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5 Lifestyle Changes To Help You Lose Weight

18 Oct

We all have them, those extra few pounds we’ve been trying to drop. Whether it’s post pregnancy weight (like I had) or extra pounds that snuck up on you over the years (which I also had).

I gained a lot of weight when I was pregnant, sixty pounds with Cameron and sixty-two with Logan. It took a lot of work to get rid of that extra weight and it’s something that has become like a work in progress. After Logan was born I did find a way to lose fifty pounds though.

Dieting is not the answer here folks, you have to make a conscious decision to change your lifestyle. You don’t have to make drastic changes, in fact you’d be surprised how effective just a few small changes can be.

I thought I’d share with you my top five tips. They’re five simple lifestyle changes you can make that will help drop some of that unwanted weight. The added bonus? You’ll start feeling more energized too.

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1. Drink plenty of water. If you’re dehydrated you might end up reaching for more food, it’s kind of your body’s way of seeking fluids when you’re not drinking enough. Water will also help you feel fuller longer. You’ll probably need to pee a lot at first but your body will get used to the water eventually and learn how to process it. My goal is a gallon (more on running days) a day.

Reach for water before you reach for a sugary soda. Even diet soda can aid in keeping those extra pounds. Flavor your water with fresh fruit instead.

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2. Get enough sleep. There are a number of studies that have linked weight loss with sleep but let’s just look at the most basic part of it. If you’re awake you’re more likely to be (mindlessly) snacking. There are actual chemical imbalances that are caused by not getting enough sleep and they have been proven to help you GAIN weight. So get those Zzzz’s. Aim for seven to eight hours a night.

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3. Move. It’s not always easy if you’re stuck at a desk all day but get up and moving as much as you can during the day. Park a little further at work or out shopping. Take the stairs whenever you can. When you do laundry take it one small stack at a time to put away. Those extra steps really do add up. I wear an activity tracker (fancy name for a pedometer) and my goal is at least 10,000 steps a day.

4. Think ahead when you eat out. When I know I’m going to be eating out I visit the restaurant’s website to look at their nutritional information. Sometimes what you think is going to be a healthy option is far from healthy. I try to always have my meal picked out ahead of time. If I can’t check things out before hand, I’ll use my phone to narrow down what the best options are for me once we get there.

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5. Don’t deprive yourself. If you like junk food don’t completely cut it out of your life. You’ll be cranky and when you do indulge in it you’re likely to overindulge. Instead eat in moderation. Instead of sitting on the couch with a bag of chips, put a small portion on a plate for your snack. Same with the cookies, take a few out of the package and put the rest away. You’re actually less likely to go back for more if they’re put away than if the package is sitting on your lap. Go figure.

Just these few things will have you seeing results.

What lifestyle changes have you made to become healthier and drop a few extra pounds?

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Healthy really can taste good.

16 Jun

Last Friday the boys and I were invited to visit Red Mango in Wayne, Pennsylvania to try their frozen yogurt and hear a little bit about the company.

Wayne is a hike from me but the event was put together for a friend and I support my friends. So I journeyed into a town that is on the boarder of too “city” for me and I brought the kids along.

We walked into a bright and beautiful store that was so clean I probably could have eaten off the floor. Owner Jaime was there to greet us and give us directions as to where we could find everything we needed.

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After some pizza, which my kids ate a ton of, we got to hear all about Red Mango and what sets it apart from other frozen yogurt shops.

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I had no idea that other frozen yogurt shops made their yogurt from a powder. I’m kind of an ignorance is bliss kind of girl, but now that I know the truth, I’ll be a little more selective with my frozen treats.

I’ve had frozen yogurt before, but NEVER had I had anything that tasted quite like Red Mango. Delicious doesn’t even cover it. It was so creamy and refreshing and the best part is that it’s low in calories and most options are fat free. Tasty and good for my waistline? How is that even possible?

Probiotics are all the rage right now. We all could use a little help with our digestion, right? Well, Red Mango adds probiotics to it’s creamy creations. There really is not a down side to Red Mango.

Once you get your frozen yogurt, head over to the toppings bar. Oh. My. Goodness. I was in topping heaven there. First of all there was EVERYTHING you could imagine, even the kid’s favorite cereals. More importantly, it was immaculate. We were towards the back of the line so you would think it would be a little messy by the time we rolled through. Nope! I think Jaime has some kind of magic, self cleaning toppings bar, there was nothing gross about it. I’ve seen toppings bars that weren’t self-serve look disgusting in comparison.

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Logan picked out everything you see above. Honey Badger yogurt (which was AWESOME), rainbow sprinkles, strawberries and yogurt chips (cause who doesn’t like a little yogurt on yogurt action?). When he asked for strawberries I nearly fell over, who is that kid? They were so fresh and tasty looking I guess he just could’t resist.

The boys and I really enjoyed our Red Mango treat. Delicious, healthy, AND something the kids will eat is sometimes hard to come by, but I think we found it here.

On our way out we even got a little swag bag with a shirt, water bottle and a coupon. Talk about generous! Thank you so much to Jaime and her team for inviting us in to try the yogurt and learn a little bit about Red Mango. The boys and I had a wonderful time.

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If you’re local and can make it to Wayne on June 23rd, Red Mango is having it’s Grand Opening celebration. There’s FREE yogurt involved! Be there between 10am and 2pm to welcome the FIRST Red Mango to Pennsylvania. Not local? No problem, find a Red Mango near you.

Red Mango in Wayne is so cool that they’re on Facebook and Twitter . Go check them out and say hello.

As we were getting in the car to go home Cameron looked at me with a big smile on his face and said, “You’re the best mom ever, I had SO much fun!”

 

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