Eat Pray Love: Elizabeth Gilbert on Oprah

Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert’s Journey to Reclaim her Life

Take Away message for Busy Moms

What you can Learn from Her very personal Spiritual Journey

I happened to come across Elizabeth Gilbert and her book “Eat Pray Love” on Oprah this afternoon. Caught my attention as so many women who had read her book began to share their own life changing experiences.

I was especially interested in Elizabeth’s thoughts on “putting yourself first”.

The biggest reason why more women do NOT put themselves first is the Fear of appearing Selfish.

Elizabeth Gilbert shared the difference maker in a way that all Busy Moms must take note of:

“To be Selfish – is to be greedy, hording and cruel.

To put Put yourself First – is to Do what is Beneficial to You.
To be a good example for how to live a happy life”

I like to think about it like this…putting yourself first is all about being loving, kind and caring towards YOU. It’s about honoring the commitments you make to yourself; it’s about taking care of you in all aspects – body, mind, and spirit. Without this attitude of self-care and nurturing, you are of no use to anyone – not to yourself and certainly not to others.

You can Do This!
So just how do you find balance in giving in to the needs of others so that you can properly take care of yourself first?

It all starts with making a commitment to yourself. Then you must know how to communicate your needs to others.

When you keep your commitments to yourself – you have the time, energy and other resources to help and take care of others.

As far as communication goes…if you don’t like saying “No” to others – then don’t make promises.

Self-care begins from the inside out, with the recognition that you are worthy of nurturing. It’s a habit, a practiced over time. It’s the small choices you make everyday that make the biggest difference: adequate sleep; a quiet lunch, a great novel; a walk in the park; thirty minutes of solitude.

Ready to Live Life on Your Terms? Fit Yummy Mummy maps out the elements of care that are critical for you to be an effective mother, wife, and woman. Sign Up and Reclaim Your Life Today!

Oh, and take a look at Eat Pray Love if you haven’t yet.

Fit Yummy Mummy – It’s Okay to Say No

Hey FIt Yummy Mummy – You are Entitled to a Life

“OK, well this day has royally stunk. I have a stuffed up nose, work is piled to my eyeballs, and my darling sweet toddler is feeding off of my stress and acting up and tantruming all day…So it stressed me out even more… and now I am still working on work and have not exercised yet and it is 10pm!

Why does it seem complicated to take out 30 minutes to myself?!!?”

Sound familiar?

Well Kelly Alford, a Fit Yummy Mummy in the making, is absolutely not alone. As busy moms we do try to Do It All – then at the end of the day, we are left to scramble for just a moment of sanity.

For many of us – once that moment arrives, we look up and no longer recognize ourselves – our health is suffering, we’ve lost our body, we wonder where the time has gone when we look at our children….

Take a breath Moms – it not longer has to continue like this. You have the freedom to choose a better way to live your life – you are entitled to a life!

Kelly’s personal story inspired me to share this with you.

It is time to slow down and consider your own needs. Trying to continue the pace at what you have been giving – you will soon run yourself empty.

Taking care of yourself in turn will do wonders…
~ less stress
~ less irritability
~ less anxiety
~ More satisfaction with yourself and those around you

With consistent Self-Care you will feel…
~ energized
~ centered
~ strong
~ willing to do what it takes

Imagine the possibilities when you feel like you are in the driver’s seat of your life – which is exactly where you belong! Which is something you can acquire – for it all boils down to the choices we make on a daily basis.

Take a good honest look at how you are spending your time each day.

When you find yourself jumping to the demands of others – slow down and remember that you are just as entitled to your time as well. And it is perfectly okay to say “No”.

Try it and see – the world does not fall apart. In fact do it often and you will find the world around you and inside of you is a much more beautiful place.

My picture is just a reminder that amidst the chaos of our daily lives…it is possible to slow yourself down and take a moment to be grateful for and appreciate the small things around you.

Take the first step to realizing the Yummy-ness you deserve – begin the Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle System Today….don’t let your life pass you by!

Fit Yummy Mummy in the Making – Meet Christina

Christina Shares her Fit Yummy Mummy Transformation.

3 Weeks in and this Busy Mom is Making Progress!

Well as I said when I started this – this would be real life – and after incorporating FYM principles -

~ I found out that I like blueberries and walnuts
~ Eating every three hours makes it easier to choose healthy foods for your next meal
~ Eating isn’t about hunting around your kitchen – it’s about planning.

