How To Gain The Motivation To Succeed On Your Weight Loss Journey

When you make the firm decision to commence a weight loss program and determine the method, you feel like a million bucks. You know you are doing something amazing for yourself and naturally, that goal certainly seems within reach, but after about a month of dieting and exercise, your reserve seems to be waning and the commitment possibly wavering. You aren’t alone. It happens to the most devoted dieter.

So don’t get discouraged. Here are some tips on how to lose weight and not lose your resolve:

Don’t hop on the scale every day: This can be difficult, especially in the early stages when the pounds tend to be shed at a fairly quick rate, but it can also be very discouraging. Why? Because a woman’s weight fluctuates on a daily basis due to water retention and hormone levels. You might be disheartened when you think you’ve gained a few pounds and actually have not. Weigh yourself once a week at the same time of day. That way you will obtain more consistent results.

Join a forum online or any type of weight loss or inspirational group:  Whenever you feel like your will is crumbling and you just have to eat a piece of chocolate cake, take to the Internet or go to a meeting with peers who are experiencing the same feelings you are because they are going through the same thing. Their support, encouragement, and acknowledging their shortcomings, will definitely bolster you to continue to reach for your goals.

Switch it up: Another reason why a lot of us tend to hit a brick wall when it comes to our weight loss journey is that we get bored. This is especially the case when it comes to exercising, which is why it is so important to seek variety. There are some many different products on the market today, from road bikes to foam rollers, and so you are bound to find plenty of different sports and workouts you can try without breaking the bank. This will ensure that your motivation levels are kept high at all times.

Keep taking those photographs: Create a photo log of your journey, beginning with the first day you started your program and continuing with an addition each week until you reach your target weight. It’s nearly impossible to see vast differences in your appearance when you look in the mirror every day, but when you have the evidence in front of you and see how great you look, you will vow to trudge on.

There are numerous ways to maintain your motivation level during the days you might not feel so positive about continuing with your diet plan. All you have to do is persevere and with a little bit of help, you will find a whole new you!

Caleb’s Officially One!

I officially have a one year old.

I can’t believe that it has already been an entire year since I was able to finally set eyes on the being I grew. Someone recently shared with me an article “6 reasons December babies are special, according to science” – and while I think that all babies are special, it was a joy to read that article. I have felt so truly blessed to have Caleb in my life. It’s funny, even though he hasn’t existed that long, I cannot imagine my life without him.

The birthday boy all ready for daycare this morning.

There have been bad days, of course, but the good days outweigh the bad days a million times over. I wouldn’t trade any of it for anything.

We don’t give Caleb a lot of sugar but I did let him have a couple of bites of a cupcake. He enjoyed it a lot.

That being said…  I’m giving my two weeks notice to my job. I returned to work when Caleb was exactly 3 months old with the short-term goal of being able to stay home with him. My self-imposed deadline kept getting pushed farther and farther back. We are now at the point where I am able to stay home with Caleb and I want to take that opportunity. The toughest part of all of this was letting Caleb’s daycare know (it made me a little misty-eyed). They’ve been with him for 9 months and have watched him grow so much. We went with that daycare because it had the feeling of taking Caleb to grandma’s house and we couldn’t have asked for a better family.

That face! <3

So this is my birthday present to Caleb in a way. Sure, it will be interesting setting up our routine, especially as I will be working some from home, but I look forward to the opportunities that we will have together. There is always that doubt in my mind if this is what is best for Caleb, for our family, but I’m comforted by so many fellow moms (even some who have children that are now in their 30’s and 40’s) telling me that they do not regret staying home with their children for the first few years.

“We are reminded that, in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame, but rather how well we have loved and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.”

– Barack Obama

The birthday boy is OUT!

We celebrated his birthday today simply. A cupcake, a song (followed by the playing of the Captain Zoom birthday song – a tradition my mom started many years ago), and that was it. We’re having a few people over on Saturday for a little birthday party but nothing big.

Simple Ways To Start Eating Healthier In The New Year

Many of us resolve to start a healthy eating plan at the start of a new year, especially after a Christmas diet of turkey, chocolate, and mince pies. However, many of us often fall by the wayside with our plans too, and our good intentions to improve our diet often goes out of the window for some of these reasons. To ensure you don’t falter with your healthy eating plans (assuming you are thinking about making that common resolution), here are some ideas that we think you will find useful.

  1. Learn to cook some new recipes. Not only do we resolve to eat healthier at the start of the year, but some of us also make the resolution to try something new with our life. Combine the two then, and both a) learn to cook, if you don’t yet have the confidence in the kitchen, and b) learn to make some healthy recipes; those foods that you will enjoy eating, and not consider a necessary chore in a bid to stay healthy. By doing both of these things, you will have less need to buy takeaways or processed food, and have the impetus to start eating a healthier diet.
  2. Buy some smaller plates. If you have the tendency to fill your plate when serving up your meals, you may end up overeating, especially if your plates fall on the large side. To trick your brain into healthier eating then, purchase some smaller crockery, so your portion will look bigger, even when it isn’t! Of course, you still need to ensure the food you are putting on your plate is healthy in the first place!

  3. Eat healthier versions of your favorite comfort foods. Chocolate brownies? Cheesecake? Pizza? Yes please! All yummy foods, but unfortunately, not very good for us. Or are they? Yes, especially if you use healthy ingredients when preparing them. Follow the link, and you will never have to feel guilty again when indulging in your favorite comfort foods.

