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Measuring Wellness: Why Scales Aren’t Always the Best Way to Track

We all know the battle with the scale!  We watch as the number creeps up and the number creeps down.  But, is the good old scale really the best way to track your wellness?  Connie, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad gives us her take on why scales aren’t always the best way!

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Measuring Wellness:

Why Scales Aren’t Always the Best Way to Track

Scales are evil.  I almost threw mine out of the window this week.  I got a very harsh reality check from the scale.  One that I needed.  I am of the mindset that life is too short to be crazy strict with your diet.  If I want a cookie, I eat a cookie.  I just generally try not to eat 5 cookies when I want one.  Everything in moderation.

Lately, I have let moderation go and have been overindulging.  It was this that led to the nightmare weigh in this week.  In the past, a rough weigh in would have led me to excuses.  I would have blamed a lack of exercise or too much water, or my thyroid issues and the fact that I was stressed all summer.  But this time I decided to take a completely different approach to my nightmare weigh in.

I’m using it as motivation.

I needed a reminder to eat better and get back to life in moderation.

If our weight was determined by only the amount of exercise we get, I would be thin as a rail.  I love the gym, and the feeling of a good workout.  Unfortunately, there is a whole lot more that goes into it than that.  Not only is healthy eating important for weight loss, its vital.  It’s more important than working out.  And it is hard.  It shouldn’t be, but it is.  Cookies are delicious.  As are cupcakes and candy bars and chicken nachos (don’t even get me started on chicken nachos).

It used to be that a bad weigh in would send me reeling.  I would start beating myself up for eating anything other than veggies and chicken.  I would go on some harsh fad diet that I wouldn’t be able to stick to and throw my metabolism all out of whack.  Once I even decided I would only eat one meal a day until I lost 20 pounds.  You can guess how that turned out.

It took me a long time to figure out that the scale didn’t define me.  I have stuck with my workouts and possibly even over trained a little bit.  I am as fit as I have ever been, and stronger and more muscular.  All of these things are what is important.

Fit looks different on everyone

Did I need the scale to remind me to stay on track with my eating?  I did.  But I didn’t need it to tell me whether or not I am healthy.  I am healthy and active and constantly improving.  I am not perfect when it comes to my diet or anything else for that matter, but I am always working.

Often, I also have to remind myself that while this weight is higher than its been in a long time.  It looks so much different than the last time the scale read this high.  There is more muscle involved, less fat.  More workouts and less nights out.

There are changes coming.  I am back to tracking my food, making sure I eat something every 3 hours and eating more whole foods.  Hopefully these changes will create the change on the scale that I would like.  But even if they don’t, and for whatever reason I am stuck here for a bit, I am okay with that.  I am healthy, and I am happy and I am comfortable in my own skin.  So, take that Scale!

From iFamily to Yours,

 


Amplify Your Workout With These 15 Songs to Get You Moving!

What’s rhymes with workout?…  Playlist!  Well, not really.  But the two definitely go hand in hand.  Connie, From the iFamily Mom & Dad Squad is here with some Workout Wednesday motivation and a new playlist for you!

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Amplify Your Workout With These 15 Songs to Get You Moving!

When it comes to working out, there is one thing I can’t do without and that is a good playlist.  I was running one day and my iPod died.  And then I almost died.  My motivation definitely did anyway.  There is nothing better than a solid playlist ringing in my ears to get me pumped up and ready to go.  For the sake of genuine honesty, I wanted to let you all get a glimpse inside my iPod.

Now I am warning you, my taste in music can best be described by some as eclectic. Others may describe it as old lady/pop princess and still others may say I have no taste at all.  But, to that I say, to each her own.  I am going to set my iPod to shuffle and without any editing, I will tell you the first 15 songs that come up.

Give these a whirl on your next workout!

