Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wandering Wednesday! Awesome Family Fun at the Grill 2

Yummy dinner and a show? In McCordsville?

 
Yep, it happens most Tuesday Nights from 6-8p.m. in McCordsville at The Grill 2!
 
My girls (age 3 and 5) could not believe they got to interact with a magician tonight. By the end of his act, they were mystified that cards would appear out of thin air. Dinner flew by. Thank-you, Doug the magician. You're awesome and these tired parents give you two thumbs up.
 
I love having such a great family night out dinner option so close to Fortville. Really just a hop, skip and jump down the road. Plus they have other fun events periodically, like Taco Tuesdays with an all you can eat taco/nacho bar and recently a Community Day with fun games for all.
 
It's great to see local businesses so vested in their communities and catering to young families as well. We heart you Grill 2!
 
Make sure to check out this super cool special they have running. Christmas in July! Buy $50 worth of gift cards and they will give you $25 FREE. Runs through July 5th. Better Hurry.
 
 
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Friday, June 26, 2015

FitFriday - Don’t Fear The Unknown

Happy Friday Peeps! Enjoy another great Fit Friday post from the amazing Toby of Blue Seas Fitness & Wellness in Fortville.

 
Fear…..that four-letter word that sticks in the mind of every person who is thinking of joining a fitness program or group fitness class.  Suggestions from your inside voice keep saying, “I won’t fit in”, “I might injure myself”, and even “what if I embarrass myself?”  If you think you’re the only one that thinks about these things, you are definitely wrong.  I’ve heard many stories from current and former clients about why they avoided the world of fitness in the past and sharing those with you will also allow me to show you how to overcome those things as you embark upon any health or fitness journey.
 
THE FEAR OF OPEN SPACES
There they are; the long never-ending line of exercise machinery complete with all their buttons and gadgets galore.  And next to it, the wide array of weight machines where everyone appears to know exactly what they’re doing.  There is no privacy for you; no way to hide from lurking eyes while you “try it out”.   
 
THE FEAR OF LARGE CLASSES
So, you’re ready to try a group fitness class - one of those that requires step counting, concentration and some sense of coordination.  But, you’ve seen the pictures; the advertisements and there must be 100 people that take these classes.  How ever will you get through it without stepping on someone or turning the wrong direction?
 
THE FEAR OF CONFUSING MACHINERY
You’ve heard that circuit training is the way to go.  But, what on earth do you do with each machine in the circuit?  How much weight is too much? Which direction do I sit? Which muscles does each machine target? Yep, there’s a sign that shows me exactly what each machine in the circuit does but exactly what is your latissimus dorsi or adductor longus?  And if I ask, am I going to get weird looks or should I just hop on and give it a whirl?
THE FEAR OF THE HARDCORE AND BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
There they are; men with bulging muscles lifting what appears to be 500 pounds of iron while the gal next to him in her sports bra and perfect six-pack abs stretches in the mirror.  And me, in my Capri pants and oversized t-shirt is expected to kick out the perfect sweat workout next to “these people”!
 
And, there it is, your top reasons why you never get started in the first place.  Just too much to worry about, too many intimidating factors, too many judging people to even think about your own routine and so, once again, you put it off.
Come on now, you can’t keep putting YOURSELF off!  You can’t let that little “fearful” voice inside your head keep winning.  What you need to find is a comfort level; the right fit for you.  Start by considering your motivation for wanting to start a health and wellness program.  Maybe it’s to combat high blood pressure or high cholesterol.  Maybe it’s because you want to walk in the Fall’s 5K event in honor of a friend or family member.  Maybe it’s simply because you want to feel better about yourself.  Whatever that original motivation is, that’s the only voice you should be listening to.  
 
