Finding grace amidst the chaos of day-to-day trials is a challenge, but January’s Super Mom, Amanda
Nighbert, encourages others that it can be done. “Our children are growing up in a much different time than we did, and it is hard to fully understand what they are going through,” she says. “Give yourself grace and recognize that no one is perfect. Sometimes I let my busy work schedule get in the way of family time. Finding a better balance is a huge goal for me in 2020 because it’s my greatest challenge, but I try to have a few constants in our daily routine to carve out specific time for my family, such as eating dinner as a family at least 4-5 times a week, enjoying a family outing twice a month and being present whenever we are together!”
Give yourself grace and recognize that no one is perfect
As a registered dietitian and fitness enthusiast, Amanda’s passion and purpose centers around empowering others to take control of their health by providing each of her clients the most current nutritional techniques that get results and are actually achievable. “Over the past 18 years, I have gained knowledge and experience that has helped me to guide others in their weight loss and wellness journeys. With my custom LEAN Program, range of coaching services, and multiple shop offerings, I have cultivated a brand that focuses on giving you the leading tools and resources to help you reach the best version of you,” she says.
Her greatest joy, however, is unequivocally her family. Her husband, Hunter Nighbert is a financial advisor. They have two children: Tyler (14), and Molly-Hunter, (11). As active as their parents are, it is no surprise that Tyler enjoys baseball, basketball and golf while Molly-Hunter has interests in dance, theatre and soccer. Together, the Nighberts love to ride bikes, bowl, travel and cook. Amanda shares, “Seeing my family smile and hearing them laugh is the most rewarding thing in the world. Pre-teens and teenagers are rough, though! So anytime that we are all together laughing and having fun makes my heart happy.” She pauses for a moment and continues, “Honestly, I am just trying to be a good mom. I want my kids to have a good childhood. I want them to feel loved and safe. I want them to trust me and know that I will always be there for them. My biggest goal is to keep a very open dialogue with my children and let them know that it is safe to tell me anything.”
Amanda credits her husband Hunter as the secret weapon to her success as a mom and as a business owner. She says, “Hunter is really the unsung hero and if there is anyone in this family that is super, it is him! When my work schedule significantly changed three years ago, he really picked up the slack when it came to the family and I am forever grateful. He cleans, he does the laundry, he shuttles kids to and from activities, he honestly makes me look like a super mom!”
Simple Tips and Tricks to Kickstart a Healthy New Year with Amanda Nighbert, RD
Make water and hydration a priority. Dehydration leads to increased hunger, more cravings and poor weight loss. Aim for at least 64oz of water a day!
Make vegetables the biggest portion on your plate! We don’t eat enough of these fiber and nutrient rich foods. Adding extra vegetables to your meal will help you fill up and stay full longer without adding a ton of extra calories or macros. This is the quickest way to elevate your health and nutrition.
Make daily activity a priority by tracking your steps. Regardless if you are crushing it in the gym or not, getting 10,000 steps a day should be your primary goal. Many people workout hard but then sit all day long. Aiming for 10,000 steps a day will force you to get up and move every hour!
Get the whole family involved with meal planning and cooking. Many people complain that it is hard to get their families to eat healthy. When you include the whole family in the meal planning process and even the cooking, they are more likely to give your healthy options a go!
Lastly, if you find yourself making the same weight loss goal year after year, then I suggest this year you make the goal to simply eat healthy! When we focus on weight loss it is easy to get frustrated with slow progress and give up, but if you change your mindset to focus on just eating healthy, I promise your long term outcome will be so much better!