#1 Bill Medley-The Time of my Life from the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack

#2 Pitbull—Don’t Stop the Party

#3 Flo Rida—I Don’t Like It, I Love it

#4 Beach Boys—Kokomo

#5 Wheatus—Teenage Dirtbag

#6 Meghan Trainor—All About that Bass

#7 Corinne Bailey Rae—Put Your Records On

#8 Nate Dogg and Warren G—Regulators

#9 Brad Paisley—Beat this Summer

#10 Train—Play that Song

#11 Tech N9ne—The Waitress

#12 Jake Owen—Beachin’

#13 Lady Antebellum—Compass

#14 Abba—Waterloo

#15 Eli Young Band—Saltwater Gospel

Now, there is absolutely no rhyme or reason to this list, no set genre, no set era, no set anything.  And to me, that is the beauty of it.  And also the fun.  As I have learned from experience, it keeps me motivated and on my toes if my music is always changing.  So I update a lot and try to add things to my iPod that aren’t constantly overplayed on the radio.  And I know, some of you reading think I’m super out of touch for still having an iPod, but again, to each his own.  I don’t like to rely on Wi-Fi and cell phone signal to stream my music.  Besides, what Pandora station is going to play this variety for me?

My point is simply this:  Music is Motivating.

And you can’t count on your gym to play good overhead workout music, because, well, let’s just face it, what I think is good may not be what the next person enjoys.  Listen to what motivates and moves you!

Turn it up and get your sweat on!

From iFamily to Yours,

Connie


22 Fun Ways to Get Your Family Active Today!

Happy Monday, Kansas City! With the up and down temperatures that this time of year brings us, it can be hard to stay active. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Leah, has some fantastic ideas on how your family can kick it into gear and get active today. Take a look!

 

22 Fun Ways to Get Your Family Active Today!

 

My weight has been a struggle for most of my life. I can always remember struggling with my body image when it came to my weight. I’ve never felt thin enough. I would go on diets, then binge eat, then go on a work out craze, then be lazy, then repeat the cycle. Oh, how this took a toll on my self-esteem and body.

 

As an adult I still struggle with this viscous cycle. Several years ago I lost 72 pounds and kept it off for two years. I ate right, had some help from the doctor, was active throughout the day, and truly worked my butt off. However, once I grew comfortable in my new skin I started to resort back to my old eating habits. I found myself packing on the pounds as I indulged in carbs, fatty foods, and stopped being active.

 

Fast-forward four years later and I am the biggest weight I have ever been. I lack energy, hate the way I look in clothes, dread seeing myself in pictures, and find myself miserable in this shape. It isn’t who I am. I know my weight doesn’t defy me. I also know I am so much more than the number on the scale. Yet, I am the one that has to carry this excess skin. I am the one who knows I can do better. Therefore, I am the one who is now choosing to do better.

 

I recently saw a video on Facebook that woke me up. The video truly encouraged me to get my crap together. The video shares a woman’s story who vows to take a 100 day work out challenge. Now I know this challenge isn’t for everyone (and you should consult your doctor first if you have any health concerns or restraints) but this challenge was exactly what I needed.

 

I went from having a job where I was active all day to literally sitting down all day. My body started to physically hurt because I wasn’t moving it enough. I had hip pain, leg pain, shoulder pain, etc. Who wants to live like that every day? I don’t. I know a lot of the pain was from my weight. I also knew I needed to be more active.

 

 

So, my son and I went and joined a gym. I am proud to say I am now on my 10th day of the 100 day challenge. I am so proud of myself. I have so much more energy, feel happier, and feel like I am being such a great example to my son. I love having him there with me when I work out. He has told me every day that he is proud of me. I want him to see me being an example of living a healthy life. When we go to the gym together we take it slow, we talk, we bond, and most of all we simply move our bodies. I also started eating better since August. I am now down 13 pounds.

 

So, I encourage you to take this time to get you back, get up, sweat, and live again. You got this…. And bring your family with you!<3

 

Below are 22 fun ways to get your family active

“Big changes start with small steps”- author unknown.

 

#1 Go on a walk with your family.

My son and I love walking to the park,store, or for ice cream at Sonic.

#2 Have a dance party in the living room.

Dancing is such a fun way to exercise.

