Strategy for the new year.

We are over 2 weeks into the new year, have you kept up with your 2012 resolutions? If not, you are among many! So its time to strategize so that you can reach those goals before 2013.

We had very a very full holiday season as most large families deal with every year. Then there was a scare with my (now newborn) niece before and after her birth. Can you say on your knees praying like there’s no tomorrow?! So my 2013 goals were put on standby for new ones.

One thing that I did this year was to share my goals with a group of friends to keep me accountable.

So here are some of my goals for 2012: Learn more about myself, and take care of me. Don’t put off getting my hair cut, don’t wear things that make me look older or just blah, work on my self confidence, wear makeup!! lol, go to the doctor before I get too sick, start back on some of myhealthy habits like eating better, working out, drinking water.”

I also made this little graphic so that I can have it on my desk, to remind me of what I want from this year:

So now that I’m working at home, I’m going to see this on my desk daily which a great reminder.

I have reminders on my phone too. I set goals through an app to reach each week. I may have 10 goals for the week, but they are all moving in the same direction.

One of my big goals is purge my closet of things that don’t make me happy. It may be the color, cut or feel of the garment, but if it doesn’t make me happy its going to the thrift store or being sold. There’s no room for clothes that make me feel bad!

In purging my closet I’m making my life more simple, and boosting my self confidence. Goals like this are being accomplished by something very simple that will make me feel happy. Even if I only purge one item a week, its part of my strategy to reach my goals before 2013.

I hired a business coach! This is helping me meet financial and personal goals in the first 2 weeks of the year. I may have to sell those clothes on eBay that don’t make me happy to continue with this goal, but can you see how one goal helps to secure the next? It’s all part of my strategic plan!

One thing that I want you to remember is that goals don’t happen overnight. They take work. Are you too busy to work? Work is the only way that you can change your life effectively. Winning the lottery isn’t an option!

What type of strategy have you put into place for 2012 to reach your resolutions or goals? I’d love to hear from you on some ways that you are putting those things into place.

Thanksgiving Plans

This week is Thanksgiving, the kids are out for the week, and so is my husband. That means that there will be a lot of cooking! Geez! But at least we aren’t planning on eating out so NO FAST FOOD!

We are planning on a regular Thanksgiving meal, with sweets and everything. I’m not going to go without the foods I only eat once a year. But that’s just it…its just once a year.

I also have a carb buster move that I’ll be doing called hoedowns, so that will certainly be something I’ll sneak away to do after dessert.

I’m going to pledge to workout at least 3 times this week, because I didn’t get that much in last week. Who’s keeping me accountable?

What is your plan to avoid overindulging during holiday feasts?

The plan here is to not do seconds on anything that isn’t a veggie or fruit, and get my water in daily so that I don’t feel as hungry AND eat breakfast!

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I lost inches, and a lot of them!

Last week I hinted at what workout that I was going to be starting. I was excited, and let me just say that my results have really changed my outlook on working out.

My friend Heather sent me some DVD’s and this is the one that I’ve been doing for the past week. It’s called Basic Workout Plus or BWO+ The amazing thing is that in a week of only 3-15 minute workouts, I lost 16 inches! Um yeah! Wow! I haven’t weighed at home in months, so I’m not sure exactly where I am there, but I do know on inches. And for me, inches really are what counts.

I can’t wait until the end of the year to see where I am. I’d be so happy to see results of a couple sizes loss by then. We’ll see.

How has Type II diabetes affected your life?

I can’t say that it has really affected me at all other than the scare that I may have it when I’m older. It doesn’t run in our family until someone hits their 60’s and then most all of my family controls it with diet. On the other hand my step kids mom is in her mid 30’s and was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes this past summer. Way more scary! So we are trying to teach them how to eat correctly and exercise.

This post is sponsored by Better’n Eggsand I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation – a community dedicated to obesity prevention & weight loss for women

Veterans Day: Military Families get 10% off at Dollar General

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Dollar General is one of those stores that we frequent as a large family. It’s hard to go to town without stopping by and picking up a few things. It’s much easier than running into that big box store in town to pick up milk, eggs, bread or an afterschool snack at the last minute. 

This year, Dollar General is giving back to Military families. I can say that this promotion has really made a big impression on me. 

I’m all about helping military families as I’ve mentioned before. I’m so excited to share that on 11/11/11 military families will receive a 10% discount at Dollar General stores and online. They are online, who knew!

This can certainly help the families that have given so much to our country. 

The 10% discount is for Veterans, Active Military and their families available in store on Saturday 11/11/11, no coupon is needed. Dollar General’s Veteran’s Day discount

You aren’t Military? Me either. We can get the same discount online at . Mention the care packages for our troops and get FREE SHIPPING!

