Mom Brain – The Struggle is Real

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If you’re a mom you’ve probably noticed your memory is not as good as it used to be before you had kids. The term “mom brain” has been coined to describe this struggle and it couldn’t be more true for me. And it might be for you too!

Maybe it’s because we have so many things to remember and our mind is trying to process multiple things at one time. Maybe it’s because we are constantly interrupted mid-thought. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s because we’re tired :)

I’ve been looking for a solution to this problem – and I’m pretty sure I’ve found it in UBERA.

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UBERA is a unique blend of 3 of the oldest known herbs – Hawthorn, Ginkgo, and Kudzu all in one capsule. These herb capsules are used to support blood flow and sharpen the mind/improve memory.

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I’ve been using it for a week and some positives I’ve seen so far is improved concentration and a better, uplifted mood. I also have more energy than I used to have!

I love that UBERA is a natural product that is made in the USA. I trust it and I hope you’ll try it to overcome that mom brain syndrome!

Here’s my video review of the product!

 

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3 At-Home Workouts for Busy People

3 at home workouts for busy people

I have now been running for over a year and although running has become my favorite way to exercise, I know it’s time to diversify my workout. I can tell my body needs a break from the strain running puts on my muscles and joints. As hard as it is to admit it – I’m not a spring chicken anymore! I have three kids so time is short. I’m just plain worn out after the day is over! That’s why doing at-home workouts seem to be the best choice for me.

3 at home workouts for busy people

I know there are so many options out there to choose from when you decide to get in shape. So many, in fact, that it can become a little overwhelming. That’s why I decided to create a list of what I wanted in a workout and decide what to try based on my current needs.

The ideal work out for me has these points:

  • Can be done in the comfort of my own home
  • Can be done in thirty minutes or less
  • Free or reasonably priced
  • Low impact since I am out of shape/have neck and back problems
  • Proven results

Luckily, I was able to find a few exercise videos that meet all these criteria.

3 At-Home Workouts for Busy People

1. Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout

The first one I tried was Ballet Beautiful Total Body Workout. I have been following the creator of this workout on Instagram and she is absolutely stunning and inspirational! I’ve wanted to try this for a while especially since I did ballet for so long when I was younger and I miss it.

I read reviews before doing this the first time and I was a bit nervous. They all kept talking about your muscles “burning.” Well, they weren’t joking! I definitely felt the burn and had to take breathers multiple times throughout. If you do the entire workout it is an hour long but I didn’t last that long the first time because OUCH! I told you I was out of shape. The best thing about it is there are six different segments and you can do one, two or all! I like this because it is rare that I have a whole hour to exercise. Ladies, I’m sure you can relate!

2. Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown

The next one I tried was Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown. I have faith in her because I have done her 30-day shred before with great results. But as I’m starting out I don’t want to do high impact exercise just yet. Plus I have always wanted to be skilled at yoga. The first time I did this I didn’t know what to expect because JM can be pretty tough on you! Honestly I was a bit disappointed in this one. I didn’t read the reviews first and as it turns out it’s not a great place to start with yoga.

3. Element: Barre Conditioning

The last one I tried was Element: Barre Conditioning. Once again I have been following Sadie Lincoln, the founder of Barre3 on Instagram and have been impressed with the results of people who do this workout. It’s a cross between ballet, yoga and pilates. I have a friend who has been doing Barre classes and she is in spectacular shape with those long, lean muscles I am craving. It is split into two segments, which is great in a time crunch. It’s a little over an hour all together but you can pick which one you want to do that day. There is Burn and Firm and then Lengthen and Strengthen. I did both and had to take a lot of breaks. This was expected since I’m just starting out.

Any of these workouts would be a great way to do something good for YOU! It’s so important to put yourself at the top of your priority list! If you’re just starting to workout start slow and work your way up. Remember everyone has to start somewhere! Believe in yourself and you’re halfway there!

Planted

Someone mentioned the other day that due to my blog posts lately they could tell I’m not in a good place. And they would be right. I haven’t been in a good place. I’m coming off of my worst manic phase ever – which, believe me – is always super fun at the time. Then summer is over and you realize all that fun you were having was really, really bad for you. And for other people too.

Then the depression comes next. And I hate it. People may think I revel in it. But I don’t. I hate feeling so low. I hate crying. I hate darkness.

The seasons are changing and it’s time to stand and face the wreckage. I didn’t want to face it because the truth is scary and messy. But it’s necessary to get myself into a better, more positive place. It’s time to make better decisions when it comes to my health and my family.

I want to be myself again. I thought I was getting there but apparently it was not going well on my own. So new doctors have been found. New medications have been started. I’m finally getting the help I need to get back on track in my life. It hasn’t been easy at all the last few months. But there are moments now where I can see a little bit of light on the other side of sadness.

Sometimes I feel like I’ve lost this battle. I feel as if I’ve lost myself completely but worst of all, I’ve lost my faith. At one point I looked up instead of looking down. I didn’t realize my life would change so drastically when I surrendered to my illness and just said – Okay, God’s not going to take this away so I’m going to let the darkness win.

