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Friday, April 18, 2014

7 Ways to Recover from a Food Binge

We've all been there. A quick slice turns into a whole pie before you know it. Or you just need a sweet treat and you went overboard.

The worst is when you just want something sweet, but then you feel so guilty and frustrated about eating dessert that you just binge on the whole thing.  Who has not felt like that or even better done that?

It is so easy to let one little mistake ruin your whole day, or your whole diet. There are a couple of tips that can help you not get off track or not let that one dessert, snack, greasy dinner, make you feel sick to your stomach.....physically and mentally.

7 Ways To Recover from a Food Binge
  • Don't beat yourself up. Realize that one meal or even a whole day is not going to ruin all of the efforts you have made so far.
  • Drink water. Lots, and lots of water. Drinking a lot of water will help to break down all the high calorie food you just ingested. The water will also help to avoid bloat and remove those toxins. 
  • After the binge, try to counteract it by eating fish or chicken, and vegetables for your next meal. Just by eating healthy your next meal you have already broken the pattern of your binge.
  • If breakfast is your next meal try to stick with protein; eggs, or cottage cheese. This will help to burn off the stored glycogen.
  • Make sure to get in some exercise. It will help burn off some of the extra calories from the binge, and help you mentally get back on track and move forward with a better outlook. Just walk it off if you need to for 15 minutes. It will surprise you how much better you will feel.
  • Journal it. Sometimes, not always, (sometimes you just want to eat a whole pint of ice-cream,) your binge may have come from an emotional trigger. Write down what was going on in your life right before the binge. 
  • Learn from your binge. You may learn something about what causes a trigger, and you can see what your pattern is if you write it down. Also, if you feel another binge in your future, you can always read your journal and see how you felt after your binge with the hurt and disappointed feelings. 
Good luck.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Getting Comfortable With I Love You

In our house you will hear “I love you” as frequently as you hear “Where are my shoes?” or “Please go brush your teeth, now.” Getting comfortable with I love you took me a few years and one giant life lesson. When I was growing up, those three words were important, but hard to say. When my mother was a child she rarely heard it from her parents and my father never did, they both hated that fact. While it was hard for my mom to say the L word, my dad made it a point to make sure we heard I love you regularly. My father had been abused and neglected as a child and he never wanted that life for his children, so while he had other unpleasant tendencies as a parent, he was very good about telling us often that we were loved. My mother showed us. She made special birthday cakes, homemade dresses and spent endless hours teaching us how to sew and how to cook. It was assumed that we would know exactly how she felt about us, and she was right, we did. But it was always nice to hear.

Throughout my young life, I saw my father dote on my mother and tell her that he loved her constantly and I saw my mother take such good care of my father that I wondered if he even knew how to take care of himself. As I got older, I had close friends whom I did love and so I told them. I was also a big hugger, like my dad. That was another deal breaker for him; he didn’t receive the affection he desired as a child so he was very conscientious about hugging us often. My mom, not as much. She struggled with physical affection; it was that ghost from her childhood that just wouldn’t leave. Hugging and telling my friends I loved them seemed like a natural part of a relationship because it was part of my life at home.

Then I started dating and it became clear that saying those three little words was reserved for serious relationships. There were many men with whom I was quite physical with, but we never said I love you. There was an unspoken rule in dating, never be the first one to say it. Never. Oral sex, dry humping and naked hot tub weekends were fine but under no circumstances were you to say I love you first. Then I made the mistake. I was seeing a man whom I had met through mutual friends and we had been spending a couple of months going to parties, visiting his family and even dressing up as a couple for Halloween. I really liked him and I thought he really liked me. One evening as I was talking with him on the phone during a break from school, it happened. As I sat on the curb, smoking a cigarette and laughing at something he had said I realized that I needed to end the conversation and get back to class. “I gotta go. Love you.” It was habit. Love you was a regular salutation for friends, family and most everyone I had conversations with. Immediately I knew that I had crossed that unspoken line, but instead of being cheered and loved in return, I fell into a deep, dark pit of silence. “Sorry. I didn’t mean to say that. I mean, I like you, but….I’m sorry.” Honestly, I wasn’t sorry. The silence on the other end of the line frightened me so much that I had to backtrack; I had to make sure he wasn’t going to break up with me or try to love someone else. But it was too late. “I need to go.” he said. And that was that. We saw each other a few times after the love incident, but he had moved on to other dating opportunities.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My New Reebok #Skyscapestyle Sneakers & $120 Gift Card Giveaway

When the delivery man handed me my boxed package, I had no idea what it was. This box was so light, what could be inside? I was shocked to see that it said "Reebok" on the inside. How could this be the pair of new sneakers I was expecting?

