Failure is not Forever

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I’m very disappointed to report that I have fallen off of the healthy lifestyle wagon and have resumed past eating mistakes. I’ve been avoiding the scale (and looking at myself in a full length mirror) for the past month. Well I put my big girl panties on and stepped on the machine from hell (aka: my scale) and it’s official, I’ve gained back the 10lbs I shedded before.

*insert sobs and various remarks of self loathing and disapproval here*

Ok now that I’ve gotten my keyboard tear soaked. I can explain my disappointment, it took me nearly EIGHT WEEKS and a lot of hard work to lose that weight and here I am back at square one.

Fortunately, there is an upside. What’s that you ask? Well the beauty is that I’m human and I can get refocused and begin working hard(er). My plan of action:

*Count my caloric intake.
*Practice portion control
*Spare moment? GET MOVING!!!

I’ll keep you all updated on my progress. 🙂

-Lauren

Manic Minute Challenge- July 30th 2013

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Today’s challenge is push ups. Set your timer and get on the ground, place your hands directly under your shoulders and make sure your hips are in line with your back—no hiking or sagging. Slowly lower yourself to the ground. Your chest should touch the ground. If you can’t get your chest to the ground, drop to your knees.

*Disclosure: I am not a medical professional and am not responsible for any injury that may occur from your participation. Only do what you can, if your body is telling you to stop please do so.*
-Lauren

It Works! Product Review

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Our newest Mom on the Move Cherokee sent me a body applicator and two samples of the Greens on the Go. I was really excited to try this product because even though I work hard to
lose weight and get back into shape, after four babies you can bet I have loose skin on my belly.

I started with the body applicator, making sure to follow the directions to a T.

When I opened the packaging for the applicator I could immediately smell the eucalyptus. It was not too strong or overwhelming but the smell kind of gave you that “I’m being pampered” feeling. I also noticed about 5 minutes in I noticed a cooling sensation and about 20 minutes in the sensation became almost uncomfortable but mind you, I have sensitive skin. The instructions stated to use form fitting clothing or plastic wrap to hold the applicator in place. I opted for plastic wrap.
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At the 45 minute mark, I removed the wrap and rubbed in the excess lotion. At first I didn’t notice a big difference until I went in the restroom with better lighting. I noticed the strechmarks on my belly seemed less prominent and the skin was so incredibly moisturized. The next day and even after a shower the skin remained toned and soft. I would love to continue wrapping and what makes it worth while is their customer loyalty program they offer.

Next I tried the “Greens on the Go”. I was a little off put by the green color of the drink but once I took that first sip I loved it! It comes in a small packet that you put into 8 ounces of water. This small packet though contains 8+ serving of fruits and vegetables in every serving and contains over 38 super foods in each. As a plus the ingredients are all natural. I had the berry flavor and it was very tasty and sweet.

Interested? Visit her website at here, read her story, look around and see if this could be for you!

-Lauren

Manic Minute Challenge- July 22nd 2013

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Today is our first ever Manic Minute Challenge! I really hope each if you will take the minute and do something to help make your body stronger and yourself happier and healthier. Now I must disclose that I am not a medical professional and am not responsible for any injury that may occur from your participation. Only do what you can, if your body is telling you to stop please do so.

Today’s Challenge: Squats

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Do as many squats as you can in one minute and comment with your number. I find its easier if I set an alarm so I can better focus on my form and my counting.

-Lauren

New Series!!! Monday Manic Minute Challenge!

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that my husband and I are in the process of working out and losing weight. As of yet I am down 10 pounds! Pretty exciting stuff right?

Well I’ve decided to include you all in that journey! Every Monday I’ll post a challenge.

For example: Do as many squats as you can in one minute and post in the comments your results.

In addition to this you are more than welcome to post your weight loss progress every other Monday. I’ll be posting too so don’t be shy. 🙂

I’ll get my husband to help me with some “How-To” photos and I’ll you Monday for our very first “Manic Minute Challenge”!!!!

-Lauren

What’s Cooking Wednesday- Homemade Raspberry Jam

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned a few times that the husband and I are in a quest to lose weight. As of yet I have lost 10 pounds (insert sounds of excitement here).

The only downside I’ve encountered is that my sweet tooth has been neglected in this process.

In order to appease my insatiable craving for something sweet I decided to make raspberry jam from scratch. I always feel better about feeding my family food when I make it from scratch.

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Ingredients:
4 cups mashed raspberries
4 cups sugar

Heat mashed berries until they reach a full boil. Boil two minutes then add sugar. Stir well, bring to a boil, stirring constantly, boil two minutes. Remove from heat, beat with a rotary beater for four minutes. Pour in sterilized jars and seal.

Source:Food.com

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This recipe came out AWESOME! I will definitely be trying this with other fruits. Yum!

My “Mommy Body”

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I originally had written the following post as a contest submission a few years ago, and while cleaning out my computer found it. I wanted to post it for you all to read. 

 

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I told myself when I decided to sit down and write this that I would be honest……..not only with myself but my readers as well. I’ve always struggled with my body image and self-esteem. Seeing my body as something beautiful has always been a difficult thing for me. I’ve always been short, had big legs that were mismatched from my body and I’ve always been kind of awkward. After having children that struggle has become more of a battle, a war within myself. I have yet to lose a lot of my pregnancy weight, in fact I’ve put some weight on. Mostly in part because I’ve created such an elaborate love affair with food and also because in some ways I’ve given up. I look in the mirror and see a disfigured belly from the three different times it’s stretched and un-stretched, breasts that sag due to breastfeeding and that space between my thighs that used to be somewhat cute and never touched, now it does. Oh, and how did I forget the stretchmarks that seem to cover all the parts of my body that are supposed to be beautiful. Sitting here, writing this is difficult but I need to do this for me……….and for her. My sons have a strong, confident role model in their lives, I want to be that for her. I don’t want her to grow up and look up to the 95 pound pop star, I want her to look up to me. I want to be the strong, influential woman in her life. Even if I never fully regain my pre-children figure, I want to love my body, for once feel beautiful in it. It has sheltered, birthed and nurtured three wonderful kids and the stretchmarks and weight are testimony to the lives it has created. I want my daughter to know that no matter what her body looks like, that she is beautiful and that she will be strong and I want her to learn that from me.

 

 

Since this was written, my body has gone through another baby but I am not as self conscious about my postpartum body. I’ve been working out and taking care of my body better giving me just that much more self esteem.