Sunday, March 29, 2015

Weight Loss Journey: Fruit-tastic!

Choose an apple instead of chips. You're not actually craving the food but the texture and taste.
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It's been a while since I've posted an update on my journey to losing weight, so I thought this week would be the perfect time, especially since Easter is next weekend.

So how am I doing? I bounced back from my weight gain and hit the ground running. I decided that I wasn't going to let a little weight gain set me back, so I charged full steam ahead and continued on working my way back up the weight loss ladder. While I have made some choices I'm not particularly proud of, I am more proud of myself that I was able to lose the weight I had gained along with a few more pounds.

When I start feeling "snacky", I stopped snacking on sweets, salty stuff, and even those so-called health bars. (I found out that a lot of the mass-produced health bars were not in fact as healthy as I thought.) So I decided to find a much better alternative to all those sweet and salty snacks - fruit. We started keeping bananas, oranges, and apples in the house and I have to say that I love the new snacks! I usually have a banana early afternoon, an apple late afternoon, and an orange in the early evening. When I'm not feeling hungry for normal food, I'll grab a banana instead.

Weight loss snack tip: If you're craving crackers, chips, or crispy fries, choose an apple instead. You're not actually craving the food - you're craving the texture and taste. Apples provide the texture and taste but are much more healthier and will fill you up quicker. You won't feel like snacking an hour later.

Yes - I think I will continue making bananas, oranges, and apples as my go-to snack... unless chocolate is involved.
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Friday, March 27, 2015

4 Books Every Single Woman Should Read

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When you're single for a while, it can kind of be discouraging. Even if it's just after a break-up, being single can sometimes be hard. Every now and then, we need something to make us feeling good about being single, no matter how old we are.

These 4 books have shook me to the core and shook me again. They have given me a fresher look at my life and what I want out of it.

1. The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass by Mandy Hale
This book is a great testament that you don't have to feel bad about being single - you can celebrate it! With plenty of wisdom, humor, and thought-provoking ideas. This book actually helped me embrace my singleness and the idea that I don't need to settle just because everyone else is in a relationship or getting married.

2. Truth, Lies, and the Single Woman: Dispelling 10 Common Myths by Allison K. Flexer
Have you ever thought "God has forgotten about me." because you've been single for a while? I know I have and more often than I'd like to mention. Truth, Lies, and the Single Woman (written in a Christian view) helps you realize that God hasn't forgotten you but instead put on this path for a specific reason. When reading this, I felt like the author knew exactly what I was going through and feeling. NOTE: This is a Christian book so it may not be for all singles.

3. Bossypants by Tina Fey
I absolutely loved Bossypants! Tina Fey, who is one of my favorite comediennes, shows us her true funny self in her autobiography. Aside from being extremely funny, she is a strong woman in the prime of her lifetime! While this book won't help you "celebrate being single", it's great to have a few books about strong women when you are feeling low. (Not to mention that it's just a wonderful book!)

4. I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has: Mishaps and Miracles on the Road to Happily Ever After by Mandy Hale
Yes, it's another book by Ms. Hale, but this time, this is a book every woman should read! It's full of funny anecdotes, pieces of truth, and experiences that most women can relate to. I found myself smiling, laughing, or nodding through out the entire book. Rarely do I ever come across a book I can almost completely relate to - and this one was it!

Whether you get anything out of the books or not, they are wonderful reads and a great way to celebrate being a strong independent single woman without the need to wallow in self-pity.

What books would you add to the list?
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Reader Appreciation Giveaway!

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It's time for another giveaway - but this time, it's in appreciation for all my readers and followers! You make Edge of Insanity fun!

Now, onto the good stuff. Who is ready for the prize? Drum roll... You can enter to win a $5 Walmart gift card! Now, I know it isn't much but considering I usually give away $5 for these kind of giveaways, I figured I would keep up it up. Plus, who would love to have $5? I know I would!

Note: The Walmart gift card will be sent digitally.

So, who's ready? Enter below. Good luck!


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Stella & Dot Gifts Under $50!

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Shop smart this season and get an array of Stella & Dot for under $50! Looking for a unique birthday gift? How about earrings for Easter? Or that perfect ring to round out your prom attire? Look no further because Stella & Dot has got it all - for under $50!
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Weather & Anxiety - Calm During the Storm

You may be able to stay calm during bad weather with these helpful tips!
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When you think of anxiety, you never hear about the attacks that happen during severe weather. It's normal for children to get scared, but as you get older, it becomes more taboo for an adult to be afraid of the weather.

But it is possible for someone who suffers from anxiety to have an attack during severe weather. Now that Texas will be entering our stormy season soon, I keep an extra eye on Twin just in case we do have severe weather. But over the past year or so, we have come up with ways to keep her calm on the stormiest of nights.
  •  It's okay to keep an eye on weather reports. In a lot of cases, it's absolutely necessary! But do not become obsessed with keeping up with reports of areas where you do not live/work. Just because it happened there doesn't mean it will happen where you are. Stay vigilant, but not fixated on it.
  • Keep yourself busy with a hobby - including reading or crafting. It keeps your mind busy and away from worrying constantly about the weather.
  • Take this time to work on meditation. It will help calm your nerves, even if it's just a little bit.
  • If there is going to be a storm that day that may be severe, it sometimes helps to prepare by gathering candles/flashlights, a weather radio, and blankets. It may keep your mind at ease. 
  • Sometimes, we find that it's helpful to look out the window often to see what the weather is doing. Make sure that if you do watch the weather through the window a lot, that you are doing it safely and stay away from windows when the wind is really bad. 
  • If you have children, try to stay as calm as you possible can. When kids see their parents anxious and nervous, it makes them more nervous. This is also a great opportunity to teach your children about the weather, and how everything happens. 
We always hear about children having anxiety during thunderstorms, but seldom do we hear about adults shaving what I call "weather anxiety". If you or know someone who suffers from "weather anxiety", hopefully these tips will help you stay calm during bad weather.

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