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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!

measuring wellness

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,

 


10 Places To Drop Off Your Meds – Prescription Take Back Day

Happy Friday, Kansas City!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably got several bottles of old medication from over the years that you’re not sure what to do with. Did you know that they have a whole day dedicated to just that?! National Prescription Take Back day is here to help and we’ve got a list of locations that you can go across the metro to dispose of your old drugs. Take a look…

prescription take back day

One safety precaution that often gets over looked is the danger of disposing prescription drugs.

Many of us are guilty of holding onto prescription drugs even after they are expired. Often times it is because we think we may “need” them again someday. Chances are if we were taking a medication for a tooth pain, which we eventually had surgery for, the pain is now gone .Therefore the need for the medication is now gone also. The likelihood that you will have tooth pain again is rare. If you were to experience the same dental issue the Dentist would write you a new prescription. So, long story short, there is no need to hold onto it. Or, we fear if we throw them away them may end up in the wrong hands. We fear that a drug seeker may make their way into our trashcan. Which is a very valid concern. In all reality this does happen and is worth avoiding. Throwing your prescriptions in the trash is never a good idea. Even if they do not end up in an addict’s hands they still in up in our landfill. Another reason people fear throwing away their expired prescription medication is due to their personal information being on the bottle. Which does make perfect sense. Our privacy and personal information is worth being protected.

Many people admit that they dispose of their medications in the toilet. By flushing them down the toilet they think that is the “safest way” of disposal. However, those medications end up in our sewer systems and possibly even in our drinking water. You can see how this could be potentially very hazardous to many people. All of these concerns are very valid and are worthy of being addressed.

The Drug Enforcement Administration took all of these concerns into account. They in return created a day to where you can come and safely dispose of any of your expired unused prescriptions this Saturday all around the Kansas and Missouri areas. This event will be hosted nation -wide.

Saturday from 10 AM- 2 PM there will be sites that safely dispose of them – no questions asked.

This take back day protects not only our environment but it also protects addicts from finding them in the trash.

Use this direct link to The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Website that tells more about The National Take Back Initiative Collection day. I have also included several locations around the Metro area that offer drop offs. Saturday, October 22, 2016  from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

10 Places To Drop Off Your Meds – Prescription Take Back Day

#1 City Hall – Independence, MO  

Prescription drop off will be across the street from the police department in downtown Independence. 111 East Maple Independence, MO 64050.

#2 Children’s Mercy – Kansas City 

2401 Gillham Road Kansas City , Missouri 64108

#3 Main Corp – Kansas City 

3215 Main Street Kansas City, MO 64110

#4 Gladstone Police Department – Gladstone, MO 

7010 N Holmes St, Kansas City, MO 64118

#5 Kansas City Police Department – Kansas City North 

1001 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64155

#6 Sugar Creek Police Department – Sugar Creek, MO

1001 Heroes Way, Independence, MO 64053

#7 Shoal Creek Police Department – Liberty, MO 

6801 NE Pleasant Valley Rd, Kansas City, MO 64157

#8 North Kansas City Police Department – North Kansas City, MO 

2020 Howell St, North Kansas City, MO 64116

#9 Roeland Park Police – Roeland Park, KS

4950 Roe Avenue Roeland Park, KS  66205

#10 Prairie Village Police Department – Prairie Village, KS

7710 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208

From iFamily to Yours,

Leah

iFamLeahV2

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How to Use Essential Oils for Everyday Life

I am always searching for natural remedies to common ailments. With the influx of people using essential oils, our Mom Squad Ambassador, Emily, gives us a look into how to use these oils in a safe (and helpful) way. She gives us everything from using the oils to help with focus all the way to preventing lice. Check it out!

How to Use Essential Oils for Everyday Life

How to Use Essential Oils for Everyday Life

My mom often likes to refer to me as “the medicine woman.” Not because I use a lot of medicine, but as a jest towards my somewhat of an obsession with essential oils. Anytime she says she has an ache or pain, I’m quick to remind her that there’s an oil to treat that. Essential oils are a fantastic alternative to over the counter medication when used correctly and safely.

