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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bank 40 Pampers Gifts to Grow Points!

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At the end of the articles, click "I've Read It" for 10 points each!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

A Great Investment: The Freezer Chest

Did you get some money back this year with your tax refund?  Consider investing in a freezer chest!  We did this a few years ago, and it continues to bless our family.

Here are some things you can freeze that perhaps you didn't think of before:
  • Cheese (I like shredding large blocks of cheddar and freezing in a ziploc bag.)
  • Butter (I stick pounds of butter in the freezer and stock up when I find them at a good price)
  • Bananas (Before they spoil I freeze them for banana bread. They turn black in the freezer but are great in recipes or smoothies.)
  • Homemade Freezer Jams
  • Christmas Cookies
  • Pancakes (We make large batches and then freeze them. Then, just toast them up for breakfast. We don't really eat syrup in our home. Just a little butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.)
  • Pre-Cooked Ground Beef (An easy method is to boil hamburger, drain and then freeze flat in bags)
  • Homemade Cookie Dough (Make the mix, form into balls, flash freeze on trays. Then, transfer to freezer bags.)
  • Almonds
  • Coffee
  • Turkey/Chicken Bones (If I don't have time to make stock right away, I freeze entire carcasses to make it later.)
  • Carrots, Onions and Celery (Before these go bad, I stick them in the freezer to make stock with.)
  • Cooked rice
  • Casseroles (Many times I'll double or triple a recipe and freeze them for easy dinners on hand)
  • Leftover tomato paste
  • Candles (to help them burn slower)
  • Sliced Pepperoni
  • Ginger root
  • Gallons of milk
What are some things you like to freeze?
I'm always looking for new ideas! 

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

60 lbs in 6 months

The other day, I started to think and reflect upon my life.  I had a very difficult birth and recovery just 2 and a half months ago.  What I would really like, is to be fully recovered, strong, and healthy again.

So, as part of my goal to be healthy, I've decided to start a modest exercise plan and get back to eating well.  I have set a weight loss goal of 60 lbs in 6 months.  Even if I cannot make the full 60 lbs, any loss will greatly help.

I've set the goal for just 6 months from now, because October will be my birthday.  I want to celebrate life with good health.

And, although I've attempted to eat a gluten free diet previously, I haven't been 100% successful with it (More like 80% gluten-free. That other 20% is my eating whatever is convenient.)

So, what is my plan?

1. Daily, modest exercise.  It has to be walking for now.  I will also use my hand weights and do some strength building with them.  During the week, I will be using an exercise DVD called "Walk Away the Pounds", with Leslie Sansone.  On weekends, I will try to get to the track.

2. Proper hydration.  I have this awesome Contigo water bottle I bought from BJ's.  It holds 24 oz.  I'll refill it twice per day, minimum, to meet my hydration requirements.

3. No sugar, no flour.  Super simple.  No refined sugars or flours.  My body will thank me.

Why am I telling you?  3 reasons.

1. Because I want to be held accountable.  Blogging about it will will really help me to focus and be motivated.  Follow along on Twitter - #60lbsIn6Months

2. Because I want to invite you to make a healthy lifestyle change. Whatever that may be.  Perhaps losing just 10lbs?  Perhaps you just need more exercise, or to eat healthier?  Let's motivate each other!  I would love for you to join my 60lbs in 6 months Pinterest board!  It would be neat if you would share your favorite tips, articles, recipes, inspiration, and tools for a healthy lifestyle on this group board.

3. Because I want to give you a gift! To celebrate my future weight loss and healthier lifestyle, I will be having a giveaway in October!  I will give a BJ's gift card in the amount of however many pounds I lose.  If it is 40 lbs, it will be $40.  65lbs, $65.  Well, you get the idea.  So cheer me on!  You could benefit from my hard work!

It's your turn! Tell me what you can do to be more healthy!

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