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Happy November!

I know its Tuesday, but its November! And you know what else? My friend sent me a package in the mail that should be here within a few hours. What’s in it? Some workout DVD’s!

I’ve been wanting these things for a few years really, but never got around to ordering them. So today I get to start on a new journey. I have a few goals that I really need to think about and get down on paper between now and next week. I’m also going to measure and try to journal my results each week. Still trying to figure out all of the particulars, but I”m working on consistency this time, and not just the numbers.

So here’s to November!

Oh yeah, tomorrow is my middle child’s 12th birthday! I’m getting so old! I can’t believe I have a 14 year old either. But today I get to come up with some cool, inexpensive (cause mama’s broke) ways to celebrate my son’s big day with the family. Do you have any ideas for a tween boy? It’s a hard one for sure!

November really brings out the Christmas spirit for me. Thanksgiving is just an extension of Christmas around here. This year I’ll be hosting my first Thanksgiving dinner. This is a huge thing for me too. I’m already decluttering here and there, and I think this next week I’ll start washing walls and scrubbing baseboards. As somewhat of a recluse, this is such a huge thing for me. I hope I make it out alive! lol

So the menu so far (for me to make, I’m not taking the whole thing on)

  • Turkey
  • Chocolate Pound Cake
  • Tea
  • Rolls – still looking for a good recipe that can be frozen ahead of time if you have any ideas.

The plan is to not over eat, but to enjoy myself for the meal, and then send most of the leftovers home except the good healthy stuff. I think we will be planning on about 20 people coming, so I’m not sure what kind of leftovers we may have! lol

Well I want to wish everyone a happy November, and hope that you write down your goals for the month and set out a plan to achieve them!

Hello! I’m over here!

Shelley came looking for me last week because I’m just lagging behind. I’m past my back problems and I think TMJ has decided to settle down.

So here I am, I’m back. You are certainly going to hear more from me over here. I have a plan. I’ll try to share later, but I have a plan! Consistency has never been my stronghold, but I’m working on it.

Here’s the Mamavation Monday question for this week:

How would you brand your health and wellness lifestyle? How do you want others to know you in this area?

I’m working on this right now, and the biggest change I’ve made is to eliminate a lot of the medications that I’m taking and replace it with essential oils. I know, it sounds odd, but its working! I’m learning something new every day about this area, and sharing it has become a passion of mine. For someone who had a hard time doing anything outside because of her allergies, I’m telling you that I can go outside now and not end up with a migraine by the end of the day. This is BIG stuff people!

Migraines be gone! I’m gonna lose this weight, and I’m going to PUSH through all of those things that are holding me back!!

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Just putting it all out there

There’s been some trouble on the home front. Without getting into a ton of personal details here, the stress level of my house is through the roof. A change in job has us financially stretched to the limits. Dealing with a blended family the first weeks of school is beyond hard. The stress is making us physically and emotionally sick.

I started a new venture to help with our financial problems, but it takes time to get things off the ground. I have great mentors, and an amazing support system in this part of my life.

I think that the problem that I have is that my support system in person has really taken a beating over the years. There are a LOT of reasons behind this, but it doesn’t help that I’m sort of a homebody. This morning I asked my nearly 600 friends on Facebook if anyone would like to start walking with me a couple times a week. The only answer that I’ve gotten so far, was from a cousin in Texas. At nearly 9 hours away, that’s not possible.

I have a gym membership, I know people that work out there. The problem there is that it costs money that we don’t have right now for me to get to the gym.

Bottom line, I need money and socialization….and to get my sweat on. Aaahhh!!!
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With the stress in my household right now, my husband and I could both use a lot of the same thing. We’ve argued so much in the last week that we are fighting to stay in the same house together. I know, all couples do this from time to time. Its just hard to deal with at the moment.

So I came across a tweet about the new Mamavation campaign that’s coming up. I dropped out of the Sistahood, not on purpose but just from being lazy and overwhelmed by life. To tell you the truth, I miss it. I miss it soooo much that I lurk around the group on Twitter a day or two a week.

So it was just announced that this next campaign is going to be couple’s only. Yep, husband and wife teams. And I’m thinking. And talking to my husband. And I mention it to my friends. And I think some more.

I loved trying out for campaign 7. I thought it was a good number. I felt so much better than I had in a long time because I was being consistently active. I was sore from a lot of the things I was doing, but I was also building endurance and strength. But I’ll say this, I don’t know if my body was ready for it. I had a hard time, and I know that it only gets worse once you are voted in.

