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 At Mountain Buggy, we live and breathe our brand philosophy 'life without limit', and along with premier USA stroller-fitness program Baby Boot Camp, our strong desire to enhance and enrich the lives of families around the world to get active can be heard loud and clear. Baby Boot Camp founder and CEO Kristen Horler, along with her stellar fitness team of trained professionals shares some kick arse tips, advice and stories to help us welcome in 2012 with positive minds and positive goals!

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The Inner You

By: Maria Gorosito, Baby Boot Camp & Karna Fitness, Katy, Texas

The Inner You

I am so excited to now be entering the third month of the 2013 Mother Love Fitness Challenge!  I am feeling strong, yet light; empowered, yet patient; creative and full of worth!  These are all changes that I am planning on solidifying this last month of MOLO.  So far, so good!  Here’s an update on my progress!

Positive Progress- During the challenge, we will be doing assessments 4 times.  It’s amazing and inspiring to see where I started and where I am today!  My fellow moms are putting up some amazing numbers in their cardio, strength and core exercise functional fitness tests.  This weekend, many of my fellow MOLO moms ran their first half marathon!  While not my first half, I was looking forward to running with them and crossing that finish line.  Unfortunately, I got very sick Friday evening and had to watch from the sidelines…total boo.  Watching these ladies tackle their first13.1 miles during the MOLO Challenge was nothing short of greatness!  There’s already talk of which race we will be doing next, when and where... the excitement is palpable!  This is the type of positive progress I am so proud to be a part of!  It really makes me feel like I am a part of something BIG.

Empowerment – And so having lived through the aforementioned sidelined experience this past weekend, I have realized that the MOLO Challenge has given me a sense of empowerment!  I am responsible for making good choices with regards to the foods I eat, how much exercise I get and ultimately, my health!  Whereas before MOLO I may have doubted myself on whether to run or not, I am comfortable knowing I made the right decision.  I am listening to my body, even if it means shedding a tear or two!    Before MOLO, I could hear my body, but I wasn’t really listening! Now I pay attention and take action!

That’s me on the sidelines cheering on my MOLO and Half Marathon teammates!

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We all know that clean eating and exercise creates changes on the outside.  Our jeans feel better, our shirts get cuter and we walk taller!  But now that we are in the third and final month of MOLO, how has this challenge changed the inner YOU?

Maria Gorosito is the owner of Baby Boot Camp and Karna Fitness in Katy, TX. She is an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor. When not training for marathons or 5K’s in the dark, she’s busy raising three energetic little boys! Her favorite exercise move for all of her Baby Boot Camp stroller fitness clients is by far the fantastic and super-efficient burpee!

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What is MOLO?

By Kristen Horler, CEO & Founder of Baby Boot Camp www.babybootcamp.com

You may have heard some buzz about MOLO, but what is MOLO? Mother Love Fitness Challenge, also known as MOLO, is Baby Boot Camp’s annual fitness challenge. Moms across the United States compete against themselves and each other for exciting prizes, including Mountain Buggy strollers and the chance to be recognized as America’s fittest mom.

When I created MOLO in 2009, I had no idea it would grow to have the impact is does today. We have nearly 1000 MOLO participants this year and created a Facebook group just for our registered participants. We just finished week five of our 12-week fitness challenge, and here’s some feedback from of our moms:

“I love the different exercises we focus on each week.”

“I love the community environment! It feels like all the MOLO women from across the country are motivating and supporting each other.”

“The ability to push myself physically and mentally to know how strong I really am and to know that this pregnancy I have done everything to stay active and to become one hot, fit pregnant momma of soon to be 4!”

“I love the RESULTS!”

“I love how women around the US are communicating and supporting one another to be better healthier moms everyday. Its been so much fun!”

“Moms supporting moms....it's a beautiful thing!”

“I love the support of my instructors and fellow team members!!”

“I love that MOLO has given me a better awareness of my body and nutrition.”

The inspiration and motivation from fellow participants is amazing. I am so inspired by the commitment each mom has made to improve her own fitness and nutrition, while setting an incredible example for her family.

What inspires all of you as parents?

Check out the MOLO page at http://mountainbuggy.com/en/active/molo

Also check out one of our MOLO moms blogs written by Maria Gorosito at

http://mountainbuggy.com/en/active/blog/itemlist/category/23-molo

Baby Boot Camp offers MOLO February, March and April each year. Learn more online at www.babybootcamp.com .

Kristen Horler is CEO and founder of Baby Boot Camp, offering prenatal and postpartum fitness and nutrition program for women. With more than 12 years of professional fitness experience, Kristen is a continuing education provider for the American Council on Exercise, 2012 IDEA Health & Fitness Program Director of the Year Finalist, and author of Baby Boot Camp: The New Mom’s 9-Minute Fitness Solution (Sterling 2010). For more information visit www.babybootcamp.com .

Getting Back on Track!

By: Maria Gorosito, Baby Boot Camp & Karna Fitness, Katy, Texas

What motivates YOU?

It happened to me. Yes it did. I fell off the bandwagon.

I think that the excitement of starting our 2nd month of MOLO and a little bit of over confidence derailed me for a week.  With three kids and everyone’s busy schedule, it was just so easy to fall back on takeout meals and pizza.  And I’ll admit it…on one fateful Saturday; I ate A LOT of pizza.  There I said it!

