The Weight Loss Journey Continues

As a lifetime Weight Watchers member I know that

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Rotation Diet

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Taking Control of Health

After my second child was born I knew it was time to get back on a weight loss program. I had been on so many diet programs but the best had been Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig. I just find it really hard to get back on a diet after I have already done that. I lost a lot of weight with both programs prior to having kids. And I kept it off.

This time around things were different. I am now a busy mom of 2 toddlers, work a full time job and in any free time I have work my Scentsy business and grown my Scentsy team. It didn’t leave much time for me. My husband is a very healthy man. He also leaves very early in the morning to head to work (or workout some days). That means that I would have to workout after work. Not going to happen.

So, I started the Dukan Diet, which seemed it would work but I didn’t stick to it. A friend had told me about the HCG diet but I didn’t know if I could stick to it for 40 days, and couldn’t think of giving myself shots every day!

Then comes the Disney Trip….An all expense paid trip I earned through Scentsy. I was so excited I had earned my first incentive trip with Scentsy and was determined to take a lot of pictures to show my team and post on my Scentsy website. I got home and couldn’t even look at the pictures…It was bad. I was sad and knew something had to be done.
Why is it that pictures are the think that always gets us to start the diet?

I was determined to do HCG, I needed something fast to kick start my motivation and get eating healthy again. I found a few medical spas

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For those new to my blog, I should start by saying that I have tried A LOT of diets. I think I am always looking for that magic pill that will quickly remove the weight and make me stop eating anything that will make me fat. I know, eat less and move more. It works. But for me (and others) who are emotional eaters (or overweight for that matter), it usually isn’t about knowing what to eat. I know (and have for a very long time) that I eat when I get stressed, bored or sad.

Another thing I have found, once I have done a diet (meaning I lost weight and was successful on it) I usually cannot do it again. This rule has been true but I still go back to Weight Watchers and count my points or every few years go back to Jenny Craig for pre-made food. So now several years after the HCG diet, I am back at a weight I am not comfortable with.
My father had been doing the Fast Diet for six months and lost a lot of weight. He looks great. He loves it. He started it because he was concerned about his blood sugar and now his blood work shows he is very healthy.

I want to get healthy. I have gotten to the point now in life it isn’t just about how I look but more about how I feel. Do I have the energy I need to do all the things I want to do (and have to do).

So, I decided to read the book: The FastDiet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting by Michael Mosley. I bought it on Kindle. Super quick read. A large part of the book is recipes (which I don’t understand – but more on that later).

I started the next day.

What is the Fast Diet?

You do not starve yourself. You eat, but in moderation and with a few “rules”.
The basis of the diet is that two days a week (not consecutive) you “fast”. For women that means you have 500 calories and for men it is 600. According to the book you will eat breakfast and then 12 hours later have dinner, dividing your allotted calories between these two meals. This is not a drop pounds fast diet. It is a slow process.
On the non-fast days (which some call feast) you can eat normal.

I did this for about 2 weeks. I was feeling a little better but wasn’t down. So I started to do some online research. What I found was a lot of variations of the diet and suggestions. I found that I was probably eating too much on the non-fast days (I really was feasting), I was not exercising and I was obsessed with food.
So I made a few changes and feel like I have found a program I can do for life. The great thing about this “diet” or lifestyle as I like to say, is that you can always start up again or modify as you need. There are no forbid foods. Once you hit your goal you go to one fast day a week. After a lot of research I found that some women did better to lose weight with three fast days or alternate fast days and then go to two days to maintain. I think each person has to figure out what works for them.

My “Adjustments” to the Fast Diet or How I Do the Fast Diet

The program I have been following the past two months has been to fast for two days a week. I usually fast Monday and Thursday. I also found that eating one 500 calorie meal a day between 2-3 works best for me. I am not hungry in the morning and found it hard to eat early enough to have dinner 12 hours later. So I eat a low-glycemic meal and I stay full the rest of the day. I drink a lot of water, herbal tea and coffee in the morning.

I adjust my fast day based on my schedule. If I have a party or event then I will just move my fast day. I suggest having at least 2 days between the fast days unless you are doing alternative fast days. I find that I only need two days a week and then on non-fast days I use My Fitness Pal to track my calories so I stick to 2,000 on those days. I found that I was overdoing on some of the non-fast days so this helps me when I have a lot going on or might be working at home and tempted to over eat.
I also found weekends are a trap for overeating for me so some weeks I might fast on Sunday. It is a day we take it easy and for me it is easy to fast that day. You really need to figure out what works best for you.