Don’t think big; think small.  Search out smaller class sizes, more individualized attention and don’t be afraid to ask questions from your gym owners, their instructors and their trainers.  And make sure you ask about your concerns prior to signing up for anything.  Take a tour; ask if they will allow you to try it out before you jump on board.  If you don’t feel 100% comfortable within the first 10 minutes you’re there, then it probably isn’t the right fit for you.  
Always act confident; even if you’re not feeling that way.  You know what you want so set goals, keep your head up and go after it.  Your goal isn’t to push 500 lbs of iron, so who cares what that muscle head thinks.  You’re not trying to parade on stage in the next bodybuilding competition, so don’t worry about what the girl flexing in the mirror is doing.  Instead, be confident in what you want and go with what you know.  Start with the basics and learn along the way.  
 
And finally, never do it alone.  Invite a friend, hire a trainer, seek out gym friends who have the same interests or similar goals.  Even if you don’t have someone go to the gym with you or join you on a Sunday afternoon run along the country roads, find someone who you know you can count on to keep you up on the days that aren’t going so great.  Just knowing that you have one or even multiple people alongside you in the journey can take all those fears away.  
 
In conclusion, and something that I continue to try and instill on my clients each and every day.  This journey is about YOU!!  Keep breathing; keep thinking; keep believing in yourself and the journey you have put in front of you.  There will always be stumbling blocks or fears to jump out and try to remove you from your path….but keep your head up; your confidence high and those fears little by little will subside.  As famous baseball great Babe Ruth once said, “Don’t let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.”
 
In Health and Wellness,
Toby

This Fit Friday post is brought to you by Blue Seas Fitness and Wellness Center. Thank-you for your support of Fortville Mama and local family fun in and around Hancock County, Indiana. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank-you to the businesses that help support Fortville Mama. Your support is allowing us to make 2015 even cooler than 2014!


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Artisan Thursday - Beautiful Flowers At The Fortville Farmers Market

Yesterday I went to the farmer's market thinking I was going to get nothing but produce. Then came home with something unexpected. Flowers.


It's not the first thing you think of when going to a farmer's market but nonetheless a great place to find these beauties. To tell you the truth I had been on the hunt for the perfect plant or flower. We had a very special duck that my kiddos adored get stuck in a hanging feeder and pass away. Farm life can be hard sometimes. Especially for little ones.

I told my 5 year old that we would find a very special plant or bush to plant when we did a ducky burriel. The plants at Kroger just were not appealing to us. Tomorrow we can lay our little guy to rest. Every time we see our special lily come up year after year we will think of him and duck snuggles. For he gave the very best duck snuggles.

Fellow Mama Jenny with Cole
So if you are looking for the special plant to add to your garden or landscaping, check out the farmer's market. You will not be disappointed. There are beauties to be found.

May - September Artisan Thursdays brought to you by The Fortville/McCordsville Chamber of Commerce. Thank-you for your support of Fortville Mama and local family fun in and around Hancock County, Indiana. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank-you to the businesses that help support Fortville Mama. Your support is allowing us to make 2015 even cooler than 2014!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Top 7 Fishers Freedom Festival Family Fun Must Dos

 
The Fishers Freedom Festival is this weekend. I love that Fishers Indiana has their celebration a weekend before other area July 4th festivities. It definitely makes the patriotic fun last just a bit longer. Plus the festival has lots of FREE fun for the kids.
  1. The MAIN PARADE - A fabulous patriotic parade. Great floats and bands. Always a celeb or two. Lots of candy for the kiddos. Keep in mind that the route has changed slightly this year. It will begin at the north entrance of Municipal Drive off Lantern Road, wrap around the City Complex and out to 116th Street to Holland Park.
  2. New this year - “Show Us Your Talent” Fishers Kids Competition. This begins at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday inside the Entertainment Tent.
  3. The Kid's Tent runs both Saturday and Sunday is filled with FREE fun for your littles, including face painting, crafts, sand art, children’s raffles and more.
  4. Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides - This one costs $10 a person but you can't beat the wonder of going up in a hot air balloon and overlooking beautiful Fishers, Indiana.
  5. Fun Photo booth Pictures. Viral Booth of Indianapolis. Who doesn't like taking fun pics with props and posting to social?! Plus it's owned by some cool cats from right here in Fortville. A FREE activity not to miss.
  6. Festival Food. Oh my! You can find everything from Mexican, snow cones, gyros, turkey legs, tenderloins, flavored sodas, hot dogs brats, Cajun and ribs. You'll be just like Templeton from Charlotte's Web after his visit to the fair.
  7. Fireworks! No patriotic festival is complete without the booms, gorgeous colors and sparkle lighting up the night sky. I'll let you in on a little secret. Our favorite spot to watch the fireworks show is from Target's parking lot. We meet up with the family every year in the same spot. Not too crowded. Great view. And best part you're not stuck in traffic trying to get out of Holland Park after.
 
