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The Choose Health Challenge Sponsored By BistroMD

To say living healthy lifestyle is a challenge is an understatement. As a single working mom, it’s hard to ensure that I’m taking all the necessary steps to live a healthy lifestyle not only for myself, but my daughter as well. We have fallen victim far too many times to grabbing something on the run which is always unhealthy. Committing to living a healthy life is hard, and I have tried a lot of different programs to help me lose weight and tone up. Everyone says that your diet is key, and as I learn more and more about the items I consume, I couldn’t agree more with this statement.
But, I’m glad to say that I have committed to living a healthy lifestyle not only for myself, but for my daughter as well. I have to start practicing what I preach. I make it a priority to ensure that my daughter is eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise, and I need to start applying the same principles to my own life. It’s amazing how one seemingly small change can lead to a lifetime of healthy choices. My small step has been to eat breakfast. I’ve never been a fan before, but I realized by the time lunch came around I was devouring everything! Not good. So usually on Sundays I boil 6-8 eggs to have in the morning along with some almonds and/or baby carrots. I never desire a huge portion, so having a small breakfast really works well for me.
I was excited to hear about BistoMD’s new “Choose Health” challenge. BistroMD delivers meals for a lighter, healthier you. Every meal is hand-prepared by chefs and provides lean adequate protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fat ratios to support healthy weight loss. They use quality, natural ingredients without hormones, added fillers and unnecessary additives or preservatives. This means no MSG, no Trans Fats, just delicious meals that are good for you. I can dig it!!
To join in on this amazing challenge visit www.facebook.com/bistromd and tell them how you’ll challenge yourself to start living healthy. If committing to a healthy lifestyle wasn’t enough, you can also win great prizes like a week of healthy weight loss meals, an iPad2, or a $500 shopping spree or cash! So run, don’t walk over to their page!! In addition BistroMD.com is offering FREE Shipping on your first week of meals. Simply Use Discount Code: ChooseHealth at checkout. 
Have you committed to living a healthy life? If so, what small steps are you taking to help reach your goals?
Happy Healthy Living!!


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by BistroMD , opinions expressed are the blogger’s own views not influenced by any outside biases. 


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Teen Parent Lobby Day 2011

Last week was the annual Teen Parent Lobby Day at the Boston State House hosted by The Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy. I am a member of the Teen Parent Advisory Board (TPPAB) through The Alliance and we were given the opportunity to speak at Lobby Day and share part of our stories about the challenges of being teen parents.
*above is video from Lobby Day
 
Lobby Day was inspiring and motivating, but a message we wanted to rely to the audience of over 700 teen parents and teen parent programs across the state is that, “the journey is ongoing. While all of the TPPAB members have pursued higher education & gained some form of stability, we still face struggles & hardships every day, & continue fighting the fight of being young parents because we want more for ourselves. More for our children.”
Read my post Making Hisotry: Teen Parent Lobby Day 2011 HERE over at The Pushback!


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Share Your Breakfast: Call to Action!

Today is National Breakfast Day and I’d like to highlight a phenomenal program ensuring that children start their day with the most important meal of the day: breakfast!!
Action For Health Kids and Kellogg Company is asking moms like you to Share Your Breakfast between now and July 31, 2011 to help Kellogg’s and Action for Healthy Kids, a nonprofit organization that focuses on childhood obesity and undernourishment donate 1 million breakfasts to less fortunate children.  Providing an underprivileged child with breakfast is as easy as taking a picture or sending a text. Simply take a photo of your breakfast and share it at www.shareyourbreakfast.com or text your photo with the word “Share” to 21534. Each time you share a photo or description of your breakfast, Kellogg will donate the monetary equivalent of school breakfasts to Action for Healthy Kids.
Spread the Word:
-Encourage your friends and continue to share
-Upload your breakfast photo (no matter what it is) at www.shareyourbreakfast.com
-Text the word “Share” with a photo or description of your breakfast to 21534
Tweet about Share Your Breakfast using #ShareURbreakfast


Share Your Breakfast!!