Surprising Discoveries on the Fast Diet

I think one of the best things about this “diet” is my new recognition of hunger and the mental game I play with food.
On fast days I might start craving something or thinking about food I love. I remind myself I can have it tomorrow – and as much as I want. Then the next day I don’t want to eat the double cheese burger or mexican food I was craving & dreaming about. I tend to eat less on the non fast days if I track what I eat. I don’t crave junk food and feel better.
The second thing, and biggest thing for me, is I am learning what real hunger feels like. I am learning what bored eating and emotional eating feels/looks like.
Going up to 16 hours without eating I know that when I eat at noon and then at 1 I am “hungry” that it is not real hunger. Doing the fast diet I feel like I am in better touch with food choices, amount I eat and how often I eat. I realized I am more of a grazer. I tend to eat a little all day long. Especially on the days I am working from home or on weekends when the kids and I are just hanging around the house.

Success Strategies

There are a few things that I do and think would be helpful for others with work and busy families that could help you lose weight and meet your weight loss goals using the fast diet.

  • Do not go grocery shopping on fast days, unless it is right after you have eaten.
  • Plan your fast day meals ahead. Know what 500 calorie meal or two 250 calorie meals you will eat.
  • Watch out for high carb meals, you burn through the sugar fast and then you will be hungry or have cravings.
  • Monitor your “feast” days that you are not over indulging. For me, happy hour or wine with some friends – well the calories can add up fast if I am not watching. I just plan to have a healthy breakfast and lunch on days I know I am going out for dinner. If it is a really busy week I will track my calories with MyFitnessPlan or count weight watcher points (since I have them memorized).
  • Don’t forget to exercise. Even if it is just 20min a day. Aim for 5 days a week. Get a monitor so you can track how much you are moving.
  • Weigh daily. I know, this is one that people always say is a bad idea. I have a wireless scale that tracks my weight. I just jump on in the morning. I use the app from the scale to see the overall trend for my weight and I do NOT dwell on the day to day changes. With the Fast Diet your weight will jump every day. Up – Down – Up – Down. It is crazy so I cannot spend much energy tracking. Let technology do it for you.

My Fast Diet Cheat Sheet

I found a few things that work really well for me.

  • I live in Texas, so we have a chain known as My Fit Foods. These are pre-made meals based on the low-glycemic index. This means that they tend to “stick with you” a little longer than a high sugar meal.
  • Instead of meeting a friend for coffee on fast days, I will go to a restaurant about 3pm. I find places online before that have the calories listed on the menu. At Brio there is a great 5oz filet with grilled veggies for just under 400 calories. It’s such an amazing treat and can still have a fun time with a friend or during a business meeting.
  • Plan the family meals on your feast days. This way if you need to make dinner for everyone else and you are not eating, you will not be tempted to take a bite. Make something on the feast days or get take out. My favorite thing is to get the rotisserie chickens so that they are already done and I can have dinner ready in seconds.

I have also just finished reading the 10- Day detox and plan to try that soon, just to see how sensitive I really am to those “bad” foods. More to come on that.

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Black Friday Sales

I love supporting local business! Today – Black Friday offers the opportunity to support so many! Here are a few that I love and wanted to spotlight!

Jamberry Nails
My favorite new obsession! They last up to 10 days but I end up changing them weekly! I love how easy they are to put on and off with no nailpolish remover.
Today there are a few great designs. I love the ones for the kids ~ Jamberry Juniors! My daughter loves them almost as much as I do!
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Velata Fun Fondue
That’s right! Fun, Simple and Easy Fondue!
And today for BlackFriday there is an awesome sale! It is the perfect time to try the Velata products!
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Grace Adele Style System

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Adele has great accessories, purses, clutches and jewelry with a system to make it all your own. Put together your own custom looks!
Great for the holidays or for gifts!
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Halloween Nail Art

Halloween nail wraps

Are you one of those that just loves Halloween? I have a friend who does, it is something she looks forward to all year. She makes the kids costumes and decorates the house – I love seeing all the Halloween spirit!

I am a big fan, but not as creative. I tend to do little things that show my Halloween spirit. I have started a tradition of sorts with Halloween nails!

kids halloween finger nail wraps

In years past I have used the Sally Hansen Nail Wraps, but this year I am going to do the Jamberry Nail Wraps. As you may have noticed I am a little obsessed with them.

