Flavored Water the Way Nature Intended


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Why spend money on water and artificial flavor when you can make the real thing? These are fabulous for company too, especially during the hot summer months. Choose about 5 different fruits  and let your guests make their own. Have a couple of sweetening items such as cane sugar or honey on hand in case someone wants it. Seltzer water or light herbal tea can be used in place of regular water. I always have fresh as well frozen fruit on hand so making my own fruit flavored water takes no time … [Read more...]

Homemade Smoothies


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Dark green leafy vegetables are probably the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food.  I can't always eat what I need each day, so I drink them instead.  Nothing beats the nutritional value of making your own smoothies from fresh fruits and vegetables without all the added sugars and additives. Some people prefer juicing, I personally prefer using food in it's whole form so I don't lose any nutrients or the necessary fiber our bodies need. 22 oz of raw greens yields about 8 cups … [Read more...]

Budgeting For Healthy Living


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We often hear that it's too expensive to eat healthy. It's definitely more expensive, but if you play your cards right - and that includes couponing correctly - you can lower that OOP cost drastically. There are plenty of resources where you can find organic coupons. They may not be available in Sunday inserts, but you can get them by either writing manufacturers, or heading directly to their websites for printable coupons. What about Produce? What about it? The same principles apply. While … [Read more...]

Healthy Alternatives When Cooking


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We try to eat clean - it's difficult, but we do the best we can. There are so many additives in food products today, it's scary. We have cut all dyes out of anything in this house. It's scary to see that there are refined sugars, processed syrups and dyes out the ying yang in everything - even in our kid's vitamins! You have to do some searching, but once you find a few staples, the process gets easier. I swapped out my kid's Flintstone vitamins (loaded with high fructose corn syrup and … [Read more...]

Working Out With Wii


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Everyone turns over a new leaf in the new year. Many choose to go to the gym, some choose to eat healthy, and everything in between. I try to move a little each day (that doesn't include running after kids). You can't run outside in the snow, so we improvise. I work out with my Wii. It's definitely a more fun way to work out (for someone who isn't a fan of the gym). If you haven't tried it, give it a shot. The basic setup for a Nintendo Wii comes with the Wii Sports. Try playing a … [Read more...]

Weighing In Wednesday – My Mental Health Hindrance


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Recently I've had some things going on that have severely impacted my working out and eating.  It has gotten to the point where I have not been working out at all or sticking with any type of healthy eating. I’m officially diagnosed as Bipolar II with Panic Disorder and OCD tendencies. To complicate it all a little further I rapid cycle and I’m prone to “switch”.  In a nutshell,   I go through lots of cycles in a year; depression, hypomania and normal, but I’m prone to going from depression to … [Read more...]

Weighing In Wednesday- Do You Plan Your Weekly Menu?


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Do you plan your weekly menu or do you wing it when it's time to start dinner? Personally I like to plan my menu for the week. I usually do them the night before I go grocery shopping. This actually helps me a couple ways.  Not only does it help me stay on track with my eating but it also lays out my shopping trip.  It keeps me from buying extras that I don't need in the house. I know when I get home the last thing I want to do is have to figure out what is for dinner.  I don't plan out by … [Read more...]

Stormy’s Weight Loss Journey


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Guest Post By- Stormy Matlick I was tired of people telling me I needed to lose weight. I decided on August 18, 2009 to try my luck with a medical weight loss facility so I called to schedule an appointment. As my luck would have it they did not have an opening until October 9th, but at least I knew I was in! The time between the appointment setting and the actual appointment felt like a lifetime! I went to that appointment with a great deal of apprehension because I was spending money I thought … [Read more...]

Being Vegan Sometimes Makes Working The Coupon Magic A Challenge!


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Guest Post By- Karen Brown In case you don’t know, being vegan means that you don’t eat any products that contain ingredients that come from animals. This not only means no meat, but also no dairy, eggs, fish, or honey. Many of the very best sales and coupon deals involve products that fall into one or more of these categories, so what’s a vegan supposed to do in terms of working that coupon magic???? Well, there’s good news as well as bad news! The bad news is that you may have to pass up … [Read more...]

Weighing In Wednesday- My Favorite New Garlic Shrimp Pasta Recipe


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Weekly Progress- Workouts- 2 45 minute workouts Weight- +0 (-5.5 to date) Measurements- -11.5 total to date I don't cook. I'm capable of cooking but I choose not to. Luckily for me hubby likes to cook so when he is home he does most of it. However, when he is gone its up to me.  Usually meals are quick fix convenience stuff or take out.  Since I'm trying to lose weight I've cut back on eating out, but I've found myself in a cooking rut. Wizard Michele told me about LiveBetterAmerica.com. … [Read more...]

