Importance of Family Time + Holiday Prep #FITFamily

I have two great things to share today with you all. I wanted to talk a little bit about the importance of family time, and to share about a great Holiday challenge that I am launching for all those people who want to get a head start on their New Years Resolution.


I often share with you all about how busy my family and I are with all sorts of activities from swimming class to fitness class to hosting events. We love it! We love the memories we create and the experiences we have together.

But as our daughter gets older we realize that time is passing so quickly and you need to prioritize what you choose to do and who you choose to spend time with. I always wondered growing up why my parents didn’t go out more and why we always tagged along to the different events or weekend getaways. I understand now. You make choices as parents and with so few hours of the day spent together you want to make the most of it.

Our little one in the last 6 months has started to identify herself as a big girl (although she insists that I refer to her as mama’s baby girl. And loves to tell people how I spoil her). Oh how time flies. She is in that stage where she wants the comfort and snuggles, but still wants to be able to make choices and do things independently. We have also noticed that when given a choice between spending time with friends or spending one on one time with us after preschool or on the weekend she always chooses us.


In the beginning, she needed that social time with friends to set her on a routine for the day. Now she just wants her downtime either biking, walking or reading stories. And well sometimes she just wants to play independently with her babies or teddy bears. But at the end of the day, we can sit and watch her use her imagination and be creative. She often sings to herself and tells her babies stories. We spend hours reading books and colouring together.

These are the moments I want to bottle up forever, the memories that I want to freeze. Family is the one constant in our lives, no matter how crazy life becomes or how stressful our external commitments can be… family and the time you spend together it is what keeps you grounded.

It’s your rock and your place to just be yourself.

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Who doesn’t love a great Holiday challenge?

Are you ready to make lasting changes to your lifestyle before the Holidays — to help you stay on track? We will exercise for 5 days a week and be implementing small changes to help you become stronger inside and out. It isn’t too late — the next online program starts  November 8!

Feel free to join in the fun here!  

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Here’s to a healthy, happy, sweaty holiday season!

A Fit Mom’s Guide to Surviving HALLOWEEN #wellnesswednesday



I am thrilled to have a guest post this week from my friend and one of four ladies who help to launch the local Sweat Pink Ontario and Montreal Chapter, Jennifer Florence (known as Montreal Runner Mom).  She is here to share her tips and tricks for surviving Halloween as a Fit Mom (and Fit Family).  


Over to you Jennifer …

Here it is once again…that beautiful time of year when it’s so easy to throw away all your clean eating habits and go tumbling down the path of Cheetos, Swedish Berries and Caramilk bars. Ahhh… yes, it’s Halloweenmania.

Now, I like to think of myself as a Fit Mom. In my personal life, I run, dance, practice yoga and lift weights. Professionally, I am a health & fitness coach and dance teacher. Clean eating is a huge part of who I am and my family’s lifestyle. I mostly eat a combination of a vegetarian diet with just the occasional meat dish on special occasions. However when October hits, all and I do mean all (!) my bad eating habits tend to emerge! Before I became health conscious I was a big time candy and chip girl. Chocolate was never my thing but offer me a bag of Lays BBQ chips or Skittles and I could inhale them in seconds. During Halloweenmania, try as you might you simply cannot avoid temptation entirely. The aisles of every store everywhere are FILLED to the brim with ooey gooey deliciousness.

So what’s a Fit Mom to do? Well, here are some techniques that have worked for me and hopefully for you too!

Be prepared

I cannot stress this enough. DO NOT shop when hungry, irritable, cranky, upset, frustrated or God forbid when you are PMS’ing. Avoid stores at all costs during these moments. When you do venture out of the house, mentally prepare for what you are about to encounter. I always find that a strong mental picture helps. I start by imaging of myself scarfing down a huge bag of candy..that’s the good part 😉 Then I picture in my mind and “feel” in my body the results of the inevitable pain of regret and the stomach issues that follow such a huge spike in blood sugar levels. This highly scientific technique is usually pretty good at keeping my cravings under control.

Healthy “Candy”

This is what I like to think of a “backup”. When being prepared doesn’t cut it, have some “healthy candy” in your purse to help keep the junk out of your cart. Things like dried fruit and nuts have always worked well for me. Especially those dried pineapple pieces out of the average trail mix bag. Mmmmmmm……..These options may not things that you want to consume too much of either on a regular basis but they are a darn sight better than Aero bars, Fuzzy Peaches and Rocket Candy!

Small Packages

Well, good things come in small packages as the saying goes! If you do cave and buy some naughty treats then at the very least don’t buy the JUMBO size Oh Henry bars. No one in their right mind needs that much sugar. Even if it tastes good for the first 2 or 3 bites, guaranteed by the end you will be holding your cramping stomach and spending the rest of the day in the washroom. Stick to small, preschool size packages. Then aim to give most of it away to your neighborhood preschoolers (not your own children of course, no parent wants to subject themselves to that chaos!)

Hide and Seek

Whatever candy does make it home and into your house MUST be properly stored. Think of storage like a squirrel in hibernation mode. Squirrel away little bits in multiple places until you are so confused about where you started that you can’t find anything at all. Areas like very high cupboards, drawers that always stick and basement storage where you keep Christmas decorations are all good starting places. The kind of places that are easy to find the first time but even easier to forget about 5 seconds later.

These techniques have worked well for me but they are not fool proof. Just accept it, you will eat some candy. And all joking aside, the trick is to enjoy the small amount that you do eat and keep it within reason so that you don’t ruin all the hard work you’ve put in during the previous weeks & months.

So enjoy the season with your little ghosts and goblins and remember these Fit Mom techniques to surviving and thriving during Halloween. Good luck out there Moms! May the force be with you!

Disclaimer: The author of this article cannot be held responsible for any candy induced weight gain that the reader may incur during Halloweenmania.

Jennifer Florence, Runner, entrepreneur & personal development junkie. Inspiring fitness, health & well-being for busy moms everywhere!