The super cute ones for kids just really get me! Thank goodness I have a daughter who likes to put designs on her fingers – as long as each finger is different! I just ordered these and I cannot wait to share the photos once I get them on her fingers!

It was hard for me to pick just one style for this month, so I went with a couple! I love the candy corn finger nail wraps and I also liked the purple and green spider nail wraps. So I am going to limit myself to two sets. Let’s see how that goes! I am trying the jamberry wraps in matte, it is supposed to be more like paint not nail polish. I like the way it looks and get lots of comments about my nails.

Share with me your favorite Halloween Nail Art – I cannot wait to see what you love.

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Barnyard Books

kids crafts and book clubThis is a Guest post from Lauren, the Mom in the Barnyard…..

I recently found myself googling the definition of mother to find the meaning defined as a female parent or one who has given birth.  Somewhere along the way Mr. Webster forgot to mention a mother is one who at any point in the day acts as a doctor, a teacher, a playmate, a chef, a housekeeper, a laundress, a maid, a mediator, a lawyer, a driver, and/or a social worker…. and that’s not including what our paid occupations entail.

barnyard booksWith our jammed packed schedules, how is anyone supposed to find time to do those cute ideas you come across on Pinterest or see all your other mom friends posting to Instagram and Facebook?  Plus, craft stores are overwhelming and time consuming with a child in tow! That’s where this mom-preneur is here to help. I recently opened an online book and craft store through Facebook called “Barnyard Book Club”.

creative kids craft projects“Barnyard Book Club” is a book club for parents and children designed to promote early literacy, develop fine motor skills, and nurture creative thinking without having to leave your house. I will deliver a new children’s book and all the needed supplies (with the exception of scissors) to create your very own craft(s) related to the story!

Well before learning to read and write, children develop competency in language and literacy through interactions and experiences with the adults around them.  Young children benefit most when parents are both knowledgeable and intentional in how they nurture and foster early language and literacy. With this in mind, also included in your “barn box” are guided questions for the story to introduce and teach foundational reading skills and strategies.  Questions are aligned with Common Core Curriculum and created by a teacher (me!).

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“Barn boxes” include one book, directions and supplies for crafts, and guided questions.  Books are organized in albums.  When you see a book you would like, simply leave your PayPal email address in the comment section of the picture.  Once the invoice is paid, your “barn box” is on its way! For more information, visit  or email


kids book club

About the mom in the Barnyard….

I have my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and have been an elementary school teacher for 10 years.  After having my son 16 months ago, I decided to start teaching part time so I could spend more time at home with my own child.  My childhood memories are filled with countless trips to the library and craft time with my mom.  I have always had a passion for reading and love sharing its joy with the children I teach.  I hope you and your little one can snuggle up with a good book soon.  Happy reading!

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Dream Boards

If you can see it, you can achieve it!

Setting goals is the most important thing you can do for your business. I find dream or vision boards make these goals real. When you can actually see it in person every day it will help you stay focused.
The emotions a picture can draw out are amazing. Dream/vision boards inspire us to think big and see it happen.
The law of attraction talks about seeing something as if it has already happened. By having a dream board and looking at it daily you will start to achieve your dreams!

What is a Dream Board?
Dream are also referred to as Vision boards. They are a visual representation of your short and long-term goals. It is laid out so you can easily see the goals you are aiming for.

Why Make a Dream Board?
I have found the longer I work that I need to know what I am working for. Retirement and kids education seems so far off, it is hard for me to picture it. I LOVE to set goals almost as much as I love making list. I make list for the pure joy of checking items off when I complete something. Yes, I am one of those people who makes a list and writes down things I have already done just so I can check it off.
So, why a dream board? I found a visual of what I am working for both short and long term are very helpful. Pictures of trips we want to take, picture of the family on a great vacation or fun time together laughing, things I want to buy or a lifestyle I want to live. It helps motivate me. It really should be something you look at every day, several times a day. One friend suggested taking a picture of your dream board so you could carry it with you – thought it was a great idea! Thank you Marla, from Organized Time!

How do you Make a Dream Board?

* A dream board needs to be somewhere you see it often. I saw it suggested someplace you will look at

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it for at least 5min twice a day (morning and night).
* Keep it updated!

Instead of me writing how to create a dream board, here are some great resources to help you….