 
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Monday, June 22, 2015

2015 Top 7 Summer Reads

Who better than Kelly Shores from Fortville's Restoration Counseling to share with us a seven great summer reading choices. Enjoy, peeps.
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Are you looking for a good book for personal or relational growth? I often recommend books to clients to read in between sessions and have several that I recommend regularly. If you are looking for something to throw in your beach bag as you head to the pool with the kids any of these would be a great choice!
 
1Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

I LOVE this book and recommend it to a large number of my clients. I think many if not all of us struggle with what good, healthy boundaries look like. Cloud and Townsend to a great job of explaining this in their book.

2. Love and Respect by Emmerson Eggerichs

This is a great book for couples and explores how men and women need different things in a relationship. When we focus more on what are partner needs things work better for both partners. This is a great read for all couples.

 3. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
This book has been around for a while (in fact, I first read it in undergrad….but we won’t talk about how long ago that was!), but it is an excellent relationship book. One of the things I like about this book is that it is not only relevant to intimate relationships, but to all of our relationship. This book looks at how we each give and receive love in different ways.

4Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay

I love this parenting book and it is something I initially picked for my husband and I to read for personal growth. However, I loved it so much I now recommend it to clients. This book is a great parenting tool that looks at how we can help to teach our children to be responsible for their own choices….really good stuff in here!

5. Search for Significance by Robert McGee

This is another book I have been recommending for a long time. This book explores how we as people tend to try to find our identity either in relationships or through our jobs. The reality is our true identity can only be found in Christ. If you or someone you know are struggling with self-worth issues this would be a great read.

6. He Loves Me by Wayne Jacobsen

I read this book a couple of years a go and it really hit home for me, so much so that I have already read it twice! This book explores God’s unconditional love for us and how we can accept that without needing to work to earn God’s favor…we already have it! This is a great spiritual growth and or devotional type book.

7. Addictive Thinking by Abraham Twerski

If you or someone you know are struggling with an addiction this book is a great read.  This book talks about how people who struggle with addictions have a different thought process than those of us who don’t. This book is really helpful in understand why addicts think and act the way they do.
 
-Kelly
 
Meet Kelly Shores and learn more about Restoration Counseling by clicking here. Follow them on Facebook as well. They often blog about helpful topics for mamas and families! So glad to have them here in our community. What a great resource!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wandering Wednesday at the Beauty Bar in Geist! Pampering for Mind, Body & Spirit!

Back last fall I got to try out the The Beauty Bar at Geist. It came at the prefect time too, I was 32 weeks pregnant with sweet little man and had a two and four year old at home. I didn't exactly have the most time to pamper myself. Who am I kidding? I still don't have the time. Ha!

So what exactly is the beauty in the Beauty Bar???
 
They pamper all - mind, body and spirit! The upscale atmosphere will make you feel like a million bucks (or possibly Andrew Luck's girlfriend if you close your eyes and daydream a bit). The staff was super friendly and the drink selection is awesome!
 
So how can The Beauty Bar at Geist pamper you like no one else, a beauty treatment and WINE! What an awesome combination! What mama doesn't love that?! They are the first Indianapolis salon to have their liquor license allowing them to serve beer, wine, and mixed drinks! While I was not able to partake in this total awesomeness while pregnant, I did get to enjoy a delish pregitini! They host fun bachelorette parties, bridal showers, baby showers and many more! The best part is that they make everyone feel at home and relaxed.
 
 
 
 
 
I think I need to go back now that I'm no longer pregnant and sip on one of their signature drinks and enjoy a mani/pedi. Hey Jenny wanna have a mama night out? You know you want to! Check out their current specials on the website! Maybe we should make it a total Fortville Mamas night out. Who's in?
 
