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  • 30 Day Gallon Challenge – Who’s In?!
    By on November 24, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    #30DayGallonChallenge- strong single mom network - drink one gallon of water per dayI read this article yesterday, and I’m inspired. I know I don’t drink enough water, and I’m sure I’m dehydrated. But I never really thought it was THAT big of a deal. I mean, hey, doesn’t everyone fall short on their water supply? And besides – I’m FINE.

    At least that’s what I keep telling myself.

    But there are things – flaky eyelids and wrinkles (I chalk it up to getting older). A small rash on my leg that my dermatologist can’t explain (I chalk it up to an allergy to my razor). The list goes on.

    Then I read this article about a woman who decided to do a little experiment. She decided to drink 1 gallon of water per day for 30 days and document any changes she experienced.

    Now I KNOW all the benefits of drinking water. But for whatever reason, I ignore it all. I get bored with plain water,I like coffee WAY too much, etc.

    Well no more! I’m totally inspired by the results that Sarah Smith from the UK experienced. So I figured, “Hey! I should do that, too!”

    This morning I began. I still drank my coffee. But usually I make it through the first pot and then brew another. Not today. I replaced the second round of coffee with 32 ounces of water.

    Throughout the rest of the day, I stuck with water. I did have another cup of coffee at an evening church service, but other than that – H20 was the drink of choice!

    I decided to use a 32 ounce plastic tumbler cup at home to keep track. I drank 2 1/2 of those today, plus I went through 3 glasses of water at lunch, 2 glasses of water at my church small group, and 1 more large glass with dinner at Smashburger (NO, I didn’t have the burger. Have you ever tried their grilled chicken sandwiches? Delish!)

    So on the way home from dinner, I was feeling pretty good. I knew I hit my goal of 1 gallon today – maybe even exceeded it.

    That’s when I thought it would be great to share this self-imposed challenge with you and the Strong Single Mom Network! Wouldn’t it be great to make a big difference in our health just by making sure we’re well hydrated? I mean, could there be an easier, more cost effective way to improve our health?!?

    AND – in case you think I’m ONLY motivated by improving my health – I’ll totally admit that it’s my vanity that is really pushing me to do this. Come on, ladies, did you read the part where her stomach was flatter, her cellulite gone, she lost weight, and looked younger? Hello – check out those before/after photos again in case you need a little nudge!

    So join me! Leave a comment and let me know you’re in! I’m using the hashtag #30DayGallonChallenge to keep track. So tweet it, post it, Instagram it, Youtube it – let’s do this!

    And don’t forget to take your before picture with no makeup. Even if you decide not to share it publicly, you’ll need it for YOU.

    To recap, here’s the challenge:

    1. Take a photo of yourself with no makeup.
    2. Drink 1 gallon each day for the next 30 days. (Share with us what you’re doing to keep track!)
    3. Write down any results you see (at least once per week).
    4. Take a photo of yourself on day 30 with no makeup.
    5. Compare your photo and results.
    6. Shoot an email to info@strongsinglemoms.com with your results and your photos if you want to share them.

    That’s it! Here’s to our health – cheers!

  • Does What You Eat and Drink Make You Look Older?
    By on January 3, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    With all the money we spend on anti-aging creams and cosmetics, it’s obvious we all want to look younger than we actually are.  But is what we’re putting inside our bodies actually making us look older?

    According to Yahoo Shine’s article 10 Foods and Drinks that Make You Look Older Than You Are, there are things that we consume that makes us look older than our actual age.

    As a single mom, some of the food and beverages that made it on this top 10 list will be difficult to avoid.  After all, what single mother doesn’t give into the budget-friendly and quick to prepare hot dog or cold cuts from time to time?  And give up coffee??  Ha.  Not gonna happen – at least not for me!

    But there are a few on the list that will not only help you look younger, but are fairly easy to replace: (more…)