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We need to get something straight here: Nutrisystem is no magic bullet for weight loss. It’s true that eating less, focusing on low glycemic mini-meals, and moving more are going to naturally take some pounds off of your body. But it’s important to consider some other tricky body issues that can halt even the most rigorous diet. If you’re armed with knowledge about these potential problems then you’re going to have a lot more success as you begin on your journey with the Nutrisystem diet, or any other program designed to help you lose excess body fat.
A couple walls you may run into
If you found a nice deal or coupon online, started Nutrisystem, and the pounds aren’t coming off, here’s what you ask yourself: Am I drinking enough water? Dehydration will completely halt weight loss in its tracks. It can even lead to weight gain, explains nutrition expert Diana Ross.
If your answer was “yes”, you now need to check for food allergies. No joke. Food allergies will keep the weight from falling off even on the most rigorous diets. Get checked for gluten intolerance (Nutrisystem has a gluten free option) as well as lactose intolerance and egg. Get the major allergens checked and then proceed.
Let’s say you have no allergies. Now you need to check your thyroid. Hypothyroidism can oppose weight loss because an underactive thyroid decreases the Basic Metabolic Rate—your metabolism—leading to weight gain. Many hypothyroid patients struggle to lose weight.
This is going to sound new-agey, but sometimes we have trouble letting go of fat when we have emotional trauma that we’re holding onto. It’s not the diet; it’s not the exercise or health problems that are the culprit. Perhaps your body is holding on for some reason, and you need to experience some feelings inside to let it go. Are there emotional memories from your past that you’re holding onto, just like you’re holding onto the weight? It’s time to get a journal to write about these experiences so that you can let them go. I know this might sound cooky but it really helps your body to energetically let go of the past. When you’re holding onto emotions, it can affect the way your body is holding onto so many things.
Certified personal trainer Malia Frey explains that emotions and weight loss go hand in hand. Whether it is stress, depression, or a personal/childhood trauma, you need to deal with it in order to see weight loss success. Charlene Juliani was an overweight depressed mother of 6 who tried so many diets with no success. She would lose weight and gain it back again and again. It was not until she put her emotions in order that she joined Nutrisystem and lost almost 40 lbs. On Weightlosstriumph.com you can read Charlene’s story and get discounts for Nutrisystem.
Whether stress, illness, or negative thoughts are slowing down your progress on Nutrisystem, the most important thing you can do is not blame yourself or the diet. You didn’t get heavy overnight and you certainly won’t get slim overnight, so take a deep breath, reaffirm your goals, and have faith in yourself. It’s scientifically proven that negative thoughts about anything can be detrimental to moving forward. Go deep inside yourself and go to the scary places you’ve been avoiding for so many years. You’re likely to find old baggage that is getting in the way. See a therapist or counselor if you must. Get that old stuff out and the old baggage that you’re carrying on your body will fall off as well. Acupuncture is great for moving the energy through your body, as are many other forms of non-traditional medicine.
–This article offered by Pauline
I’m thrilled to help officially unveil the trailer for the long awaited biblical epic, NOAH!
Synopsis: After visions of an apocalyptic deluge, Noah, the world’s only righteous man, is chosen to undertake a divine mission to build a massive ark to save his family and all of creation before the impending rains fall and the flood waters rise.
Cast: Russell Crowe, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson
Director: Darren Aronofsky
What do you think? This looks like an amazing take on one of the oldest stories in the world. My family is very excited for this film!
I’m super excited to reveal the trailer for the upcoming book, Flicker & Burn!
Flicker & Burn is the second novel in the Cold Fury series by T.M. Goeglein.
You can check out my reviews for the books here:
New Adult Sleepover Weekend is a convention taking place December 6th – 8th featuring some of today’s BEST SELLING New Adult authors, and some upcoming authors that you want to keep on your radar.
The weekend will be filled with parties, a book signing, reader and author dinners, and tons more! Not only do you get to discover some new authors, but you get to know them on a personal level.
Damaris @ Good Choice Reading is co-director of the con, and she has also put together an amazing blog tour to give readers a chance to get to know the authors before the convention. This blog tour will be filled with book highlights, reviews, sneak peeks into the authors books, and tons of giveaways! This tour will run from now until September! Yes, you read correctly. A 5 month tour and at the end of every month a chance to win big!