 
June - August 2015 Wandering Wednesdays brought to you by Indy Zoom Groom. Thank-you for your support of Fortville Mama and local family fun in and around Hancock County, Indiana. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank-you to the businesses that help support Fortville Mama. Your support is allowing us to make 2015 even cooler than 2014!




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Friday, June 12, 2015

Fit Friday - The 80/20 Rule

Using The 80/20 Rule

 
Enjoy a Fit Friday guest post from the awesome Toby of Blue Seas Fitness and Wellness.

So you have decided to take the plunge and start plugging away at a new and healthier lifestyle.  And, you’re ready to do it all; the exercise, the eating right, the getting plenty of rest and drinking plenty of water and maybe even are setting higher goals beyond that, like running a 5K for the first time.  You’re all in, 100% right?  
 
Then, life happens.  You’re stuck at a ball park all day watching your kids.  Your job requires you to go out of town on a last minute business trip.  Your friends invite you to an impromptu evening out.  And, that family vacation you have planned is right around the corner.  Still in, 100% right?
 
The truth is, you cannot and should not set yourself up on a plan that expects you to be right on target 100% of the time.  By doing this you simply set yourself up to fail.  And when you fall off the wagon, you feel like a failure to yourself and you have an even more difficult time climbing back on without having to start the process all over again.  So why not set yourself up on a more realistic plan and play by the 80/20 rule.  Meaning, 80% of the time you are going to be right on target and 20% of the time is left for life’s little things that happen.
 
Let’s talk about how that might work in the world of health and wellness.  I usually set each of my clients up on a nutritional plan where they are responsible for counting calories, carbohydrates and proteins while also watching their sodium levels.  If they are hitting their target numbers at least 5 ½ days out of the week, then I consider that to be a great week.  For example, Client A hit their target food and beverage numbers for the week Monday through Saturday afternoon and then Saturday night they attended a family wedding where they celebrated the night away with great food and cocktails.  And when they went to log in on Sunday, they realized that they went completely off target for the day.  Guess what?  That’s OK!!!  The key is getting prepared on Sunday for the week ahead and get right back to those target numbers.  Think of it as celebrating how great you did 80% of the week.
 
The same things can be said when setting up any exercise regimen.  Do not strive to workout 7 days a week.  The number one reason is because your body also has to have time to rest.  If you work out strenuously 7 days a week and never give your body time to heal, your muscles will quit responding and your body will start shutting down as its way of protecting you from injury.  Again, set yourself up on a more workable schedule such as 4 times a week with maybe adding a 5th if you’re out walking the dog or playing ball with your kids.  Hit the gym for training, jump in on a fitness class or create an in-home workout that you can do 3-4 times per week and stick to it.  Let the other 2-3 days be rest days.  Stay active; not sedentary, but allow yourself time to rest and heal.  And there it is…..that 80/20 rule you can actually follow.
No goal reaching plan is easy to attain but giving yourself some leeway, some breathing room, will keep you from failure.  Now, you realize I didn’t say GO CRAZY on that 20%, but just don’t beat yourself up because you were put in a situation where you couldn’t be perfect.  If your nutritional plan says “stay away from high sugar items” because your body doesn’t metabolize them, then don’t sabotage yourself by running directly to that.  Instead, give yourself a break from the numbers and have a treat every once in awhile then get right back on track.  If getting back on track after a “20%” day is your biggest struggle, seek support from others.  Don’t feel guilty about asking for help and sometimes having someone be there to hold you accountable is easier….that’s just simply trying to make your 80% days perfect!!
No matter what you do or what plan you set for yourself, always allow time to breathe; time to be less than perfect and in turn, you will be successful.

-Toby

This Fit Friday post is brought to you by Blue Seas Fitness and Wellness Center. Thank-you for your support of Fortville Mama and local family fun in and around Hancock County, Indiana. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank-you to the businesses that help support Fortville Mama. Your support is allowing us to make 2015 even cooler than 2014!


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