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I’ll be completely honest here. Lately, the word ‘balance’ is one that goes with ‘beam’ or ‘off’. I just can’t seem to obtain that balance between work, motherhood, my well-being, my diet, my relationships or my house. I want to, I really do, and I have tried, but it seems I lack the ability to make it happen. I suspect I am not the only one. So instead of trying to do it all at once, I am focusing on two things this Summer. Motherhood and my wellness. I am going to make a concerted effort to work more efficiently so that I have more uninterrupted time with my kids. I am also going to load my house and my schedule down with things that are better choices for me diet-wise for my nutrition, and activity-wise for my fitness. To do this, I needed to head to Walmart. I know that in those aisles I can find almost everything I need to start making changes. Next I have made a list of REAL Tips to Actually Balance Your Life. And I am sticking to it!

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Make Snack Time Count

The reality is that if I am going to make more time for my kids I can not spend half of that in the kitchen making food. Therefore, snacks that will not undo my entire day of eating better are a must. For both of my Summer goals. While shopping at Walmart I came across Salted Toffee Pretzel Protein Crisps from Optimum Nutrition. Guys… these are good! Packed with 20g of protein, these are snacks that will keep you on track and your taste buds happy! Protein fills me up as well so these are excellent for keeping me fuller longer, thus helping me snack less during the day. Pick them up along with the Chocolate Donut Cake Bite variety and the Birthday Cake Bites too.

Find Exercise in Every Part of the Day

I love Crossfit and I miss being able to go every day. Part of my lack of time comes from that imbalance we talk about. But, just because I can only make it to the gym half the time that I used to does not mean that I cannot find other ways to exercise throughout the day. Exercising with my kids is a double-bonus I love most.

Every day during the school year my kids come home, hop on their bikes and head off for hours to ride with their friends. Well, this Summer, I am going to join in. Maybe not as the oldest of the friend group but as the leader of family bike rides we all will love! Luckily, Walmart has a huge selection of amazing bikes from Schwinn, including the 26″ Men’s Schwinn Sidewinder Bike. The 21-speed Revoshift twist shifters and Shimano rear derailleur provide a wide gear range and quick shifts. It’s steel mountain-style frame and front suspension fork make for a durable ride, too. Pick yours up and combine family and exercise time to help with that balance we all need!

Make Breakfast Happen

During the Summer, the first thing that goes is usually breakfast. I don’t know why, but I get up, get busy and, before I know it, lunch-time is here and I am starving! This year, as part of taking care of myself, I am on a mission to make sure I have breakfast every day. I don’t want a ton of bad stuff but I do want protein. Walking the aisles of Walmart I saw Kashi GO Cereal- Peanut Butter Crunch!

Come on… how delicious does that sound every morning?

With 10 grams of protein in every serving, this breakfast from Kashi will amp up your day! I love it! It is so delicious that it does not feel ‘better for you.’ It offers powerful, plant-based nutrition to fuel your day so you can get after it.

Make Time to be an Adult

Summertime comes with a lot of temptations. Crawfish boils, house parties and birthday parties are on my calendar as we speak. With those events comes the decision as to whether to imbibe in an adult beverage or not. I like to, and I drink responsibly, but alcohol is not the best thing for any meal plan.

Looking for lighter options, I found Michelob ULTRA Lime Cactus. I already drink Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold which is made with organic grains for a pure and refreshing taste. At only 2.5 carbs and 85 calories, Pure Gold is triple filtered and brewed free of artificial colors and flavors. I like that a lot.

But I also love lime, so to have the Michelob ULTRA Lime Cactus as a beverage that I can drink without the guilt is a great thing! It only has 95 calories and 5.5 carbs and offers a light flavor that does not weigh me down.

I am excited about trying to get balance back into my life. With the right products in my house, the right exercise plan that feels more like fun expectation of handling this balance thing one task at a time, I know I can be successful!