Some of the giveaways involve Gift Cards, books, and even two registrations to NASW! All donated by the authors. So if you’re thinking about attending, make sure you check out the blog tour, which I am proud to be a tour host for.
This month’s FIRST NASW giveaway is below. You can enter just for checking out this post!
Just keep an eye for the following logos below for your chance to win! You can enter each blog tour stop, not just once.
A Matter of Fate
by Heather Lyons
Fate Series, Book One
Chloe Lilywhite struggles with all the normal problems of a typical seventeen-year-old high school student. Only, Chloe isn’t a normal teenage girl. She’s a Magical, part of a secret race of beings who influence the universe. More importantly, she’s a Creator, which means Fate mapped out her destiny long ago, from her college choice, to where she will live, to even her job. While her friends and relatives relish their future roles, Chloe resents the lack of say in her life, especially when she learns she’s to be guarded against a vengeful group of beings bent on wiping out her kind. Their number one target? Chloe, of course.
That’s nothing compared to the boy trouble she’s gotten herself into. Because a guy she’s literally dreamed of and loved her entire life, one she never knew truly existed, shows up in her math class, and with him comes a twin brother she finds herself inexplicably drawn to.
Chloe’s once unyielding path now has a lot more choices than she ever thought possible.
While writing A Matter of Fate, I often felt like locations became secondary characters, especially Annar, the secret plane of existence that ties together all the rest in the worlds I created. But while Annar is best explored in your imagination, there are other places in the story that are real that I can share with you. (note: none of these photographs belong to me)
Chloe Lilywhite lives in Northern California, somewhat near San Francisco. I purposely kept the exact city she’s in vague, but it’s on the coast near the woods. Chloe does end up in San Francisco, though. More specifically, she ends up running for her life across the Bay Bridge (which I can attest to is nerve wracking enough to drive across):
While in San Francisco, Chloe stays in a hotel. I never mention which one it is, but I pictured the imposing but gorgeous Fairmont while writing the scenes:
Muir Woods is pretty spot on for where Chloe hangs out with her friend Caleb, and also where kissing takes place (just not with Caleb):
Surfing is a big part of Jonah and Kellan Whitecomb’s lives. Pretty much every time it says they’re going surfing, they head over to Mavericks, a world famous break known for its monster waves:
The beach, in general, plays a big part of A Matter of Fate. Especially in the scene this photo coincidentally (and accurately!) re-enacts:
At one point, a couple of the characters head to a chocolate shop in Annar. This is pretty much what it looked like in my mind! Who wouldn’t want to go here? It’s a chocolate shop!
About the Author
Heather Lyons has been putting stories to paper since she was a little girl. Her first “published” book was a humorous retelling of The Princess and the Pauper. After detours in archaeology and teaching, she is now writing and living in Southern California with her husband and three sons. She likes cupcakes, baseball, hockey, reading, and collecting far too many handbags.
Enter below to win one of (10) e-book copies of A Matter of Fate, open Internationally!
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by Jaime Guerard
Awaken Series, Book One
Expected release date: March 15, 2013
Three things run through my mind at this very moment…
ONE, my life as I once knew it will never be the same.
TWO, the person I’m in love with might not even exist.
THREE, the deception that has unfolded before me has the power of life and death.
Sixteen year old, Breanna Davis, has heard the saying; life isn’t always what it seems…well, that saying rings true now more than ever. As horrifying visions appear before her, revealing tragedies that will forever change the fate of those she loves, she realizes that she may be the only person who can stop them from becoming reality.
Amongst the chaos of this new discovery, Bre is faced with a stranger, Eve, who moves in on Bre’s friends and begins to follow her every move. As Eve’s true motives begin to surface, Bre must fight against, not only the visions, but the dangers Eve holds close.
There is another secret kept- Collin, a boy held captive in Bre’s dreams, the boy she is secretly falling in love with but isn’t sure he even exists. As she tries to make it work with Austin, an old friend who could possibly be more, Bre battles against her feelings for Collin.
Bre is faced with an almost impossible decision, to choose her life or follow her destiny. If she doesn’t intercede, people will certainly die. If she does, her own life could be at stake. In the end, if she fails, she’ll lose everything.
