Thriving Thursday

Thriving Thursday Weight Loss


Every Thursday this month, I’m going to be discussing various New Year’s resolutions along with tips and tricks to help you (and I!) achieve those goals. This week, we’re talking about health and wellness!

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Now, I’m not just talking about losing weight. I’m talking about all-around health. Maybe you want to try to drink more water in the new year or make one meal a day the epitome of health or you want to start hitting a certain number of steps per day. Whatever your goal is, start small and make a plan.


Nutrition Goals


There are a ton of apps that you can use to track your nutrition, such as: Sparkpeople (that’s what I use), My Fitness Pal, and My Diet Coach. Water tracking apps like Plant Nanny make drinking water actually fun! This app gives you a virtual plant that you care for through how many cups of water you drink in a day. Its basically a Tamogachi with added health benefits! You can even find some great printables to help you stay on track here and here!



Taking Care of YOU

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If you’re wanting to make self-care a priority in the new year, Aloe Bud is great for that! It sends reminders throughout the day to get up and move, reach out to a friend, and helps you celebrate small victories. Another app called #SelfCare lets you pretend you’re able to stay in bed all day! Throwing mindless scrolling to the wayside, this app helps you take breaks throughout the day and just relax!



Mental Health


As someone who has struggled with anxiety, depression, and OCD most of my life, anytime I find new, healthy ways to cope I’m totally onboard with. Apps such as HelloMind, Calm, and Headspace can help you make great strides if you struggle with anxiety or panic disorders and help you achieve some peace! Plus, never underestimate the power of simply writing out your thoughts/fears/worries/blessings in a journal.


Whatever your health and wellness goals are for 2019, I hope you achieve them and celebrate the fact that you are working to be the healthiest in body, mind, and spirit that you can be! Share your goals in the comments below!




Try It Tuesday: Update

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About four weeks ago, I posted about how I read an article from Cosmo UK about how a woman drank 3 liters of water everyday to see if it had any effect on her skin. Her results were pretty good.


So good in fact, I decided to try it for myself. Here’s how it went:

Week One:
I’ve hit my goal of water intake ALMOST every single day. The weekend was tough because because we ran errands and looked at houses, so I didn’t want to be running to the loo a lot.
I’ve noticed I feel more focused, but I also have to get up every 15 minutes to pee! My stomach has felt extra bloaty and I’ve read that drinking a lot of water can do that to you. Along with the water challenge, I’ve been weaning off diet sodas. My goal is to stick to no more than 20 ounces of Diet Dr. Pepper (or Diet Coke) a day. I did pretty well for a few days, but then I went to Chick Fil A after a long day and NEEDED that Diet DP!

Week Two:
It’s been so flipping hot that I’ve actually found it a lot easier to drink more water everyday. There were a few days I didn’t drink a diet soda at all…until I got a caffeine headache and downed a Diet Dr. Pepper! The bloat from week one has subsided (thank goodness!) and I haven’t had any joint pain (which I’ve been noticing occurs when I drink a lot of diet soda). I’ve actually started to notice a change in my skin already, but I’m not sure if I’m actually seeing it, or if it’s a “placebo effect” type of thing. We shall see!

Week Three:
So. Much. Water.

Week Four:
Yay! I’m almost done!

So, after doing my little experiment for a month, here’s my results:


I can see a difference! I can also feel a difference. The day before I started this, I put a mud mask on my face and I could literally hear the mask squishing into my ginormous pores. Now I can tell my pores have definitely minimized! My skin also feels much more soft and just looks generally more healthy. Even Huff the Hubs could tell a difference!

(And, yes, I both of these pictures I am wearing makeup. The before shot was taken at the end of the day [i.e., my makeup wasn’t as fresh] and the after was taken in the middle of the day. I did NOT use a filter on either picture.)

I’m also feeling better too. I feel much more focused and I don’t get as run down in the afternoons as I used to. Yay for proper hydration!

Have you ever tried this? What were your results?

Try It Tuesday

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I recently read an article about a woman from the UK who did an experiment to see what drinking 3 liters of water would do in regard to her skin health. She claims it did wonders for her, and I’m sure it did. After all, we’re 70% water!

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