• Why I joined Weight Watchers

    On March 1st I decided to join Weight Watchers.

    As someone who has struggled with weight for most of their adult life, it was time. I’ve never shied away from sharing my weight gain and loss journey with you guys. And this time is no different. I have tried different things in the past that have worked and some that didn’t, but ultimately I guess my head just wasn’t in it to win it!

    Last Fall I purchased a size 18 pair of jeans and went home and cried. I felt like crap. And I kept asking myself how I got here. After wearing them for a day and kept having to pull them up I felt a little better that I had to go grab a size down but still wearing a 16 was nothing to be excited about. However, not more than a month later those 16s were so tight that I was solely wearing the 18s, and over the winter I wore them every single time I left the house.  I would come home and put on sweatpants, that were also tight if I’m being honest!

    This year I turned 35 and as my birthday came and went I was reflecting on a lot of different things. One of which was my weight. Here I was 35 years old and at my heaviest weight. These are supposed to be the best times of my life and the only thing I was enjoying was my food! I was only a few pounds away from my highest ever weight, even while pregnant.

    So on March 1st my friend text me and told me that the day before she joined Weight Watchers. I thought, “that is awesome, I’m glad she is doing that for herself!” But within minutes I was thinking, “Why aren’t I joining as well?” I looked at the website for a few minutes and decided to go for it and I signed up too.

    I love that we joined at the same time. It has been great for accountability, motivation and talking about meal planning. With the weather getting nicer I have been able to get out and walk to take and pick up kids from school, plus we are already spending lots of time at the park. I have been exercising a moderate amount, mainly doing pilates or HIIT workouts. These are examples of the workouts I’ve been doing. I found these on Pinterest and I’ll keep it real- this gal doesn’t do burpees!

    As far as the food part goes I have already made so many changes. I’m not eating anything I don’t like. I’m not over here eating weird foods that I wouldn’t typically eat. I’m not starving myself or living off of dressing-less salads.  The first is how much less I eat. I haven’t had a single day go by where I felt like I wasn’t getting enough to eat. I also haven’t had any days where I felt sick to my stomach because I overate so much. I am just learning to make better food choices.  Also, I track every bite I take. Even if that means I go over my daily points. The blue dots below indicate the days I stayed within my points.

    I never thought that counting points would be for me, but I guess the proof in is the amount of weight that I lost this last month and I am excited to see how I do in April!

    I know those results aren’t typical, but I made it happen. Weight Watchers really does make it easy for you and if you are on the fence about trying it, I say do it! Whether you have a little or a lot to lose, this program is working for me. (And I have about 75 pounds that I’d ultimately like to lose!) If you are looking for some motivation, I will be sharing this journey in my facebook group as well. —> The Road to a Healthy You

    This post is NOT sponsored. I am sharing my Weight Watchers journey with you because I love that in one month my size 18 jeans are so big I am constantly pulling them up. And those size 16s? I am having to pull those up as well. I even busted out a size 14 out of my closet yesterday. They were darn snug but they buttoned, which they didn’t just over a month ago. You can imagine what that does for a girls self-esteem. ♥

    If you are interested in posts like these, check out 10 Ways to Stay Motivated, and Healthy Eats.

  • Take Control of your Light Bladder Leakage

    Light Bladder Leakage is no laughing matter. In fact, it can be rather embarrassing. Have you ever been having a good time with your girlfriends and you have a good laugh and then you pee a little? Or maybe you cough too hard and you instantly realize that you need to cross your legs?

    No one should have to worry about having an accident, but 1 in 3 women experience light bladder leakage and life happens and after 3 kids, it happens more than I’d like to admit! That is why I love these Poise® Impressa bladder supports. They come with a sizing kit so you can find the perfect fit for you.

    Impressa comes in an applicator like a tampon and is inserted the same. It will help to stop leaks but you can still go to the bathroom like normal with it inserted, which is so convenient! And as long as it is inserted correctly, you probably won’t even feel it.

    They cost up to $13.99 but Poise.com has coupons regularly so make sure that you get yours!
    Find one here and get $2 off! —> Poise® Coupon

    Impressa Bladder Supports are great and have really helped me decrease my light bladder leakage. But that doesn’t mean it will work for everyone. Grab your own sizing kit and start with a size one to see how it will work for you.

    If Impressa isn’t for you, no worries! Poise® also has pads and liners so you can find the one that works right for you, whether you have light leakage or need the ultimate absorbency.

    That way the next time you are having a good laugh with your friends, you are not worried about your light bladder leakage.

    Have you ever experienced light bladder leakage when you laugh or exercise?

  • Good Habits Start Early with Octopus

    This post has been compensated by IHelpMoms.com and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

    Creating good habits are hard enough for anyone to get down, but when you are little it makes it tough sometimes to remember what has to be done next. There are so many distractions in our day to day life that a little head start never hurt anyone. That is why I love the Octopus watch by Joy.