A SNEAK PEEK OF AWAKEN
About the Author
Jaime grew up in a small town in Northern California. Having a passion for dance and music, never would she have thought herself to become an author.
In late 2008, a story was born and a writer was developed. Jaime found the pieces of her novel beginning to take form and soon she had a full novel in her hands. Awaken is Jaime’s first published novel. With many features still in the works, this debut novel is just a taste of the action-packed romantic thrillers to come from this aspiring new author.
Jaime is a committed wife and mother of 3, who loves life and doesn’t take anything for granted.
Alex Kosmitoras’s life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead broke and insanely overprotective, and… oh yeah, he’s blind.
Just when he thinks he’ll never have a shot at a normal life, an enticing new girl comes to their small Midwest town all the way from India. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Sophomore year might not be so bad after all.
Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to “see” the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they suggest Simmi is in mortal danger.
With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex embarks on his journey to change the future.
Simmi Shergill’s life is a mess. Her powers of psychic feeling are on the fritz, and Grandon Township’s sudden population boom has brought quite a few unsavory characters to town. She also looks like an over-blown balloon in her size 14 pants, but not even starving herself seems to be helping.
At least she has Alex, the boyfriend who loves her so much he’d do anything for her. Last summer, he even risked his life to protect her from the mysterious boy everyone was convinced wanted to kill her.
Just one problem: she’s not so sure she feels the same way. Is Alex really the man of her dreams? Why can’t she stop fixating on her would-be killer, Dax? Part of her wants to run screaming in the other direction whenever Dax is around, while the other part longs to run into his embrace, no matter whom she’d hurt or what she’d risk.
Simmi’s loyalty is on the line. Whom will she choose—the blind seer who loves her, or the charming telekinetic with “bad idea” written all over him? Emotions run high in the tension-packed book two of the Farsighted series.
From an early age, Emlyn Chand has counted books among her best friends. She loves to hear and tell stories and emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). Her affinity for the written word extends to absolutely every area of her life: she has published three novels and three children’s books with plans for many more of each, leads a classics book group with almost five-hundred members, and, of course, runs the whole shebang at Novel Publicity.
The book that changed Emlyn’s life is Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson. It opened her eyes to the world that could exist if only she was willing to create it—a lesson she has never forgotten. While she enjoys all types of novels, her greatest loves are literary fiction and YA. She’s best known for her Farsighted series and is developing a slow but steady following for the Bird Brain Books. She’s eager to see how her women’s fiction novel, Torn Together, will be received by the reading masses.
I will be posting reviews of both books during this tour!
Welcome to my stop on the Interred Blog Tour hosted by YA Bound! Click the banner to check out the rest of the tour schedule!
by Marilyn Almodovar
Chronicles of the Interred Series, Book One
Time has never been an issue for Baxter Jacobs, but then she never knew she had the ability to Bend it.
As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Baxter inherits a pendant that will change her life. Connected to the pendant is a dark and mysterious young man named Declan Ashdown. Trapped in a Time loop for the past 122 years, Declan needs Baxter’s help to escape. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.
To acquire the power she needs to free him, she’ll become one of the Interred, those whose Magical abilities emerge as they come of age. When she does, she’ll discover that Declan isn’t the only one interested in the fact that she’s a Time Bender.
As the Interment arrives, Baxter knows this will be no Sweet Sixteen. A vengeful relative and ruthless Council are determined to control her. Declan’s powerful and charming descendant, Jack Ashdown, claims he can save her. She’ll soon have to decide who she can trust, and how to master her new abilities before Time runs out.
Interred’s Dream Cast
Baxter Arabella Jacobs
Baxter is headstrong, independent and a scaredy cat. Someone who looks like Monika Jagaciak would actually be a great Baxter.
Declan Ezekiel Ashdown
Declan has been trapped in a Time loop for the past 122 years. He looks sixteen and is dressed in Victorian clothes. Ben Barnes was the only actor that I ever thought about while writing Declan’s scenes. He looks great in Victorian clothes.
John “Jack” Elliot Ashdown
Jack is cool and collected most of the time. He doesn’t take too many things seriously, unless something directly affects Baxter. Nicholas Hoult would be an awesome Jack.
