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    How I Accidentally Lost 5 Pounds in 2 Weeks

    You know that cliche saying that when you stop looking for something you’ll find it? That’s the easiest way to explain how I accidentally lost some weight back in May. It started when I went on a work trip and I’ve actually been steadily keeping it off as well as slowly losing more since then. I just think it’s so funny that I’ve been trying for basically the last 10 to 15 years to slim down and it never works. It’s always an up and down struggle of semi-hating myself, trying really hard and then giving up. But then I…

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    7 Ways to Be Present // Here & Now

    It’s almost trendy to talk about putting down our phones and being present, intentional, with our time, isn’t it? But with all of the screens we look at, the thousands of messages and words scrolling across those screens and notifications buzzing and pinging, all the things on our to do lists that need to be done right-now,  it’s hard to just be in the moment. I can’t even count how many times I feel excited about a moment and feel like I need to get my phone out and take a picture, whether it’s for safe keeping or to post…

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    Sugar Strike Recap // Sometimes you fail…

    Ever been really excited about something and then just kind of given up part way through? I’m furiously working on that flaw in myself, but it happens. I announced my challenge here and checked in at the three week mark here. I was able to stay off sugar for the first two weeks. Week three I failed. Week four I did better, but still had some sugar. I honestly can’t remember what happened during week five, but I’m assuming it was similar to week four. Since I overall consumed less sugar over the course of the challenge, I’m calling it…

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    Sugar Strike 2014 // Checking In

    Sugar, why must you be so delicious and addictive? I’ve survived three of the five weeks I’ve committed to my sugar strike. I haven’t been good lately, but overall I’ve been feeling better. Week One: It sucked. It sucked more than I remember because I craved sugar after every meal and couldn’t have it and got frustrated. I didn’t throw tantrums, but I wanted to. Week Two: Much better. The second week of my sugar strike was a breeze and I hardly even craved it or thought about it at all. It was easy for me to turn down sugar…

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    Sugar Strike Challenge // Round Two

    Two years ago I cut out sweets from my diet for two weeks. You can read about my first sugar strike challenge here and here. When I decided to do the same this year I, for some reason, thought I had done it for SIX weeks. What? So my plan this time around is FIVE weeks. But now that I remember I didn’t go that long before I’m a little nervous, but I’m doing it anyway! I started my sugar strike on Monday (Feb 24th) and will be completing the challenge  on Monday (March 31st). That is a full five…

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    Abundant Harvest Organics // Weekly Produce Box

    A few months ago I signed us up to get a weekly organic produce box from Abundant Harvest Organics. To be honest, I don’t buy a lot of organic just because it’s not in the budget right now. But I wanted to give this a try because you don’t get to pick what you get each week. Why? I tend to stick to what I know. I tend to cook similar meals several times a month and I stick to ingredients I’m familiar with. Over the last few months we’ve worked through all sorts of produce that I don’t use…

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    The Male Vegetarian

    Vegetarianism. I’m not one of those preachy Vegetarians that tries to turn meat eaters. In fact, I usually don’t bring it up unless I have to because I don’t like feeling like I have to explain myself. I know that my answers sound stupid to people who could care less, so what’s the point? Plus after I answer their response is usually something like “I couldn’t give up meat. I like it too much.” or “Who cares? They’re animals.” and then what am I supposed to say? Awkward. Labeling myself as a Vegetarian is tough enough, but I think Blaine,…

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    On Counting Calories

    You want to know something that never, ever crossed my mind until last week? My dad has never counted calories. My husband has never counted calories. I have been counting calories (or at least watching my calories) for longer than I can remember. And every girl friend that I can think of has done it at least once in their life. Blaine brought up a good point when I was talking about this today: men and women generally seem to view weight loss and fitness differently. He says when a guy wants to lose weight, they start usually working out.…

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    Fitness Friday // Week 4 (On a Saturday)

    Start weight: 170.5 — Current weight: 168.5 — Goal weight: 150 (for now)This Week’s Work Out Time:  3 hoursTotal Time (since 4/23): 16 hours, 45 minutes First off – I’m kind of terrible at actually posting on Friday. Since I usually go to the gym in the late afternoon, I get home and shower and by the time I’m out Blaine is home and I get distracted and totally forget! Oh well. It seems the only muscles of mine that get sore are my chest and shoulders. Even if I feel like I’m working out everything else equally as hard,…

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    Fitness Friday // Week 3

    Week Three Start weight: 170.5 — Current weight: 169 — Goal weight: 150 (for now)This Week’s Work Out Time:  4 hours, 45 minutes Total Time (since 4/23): 13 hours, 45 minutes I’m already done with three whole weeks of having a regular fitness routine? Really? At the beginning of this, I would have thought three weeks would be an eternity of working out, but now it’s become routine and something I’m working on accepting that I’ll be doing for the rest of my life. This article was a recommendation from someone in the Weight Watchers fitness forum and it has changed…