Yummy Mummy this year! Now it's time to refresh, indulge and enjoy! Happy Holidays!

Your Beauty and Fashion Expert,
Tammy Gibson

Tammy is a busy mom dedicated to empowering moms through beauty and style. For more fashion, beauty and yummy inspiration visit A Mom in Red High Heels.

Are you ready to Unleash Your Yummy-ness? Sign Up and get started today!
"My first week on Fit Yummy Mummy is over.....and I'm feeling real good. I have to tell you that I really feel in control of my life and my body for the first time in a very long time.....everything went according to plan, my insides feel clean and nice and I feel very energetic and happy.

The fact that I am not deprived of enjoying foods I like and that I only have to devote 15-20 minutes a day for exercise, makes a world of difference to me because now I know that this is a lifestyle I can integrate into my life, at ANY stage in my life without ever feeling that I am losing out on something.

Now I know that I can take care of myself and my body without compromising on my family's needs...... I feel empowered and beautiful!

One BIG HURRAH!!!! for our dear Ms. Holly and all you wonderful women out there!!!!! "
~ Ann Paulosekutty
I am tired of putting it off...YES! I Want to Unleash My Yummy-ness!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

The Gift of Youth

Moms! You Can Get Your Body Back At Any Age

Meet Kate. She has an amazing story to share - and her results come from starting the Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle System just 2 weeks ago!

"I am actually 47 years old with kids of 25, 20 and 14 years old , so not exactly a new mum!

I have been using a personal trainer for a year now and had made good progress in the first 6 months or so, but everything came to a grinding halt. I was doing the traditional weights and long cardio workouts. I did some research and the Turbulence Training programme ( which is great, but kind of male dominated for me ) led me to your programme.

Holly, I am seeing results after only 2 weeks!

My upper arms are visibly more toned ( big problem area for me ) and I took the plunge and measured ....I have lost half an inch off each arm! This may not seem like much, but my arm measurements had not budged in one year of gym work with a personal trainer.

I am enjoying the short burst, high intensity exercises with interval training and I feel good after doing them. I am very careful with my nutrition as I have food allergies, so I am hoping to make progress over the coming weeks ( even with the holidays).

I was spending a lot of time in the gym and on off days with cardio. It wasn't a problem if I could see results, but it was just so frustrating.

So, although not such a young mum, I am looking forward to getting into better shape and feeling stronger and fitter. I like the exercise demos on your site as they demonstrate the proper form and the progression charts are really handy to printout and keep by the bench at home. I like the site in general as it all has a feminine feel to it, and there are links to suit women from all backgrounds ( even us more experienced mums!).

So, I hope women don't by-pass your programme just because they don't consider themselves to be in the category of "new mum", the programme is good for all of us! I'll keep you posted with my progress... "

Thank you.
Kate Cowan

Thank you for sharing your amazing and empowering story with us Kate! There is no better time than NOW to begin your transformation. Why wait? You can be a Fit Yummy Mummy in as little as 2 weeks!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Giive Yourself the Gift of Fitness

More Gifts for you!

Question: What Do You Get When 250 of The World's Leading Experts Decide To Work Together To Help Hundreds Of Thousands Of People From All Around The World Achieve Their Health And Fitness Goals... For FREE?

My husband Patrick Rigsby and our good friend Dax Moy have been collecting presents from over 250 of the world's leading health and fitness experts and getting them in order for the 12 Days of Fitness Gift-Giving Program.

Not only will you be getting another Fabulous Fat Burning gift from me, you'll also be able to download videos, audios, ebooks and special reports on just about every area of health and fitness from Diet to Nutrition, Fat loss to Strength training, Back pain to Mom's fitness and just about EVERYTHING in between.

So jump on over to get registered. Hurry! The first series of gifts will be delivered to your email on Monday, December 10th.

Who is left on your Gift List? Stay tuned for I will be sharing the best gift ideas for the Busy Moms in your life - double check that list...make sure YOU are included!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Holiday Workout Video

Fat Blasting Holiday Workout
Fit Yummy Mummy Style

Your early holiday gift!

All you need is 15 minutes or less!

Short burst exercise is your solution to to burning Fat Calories - not just calories, over the holidays.

High intensity exercise burns off significantly more body fat than traditional, steady-state endurance exercise. You work your entire body in a very short period of time. You will boost your metabolism, feel energized, beat holiday stress and look great, all from a mere 15 minutes of your day.

Additional information about your workout can be found here: Fat Blasting Holiday Workout

For a compete 16-Week, Fat Burning, Trouble Spot Toning, Get Your Body Back Workout System - be sure to get your Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle System today!

