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My alli® After & DIY Healthy Tracking Planner

October 5, 2016

DIY Healthy Tracking Planner
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and the makers of alli® weight loss aid. All opinions are mine alone. #alliInMyLife #CollectiveBias
What a journey so far! Though I was fearful about sharing my weight loss journey using alli® weight loss aid in the previous post, I realized it was the right thing to do. Do not get me wrong, this process is not easy, and because I am human, I had some slip-ups, but I just started over the next day and didn't beat myself up over it.  I have to be able to forgive myself and my mistakes because it is still a learning process. When I left you, I had set up the appointment with my doctor to have a full physical done. I am so glad that I did. Thankfully, I got the "all-clear", so I was ready to get started.  

Remember my DIY Exercise Calendar? I still use it at the start of each week to help remind me of the days I need to set aside to workout. Now that school has begun, I realized that with our daily schedules and activities (i.e. homework, sports, etc.), I needed to get even more organized. Surely I am a great organizer of time, right? Wrong! As a result, I decided to create my own idea of a planner, so that I could stay on track and keep up with everything in one location, and be able to take it with me. This planner will help me to track my exercise dates and amount of time I allot to it, my water intake (I need to do better) and everything else that I have to get done or be reminded of.

You are probably thinking that I spent loads of cash on this planner. No, and for that I am excited. The great thing is that I was able to purchase a blank notebook at my local craft store, and cover it with fabric. Take a look at how I did it:

Blank Planner (Your choice)
Multiple Colored Gel Pens (if you like pretty colors)
Quilting Fat Square (your choice)
Fabric Adhesive
Optional: Notebook Stamp (to create a note section)

1. Fold and measure your fabric to the desired length of the planner you are using
2. Place the planner in the middle of the fabric, and fold the fabric onto the sleeves.
3. Using Fabric Glue, glue the fabric to the planner.
4. Using a ruler, draw enough lines to accommodate the number of days you would like to have to document your plans.
Add the dates and days of the week and optional stamp, and you are ready!
In my planner, I included everything that I wanted to put emphasis on for the week. As I accomplished each goal, I placed a checkmark next to the activity, but if I didn't accomplish it, I placed an X next to it. I also included how my week went in the 'notes' section that way I can go back and reflect.

You are probably wondering how my experience with the alli® weight loss aid is going. So far so good. I follow the instructions for use per the box instructions. I have made a conscious effort to stay within my calorie and fat targets, increased my water intake and started walking more. Again, it is not easy and I have fallen "off-the-wagon" a time or two, but I just pick myself up and start anew the next day. So far, I feel better about what I am doing and the choices I am making and that's important.
A few things to remember: alli® weight loss aid is the only FDA approved over-the-counter weight loss aide on the market. It works by blocking 25% of the fat you eat from being absorbed by your body*. You can purchase alli® at your local retailer, I made my purchase at Target. To save $10 on your purchase, sign up for alli® updates at Myalli.com and your coupon will arrive in your inbox ready to use.

I love that alli® is not a "quick-fix". It really is a way to step back and take inventory of what you are eating and how active you are. I am still so excited about the future, and I know that I can and will be successful. I am on my way! What a way to start the new school year. I will be ready for summer!

Until Next Time!

* alli® (orlistat 60 mg capsules) is for weight loss in overweight adults, 18 years and older, when used along with a reduced-calorie and low-fat diet. Follow label directions. In studies, most people lost 5-10 pounds over 6 months.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL: The Worst Years of My Life Movie Screening Giveaway- Dallas, Texas

September 16, 2016

Who remembers middle school? Yes, I suspect that many of us over the age of 15 can recall some fond memory and event that happened during that time without thinking too hard (I know I do).

If you live in the Dallas area, I am giving away advanced screening passes for you and your family to see the advanced screening of the Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life movie, Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at AMC NorthPark15. By the way, there are multiple passes!

I am sure that you are familiar with the James Patterson Middle School book series. As a school librarian, I am all too familiar, and of course I have a little James Patterson fan in my own home. I can not wait for my family to experience the movie in person.

The movie is rated PG - It is a Family, Comedy, Live Action, Animated movie.
Movie Information:
In Theaters Friday October 7, 2016
Instagram: @middleschoolmovie
Twitter: @midschoolmovie

To enter, simply follow the instructions via the Rafflecopter below, and as a result the first 20 individual entries will be emailed the awarded screening passes 9/23/2016. The giveaway begins Saturday 9/17/2016 (tomorrow) and ends Friday 9/23/2016. *One winner per household.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
PLEASE NOTE: The first 20 entries will be emailed a link to download your advanced screening passes, so be sure to leave your email address. ALSO, all of the passes are first-come, first-served.