~ Set small goals – and keep working on them – reevaluate often

How my life has changed: I am still pushing myself to make breakfast – a healthy breakfast – when I make my sons in the am. With the rush of the morning I often just drank coffee for two hours then ate waffles or something mindless. But now I force myself to eat blueberries and oatmeal and on really good days – I work in the egg whites right away – on other days I’ll wait until my son eats then go back and make my egg whites. Oh yes – and I’m drinking less coffee in the am – just don’t feel like I need it as much :)

But a lesson I have learned – eating a good breakfast like the one I mentioned – sets up your day for success.

We are all busy – just like every other Fit Yummy Mummy

I run two businesses from home (

I take care of my one year old son

Plus, I have an active social calendar – so remembering to eat every three hours is a work in progress.

After finding my breakfast that works for me, and some healthy portable snacks, I’m still trying to find a flow for lunch and dinners, easy – quick and healthy.

I’m not getting discouraged. Everyday when I choose my yogurt and walnut snack instead of my old standby – crackers – I have succeeded.

I think you have to expect the process of weight loss and the FYM program to take some time to get used to – otherwise – if losing weight was that easy – the USA wouldn’t have an obesity problem. Holly’s encouragement and emails provide the continued support needed.

So…..after 3 weeks I have noticed that my jeans are fitting better and I have been able to get back into my sz. 8 jeans that I wore before I was pregnant.

I just feel better about not having the guilt of having a “bad” day.

