Staying Active & Feeling Good

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on July 23, 2014

Exercise has never been a priority for me. I’ve never played any sports, and I most certainly wouldn’t call myself active. Unless you call running after seven kiddos all day active.

For a bit, several years ago, I did try to establish a regular exercise routine, with the help of the WiiFit. I ran in place, did yoga, and even tried making exercise fun by doing the hula hoop simulation. But, I didn’t quite succeed in making these activities a habit and exercise again became forgotten. I simply did not make the time.

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Now that our kiddos are older – (can you believe Timmy is almost 4 years old?!) – Ray and I have decided that we need to make the time to get in shape. So, we joined the gym and hired a personal trainer to kick our butts help us do just that. During my first session with John, I stretched and used muscles I didn’t know I had. In addition, John gave us strict orders to log every thing we eat, as well as giving us guidelines for what to eat.

Just to be clear, my goal is not to lose weight, but to build muscle strength. I am working muscles I didn’t know I had and most certainly had not been using.

After just one week in, I was off to TypeA at Disneyland. Away from the gym, but out in the fresh air for most of five days. My friends and I walked a total of 25 miles in those five days we were gone. And, boy, did it feel good! Not only was I working those muscles that John helped me loosen up, but I felt better for it.

I’m not exactly sure what switch was flipped, but I kinda fell in love with this being active thing. I am making a point to walk every day, even if I don’t make it to the gym. I am stretching tight muscles and learning how to use them properly. And I’m eating a more healthy diet. I have more energy, sleep better at night. But, the best part? Gone almost completely are the aches and pains that were once all too familiar.

activity is important

To assist in making my new exercise routine optimal, I had to buy some active wear. Walmart has a great variety, but I really like the Avia line. Not only do they have some great clothing options, but the sneakers are great, too. I got myself a pair of Training sneakers (pictured above) for my daily activity, and I’ve decided that I’m most comfortable in performance capris ($14.86 each) and tanks ($7.86). The sports bras are quite the bargain, at only $12.46 each, and some of the most comfortable I have found.

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What do YOU do to stay active?

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Depression, Anxiety, and Me {Part Three}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 7, 2013

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According to the American Psychological Association, nearly 40% of women reported having emotional and physical symptoms of stress. These symptoms are very similar to those of anxiety, depression, and even fibromyalgia.At last I had an official diagnosis. Three, in fact. I knew I wasn’t crazy.

I was no longer only trying to manage anxiety and depression, but now I also had to figure out how to manage the pain associated with my fibromyalgia.

Drugs helped, but only a bit. And, only for a time.

While I was feeling better mentally and emotionally, I started experiencing severe side effects from the nerve pain medication, muscle relaxers, anti-anxiety meds, and anti-depressants that were perscribed.

Insomnia plagued my nights, leaving me feeling tired and run down.

The muscle relaxers made me feel groggy.

The anti-depressants slowed down my metabolism and I gained over 30 pounds.

The nerve pain medication effected my kidneys, landing me in the emergency room too many times to count.

I stopped taking my anti-depressants, with my doctor’s blessing. I tossed the muscle relaxers, since they didn’t really work.

But, the nerve pain meds landed me in the hospital on Christmas morning.

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I needed something other than synthetic drugs… I needed to feel better for good. My body needed to heal.

{TO BE CONTINUED}

If you are suffering from depression or anxiety, please find someone to talk to. Email me, leave a comment, or check out PostpartumProgress.com - the world’s most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth.

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Oil Pulling :: what it is and why you should do it

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on October 25, 2013

I returned home from a wonderful trip to Walmart HQ in Arkansas hoping to get in some snuggle time with my babies. Instead, I was hit with a nasty sinus infection, most likely due to flying. After three days, my sinus infection exacerbated an infected tooth and I was in so much pain it hurt to think. Nothing would ease the pain, and believe me, I tried everything.

Thank God I remembered a conversation I had with a couple of friends, a few weeks back, about oil pulling. I asked Ray to run to the Health Food store and buy me a bottle of Clove Oil and the biggest jar of organic unrefined virgin Coconut Oil he could find. I was going to try this oil pulling thing. I just knew this was the last chance I had for some relief.

what is oil pulling

The biggest thing I remembered about oil pulling, when I was in so much pain, was that one of the greatest results of is improved dental health. I had read that teeth become whiter, gums pinker and healthier, and breath fresher. If oil pulling would relieve the pain and help fight the infection in my tooth, you bet I was gonna try it!

I knew that it was super easy to do this oil pulling, in theory. All I had to do was swish unrefined oil in my mouth for 20 minutes. I figured I may have some issues, mentally, with having oil in my mouth for that long, but the pain was so overwhelming I would do anything.