So I’m thinking about signing up again. Not by myself, but with my husband of course. He’s agreed. But only if I really want to do it. Do I really want to do this? um yeah! Who wouldn’t?! Having personalized meal plans, personal trainer, motivational coach and more…its gotta be a lot of help instead of doing it all on my own right?!

The one thing that that’s holding me back is support. My support system here locally is lacking. I know with my husband doing the workouts and meal plan too, it will help a lot, but still I need someone to help me out while he’s at work. I have the sistahood that will push me from online. I want someone local too. I really, really do!

I want to ask you something to. Will you help me? Will you support me? Online or offline. I don’t care. I don’t want to push myself to a point that in a few weeks I feel like I failed because I didn’t get enough votes to win this. I can only do so much really. I can eat right, and do my workouts, and walk until I’m blue in the face (lets hope that doesn’t happen). What I can’t do is vote for myself more that once.

I have to campaign. I need people to help with that. people to tweet for me, post on Facebook and even on their blogs. I know that I have a friend or two that’s already told me that if I do want to do this, they will help.

With the power of social media behind both me and my husband we can do this, right?

After School Snacks with #MurphyUSA

We started back to school last week, and ever since the kids have wanted new after school snacks. Every day the kids ask “What do we have to eat?!” Well today my husband and I took the kids to MurphyUSA.

My daughter LOVES Smart Water, and she was so happy that they had it today. She loves to take it to cheer practice, or just have it any time. Daddy was glad that it wasn’t expensive, but that’s why he said “Ok” to the trip to MurphyUSA for our after school snacks.

Daddy even picked up a bottle of Vitamin Water for his before night shift tonight. He loves getting something like this before working outside in the Alabama heat.

The happiest of all was Austin, who did a video interview with me about Slim Jim. This kid had a blast, and really is a Slim Jim lover, as is everyone else in our family.

And this is my first try at putting a story up on thisMoment, so I wanted to share it with you also!

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So what are your values?

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I was asked what my values are about a week ago, and well I knew but how do you put something like that on paper. Of course the first thing I thought of was my Faith. Then I started panicking. I’m so bad at this type of thing, I needed ideas.

So I asked around and 2 others were kinda in my same boat. LaDonna from Just Our Thoughts sent me some links that talked about finding your values. I later did some research on my own and let me just say, there are a lot of long lists out there.

So I know when you finish this you are gonna do the same thing. Google list of values and see what you come up with. Just remember that you don’t want to get real specific. Think about it like this. You want your list of values to have “Family” not “spending one on one time with my children”. Clear as mud?

One of the things you can do is make a huge list of what you value. Then think of what things go together. If you have 5 things that all go under “Family” then make a new list that’s more Macro than Micro.

My list of values may or may not be the same as yours, but what I do suggest is to take your final list and pick out what the top few are. I picked 3. This isn’t written in stone, but its really not something that you can goof up that bad. You can always change this later if you feel like something doesn’t belong there or something else you didn’t think you valued enough to make your Top Values List.

My Top 3 Values

  1. Faith
  2. Family
  3. Achievement

The driving force in my life, no matter if I have tried to put it on the back burner or not is my faith. My family is second only because I cannot appreciate or love my family without my faith in God. My 3rd value is achievement. As much as I’d like to say it isn’t, that does have some financial undertones, but I do not only want to have financial achievements. I value achieving anything for the first time whether its getting a new plugin to work for my blog or a new recipe that my family loves. I value achievement in a lot of areas of my life.

Please share your values with us.

Upromise to Dream

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Upromise is celebrating their 10th anniversary! Yep, I was in college before they even started, but you know what, I still use Upromise!

For their anniversary, Upromise is giving away $20,000! Wowzer! That’s a lot of money when it comes to a college education.

Ten winners will receive $1,000 and 1 grand prize winner will win $10,000. Yep, I’d love to put that on my student loans about now!

I know that most of you are parents and/or have student loans that you’re paying off yourself, right? That’s where I am, I have to student loan and I have kids that will be in college in a few years. Boy, winning this contest would help our family so much!

Yep, its a contest. Wanna know more? Go to  and submit your dream to win one of the above prizes. 

What is your dream? I know that my dream is to finish those few (4) classes to finish my degree and walk onto that state to get my diploma. That’s something I’ve never done, due to being a pregnant teen and not being allowed to walk across that stage. At 32, it is still my dream! One day its gonna happen! My kids will be so proud of me. 🙂

Don’t hesitate! Run write down your dreams. Share them with Upromise and maybe you will win. So what dreams do you have right now? Do you want to go back to school? Do you have dreams of your child graduating from Harvard? Let me know, I know you will!

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