What My Trip To The Library Taught Me

My children have been begging me to go to the library, so we finally made it there yesterday and they loaded up my card full of new books. We didn’t have the two year old with us, so I had a blast getting to quietly browse through all the books myself.

I made it over to the health section of the library and stood there staring at the section of diet books. I walked away without getting one single book from that section, even though I would love to lose some weight.

Why?

Because it was so overwhelming.

There were shelves after shelves full of books that contained loads of information. The problem is that they all contained different information.

Some said go gluten free. Others said eat coconut oil to lose weight. Still others said to do a greek diet. And the list goes on and on.

Why are there so many different resources?

Because I think all those different diets can truly help different people. We all have various needs and our bodies are not all alike. What weakness I might have in my body will be different then what another mom might have. Going gluten free does help some people, but everyone is not required to do that to be healthy.

Instead of checking out books I came home and signed up for a bunch of e-courses that are found in the Healthy Living Bundle that is available today! I had a chance to get a copy early and look through it and I’m really excited over the e-courses on whole foods, and eating well on a budget that I signed up for!

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle comes once a year in the fall, and every year they gather amazing new resources so that every bundle is totally different.

This year the bundle is $29.97, which is 99% off!

If you purchased everything separately it would be $3,708.80. No, I’m not kidding! That is an amazing savings.

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

You receive 68 eBooks, 28 eCourses, 10 printables and workbooks, 1 membership and 1 summit.

Here are a few resources that really stood out to me.

Holistic Living: Creating Happy and Healthy Families (normally $349!!). This is a program that teaches all the basics of a healthy living. From nutrition to exercise, stress management and natural medicine, this looks to be a really good course! I downloaded the cookbook that comes with it and I’m already impressed and I can’t wait to try some of the recipes.

Pressure Cooking 2 by Wardee Harmon (A $40 value!). I absolutely love my Instant Pot, but I know that I could be doing so much more with it. I’ve been amazing with what I’ve already learned from this course and I can’t believe how many things I haven’t tried in my Instant Pot yet! This is a fantastic course to teach you how to use the Instant Pot and save time!

Love Your Birth Course (Normally $397!) – This course is put together by a nurse midwife and the topics it covers looks fantastic for any mother to go through. I’m sure even though I’ve had six babies I would learn from this course! If you are a pregnant mama, or wanting to become pregnant soon, this course is perfect for you!

Stop Dieting and Have Peace With Food ($9.97) – I read this one several weeks ago and I loved it. I would never have bought this ebook (just being honest, the graphics are not amazing and I probably wouldn’t have considered it) but the story of how this woman became healthy was so inspiring and I was super glad I read it.

Will you need everything in the bundle? Nope! I don’t plan on going through every resource, but at such a huge savings I can pick and choose what I want and still save a boatload of money!

For two days only you can purchase the bundle and get a free ereader upgrade! So don’t put it off for another day, grab your bundle so you can get that free ereader upgrade today, it will save you $10!

I know that so many of you want to learn more about being healthy and fit. It’s not so you can look like a size 2 and fit into all the teeny tiny clothes. You truly want to be healthy so you can be a good wife and mom, one is happy, healthy, and thriving in life because your health is in order.

I want that for myself as well, which is why I wanted to share this resource with you!

A Better Day, A Better You Challenge!

I’m so delighted to invite you all to join me on a 30 Day challenge in September! It’s called A Better Day, A Better You.

Why am I making this challenge?

Because I need accountability. It’s as simple as that. And I know I’m not the only one.

A Better You, A Better Day 30 Day Challenge

This summer has been rough on my health. Late nights working on remodeling our house and eating pizza more nights than I can count has not been kind to me. My hormones are a mess right now. And the scale just keeps going higher.

*gulp*

I’ve never struggled with losing weight after a pregnancy until this one. I know my thyroid/adrenal/progesterone hormones all play a big factor in this, but so does eating healthy. And I’ve definitely not been eating healthy this summer.

I need to press the reset button before the holidays hit. So I’m inviting you to join me in September for this!

‘A Better Day, A Better You’ will consist will of three things.

Eat very little sugar for the month. 

Get in some sort of exercise 5 days a week. 

Get in God’s word each day. 

Don’t let that list overwhelm you. I’m a mom of six children and I don’t have time to spend and hour or more each day on exercise and in-depth Bible studies.

KISS – Keep It Super Simple will be what we try to implement during September. The more complicated you make these challenges, the easier it is fail. And we don’t want to fail at this!

If you are interested in joining, enter your email address below! 

 

This is a free 30 day challenge, but you need to be on Facebook to join the group where this will take place. There are a few resources I suggest, but they are optional.

Once you enter your email address, check your email right away and download the PDF document that is sent to you. This contains details of the 30 day challenge and a link to join the Facebook group!