"Holly, I am having so much fun with this. I have started noticing other mothers giving me a long hard stare! That feels great. I am either looking good, or I need to get some new clothes! :) " ~ Alison Liddic

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Battle of the Monthly Munchies

Curb Your PMS Cravings

Q: HOW do you fight the "monthly munchies"??? It really seems a losing battle!

It really seems a losing battle! I had a "cheat meal" for dinner/ dessert and yet, even knowing I was over where I wanted to be calorically, the only chocolate in the house HAD to go into my tummy... and now I am having another snack because I was starving! What is it that the female body is looking for at that "PMS" time?? ~ Kelly

A: Yes - those undeniable monthly munchies..... I cannot tell you HOW many times I and so many women have looked up from an empty bag of cookies, chips or even the pint of ice cream in the garbage and said - "Now what was that all about?".....Then it hits us..."OH - it must be my monthly cravings!"

We can get so caught up in the habit of mindless eating that the results of the monthly cravings can be downright devastating! Not only for our body, but for our peace of mind. How can we ever forgive ourselves for going overboard!

Awareness is KEY to gaining control and minimizing the effect these cravings have.

I suggest taking the time to jot down on your calendar when you feel....low energy, slight irritability (which has decreased tremendously for me - I will tell you why in a minute) and of course uncalled for cravings. After a couple months of doing this you will SEE a Pattern!

This allows you to plan ahead and Anticipate when those feeling will hit. You can plan your meals, your activities, your workload, etc. By knowing - you can account for the craving splurges.

With this also comes the understanding that One week with a couple extra splurges is NOT going to hurt you. Your appetite will naturally increase. We actually need more calories premenstrually, so it would make sense we might experience more cravings if we're short on energy.

In fact, afterwards you will be even more motivated to "work it off" - I actually feel lighter once this phase passes - even what I describe as a strange sense of freedom for cravings DO tend to take over and cause us to experience an uncomfortable lack of control.

Manage those Monthly Cravings!
When you know a food craving is going to strike, you can make substitutions instead of simply surrendering.

- Map it out. Anticipate when it those cravings are coming. Yes it's okay to give in to some, just in moderation, then you get right back on track.

~ Eat balanced meals every 3 to 4 hours. Eat carbs, protein and a little fat with every meal and snack. Eating meals that are lacking in one kind of food, we may be more likely to crave it later. Eating often keeps your appetite under control.

~ Craving-proof your home. The simplest way to quash a craving is to ban crave-worthy foods from your environment. If you do buy snack foods like chips or cookies, choose small packages or individually wrapped portions to avoid going overboard. Meanwhile, here are three ways to make healthy, lowfat snacks easily available for regular indulgence:

1. Cut up and bag fresh, munchable veggies....arrots, radishes, broccoli and celery stick ahead of time. Eat with lowfat cheese or hummus.

2. Keep light microwave popcorn packages to have on hand, and sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top.

3. Keep fruit washed and ready to slice into a container of lowfat yogurt.

~ Go Ahead! It's okay to have what you are craving. Allow yourself a single-sized portion as opposed to buying and eating a larger size. The most common food craved...Chocolate! It does provide some natural mood boosters and endorphins, so have moderation!

I also wanted to share why my mood swings are basically nonexisitant. Keep in mind that I had a sound nutrition plan and challenging exercise routine in place for a good year or so - but my mood swings....well let's just say my husband was miserable at the very least - 2 times a month.

I would just have ridiculous nervous breakdowns! Over trivial things. Well I will tell you what I did and it has TOTALLY mellowed me out. So I believe it, i live it, I recommend it....I have been "nervous break down-free" going on 6 months. I take Prograde VGF+25 for women. It is not a "vitamin" but a whole food supplement and it has additional herbs for the black cohosh and evening primrose.

Now when it comes to supplements - sure we each have our own recommendations to what works. I am not about pushing supplements on anyone - however, when something this powerful and beneficial is available - I will tell you about it.

I also take Prograde 's EFA Icon (the omega-3 fish oils, which also have a huge impact on PMS and premenopausal symptoms) and after my workouts the Prograde Workout a Post workout drink.

So if you want to know more, check out the Prograde site. I have a ton of testimonials from women in my hometown who absolutely love it and the way it makes them feel more balanced.

Thanks for a great question, Kelly! Your Fit Yummy Mummy transformation is gaining momentum. You will be entering the New Year in a brand new body!

Why not join Kelly and the rest of the Fit Yummy Mummy's in the Making?