Every story needs a villain, right? No one plays villains as well as Hugh Grant.
Baxter’s mom is slightly shady. While writing her scenes, I was slightly frustrated because she was strong, and had secrets that she wouldn’t divulge. I think Cameron Diaz would be an awesome Mara.
Richard “Dickie” Winters, MD
Dickie is fun, loving and a great parent. Alan Tudyk seems like the perfect choice. He just needs to dye his hair ginger!
About the Author
Marilyn Almodóvar is the author of a series of YA paranormal novels. Born in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, Lyn is a lover of words whose reading tastes range from Victorian novels to the books of Stephen King. Her favorite past-times have always been reading and writing, two activities that let her escape to other worlds.
It was this love that propelled her to choose Theater and French as majors in University, with a minor in English Victorian Literature. Lyn lived for almost a decade in England followed by three years in France before returning home to the States. A self-confessed citizen of the world, she is fluent in English, French and Spanish, with basic knowledge of the Italian language.
Lyn could happily exist breathing the clean air of Narnia, trapped in a cupboard under the stairs with Harry, fighting alongside Captain Jack Sparrow, doing an internship in Torchwood, or traveling around time and space with the Doctor…as long as she can have Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk and Captain Mal as companions.
Lyn currently lives in Central Florida with her French husband, English-born eldest son, and French-born youngest son. Her debut YA Novel, Interred, will be published by Iambe books on 01/22/2013.
The giveaway includes:
- One signed paperback of Interred
- One autographed Interred tote bag
- One onyx pendant inspired by the book
- One angel pin inspired by the book
- Misc. book swag (magnet, wristband, postcard, phone skin)
Today Sweet Southern Home is excited to join the WinterHaven Sleigh Tour hosted by WinterHaven Books. This week, I am posting my favorite Christmas story. To see who else is on the sleigh, go to WinterHaven Sleigh Tour for a list of participating blogs.
Hey yall, I can’t believe Christmas is so freakin close! Down here in Louisiana, there’s not much winter. It’s very common to run the air conditioner during the day, and the heater at night! It hasn’t snowed here in 3 years, but I’m hoping we get some this year now that my son is old enough to know what it is
I have to say, my favorite Christmas story is my favorite when it’s not actually in the form of a book. It IS a book, but much more famous on the stage. Of course, I’m talking about THE NUTCRACKER.
I have loved the ballet ever since I was a little girl. I was one of those girly girls who realllly thought she was a ballerina (sometimes I still do…). To this day, I am still mesmerized when I watch the Sugar Plum Fairy:
And delight in the acrobatics of the Candy Canes:
But of course I love the beauty of the ballet because The Nutcracker is just a GREAT Christmas story. A girl has a fabulous party with her family and friends, gets a beloved toy, and travels to amazing worlds in her dreams–accompanied by a handsome prince! It tells kids that even their wildest dreams can come true through the magic of Christmas–and that is a truly timeless tale.
WinterHaven books will host a give-away for everyone that will include two book bundles to be donated to an elementary school or library of the winner’s choice. The winner will be able to choose two from the following choices:
Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (includes all 3 books)
Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Steifvater (includes all 3 books)
Dairy Queen Trilogy by Catherine Murdock (includes all 3 books)
Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (includes first 3 books)
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Today Sweet Southern Home is excited to join the WinterHaven Sleigh Tour hosted by WinterHaven Books. This week, I am writing Santa a letter for my book wish that I hope to receive this season. To see who else has written to Santa, go to WinterHaven Sleigh Tour for a list of participating blogs.
Hey guys! As a book blogger, I definitely already have MORE than my share of books on the old TBR list. But, even so, there are those series I am enamored with and need to read as soon as they come out. I haven’t yet had the chance to get the book at the top of my wish list yet, and I’m hoping to get it soon… *COUGH* hubby look here! *COUGH*
No one is like Daemon Black.
When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.
But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
Together we’re stronger… and they know it.
IT ALSO HELPS THAT THE GUY IN THE TRAILER LOOKS LIKE THAT. HELLO….
I have also gotten my hubby into the series, so it would really benefit us both if he got me the book!
Leave me a comment and tell me what you hope to find under the tree (bookish or not)…you could win the book you wish for as well!