Noom Journey – Week 4

This past week wasn’t easy for me, but I also didn’t feel guilty when I didn’t eat the way I should have. My sister and BIL came into town and I did treat myself quite a bit. From the amazing Mexican food we had on Thursday night (I did forgo the margaritas, so I was proud of myself), all the way to the pizza on Friday night, and frozen custard for lunch on Saturday. I didn’t make the best choices, but I did enjoy them being here and did limit myself on certain things. No sodas, only water.

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As you can see from my weight graph, there have been a lot of ups and downs, but notice the steady decrease. I try not to pay attention to those ups and do appreciate the downs.  I haven’t gotten past 166, but I am going to step it up this week and work on only doing 2 desserts the whole week.

I was also added to my group during week 3 and that has been helpful. Seeing others struggling with the same things I am and seeing how they are working on them has helped me in a HUGE way. Excited about the next 3 months and where they will take me! Thanks Noom!!

Why is Monday such a bad word?

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I’m not sure why Monday has such a negative connotation. Well, I know why it does, but we’ve just become accustomed to seeing it as a negative. If anything goes wrong, “it’s a case of the Mondays”. If the day is long “oh well, it’s a Monday”. We use Monday as an excuse for things that don’t go our way. I’m not placing blame as I’ve done it myself! Haven’t we all?! Why not change the Monday stigma? Train our brains to view it as something more positive.

If you have a full time job with regular hours (like myself), Monday should be welcomed. You have a job that is giving you a paycheck. So many people out there are laid off or can’t find a job, and here you are walking into work on a Monday, when so many others wish they could be doing the exact same thing you are.

If you are a stay at home mom, which is a more than full time job in itself, Monday is a reason for new beginnings. If you had a tough weekend or week before, Monday is your day to restart and reclaim. Forget all those times your kids annoyed you or made a mess somewhere and be thankful that you do have kids who are able-bodied to do so.

If you are a small business owner (ie, network marketing, direct sales, personal trainer, etc), Monday is the first day to reach your goals that you have set for yourself that week. It sets the tone on how the rest of the week will be.

I challenge you to stop getting a case of the Monday’s. It’s all in your head. Make Monday feel like Friday! It’s another day you are alive!

The Secret to Young-Looking Skin

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Remember the feeling of your skin when you were younger? So smooth, no dry areas, smaller pores? Now compare that to the skin you have now. Do you see fine lines, wrinkles, dry spots, enlarged pores, does it have a rough feeling? One of the biggest things that changes as we grow older is new skin cells don’t come to the surface as fast as they did when we were kids! When we were young, our skin was “rejuvinating” itself all the time. Now, our new plump skin cells don’t come to the surface as often, so that means fine lines and wrinkles.

What Seneplex Complex does is rush new skin cells to the surface 23.3% FASTER THAN NORMAL! Did you hear me? FASTER! That means, with continued use, your skin gets closer and closer to the look and feel of younger skin. Seneplex Complex is a kinetic enyze that affects the way cells grow from the bottom layers of the skin to the top. SenePlex Complex is the SECRET behind our skin care and our pigmented skin care (makeup). The most amazing thing is that you are treating your skin 24 hours a day, because you can find SenePlex Complex in everything we carry, except Lipsense and Linersense!IMG_4439

Why Noom?

 

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I admit, I was lucky and never struggled with weight when I was young. I honestly thought I’d be skinny forever, but then kids came and metabolism changed. Over the years I’ve tried different diets and programs, including Weight Watchers (multiple times), Beach Body, Nutrisystem, Keto, and the list goes on. They were never sustainable for me as it was a lifestyle that I didn’t want to continue for the rest of my life! I wanted my pizza, I wanted carbs, I wanted sweets (specifically, cupcakes)! I chose Noom because I wanted something to change my habits. I wanted to make a change that could agree with my cravings, but also get me eating better 80% of the time. I wanted something that was different from everything out there.

Noom helps you make behavorial changes rather than just telling you what you CAN’T eat! Knowing that I can eat whatever I want (in moderation), makes me crave it less! Does that make sense? It’s so crazy when you know you can’t have something, you want it even more. But, when you know you can have it, you tell yourself you don’t really need it.

Just like any other weight loss program, you log your food and weigh yourself every morning. You will have your ups and downs in weight, but the most important thing is to keep going! Don’t quit just because you gained a pound or two or because you gorged on pizza the day before, today is a new day to make great choices.

I also love the mini-articles you read on a daily basis and the little quizzes they give you. It’s a super fun app, and if you are a techie person, you will love it!

Have you thought about trying out Noom?

5 Myths About Oily Skin

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It’s funny how you always hear, “I have oily skin” or “There is oil on my forehead and nose, therefore, I have oily skin”. Nothing is further from the truth. True oily skin means that your entire face is shiny and oily feeling. You may or may not have blemishes, visible discoloring, and enlarged pores.

