Confession Time

by Rebecca on October 13, 2014

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Confession Time

By Rebecca Heriz

You know you need to lose weight when:  you break down and buy your first pair of sweat pants in over 20 years… AND a men’s t-shirt for lounging around the house in something a little looser and more covering!

I rationalized that t-shirt by saying since I only have one boob now, I look more like a man anyway.  But the truth is, my spare tire has gotten so big I needed the extra width and length a men’s T provides.   That’s my confession.. breaking down and buying larger, more stretchy clothing.  I’d gained a bunch of weight after surgeries within a year of each other.  And the cancer diagnosis was so depressing it’s been hard to get motivated to do anything above and beyond what absolutely has to be done each day.   I suppose I’ve been comfort eating, a lot.
On top of purchasing stretchier clothing, I also binged on some Count Chocula on Saturday.  I NEVER eat sweetened cereal and rarely let the boys have it, so when hubby saw me with a heaping bowl of chocolatey goodness, he gave me a very funny look and asked “that for you or the boys?”  I couldn’t answer.. my mouth was too full.
Fortunately, I’ve started running some weight loss and fitness challenge groups, and I started my own challenge last Monday.  In the past I would have let looser clothing and a chocolatey binge totally derail me, and I’d just keep binging.. more sweet cereal, cookies, ice cream.. I mean, once you get off track it’s so much easier to stay off track!  But I didn’t let that happen this time, and I didn’t get stressed out about it either.   I’ve got some tools for getting back on track.

Do you struggle with sticking to a diet, weight loss or exercise plan?
Here’s some tools for you to use too.

1.  Move on.  Let it go.  Release the guilt!  You can’t change the past, but you can change the future, so stop dwelling on it and get motivated to get back on track ASAP.
2.  Eat Celery.   When we binge, it’s usually junk.  Amiright?  Celery is loaded with water and fiber, and helps flush out toxins and extra salt, and relieve bloating.3.  Drink Tons of Water.  Hot water with lemon and a dash of cayenne is a great way to detox.  Plain water works too.  Green tea is a great option as well.  Drink up!
4.  Purge the Junk.  If there’s junk in my house, even if it’s “only for the boys”.. fugget about it!  If it’s in my house, I WILL eat it!
5.  Workout.   Committing to exercising helps me stay the course.  I hate to undo my hard work by munching on snacks.  If I exercise in the morning, I’ve set myself up for a healthier day, simply because I don’t want all my hard work wasted!
BONUS:  Plan your meals!  Being prepared means you’re less likely to hit McDonald’s or grab a bag of chips somewhere.

 

Watch THE PAGE for the next challenge group announcement.  It’s going to start in November to help combat Holiday weight gain.  Oh my gosh, I was at Sam’s Club today and the gigantic bags of Holiday M&Ms, salted caramels, meats n cheeses… *sigh*  I’m not ready for all that temptation!!

 

 

 

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Halloween Door Wreath

by Rebecca on October 9, 2014

 Halloween Decoration Craft:  Halloween Door Wreath

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 I really get into Halloween decorating!

I wanted to make a door wreath and stumbled upon this one on Pinterest:

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So off to the craft store I went, in search of the necessary items.

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I got a floral foam wreath, some skeletons, gold ribbon (not shown), black roses, green tulle and black tulle.  And some paper clips for attaching everything to the foam.

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I wrapped the foam in gold ribbon just in case, because I didn’t want the foam to show through after I added the skeleton bones.

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Look closely to see the paper clip attaching the ribbon to the foam wreath form.

It wasn’t quite long enough to completely cover the foam, but once I covered it in tulle you couldn’t tell at all.

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Next I wrapped almost 20 yards of black tulle around the wreath, to hide any open spots in the ribbon, and to give it nice creepy dimension.  And I tied the black roses on with the extra tulle.

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I kept laying the skeleton bones on the wreath in different formations, and I ended up just loving it with only the skulls.  I used the glue gun to stick them in place.

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I LOVE it!

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How One Mother Healed Her Son’s Eczema Naturally

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A Natural Treatment Regimen That Has Worked For Some Of My Mommy Friends I saw these photos on FB yesterday and my heart just ached for this little boy, and all the other kiddos struggling with eczema.  What a wicked condition!  But the good news is that many people have found natural ways to deal […]

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The Skinny Behind Obesity And Artificial Sweeteners

October 7, 2014
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New Research Shows Why Artificial Sweeteners Really Do Cause Weight Gain What’s the real link between artificial sweeteners and weight gain?  Is it something as simple as people who are over weight are more drawn to artificial sweeteners than healthy weight people?  Or do artificial sweeteners actually cause weight gain?   These questions have been […]

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Pinktober

October 1, 2014
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It’s “Pinktober” again, and everything under the sun seems to be wrapped in a pink ribbon. It’s October again.  It’s such a weird time of year for me, as a Breast Cancer survivor.  Mixed feelings.  Lots of them.  I LOVE that people are raising awareness, but it seems like everything under the sun is wrapped […]

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