How I Lost 40 Pounds

How I Lost 40 Pounds

Recently, I posted a photo showing my weight loss over the last year, and in a matter of hours, I had hundreds of likes and comments, and several messages in my inbox from women asking me how I lost 40 pounds. I mean, they were really looking for my “secret” in getting results.

 

Honestly, I was both flattered and frustrated. Most people don’t realize the things that they do on a regular are the things that cause them to get “unwanted” results time and time again. At the risk of being perceived as a joke, I also posted a status that read “When you get tired of something, and I mean truly tired, you WILL do something about it. Until then, one can only assume that you love your situation.”

 

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How I Lost 40 Pounds

I meant that in love, regardless of how it is taken. The short answer to the question, “How did you lose 40 lbs?” is simple…I made a decision to lose the weight. I decided what I wanted, and I started moving toward that goal. The long answer is this. I had tried the diets and failed. I restricted calories. I bought all healthy foods, and ordered pizza after a couple of days. The point is, I knew what didn’t work for me.

 

I had lost weight before, but I hadn’t changed my lifestyle. So, that was the goal this time. It took me about a year to lose the weight, because I refused to workout. I wanted to get the food part down, first. I had heard and read in several places that diet is 80% of weight loss, and that exercise was only 20%. I  removed several things from my diet, and reintroduced them one by one, after a few weeks. I learned that my body didn’t like cow’s milk, bananas, and bread. I cut out fast foods, and started cooking at home more. I started using coconut oil for everything, and within a couple of months, I saw the scale change for the first time.

 

I kept up with my eating habits, because I had made changes that I enjoyed and could sustain long term. Seeing the numbers go down on the scale gave me added motivation to keep it up too! I exercised a few times, but it’s not my thing, at least not right now. Lately, though, I’ve been tricked into working out, because my husband bought me a bike, as an early anniversary gift, and I’ve been riding every day.

 

If you are trying to lose weight, I encourage you to stop trying, make a decision, and just lose the weight. When you want something bad enough, you will make a way to get it. I’ve done that in so many other areas of my life, and I finally applied it to my body too. Change your mind and it will change your life!

Stress Relief: Eucalyptus Spearmint Oils and Scents

Stress Relief: Eucalyptus Spearmint Oils and Scents

 

Stress seems to be at an all-time high, and not everyone, myself included, is okay with popping pills that promise to relax you, and would rather use the most natural (or closest to natural) remedies as possible. I’m sure you’ve heard about aromatherapy oils and scents that help people to relax. I tried a couple of products that proved so well, that I have been using them for the last 10 years. The scent that I like the most is Eucalyptus Spearmint.

Eucalyptus Spearmint

I was getting a bit tired of always choosing Sweet Pea scented products at Bath & Body Works, and decided to try something different. In the aromatherapy section, I sniffed through a few products before I landed on the Eucalyptus

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Spearmint lotion. This product is a godsend! I also got the pillow mist and bath gel. I absolutely love to spray my pillow before bed with the mist, because it helps me to relax and fall asleep easier.

If you know me at all, you know that I spend several nights staying up and working, but whenever I really need to get some rest, these products are so helpful. I quickly run out of the bath gel, because I love my baths!

All I’m saying is if you enjoy the scent of eucalyptus spearmint, and you need some stress relief and relaxation, you should give this product a try. I would love to know how it worked out for you. Let me know!

These products are my stress relief staples, especially on a self-care day. I pamper myself right with this scent. I also like peppermint oil, but I don’t like it so much on my skin. Have you tried peppermint oil?

What products have you tried that work for you? I am open to trying new things too.

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Women Who Look for Validation from Men

Women Who Look for Validation from Men

It is so easy for women to get caught up in basing our self-worth on the validation we receive from men. Regardless of when we were born, our entire lives were probably geared toward what kind of woman we needed to become to attract a certain man. Some girls, maybe born to a feminist mother, may have been taught to be strong and independent apart from a man. For the most part, though, women are taught to dress and act for men, and whenever they whistle or call after us, we feel good inside because we now understand that we have done well in our preparation. Read more

Realize Your Goals in 5 Simple Steps

Realize Your Goals in 5 Simple Steps


What do you want in life? Do you want a husband? A family? A college degree? A better job? To own your own business? What is it? If you could have and do anything in the world what would it be?

Once you have a clear picture of what you want, you can then take the necessary steps to getting just that. I am a firm believer that one can change her life if she really wants to. This is why people all over the world are losing weight, getting married, starting businesses, and building success for themselves. If you are interested in reaching your goals, just follow these simple steps. Read more