• Weight Watchers Goals – 7 months in

    You know when something just clicks and you get it? Like really, really get it? That is Weight Watchers, for me. So I wanted to share some of my weight watchers goals today.

    In April I shared about how I had joined Weight Watchers and how that first month went for me. I really did plan to share more often here how my progress was going but you all understand how life and time fly and most of my progress has been documented along the way on Instagram anyway, so feel free to check it out there as well. 

    But today I wanted to share how that journey has been going. 

    As of my weigh in on last Thursday I have lost 40.2 pounds since March 1st! This Picture below was actually about a month ago, but I’ve only really lost a couple of pounds since then, so not too different. 

    I really feel like it just clicked right away for me. My food choices are not always perfect. Exercise doesn’t always happen. But it happens. I make mostly good food choices and that is reflected in that 40.2 pounds that I’ve lost. 

    This picture actually makes me laugh to think about. When I bought this sweatshirt below, it didn’t even come close to fitting. I put it on and it basically got stuck and I have to have my teenage son pull it off of me! Honestly, it made me feel terrible because the sizing was so off (due to coming from China) and based on the measurements I ordered a 3XL to make sure it would fit me. In reality, it’s probably a women’s large and it didn’t have any sizing tags on it and while I knew the size wasn’t normal, I felt awful knowing I bought up sizes and it still didn’t fit!

    Diets don’t work. We all know that. You have to be open to changing your lifestyle to make this long term. I don’t know anyone that is perfect 24/7, do you? But it really comes down to finding what works for you. I know people that make comments about not wanting to count points, or count calories but if it works for you, then why not? All I do is add my food into an app, which takes about a minute. I know that I have time for that! 

    One thing that is always so important to remember, is that sometimes you can eat perfectly all week and exercise each day and then weigh in day comes and the scale hasn’t budged, or maybe it even went up! That does not mean you aren’t doing good! It doesn’t mean your body has betrayed you! 

    Weight fluctuates. That is just life. It’s the facts. I don’t typically weigh myself every single day for that reason. But recently I decided to weigh myself every day for a week to see how much my weight fluctuated. 

    9/20 184.6
    9/21 184.8
    9/22 185.6
    9/23 186.0
    9/24 185.0
    9/25 185.6
    9/26 183.6
    9/27 181.8
    9/28 182.2

    Wow, right? I could really get down about that. But I don’t. Somedays are so good and then weigh in day comes and I’m up a half of a pound and I could get so discouraged for having to post a gain. But then I weigh myself the next day and I’m down 2 pounds. It could be based on several different things. But the things that matter are how I feel, and how my clothes fit.

    And right now my clothes are fitting pretty great. I actually got to buy new jeans in a smaller size recently and you know that feels amazing! Right?

    Do you have a Fitbit? Find me (here) so we can do a challenge! 
    Do you have Facebook? Come join my group, The Road to a Healthy YOU to get some motivation, inspiration or share your journey. No one is buying or selling anything, and you can just enjoy the give and take of women lifting each other up!

    One thing I planned for the year, to motivate myself was to do my second half marathon. I know you might be asking, why would someone run 13.1 miles for fun. And that would be a totally legit question. And the answer is, I don’t know. hahaha. I’m not sure why I do that to myself. But I decided that I wanted to do another, and I got my bestie on board and we made plans to train together. And then we went on one walk together all summer…. Oops!

    And then last weekend we did it. Together, her and I, ran, walked, practically crawled at times 13.1 miles. And we lived to tell about it. I even managed to make it a full 13 miles before I fell face first into the ground as everyone watched and cheered us during that last .1 mile. Ya, it was embarrassing, but whatever, stuff happens.  I literally dusted myself off and kept running. 

    I made a goal to lose 25 pounds by the time the kids got out of school for the summer, which was June 13th, and I hit that! Then I made a second goal to lose another 25 (for a total of 50) by September 30th, and I came up 10 pounds short. But no fear, I am keeping on, and making these weight watchers goals happen. 

  • Apple Mango Smoothie

    I received compensation from Bayer Consumer Health, makers of MiraLAX® to write this post. MiraLAX® is a laxative used to treat occasional constipation. All opinions are entirely my own. #ReliefMadeEasy #CollectiveBias #Ad

    Ever since I embarked on my weight loss journey in March, I have been having off and on issues with occasional constipation. I can tell if I haven’t had enough water, or if it is extra hot outside or I eat more protein than normal that those are the times I usually have a delay.

