Week 16 On Nutrisystem…Utilizing Weight Loss Counselors #NSNation #Ad

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Week 16 on Nutrisystem is here, and I officially hit my first bump in the road so to speak.  Sometimes in the process of losing weight, you will hit a plateau or experience your weight loss slow down to what can feel like almost nothing at all.  Until the past week and this week, I had been pretty lucky and never saw a weekly loss under one lb.  This week I did manage to lose .6 lbs, but obviously not what I would’ve liked to have seen when I jumped on the scale.  My total loss so far is 22.8 lbs which is nothing to sneeze at for 15 weeks, so I am still incredibly happy with the progress that I have made.

Nutrisystem has a variety of different weight loss tools, one of them being weight loss counselors.  I had a chat with a counselor this week about the slow down in my loss.  Starting today, I am making two changes that I will keep consistent for one week and see how it goes.  The counselor had 2 suggestions: 1) switching my lunches and dinners so the higher calorie meal is in the middle of the day, and 2) adding in a smart carb and powerfuel because of the level of my activity.  I have to admit, I’m a little nervous adding in extra because it puts me at the higher end of my calorie range plan every day BUT the counselors are very wise and I’m willing to trust their suggestion.  Hopefully next week I will be able to share a larger loss than this week with you all thanks to the counselor guidance.

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One thing I’m finding myself consistently thankful for (besides all of the wonderful help and guidance) is just how delicious the food is.  I never feel deprived, I love the way the meals taste, and there are tons of chocolatey options to keep a chocoholic like myself on track.  I post pictures almost every day on Instagram, make sure you’re following me so you can see more of the wonderful meals I get to eat 🙂 .  Follow me on Instagram @stephanyssweetlife .

Be sure to follow Nutrisystem on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for lots of great tips and tricks that are useful for everyone, whether you’re currently on Nutrisystem or not.

 

Nutrisystem is providing (Stephany of Stephany’s Sweet Life) with their program free of charge for their participation in their blogger program: Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. All of my thoughts and opinion are my own. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.

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Chimp Food Review #EatLikeAChimp

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As all of you know, I am on a journey to a happier healthier me this year.  This has led me to try and find some of the best foods that I can conveniently work in to my busy day that actually have GOOD ingredients.  The products I’ve been able to come across are few and far between, and usually didn’t taste as good as I would like them to.  I am SO glad that I came across Chimp Food.  Their products are some of the best out there (in my opinion), and are really tasty!!

Why should you be eating like a chimp anyways?  From their website:

“Chimpanzees, who are almost 99% like us, live virtually disease free – NO Heart attacks, NO Strokes, NO Cancer, NO Diabetes, NO Alzheimer’s, NO Parkinson’s, NO Arthritis, NO Headaches, NO ADD, NO Depression and 1,000’s of other illnesses and diseases, including obesity – which are all directly related to the foods we eat.  Humans and Chimps have basically identical digestive systems, so makes sense, we should be eating the same food. Chimps eat fruits, berries, veggies, nuts and seeds and by eating this way, the same way we’ve eaten for nearly 10-millon years, Scott (Chimp Food founder) quickly lost the unwanted weight and has continued to flourish with awesome energy and incredible wellbeing – Zero health issues, not even a sniffle.”

(This is a shortened version, to read the full statement, please click here.)

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I was lucky enough to try each drink, as well as the bars and I can’t wait to order some more.  Each nut bar has only 6 ingredients, and 5 of them are nuts!  The delicious nut bars are made of dates, almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts.  Well imagine that, ingredients that you can pronounce and you know what they are.  THAT’S how you can tell something great is going to happen when you have Chimp Food helping fuel your body.  Each drink contains 5 nuts, 5 berries, 5 fruits, 5 veggies, and 5 seeds.  That’s 25 super foods working together to power you through the day feeling full and satisfied.

I’m sure you can see why I plan on ordering more of the drinks and ESPECIALLY the bars.  Eat like you should…eat like a chimp!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

 

Week 15 On Nutrisystem #NSNation #Ad

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Week 15 on Nutrisystem is officially here and somehow each week I keep feeling better and better.  The food still tastes as good as ever, and I love trying out new meals here and there to mix things up and widen my horizons.  This week I didn’t see much movement in the scale, but that’s okay!  Some weeks there are fluctuations and I think I found the culprit of why I had a slow week.  I recently started chewing gum to help with sweet cravings, and just figured out there’s TONS of aspartame in the gum.  Some of you may know, but some of you won’t…aspartame is linked to weight gain not related to caloric intake.  So, lesson learned and I will just give up the gum and move forward.

Remember how I talked about non-scale victories last week?  This is another week where that comes in to play.  Although the scale only moved down 0.2 lbs, my body measurements went down this week so I can see that there is some change, even when the scale doesn’t reflect it.  I had to go clothes shopping this week again because all of the stuff I bought a couple months ago was too big.  Before starting Nutrisystem I couldn’t even squeeze myself into an xl.  Last time I went clothes shopping I bought a comfortable xl and this time a size large.  No ‘extra’ in there any more.  That’s an incredible feeling, and all I need to keep pushing forward.  One day, one ounce at a time.  That’s how we reach our goals people!

Be sure to follow Nutrisystem on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for lots of great tips and tricks that are useful for everyone, whether you’re currently on Nutrisystem or not.

 

Nutrisystem is providing (Stephany of Stephany’s Sweet Life) with their program free of charge for their participation in their blogger program: Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. All of my thoughts and opinion are my own. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.

