Maintaining a Healthy Weight Is More Important Than You Think

Maintaining a healthy weight is more important than many people realize. Keeping one's body weight within the recommended range for their height can help prevent a wide range of chronic illnesses and diseases, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some types of cancer, and high blood pressure. Here are a few reasons why maintaining a healthy weight is so vital and how it can benefit your overall health.

Tips to Get More Protein into Your Diet

I have been on a whole body, including mind and spirit wellness journey for a few years now. It's trial and error learn as I go. But the number one thing I learned and that advice I always go back to is nutrition is the most important aspect. According to the latest data, an estimated 600 million people become ill each year after consuming food contaminated with harmful substances. Properly fueling your body is key and getting more protein into your diet is not only a great way to grow your muscles since muscles burn fat, but also you feel fuller for longer. So here are some of my favorite tips to get more protein into your diet, but in a delicious, satisfying way.

Turkey Zucchini Boats {Low Calorie & Low Carb Recipe}

I have been sharing my weightloss journey randomly over on Instagram. I have lost 70 pounds through calorie deficit and a regular exercise routine. But I get bored with my recipes and want to try different things. I am always on the hunt for low carb, low calorie, high protein recipes that are easy to make. What's crazy about this recipe is that I made a similar version before but didn't care for it. This time, I have made the right adjustments because it was so delicious. The kiddos weren't fans, but they liked the filling, so I paired it with some protein pasta, and they were big fans.

Turkey Zucchini Boats {Low Calorie & Low Carb Recipe}

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How To Build Your Fitness Back Up After Time Off

How To Build Your Fitness Back Up After Time Off

When you’ve had time off the gym or away from exercise, you can feel like a totally different person. And it can be something that really affects your life. We all know that we need to be able to stay active in order to be healthy and have energy. But sometimes this isn’t possible. It could be that you have had an accident, experienced a sports injury, or you need to take time away for personal reasons. And when that’s the case, you may find that your fitness levels and abilities change a little. But you must remember that we all have to start somewhere. And sometimes, the comeback is even better. So, let’s take a look at some of the things you can do to build yourself back up after time off.

Moms On The Run: How To Stay Active When You Have Kids

Being a parent means that life is hectic. Sometimes, time can run away with you, and it can feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, especially to fit in workouts. If you’re keen to stay active, or you want to get into exercise, it is possible to get your body moving when you’re a mom. Here are some tips to give you inspiration.

Tips to Drink More Water {Plus Zoku Giveaway}

On my journey to lose 60 pounds, I have leaned so much. That's why it has taken so long. So I keep sharing what I have learned through trial and error so maybe you all can learn from my mistakes. I share a little while back about some of my tips to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle and I mentioned make sure to drink your water. So I thought I would share the ways that have helped me get more water in and make sure to enter the fun giveaway below too!

Meal Prep Ideas to Help You Stay on Track

It's February, are you still focused on your New Year Resolutions? That's why I personally like making goals for myself. I feel like with a resolution, you fall of the wagon and don't see the point to get back on, but with goals, you keep trying the next day even if you lost focus for a day or two. And what has helped me in my weight loss journey is even if I had a bad day or even a week, is that I jumped back on the wagon and tried again. Just keep trying.

For me, I had to focus on getting my nutrition right first. It took a lot of trial and error, but I finally figured out the main goal each day is planning ahead. We don't eat out like we use to at all and when we do go out to eat, we make better food choices for sure, if that means completely re-making a meal then that is what I do. I also believe meal prepping is more budget friendly as well. My husband use to say he hated left overs, but he basically didn't like having something for dinner and then having it for lunch the next day. But I had to change his mindset about his lunches so he could realize how much money we were wasting by eating out everyday. So sometimes I cook a dinner like I normally would and then make enough extras for him to have at least 3 to 4 days of lunches. That way he can switch it up if we do have leftovers for him to take.

Simple Ways to Jump Start Your Resolutions

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2018 was not my year, but I hunkered down and killed it in 2019. I didn't need a resolution, I just saw that I needed to change things and I did it. But resolutions can be a great way to make goals for the new year. One of the things that I focused on as my goal (not a resolution per say) in 2019 was my family's health. After losing 60 pounds, I have found simple ways to make the necessary lifestyle changes to jump start those healthier goals and continue on a path to better health in the New Year!

