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 My New Wii Fit Plus


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Working Out with My New Wii Fit I've found a new, fun way for working out! 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 Fit Plus. 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. … [Read more...]

Mental Health Hindrance for Weighing In Wednesday


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My Mental Health Hindrance 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 … [Read more...]

Weighing In Wednesday- Do You Plan Your Weekly Menu?


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Weighing in Wednesday Meal Planning Today for Weighing in Wednesday we'll discuss meal planning. 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 … [Read more...]

Weight Loss Journey from Stormy


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My Weight Loss Journey - Guest Post By Stormy Matlick This is the story of my personal weight loss journey. 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 … [Read more...]

Being Vegan Sometimes Makes Working The Coupon Magic A Challenge!


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Being Vegan - 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 … [Read more...]

Weighing In Wednesday- My Favorite New Garlic Shrimp Pasta Recipe


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Weighing in Wednesday - A New Favorite Meal Weekly Progress Workouts- 2 45 minute workouts Weight- +0 (-5.5 to date) Measurements- -11.5 total to date Here's my Weighing in Wednesday revelation: 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 … [Read more...]

Weighing In Wednesday- Activities To Do That Are Not Exercise


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Weighing in Wednesday Update Weekly Progress Workouts- 3 45 minute workouts Weight- +0 (-5.5 to date) Measurements- -11.5 total to date Here's this week's Weighing in Wednesday update. 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 … [Read more...]

Quick Healthy Meal Suggestions Needed


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Help! I Need Quick Healthy Meal Suggestions Weekly progress- workouts 2 45 min workouts Weight- 0 (-6.5 pounds) Measurements- -11.5 inches to date I need quick healthy meal suggestions from you Wiz Kidz. 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 … [Read more...]

Snack Time for Weighing In Wednesday


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Weighing in Wednesday Snack Time 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. Snack time is 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 … [Read more...]

Portion Control 101 is Today’s Tuesdays Tips


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Portion Control 101 "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, controlling portions. Controlling portions can sometimes be confusing, 3 ounces of protein = the size of a deck of cards, but not all foods can be … [Read more...]

Workouts Getting Off Track


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How to Keep Workouts On Track 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 have 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, it's not looking good for working out. But know as soon as this storm is over it will … [Read more...]

Pounds vs Inches for Weighing In Wednesday


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Pounds vs Inches Progress- Workouts- 3  45 Minute Workouts Weight-     -1.5 (To Date -6.5) Measurements-     -11.5 Do you know the difference pounds vs inches? I do now! 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 that 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 … [Read more...]

Setting And Tracking Goals for Weighing In Wednesday


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Setting and Tracking Goals Weekly Progress- Work Outs- 4 45 Minute Workouts Weight- -0 (-5 Total) For me, setting and tracking 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. This is How I'm Setting and Tracking Goals … [Read more...]

Gym Equipment Intimidation for Weighing In Wednesday


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Are You Intimidated by Gym Equipment? 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 gym equipment. I finally got up the nerve to try the elliptical machine. Up until now, I didn't want to get on it in front of people for fear of falling off. I'm a … [Read more...]

Weighing In Wednesday- I’ll Never Love Working Out


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Weighing In Wednesday Weekly Progress Workouts- 4 45 Minute Workouts Weigh In-   -.5 (total loss 4.5) Here's my latest Weighing in Wednesday update. Since I started working out, I've gotten a lot of encouragement and advice from friends, family and co-workers. It's been great. There is one statement that I've heard from a few people that I don't get... "once you get over being sore from working out you'll love it." Um.... Hate to break it to you, but not going to happen. I will never … [Read more...]

Weighing In Wednesday- I Still Have To Eat


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Weighing In Wednesday Last Weeks Progress- Workouts- 4 Weight Change- 0 Here's my Weighing In Wednesday progress for the past week: Progress note- I didn't have a weight loss last week, but know that is not discouraging me. A long time ago I read this article "Why The Scale Lies" and it really gave me a different perspective on how I view what it says. The bigger measure to me is how I feel and how my clothes fit. I have to say I do feel better, the fatigue problems I was having has … [Read more...]

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