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Removing Something for 30 Days

Thirty-day trials are a simple idea to tackle. You choose something for 30 days, whether it’s adding something or subtracting something from your life and at the end of 30 days you can keep going, or give up.

I’ve done them at various times in my life with much success, and much failure. This past year, I’ve focused a little more in on the short-term trials in order to change habits and go in the direction of the person I’d like to become.

Most often 30-day trials suggest adding to your life. Doing yoga daily for 5 minutes for a month, or running each day, or eating healthier. Most of the 30-day trials you come across are there to improve a habit, add something in that’s healthier, and try to motivate you to keep going for your own mental or physical well-being beyond that month. Continue reading…


Save By Making These 6 Fall Soups Ahead of Time

One of the best things about learning to cook is that you can prepare so many meals ahead of time for the evenings when you really don’t feel like cooking. This week proved to be just a week like that, as we all have colds and we’re not feeling savvy enough to come up with decent meals each night. It could’ve been an expensive take-out week, but instead, we were ready for it.

Before the summer ended and we headed back to school, I prepped about five different meals to freeze:

Mac and Cheese Soup (One Pot Chef)

Black Bean Soup (Vitamix)

Lentil Soup (My own recipe)

Cathy’s Sherried Tomato Soup (Pioneer Woman)

Chicken Chili (Pinch of Yum)

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What I’ll Complain About in Five Months

I can’t believe another summer season is coming to a close. I feel like the pumpkin spice flavors creep up sooner each year. We’ve made sure to take advantage of the fresh air, knowing soon enough we’ll need light jackets and sweaters.

Or if you’re a baby, you need your first pair of shoes because it’s socially unacceptable to be without shoes in all seasons except for summer. Continue reading…


Running Around in Circles

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted about my workouts, my eating habits, or where I am in my weight-loss journey here. I plan to share more, as I feel it is a huge part of my lifestyle and affects many other areas in my life from finances to health to life satisfaction.

Mid-August always seems to be the time when the switch flips on for me to make major changes and goals for my healthy and body. Back in August 2002, I discovered how easily I could lose weight from skipping out on soda. Once I crossed that threshold, I lost 10 pounds and began a lifetime of healthier living. I started to run for the first time that fall, and have since considered myself to be a runner. Continue reading…