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How I Lost 22 Pounds Since Christmas

I posted on Facebook the other day about a weight loss success I had and I've had several people ask me "HOW?" Well, I'll tell you, but you probably don't want to hear it. I ate better and exercised. When I started this journey, I was very overweight. So overweight, in fact, that my insurance let me see a nutritionist covered by my plan. So, January 1, I went in to see her. She didn't tell me anything I didn't already "know" in my head, but she was able to really help me identify what I could change long term that would help me lose weight. That same week, I found out that they YMCA offered a free training session with a trainer, where he would identify your goals, tell you how to get there, and then show you how to use those sometimes intimidating weight machines. Here are a few things I've learned from them both that might help you on your weight loss journey. 1. Don't make changes to your diet that you can't sustain. I hear a lot…

Little Avery Post...

My four year old is growing into a pretty fun, pretty mischevious child. Her new obsession is jumping on the furniture and coloring on the walls with paint, or markers, or whatever else she can find. So, that's fun. We love Magic Erasers in my house. Other than becoming independent in certain ways, she has also become very much an only child. She loves to whine and pretend she can't do things she can do, like change her clothes or eat dinner. So all in all, I think she is a perfectly healthy kid, hitting all of the major milestones a four year old should. We also had another addition to our family in the last few months...his name is Jacob and he is Avery's very special friend. Jacob has been Avery's boyfriend, husband, brother, grandpa, and classmate, just depending on what we are doing. Sometimes, Jacob comes with us and sometimes he stays at home. Sometimes, he eats dinner and other times, he is in trouble and was sent to Avery's room. Sometimes, we won't …

What Real Estate Shows Does a Realtor Watch?

I was watching House Hunters yesterday after Property Brothers was over. It peaked my interest because this couple was looking in DFW and I wanted to see if I recognized any of the neighborhoods. House Hunters is probably one of my least favorite shows as a Realtor, and this episode really told me why. This couple was looking for a "craftsman" style house, even though none of the houses they were shown were "craftsman" style. I'm not even 100% sure that this 21 year old couple even knew what a craftsman style house was; I am convinced the producers just tell the people to say these things to add interest to the episodes. The first house they saw was a new build in McKinney. The second was in Mesquite and the third was in Plano. Anyone from DFW should know where I am going with this....how did they get from McKinney/Plano to seeing a house in Mesquite?

The 16 Ways I Got Through The First Five Years of Marriage

Right before our first anniversary, I wrote a post about how I got through the first year of marriage. I think that list was pretty great, even now, after we've been married almost five years! I can't believe this month, we will be celebrating our fifth anniversary. I thought I would add to my list and write about how we got through our first five years of marriage. 1. There really isn't a day that goes by that one of us doesn't tell the other what we appreciate about each other. We are very specific. Sometimes, it's what we contribute to the household chores, sometimes it's what we appreciate about the other person as a spouse, sometimes it's what we appreciate about the other as a parent. Sometimes, they are big things and other times they are small, like "I appreciate that you always are the one that cleans the toilets!" 2. I've learned that a day can change right that very minute. Just because you are mad right now, doesn't mean you h…