I’m going to do this Holly – I am. It will be at my own pace and I won’t be discouraged.

~~~ Thanks for sharing Christina! You can check out her progress at

Why not Begin your Yummy Transformation Today?

How to Find the Best Jeans for New Curves

How To Find The Best Jeans.

Loss of Inches Reveals New Curves!

Just 3 weeks later, Short Burst Resistance Training is Losing the Yummy Mummy’s Inches!

Thank you Holly. You really are an Angel for me.
I have got great results so far. I am really please with the way my body is shaping up !!!!
I need to buy new jeans now. Any suggestion on a brand ??? I just cant find anything that suits my new curves !!! I feel good. I feel beautiful.
I have plenty energy!” ~ Eliane Terrien

Fit Yummy Mummy’s are seeing results – and FAST! It’s time to get rid of those frumpy “Mom Jeans” and trade them in for some stylish denim to show off those new curves!

If you are searching for the perfect pair for yourself you most likely have some questions:

How to find the best jeans?

WHO makes a great pair of jeans?
WHAT makes a great pair of jeans?
HOW much should you pend on the jeans?
Why is it necessary to have a great pair of jeans in your wardrobe?

Well my favorite fashion expert Tammy Gibson from A Mom in Red High Heels has all the answers along with some very helpful websites to help you shop for your perfect fit. You must read her informative articles to get you on your way to looking Fit and Yummy!

Getting Away from Mommy Jeans

Jeans: A Mom’s Best Friend

Looking to lose inches and see how to find the best jeans this holiday season? No need to wait – grab your Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle System and in a matter of weeks, you will find yourself just like Eliane – in search of a new, smaller pair of jeans to show off your new curves.

Intervals Training Idea

Spice up your Cardio with Fat Burning Skipping Intervals Training

Forget long duration cardio!

Short Burst Intervals Training is the perfect compliment to your fat loss program. There are so many ways to incorporate Intervals into your program.

Angie Tousignant from The Fit Chick is my guest today to show you one way to mix up her Intervals. In the video above Angie demonstrates Short Burst Interval Training using skipping/marching which is incorporated into her fat loss Workouts.

The key is to have the “working part” of the Intervals training to be very intense (according to your fitness level) and then you spend your “rest period” with a lower intensity movement. The difference between your work and rest should be obvious. In the video, the skipping portion really gets the heart rate going and is intense. The marching is slow and allows you to catch your breath before you go at it again.

Like me, Angie also likes to do run/walk intervals training, burpees, jumping jacks, skip intervals, or sometimes combine them all – my favorite!

Holiday Fat Loss Special

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I will cover everything from how to jump start your results, to fat burning nutrition tips for women and the need-to-know exercise strategies that will accelerate your results. The MP3 format allows you to refer back to them for tips and motivation at your convenience.




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Stylish Workout Wear: Look Great, Get Fit

Stylish Workout Wear!

Tips to Keep You Looking Good Before, During and After Your Workout











In this series, Tammy Gibson – THE beauty and fashion Expert for Moms – shares tips to help you get your workout in and look put together before, during and after!


Listen up – you are about to learn how to pick functional and stylish workout wear that will take you from the workout to running errands without looking like you just came from the gym. You’ll also learn quick skin care, makeup and hair routines that will allow you to look ready for your day. And you’ll even be able to go from workout to play dates, or run errands and look great even when you don’t have time to take a shower and get ready!

Part 1:
Stylish Workout Wear- from Super Sets to Super Market
by Tammy Gibson
Sadly, I admit, that this Fit Yummy Mummy will miss a morning workout because I have nothing to wear. I really hate bringing my son to school wearing my gym gear. I’m not one for wearing tennis shoes (I used to be an elementary physical education teacher and got WAY burned out on the fitness gear) and looking like I am ready for a workout is not my favorite style. Non-the-less, I need to come up with a solution because I can’t be changing clothes all day long and missing my workouts is not the way to be fit or yummy!


It’s a true confession but I doubt I am the only one using that excuse! So, here I am to put a stop to the nonsense and put some serious style into your workout wardrobe. I know that you are faithfully working out at home to Fit Yummy Mummy, maybe going to the gym or involved in other forms of exercise. You are a busy mom and need clothes that can go from drop-off to workout to errands, if needed. A shower and outfit change are not always an option on a busy schedule!

It’s always important for you to feel put together, even when working out. Feeling good about your appearance increases your confidence. You’ll get a better workout. You don’t want to be distracted by worrying that your shorts are too short or your socks don’t really match the outfit.
Stylish Workout Wear to Avoid:

· Dirty gym clothes. Enough said, I hope

· Baggy clothes. You are working hard to tone up so don’t hide it behind frumpy, baggy tees and sweats! Besides, large clothing just gets in the way of good form during your workout.
· Overly skimpy. Now, if you are working out in the privacy of your own home and you want to wear your jogging bra on its own- go for it. If you are where others can see you, cover up! That goes for short length as well!

· No fanny packs, please. Use a locker for your keys and phone if you are at the gym. Use an iPod holder for your tunes.

Looking stylish and wearing functional clothing to workout in can be tricky. Hear are some tips.


Stylish Workout Wear that Works

~ Invest in solid color basics that you can mix and match
~ Wear white socks
~ During your workout is the only time you should mix two different strap types on your tanks. Somehow, a racer back and spaghetti strap tank look pretty cool when you are exercising!
~ Invest in cool (and comfortable) footwear. No need for basic white with so many options available!
~ A great fitting exercise bra
~ A good bag to transport your gear if you are exercising outside the home.


Where to Shop for Stylish workout wear: You can’t beat the great styles carried by Lucy. Shop by activity type and find every item you’ll need to look great before, during and after your workout. Yes, exercise skirts with built-in shorties! Love them! Offered in really fabulous fabrics, you’ll find skirts, tops and dresses to exercise in. I love the pink camo skirt- how stylish! – Organic workout and casual apparel. Green living at its most stylish!
