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Monday Morning Makeover ~ Valuing Yourself

Monday Morning Makeovers explore shedding the proverbial weight–whether it’s the extra we lug on our bodies or the baggage of the soul. Today we ask the question: What does your heart treasure?

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Monday Morning Makeover ~ Open War III

When we engage in life’s battles, we need the right resources to move forward.

If you haven’t seen the first two videos in this series, view them first:  Open War I,  Open War II

In the above video I talk about some specific resources. Click for more on weight loss and financial support.

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We need resources to engage in life’s battles

Monday Morning Makeover ~ Open War II

If you missed Open War I watch this video first!

No good general chooses battle without first taking stock of the situation and the resources he possesses. Open war is upon us. We need to engage. But this doesn’t mean jumping into every battle without wisdom.

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Monday Morning Makeover video ~ Open War II

Monday Morning Makeover ~ Open War I

Too often I allowed ground to be taken from me instead of advancing in life. The most visual area is in the area of weight gain. Pretending the pounds weren’t creeping on, ignoring the battle waged against my body, didn’t make it go away. Open war was upon me whether I risked engagement or not.

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Open war is upon you whether you would risk it or not (Aragorn, Lord of the Rings)

Stretchy Skin

Ugh.

I’m finally admitting it to myself.

I’ve got hanging skin. Not much.

But who wants any?

Initially I was pleased with the reshaping of my body. The cellulite disappeared quickly. There wasn’t much evidence of loose skin as I keep doing all the right things: LOTS of water. Lose weight at a reasonable rate. Good nutrition. Exercise.

These healthy habits contributed to my skin keeping up with my new size for the MOST PART.

But I could still use a little tightening in my lower tummy. Which sent me searching. There is a lot of advice out there. The two factors coming against me are that it can take up to 2 years for the skin to shrink completely, and the fact that I’m aging means my skin is already less elastic.

Most of the information I found, like this link, focused on what I already did. Good nutrition. Activity. Water. Water. Water. (EVERY site emphasized water intake!)

But I did find a few tips that were new.

It’s funny that I’ve been craving lavender. I love the fragrance. I love how it makes me feel peaceful. One of the sites I found said that rubbing lavender oil into the tummy every night can actually help the skin tighten. This particular site said it was even more effective with combined with castor oil! I purchased the lavender right away. . . I’m considering the other. This particular resource offered 25 different ideas to support tightening of the skin. Another idea I may explore is using almond oil.

Another site recommended adding vitamin C and zinc to my daily supplements. I routinely take extra C and used to take zinc, but haven’t recently, so I plan to pick up a bottle. Why not? It’s an easy and inexpensive addition to the care of my skin–AND good to keep me healthy with cold season upon me!

Since the area I’m most concerned about is my abdomen, I am getting serious about the video my daughter shared with me which targets this area. Turning soft places into lean muscle helps everything–including the skin. I’ve avoided weight training in this weight loss process. Just not a big lifting gal, but much of what I read suggested adding weights. Thinking about it . . .

There are also things most sources agreed I should avoid: tanning, chlorine, and, and junk food. Each of these things steal from the what the skin needs to become more elastic.

Of course there are all kinds of creams I could purchase to put collagen, retinol, and Vitamins A, C, and E directly into my skin. I have a tightening gel I’m using right now, but it’s almost gone. Before I spend a lot of money on creams I think I’ll focus on the other ideas I’ve found.

If you want more information, I thought this video was fairly comprehensive, balanced, and helpful.

The great thing about most of what I learned is that the strategies aren’t just about tightening loose skin, they are reasonable choices that make me stronger and healthier, too.

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Tighten excess skin after weight loss.

Monday Morning Makeover ~ Belonging

Do you take up your own space?

Me and My Girl

My daughter popped in yesterday for a little while. We chatted about this and that and then she tells me she’s found a six minute workout that doesn’t hurt her neck but is already toning her abs after less than a week.

That’s when her eyes start twinkling. “Do it with me, Mom.”

And you what?

I DID.

I COULD.

Easy. (Not that there was never a burn.)

I’m not sure you could have convinced me a year ago that I could plop on the floor and keep up with my 22 year old. Will wonders never cease?

Since I liked the short workout and Sarah recommends it so highly, I thought you might enjoy trying it too. I looked it up on YouTube and am sharing it here just for you.

Seven minutes to a flatter tummy!