With a little tough love from our instructors, I have started to make positive changes towards healthier eating.  I am finding that exercising is not as challenging as making nutritious food choices.

Here’s my get back on track list for this week!

Tough Love – Our instructor is always reminding us to “not reward ourselves with food”!  Working out doesn’t give you a green light to go crazy with your fridge.  Through the MOLO challenge, I am learning to feed my body for nutrition and optimal health benefits.  I am asking myself questions like, “What can pizza do for me”?  I am putting a lot more care and thought into the foods I consume.  If the answer to my question is not a positive one, it gets the tough love boot.

After a month of making very good food choices, I did notice a significant difference in my energy levels and skin during that one week of poor eating.  And here’s one more unflattering observation: bloating. It is incredible to see how your body disagrees with processed, high fat foods.  It seems as if your body goes on a digestive strike!

On my road to nutrition recovery, I even went completely meatless one day!  It happened somewhat unintentionally but once I realized my breakfast and lunch were meatless, I decided to go for it! I wasn’t sure if I could do it, but I found it to be quite simple!  I was able to get my protein from non-meat sources such as eggs and beans.

Shop the perimeter- Have you ever really paid attention to the layout of your local grocery store?  Have you noticed how all of the fresh, colorful whole foods are located at the outer edges of the store?  This week I am focusing on all of the different varieties of fruits and vegetables available at our local, organic grocery store.  Take the time to look at all of the beautiful shapes, smells and colors. It really does tempt you to try new foods when you pay attention to the beauty of it!  Also, take the kids with you!  Yesterday, I took my 21 month old with me and we talked about all of the different colors and fruits we were buying.  Involving kids in the shopping process is educational on many different levels and it might just get them to try new foods too!   

Smoothies- This is my secret weapon!  I am becoming a smoothie junkie! I love adding a handful of spinach in order to get that extra iron in my diet and I don’t even taste it!  Also, I used to use Almond Milk to make my smoothies.  Now I use ZICO Coconut Water and I am loving the hydration effect!  I am finding that the combination of fruits and coconut water really ramps up my energy levels!

Honestly, I used smoothies to help get me back on track.  Knowing that I was drinking only good stuff made me feel very proud and accomplished.  It also pushed me to continue to challenge myself by developing new recipes.  I’ve talked to you before about smoothies but after this week, I know that one of the lifelong changes MOLO has given me is the love for smoothies.

On today’s smoothie agenda:

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Blueberries, bananas, and spinach…

Helloooo anti-oxidants and clear skin! I also love my handy single serve blender.  So quick and easy!

So tell me MOLO Moms, how do you get yourself back on the road to healthy eating when you have found yourself off track?  What is your motivation? I’d love to hear it!

Maria Gorosito is the owner of Baby Boot Camp and Karna Fitness in Katy, TX. She is an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor. When not training for marathons or 5K’s in the dark, she’s busy raising three energetic little boys! Her favorite exercise move for all of her Baby Boot Camp stroller fitness clients is by far the fantastic and super-efficient burpee!

5 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

By Kristen Horler, CEO & Founder of Baby Boot Camp www.babybootcamp.com

Extra calories are lurking around in holiday sweets, drinks and unusually large meals. An extra cookie here, a little egg nog there...it all adds up...to about 7 to 12 pounds by January! I don't know about you, but that's not how I want to spend my New Year. The holidays are about family, friends and fun. Instead of depriving yourself and paying the price later, follow our tips for a happy and healthy New Year!

Exercise to Reduce Your Risk

By Kristen Horler, CEO & Founder of Baby Boot Camp www.babybootcamp.com

You probably already know that regular exercise is important for you both mentally and physically. The great news is that research now shows that exercise can reduce your risk of breast cancer too. Exercise not only improves quality of life, but it also helps breast cancer survivors lead a more active life by improving the ability to perform daily activities and reduce cancer-related fatigue. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to share some tips to help you reduce your risk of breast cancer.

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Top Tips for running with a stroller

According to a study published in the July 2012 Journal of Physical Activity and Health, when parents increase their activity levels, so do their children. Running outside with your children in tow not only helps you achieve your own fitness goals, it encourages kids to be active. Fitting in running while raising small children can be challenging, but with a little preparation and patience you can achieve your running goals in no time.

Beat the Heat

 

                                     

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By Kristen Horler, CEO & Founder of Baby Boot Camp

Too hot.  Too cold.  Too windy.  Too rainy.  If I worried about the weather all the time, I’d never get out for a run.  Instead of worrying about the forecast on my weather channel app, I focus on scheduling my workouts and sticking with them, barring any extreme weather conditions.  With the temperatures soaring this month, I’m layering on the sunscreen, wearing a hat and staying well hydrated, so hopefully you’re doing the same. But what do you do when the weather affects your little one?  Follow these tips to keep your baby comfortable in the summer heat and you’ll stick with your workout schedule until the heat index starts to drop.

 

What to look for in an active stroller

So you had a baby, and along with all of the coos and cuddles, oohs and aahs, comes the realization that maybe you should get some fresh air!  Some exercise maybe? A stroll in the park? How about a light hike on the trail?  All sound like great ideas for new moms, but will your stroller live up to your newly found active mommy lifestyle?  Being active before, during and especially after pregnancy is vital to any new mom’s overall well-being. Including your baby in outdoor activities is a great way to regain that pre-pregnancy shape and ward off the baby blues. 

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