    Thankfully someone just suggested getting MiraLAX® which I found at Walgreens. It has really helped with occasional constipation. MiraLAX® works with your body’s natural process to provide effective relief from occasional constipation. MiraLAX® works with the water in your body to provide a gentle experience and doesn’t cause harsh side effects.

    I love that it comes in multiple bottle sizes and the MiraLAX®. The bottles are great for home, but when you are out and about the last thing you want to do is pull out a big bottle and that is why the Mix-In Pax are so convenient. If I’m away from the house for the day, or a few days, these are easy to toss into my purse.

    One thing that is so important is that MiraLAX® is different from stimulant laxatives. Stimulant laxatives make your body go by forcefully stimulating the nerves in your colon. MiraLAX® works with the water in your body to hydrate, soften, and ease, unblocking your system naturally. My body doesn’t like to be forced to do anything, so something that is easy to take and is easy on your body is right up my alley.

    MiraLAX® can be taken in any liquid. A glass of water, your morning cup of coffee, or my favorite, a delicious smoothie. Today, I wanted to share this smoothie I make regularly. It worked perfectly and was great as always.

    This Apple Mango smoothie is so delicious and easy to make!

    • 1/2 apple (sliced and seeds removed)
    • 1 cup sliced mangos
    • 1 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
    • 1/2 cup non-fat milk
    • Ice

    Blend and voila!

    Tip: When needed, I add in the MiraLAX® to help with occasional constipation. Since the powder has no flavor, you don’t even realize it is there!

    Before you head to Walgreens, get your MiraLAX® so you can make sure you save! And make sure you always use as directed.

    What is your favorite kind of smoothie?

  • Pregnancy, Poise and a little Peeing

    This post is sponsored by Poise® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

    There are so many old wives tales that come up about pregnancy and after, right? so today I wanted to talk to you a little bit about Pregnancy, Poise and a little Peeing.

    Old Wives Tale: Don’t look at a mouse when you’re pregnant — if you do, your baby will be born with a hairy birthmark.– Say Whaat?

    Old Wives Tale: If you have a lot of heartburn your baby will be born with a lot of hair. — Maybe. But maybe not?

    Old Wives Tale: You can’t get pregnant while nursing. — Who wants to try it? Go ahead, I’ll wait…

    But the truth about pregnancy: Stretch marks, hemmeroids, nausea, constipation, bladder leakage.

    Personally, I know that things like this can be embarrassing. But it doesn’t need to be. Things like Light Bladder Leakage are so much more common than most people realize, or maybe want to admit. But it happens to 1 in 3 women!

    If you are feeling uncertain about purchasing Poise® pads, you can use Walmart’s Online Grocery Pick-up to make shopping much easier and more discreet! No worry about running into someone you know and feeling uncomfortable!

    There are many different options so that you can find just the right fit for you! Whether you just need something extra light, like a liner, or something more absorbent like an overnight pad, Poise has you covered.

    Poise Pads are 10X drier than the leading period pad – perfect for maternity pads for women after birth who experience postpartum or heavier bladder leakage.

    They have a great ContourFit Design a pad shape that is softly curved in the middle, to fit your curves better than before. They’re wider in front and back for coverage and protection for heavier bladder leaks. And the 3-in-1 protection for dryness, comfort and odor control can’t be beaten.

    So, who loves to earn money while they stay dry? Thanks to ibotta you can get a little bit back with your purchase of Poise. You can use my referral link: https://ibotta.com/r/xgcoqll if you don’t already have an ibotta account. (I do receive $5 when you sign up, and you’ll receive $10 for using my link!)

    So what are you waiting for? Are you going to earn your $5 from ibotta?

    Be sure to check out more posts about Poise. –> Mom Moments with Poise, Take Control of your Light Bladder Leakage, 5 Things I learned after becoming a mom.

  • Let’s Talk Plan B

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LetsTalkPlanB #CollectiveBias #ad

    Women’s health is such an important topic, and I think that so often it seems taboo to discuss. Or maybe some women are embarrassed to discuss certain things, and often, we just don’t know how to bring it up. So, I wanted to talk about something that I think all women should at least know about and understand what it does. So, #LetsTalkPlanB –

    If you’re not familiar with Plan B One Step, it is a pill that you can take after unprotected sex or a birth control slip up. You have to take it within 72 hours of unprotected sex or birth control failure.

