November 7, 2016

Extreme Weight Loss: Losing 50% of My Body Weight

I've finally reached the goal of losing 50% of my body weight. That is major for me. There are 6lbs hanging on that have got to go for me to reach my goal weight. At 164lbs. down, I've lost more than many people even weigh. Soon, I'll have lost more than I weigh!

At the doctor's last week, for the first time in many years, I didn't have high blood pressure. I'm officially off meds for that, and the weight loss has helped my reflux immensely as well. My knees are better, too. My print out from the doctor didn't list obese as a diagnosis, either. That hasn't happened in many, many years. I've been overweight most of my life, except for when I was really young and a year or two in high school before I became the "fat kid" again from meds and a battle with depression. The doctor had to double check that I hadn't had weight loss surgery she didn't know about. Nope, no surgery.

October 12, 2016

Extreme Weight Loss: 10 Things That Happen When You Drop the Weight

Having lost 150lbs., there have been many non-scale victories that could easily be taken for granted. Including these 10 things that happen when you drop the weight. If you follow me on social media, you've seen my posts about reaching the 150lbs-lost goal. That's a whole person! It's also 46% of my starting weight and 20lbs. from my final goal weight.

Everyone has their own goals when they lose weight, these were some of mine. Some may even seem silly. I was thrilled each time I checked one off my list. Each has made all the weight-loss tips I've used even more worth doing. My mind and what I see in the mirror doesn't always match all the goals I've reached, though. Believing and accepting I've actually lost all the weight is another battle.

October 5, 2016

Staying Organized with Peek Bags

If you're house is like ours, there is stuff everywhere that needs to be organized. Yet, we still need to see what's in the container. M2 has pencils, pens and notebooks, I've got my own notebooks and pens to keep sorted.

With Peek Bags, I can pick the size bag I need since there is one that fits small items, medium and large (my pick for my notebooks). The bottom portion of every cloth bag is clear so that I can still see what it is in the bag, rather than rummaging through. For my notebooks, it comes in handy because I can turn to the page I need to reference the most, put it in with that page up, then still see the page inside the bag without having to take it out. That keeps it safer from the kids, too, who love to tear up any notebooks they get their hands on.

September 28, 2016

Super-Soft Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

These super-soft oatmeal cookies are a cross between a muffin and a cookie. At 85 calories each and packed with oatmeal and apple, they're a treat at breakfast, snack or dessert. With fall and the apple picking season around the corner, these are fun to make with the kids, or to whip up while they're at school for an after-school snack.

September 23, 2016

How to Get Kids Motivated and Goal Setting

Let's face it, in today's world, most kids are online and on phones. It can be hard to get them motivated to do chores, homework, family time, anything really. We know motivation is the key to success in life, though. So as parents who are struggling to connect with our kids and get them on the right track, what can we do?

September 19, 2016

Introducing Kids to Transcendental Meditation

Meditation is a common way to bring calm and a peaceful, centered feeling into your day. No matter their age, kids can join in with you through meditative music. Ann Purcell’s new children's music album, You're a Hero, is calming, soothing, nurturing music that introduces children to the enlightening principles Ann herself has discovered over the years. Kids are encouraged to find the positives within themselves, enjoy every day, be honest while remembering other’s feelings, remember all they have to offer and to treat others kindly.