Essential oils are highly concentrated oils distilled from plants. To safely use essential oils with children, the oils can be diffused and inhaled or used topically with a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oils. Essential oils have endless possibilities. They can help fight infection, soothe pains, calm nerves, help your hair grow, or even disinfect your kitchen. When enhaled, it takes only 22 seconds for the oil to reach the brain and when applied topically, it takes 20 minutes to reach every cell in the body. There are several brands of essential oils. I, personally, use the brand DoTerra. With school back in session, I thought I would share some blends and oils to help the kiddos in different aspects of their life.

Waking Up

To help stubborn kiddos (or let’s face it, even we need help) wake up in the morning, try diffusing peppermint, lemon, or citrus.

Focus

In order to help your child focus, you can diffuse or use a roller blend of: lemon, rosemary, orange, or peppermint.

Relax

After a long day, it’s important that your child has time to wind down and relax. This could be after they get home or before they go to bed. You can diffuse: lavender, cedarwood, marjoram, camomile Roman, coriander, petitgrain, or rose absolute.

Prevent illness

To help prevent sick days and gain the perfect attendance award, you can use the following oils: lemon, citrus, frankincense, pink grapefruit, spearmint, or vetiver.

Lice

We don’t like to think about it or deal with it, but lice outbreaks happen. Citronella, lavender, palmarosa, or tea tree essential oils can help fight or prevent these bugs from crawling into your life.

 

From iFamily to Yours,

iFamMomSqdEmilyV2

 

 


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3 Reasons To Be More Active This Year! Fitness & Fun With The Running Well Store

Good Morning, Friends!

The school year is coming in like a freight train sneaking up on us – and the kids will be back in the classroom before we know it. My daughter, Charlotte, is an incoming Kindergartener and I’ve made a promise to myself that I’m going to make the time to be more active this year now that she’s going to be in school. Maybe you’re like me and you haven’t always been the best at self care or maybe you’re just wondering what to do with all your spare time this fall (just kidding, I know you’re busy!) but I want to encourage you to join in this journey with me. I recently had the chance to attend an event at The Running Well Store in Lee’s Summit and they’ve inspired me to write today’s post. Take a look…

The Running Well Store

First things first, I need to get this out of the way: That photo (pictured above, where the woman is obviously excited for her run) is not me. I’m a terrible runner and my face is not nearly as excited when I’m venturing out to put the rubber to the pavement. Think of a cat about to be hosed down with water for a more accurate representation of my pre-run face. That said, however, I have a desire to be a better runner walker jogger and am more motivated now than I’ve ever been before.

My Top 3 Reasons To Be More Active This Year

#1 I Want to Feel Better

Simply put, my energy level is not where it should be and I know it’s because I’m not as active as I should be. Studies show that exercise fights fatigue and I think we can all agree that we FEEL better after a good workout. I attended The Running Well Store’s Run Pop event last week, which was a free community walk/run out in Lee’s Summit. I’ll be the first to admit that I was a little intimidated by the runners that were participating but the community that they’ve built there is so welcoming that I fit right in, even as someone who isn’t very fast. The event drew out people of all fitness levels, which I thought was a true testament to what they’re doing with their group activities.

#2 I Want to Set a Good Example

I genuinely believe that people who are active as children have an easier time staying active as adults and knowing that my five year old daughter models her behavior after me gives me the motivation to be more active as she grows. It’s a lot harder to re-learn behaviors than it is to naturally do them and, as a parent, I want to be the kind of person I hope my children become one day – A healthy, happy, active person. Perhaps the thing that impressed me most about the event last week was the amount of parents that came out with their kids – and the kids were AMAZING. It was so motivating to see moms out there strolling along with their kiddos in tow. At this point, I’m pretty sure my five year old could smoke me in a foot race but maybe, hopefully, not for long.