    With this Octopus watch, I downloaded an app and plugged in the things I wanted Tyler to be reminded about and when I wanted the reminders and we were set to go.

    That way if Tyler gets a little distracted by something in the mornings his watch will let him know that it is time to start getting ready for school. And remind him of each task, such as filling his water bottle, packing his backpack and brushing his teeth. I never have to remind him to eat breakfast!

    The Octopus watch is the training wheels for good habits®. And I love that it points kids in the right direction. Now we don’t deal with the confusion of what time to start getting ready and what has to be done next. When he gets home from school we have about 10 minutes for him to get settled and find a snack before he gets his reminder to check for homework and get in some extra reading time.

    The first icon-based watch that empowers kids by teaching good habits and the concept of time. I love that it fosters responsibility, independence, and self-esteem.

    My handsome boy all ready for a day of school!

    I don’t have anything set for during school hours because I don’t want the watch to become a distraction for him while he should be learning. But he still loves wearing it!

    For the rest of this month, make sure you take advantage of the discount of 25% off! Use code ihelpmoms2018 for the month of March!

    What are your favorite ways to keep your littles on track?

  • Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

    I feel like pickles are one of those foods that people either love or hate. I don’t hear people say often that “pickles are okay”. Do you? Everyone in my family loves them! And when I was pregnant with Tyler I ate hamburger dill chips like they were going out of style. I would take a tupperware container of them to work with me and eat them all day long.

    And I will eat them in any form. Dill, sweet, bread and butter, relish…. I love pickles!

    I made this Dill Pickle Pasta Salad for the first time last year after going to a bbq and wanting to bring something different from my ordinary salad choices.

    It was a total hit and I ended up making it many more times over the summer because we just couldn’t get enough of it!

    You guys already know that things that are easy to make are my jam! And this one is no exception. It is one of those salads that you toss everything in a bowl, mix and stick in the fridge to chill.

    Now we haven’t had it all winter long and I know as the weather warms up more and we start to bbq more often I will be making this Dill Pickle Pasta Salad again.

    • 8 oz. dry pasta (about 3 cups)
    • 3/4 c. sliced pickles
    • 2/3 c. cheddar cheese , diced
    • 3 Tbsp chopped onion
    • 2 Tbsp fresh dill
    • 1/2 c. pickle juice

    Dressing:

    • 2/3 c. mayonnaise
    • 1/3 c. sour cream
    • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 4 Tbsp pickle juice
    • salt & pepper to taste
    1. Boil pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water.
    2. Pour a 1/2 cup of pickle juice over the cold pasta, mix and set aside.
    3. After a few minutes drain juice from pasta.
    4. Mix all dressing ingredients in a small bowl then add to pasta, mixing well.
    5. Refrigerate at least one hour to chill before serving.

    What is your favorite way to eat pickles? Or do you like them at all?

  • Ranch Pasta Salad

    It may only be February, but I am dreaming of sunny days full of hot hot sunshine. Anyone else?

    Winter hasn’t been near as bad as past years, but I will take the heat over cold any day of the week. And because our summers fly by, I am making plans already to fill my days with lounging at the lake, relaxing in the back yard with a cold drink and lots and lots of play dates with kids screaming with laughter as they slide down the slip n slide.

    One thing we do a couple times a year is have back yard bbq’s with our family and friends. And I am always looking for the perfect BBQ food! Pasta salads are always a must and this BBQ Ranch Pasta Salad is definitely a favorite.

    Originally I found a recipe for BBQ Ranch Pasta Salad over on Spicy Southern Kitchen, but after I couldn’t find the same dressing I had to change things up a bit.

    Ranch Pasta Salad

    And because I had never had the original dressing, I wasn’t missing out! This dressing was delicious!!

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    It really couldn’t have been easier to make! Which are another favorite things of mine! Quick and easy pasta salads are awesome!!

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    This is all of the ingredients mixed together except for the pasta and corn chips.

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    • 16 oz pasta, cooked per package direction – I used elbow and sprial because that is what I had!
    • 1 cup of Southwestern Ranch Dressing
    • ⅓ cup sour cream
    • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
    • 1 cup canned corn, drained
    • ½ red bell pepper, diced
    • ½ small red onion, finely diced
    • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    • 1 cup corn chips
    1. Place cooked pasta in a large bowl.
    2. Stir together dressing and sour cream and pour over pasta. Mix together
    3. Add all remaining ingredients, except corn chips, and stir to combine.
    4. Refrigerate until ready to serve and sprinkle corn chips on top just before serving.

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    I wish I had gotten a better picture of this when I originally made it! Because this picture doesn’t really do it justice!  Maybe next time!

    What is your go-to pasta salad?