There is no better time than NOW....I Want to Unleash My Yummy-ness!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Eat Pray Love: Elizabeth Gilbert on Oprah

Elizabeth Gilbert's Journey to Reclaim her Life
Take Away message for Busy Moms

What you can Learn from Her very personal Spiritual Journey

I happened to come across Elizabeth Gilbert and her book "Eat Pray Love" on Oprah this afternoon. Caught my attention as so many women who had read her book began to share their own life changing experiences.

I was especially interested in Elizabeth's thoughts on "putting yourself first".

The biggest reason why more women do NOT put themselves first is the Fear of appearing Selfish.

Elizabeth Gilbert shared the difference maker in a way that all Busy Moms must take note of:

"To be Selfish - is to be greedy, hording and cruel.

To put Put yourself First - is to Do what is Beneficial to You.
To be a good example for how to live a happy life"

I like to think about it like this...putting yourself first is all about being loving, kind and caring towards YOU. It’s about honoring the commitments you make to yourself; it’s about taking care of you in all aspects – body, mind, and spirit. Without this attitude of self-care and nurturing, you are of no use to anyone – not to yourself and certainly not to others.

You can Do This!
So just how do you find balance in giving in to the needs of others so that you can properly take care of yourself first?

It all starts with making a commitment to yourself. Then you must know how to communicate your needs to others.

When you keep your commitments to yourself - you have the time, energy and other resources to help and take care of others.

As far as communication goes...if you don't like saying "No" to others - then don't make promises.

Self-care begins from the inside out, with the recognition that you are worthy of nurturing. It’s a habit, a practiced over time. It’s the small choices you make everyday that make the biggest difference: adequate sleep; a quiet lunch, a great novel; a walk in the park; thirty minutes of solitude.

Ready to Live Life on Your Terms? Fit Yummy Mummy maps out the elements of care that are critical for you to be an effective mother, wife, and woman. Sign Up and Reclaim Your Life Today!

It's Okay to Say No

You are Entitled to a Life

"OK, well this day has royally stunk. I have a stuffed up nose, work is piled to my eyeballs, and my darling sweet toddler is feeding off of my stress and acting up and tantruming all day...So it stressed me out even more... and now I am still working on work and have not exercised yet and it is 10pm!

Why does it seem complicated to take out 30 minutes to myself?!!?"

Sound familiar?

Well Kelly Alford, a Fit Yummy Mummy in the making, is absolutely not alone. As busy moms we do try to Do It All - then at the end of the day, we are left to scramble for just a moment of sanity.

For many of us - once that moment arrives, we look up and no longer recognize ourselves - our health is suffering, we've lost our body, we wonder where the time has gone when we look at our children....

Take a breath Moms - it not longer has to continue like this. You have the freedom to choose a better way to live your life - you are entitled to a life!

Kelly's personal story inspired me to share this with you.

It is time to slow down and consider your own needs. Trying to continue the pace at what you have been giving - you will soon run yourself empty.

Taking care of yourself in turn will do wonders...
~ less stress
~ less irritability
~ less anxiety
~ More satisfaction with yourself and those around you

With consistent Self-Care you will feel...
~ energized
~ centered
~ strong
~ willing to do what it takes

Imagine the possibilities when you feel like you are in the driver's seat of your life - which is exactly where you belong! Which is something you can acquire - for it all boils down to the choices we make on a daily basis.

Take a good honest look at how you are spending your time each day.

When you find yourself jumping to the demands of others - slow down and remember that you are just as entitled to your time as well. And it is perfectly okay to say "No".

Try it and see - the world does not fall apart. In fact do it often and you will find the world around you and inside of you is a much more beautiful place.

My picture is just a reminder that amidst the chaos of our daily is possible to slow yourself down and take a moment to be grateful for and appreciate the small things around you.

Take the first step to realizing the Yummy-ness you deserve - begin the Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle System Today....don't let your life pass you by!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Meet Christina: Fit Yummy Mummy in the Making

Christina Shares her Fit Yummy Mummy Transformation.

3 Weeks in and this Busy Mom is Making Progress!

Well as I said when I started this - this would be real life - and after incorporating FYM principles -

~ I found out that I like blueberries and walnuts
~ Eating every three hours makes it easier to choose healthy foods for your next meal
~ Eating isn't about hunting around your kitchen - it's about planning.

~ Set small goals - and keep working on them - reevaluate often

How my life has changed: I am still pushing myself to make breakfast - a healthy breakfast - when I make my sons in the am. With the rush of the morning I often just drank coffee for two hours then ate waffles or something mindless. But now I force myself to eat blueberries and oatmeal and on really good days - I work in the egg whites right away - on other days I'll wait until my son eats then go back and make my egg whites. Oh yes - and I'm drinking less coffee in the am - just don't feel like I need it as much :)

But a lesson I have learned - eating a good breakfast like the one I mentioned - sets up your day for success.