  4. Order your food online. A trip to the supermarket can be a dangerous thing, and we aren’t talking about getting shoved in the knee with somebody’s shopping trolley. While you might go to the supermarket with good intentions, perhaps with an eye to fill your basket with all kinds of fruit and veggies, you might get distracted. One moment you’re in the salad aisle, the next you’re in the bakery section, and your shopping basket is weighed down with all manner of baked (and sugary) goodies. Therefore, consider shopping online instead. In theory, you will have less temptation to stock your cart with unhealthy items, as you can only focus on those items that are good for you. Not only will this benefit your health, but it will benefit your pocket too, as there will be no nasty surprises at the checkout. Of course, supermarkets are not your only port of call if you want to eat healthier. You might also order from a meal delivery service, choosing those meals that are good for you when planning what to eat for dinner throughout the week.

Your healthy eating plans don’t have to go to waste if you follow our ideas, so consider our suggestions, and put them into practice now, and continue on with them throughout the new year and beyond. Take care, and thanks for reading!

4 Family Friendly Vacations to Create Unforgettable Memories

Family time is so important to you; spending the days with your children and partner makes you happier than ever. It’s no secret that you and your family love an adventure, so it’s time to start thinking about where you can go on vacation next year. It’s never too soon to start planning these things so get your brain into gear now. Whether you want to experience something completely new in the countryside or you fancy taking a dip into a crystal clear ocean, there are so many options to start exploring now. Your family vacation is set to be a memorable and magical time as long as you plan ahead and get the ball rolling right now!

  • Camping – There is nothing more enjoyable than going back to basics and taking some time out to camp in the great outdoors. If you haven’t already heard about RV camping (San Diego), then you need to start exploring your options right now. Enjoy an adventure in America’s Finest City and take in the must see sights and famous attractions. Cool your own dinner from the comfort of your RV and spend the evening around a classic campfire whilst you look at the alarming stars in the sky.

  • Beach Break – If you’re fed up of the cold winter weather then now might be the perfect opportunity to plan a beautiful beach break. Whether you’re jetting off to the warm temperatures of Spain or you’re hoping to soak up the rays in the South of France there are so many ocean filled adventures you could take with your family right now.
  • City Life – If you’ve got inquisitive kids who like to explore new cities then this kind of break might be just what you’re looking for. Heading out to local museums, grabbing a quick bite to eat in a traditional café and spending your evenings exploring the vivacious night life in a town. No matter how young or old your children are they are bound to find excitement in a city so consult your travel bucket list and get it booked into the diary.
  • Stay-Cations -You don’t have to venture far to have a magical and memorable holiday; sometimes having a staycation is all you need to do. Check into a swanky hotel near where you live or head to a local amusement park. Staying close to home means that you don’t have to worry about the stresses of travelling and it will probably save you a lot of money too!

No matter what kind of budget you are working with, you are bound to find a truly special trip that your little ones will remember forever. Whether you’re camping out in an RV or exploring a European city like never before, you will have happy smiling faces from start to finish. Consider all of the ideas mentioned above and see if your family want to take a vote on their next happy holiday; one of them is bound to get everybody excited!


How To Look After Your Kid’s Teeth

We all want our kids to have pearly white teeth. Instilling good dental habits into your kids early and watching their sugar intake can help your kids to keep their teeth healthy long into adulthood.

Here are just a few tips to consider when looking after your kids’ teeth.

  • Start brushing early – It’s good practice to start brushing your kids teeth early to make it a habit. Some parents start brushing as soon as the first teeth come through – this generally isn’t needed, however
    once they start moving beyond milk and onto solid foods you should be starting a brushing routine as this is when they’ll start to get plaque. Your kids can start brushing their own teeth usually around 3 or 4, but you’ll usually have to supervise them until they’re 5 or 6 as they’re
    unlikely to brush very well on their own.
  • Use the right toothpaste – Infants shouldn’t be using fluoride toothpaste, you should start infants off on an infant-friendly toothpaste. In fact, your kids shouldn’t use regular toothpaste until they reach
    7 years old. For infants you only need a pea-size drop of toothpaste. There are also infant toothbrushes available from companies such as Brush Baby that are smaller.
  • Make brushing fun – Kids may view brushing their teeth as a chore – try to make brushing fun so that they’re more willing to do it each morning and night. As you’re getting your kid to brush their teeth
    themselves, you could try brushing with them and even possibly doing it to music. There are now apps such as Brush DJ that play music for 2 minutes to encourage kids to brush for that length time. Also consider letting them choose their own toothbrush – many kids’
    toothbrushes are creatively themed around Disney movies or made to look like cars and your child may have a preference.
  • Cut back on juice – Juice is full of sugar that will rot your kids’ teeth. It’s worth holding off on juice as long as possible – once your kids develop a taste for it there’ll be no going back. If you kids are already hooked on juice, you could try substituting for a low sugar flavoured water such as Hint water that will be much better for your kids teeth whilst still giving them that fruity taste. Kids may resist water and milk once they start drinking juice, but it’s important to try to encourage them to keep having these healthy drinks.
  • Be wary of other hidden sugary foods – There are other obvious foods and drinks that you should give to your kids in moderation
    such as soda, sweets and cookies. However, there are other foods which can contain a lot of
    sugar which many parents don’t know about. For example, kids’ lunch hams and cheeses
    are often sweetened. Meanwhile, crisps are often full of sugar (crisps also often get stuck in
    the molars making them particularly bad for our teeth).