#3 I Want Something That’s For Me

As moms, we really need to make sure that we’re setting aside some time for ME time. I don’t mean the time you spend hiding in the dark closet pretending to play hide and seek, I mean the time you set aside to do something that will benefit you in the long run. Your family needs to see you taking time to DO things that don’t involve changing a diaper, chauffeuring the kids to and from activities, or any of your other regular day to day activities. Being more active is the perfect way to demonstrate how to do something for YOU. I grabbed a friend for the Run Pop event last week and it was so nice having the time to just chat with her as we made our way through the two mile course.

No matter what you decide to do (run/walk, do yoga, swim, etc), it’s important to remember to just stay active – A body in motion stays in motion. I look forward to hearing more about what you guys are doing and what your reasons are to stay active. Join in one the discussion here on the blog and over on our social media channels!

From iFamily to Yours,

Holli

Holli_iFamilyKCTeam

 

More About The Running Well Store

In addition to their adorable line of workout gear and amazing selection of running shoes, The Running Well Store also offers FREE group runs (/walks, don’t worry) every single month. From their upcoming Yoga Run this weekend to Beer Runs and more – they truly have something for everyone. Check out their online events calendar for more information on fun activities headed your way all across the metro.

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4 Tips to Battle Common Pregnancy Aches & Pains

Pregnancy can be tough. Your body is thrown into constant crazy changes for 9 months, and while it leads us to the wonderful realm of parenthood, it’s still not all that glamorous. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Emily shares some of her own tips and tricks to take care of yourself during pregnancy. Check it out..

.4 Tips to Battle Common Pregnancy Aches & Pains

4 Tips to Battle Common Pregnancy Aches & Pains

Eight hours a day, on your feet, always seem to drag on. Add being pregnant, and sometimes work can be unbearable. Swollen ankles, tired feet, sore backs, and constantly hoping you won’t have morning sickness at work. I’ve put together a list of ways to help alleviate the occasional discomforts that come with pregnancy.

Morning sickness

Google, Pinterest, and probably your mother in law all have various ideas for dealing with morning sickness while pregnant. Some ideas to help you at work include chewing peppermint gum and using ginger or lemon drops. It is also helpful to keep hydrated and have small snacks throughout the day. I kept a stash of peppermint tea, crackers, nuts, and granola bars close by. Frequent snacking led to less nausea for me. I always craved ice cold water so I bought a new water bottle and kept it cold at all times. Along with morning sickness, I was  (and still am) frequently dizzy or light headed. Make sure you take frequent breaks and inform coworkers that you may need to take a moment to sit down.

Fatigue

This pregnancy has completely drained my energy from the start. I stopped drinking caffeine, so I struggled with that for a while as well. My advice for fatigue is to take multiple short breaks if possible instead of one long break. I would suggest moving around, taking a brief walk, or stretching if you are confined to one area. Talk to your employer to see if it is possible to take a later shift. I always try to go to bed as early as possible and usually you will find me napping as soon as I get home from work. Bonus: chewing peppermint tea will not only help alleviate morning sickness, but it can also perk you up as you work.

4 Tips to Battle Common Pregnancy Aches & Pains

Tired/Swollen Feet

I’ve found that my feet hurt so much worse now that I’m pregnant and working on my feet. To help combat the pain, it is important to take shorter, frequent breaks. I keep a stool nearby to lift one foot at a time and alleviate the pain. My next step will be purchasing better shoes with supportive soles and using compression hose to prevent swelling. The second I step inside my house, my shoes come off and my feet go up.

Back Ache

As your belly continues to grow, it is important to have proper support. Make sure you avoid lifting anything heavy as advised by your physician and be sure to use proper lifting techniques. Always bend at the knees. Use a maternity belt or wrap to help support your growing stomach in the second and third trimester. I find that swimming usually helps alleviate pain after a few days of work.

 

The most important thing is to listen to your body and accommodate the needs of you and your baby. Discuss other options and ideas with your physician and employer. Let’s hear from you! What are some tips that you have for pregnant women to help handle pregnancy and working at the same time?

From iFamily to Yours,

EmilyM_iFamilyKC_MomSquad

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