My Weight Loss Journey | Losing Over 180 Pounds | Half My Body Weight

My Weight Loss Journey | I Lost 180 Pounds Updated at the bottom! It's crazy for me to believe that it's been 14 years now since I took my most desperate step to take back control of my life. At 367 pounds I felt like I had tried everything in my power to lose weight … EVERYTHING . I tried every fad diet (remember cabbage soup?), I tried programs like Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem, I even tried a year of cardio only at the gym (I went 7 … [Read more...]

10 Changes You Can Make Right Now That Will Improve Your Skin, Hair, and Nails

10 Changes You Can Make Right Now That Will Improve Your Skin, Hair, and Nails Hopefully you’ve already developed some great habits for a healthy lifestyle! Eating nutritious foods, exercising, and taking care of your body - including your skin, hair, and nails - all requires consistency and, essentially, a routine. If you’re still not happy with the way your skin, hair, and nails look, there are a few changes you might want to consider … [Read more...]

From the Garden to the Table | 5 Benefits of Gardening

5 Benefits of Gardening: ways that gardening will benefit you, your family and your environment Nothing tastes better than using vegetables or fruits that you have grown in recipes. Turning a pile of dirt and handful of seeds into tasty food can be a family affair, with children helping plant, cultivate and tend the young plants. It gives them a real sense of accomplishment to nurture plants that will become food to fuel their bodies and make … [Read more...]

Premier Protein | Perfect For After Workout Recovery or ANYTIME!

Samples received. All opinions are my own. One thing I have learned on this fitness journey is that a high protein drink post workout is essential. I work hard during my workouts and want the biggest benefit possible... having a protein shake within 3o-60 minutes post workout is best for muscle repair and growth. I was recently introduced to Premier Protein Shakes and I have to say I am very impressed!  They are available in five … [Read more...]

Exercises for Banishing the Baby Weight After Delivery

Exercises for Banishing the Baby Weight After Delivery The miracle of pregnancy and childbirth changes your mind, body and soul forever. The mind and soul part is great, but the body part has some downsides. According the to Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of women gain more weight than recommended during pregnancy, but that’s not the only change. Your stomach muscles expand and can pull apart in the third trimester. If you were on … [Read more...]

Foods to Eat That Wake-Up Your Skin

Foods to Eat That Wake-Up Your Skin Everyone, at some point in their lives, wishes for healthier glowing skin. Many people already know that stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, and lack of exercise all contribute to poor skin health. If your skin appears dull, blemished, dry, oily, or you have dark circles, your diet may play a large role. If you are looking to wake-up your skin, here are foods that will bring back your … [Read more...]

Ellipticals, Treadmills and Exercise Bikes: Finding the Best Machine for Your Fitness Goals

Ellipticals, Treadmills and Exercise Bikes: Finding the Best Machine for Your Fitness Goals The best thing about buying a piece of exercise equipment is that you never even have to leave your house to get a great workout. That means no more fighting traffic, or long lines at the gym: just workout anytime you like for as long as you like and then continue on with your day. There are, however, a lot of different types of machines you can buy … [Read more...]

Fully Flourishing Through Healthy Living

Fully Flourishing Through Healthy Living When Life Gives You Lemons... Okay, we all know it's impossible to eliminate stress completely, right? Even if you manage to totally govern your spirit such that you're no longer bothered by the little things, you are taking all the recommended vitamins and supplements for brain function, stress is still going to backhand you out of nowhere with a flat tire on the way to an important job interview, or … [Read more...]

5 Fertility Questions You Always Wanted to Ask

5 Fertility Questions You Always Wanted to Ask Reproductive health should not be a veiled thing. But it can be difficult to get straight answers from one's mother, and the last time she had to think about this was likely 20 to 30 years ago. In an ideal world, you should feel comfortable asking your doctor, or an available medical health professional, but if you are feeling shy and you want to know as much as possible before asking more specific … [Read more...]

Losing the Baby Weight: Advice for Real Women from Moms Who’ve Been There

Losing the Baby Weight: Advice for Real Women from Moms Who've Been There It's easy to look up tips on losing weight after a baby. When you read some of these tips, though, it's often clear that the writer is an armchair enthusiast. They don't make sense for real mothers. Signing up to a gym, for example, can sound very workable. When there's a baby to take care of, however, who would mind the baby? If you were to ask a real mom, she would tell … [Read more...]