Purex Plus Clorox 2 #Review And #Giveaway

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If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you’re already well aware of how much I love my Purex products.  I recently got the opportunity to try out the new Purex Plus Clorox 2 and see if it could hold up to my mess-making household.  I couldn’t wait to see how well it tackled the children, dog, and of course my overgrown-man-child of a husband.

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The first thing I was excited about was the scent of the new Purex Plus Clorox 2 detergent.  The scent is called Sunny Linen and smells like the freshest mountain air while clothes air dry in the spring.  I LOVE laundry that smells so incredibly clean after I wash clothes so the scent is absolutely perfect.

I couldn’t decide what to wash first, but my puppy figured she would decide for me.  The newest fur addition to our family is 7 weeks old and we’re still working on house training.  She thought the dog bed looked like the perfect place to take a restroom break, so Purex Plus Clorox 2 to the rescue!  I took the padding out of the dog bed and added some detergent straight onto the stain and let it sit for about 10 minutes before washing.  After just one run through the washer the dog bed was good as new, and no stains!

Being a mother of 3 rambunctious kids, it was only a matter of time since my kids had stains for me to tackle.  I figured what better way to prove to you that Purex Plus Clorox 2 works than showing you.

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This is a shirt that I bought my son just TWO weeks ago.  He can’t tell me what he got on it, so keep in mind I had no idea what kind of a stain I was trying to eliminate.

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The solution to mystery stains?  Pour the Purex Plus Clorox 2 directly on the stain, let sit ten minutes, then run through the wash as usual.  So simple!

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My son’s shirt came out looking good as new, and I’m so thankful to have been able to save the shirt rather than replace it.

All of my laundry has been coming out fresh and bright, and I’ll be making the permanent switch to Purex Plus Clorox 2 so my family and I are always looking (and smelling) our best.

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***GIVEAWAY***

Purex has been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway!  Three lucky winners will each receive a coupon for a free bottle of Purex Plus Clorox 2!   Giveaway will begin 04/16/16 at midnight EST and will end 04/23/16 midnight EST. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. All giveaway entries will be validated. Winners are randomly selected.  Click the link below to enter:

Enter The Purex Plus Clorox 2 Giveaway Here!!!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

#TreatVoxBox Courtesy Of Influenster

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I received the most awesome #TreatVoxBox from Influenster!!  This is the first Vox Box I have received and I was incredibly happy to see all the surprises waiting inside for me.

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The Hills Bros Cappuccino was incredibly tasty!  I would really love to see some low calorie options in the near future so that I can enjoy a #CozyCapp more often.

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Weleda was a new product for me but I am so happy it was included in my box.  I received a sample of the Regenerating Hand Cream in Pomegranate scent.  I really liked the product, but the scent was a bit too strong for me.  I would also love to see this formula offered in different scents.  It made my hands feel so soft and smooth.

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Country Crock is always a favorite of mine.  I couldn’t wait to bake some cookies with the free tub I received.  Check out how I use Country Crock in my Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe.

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One way to my heart is a good cup of tea.  I LOVED the Yogi Tea samples I received in the #TreatVoxBox !  The Healthy Skin Cinnamon Vanilla was my absolute favorite!

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Last but not least, the Yum V’s which my daughter absolutely loves taking every day.  Make sure you keep these up out of the reach of children!  If my toddler could find them, she would eat them all in one sitting!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

 

 

Yum Vs Probiotics Are Great For Kids Of All Ages

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For those of you who haven’t heard of Yum V’s yet, they are the greatest probiotic for kids I have come across thus far.  I have tried out a couple other probiotics for kids in the past and none have worked so well, or been so well received by my children as the Yum V’s are.  My kids unfortunately suffer from constipation frequently, so finding an effective probiotic has been a heaven send!  My kids have been more regular, I have noticed a decline in the rate they come home from school with a cold, and I feel great about what I’m putting in their little bodies.

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Here’s how probiotics work: they replenish the body’s healthy bacteria and help restore the immune system, 70% of which is in your intestinal tract.  The Yum V’s also have prebiotic fiber which helps promote the effectiveness of the probiotic.  They taste delicious so kids love eating them, and you’ll feel great knowing you’re doing everything you can to give your kids truly the best.

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***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

 

 

Week 14 On Nutrisystem…Measuring Success In Non-Scale Victories #NSNation #Ad

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Week 14 following the Nutrisystem plan is here and I’m feeling FABULOUS!!  I have lost another 2 lbs this week for a total of 22 lbs!  If you ask me, I think that’s pretty freakin’ incredible.  I didn’t expect to lose this much at this point on my journey so I am incredibly pleased with the results that myself and my family and friends are noticing.

A great way to measure success are non-scale victories (NSV).  Something as simple as fitting into a pair of pants that were too tight a month ago or making healthier choices than you would’ve before can show huge amounts of stride for those of us who struggle.

This week a HUGE NSV for me was when I got dressed to go to the grocery store.  I had a pair of ‘skinny jeans’ that I had been dying to wear.  I put them on to see how they fit and to my surprise they fit fantastically well.  What felt even better was when I was walking around the store and had to keep tugging my pants upwards because they were slightly BIG!  WHAT?!?! I would’ve never expected that but as you can imagine I was so incredibly surprised…in a good way.  I can’t wait to see what else I can accomplish with Nutrisystem by my side, and I hope you all continue to follow my journey.

Be sure to follow Nutrisystem on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for lots of great tips and tricks that are useful for everyone, whether you’re currently on Nutrisystem or not.

 

Nutrisystem is providing (Stephany of Stephany’s Sweet Life) with their program free of charge for their participation in their blogger program: Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. All of my thoughts and opinion are my own. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.