Healthy Families BC Invites You to Win a $250 Lululemon Gift Card

Healthy Families BC approached me about helping to raise awareness on how to incorporate healthy eating and fitness into a busy family lifestyle. They offer resources and one-stop wellness information for how to be active, eat well and more. The new community, based on their website, Facebook and Twitter, wants to help you make positive changes in your life.

To help kick-start an improvement to your own lifestyle, they are offering a $250 Gift Card to Lululemon to one ActiveMama reader who shares what it means to be an Active Mama. Read on for more details…

My Fitness Story

For many years, I suffered from chronic pain and my fitness level went way down. I couldn’t walk or lift weight or do much of anything. Once I found a way to fix my physical pain, we decided to start our family. I wasn’t at my best fitness level going into motherhood, and my pregnancy wasn’t pain free either. After I had Aiden, I walked a lot (mostly to get him to sleep!), but after a few months, he refused both stroller and carrier and my fitness level went down.

I’ve learned that not every child is easygoing, that being a parent is tiring, and that sometimes you have to go out of your way to get fitness back into your schedule. Recent car accident aside (it set me back), I’ve done a lot to met my goal of becoming a Fit & Active Mama!

Ideas to be an Active Mama:

  • Go to baby bootcamp classes with your pre-mobile baby (Rec centres offer many options)
  • Take advantage of drop-in childcare at fitness centres so you can work out
  • Go to a gym in the evening or on days when you have pre-arranged childcare
  • Keep trying the stroller! Aiden eventually came to love it as a toddler
  • Do yoga or basic strength training (squats, lunges, etc) while your child plays. It’s pretty non-invasive and still allows you to pay attention to them
  • Set aside some money, if you can, for a personal trainer. They can help you learn how to correctly do many exercises and can put together a home fitness plan that requires little to no equipment
  • Set aside 20 minutes of precious nap time to run through your fitness plan. Then you can relax (because you deserve to relax too!)
  • Exercise as a family – take walks or hikes, or set up your toddler in a bike seat or chariot for bike rides

Prize

A $250 gift card to lululemon athletica to help you be fit and feel good about yourself.

How to Enter

Head on over to Facebook to ‘Like’ the Healthy Families BC page, then return here and share your recommendation on how to be a fit & active mama! How do YOU make healthy eating or fitness a priority as a mom?

Limit one comment per person. Contest open to residents of BC only. Contest will close on September 30, 2011 at 2pm PST. Winner will be chosen at random.

Vote for Me for Your Fave Mom Blogger!

As previously mentioned, I was nominated as one of the finalists in the VancouverMom.ca Ultimate Mom Blogger list for 2011. The final 30 nominees are now up in a poll where you can vote for the winner!

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The winner will be announced on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2011. Voting closes on May 6. The winner receives a special prize package, though all of us will be treated to a party (yay!).

Please vote for me! And thanks!!

Nominated in Ultimate Mom Blogger 2011 List

Thank you to the family and friends who took the time to nominate me for the VancouverMom.ca Ultimate Mom Blogger list for 2011. The list is compiled of the favourite mom blogs in Vancouver, minus the 2010 nominees (which is a little odd). You can read my profile here, where I have the honour of being the first to be profiled.

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All of the top 30 mom bloggers have now been profiled, but only one will get “crowned” as top blogger on Mother’s Day at a special event.

There are some great moms listed this year and last year, so take a peak around at the other profiles. I will soon be asking you for your votes as well!

My ActiveMama Buttons

Thanks to everyone who voted in my poll to help choose the designs for my new ActiveMama Buttons! After the feedback, I went with the two most popular designs, and came up with a more generic third design that features Aiden’s caricature. I’m beyond happy with the results – what do you think?

If you’re at Northern Voice, come see my talk or come say hi and I’ll pass out some buttons. I will have about 100 of each design.

For those of you who want to show your support of ActiveMama, I also made a web button you can put on your own website:

Feel free to grab and use the following HTML:

<p align="center"><a href="http://www.activemama.com/"><img height="122" border="0" style="margin: 5px" width="125" alt="ActiveMama" src="http://www.activemama.com/wp/../uploads/2011/04/active-mama-web-button1.jpg" /></a></p>