The Homework Dilema

kimberly-farmer-287677-unsplashMy youngest child’s elementary school recently made the decision to have a no homework policy put into place. I, for one, was elated and so was my daughter, who is now in 3rd grade! Homework really isn’t an issue for us. She does what she has to do and doesn’t complain much. Then, I really started to think about how this would affect her middle school and high school years. Now keep in mind, they still want them to do their reading at home, which we don’t have a problem with since she loves to read.

She has good grades and is doing well in school, so it seems as though homework isn’t really affecting how well she does in school. I can see how this would affect a child who might be struggling in school. Homework means more practice to get better at the things they need help on.

I do think that homework is important, but at the same time, I’m kinda glad that I don’t have to worry about it in elementary school anymore. 🙂

Parents and teachers….what are your views on homework?

Noom Journey – Week 5

This past week was a bit harder. I didn’t do well at all yesterday, but I held my head high and continued on with today. Sweets are still my weakness, but I have yet to have a cupcake since I started this program, which is a huge win for me!

I’ve been testing out have bigger meals instead of eating snacks in between. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Determined to find what works for me.

Weight loss has been slow, but I’m okay with that. It doesn’t help that I already have issues with my GI system (meaning I don’t go #2 as often as one should), but enough with the TMI! 😂 I’m still trekking on, trying to get to that 157 by the end of September!

I did try something new today that I loved! It was Caulipower Pizza! It’s in the frozen pizza aisle and it was so good! Tasted just like pizza crust and it’s only 330 calories for 1/2 a pizza. Try it and let me know what you think!

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!!

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

5 Myths About Oily Skin

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Photo by Alexandra Gorn on Unsplash

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?

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.