How to Begin and Maintain a Consistent Exercise Routine

How to Begin and Maintain a Consistent Exercise Routine

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer At the beginning of this year, I signed up to run a half marathon on June 1 with my sister. I was six months post-partum after my third baby, still at least 20+ lbs above my pre-pregnancy goal weight, and besides a brief stint with the Insanity DVD program, I hadn’t done much in the way of consistent exercise, especially running, since the birth of my daughter. But, I committed to the race, and to the training it would take […]

Day in the Life: Stacy (Preacher’s wife and homeschool mom of an 11, 7, and 2 year old)

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  Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer I’m a little anxious about this post. You see, I’d really like for you all to think I have it all together. But I don’t. There’s also the underlying fact that I am a preacher’s wife. Aren’t preacher’s wives really supposed to have it all together? Whatever “it” is? The day I am sharing with you is one in which I stayed up too late the night before. I started out on the wrong foot and was quite […]

Stress: The Overlooked Toxin

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Written by Mindy, Contributing Writer We live in a fast-paced society where economic troubles and health problems seem to be everywhere we turn.  It’s no surprise that stress is such a close companion to so many people. While we are talking about Spring Cleaning the Toxins here at Keeper of the Home, I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about getting a toxin out of our lives that most people don’t see as a toxin – stress. Stress goes beyond emotions. Stress is a […]

Why I’m So Glad I Exercised This Pregnancy

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From my 4th month of pregnancy onwards, most early mornings would find me sneaking downstairs in the dark, donning sweatpants, a t-shirt and hoodie. After drinking half a glass of water, then filling my large glass back up to the top, I entered my private exercise studio, otherwise known as my husband’s freezing cold, converted-garage music school studio. Pointing the space heater directly at me (until I warmed up enough each morning to push it away), I would stick a pregnancy exercise video in to […]

12 Steps to a Healthier Life in 2012

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Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer It’s January, so we all know what that means… New Year’s Resolutions. Did you know that according to Time Magazine, most of these so-called resolutions fail after 9-10 days? So, if your wrote any you probably already stopped or quit one or more of them. Dictionary.com defines resolution as a resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something. A couple of reasons why we fail at resolutions are we’re too busy and we’re too broad. What we need […]

My Journey to Burnout and Back: A One Year Update

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It was nearly one year ago that I first began to share about my experience with burnout. Last January, I shared very candidly about the circumstances and lifestyle choices I had made that had pushed me to a place of spiritual, mental and physical breakdown. It was undoubtedly one of the hardest times of my life, and yet I have learned so much and come so far since that time, that a friend encouraged me to share what my journey out of burnout has looked like. […]

Treating Depression During Pregnancy, Naturally

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This post is the follow up to last month’s post on Stacey’s experience with Depression in Pregnancy. The first post was intended to bring awareness to the issue and offer hope and encouragement, and this second post takes a closer look at some of the natural and wholistic methods of treating depression while pregnancy. There is another detailed post on this site with natural remedies for treating depression, but please note that that post does not take into account the safety of various remedies during pregnancy. […]

So, Mornings… How Are They Going for You?

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Have you met my friend, Kat? Allow me to introduce you… She makes a ball cap look great. She loves Tex-Mex food (me, too- except I live in Canada. Drat.) She actually has a chin-up bar in one of the doorways in her home, and every time she walks by, she does a chin-up. She is one of the coolest moms I know, and inspires me to want to be the same. She has a thing for teeny-bopper music, and at the same time, she held […]