We are all busy - and my life is no different.

I run two businesses from home (

I take care of my one year old son

Plus, I have an active social calendar - so remembering to eat every three hours is a work in progress.

After finding my breakfast that works for me, and some healthy portable snacks, I'm still trying to find a flow for lunch and dinners, easy - quick and healthy.

I'm not getting discouraged. Everyday when I choose my yogurt and walnut snack instead of my old standby - crackers - I have succeeded.

I think you have to expect the process of weight loss and the FYM program to take some time to get used to - otherwise - if losing weight was that easy - the USA wouldn't have an obesity problem. Holly's encouragement and emails provide the continued support needed.

So.....after 3 weeks I have noticed that my jeans are fitting better and I have been able to get back into my sz. 8 jeans that I wore before I was pregnant.

I just feel better about not having the guilt of having a "bad" day.

I'm going to do this Holly - I am. It will be at my own pace and I won't be discouraged.

~~~ Thanks for sharing Christina! You can check out her progress at

Why not Begin your Yummy Transformation Today?

Sunday, December 2, 2007

How to Find the Best Jeans for New Curves

Fit Yummy Mummy's Need New Jeans!
Loss of Inches Reveals New Curves!

Just 3 weeks later, Short Burst Resistance Training is Losing the Yummy Mummy's Inches!

"Thank you Holly. You really are an Angel for me.
I have got great results so far. I am really please with the way my body is shaping up !!!!
I need to buy new jeans now. Any suggestion on a brand ??? I just cant find anything that suits my new curves !!! I feel good. I feel beautiful.
I have plenty energy!" ~ Eliane Terrien

Fit Yummy Mummy's are seeing results - and FAST! It's time to get rid of those frumpy "Mom Jeans" and trade them in for some stylish denim to show off those new curves!

If you are searching for the perfect pair for yourself you most likely have some questions:

WHO makes a great pair of jeans?
WHAT makes a great pair of jeans?
HOW much should you pend on the jeans?
Why is it necessary to have a great pair of jeans in your wardrobe?

Well my favorite fashion expert Tammy Gibson from A Mom in Red High Heels has all the answers along with some very helpful websites to help you shop for your perfect fit. You must read her informative articles to get you on your way to looking Fit and Yummy!

Getting Away from Mommy Jeans

Jeans: A Mom's Best Friend

Looking to lose inches and look amazing in your jeans this holiday season? No need to wait - grab your Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle System and in a matter of weeks, you will find yourself just like Eliane - in search of a new, smaller pair of jeans to show off your new curves.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Intervals Idea

Spice up your Cardio with Fat Burning Skipping Intervals

Forget long duration cardio!

Short Burst Interval Training is the perfect compliment to your fat loss program. There are so many ways to incorporate Intervals into your program.

Angie Tousignant from The Fit Chick is my guest today to show you one way to mix up her Intervals. In the video above Angie demonstrates Short Burst Interval Training using skipping/marching which is incorporated into her fat loss Workouts.

The key is to have the "working part" of the Intervals to be very intense (according to your fitness level) and then you spend your "rest period" with a lower intensity movement. The difference between your work and rest should be obvious. In the video, the skipping portion really gets the heart rate going and is intense. The marching is slow and allows you to catch your breath before you go at it again.

Like me, Angie also likes to do run/walk intervals, burpees, jumping jacks, skip intervals, or sometimes combine them all - my favorite!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Holiday Fat Loss Special

Limited Time Offer: Fit Yummy Mummy Holiday Fat Loss Bonus

Jump Start your Holiday Fat Loss efforts with this Limited Time Holiday Bonus Offer!
"Get your Body Back" Holiday Special:

Get your Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle System by Friday, November 30th at Midnight (EST) and you will receive TEN Bonuses, including....

1) The Busy Mom's 7-Step Quick-Start Essentials Program
2) The Fit Yummy Mummy Guide to Fast & Easy Meals:
3) The 6-Minute Circuits Emergency Workout Plan

And much more..... see Fit Yummy Mummy for details.
But that's not all .....You will also receive a Free 10 minute video created to specifically to help you "Tone your Trouble Spots".

PLUS....the best of make sure you get started off on the right foot - you will also have access to 3 'Closed Door' VIP Teleseminar Recordings where I walk through you step-by-step and tell you exactly what you'll do during the first 21 days of your Fit Yummy Mummy Transformation.
I will cover everything from how to jump start your results, to fat burning nutrition tips for women and the need-to-know exercise strategies that will accelerate your results. The MP3 format allows you to refer back to them for tips and motivation at your convenience.

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HURRY - this fat burning offer ends Friday, November 30th at midnight (EST)!