My Featuring cycling bloomers to wear under your clothes. A great little secret that keeps your bum from getting saddle sore during spin class or a spin through the neighborhood!
. I love their selection of athletic shoes. Great colors and styles from running to lifestyle shoes, you are sure to find a stylish pair that fits your needs.


Throw out any items you may be tempted to wear like baggy sweats, your husband’s old t-shirts or ill-fitting bras, shoes or shorts. Then, put together a few workout outfits that you can mix and match throughout the week. Having them accessible and easily matched will help you eliminate the excuse that you have nothing to wear.


Now, go get fit, yummy and stylish!


Thanks for the great tips and advice on Stylish Workout WearTammy!
Tammy Gibson is a mom dedicated to empowering


moms through beauty and style. For more fashion, beauty and yummy inspiration visit A Mom in Red High Heels.

Fit Yummy Mummy Wears Skinny Jeans In 6 Weeks

Meet Fit Yummy Mummy Cassie; 6 Weeks After Baby, Skinny Jeans Fit!

Check out newest Fit Yummy Mummy – Cassie Holley!
Can you believe she delivered her daughter Ava just 6 weeks ago?! The picture above shows Cassie before – at 35 weeks, and after – taken last night.
To date, Cassie has already lost 19 pounds – just 3 pounds shy of her pre-baby weight. What’s even more exciting is the fact that she can wear her pre-baby clothes, including her skinny jeans…..6 weeks after having a baby!
How did this Fit Yummy Mummy make it happen?
Cassie made her nutrition and fitness plan a priority. Throughout her pregnancy and the first 6 weeks of her daughter’s birth, Cassie implemented the Fit Yummy Mummy nutrition habits and short burst exercise. Having a step-by-step plan in place made it doable for this busy mom (who is also a middle school teacher).


Congratulations Cassie! You look amazing and Ava is adorable! You are an inspiration to moms everywhere!
Get started today and begin the New Year in an entirely new, Fit and Yummy body.

Holiday Cravings – 5 Tips To Crush Them

Overcome Holiday Cravings


Holidays = shopping, travel, stress and an abundance of tasty holiday food – especially sweets. They are everywhere!
Not the best combination when your goal is to look and feel great over the holidays. Many articles even poke fun of the fact that “stressed” spelled backwards is DESSERTS! No wonder so many of us find ourselves more plump at the turn of the New Year.
You can take control over those holiday cravings when you have a plan in place. No matter how busy you are, the following strategies will allow you to crush those holiday cravings and stay on track.
1. Did you know…..a craving can only last for 15 minutes – then it goes away?
Make a list of things you can do to distract yourself for 15 minutes. When a craving hits, grab a bottle of water and get to that activity – you can even set a timer. Once you hit 15 minutes…your cravings are gone!
TIP: include some form of workouts on your list….exercise is a natural appetite suppressant.
2. Beat Cravings with Breakfast: Start each and every day with a high fiber, quality protein breakfast. Not only will breakfast supercharge your metabolism so you burn more calories all day long, but doing so will also keep you satisfied and naturally keep holiday cravings away.
3. Eat Often: After a supportive breakfast, eating a balanced meal or snack every 3 to 4 hours will also help to keep you on track, energized and satisfied. Make sure every meal or snack includes a quality protein.
4. Schedule your Treats: Plan when you will have those special holiday treats ahead of time. This allows you to enjoy that sweet snack without the guilt and allows you to stay on track the rest of the time. Cutting out the sweets while “on track” also helps to curb those cravings.
5. DeStress Yourself: Sometimes cravings are simply STRESS related. Practice other ways to cope with stress – go for a walk , spiritual connections, a cozy fireplace, hot baths…all these stimulate neurochemicals that activate regions of the brain that stimulate pleasure associated with eating something sweet.
One of the key reasons for holiday weight gain is because of holiday cravings.  It causes us to start eating more and exercising less. It might be we get too busy, too tired, or just too full with all that food, but don’t forsake your eating and exercise program. You can make your Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle System a priority today.

Holiday Diet

Holiday Diet Tips to Lose Weight

I came across the following holiday diet that is designed to help you cope with the stress, paranoia, depression and delusion that builds during the holidays…

1/2 grapefruit
1 slice whole wheat toast
with 1 TBSP natural Peanut Butter
6 oz. skim milk

4 oz. lean broiled chicken breast
1 cup steamed spinach
1 cup green tea
1 Oreo cookie

Mid-Afternoon snack:
The rest of Oreos in the package
2 pints Rocky Road ice cream, nuts, cherries and whipped cream
1 jar hot fudge sauce

2 loaves garlic bread
1 Liter of Coke
1 large sausage, mushroom and cheese pizza
3 Snickers bars

After Dinner Snack:
Entire frozen Sara Lee cheesecake (eaten directly from freezer)

Great! Now I have your attention with a smile on your face.

Unfortunately, the holiday diet scenario is quite common. I felt the need to share this with you in the hopes that awareness of holiday eating habits can bring about a more positive result.

This is the time of year when Busy Moms are easily swept up in the stress and chaos of the holiday season. All best intentions to stay on track and take care of themselves go out the window.

All it takes is overindulging in one meal and you feel like your efforts are no longer worth it. So you fall into the mindset – why try….there are too many temptations, you just want to enjoy the holiday season without feeling deprived. Funny how many of us seem to accept and settle with this mindset.

I have great news for you!

You CAN enjoy, stay on track, feel great and even Lose Weight over the Holidays! No holiday diet necessary – just simple, proven fat loss strategies to help you beat the battle of the holiday bulge.

I’ll get you started with your first holiday fat loss strategy. Yes you can enjoy the cheats and treats the holidays bring….just not every single day. Instead, plan ahead and work them into your nutrition plan.

The holiday diet mapped out above started off strong….begin the day with a high fiber, high protein breakfast, eating every 3 to 4 hours……until the treat after lunch. Map out your meals for the next 5 to 7 days and fit in those holiday treats when appropriate. This will help you stay on track and avoid feelings of deprivation.

Stay tuned for more holiday fat loss strategies. Be sure to incorporate your Fat Blasting Holiday Workout – you only need 15 minutes, 3 days a week to look and feel amazing over the holidays.

I must say I love your exercises! My heart rate gets pumping and I sweat.” Kimberly Leonard

Unleash your Holiday Diet Yummy-ness with the Fit Yummy Mummy Lifestyle System today!