#3 Do yard work together as a family

 

 

#4 Go on a bike ride

 

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#5 Have a pillow fight

 

 

#6 Play Hide and Go Seek

 

 

#7 Go play basketball, soccer, or football together

 

 

#8 Have a snow ball fight

 

 

 

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#9 Go Sledding

 

 

#10 Ice Skating

 

 

#11 Run up and down the stairs

 

Providing they are at a safe age to do this.

 

 

#12 Do yoga as a family

 

#13 Take the dogs for a walk

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#14 Work out on the Wii

 

 

#15 Rent a work out video

 

 

#16 Cleaning the house

You heard me right ;). Cleaning burns calories and you could make it fun and make it more like a game. Just be creative.

 

 

#17 Go on a scavenger hunt

 

#18 Play flash light tag

 

#19 Join a family friendly gym

 

#20 Build a snow fort

 

#21 Go Geocaching

 

#22 Wash the family pets

 

How do you stay active as a family? We’d love to hear in the comments!

 

To learn more about Leah, follow her at: http://www.facebook.com/solaceforthesoul

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

 


How Safe Hearts Makes Hard Conversations Easier

Good Morning, Kansas City!

Take a moment to think about the five most important women in your life. Now think about this: Statistically speaking, one of those women will be a victim of sexual abuse at some point in her life. It could be your mother, your sister, your best friend, or your child. It could have been you. Among the many roles and responsibilities that we have, as parents, keeping our children safe is among the top. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to having tough conversations with your child. That’s where the new Safe Hearts program from Damsel in Defense comes in.

Safe Hearts

Safe Hearts is a proactive program that helps parents talk through tough conversations with your kids about creating boundaries – and it’s a lot easier than you think. Damsel In Defense, in conjunction with a team of mental health experts and abuse survivors, have come up with a series of colorfully illustrated books to help you introduce these topics to your child. I recently had the opportunity to share the first two stories with my five year old daughter, Charlotte, and found the books to be a really effective way to communicate with her about such an important topic.

As a mom, I always try to balance the line between encouraging Charlotte to view the world from her naturally pure perspective while also helping her to understand that there are tricky people who might not have her best interest at heart. As someone who has been in tricky situations myself, I get the importance of teaching her how to prevent someone from taking advantage of a situation. I found the Safe Hearts books to be really helpful in my mission to help my daughter protect herself. I can rest easier with the confidence that my child can identify tricky situations and that she will know what to do if she encounters one.

The first book, “My Friend’s New Toy” follows the story of Olivia, a little girl who meets a new friend in her neighborhood. While over for a play date, Olivia finds herself in an uncomfortable situation when her new friend tries to encourage her to take off her clothes while playing dolls. The request leaves Olivia feeling unsettled and unsure of how to handle the situation and that’s where the Heart Defenders come in. This team of kids (the Heart Defenders), spanning all ages, help kids to identify when something isn’t right and remove themselves from the situation. The material presents tough topics to children of all ages in a way that isn’t overwhelming for young readers. Charlotte resonated with the Heart Defenders and felt encouraged to defend her own heart after reading the story.

The second book, “Madison’s Big Brother” follows a similar journey for older readers. Isabella, the main character, finds herself in a situation where an older boy that she cares about and trusts tries to force her to kiss him. The Heart Defenders step in to help guide Isabella toward making a safe and sound decision that she can walk away from while feeling proud. I read this book to Charlotte and she understood the storyline, but I definitely think that this book skews towards older readers. All in all, though, both books can be read by children of all ages with their parents. The question prompts at the end of each story help parents and caregivers to reiterate the messaging throughout the books.

Safe Hearts Heart Defenders

The Heart Defender series currently has these two books available with more stories rolling out over the next year or so. I strongly encourage each of you to look into getting these books for your family and sharing them with friends and relatives with children. They also have a parent guide to help you understand each book, suggestions about how to effectively communicate with your children, and the overall goals that you should have going into your conversation.

For more information on the Safe Hearts program or Damsel In Defense, call Mary Hiesberger at (816) 309-3348 or email prepare2prevent1@gmail.com.

From iFamily to yours,

Holli

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How to Prevent Lice This School Year From Combers KC

I can’t believe I’m already saying this — the school year is right around the corner! And while there is a ton to look forward to, there’s also a few things to look out for. Our friends at Combers KC have been kind enough to share some tips to help with lice prevention this upcoming school year. Take a look!


