Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Want to Lose Weight? Don't Deprive Yourself!

Today's #WeightWatchers Weigh-In #12PoundsIn12Weeks Challenge January 27, 2015

Today's tip from me as a veteran of trying to lose weight and knowing how to do it in a healthy way is DON'T DEPRIVE YOURSELF!

No, this does not mean every Hershey Kiss in the bag. It means if you are dying for a Kiss, have a freaking Kiss. Figure out the points for, say, 3 Kisses and take the points and enjoy those Kisses. No, I don't want your Kisses to take up your entire 26 points for the day. I'd like for you to include a veggie or fruit every now and then.


Examples of how I indulge:


  1. My husband made amazing naughty brownies last night. I had a few bites and logged some points online. 
  2. Today is my Monday treat day so I got a 4-point Starbucks grande mocha frap light.
  3. I had the hash brown casserole I made Sunday (made it light) and took the 6 points for the cup because it sounded really good as I shopped for it and as I made it and as it was cooking and as we drove it to a family gathering. I knew I was going to take the points for it and also have a salad and some chicken sandwich. I did not want to be trying to resist it because then I knew I would be standing over the casserole dish later with a spoon, eating double the points I would have and feeling sick later.

Those are ways I take the power away from food. I eat what I want and take the points. 


Weight loss for this week = 0.8 pounds

Total weight loss since January 6 = 5.6 pounds (159.4 to 153.8)

Monday, January 26, 2015

I Used to Hate Mondays #ILoveMondays

I used to hate Mondays so badly. I know my husband doesn't enjoy them! That's because the kids are so awesome and he loves hanging with them over the weekends! I used to hate them when I was working at an office, too!


Now Monday means back to homeschooling, we usually go swimming at the indoor pool, I get a light Starbucks drink treat for myself and cookies for the kids, we get to sleep in after getting up early the day before for church, I get to go to the gym by myself to walk on the treadmill and get some quiet time or TV/music time while I do something good for my body/health. I also love my businesses that I do (Jamberry, Younique, Simply Aroma, editing, writing articles and ebooks), and I'm back to that on Monday morning before the kids start waking up to start learning.

I want everyone to love Mondays! I leave you with something inspirational:


Friday, January 23, 2015

How to Start a Recycling Program For Your Community

How To Start A Recycling Program For Your Community

It’s the New Year and perhaps one of your resolutions was to improve yourself and the world around you. Increasing awareness about landfills and the overuse of resources in your community might make you think about the need for a recycling program, but with such a huge task, where do you even begin? If you are ready to make a difference, here are some tips to help you turn your town into a recycling community.

Get Support from Others

The best place to begin is by assembling a group of people like you who are aware of the need for recycling and believe in making it a reality for your community. Talk to your friends and family, and get some of your local leaders involved as part of your team as well. Many politicians and community organizers will be able to help you meet the right people to put your plan into action, help you with ongoing funding, and assist in navigating government bureaucracies and other hurdles along the way.

Create an Action Plan

There are many different decisions that must be made in order to put a recycling program into action, and it’s best to start out with a plan of action and a timeline for completion. Your plan should include things like:

·         What items can be recycled
·         How recyclables will be collected, and what types of bins to use
·         Negotiating contractors for a recycling hauler to collect items
·         Whether you will collect from businesses and apartments, in addition to single family homes
·         How often the hauler will come to collect recyclables
·         How much it will cost, and whether you will need to charge residents

You may be able to offset some of the costs by coordinating with neighboring communities who either already have a program in place or want to create one.

Study Your Community’s Habits and Needs

One of the most important decisions to make is what you will recycle, and while there are a number of items that can now be recycled, it’s not necessarily a good idea to include every single one of them in your program. To determine what you should be recycling, start by studying the habits of your community members to find out what they are throwing out most—for example, paper, aluminum, cardboard, or plastic.

Once you decide what you will include in the program, be specific with instructions to community members so they recycle the correct items.

Look Beyond Just Recycling Used Items

While recycling is a great way to reuse items instead of throwing them in landfills, another way to reduce waste is to implement programs that discuss and encourage people to use less. Educate people in your community about the importance of reducing overall usage, then recycling the things that are needed as a two-pronged effort of environmental awareness.


Recycling has become a positive force for many communities to reduce costs, lower their carbon footprint, and do something good. 

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