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7 Things I Can’t Live Without

12 Apr

1. My iPad. 

I cancelled my phone plan and downloaded the free app, Text Plus, for free texting and calls. The downside is it only works with an active wifi connection, but my husband still has his phone and we always have that when we’re on the road. Our circumstances are such that really the only time we’re apart is at the school when we both have classes, and I get full wifi connectivity at the school so we’re really always connected. This works great and saves us around $450 a year. (Plus, I got mine for free by winning it. there are TONS of contests to win iPads. I won one a couple of years ago through a company affiliated with my old job. I ended up selling it, but  won another one by entering a local radio station’s contest via Facebook. They’re out there, I promise!)

2. Moisturizer.

I recently started using this at night as well as during the day. What a difference it makes for nice, glowy skin (especially in such an arid environment like Utah and Idaho). The stuff I use is Pond’s Dry Skin Cream (about $4-$6 from Wal-mart) but try out different products, look up reviews, find which one works best for you.

3. Acidophilus.

This is a probiotic (a live microorganism that benefits its host organism) that is primarily used to treat yeast infections, but has several other benefits that you can learn about here. I started taking it for acne and I’ve noticed a significant difference for the better.

4. The “cold” setting on my hair dryer.

It takes some extra time, but it’s worth it. I’ve never had my hair so smooth and shiny since after I started drying it with cold air only. Hot air opens the hair shaft and causes it to look dull and dry. Cold air closes the shaft, sealing moisture in. You can learn more about that here.

5. My goal book.

I bought a small, spiral notebook for less than a dollar to keep a list of goals. Crossing one off is one of the best feelings in the world. The little book can hold thousands of goals, so go crazy! I’ve got goals ranging from crocheting a rug for the kitchen to understanding my fears. If you’ve written more goals than you know you could ever accomplish in your lifetime, you’re on the right track. No goal is too small or too large!

6. The library.

Read The Hunger Games for free? Yes please! And yes, it’s totally legal! Most libraries have an assortment of new release DVDs and CDs as well. It might cost a dollar or two at the most to take out a card, but after that it’s totally free. Take advantage!

7. Pinterest.

Because it has everything. Find recipes, craft ideas, architectural designs, have a laugh, find spiritual inspiration. If you need an invite, send me a message. I’ll invite you.

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Weightless Matters

11 Apr

I’ve been asked lately how I lost so much weight after my mission.

Before:

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After:

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As you may be able to tell from the pictures, I was something like 190 pounds in the pictures and I’m about 118 right now, so I’ve lost a little over 70 pounds since I’ve been back. My “secret” is really no secret at all – I don’t use Weight Watchers (although I strongly support their principles and if money wasn’t an issue I probably would have joined) or low-carb diets, and I certainly haven’t starved myself.

Of course, everyone’s mileage varies, but here’s what worked so well for me:

Exercise – I try to run at least 3 miles a day. This works for me because I honestly love…LOVE…to run. I do it not only to lose weight but because it’s my happy place. If you really don’t like running, walking works too, but I’d suggest walking on a steep incline or speed walking for an effective workout. A casual stroll really won’t bring lasting change. You can learn more about that here.

To tone, I really like Cassey Ho’s pilates videos. You can find her on Youtube and Facebook as “Blogilates,” or visit her website at www.blogilates.com. She has nearly every level of workout, so you’ll find something that works for you there. I usually do a workout every day, but alternate between target areas. So on Mondays I do arms and legs, and on Tuesdays I do abs and butt, Wednesdays back to arms and legs, etc.

Consistent exercise will affect your appetite for the better. Over time you’ll find you just don’t care to eat as often and you’ll crave junk food much less. After a workout, be sure to eat complex carbs like oatmeal, brown rice, or any vegetable or fruit.

Eating is the hardest part of losing weight, I think. It’s about finding balance. You definitely don’t want to starve yourself, but obviously you want to take in less calories than you expend. I’ve heard losing weight depends 90% on what you do in the kitchen and 10% what you do in the gym.  But the mistake I think I’ve made the most often is obsessing over what I eat. It seems contradictory, but it’s true; the more you think about eating, the more you eat. Stop obsessing. Try to get in touch with yourself enough that you really know when you’re hungry, and eat then. Train yourself not to nosh on the bowl of potato chips on the table just because they’re there. In fact, just get rid of the chips altogether! If you have any control over the groceries in your home, here’s a good rule to remember: If you buy it, you’ll eat it. Make a list of healthy foods you want to buy and adhere to that list while you’re at the store. If you do this with enough consistency you’ll be amazed at how after a while you actually stop craving the junk food you used to not be able to live without!

One last thing I recommend is to have somebody you’re accountable to. If you don’t have anyone you know that you feel comfortable going to, find a message board on the internet. Try sparkpeople.com – they even have a free app.