How to Prevent Lice This School Year From Combers KC

How to Prevent Lice This School Year From Combers KC

As Kansas City’s #1 head lice treatment and prevention salon, parents, teachers, and nurses are always asking us what they can do to prevent their child from getting head lice. So, as a new school year is getting ready to start, we would like to help families everywhere avoid getting head lice as much as possible. Being aware and proactive on detecting head lice will help. Combers KC is happy to provide the following tips and best practices.

 

  1. Weekly family lice checks: The best preventative method you can have. The most important tool to help with this, is a Terminator Nit Comb. This comb will remove 80-85% of everything in the head. Weekly combing will help in early detection and eradication of head lice. If you find it early, the treatment will always be easier and the risk of spreading to others is significantly lower. If you do not use any other preventative tip, make sure this one makes your weekly to do list.How to Prevent Lice This School Year From Combers KC
  2. Wearing your hair up, off the shoulders is another great preventative. Ponytails, buns, and braids are all great looking hair styles that aid in keeping the lice away.How to Prevent Lice This School Year From Combers KC
  3. Preventative Shampoos, conditioners, and spray shields also help lice stay away. If used daily, products that contain tea tree, rosemary, lavender, or eucalyptus will keep the Louse from transferring from someone else’s head into your child’s. Lice do not like these scents, so putting just a little on your child’s head will help.How to Prevent Lice This School Year From Combers KC
  4. Sleepovers are fun and exciting and shouldn’t be avoided because of the head lice risk. Children should sleep “head to foot”, so that their heads are not laying right next to each other. Also, send your child with their own pillow and blanket. When the sleepover has ended, check your child with Terminator Nit Comb to ensure they didn’t get lice (see #1).How to Prevent Lice This School Year From Combers KC
  5. Do not let children share hats, brushes, helmets, or any other items that could cross contaminate.How to Prevent Lice This School Year From Combers KC

Combers KC offers:

  1. Head lice checks
  2. Head lice treatments
  3. Haircuts (if the child has an active case of lice)
  4. All Natural treatment and preventative products available for purchase.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 913-451-2662 or visit one of our locations: 11972 W. 119th St. Overland Park, KS. 66213 or 218 NE Barry Rd. KC, Mo. 64155.

 

From iFamily to Yours,

Your iFamilyKC Team


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5 Kansas City Family Friendly Fun Runs this Summer

One of the things I love most about Kansas City is the abundance of opportunities there are to be active, especially as a family. A former KC resident and guest poster extraordinaire, Katie Dillman, gives us a run down of some great fun runs you can do as a family in the metro. Take a look…

5 Kansas City Family Fun Runs This Summer

5 Kansas City Family Friendly Fun Runs this Summer

Summer in Kansas City can be all about sports, or more specifically, watching sports. Taking in a game at The K or Sporting Park is great but if you’ve had your fill of being a spectator and are ready to jump in and participate, here’s your chance. These summer races give families the opportunity to work up a sweat together and be part of something unique while supporting a great cause. Most themed 5Ks are focused on fun over time and cater to all ages and abilities and most have discounts and extra activities for children and allow strollers. So come early, stay late and make some great memories with friends and neighbors at these 5 Kansas City Fun Runs this summer.

Insane Inflatable 5K July 16th ­

5 Kansas City Family Fun Runs This Summer

Have you ever wanted to be on the show Wipeout? Insane Inflatables gives you the chance to try out some of those crazy obstacles without having your falls being broadcast on live television. The race will bring about 10 inflatable obstacles like The Wrecking Balls and The Waverunner, so be prepared to get wet and probably take a couple of tumbles. The race is not timed and it is not necessary for participants to run between obstacles although they may choose to do so. Participants can wear their shoes on all inflatables and obstacles.