Gift Guide Essentials for Work Out Enthusiasts

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My husband and I have been on a lifestyle wellness change for over two years now. Since we are having to learn healthy habits in our adulthood, it has been trial and error on what works for us. The first thing we did was overhaul our diet. Then I started on cardio while my husband focused more our weight training. We both lost 30 to 40 pounds, but then we plateaued. We were able to keep the weight off, but we weren't losing anymore. And then we found CrossFit and it has seriously been a game changer and the best investment in our health we have ever made.

So now we consider ourselves gym nuts. We have also found some products along the way that have been game changers as well. If you know someone in your life who is on a fitness journey, then here are some awesome gift ideas they will be sure to enjoy!

Snacking on Plan with FITCRUNCH + Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Nugget Recipe

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I have some amazing news that I haven't shared anywhere else yet, but I am very proud of it. I have officially lost 50 pounds and am at my lowest weight I have been before I got pregnant with my son (probably my daughter too, but I didn't weigh myself then). I wish I had kept better track of this journey because it has been a long one. Figuring out what works for my body. Understanding that nutrition is number one and strength is more important than cardio. It has been a learning curve for sure.

I am a firm believer in making food choices that are smart. Snacking is the number one issue concerning people who are trying to lose weight. And they always want to know how to stop it. And I say, why? Just be smart about your snacking choices. I was recently sent some FITCRUNCH Cheddar Cheese High Protein Puffs to try out with my family.

Apps to Make Money While You Lose Weight

I was looking through my Timehop and I was reminded that two years ago my husband and I really buckled down to start our weightloss journey. We made many lifestyle changes along the way and that has been the key to success. We watch what we eat more carefully and we make sure to get 30 minutes of cardio in daily. We are still learning what works for us and had to change up our routines because sometimes we would get in a plateau. It has been a process, but we are loving knowing that we are setting a better foundation for our children.

If you know me, then you know that I am going to try and monetize anything and everything. I use to extreme coupon and I still love using coupon and discount apps regularly. And through this journey I have found so many apps to help you make money while you are getting healthy.

How to Score a FREE Fitbit

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I have been using an app called Lark for a few months now. It was recommended to me through my husband's work. Each year we have to take a health evaluation for our insurance. The Lark app was recommended to me because I have a history of diabetes in my family and this app is all about diabetes prevention. Please note: Not all insurance plans work with the Lark app.

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I have an okay diet, but a pretty inactive lifestyle unless I go to the gym. I have a history of diabetes on both sides of my family. My husband did not qualify for the Lark app because the questions he answered didn't qualify him. As soon as I signed up I received a free digital scale that is directly connected to the app and updates my weight automatically. As long as you are active on the app, then you will get a FREE Fitbit (at a certain price point).

6 Yummy Make-at-Home Smoothie Recipes to Jump Start Your Resolutions

Smoothies are a great way to start your morning because they are so easy to make plus you can store your dry ingredients in the freezer. You can prep your ingredients for the week and store them in the freezer. When you are ready to make your smoothie, just add everything to the blender with your liquid and you are good to go! My New Year Resolution was to eat at home more and making my own smoothies at home helps me not pay for something on-the-go. So today I'm sharing some yummy smoothies recipes, most the are vegan and gluten free!

Vegan Gluten Free Smoothie Recipes

DIY Vegan and Gluten Free Smoothie Recipes

Tips to Stay Hydrated During Your Weightloss Journey

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I have been working on and sticking to my weight loss journey since the beginning of the year. I am extremely proud of my husband and I for sticking to this lifestyle change this time around. We have been eating more veggies, staying away from fried foods and sweets, getting more exercise, taking our vitamins, but the one thing that I have been struggling is drinking enough and staying hydrated.

Tips to Stay Hydrated During Your Weightloss Journey

It has been an on going battle, but knowing that my body can retain excess water weight if I don't get the proper hydration I needs has made me want to win. So here are so strategy tips I have collected to help me stay hydrated during my weightloss journey.