Examples/Pictures of Dream Boards

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Be Healthy During Pregnancy

“Whether it is a woman’s first time being pregnant, or second, or third, there are so many things she needs to be educated on. From health and nutrition, to doctors’ visits, to what goes on in the delivery room, and to getting your home ready, all new moms have

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many questions- about every aspect of giving birth. Pregnancy Awareness Month was originally designed to help answer all of those questions. Now, 5 years later, the Pregnancy Awareness Month Campaign continues to educate, support and bring woman together from all over the world.”
You can read the full story about pregnancy awareness month:

Staying healthy is one of the most important elements of a mother’s pregnancy. Women must maintain their health in order to maintain their baby’s health. When a woman becomes aware of her pregnancy, the first thing she needs to do is call her doctor and make an appointment. For the duration of her pregnancy, one of the best things she can do for her health, and the health of her baby, is to attend each scheduled prenatal appointment. Her doctor will perform tests and examine her and the baby to ensure that all are healthy and that the pregnancy is going well.

During her initial doctor’s appointment, every woman will receive information regarding her health throughout her pregnancy. Her doctor will recommend getting plenty of exercise to stay healthy and help prevent heart and other health problems. Exercise mitigates excessive weight gain during pregnancy and also helps improve sleep quality. Keeping weight gain to her doctor’s suggested amount and getting plenty of sleep during pregnancy will help a mother recover quickly after delivery.

The doctor will also inform mom-to-be about the importance of staying hydrated at all times; water is the best hydrator for pregnant women. Dehydration is common in pregnant women, so having plenty of fluid intake is very important, even if it means more frequent trips to the ladies’ room.

Along with plenty of water, doctors want their patients to have adequate vitamin intake, which means he will prescribe prenatal vitamins to many of his pregnant patients. In addition to prenatal vitamins, he will also encourage his pregnant patients to consume a balanced diet rich in foods with high levels of iron, calcium and folic acid to help baby’s development.

Another thing women can do to stay healthy during pregnancy is sleep. Doctors recommend that women get at least 8 solid hours of sleep each night and that they do it on their sides. Lying on her back for a long period of time is bad for mom and her unborn baby; it reduces the blood flow to the mom’s heart and to the baby’s and can be dangerous. Additionally, sleeping on her side means a woman will have fewer varicose veins and it can help to prevent hemorrhoids.

Throughout pregnancy, many questions concerning health, labor and delivery as well as post-delivery care may come up for mom. A doctor is the best person to ask for answers to these important questions. A doctor can guide a mother through important choices for labor, like exploring pain management options, and plan for post-delivery options, like breastfeeding and umbilical cord blood banking. A childbirth class is an excellent way for a mother to learn more about how to care for herself and baby.

Pregnancy is a beautiful time in a woman’s life. It’s a time when she needs to be as healthy as possible, but it doesn’t mean she can’t relax a little. Sometimes a nap instead of a workout sounds better and a mother should listen to her body signals to help stay fit and feeling well. Constantly working with her doctor will help a women stay healthy throughout her pregnancy; helping foster a healthy delivery and baby.

Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26.”

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It makes all the difference!

I have to start by saying I don’t usually wear makeup. I don’t know if that is because I don’t like it, or more likely, I just don’t have time. I don’t remember my mother doing her makeup everyday nor did I love putting it on.
Don’t get me wrong, I love getting a make over, I love having my colors done and I LOVE when someone that knows what they are doing applies makeup on me. I just don’t know what I am doing and it never looks as good as it did at the store.
I am also married to a man who is not a huge fan of a lot of makeup and so the few times I have tried to get “all done up” I don’t think he has really cared for the mess I have made of my face!

Well, this week I am headed on vacation ~ to the beach! And I really have gone all out to get ready! Toes done (haven’t had a pedi in over 6 months!) Waxed, exfoliated and spray tan! So when my esthetician, Pepper at Clarity Day Spa, suggested Xtreme Lashes instead of my usual of eye lash tenting for my trip…I was super excited!

Usually for events I get my lashes dyed to make it look like I always have mascara on – and it really works great! But I wanted something different. Something that would make my eye pop! All I can say is WOW! I love my new Xtreme Lashes! I think I am hooked!

It took Pepper about two hours to apply each lash to my existing lashes.
Pepper said my lashes will last 2-6 weeks depending on how well I take care of them. I have to wait 48 hours before I can put water on my face and I am not supposed to touch them because the oil in my fingers will cause them not to last as long. That’s it – nothing else! I can swim and still look great!

She finished my eyes right before the Texans game. We had a few friends over for the game and they all commented about how great my eyes looked! I am all ready for my trip!

Here are my before and after pictures.
This is the before Xtreme Lashes picture…
eye lashes


extreme lashes after photo

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