Be the UltimateYou!! Be an Ultimate Fit Mom!!

Be Healthy! Be Strong! Be Beautiful! Be the Best You!

An Ultimate Fit Mom is a woman who is dedicated! Dedicated to yourself, your family, your work, and your life, any woman can achieve success in every area of her life. With the right advice, encouragement, and support, you can become a healthier, stronger, even more beautiful woman who is able to be better in every area of your life because you feel better about yourself! There are no programs to buy here, no fees or memberships, no commitments of any kind...other than the ones you make to yourself! Start finding out the information you want and need in order to be the best you, and start transforming your health and your life to make your life as an Ultimate Fit Mom more amazing than you ever dreamed possible!

I'm a mom of three who knows how challenging it can be to focus on yourself when you have relationships, children, work, and daily life requiring your attention at all times. The small improvements I've made paid off, and those improvements made me a better wife and mom, a more focused business owner, and a happier, more positive person. As a Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and author of fifteen health books, I want to provide you with the most up-to-date research, exercises, and nutrition information that will help you improve your health, your body, and your life simply and easily. I've experienced how much a healthy lifestyle can improve every area of your life, and I want to share that experience with you, show you how easy it can be, and provide you with the information, advice, and tips you'll need to achieve the same!

I am always eager to hear questions and comments from my readers, and will always answer, so please feel free to contact me with any feedback!

Thanks for Visiting!
Britt



My name is Britt Brandon, and I am a Fit Mom of three wonderful kiddos (my son is 4, and my daughters are 7 and 9). I had never been too involved in health and wellness until I had my first daughter 9 years ago; I wanted to be the best, not only for myself, but for her. I became so fascinated with the ease and simplicity of becoming healthy that I became a Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist just so I could learn as much information about the body, exercise, nutrition, and how they all join together to create total health...and I wanted to be able to share this information with as many women as possible! In the process of my education of health and wellness, I became empowered and inspired and my drive to share this information grew stronger by the day! Knowing how easily healthy principles can be applied to anyone's life in order to achieve any goal imaginable was too exciting to keep to myself! After seeing and feeling the remarkable impact true fitness had on my own life, I knew I had to share the amazing experience with other people who wanted the same for themselves and could use this wealth of information to meet their own goals.

My qualifications as an effective Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist range from my specific certifications and training experience to my own personal experiences with losing weight, pregnancy, post-natal loss of baby-weight, and maintaining that weight-loss while being a super-busy working mom of three.  I became certified through ISSA as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist (CFNS), and have had the pleasure of training clients of all ages (16-76!) with goals that ranged from broad-spectrum like losing weight and increasing strength, to far more specific like preparing for an IVF-qualifying physical...and training through the successful pregnancy that resulted!

I have had the amazing experience of three delightful pregnancies and can honestly say that my own personal success with each pregnancy (and getting fit quickly following each delivery!) was a direct result of my clean eating routine coupled with regular exercise.  I am proud to say that I have added "published author" to my health professional resume, and am even happier to announce that I have just completed my sixteenth book on healthy living. The Everything Green Smoothies Book, The Everything Eating Clean Cookbook, What Color Is Your Smoothie?, The Everything Eating Clean Vegetarian Cookbook, The Everything Guide to Pregnancy Nutrition and Health, The Only Pregnancy Book You'll Ever Need, The Everything Healthy Green Drinks Book, 100 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar to Boost Your Health and Wellness, Coconut Oil For Health, Ginger for Health, The Healthy Soup Cleanse Recipe Book, The Infused Water Recipe Book for Health, and Turmeric for Health, and Power Bowls for Health have been an absolute pleasure to write in these past four years, and I am excited to funnel all of the information I included in those books into my services as a writer whose only desire is to share the most up-to-date and effective information with those who need to add the elements of quality nutrition, regular exercise, and a positive health-minded focus to their busy days as busy women! Whether you need information about specific foods, certain exercises, or simple tips that make cooking healthy meals at home easy and fun, I am here to provide all of the information I've acquired throughout my own learning process and experiences to you so you can quickly and easily learn that same information and how to apply it to your own daily life seamlessly.


Thanks so much for visiting!

Healthfully Yours,

Britt

Staying Focused, Fit, and Healthy Through Any Holiday

As I prepare the upcoming blog posts for the debut of the "new and improved" UltimateFitMom site (so excited!), I felt this holiday weekend was a perfect opportunity to suggest a simple trio of tried-and-true tricks you can use to stay focused, fit, and healthy through the holiday. Even if you feel you have no time, may not be in charge of the menu design or food prep, and don't want to seem picky or fitness-obsessed by your fitness-challenged peers, these three tips can be used by anyone in any holiday situation (regardless of how many kiddos, deadlines, or holiday stops you have this wonderful weekend)!