I swished that oil in my mouth for 20 minutes, twice a day, until the infection cleared up. Not only did it help with the pain, but it got rid of it completely!

oil pulling with coconut oil

What are the benefits of Oil Pulling?

The health benefits don’t stop at oral health. While you are swishing that oil in your mouth it is literally pulling the toxins and bacteria from your system through your gums and salivary glands. Oil pulling has the potential to help with just about any illness or chronic condition.

In addition to acting as a pain reliever for me, I noticed that I slept better at night, and had more energy once my infection cleared up. I did go through what I’ve come to know as a healing crisis. After my sinus and tooth pain subsided, my body began to detox. For about 4 days, I experienced horrible pain in my neck and hips (my fibro hot spots), I felt lethargic and achy, I couldn’t sleep, and I just felt crappy.

I feel better now than I have in ages! I sleep like a baby (not really – we all know babies don’t sleep well!), I have lots of energy, I kicked my caffeine habit with ZERO side-effects, and I feel less stressed (in spite of now having teenagers!)

How do you do it?

  • First thing in the morning, before drinking or eating, place one tablespoon of oil in your mouth. I use organic unrefined virgin Coconut Oil, but you can use any unrefined oil. 
  • Swish the oil slowly in your mouth for twenty minutes. Suck and pull the oil through your teeth. This process makes the oil thoroughly mix with your saliva. Swishing activates the enzymes and the enzymes draw toxins out of the blood. As the process continues, the oil gets thinner and white. 
  • DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL. It has become toxic. 
  • Spit the oil from your mouth into the garbage. Do not spit in the sink, as it will clog the pipes.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water and brush your teeth.

You can do this 2-3 times a day, on an empty stomach, but I have found that the oil pulling gives me extra energy, so I can not do it in the evening if I plan to sleep.

I am convinced there is tons of value in oil pulling! 
I’ll keep you posted on how things go from here.

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This Busy Mom :: Finding Time to Exercise

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on October 11, 2012

As you may know, I am on a quest for health and fitness. A huge push has been my recent diagnosis with Fibromyalgia, but the fact that I weigh a whole lot more than I ever have (excluding while pregnant, but including immediately post-partum) plays a big part, too.

I’ve mentioned before how I have been trying to carve out the time to exercise, but it has proven to be a bit more difficult than I had hoped. School with Ben and Noah, playing with Timmy, alone time with Ray, work, chores around the house, and our new puppy all seem to take priority over getting in shape.

Well, as part of the Families in Motion campaign, I have committed to spend more quality time moving with all of my kids, and I think I may have found a way to do it all… I found my very own personal trainer, thanks to an app on my Samsung Smart TV – Fitness VOD. With this app we have immediate access to dozens of fitness videos, and they are all tons of fun. If I can keep it up, I am hoping that I will move my flabby abs, booty, and thighs in to a firmer, stronger, leaner body.

Ethan, Ben, and I have had the most laughable times moving along with the videos in the Fitness VOD studio, especially when we have the Virtual Mirror turned on! I always knew my boys were goofy, but it cracks me up every time they turn silly while doing something serious…

Now, I am not at all in shape, so even just 10 minutes at a time is tiring. But, you know what? I plan to focus on my abs, thighs, and booty, for now. So, 10 minutes is a perfect amount of time to squeeze in several times a day, I don’t have to get dressed and load up the kids to head to the gym, and we all are in motion!

I’d say that’s a win-win!

This is post 4 of 8 Samsung Smart TV with Motion Control sponsored posts. All opinions are mine

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Mucinex kicked him out, but I know he’ll be back…

December 8, 2009

First of all, let me say thank you to my Twitter-bud – My4Sweeterbugs – for literally saving my sinuses and making my husband’s night! Thanks to her I was able to function beyond grunts and moans, help my hubby make dinner (sorta), get some work done, and even stay awake to watch a movie with […]

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Eating Right

October 15, 2009

As a large family, it’s always challenging to plan and eat healthy. Making sure my babies get the proper vitamins and nutrients every day is important, but often overlooked. I was happy to discover that Eating Right Kids is a new brand of great-tasting, better-for-you foods, available at Safeway. Now, I can feel good about […]

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Gotta Love ‘Em!

November 1, 2008

You all have been hearing me talk about my breakfast challenge and how I’ve been incorporating eggs into my diet, you’re seeing me cooking with eggs and involving my kids in the process, but I don’t think I’ve told you yet why I’m so dedicated to this challenge. Well… it’s because I truly think eggs […]

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Affordable, Healthy Foods

October 22, 2008

The words affordable and healthy can very rarely be found in the same sentence. When I think of healthy foods, I automatically assume these foods cost more. Think about it – vitamins, supplements, and other such products are generally higher in price than the average foods, right? When I was blog-hopping today I saw someone […]

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