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Education is the Key & Univision’s Es El Momento Campaign

I can’t remember a time during my childhood that I ever disliked attending school. I loved the atmosphere. The sense of community. I was a curious child and my needs were nourished being in school and learning every day. I was heavily involved in school activities and vividly remember a talent show in which I participated in. I practiced Whitney Houston’s Greatest Love of All for weeks before the talent show. I remember my older sisters helping me make sure I breathed correctly and sung the notes until the end. I remember standing on stage in my school auditorium surrounded by friends and teachers, and of course my mom right on the side of the stage singing along with me.
I gave birth to my daughter after I had already completed a year of college. After I had her I didn’t have any immediate plans on going back to school, but it was always in the back of my head. When I began job searching when my daughter was 6 months old I quickly learned that I would never make the type of money to live a comfortable life without education myself and obtaining a degree. I was still passionate about school, so I eagerly enrolled in local college and changed majors to something that was more in tune with my passions.
I’ve always been pretty insatiable about learning. I always crave more. This instability caused me to transfer two years ago to one of the area’s top universities in my area to finish out my studies. Now as a senior, I am eagerly anticipating graduating this September, and am looking back at all my hard work and sacrifice knowing that I have gained so much from choosing to pursue a college education.
There were many times in the past and even now when I want to give up. I’m a single mom, I work full time, and I’m a fulltime student. I often think maybe a college degree won’t mean anything, that it’s a waste of time. Then I look at my daughter, and I remember that I’m not just doing this for me. I’m doing this for my daughter and both of our futures. I don’t want to just be part of this world. I want to make change; I want to help enact change. I want to make a life advocating for those that that are overlooked, invisible, and too often forgotten. I cannot do so without education myself and getting real life experience. This is what has pushed me when I have felt like giving up. Just 6 months away from my graduation, I am an overloaded with a lust for life and learning and excited about all that I will be able to do with all that I have learned when I graduate. 

Being part of the LATISM community[half Colombian], I was so thrilled to hear about the Univision’s Es El Momento [The Moment is Now] campaign that launched in early 2010. It’s a comprehensive, multi-year national education initiative in partnership with the ill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, educators and civic and community leaders from around the world. The Es El Momento initiative is aimed at improving academic achievement among K-12 Hispanic students with a specific focus on high school graduation and college readiness.
According to research, the high school graduation rate for Hispanic students is 55% compared to 69% for their non-Hispanic peers. In addition, only 34% of young people graduated high school ready to succeed in a four-year college and that number drops to 20% for Hispanic young people. Hispanic parents face two key barriers: access and awareness of the academic preparation/requirements needed for college and financial preparation.
Es El Momentum is a crucial resource necessary to ensure that Hispanic youth are equipped with all the necessary tools to succeed and reach their dreams and goals. The statistics are disappointing, but wonderful programs like Es El Momentum are supporting our minority youth and setting up the necessary bridges to ensure that regardless of your circumstances our youth can and will achieve.


This is a sponsored post on behalf of LATISM. All opinions, ideas and thoughts are my own.


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I’ve been gone for a minute, but now im back in the jumpoff

Let me talk to ya’ll for a minute…
So I know I haven’t been blogging very much lately. What happened? Life. I get overwhelmed very easy and realized I had way too much on my plate. See, I’m what you like to call an overachiever. I like to be involved in as much as possible, but doing everything I easily forgot about myself. I was having daily breakdowns holding it all in. Not good. I recently reached out to my mama and confided in her about some of my troubles, which felt really good, and not something I’ve ever done. I realized that I don’t have to carry around all this baggage with me, and I’m lucky to have a few close friends whom I know will support me.
So I took a step back from blogging and twitter for awhile. I felt like I was forcing it a bit. I got caught up and forgot the reason why I created Mommy Glow. I created this blog to document my travels as I navigate being a mom, an employee, a student, a young woman. This was a place to share my lows, my highs, my accomplishments and challenges. To gain support from others and at the same time support others, to show that young mommies are competent and not failures!
But somewhere somehow I got caught up. It all started seeming to be a game, a game I didn’t want to play. This whole follow me and I’ll follow you business rubs me the wrong way. Started feeling like it was all about numbers to some bloggers. But I soon learned that a high follow rate does not mean a lot of support or quality information. I felt like I was slacking, I wasn’t getting enough followers, I wasn’t going after sponsorship or hosting giveaways or teaming with companies. While my hope is to grow my blog, I want to do so in a way that is genuine to me. I want people to follow Mommy Glow because they like what I write, not because they want me to follow their blog back, know what I mean? So I needed to take a step back and regain my focus, my desire to write and connect, to remember my purpose.
I have a lot to blog about and hope you’ll all stay tuned and continue with me on this journey.
Happy Monday.


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