Tip #1: Don't skip your workouts! (And, up the intensity and the duration)
If your upcoming weekend or holiday vacation is sure to be packed with tempting, less-than-clean foods that normally don't grace your plate, have no fear! You already know the idea of the "cheat meal", and that it actually helps to improve your metabolic functioning by feeding your body added fuel in one sitting, so use your holiday meal as the perfect "cheat meal" that actually supports and fuels your fitness goals! Taking care to adhere to your normal runs, walks, swims, or bikerides, while staying on track with your strength training routine (a must!...as always!), you can find peace in knowing that your unexpected indulgence in Aunt Mary's delectable dessert or Uncle Rick's holiday buffet of all things tasty won't leave you in a crunch that takes a week to bounce back from.

Tip #2: Know What To Avoid
It actually surprised a lot of clients of mine to learn that prime rib is one of the leaner meats that can pack a ton of protein, too. One of the most popular dishes prepared for the holidays is prime rib, and (when the fat is discarded), this tasty temptation can be the star to a seriously sensational low-calorie plate. Adding green beans tossed with olive oil or salad, and either rice, baked potato (not loaded, obviously), or carrots, the typical holiday meal can be light and fit, but still holiday-worthy. Try to skip fatty meats, sugary treats, or side dishes that load up the fat with unhealthy ingredients like lots of butter, tons of cream, excessive sodium, or refined ingredients. If you can keep your portions in check, vary the colors to optimize nutrients, and minimize the unhealthy options, you're golden!

Tip #3: Don't Overdo
This little life mantra is applicable to just about every imaginable situation, but when it comes to the holidays, its a pretty perfect tip. Whether you want to talk sugary desserts, second (or third!) servings, starchy carbs, refined foods, or alcohol, the best bet: "don't overdo!";  just keep all things in moderation. Even on the other end of the spectrum, moderation is key: don't over-restrict, deny yourself tasty foods altogether, or make yourself crazy trying to create a holiday calorie deficit through excessive workouts. A one-day skip of your normal routine won't derail your efforts, so just keep things simple and enjoy your day off with family and friends on your holiday!

Wishing every Ultimate Fit Mom Happy Holidays!

-Britt

Every Day Is A New Opportunity to Be Great!

As the annual Summer Break has taken hold of every mom's schedule, it can feel like an almost impossible feat to stay on top of health goals that focused on nutrition, exercise, etc. So, what's a mom to do? Being completely void of any discipline is not an option (out of sheer fear of what the consequences could be!), and being strict and following non-Summer-time routines is not an option either, so being willing to accept every small accomplishment as just that (an accomplishment!) is the best way to make progress in a time that seemingly allows for none.
Bottom line: Do what you can, and celebrate every meal that's clean, every workout that's been fit in, every morning you wake up with energy, and every night you fall asleep happy with your successes for that day,
Being a mom is tough, and having a completely revised routine that blocks out your normal workout time and cleaning eating strategies can make things even more challenging to stay on track.

With a couple of minor diet and exercise staples that require minimal time and effort, you can make progress with time constraints:
-Do 300 crunches (less than 5 minutes!)
100 flat, 100 left oblique, and 100 right oblique. Feed the kiddos breakfast and take advantage of your 5 minutes
-Take your weights poolside/outside (less than 10 minutes!)
Take your weights and do your stationary lunges, walking lunges, squats, and even arm exercises all while watching your kids frolic in their backyard paradise!
-Meals that are clean enough for you!
With every meal that's tailored to their requests, you can prep your own that's tailored to your own standards...even if you have to make your own bowl or plate before adding in their favorite (not-so-healthy) additions!

So, do what you can and do your best at what you can: eat clean at every meal possible, sweat your ass off when you have the opportunity, and relish in the moments that allow you to feel like you did your best!