Weighing In Wednesday- Activities To Do That Are Not Exercise


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Weekly Progress- Workouts- 3 45 minute workouts Weight- +0 (-5.5 to date) Measurements- -11.5 total to date My exercise schedule is pretty much back on track, and I'm starting to feel a little better now after my 3rd visit to the doctor.  I have noticed that my energy level has been higher again.  I've been taking advantage of it and trying to increase my activities especially on the days that I don't work out. Here are some of the things I've been doing to increase my daily … [Read more...]

Weighing In Wednesday- I Had A Gain & A New Favorite Recipe Website


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Weekly Progress- Workouts-  3  45 minute workouts Weight-  +1 (-5.5 to date) Measurements-  -11.5 total to date Well I had a gain this week.  It’s not surprising since I went a couple weeks not working out while I was sick and I admit I wasn’t really watching what I was eating… oh well! I’ll chalk it up to a learning experience and get back to it!! Last week I put out a call for help to find easy healthy recipes.  One great tip I got from Wizard Michele was to check out … [Read more...]

Weighing In Wednesday- Need Quick Healthy Meal Suggestions


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Weekly progress- workouts 2 45 min workouts Weight- 0 (-6.5 pounds) Measurements- -11.5 inches to date So far this week I've gotten my workouts back on track. I’m finally feeling better after the 3 round of medications. I have to admit after almost 2 weeks of not working out it has been hard getting back on track. However, I know this is something that I need to do. I am determined to get back on track. This week I'm in need of everyone's help. When hubby is home things are … [Read more...]

Weighing In Wednesday- Snack Time


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Weekly Progress- Workouts- 0 (Still Sick Last Week) Weight- -0 (To Date -6.5) Measurements- -11.5 To Date The hard part for me in my weight loss goal has always been the eating. I have always been a snacker. It's my favorite meal of the day so I tend to have it a few times. I do try to keep my snacks to non-processed foods but I admit I do keep some of them around. I usually only eat them as a substitution for a "bad" craving. For example if I'm craving a brownie I figure it's better … [Read more...]

Tuesday’s Tips – Portion Control 101


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"Clean your plate!" How many times did we hear this growing up? As adults we still tend to do exactly that. Unfortunately, we don't practice good portion control and we over eat by an average of 25% per meal meaning too many calories and too much fat in our diets. None of us grew up learning about or even thinking about portion control. Portion control can sometimes be confusing, 3 ounces of protein = the size of a deck of cards but not all foods can be measured that way. A serving size of … [Read more...]

Weighing In Wednesday- Workouts Getting Off Track


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Weekly Progress- Workouts- 1 45 Minute Workout Weigh In- -0 (-6.5 To Date) Measurements- -11.5 To Date Last week and this week so far has been a disaster as far as working out.  My workouts have completely gotten off track.   Last week I was sick and even ended up at the doctors office.  So far this week between still not feeling well and Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac its not looking good for working out. But know as soon as this storm is over it will back to working out on … [Read more...]

Weighing In Wednesday- Pounds Vs. Inches


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Progress- Workouts- 3  45 Minute Workouts Weight-     -1.5 (To Date -6.5) Measurements-     -11.5 Logically I know that my weight loss is not entirely dependent on what the scale says. I know the scale lies, BUT I have to say over the last few weeks I've been a little discouraged over the scale not moving much. I was discussing this with Wizard Valerie the other night. She suggested I take my measurements since it had been over a month since I started. I had my beginning measurements … [Read more...]

DIY Wednesday: Whip It Up


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Happy Wednesday! This week I decided to stray away from the crafts and head into the kitchen. In our home, we try to make whatever we can from scratch. It's the way I can control what my kids eat- I know they are getting ingredients I can pronounce. Whipped cream is a favorite of mine - homemade or not. My kids eat fruit like it's going out of style - we go through at least 2-3 pounds of fruit a week in our house. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries - they both eat big bowls … [Read more...]

Weighing In Wednesday- Setting And Tracking Goals


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Weekly Progress- Work Outs- 4 45 Minute Workouts Weight- -0 (-5 Total) For me setting goals is a very important part of staying on track. I set goals on different levels. I have my "big goal" but i set smaller goals along the way. The big goal is good to have but at times it seems a long way off. The smaller goals that can be reached on my way help keep me feeling like I'm making progress. Here are my current goals... Immediate goal- lose 10 lbs Intermediate goal- fit into … [Read more...]

Weighing In Wednesday- Gym Equipment Intimidation


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Weekly Progress Workouts- 3 45 Minute Workouts Weight Loss- -0.5 (-5 to date) I've pretty much been sticking to the treadmill and stationary bike while working out. Not so much because I like them but because I know how to work them. I have to admit I'm a little intimated by some of the equipment in the gym. I finally got up the nerve to try the elliptical machine. Up till now I didn't want to get on it in front of people for fear of falling off. I'm a little accident prone and not very … [Read more...]