Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I'm back!

It's been a while.  After a hiatus of about two years, I am back.  So. Much. Has. Happened.  I don't even know who is still here (if you see this, and you read it, I would LOVE for you to let me know.)  

For a long time, I was a stay at home mom.  I was overweight (I was obese.  Really obese, actually.).  I told you guys about my life, shared recipes, played games, did giveaways and told you all about some of my favorite things.  I made a little bit of money. (I wasn't rich, but I brought home a little bit of money, and that was nice)  Why did I stop doing this?!  

When my daughter started school two years ago, I decided to go back to work part time.  At this point I had lost a little bit of weight (a lot of weight... about 80 lbs.  I told you, I was obese!) and REALLY wanted to not only help others to do the same, but to provide the support to people that I was granted by my family and friends (not everyone has this, and it's SO hard to lose weight without it!) so I started working in a small fitness center.  About two months into this new job that I loved, I found out that if someone else did not take over, it was at risk of closing.  My husband and I then became business owners.  My five staff members and I have worked with numerous people helping them with their fitness goals for two years,  It's been a wonderful adventure, but sparing all of the details in order to make a long story short, this chapter of my life is now sadly coming to an end.  

So basically, I have lost over 100 pounds at this point, and have helped others to get a little closer to their own goals.  I now plan on getting back to this site.  I will come back to sharing fitness secrets, recipes, crafts, reviews, giveaways and games.  I am also exploring the possibility of starting up an additional blog for fitness and weight loss.  After all, that's basically been my life for the past two years.

So, what's new with you?  What do you want to see here now that I'm back?  Let me know in the comments!

Disclaimer: My opinions as always are my own. This post may contain affiliate links. The Mom Show is are not affiliated with Facebook or any other social media networks. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

No Candy for You (If you're fat)

First, since most of you will probably be reading this several hours from now, let me start by saying Happy Halloween!

Now, I'm sure that a lot of you have heard, at this point, about the lady that's being blasted all over the internet right now, for stating that she will not give Halloween candy to children that she believes to be obese, or overweight.  Instead, she is providing them with a letter to take home to their parents.  I really want to know your thoughts, and am hoping that you'll share them in the comments.

For those of you who may not know what I'm talking about, there's a lady, who called in to one of her local radio stations, to let them know that she will be handing out normal candy to most children, but children that she thinks to be "moderately obese" will be receiving a letter to bring home to their parents.  She even provided them with a copy of her letter, which you can read here:

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Now, let me share my feelings on this, but first, know that these are the feelings of someone who was obese for the duration of my childhood, and, well, most of my adulthood.

Let's ignore for a second the spelling and grammar errors for starters.  I believe, probably more than most, that this is an issue that absolutely needs to be tackled.  Parents need to teach their children healthy habits.  However, it is not the neighbor's job to do so, and Halloween is not the right way to start doing this.

The way I'm picturing this going down is awful... "What a cute superman costume, here's a Snickers bar for you, and for you in the cat costume, you get a Reeses, now, for you in the cowboy costume, here's a letter for your mom and dad.  Make sure they get it, k?"  How embarrassing.

Luckily, I have embraced a far healthier lifestyle before my bad habits were able to affect my daughters health in a negative way, so she is of a normal weight.  But if she were overweight, both of us would feel badly about it, and this letter would undoubtedly do nothing more than make me extremely angry, and my daughter extremely self-conscious.  And don't for a second think that she would forget what house it came from, you would get a visit from me, and I probably wouldn't have pleasant things to say.

"It takes a village to raise a child".  I firmly believe this as well.  I really do, but I will only be part of a village that brings up our children and helps them thrive.  My village will never be one that tears down children.

Now, clearly, I disagree with this woman's sentiment and future actions.  And while we're looking at this letter, it may be an unpopular opinion, but to some extent, she is right.  We do have to be more focused on making our children healthy.  We do need to make sure that they're not overeating that Halloween candy, and we also need to change the sedentary nature of kids (and adults) in today's society.  I am not for a second going to discourage Halloween.  I will be out trick or treating with my family tomorrow, but I am saying that as parents, I do agree that we need to step up and make sure that we are being good examples, and good leaders for our children.  

Blood, Sweat & Cheers

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Get Fit with the Best Buy Jawbone UP!

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Are you working on trying to rid yourself of some extra pounds? You all know that I am, and have been for a while. Sometimes, we all need a little something to help. For me, I had gotten to the point where I was doing an excellent job at tracking my eating, I knew I was burning calories each time I work out, but I wanted an accurate way to track how many calories I was actually burning. I wanted to make sure that I was actually burning as many as I though, AND I needed to make sure that I was eating enough to fuel my body.

I am working with Best Buy to bring you all information on their new product that helps with just that. It's called the Jawbone UP. Not only does this tell me how many calories I'm burning, but it tells me SO much more!

Here are some things that Best Buy would like for you to know about their product:

Live Better. Start Now. Jawbone UP. Track your sleep activity, steps, calorie intake and more with the Jawbone UP wrist sensor and free mobile app. UP gives you meaningful, personalized insights so you can make lasting improvements to your everyday life.

UP is a system that takes a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle.
·         The wristband tracks your movement and sleep in the background.
·         The app displays your data, lets you add things like meals and mood, and delivers insights that keep you moving forward.

I can find out each day, how many steps I've taken, my sleep activity, the exact distance I've traveled and more! I just put it on like a watch, wear it, and then hook it up to my cell phone, and I get the low down on SO much of what my body is doing/has done for the day. I love that the app allows me to add in food, and really allows me to use this to fit my own personal weight loss journey.  It's easily accessible, and I can wear it for long periods of time, as it has a long battery life!  There are days when my workouts are so sporadic that I absolutely love this!  This is valued at $130.00, and, in my opinion, it's worth every penny.

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Guess What I did -- Part 2~

Okay, so a handful of you guys read this post, I basically showed you a picture and asked you to guess what I did. There was a semi-correct guess.

I washed my husband's cell phone! In the washing machine!  I THOUGHT I had checked the pockets of his jeans, however, apparently I didn't check them well enough.

It's still in the rice, because the screen, while it works, is still not working as well as I'd like for it to. I'm hoping, praying, and crossing my fingers for a little extra luck, that after sitting there for a few more hours, it will function perfectly again.

The kicker... He is not yet aware that I have done this!

Have you ever done this? Were you able to get your cell phone working again?  If not with rice, how did you do it?

Monday, September 2, 2013

Guess what I did!

I figured we'd play a bit of a game.. Guess what I did. I am about to post a picture of a (hopefully, fingers crossed!) solution to a mistake I made earlier. Guess what my mistake was, and what I'm doing here, to fix it!

Let's play! Just for fun!

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Edited to add:  To find the answer, and see if you're right, click here!