One Step At A Time

Of all of the questions an complaints I receive about living healthier, the most common one is "I want to get healthier, but I don't know where to start." If you feel this way, you certainly are not alone. It's so easy to fall into a funk, find yourself feeling unhealthy and overwhelmed, and want to get into a better routine but not even know where or how to begin.
The key that helps almost everyone I've known is to take things one day at a time and implement healthy habits one step at a time. Of the following list, you can choose just one new healthy habit, figure out how to add it to your daily routine, and make it stick...then, move on to another, and another, and another. Committing to one thing at a time takes the overwhelming aspect out, allows you to feel success with each achievement, and will set you into a positive cycle that can only gain momentum with new and exciting feel-good, healthy habits on the horizon! :)

Your healthy habit list:
Better sleep: wake up earlier and fall asleep earlier
Eat more vegetables
Eat more fruit
Cut out processed foods
Start a cardio routine
Start a strength training routine
Cook at home more often (until ideally cooking at home every night)
Limit sodium
Limit sugar

While this list is certainly not an exhaustive one, it can help to start with any of these.
And, try to remember that goals are always a great thing, so don't be afraid to set some, strive for them, and complete them! Success is an amazing motivator,...and nothing feels better than success! :)

The Secret to Sanity!! Focus On You and Have It All, Too!

Wow!!! Between the start of school, getting prepped for birthdays and the upcoming holidays (eek!...yes, the arrival of pumpkin spiced everything is not just a fabulous coincidence!), and managing the everyday to-do's of normal life, you can quickly find yourself out of your routine and out of your mind. Don't fret, though. I have just realized the secret to sanity, and I'm sharing it with you today!!
Organization is great, lists are extremely helpful, prioritizing is a must, but nothing can compare to putting yourself first. I know this sounds crazy and selfish, and seemingly impossible, but I'm not advising you to push everything else in life to the wayside, leave dishes and laundry to the wayside, and completely check out and check in to a spa (ah, but doesn't that sound nice?) No, I'm saying start a list that's completely separate of your to-do's that's entitled "This Is What I Need Daily To Feel Great!". It sounds hokey, but I tried and it works!
On my list, which was far shorter and simpler than I had originally thought it would be, I had four simple items: 1) some form of cardio, 2) a shower by myself (or just without kids ;), 3) twenty minutes of uninterrupted workout time, and 4) something small to have done that would make me feel like a great mom, a great wife, and that my house was in order...okay the last one is really three things, but I digress.
I made this list exactly one week ago, and it has simplified my days, made me feel more accomplished every day, and I truly feel like I have everything in place and in order at the end of the day.
Simplicity! Sanity, found!
If you can do one thing for yourself today, please try this one tip: take a few minutes, even throughout the day, to come up with four things that would make you feel good about yourself. Four! It makes things seem manageable, doable, and you really do end up with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction at the end of the day...and isn't that all we're really striving for? :)
Best of luck! :)

Are Your Social Relationships Harmful to Your Health?!



We all have that friend who brings us down a little bit.  Maybe she's a little passive aggressive, does or says things that hurt your feelings, or doesn't support you when you really need the support of a friend. You're "friends", though, because you work together, grew up together, or have social ties that make the relationship hard to break. A recent study has shed light (blinding light!) into some major reasons why that toxic relationship may be more than just exhausting...it can be downright harmful to your health!
A Harvard study just released new findings that state that people in unsupportive social relationships "tend to consume more alcohol, eat foods higher in fat, and get less exercise than their  social peers in positive, supportive relationships." While the study was intended to focus on those who are lonely, the statistics started to take researchers on a different path...one into the effects of a negative social relationship instead of the lack of social relationships.
While most women have endured the experience of dealing with their female peers who don't always follow "the golden rule", many never imagined the profound impact these particular relationships can have on your health, not just self-esteem.
The bottom line is this: life is too short to surround yourself with negative people, people who don't support you when you need it, or people who create feelings that can stand in the way between you and success. Focus your friendships on people who make you feel good, people who share your interests, and women you feel comfortable sharing your ideas, hopes, and goals with! Now that these new studies show the impact of positive social relationships on our health, you have even more reason to focus your time and energy on those who make your life better!!... Because now you know (for a fact!) that they actually do!

"Nothing Worth Having Is Ever Easy to Attain"

I heard this quote the other day, and to say it stuck with me would be an understatement. How true is this: "Nothing worth having is ever easy to attain." Pretty deep, yet, it applies to even the simplest aspects of our lives! Everything in life has its up's and down's, but the true test we face every day is a simple question we have to answer time and time again, "How bad do you really want this?"
If you think about the things like your new diet, your new exercise routine, your goal to have certain numbers (of whichever kind) written on your chart at your next physical exam, or the cute little dress you'll do anything to fit into, all of these things are challenges. That's it! Asking yourself the quick and simple question, "How bad do I want to _____?" can help you find the determination and drive you need over and over again... until you finally achieve that goal!
With determination and perseverance, nothing is impossible and everything is possible!
There will always be the unexpected setbacks that pop up at the worst possible time, but change your mindset and consider those "setbacks" new tests set in place to make you want your goal that much more, try that much harder to achieve it, and appreciate it that much more once its yours!!! 
So, the next time you dread getting on the scale, lacing up your running shoes, or reaching for your all-fruit smoothie instead of a danish, keep in mind that all of your hard work will pay off...and how sweet it will be when it does!!!