The Insane Midway features more activities for kids and families like carnival games, music, and food. So if you don’t think your kids will be up for completing the full course, you can still bring them out for a taste of the fun. Partnered with The American Cancer Society, Relay for Life and the Paint Your World Purple campaign, Insane Inflatable gives a portion of profits to the Kansas City Relay for Life event and you can choose to make an additional donation the the local chapter when you register online. Racing gets started at The Kansas Speedway at 8:00 am. There are 13 Waves, starting every 15 minutes from 8:30 – 11;30. Prices range from $60 to $100 depending on when and what level you register for. The most expensive is the All Access Pass which allows you to choose your own wave the day of the race and includes $20 in merchandise credit to be spent at the Insane Midway.

Rock the Crossroads 5K July 23rd ­

5 Kansas City Family Fun Runs This Summer

Rock the Crossroads is a nighttime 5K that runs loops through the heart of downtown on a mission to raise money for the Kansas City Police Athletic League or PAL. PAL operates a community center in Kansas City that is staffed by 8 police officers and community volunteers. The mission of this center is to “nurture character development through physical fitness and academic advancement for young people (ages 8-­18), many of whom come from disadvantaged home settings”. The race course starts and ends at Torn Label Brewing Company and is followed by an outdoor concert by Dolewite. Admission to the concert is free to all Rock the Crossroads runners and open to non-­runners for a ticket price of $10. This event is timed and Rock n Roll themed prizes will be given after the race to top male and female times across 15 age groups. This is a rain or shine event. Strollers are allowed, pets are not.

The Glow Run 5K August 6th ­

5 Kansas City Family Fun Runs This Summer

The Glow Run 5K is a great one for kids because they get to stay up past their bed time, wear a crazy glow in the dark outfit, and paint on things they normally wouldn’t be allowed to…..like themselves.

This glowing fun run promises to be a late one. Kicking off at Kemper Arena at 9:00 pm then glowing on well into the night with a finish festival where all race finishers get to choose their own medal. Consider the 5K portion of the evening a warm up because the real cardio will kick in after the race on the dance floor. Get there early for the pre-­party and you can even take advantage of free glow face painting for kids and adults to take your outfit to the next level. This race is not timed and senior, child, and military discounts are available. A percentage of every entry fee will be donated to a local charity although the local charity for Kansas City has not been named.

Diva Dash and Lil Princess Fun Run, August 20th

­  5 Kansas City Family Fun Runs This Summer

Leave the men and boys at home with the honey­do list because this race is just for the ladies and their little princesses. You’ll have to get up early to participate in this one. Held at Corporate Woods in Overland Park, the Diva Dash starts at 7:30 a.m. followed by the Lil’ Princess Girls Run at approximately 8:30 a.m. Girls ages 8 and younger are eligible to participate in the Lil’ Princess portion of the day. Race distances for the little ones vary from 50 to 200 yards and are determined by age group.

All Diva Dash participants receive a T­shirt, race bib, large “Diva” finishers medal. Lil’ Princesses even get a pink tiara to round out their look. It is permitted to run with strollers but no boys, men, or pets allowed. Prices for registration increase as the race date approaches. Women’s pricing ranges from $28 to $40 while girls can register for $10 to $15. The charity partner for this year’s race is Girls on the Run, a sports based after school program focused on developing healthy self esteem in girls in 3rd – 8th grade.

The Blacklight Run August 20th ­

5 Kansas City Family Fun Runs This Summer

You may have heard of or participated in The Color Run a couple months ago. The Blacklight Run, coming to Bonner Springs on Saturday August 20th, is the same concept but held at night with UV glowing powder. A new color of glowing powder is introduced at each 1Km checkpoint so participants start out shiny white and finish looking like a glowworm. This one is kind of pricey but the registration comes with everything you need for the event (shirt, LED shades, glowsticks, blacklight tattoos). There are 3 tiers of registration; Standard ($45), VIP($60), and Girls Night Out ($60), the main difference being the amount of swag that comes in your registration kit.

Every registration includes a donation to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and participants are invited to stay and party into the early morning hours with food, beats, and blacklight EVERYTHING. They are also looking for high schoolers, churches and community groups to volunteer together.

 

About Katie

Katie Dillman is a Communications Coordinator with Premier Glow, an online retailer of glow products. She enjoys working with businesses through copywriting to share ideas that connect with their audience.


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