5 Ways to Jump Start Your Health for the New Year
January 9, 2017

Almost everyone makes New Year's Resolutions at the beginning of the New Year.  I don't.  I assess my goals and "get back on track."  I love having a healthy lifestyle.  But it goes down hill around November and that's okay.  I own it and then I get back on track.  It's all about progress, not perfection.  If I was perfect, I'd be bored and have nothing to write about. haha. So what are the things I do to change? 1. Get Moving After the Holidays, it's hard to get moving.  But it's necessary.  For many reasons, including boosting those happy endorphins and to boost the metabolism.  Whether it's to lose weight or just to get healthy, it's important to not stay still.  I could make an excuse that my …

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Why I am Grateful for Having a Miscarriage
November 30, 2016

  I never thought these words would ever come out of my mouth.  EVER. I am grateful that I had a miscarriage. It's been almost seven years.  It was around Thanksgiving and we went to Disney to celebrate the three-month pregnancy.  After all, my doctor warned me that I might not be able to have children.  He said with having endometriosis and being 39 years-old, my chances were slim. It took about eight months to get pregnant and we were excited. But when we were at Disney, I went to the bathroom and saw a little blood on my underwear, I panicked. It was the weekend and I talked to the nurse.  When I went in on Monday there was a faint heartbeat so I was relieved. But then the weekend …

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5 Reasons Why I gained 9 lbs Back After Losing 30 on the Smart For Life Diet
August 24, 2016

It's been an awesome ride.  I absolutely love the cookies.  I reached my goal and after I did really well for a while.  I was at my goal weight for one week, then I relaxed...  I felt too skinny, if that's possible hahah, so I started indulging because I "could afford to."  Smart For Life gave me a maintenance program.  But I thought I could do tweak and infuse it with some of my old bad habbits.  I was tired of "dieting." But the thing is, is that it isn't a diet, it's a lifestyle.  I made choices.  And then I made the wrong choices.  Here are five things I did wrong while maintaining on Smart For Life. 1 - I didn't abide by the maintenance plan! …

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Lucky Bars
July 24, 2016

I bet if I asked you if your child was a picky eater, 90% of you would say yes.  My kids will eat anything that is snacks.  So broccoli becomes a snack.  Chicken nuggets become snacks.  God forbid my sons eat a full meal!  Yes, it's called lunch and dinner.  But they just don't get it.  So they snack a lot and of course one of their favorite snacks is my precious Smart For Life cookies!   You can take my Starbucks away for a few days, but don't take away my Smart For Life cookies! So when we discovered the Lucky Bars, my picky eaters/ kids were thrilled!  They have as much protein as two eggs and are so tasty the kids have to hide them …

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Why Acai-Pomegranate Appetite Suppressing Concentrate Drops Will Help You Drink More Water
July 10, 2016

Most people I know complain about not drinking enough water.  A lot of my friends drink soda.  I drink a lot of coffee which is a diuretic and dehydrates the body.  All more of a reason to drink more water.  There are so many reasons that drinking water is good for your health. When I went on the Smart For Life diet I was told that I had to drink water.  That it was key to losing weight and boy were they right!  When I didn't drink enough water I was bloated and lethargic.  Water cleans out your system, pushes everything out.  It hydrates the body and flushes out toxins.  It's really important to drink water.  But sometimes knowing that isn't enough for me to do …

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5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Try The Smart For Life Diet
April 26, 2016

Well, here we are six months later on this amazing journey with Smart For Life.  I am so grateful to go through this journey and share the ups and downs with my readers.  I have eaten 5,790,873 cookies and lost 30lbs.  I kid! I kid! hahah.  But really, I have eaten ALOT of cookies.  But guess what?  You'd think I'd be sick of them by now, but I'm not!  I really enjoy them and can't imagine life without them.  So can I eat anything I want now?  No, I have to maintain this weight.  That means that I have to remember the reasons why I started this journey, and realize that it's about balance, not eating everything I see on the grocery store shelves.   I …

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#smartforlife #cookiediet #momjunkydiet Week 23 Introducing the NLAL
April 13, 2016

So this week I got to try something new!  This thing is AMAZING! It’s called NLAL. What? NLazer Assisted Lipolysis (NLAL), it is basically light therapy that mimics the effects of liposuction. Unlike liposuction which is invasive surgery, in other words someone sticks a metal tube inside you and vacuums the fat out, NLAL is non-invasive with no surgery, no scar, no blood, no mess. NLAL is cold LED light therapy so it does not remove the fat cells like surgical lipo does, but it shrinks them, which has a very similar effect: you lose inches. The amazing thing about this cold light treatment is that you can target specific areas, just like surgical liposuction! You can target abdomen, waist, back, hips, thighs, upper legs, or arms. …

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#smartforlife #cookiediet #momjunkydiet Week 22
April 5, 2016

22 weeks! It’s been such a journey.  I have changed so much, and I am enjoying every second of it. I used to shop for clothes thinking “they’re a little tight, but I’ll lose some weight and they’ll fit.”  Those clothes were bought, stored under the bed and never worn because I never lost the weight.  Fast forward 22 weeks and some of them still haven’t been worn because… now they’re too big!!!  I can’t believe it. So I have been getting this question a lot: “who is the Smart for Life diet for?”  It’s weird because I never really thought about a diet being limited to a specific group, but I guess some people assume because it works so well, it must work only for …

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#smartforlife #cookiediet #momjunkydiet Week 21
March 19, 2016

So this week I have good news and bad news… The good news is that I survived my mom visiting for 10 days. The bad news is that “survived” doesn’t mean I didn’t gain weight. Yes, the scale said 2lbs more than it did a week ago. But after losing 30lbs in 5 months, I can’t expect to lose a pound a week forever, so losing nothing or gaining a few ounces is expected. Gaining 2lbs on the other end might seem like a setback, but I don’t see it that way. Why don’t I think gaining 2lbs isn’t a setback? Because a year ago I would have gained 6lbs in the same situation. I can’t recall how much I gained last year when my mom …

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#smartforlife #momjunkydiet #Cookiediet Week 20
March 10, 2016

20 weeks! I can’t believe it.  30 pounds lost! I hope to do a side by side finale at six months. So this week my mom is coming into town from Arizona for my youngest’s second birthday. You would think I am afraid of having to deal with the pretzel bark, the cupcakes, the Greek orzo salad, or the chips… but after being to so many kid’s birthday parties in the past 20 weeks while on the Smart for Life program, that doesn’t scare me much. I have learned how to control myself in front of the multicolored frosting. What does scare me is my mom coming for 10 days… Food is very important in my family and every time my mom visits we always indulge, and …

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#smartforlife #momjunkydiet Week 19
March 2, 2016

So this is week 19. Time passes by so fast, I can't believe it. I've never stayed consistent with my eating for so long. Before Smart for Life all I knew was indulging with slowly increasing portions until it was time for a crash diet, and then the cycle would start again. I feel like the clock went back 20 years! I am very happy with my weight and am loving pulling out all the old fabulous clothes I own that haven't fit me in years and now fit me.  It's so much fun! In my excavation of old clothes, I still found about 4 pairs of jeans and pants that don't fit and that is going to be my new goal.  Not by pounds although …

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