I opened up the Reebok box to find a pair of shoes that I didn't know existed. Shoes that would fit into my everyday life. They were so light (only 5 ounces) stylish and looked so comfortable. I couldn't wait to try them out.

I read the tagline: "So lightweight and comfortable, you'll forget you have them on." I was ready to take that line to task. I have high arches, and when I am on my feet all day, my heels will ache.

The hubs and I had a long day planned for Saturday. So I knew that if I could get through the day without my feet hurting, these would be a winner. We had plans to go on a long bike ride into town and spend the day shopping, walking and being on our feet all day.

I have to say that I could not believe how comfortable these new kicks are! I wore them for 12 hours straight, and I never had any problems with rubbing, being too tight or my feet aching at the end of the day. I literally felt like I was walking on a cloud.

I can only imagine all the places these shoes could fit into my lifestyle. Wearing them to yoga, shopping, lunch with the gals, and traveling! That is what I am most excited for. These shoes are so lightweight that I could fit them right into my carry-on or purse, or wear them on the plane. I wouldn't have to worry about not feeling comfortable on a long flight across country.

Two laces? How is a girl to decide? The beauty is that I can choose which lace I want to match my outfit. I was curious, though, what is the consensus? I asked you on Instagram, and the overwhelming response was for pink laces.

One of the things I love about these shoes is that they can be worn without socks and still be crazy comfy. You don't have to worry about rubbing or starting to smell because they are MACHINE WASHABLE! That's right! If they get a little dirty, or you just want to freshen them up, throw them right into the wash. For best results remove insole and wash insole in delicate, cold-water cycle with soap or detergent. Let insole and shoe air dry. Make sure to keep away from heat or direct sunlight. Recommended to remove laces prior to washing.

Reebok Skyscape has many colors to choose from: black (of course), pink, purple, blue and gray and also has these features:

  • Foam material in the upper for softness and flexibility
  • Low-cut design for added mobility
  • Seamless construction for minimized rub and irritation
  • Unique architecture designed to support the foot and provide all-day comfort
  • Minimal rubber accents only where needed for traction
  • Skyspring technology - features a unique design architecture designed to help support the foot and provide all day comfort
  • 5 ounces

We all love being comfortable and relaxed. I think we could all use some pampering and Reebok is giving away an all-inclusive spa getaway for two! Enter here to win the spa giveaway that ends 5/31.

Now it's your time to try out Reebok Skyscape shoes. Enter to win a gift card to Reebok for $120 to make your own custom pair and feel the comfortability that a shoe can bring to your life.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Reebok Skyscape via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Monday, April 14, 2014

9 Hobbies You Should Take Up in Your 30s: Love for 30 Project

Interested in joining the Love For 30 Project? Tell us what you think about your 30s. What you have learned, or if it has been the best or the worst. We want to hear your side. Email me if you are interested!

Without some excitement every now and then, life can easily become a drudgery. Anything that shakes up a monotonous routine for the better should be embraced, and the best way to bring about excitement is by taking up a hobby. Luckily, for people in their 30s, there are plenty of great possibilities out there for the taking. Here are just a few of them.

1. Travel

By the time you reach your 30s, ideally you should be much more financially secure than in the previous decade. You’re well out of college and well into your career. Why not use some of that money to travel? It doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive trip. Maybe a low-cost road trip with some friends? Or how about a drive up into the mountains or the nearest national park? For those with a little extra cash, you can always visit some places on your bucket list, like a foreign country.

2. Photography

For those who have a more artistic personality, photography may be the way to go. It may cost a little more to get started since the best equipment definitely doesn’t come cheap, but once you’re up and running, those stunning pictures will be worth it. And if you really have a knack for it, you can possibly use your talent to earn a little extra money on the side.

3. Exercise

You may not be as physically active as you once were, but you don’t have to stay that way. Take up exercising to get yourself up and moving. Not only will this hobby help you look better, you’ll feel better as well. Your exercise routine can be simple, like taking around the neighborhood, or you can look for help from outside sources. I personally look to NuSkin’s Facebook page for inspiration.

4. Read a Book

Everyone has that list of books they’ve always been meaning to read but have simply never gotten around to. Well, now’s the time to do it. Pick up some of those latest bestsellers everyone has been talking about, or go read those classic novels that you’ve always wanted to check out.

5. Eliminate a Bad Habit

Instead of taking up a good habit, why not try to kick a bad one? If you have a smoking problem, work to get rid of it right now. If you’ve always considered yourself disorganized, try putting some order into your life. Have unhealthy eating habits? Work now to eat a balanced diet.