Make Today the Day You Changed Everything!

In a crazy world of days that seem to be packed with more things that need to get done than hours in the day to complete them, women HAVE to dedicate the time and energy to improving themselves, setting their goals, and achieving them...much like how we manage to complete the unthinkable each, and every day! While meeting and beating deadlines, getting everyone from point a to point b on time, and managing finances take priority, why is it that the care we take of ourselves seems to come last more often than not? That has to change...and it has to change today!
Make today the day you changed everything! Make today the day you look back on one week from now, one month from now, one year from now, that you look back and think, "that was the day I made my life bette by focusing on myself and what I needed for me!" and take pride in how that mental shift helped you to create a better version of yourself.
You might be thinking to yourself, "but, how?". And to that, I have one answer: implement small changes that lead to big results!
If you need to cut out soda, cut down on sugar, start eating more veggies, start working out, or work out more effectively, start making the changes (however slowly), but start! Get yourself psyched about setting small goals for yourself that you can celebrate as achievements!
You are an awesome woman who deserves to look your best, feel your best, and be your best! Everyday should be a new opportunity you take and make into something great that leads to an improvement of yourself...so take today as one of those great opportunities life has offered you, and find a change to make today that will help you be the best you can be!

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Clean Eating: A Girl's Go-To

When it comes to beating the summer heat, there's nothing that can compare to water. When it comes to looking and feeling your best, there's nothing that can help deliver all you want and more like eating clean. While physical fitness plays a major part in how you look and feel, there's nothing that can compare to the benefits that come from eating clean, natural, nutritious foods! Delivering valuable vitamins, nutrients, and phytochemicals that promote health and wellness in countless ways, natural foods can overhaul how you look, feel, and live! By adding more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to your diet (while limiting or eliminating processed foods), you can deliver all your body needs to be its best...each and every day! Starting with a smoothie for breakfast, enjoying a salad for lunch, eating a scrumptious dinner of lean meat and hearty veggies (with two or three delicious snacks in between) you can enjoy a day of sustained energy and feel-good nutrition that will take your body and mind to a great, new place you'll never want to leave!

Eat (and Drink) for More Energy!

As an Ultimate Fit Mom, there's no doubt that you need every bit of energy you have from the second you wake to the second your head returns to its beautiful spot for slumber. So, why not ensure that you're not going to be running strong at some point throughout the day, and then hit a wall or fall into a slump? Some easy ways to avoid those nasty energy-sucking times of day are super-simple to implement in anyone's busy life... and once you hear the tips, they'll make sense and you'll wonder why you hadn't thought of that before!
- Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day!- After many hours (hopefully) of sleep, you're body has been long-deprived of valuable nutrition; basically, you've been on a fast without even trying. So, you need to get your body back on fat-burning mode by giving it energy (food) to burn as fuel. Coffee does not count, but any great carbohydrate and protein paired meal (toast and eggs, oatmeal and nuts, yogurt with granola, etc.) all make for perfect metabolism fire-starters that will get you well on your way with lasting energy. 
- Avoid the Sugary Jump-Start- Even though it may be tempting to reach for the doughnut, sugar-laden latte, or confectionary danish creation, the sugar high will only last so long... and will, inevitably, end with a crash. If you're looking for sustainable energy, these are things to avoid, for sure!
- Almonds and OJ - I know it may sound stupidly simple, but I swear by a handful (10-15) of unsalted, natural, whole almonds and a swig (probably 4 oz.) of orange juice for the perfect solution to those mid-day slumps. If you're not ready for a full-blown meal, but your tummy's rumbling and your brain's getting fuzzy, this is the snack that will perk you back up without slamming you down!
-Water, Water, Water!- I know all avid readers of this blog know that my biggest recommendation is to drink water, but it's seriously important if energy is your issue. Water will keep you hydrated, maintain optimal body and brain functioning, and keep you at the top of your game. No sugar added is just one more plus (MAJOR PLUS!) of water... so drink up!