5 Ways to Make 2018 Great

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Stonyfield, a brand my family loves.  All opinions are my own.

With January 1st just days away, it’s time that I start thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2018.  How can I make 2018 great?

There’s just something about a fresh new calendar that gets me excited and allows me to let my dreams run wild. I gave up on setting New Year Resolutions years ago. I rarely stuck with them longer than a month. Instead, I changed my focus to a small series of goals throughout the year. They are easier to attain and I’m more focused. Setting mini goals throughout the year, rather than one vague resolution, keeps me focused and inspired.

Small steps lead to bigger gains, right?

I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Here’s ways to make 2018 your best year yet.

1 ) Start a journal.  I’m not talking about a diary but a journal to put your thoughts and ideas in one spot.  It’s a good way to sort out feelings, to brainstorm or to just let out what you feel you can’t say out loud.  If you aren’t into that type of journal, I highly recommend a training journal.  I got a Believe training journal a few years ago and it’s been wonderful to look back at the weeks. I set mini goals for the week, write out my workouts, and track how I felt for each.

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2 ) Get involved. This past year I have felt the need to do more in my community.  Whether it’s volunteering at my kids school, doing a neighborhood clean up, donating time and/or food to the local End 68 Hours of Hunger, or volunteering at a local race, I am contributing to my community and hopefully making it a better place.

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3 ) Try something different. Run without music. Try trail running. Try a Barre class. Go to an indoor climbing gym. Are you a solo runner?  Maybe it’s time to try running with others.  There are plenty of running groups out there.  I’ve found many running buddies through my running club, Six03 Endurance.  I’ve also lucked out big time in putting a plea out to friends on Facebook.  It’s funny how many friends of friends have now become my friends just because we started running together.

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4 ) Shop consciously.  Over the past few years, I’ve made an effort to buy from brands that not only care about their product but also every step of it’s production.  I’ve been buying Stonyfield yogurt ever since I was introduced to it 12 years ago. I love that it’s it’s certified organic and made without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics and GMOs.  I can feel good about buying from a company that cares about the small family farms that source their milk and that cares about the environment.

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In 2016, I had the opportunity to tour a few of their organic dairy farms in Vermont. On the tours, I got to speak with the farmers (and families that live and breath farming) about how organic farming versus conventional farming is better for the environment, the cow, the farmer and the consumer. I also got to see how much these farmers care about their cows well being. It was so uplifting to see that Stonyfield actually knew their farmers and wanted to help them in anyway possible.

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5 ) Be present. This is a tough one for me and I’m guessing probably for a lot of you. With every year, it seems like there’s more and more stuff that needs to be done online and in front of a screen. While I love the convenience of it, it seems like I’m not present in my day to day life because there’s always a screen in my face. And when part of your job is sitting in front of screen, it makes it extra difficult.  A friend of mine recently said, “Being present is a present”.  Isn’t that the truth?  Give the gift of time and attention to yourself or to someone else more often.

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How will you make 2018 great?

9 Holiday Recipes Made with Yogurt


Looking for a delicious holiday recipe Try one of these easy holiday recipes made with yogurt happyfitmama.com

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Stonyfield, a brand that my family loves.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happiest of Friday wishes to you!

I know I usually do High Five Friday but I have had zero leisurely reading time in front of the computer this week. With last minute Christmas stuff to do and entertaining my parents who are in town from Michigan, I’m enjoying the joy of the season.

By the way, how is it that Christmas is three days away?!?!  If you are like me, you are the classic procrastinator.  I have no idea what we are having for Christmas dinner.  Am I worried about it?  Not one bit.  I’m good under pressure. And my mom is here so at least I have help pulling it together quickly.

While I’m not sure will be on the menu on Monday, I do know that there will be at least one recipe made with yogurt. If it was up to me I would have every single one of these 9 holiday recipes with yogurt throughout the day.  These are all so good!

So here’s a little something for you to whip up this weekend for all of your holiday gatherings.


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Easy Homemade Waffles

Ginger Pear Greek Yogurt Bars

Cinnamon Rolls

Chocolate Peppermint Donuts

One Bowl Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread

Frozen Yogurt Bark

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Cranberry Orange Muffins

Walnut Yogurt Truffles

Peppermint Mocha Smoothies

I hope you have a wonderful long holiday weekend and a very Merry Christmas if you celebrate it!

Do you have a favorite holiday recipe?

30 Minute Workouts for Runners

30 minute workouts for runners | happyfitmama.comWelcome to another edition of Run It!

In case you missed it, here’s what we covered so far this year:

Winter Running Tips and Essentials

How to Stay Sane on the Treadmill

The Best and Worst Racing Advice for Runners

Essential Exercises for Common Running Injuries

Hydration Tips and Tricks for Runners

Summer Running Tips

Rave Runs

Mental Workouts for Runners

Workouts for Your Best Half or Full Marathon

What a Runner Eats

6 Workouts with Equipment for Runners

This month, we are sharing 30 minute workouts for runners.

I don’t know about you but my days are full of a one million things to do.  Especially during the month of December when everything needs to be done NOW. I make time for a workout because sweat is my sanity saver. I may not always have 60 or 90 minutes to squeeze in a workout but I always have 30 minutes. And I’m sure you do too.

Disclaimer: I am not your physician, physical therapist, coach or personal trainer.  Please see a specialist before attempting a new to you workout.

Short on time? Try this Done in 30 minutes run for a burst of speed. _ happyfitmama.comOne of the great things about this workout is that it can be done outside or on a treadmill.  Since so many of us are traveling this time of year, it’s good to have options.

Last week I did a similar workout on the treadmill when my kids had a snow day.  It was the first time I had tried my new Epson ProSense 307 GPS watch out on the treadmill.  It worked like a charm!  I’m really digging the continuous heart rate capability.  Seeing the synopsis of my heart rate, pace and distance on the Epson App is really cool.  Especially when I do the same route.  It’s fun to compare how much better I’m getting with every run. Check out my full review to get all the details.

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FYI – If you are looking for an awesome gift for yourself or another runner in your life, you can get the Epson ProSense 307 for $219.99 right now! <- Affiliate link

Here are even more 30 minute workouts for runners from a few of my running friends. Click on the picture to take you to their post. And don’t forget to Pin awayso you have a stash of valuable running info to reference whenever you need it.


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4 Awesome And Effective 30 Minute Workouts For RunnersCARLY

Carly Dec ImageLinking up with the Coaches’ Corner and Wild Workout Wednesday.

If you’ve got 30 minutes, what would you do for a workout?