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So far Michelle Baumgard has created 49 blog entries.

The Hamster Wheel of Fitness, Dangerous Trends and Discovering the 5 Pillars of Wellness

I've been in the fitness industry for over ten years now. I've coached thousands of people, I've written for significant publications like the HuffPost and Prevention Magazine and been so blessed to be featured in Shape and Fitness. With all that experience, I'm here to tell you; I'm so tired of all the fitness fads

By |2020-01-10T08:02:36-05:00December 18th, 2019|1fw blog, Health, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Christmas Letter

I orginally wrote this piece three years ago and it was published on the Huffington Post. I've updated it here and continue to practice this holiday tradition to this day with my children. I hope you will adopt it as well. It's a priceless gift you can give them that will someday mean the world.

By |2019-12-16T20:26:54-05:00December 16th, 2019|1fw blog, grief, Parenting After Loss, remarriage|0 Comments

Eating Out and Staying Healthy – Holiday Tips

A few simple tips from Michelle on how to be healthy when eating out this holiday season! Just because you have goals that include living a healthier life doesn't mean you can't enjoy eating out or hanging with friends. Maybe you just need a few tips to navigate the small challenges that go with a

By |2019-12-16T17:03:07-05:00December 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

47 Things I’ve Learned By 47

I just recently turned 47 years old, and what I’m about to tell you may seem cliché, but it’s all true. I’ve lived through some solemn life lessons, but they have made me who I am, and truth be told, I’ve never been better or loved myself more. Honestly, I’ve never been better. I have

By |2020-01-02T18:19:19-05:00December 15th, 2019|1fw blog, grief|1 Comment

Uncluttering our Christmas

Let's chat about parenting guilt for a few minutes. Who has ever experienced the soul-crushing guilt of not giving your children the childhood or life you expected? Sure, it's often out of our control, and it's not realistic to provide them with perfection, but that does not stop the guilt from coming! There are so

Healing From Trauma – Why You Shouldn’t Leave the Body Behind

It's time we STOP believing that all trauma healing work happens in our minds, we must reconnect the body, and it's rightful place on our healing journey. ~Michelle Steinke-Baumgard, One Fit Widow When I got a phone call that would forever shape my world, I instinctively turned to fitness to handle my stress, trauma, and

By |2019-12-26T23:59:37-05:00December 10th, 2019|1fw blog, grief, Health, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dear Widow Police – I Won’t Revoke My Card

Nearly ten years ago, I was given exclusive membership to one of the world's crappiest clubs. October 9th, 2009 – the day I went from being half of M & M, Mrs. Michelle Steinke, and the wife of Mitchel Steinke to becoming a widow. No thanks. You can keep your membership card because at 36,

By |2019-12-09T16:49:37-05:00December 9th, 2019|Blended Families, grief, Uncategorized|3 Comments

10 Ways You Can Help A Grieving Solo Parent This Holiday Season

I became a solo parent in the blink of an eye on a cool October morning. I woke up as a family of four and went to bed that night, a mother of two, very young children who had a dead Dad.   The shift in personal reality is beyond startling; it's life-altering, dark, all consuming,

By |2019-12-08T14:39:33-05:00December 8th, 2019|grief, Parenting After Loss, Uncategorized|2 Comments

What You Don’t Know About That Parent Who Brags

They were just 13 months and nearly three years old when their Dad died in a small plane crash. They were BABIES; I hadn't even stopped nursing our son yet. He was still in diapers; she was just out of them, and life was so full of promise, potential, love, and light. I was watching

By |2019-12-07T21:21:25-05:00December 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|1 Comment