But then I realize – every time I have tried to surrender, something has stopped me. Or maybe it’s someone. I used to pray to God to take this away. But then I realized I was praying wrong. I don’t think God should take this away. I think I should thank him. I think I should use this battle, this war, because it has been my life’s greatest lesson. It has brought me so many gifts. The gift of hope. The gift of creativity through writing. The gift of knowing I’m beautiful just the way I am. Flawed and imperfect. But still loveable.

So I thank God for planting in me a hope so deep it can’t be pulled out. I may be rooted in negativity and an inability to see myself as worthy right now. But there is bursting evidence of love in my life. I know I can learn to believe in myself. And I can learn to love God for the abundant blessings He has given me.

I was so happy, on top of the world this summer. Now I feel buried under dirt. But I’m not buried at all. I’m planted. Planted with the hope that I will rise. I always do.

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Organize Your Medications Easily with This app

I received compensation for my work on this campaign. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

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Millions of people in this world take medication every day. I am one of those people and I’ll admit, sometimes I get confused. You see, I have to take different pills at different times of the day. Morning, mid-day and at night. You can see how anyone with this schedule could get confused.

Add to it the fact that I have three children, a full-time job and a full calendar. My memory starts to get muddled when I’m busy. There are times when I can’t remember if I took something or not. This can actually be dangerous because I may take something twice if I can’t remember. So I was looking for a way to organize my medication schedule that would work for me. I’m constantly using my phone so it seemed finding an app to help me stay on track was the best option.

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Medisafe, the leading app to help you stay on top of your medications, is the one I chose. It allows you to enter all of your medications and insert the time you should take it. You can set reminders so you don’t forget! If you would like, you can connect to family members and soon, your doctors! Naaman (who is constantly asking if I’ve taken my meds) doesn’t have to wonder if I’ve taken them. I can connect with him and he can see it for himself.

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The co-founders decided to create the Medisafe app to help their diabetic father manage his health and medications. It brings peace of mind to more than 2 million people. And it definitely does that for one of the most important things I do every day to stay well.

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The Medisafe app is available for download on Android or iPhone. I highly recommend it for anyone who needs to keep track of medications.

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Running my first 5K

I set a goal for myself in March to run my first 5K in the summer and I’m happy to say – I did it! I really did it!

::throws hat and does Mary Tyler Moore jump::

As I mentioned in my post on running last week – I used the 5K Runner app, a version of Couch to 5K, to whip myself back into shape after years of not doing much physical exercise due to pain from a car accident. It’s safe to say that this little phone app has changed my life.

You can go from not being able to run AT ALL to being ready to run a 5K in as little as eight weeks. I took 13 weeks but whatever. I finished the training and that’s what matters!

Just as I predicted, halfway through the training I started to lose steam. I decided to force myself to finish by registering for a run that fell right at the tail end of when I thought I might be finishing up my training. I gave myself some leeway because, in all honesty, I didn’t truly believe I would finish. I hate to be hard on myself but let’s just call a spade a spade – I hate exercise. And I *thought* I hated running.

Now? I freaking love it. Loveeeeee it. It is calming, frustrating, challenging, amazing. Everything my husband told me about running turned out to be true. You will hate it when you start but pretty soon your body will begin to crave it. I didn’t believe him but he was absolutely right (says the guy who randomly goes for ten-mile runs). Now if I go a couple of days without running I am antsy to get back out there. To hear the sound of my feet hitting the pavement. He also told me about runner’s high. And oh yes, that really exists. When I’m done with a run I feel like I’m on top of the world!

At some point I became a runner. I always said I would NEVER be a runner. But #sorrynotsorry – I’m totally a runner!

On the morning of my run I was a bundle of nerves. I had never been a part of something like this. I believe there were about 1,000 people there. When we arrived I instantly regretted my decision. There were so many differences to how I had learned to run. First, I usually ran at night after work. Second, I had only ever run in our little neighborhood. It has no inclines and no one else was running beside me!

Not to mention there were definitely some diehards there. But my only goal was to finish the 5K without stopping to walk. I didn’t care about my time. I didn’t care how long it took me to cross the finish line. As long as I didn’t stop I would be happy!

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It was difficult. There were hills and potholes and people whizzing past me. All things I’m not used to. There were many times I wanted to stop and walk. BUT I DIDN’T.

And before I knew it I was at the finish line – reaching my goal. I’ll tell ya, after 13 weeks of pushing myself – through shoulder and neck pain, through knee pain, through my negative thoughts – it felt really, REALLY good.

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I would be remiss if I didn’t give Naaman credit here. There were so many times I would tell him I wasn’t going to run. And he would say, “Yes, you are. Go run.” I would make up every excuse but my favorite is, “I don’t want to leave you with the kids.” And he would say, “It’s okay. I got this. Go run.” He believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. Yes, I’m the one who ran, but he was the one at the finish line cheering me on.

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My first 5K is in the books and I am so proud of myself. I’ve gone from someone who couldn’t walk up the stairs without pain to someone who can run for 40 minutes without stopping.

Not too shabby. I would give myself a high-five if I could.

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I’m also proud of my boys who ran the Little Firecracker run after I was done. They ran fast and hard and afterward said they want to run a race beside me someday. I’m totally cool with that. We can be a running family.

Next step is to improve my time while training for a 10K. Then I’m going to do a half-marathon. And then I’m going to go all the way and do a WHOLE marathon.

I mean business.

::high kicks and spirit fingers::