*I was provided the advanced screening passes to facilitate the giveaway*

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alli® & a DIY Exercise Calendar

August 30, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its alli® weight loss aid. All opinions are mine alone. #alliInMyLife #Before #CollectiveBias
Wow, can I be honest? This is a scary post for me because it is hard to be vulnerable and recognize when it's time to make a change in your life for the better. For too long, I would begin a weight loss journey and it would go well for a time, but then life got in the way. That's not an excuse, but there are situations in everyone's life that can make getting healthy hard (for some). The school year is starting and I am starting a new position, and I want to get in shape and get healthy. My children play sports, and I realize that during practices, I can take that time to do what I need to do for myself - be it walking or running a few laps (no excuses, right?). I can sometimes lack the motivation, and I have to remember to keep going no matter what. I am thankful that this opportunity has come about with alli® weight loss aid. It is giving me the motivation I needed to get back on track.

I am learning so much about alli® weight loss aid during this process and I will discuss that a bit later. So, in honor of my getting healthy, I decided that a DIY exercise schedule to hold myself accountable was in order.

Vinyl Cutter
Vinyl (any color)
Vinyl Transfer Paper
Magnetic Dry Erase Board
Washi Tape (any color or design)
Magnets (any kind)
Fun decorative encouraging words (optional)
Acrylic Paint (optional)
Paint Brush (optional)


1. Using the vinyl cutter software, type the words you want placed into your board.

2. Load vinyl paper into the cutter and print.

3. Using the scissors, cut the words into strips

4. Apply the transfer paper to the strips.

5. Next, temporarily arrange the words on the board to ensure that they are are placed correctly. Believe me when I say it helped. I may OR may not have gotten the days of the week mixed up. (Opps!). No worries, it was an easy fix.

6. Rub the stencil and peel the words onto the transfer paper.

7. Place the first word onto the board and peel off the transfer paper.

8. Using the ruler, roll the Washi tape in a straight line under the first set of words.

9. Place "Sunday" under the first line of the Washi tape.

10.  Repeat steps 6,7 and 8 until you have placed all of the days of the week.

11. Place the last piece of Washi tape vertically closer to the right side of the board.

12. *Optional* paint your inspirational words in your choice of colors.

13. *Optional* using liquid nails or any strong glue, squeeze a small amount into the back of your magnet and affix your inspirational words.

14. Decorate the rest of your board as you desire. My kids decided to write some encouraging words for me (So Sweet!)
Now, lets discuss the alli® weight loss aid. I have seen the product in stores, in the past, and I also know of others who have tried it. What I find interesting is that alli® weight loss aid is the only FDA approved over-the-counter weight loss aid on the market. It works by blocking 25% of the fat you eat from being absorbed by your body *. Being an over-the-counter product is a convenient feature for those that have discussed their health with their doctors. I say convenient, because you do not have to wait at the pharmacy for your prescription, you can just pick it up and head home to begin your journey.

You are probably wondering who can use alli® weight loss aid. Adults over the age of 18 with a BMI>25 can use it (as long as they are not pregnant or breastfeeding), but remember that it should be used with a reduced-calorie and low fat diet*. Thankfully, my husband is an excellent cook (I just need to inform him of his new role - HA! - no seriously).

I have an appointment to consult with with my doctor before I get started. From what I have read, "Most people lose 5-10 pounds in a 6 month period" because for every 5lb-10lb you lose through diet and exercise, alli® weight loss aid can help me to lose 2-3 more*. Sounds like a great motivator to me. My plan is to stay within the calorie and fat targets and start physical activity.
Currently, you can find alli® weight loss aid in the 120ct refill pack at participating retail partners via the myalli.com website. I made my purchase at my local Target while doing some other shopping.
While you are visiting the myalli.com website, be sure to sign up for updates and receive a $10 coupon to help with your purchase. Also, you can find more details when you download the alli® Brand Startup Guide.

What are your motivators to staying healthy?

With that, I just have one thing to say... "I Can Do This!".

Until Next Time!

* alli® (orlistat 60 mg capsules) is for weight loss in overweight adults, 18 years and older, when used along with a reduced-calorie and low-fat diet. Follow label directions. In studies, most people lost 5-10 pounds over 6 months.

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