Monday, November 25, 2013

GIVEAWAY! Zhena's Slim Me Tea

A few weeks ago I was approached by a representative of Zhena's Gypsy tea and offered a free sample of their new teas called Extra Strength Slim Me Tea. At the time, I was experimenting with different green tea flavors. After reading the ingredient list, and doing my own little background check on the company (it's solid!), I agreed to try the teas.

I LOVE them.

The problem I've had with green tea (or tea in general) is the taste. The purpose of wanting to cut down on coffee (for me) is to get away from artificial sweeteners (or sweeteners in general). But I found that I needed to add SOMETHING to the teas I tried to stomach it. Well, this tea is different. They actually taste good with nothing extra added to it. You can drink them hot, or you can even pop a tea bag into your cold water bottle or cup. I've done both and prefer mine hot, but you can have it either way!

There are four different flavors...

I like them all. My favorite is peach vanilla, but I also like the mixed berry and cranberry ginger.

The great thing about these teas is the ingredients. It's really what sold me on trying the product...

This tea actually acts like an appetite suppressant. When I was doing the smoothie fast, this was actually how I made it through, especially during the day when I was at school and the cravings were bad. I actually have already recommended it to people.

So this week, the SlimME tea is actually part of my "don't go crazy on Thanksgiving" plan. I'm packing my tea and taking it to Missouri with me when I go see my family on Wednesday. This tea will hopefully help keep me in control. This tea also helps me with belly bloat (probably the dandelion and juniper?), too. I'm on my fourth cup today trying to detox from bad eating over the weekend (my daughters birthday... I had cake...).

Zhena's would like to offer THREE of my readers a chance to try this tea, too! Here's how to win:

1. Follow Zhena's on Twitter (@ZHENASSlimMe)
2. Follow ME on Twitter (@SkinnyHollie)
3. Scroll down, and re-tweet "Thanks to @ZhenasSlimME, #Thanksgiving is now Guilt-Free!"

That's it! I'll randomly choose three winners on Friday, November 29 from the re-tweets!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

52 days...

First things first... The results of the smoothie fast. Not really sure of my starting weight, but this was the ending weight. It felt so good to be below 255!

So... What now? Well, I had two cheat meals (Thursday night and Friday night... Mexican and Pizza) that left me feeling like SH*T. I woke up this morning bloated and depressed. Got on the scale and SHOCKER... it showed a 9 lb gain. Now, I KNOW that I didn't really gain 9 lbs in 2 days, but it was still a wake up call. 

No amount of fasting or diets will ever work if I don't wrap my head around the fact that it has to be a permanent way of eating. Something that I do DAILY. Today it really sunk in that I am a food addict and that until I get in control of my compulsive eating, I'll never keep this weight off. I'm tired of craving. I'm tired of obsessing. I'm tired of feeling so out of control.

According to my calculations, there are 52 days left in 2013. I plan on making those days count. 

A few days ago I was BLESSED with a juicer from my juicing mentor, CiCi. Today I put that bad boy to work and made a few concoctions that were actually pretty good! I've decided that juices and smoothies will be a permanent part of my diet from now on. My body really needs the nutritional benefits.

This has been a life-changing year for me, despite being at a weight-loss plateau for half of the year. I'm grateful for the weight I HAVE lost, and I'm grateful that I've kept it off. But I need to keep pushing... Past the number on the scale. I feel like I need to focus more on health, fitness, and nutrition and stop obsessing about the numbers. I know that the weight loss will come if I just keep focused on being healthy. Maybe that's the lesson I need to learn? 

The next 52 days will be very important. I want to finish this year strong, and start wrapping my mind around health and fitness instead of weight loss. I want to ditch the scale in 2014. I want to learn to love my body for what it is, instead of what it isn't.