Importance of Taking a Daily Probiotic for Women

I have been on a health and wellness journey since January. I have tried to lose weight in the past, but I am just focusing on overall wellness which means a lifestyle change and if weightloss happens then that is great. I have been taking probiotics for a few years now. I started taking them when I was pregnant with my son and I noticed so many amazing results. I have been looking for a change in probiotic since I have been eating differently and exercising more.

I was recently introduced to NOW, which is a family-owned company since 1968 and was founded on the principle that quality natural health products should be affordable to everyone. Nearly 50 years later, NOW is a leader in the natural products industry, and their mission has remained the same: to provide value in products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives. NOW’s extensive line of 1400 products, most of which are non-GMO, includes dietary supplements, health and beauty products, essential oils, healthy foods, sports nutrition, and pet supplements.

WE DID IT! Running the Color Run 5K Atlanta

I told you all that we were going to be running our first 5k and I am happy to report that we did it! I was a nervous wreck before hand. I had been having serious pain in my hip and I didn't know if I was going to be able to power through. I decided my husband and I needed a non-weight goal to look forward to, so we signed up to run the Color Run 5K Atlanta. Since this was a fun run, you didn't have to run the entire time (just keep moving) which is why I loved it for our first 5k.

My husband and sister-in-law ran with me. My father-in-law was kind of enough to get up super early so we could head to the Atlanta Motor Speedway. I was worried about what to do with my phone and if I should wear my Bluetooth headphones or even my Fit Bit because I didn't want them to get ruined by paint. But the paint is powdered and you don't have to get any on you if you don't want to. It was a little chilly that morning, but I just knew I would get hot once we started running.

What to Stream When You're Trying to Lose Weight

The hubby and I are running our first 5K on Saturday. From what I can tell, it's a color run so it isn't as competitive as other races seem to be. So it will be a great first 5K especially since we are beginning runners. We have started a weight loss journey and healthy lifestyle to become a #FitFam (fitness family). We want to be healthy. And to get in the mind set, we have been streaming different documentaries to help us in our process. I have made a list of what to stream when you are trying to lose weight.

P90X's Island Pork Tenderloin Recipe

I have been trying to gradually lose weight. Really we are trying to get back into a healthy lifestyle. We ate WAY TOO much over the holidays and it just wasn't good for our health at all. I have started doing Beachbody's P90X again but this time I have changed it up so I can slowly get into it and not overwhelm myself. I am trying to start with our diet and first. I have been working out, but I am starting slow because I didn't realize how weak I was. Eating healthy can be very yummy. We actually enjoy eating foods that are better for us, but the unhealthy foods tend to be so much more convenient, unless you meal plan - which we have started doing again. Meal planning can also be cheaper on your wallet. Here's a recipe that is healthy, yummy, and pretty easy to make.

Island Pork Tenderloin - Easy, Delicious, Low Calorie Dinner Recipe

Island Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Merry Christmas! + Nutrisystem Results

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 My daughter was out of school this week, so on Monday we headed to Zoo Atlanta with my sister-in-law and some of our friends. It was a lot of fun and I got a lot of steps in. We brought in our lunches and I had a great discussion about Nutrisystem and the great eating habits it has taught me. Tuesday I cleaned the house top to bottom to getting ready for company and wrapped all of the kiddos' presents from us.

Losing Weight during the Holidays
I know I mentioned last week that we were going to go to The Varsity on Christmas Eve, but it has been very rainy in Georgia with flash flood watches so we decided to stay at my in-laws and have a nice steak dinner. I still can't believe my father-in-law went to the grocery store that morning.

Nurisystem Week 11 Update #nsnation

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Monday we started the week off with dance of course where they had a Santa and Peanut actually sat in his lap! Both were scared when we went before. SweetPea said she would have sat in his lap (even though she was scared) if she knew there were candy canes. LOL
This week has was SweetPea's last week of school before Winter Break and we all went as a family to her Christmas Party on Friday, then we took the kiddos to see The Good Dinosaur which was a GREAT movie and I seriously suggest taking your kiddos to see it.