Growing up with oily skin, I have tried so many different things and found out oily skin isn’t always what you think it is. Here are 5 Myths about oily skin.

Myth #1 – I shouldn’t use moisturizer.

WRONG! In fact, when you use moisturizer, it tricks  your face into thinking that it needs to product LESS oil because your face is being hydrated. Did you know that people with oily skin tend to have dehydrated skin, because they aren’t moisturizing enough? True story!

Myth #2 – Eating foods high in fat makes your skin oily.

Not even close. There are no studies that prove that eating foods high in fat makes your skin oil. Oily skin is the result of an excessive amount of sebum being produced by large sebaceous glands. So that chocolate cake or greasy pizza doesn’t do it.

Myth #3 – Using alcohol-based skin products will take the oiliness away.

Nope. In fact, this will dry out your skin and make it even more oily! Yes, the immediate feeling of non-oily skin may be nice, but in reality, your skin is going to work harder to produce more oil since you just dried it out!

Myth #4 – Sunscreen makes skin more oily.

Sunscreen that we remember as kids was greasy and heavy, but we have come a long way, my dear! Today’s sunscreen, especially for faces, is light, hydrating, and doesn’t feel like you are lathering Crisco on your face! I love the Color Correcting Tinted Moisturizer that comes in Light, Medium, and Dark. It adapts to your skin tone once you put it on and has a mechanical shield that is equivalent to 15 SPF. I also put regular Day time Moisturizer on and that is equivalent to 15 SPF, so I get a total protection of 30 SPF!

Myth #5 – Oily skin means acne.

Not always. I have oily skin and also had bad acne when I was a teenager. However, I still have oily skin, but very rarely do I get a blemish. If I do, I use Spot-On Treatment and it’s usually gone within a day or two. So just because you have oily skin doesn’t mean you are going to break out for the rest of your life. Just means that you need to make sure you are taking care of your skin a little more carefully than most.

What other myths have you heard about oily skin?

Back to School Habits

Untitled design (21)It’s time again for the kids to go back to school. Mine have already gone back and things are going smoothly so far. Here are some helpful habits for back to school time for your kids and for you!

Night Routine

Start the back to school routine BEFORE school actually starts. The girls started school on a Thursday, so we started the back to school bed time on Monday. They got into the routine of shower, brush teeth, get clothes ready, get backpack ready, and then bedtime for reading then sleep. They were ready for the back to school night because they had been preparing the whole week.

Morning Routine

The morning routine is almost more important that the night. The biggest thing to do in the morning is BREAKFAST! Make sure they have a good breakfast before they leave for the day. My 8 year old tends to have Carnation Instant breakfast as she is a very picky eater, so she doesn’t get all of the nutrients she needs. These drinks always give her a great start. My 13 year old is a bit different and will sometimes eat breakfast at home and sometimes have it at school.

After School Routine

My kids know that when they come home, the first thing that needs to be done is homework! They each have their “homework space” in the house where they concentrate best. They will usually have a snack with their homework, so that makes the process a little easier. I diffuse oils a lot during school time to keep the families immunity up and I’m usually diffusing On Guard by DoTerra starting around lunch time and throughout the rest of the day and evening to help keep our immunities strong and bugs at bay. Also, has a nice scent to it. Once homework is done, backpacks get put in their designated spot and the girls have their computer time. We are a high-tech family, so each girl has their own computer. Others will probably think that our girls have too much screen time, and everyone has their own opinion, but they are usually quiet and not fighting, and I’m totally okay with that. 🙂

I’d love to hear your back to school habits for your family! Always ready to hear great ideas!

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Noom Journey- Week 3

The first 2 weeks of Noom are in the books. It’s amazing what logging your meals can do for your brain. When you realize that those cupcakes you love are actually around 780 calories and your daily calorie budget is 1200, you rethink the cupcake. I like that I don’t feel guilty when I a have a few slices of pizza, because I know that the rest of the day I ate healthy, filling foods. Weight loss has been up and down, but steadily going down for the past 2 weeks and it makes me happy and proud that I’ve stuck it out for this long (2 weeks is long for me). I’ve already lost 4 pounds.

I’ve found a few of my favorite meals so far.

Breakfast: Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal with strawberries, Strawberries and Cottage Cheese, Peaches and cottage cheese, 2 scrambled eggs with Sara Lee Delightful 45 Wheat Toast.

Snacks: Grapes, pickles, Banana and peanut butter on bread

Lunch: Whole wheat tortilla wrap with deli turkey, pickle spear, and mustard, Spinach saled with croutons, mushrooms, and Fat Free Thousdand Island dressing

Dinner: Buritto bowls, Tostada with fat free refried beans, Baked potato with Fat free greek yogurt (substituted for sour cream), baked chicken

My free 14 day trial period for Noom ended yesterday, so today I was charged $129 for the next four months. That’s $32.25 per month, so not too bad to make myself some new habits and lose weight.

I will continue to post weekly about how I’m doing.