    Plan B works by delaying ovulation to help prevent pregnancy before it even starts. The active ingredient in it is levonorgestrel, which is the same hormone found in common birth control pills, just at a single, higher dose.

    It doesn’t have to come down to hoping and praying that you don’t get pregnant after unprotected sex.  

    Plan B One Step can help as long as it is used as directed. But let’s be real. It is not a form of everyday birth control. It is for emergency situations.

    Just a single pill that you take by mouth- the sooner you take it after unprotected sex or a birth control slipup, the better it works. But always use as directed.

    Plan B One-Step emergency contraception is used as a backup method for birth control if, for example:

    •      Your regular birth control failed, such as a broken condom.
    •      You made a mistake with your regular birth control method, like forgetting to take your birth control pill.
    •      You didn’t use any birth control at all.

    It is not an abortion pill and will not affect an existing pregnancy. It also will not affect your future fertility.

    If you are interested in purchasing Plan B, you can typically find it in the family planning aisle. I was able to pick it up at Target, in the aisle mentioned above, right on the bottom shelf. It can be just purchased over the counter. If you’re looking for it and cannot locate it within the store, you can always ask the pharmacist and they will be able to help.

    You don’t need to provide an ID, a prescription or your age.  Should you have any questions you can also call toll free, 1-800-330-1271 for more information. Or you can check out the Plan B website.  Of course, you could also talk with your doctor.

    Get your coupon for $10 off your purchase of Plan B One Step.

    Let’s continue to talk about important women’s health issues and make sure that topics like these are no longer taboo!

  • Whitening Sensitive Teeth at Home

    This post has been sponsored by Smile Brilliant, however, all opinions are my own.

    A person’s smile and teeth are typically the very first thing I notice when I see someone. So, I was so excited when the opportunity came up to work with Smile Brilliant and to whiten my own teeth. As a coffee and soda drinker, my teeth have definitely yellowed over time. And using perfectly fitting trays to make my smile brighter is exciting!

    Have you ever tried whitening strips? They don’t stay on!
    Or having trays made at your dentist office? How much did that bill cost?
    Maybe you tried to stay away from staining foods? But coffee is life!

    When my Smile Brilliant kit showed up in the mail I was so excited to get right on it. I started with my “before” pictures. I know taking super close up teeth pictures isn’t exactly flattering. But it is important so you can see how your teeth have changed. Sometimes those changes are harder for us to see in ourselves.

    A few teeth whitening facts:

    1. Your teeth are like sponges and they absorb colored food.
    2. Tooth Sensitivity is normal. About 60% of Americans experience it.
    3. Caps and veneers cannot whiten.
    4. The best time to whitening is before bed.
    5. Not everyone will have perfectly white teeth. That is why Smile Brilliant offers a 45-day money back guarantee.

    Next, I made my impressions.
    You mix the catalyst and the base together, following the instructions you are given. Placing it into the given trays and then bite into them, making your impressions.

    Once they are set up and solid you mail them off to Smile Brilliant. I even received a confirmation when they were received, once they were made and shipped. And I received my whitening trays back in just a short period of time.

    Beautiful, right?
    Now I am all ready to start whitening.

    I received the “sensitive” kit due to having teeth sensitivity.

    When you are ready to whiten you follow a few simple steps.

    1. Start with brushing your teeth with water only. No toothpaste at this point.
    2. Add gel along the trays, where it will rest against your teeth.
    3. Put the trays into your mouth, on your teeth, pressing against your teeth so the gel will disperse evenly. And wipe away any excess.
    4. Whiten teeth for a minimum of 45 minutes up to 3 hours. This will depend on your own sensitivity.
    5. Brush with a non-whitening toothpaste.
    6. Rinse trays with cool water.

    You always want to whiten before bed, so plan accordingly.

    After you are done you need to use the desensitizing gel for 20 minutes. Rinse your trays but you don’t rinse your mouth because you want that gel to stay on your teeth overnight.

    Then head to bed!  

    You really want to avoid staining foods, such as coffee, chocolate, soda, red wine, etc. for 24 hours after a whitening session.

    I don’t really feel like my after pictures do Smile Brilliant justice! I can definitely notice a difference and I am not done. And thankfully, I still have many applicators to that I will use to get my teeth whitened even more and I can’t wait to share my continued process.

    Have you ever whitened your teeth or considered Smile Brilliant?

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