I can’t wait to do this with you all! This isn’t all about losing weight for 30 days, it’s about making healthier choices, and feeding our souls with spiritual food everyday as well.

Please invite all your friends to join!!

Whole 30 And How It Ended

March 3rd was supposed to be the end of my Whole 30 experience, but it ended a little early. I wasn’t happy about this, but Sean finally insisted. I ended up catching Influenza A and was terribly sick, laying in bed so fatigued and with a fever I could barely move. I was also nauseated and nothing sounded good. A salad was out of the question, and the only thing I was eating was applesauce and roasted sweet potatoes and apples.

Finally Sean told me just to eat, that it was important to get my strength back and I needed to eat whatever sounded good. So I ended up breaking my Whole 30, but it was the best decision for the moment.

I’m thrilled with the results I have for not even doing it a full month! I lost 10 pounds in the 2 ½ weeks that I did Whole 30! Sean can definitely notice a difference, which is really nice. 🙂 My skin cleared up, which helps me know that I’m not looking for that magic cream to get rid of breakouts, but eating clean is what will do it.

The first day I was out of bed and dressed after having the flu. Still tired looking, but I was happy to be out of bed! 

Overall it was a really positive experience. It was difficult to constantly be eating food alone, and I got tired of fixing 2 different meals at dinner time. I also was getting tired of the meals I was making and needed to find some new things to make, but that was just a matter of searching Pinterest again to find some new recipes.

I’m hoping that this helps my metabolism wake up, and that I can keep eating clean 80-90% of the time and continue to lose the rest of the weight that I wanted to lose.

I’m feeling a lot better now but I’m still really tired. I just can’t seem to get enough sleep so I haven’t been getting up early to exercise at all. I did go outside with the girls and ride bikes one day, so I’ll count that as exercise. 🙂

 

Whole 30 Week Two – It’s Working!!

I’ve looked forward to writing this blog post all week. I’m still in shock. I’m 9 days into doing Whole 30 and it’s totally working! Best of all, I love doing it! It’s so easy to do compared to Trim Healthy Mama (at least for me) and I’m seeing incredible results already!

I shared a picture in my LulaRoe group where I’m wearing jeans that I haven’t been able to wear in a very long time! That was such a great feeling to get those jeans back on in just 9 days time! I don’t feel bloated and yucky and I know I’ve lost some pounds. You are not supposed to weigh yourself until the very end, but weighing myself keeps me motivated. 🙂 I will wait to share the final number until the end of the challenge.

Here are some of the meals I’ve made this week.

Turkey Zucchini Poppers (they are supposed to use ground chicken but I found ground turkey to be cheaper), with steamed broccoli and roasted beets and sweet potatoes. It was really good!

Pizza Potato Skins – I made this for our whole family, so the ones with cheese on them was for everyone else. 🙂 These didn’t taste quite as good as I had hoped. I think the biggest reason was the pizza sauce. I made it from scratch and it didn’t have any sugar in it, and it just tasted a little off. Overall it was a fun meal to make, and I would love to try this again with some tastier pizza sauce. I had a big salad with this as well.

Cobb Salad – I had this for lunch one day and it was so yummy! I discovered just how much sugar is in anything when I had to start reading the back of all my spices, meat, etc. It’s everywhere! I went to our local heath food store and bought some bacon that even had stamped on it “Whole 30 Approved.” It tastes really good! This has definitely increased our food bill a little bit, so after the 30 days I’ll go back to eating the turkey bacon I normally get from Costco.

I ate plain salad for several days before I made it to the health food store and bought this Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing that is Whole 30 approved. Thankfully it was on sale at the store. It’s actually really, really good!

As for exercise, my sister called me on Monday and asked if I wanted to go to a Barre workout class with her at the local gym. It sounded like fun, so I said sure! We ended up going to the wrong gym, and did an hour long intense areobics workout instead. Whew! I definitely had a good workout that night!

My sister seems fascinated with the Barre workout concept right now, and sent me this workout on Youtube to try. I’ve done it twice this week, it’s super intense! So far I have done a modified version for 20 minutes, I have yet to finish the workout! Baby steps…

Wednesday was hard. Israel had to make chocolate coins for history and the smell of chocolate was in the house for hours! Then I would open up the fridge to grab some veggies, and there were little chocolate cups that were waiting to be turned into coins in front of my face. Just a little distracting. :/ But I made it through and ate some fresh fruit instead.

I need to work on drinking more water this week. I have a 32 ounce glass mason jar from the Pioneer Woman that I use to drink out of every day. I normally fill it with some lemon juice as well and my goal is to get 2 of these down a day.

I’m hoping this next week goes as well as this past week has! I’ve really missed my greek yogurt, so I’ll definitely be adding that back in once the 30 days are up. But if I keep losing baby weight, I’m not giving up once the 30 days are over!