Wednesday, November 27, 2013

How to Stay Fit AND Enjoy the Holidays

Here are some words of advice from on of your fearless leaders, Molly.

The holidays are fabulous.  The holidays are also crazy, and they often totally derail our normal routines and lifestyles.  Infrequent drinkers are suddenly throwin’ them back every-other night at cocktail parties, very strict eaters are enjoying Grandma’s pumpkin pie and egg nog, and the most dedicated exercisers are hitting the snooze button in the morning or driving past the gym on their way to another event.   It’s enough to drive a person crazy.  So what’s your mental state heading into Thanksgiving?  Are you panicked?  Are you scared that you’re going to enjoy the food and the time off from exercise so much that you won’t ever go back to your current regime?  If so, I want to assure you that you can stop worrying today and start enjoying the holidays.  It’s true, the food is good, but is any of it anything you couldn’t get during the rest of the year?  Is any of it anything that you need to gorge yourself on because you won’t see it for another year?  And even if you do spiral down into a gluttonous frenzy for the next month, do you think that any weight you do gain will be on you forever?  A minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips, right?  Wrong.  Any weight you put on from eating more and exercising less will fall right off you once you get back to your routine after the New Year, and believe me, you WILL get back to your routine.  Eating right and exercising have become integral parts of your life.  They have become part of who you are.   You need to hear what I’m saying, though.  I am not saying you should go completely bonkers for the next month and forget all dietary “rules” and sit on the couch 24/7, but I am suggesting that you try and let go a little bit.  Hang on to your core healthy values, but be willing to let the boundaries bleed a bit.  Lose the guilt, lose the body-hating thoughts.  Don’t hop on the scale every day, don’t spend angst-filled minutes examining every angle in the mirror, and don’t tell everyone you talk to how lazy you’ve been.  Just enjoy.  The holidays are too short.  Life is too short.  Be happy with the healthy habits you’ve established today, enjoy going off the reservation a bit over the holidays, and be confident in knowing that you WILL return to your regularly scheduled life in a few short weeks.   This is not a permission slip to go crazy, it is a permission slip to do what you were going to do anyway and feel okay about it. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Safety for Children

Last Friday evening, Ex-Navy Seal Ryan Parrott gave a great lecture to Crowbar staff and clients about situational awareness and how to stay safe in everyday environments. He also left us with some great safety tips for kids, which we wanted to pass on to all our Crowbar moms and dads.
Start with the Basics
•Make sure children know their full name and address (city and state), and their phone number with area code.
•Be sure kids know how to call 9-1-1 or "0" in emergencies. Practice making emergency calls on a make-believe phone.
•Tell children never to accept rides or gifts from someone they or you don't know well.
•Teach children to go to a store clerk, security guard, or police officer for help if they get lost in a mall or store, or on the street.
At School and At Play
•Make sure your children are taking the safest route to and from school, stores, and friends' houses. Walk the routes together and point out places they could go for help.
•Set rules and guidelines for your child's internet use, monitoring the child's use of on-line services. •Instruct your child to never give out personal information to anyone they talk to on-line.
•Advise your child not to arrange a face-to-face meeting without your permission with anyone he/she meets on-line. •Encourage your children to walk and play with friends, not alone. Tell them to avoid places that could be dangerous like vacant buildings and alleys.
At Home
•Always leave a phone number where you can be reached. Post it by the phone, along with numbers for a neighbor and for emergency situations.
•Have your child check in with you or a neighbor when he or she gets home.
•Make sure your child knows how to use the window and door locks.
•Work on an escape plan in case of fire or other emergencies. Rehearse the plan with your children.
•Tell your child never to let anyone into your home without your permission, and never let a caller - at the door or on the phone - know that there's no adult home. Kids can always say their parents are busy and take a message.
Some simple steps can help you and your family have a safe holiday season and these great tips will continue to protect your littlest loved ones throughout the year.