How I Lost 20 Pounds in 15 Weeks

The $60 billion dollar weight loss industry has taken a hit as more people pass on diet products and instead choose to eat healthier foods. Forget pills, gym memberships, or diet foods. I lost 20 pounds (and gained flat abs and firm thighs) through simple yet powerful lifestyle changes. And it didn’t cost me a cent. In fact, I saved money. So how did I lose 20 pounds in 15 weeks?

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How 5 People Live Off 1 Income: April 2019 Expenses

It’s always something. Last month our refrigerator died, the month before that it was car troubles. This month neighbors started complaining, so we finally had to rescreen our lanai.  Here’s a look into my family’s April 2019 expenses and how a family with 5 people live off one middle-class income.

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If Mindfulness Is Simple, Then Why Can’t I Relax?

Have you tried practicing mindfulness only to find that you can’t relax and your mind won’t stop thinking? Chances are you’re doing it right. Mindfulness isn’t just about feeling relaxed or stopping your thoughts, it’s about being aware of our experiences in the present. So what is the difference between relaxation, distraction, and mindfulness? And how do I know if I’m doing it “right”?

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Inspiring Reads: April 2019

I hate April Fools. But it is a good reminder that things aren’t always what they seem. This month I was inspired by posts about tricks to get us to spend more money, as well as things we should keep in mind as we continue to move toward financial independence. Wastes of money, 0% financing, the student loan crisis, getting off our phones, experiencing discomfort, and paying off mortgages are the topics featured in this month’s inspiring reads.

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How Much is Stress Costing You?

In honor of Psychology Recognition Week, this post is reminder of the need for each of us to care for ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. In a society where there’s a pill for almost everything, we tend to look for quick fixes to our problems. But even when we can take a pill, in most cases the underlying causes of our problems remain. If we want our situations to change and health to improve, then we need to do something different. This is especially true for managing stress.

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