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Whole30 Progress Report: The First Trimester

I wrote this little essay my first time doing a Whole30 in January 2014 when my eating habits are NOT what they are today. Although I tried to eat salads and forced down oatmeal and things of that nature, prior to Whole30 I was eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) that many of you may eat. To say Whole30 changed my entire way of thinking of food would be an understatement. This time around, Whole30 is not such a shock to my system as it is not very different from the way I normally eat, but I remember it being a MAJOR adjustment at the time. So, I decided to post this today, on Day 10 of my current Whole30, because I felt people could relate to it! Hope you enjoy :)

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The Secret Weapon to Achieving Your Goals: The Accountability Partner

I'll let you in on a little secret—I've been known to procrastinate from time to time. Okay, it's not that big of a secret. I mean, I did write a whole blog post about it. But still. It's a thing.

If always left to my own devices, I might just procrastinate my day away, accomplishing very little in the way of my goals. Luckily for me, I’ve got a secret weapon in my back pocket: an accountability partner.

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Planning Your New Year's Resolutions: Making Goals that Matter

Well, Glow Getters, it’s that time of year again. The holidays are over, and after a couple weeks of overindulging, both with your diet at holiday gatherings and with your wallets shopping for gifts (for others or for yourself – no judgment here), you’re probably looking forward to a fresh start when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. If you’re like me, you’ve heard (and cringed at) the phrase “New Year, New Me” countless times in the past couple weeks. The saying itself may be trite, but it’s gained traction for a reason – the new year is a great time to evaluate where we’ve been and where we’d like to go.

Before we make our resolutions, let’s take some time to reflect on the past year and think about our goals for the one coming up. This guide will get you ready to make New Year’s Resolutions that actually mean something to you, making them more easy to attain.

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B. SMART: Clearly Define Your Goals

As we’ve heard before, only 8% of us are actually successful at keeping our New Year’s resolutions. Yikes! This type of stat often keeps many from even making New Year’s resolutions at all. However, that’s not the best strategy either: statistics show that people who explicitly state their resolutions are ten times more likely to achieve their goals than those who don’t.

Today, I’ll tell you how to B. SMART when you’re making goals. B. SMART is an acronym that stands for Bold, Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time-bound. Using this formula to articulate our goals makes them easier to stick to by leaving no room for ambiguity about what we want to do.

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The ABCs of My Vitamin Regimen

Hello Glow Getters! I’m not sure if it’s because my friends and I are getting older (*insert senior citizen tears*) or the fact that we’re getting healthier (*insert sweat droplets*), but I’ve found myself having a LOT of conversations about vitamins and supplements recently.

I must admit that outside of a few Flintstones vitamins I popped at a friend’s house when I was a kid, I never really took vitamins growing up. It was only recently (in the past four years or so) that I began to think about vitamins at all. Today, they're a vital part of my day. Check out what I recommend and why!

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The 20-Min Procrastination Buster

Allow me to be honest with you, Glow Getters. I am the QUEEN of procrastination. I'd love to say I used to be, but sadly, it's something I struggle with everyday. Me fighting procrastination is like an alcoholic trying to resist a drink...it's an uphill battle, for sure.

Thankfully, I'm a fighter, and today I'm going to share one of my favorite anti-procrastination weapons with you: The 20 Minute Rule.

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Grocery Shop Like a Pro

I learned how to grocery shop sometime around age 22 or 23. By this time I'd probably been to dozens of grocery stores over the course of my life on over a thousand food-buying expeditions, tossing items in my cart willy nilly as they called out to me from the shelves. I'd come home with the staples -- ramen, Hamburger Helper and sweet tea, which I drank by the gallon -- and stock my kitchen cabinets weekly. (True story: I vididly remember being so broke in college that my roommate and I couldn't afford the ground beef for our beloved Hamburger Helper, so we decided to switch to Tuna Helper instead. Boom, problem solved. We were gonna have Helper by any means necessary!)

It wasn't until my father took me grocery shopping in my first post-college apartment that I ever gave any thought to the strategy of shopping. I was just dropping things in the cart, as I was wont to do, when he skeptically asked me, "but what are you going to make with that?" I looked back at him, perplexed, and repeated back dumbly, "make?"

"Candy, Candy Candy," he started off, exasperatedly, as he usually does before there is about to be a lecture. "You gotta have a plan." Seems silly in retrospect, but that really was a light bulb moment for me. He taught me quite a few grocery shopping tricks that day, and in the years since, I've taught him a few more. And now, Glow Getters, I'll share them with you.

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Stuff I Love: Amazon Smile*

Today's feature is AmazonSmile, an awesome program that lets you give back to a charity of your choosing virtually every time you make a purchase on Amazon. If you’re anything like me, you do a lot of your shopping on Amazon (too much, really), so this is a chance for you to help make a difference while buying the things you need (or, let’s be honest, “want”) at no additional cost to you. There’s really no argument not to use AmazonSmile.

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Soak Yourself into Health with Epsom Salts

I have some critical information to share with you today, Glow Getters. Don’t be alarmed, but did you know roughly 60% of Americans have a magnesium deficiency? Yes, that means that number probably includes YOU. I know what you’re thinking…you eat right, you take your multivitamins, there is no way you are deficient in anything. Well, I hate to break it to you, but you probably are lacking in the magnesium area, and if you’re on the east coast or part of cubicle nation like me, probably also Vitamin D, but that’s for another post. How did you become so deficient in magnesium, despite doing all the right things? Well, I’ll tell ya.

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Owning It: The Power of Labels

Fat. Ugly. Stupid. Loser. I get it -- some labels can be destructive. All it takes is one time to be labeled negatively to begin a spiral of self-doubt and insecurity that can lead to unhappiness and wasted potential. Maybe you've been called one of these before; if so, you know firsthand the power labels can wield. But what if maybe, just maybe, we took the power of labels and turned it into something that builds us up and propels us forward?

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