Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: How I Fought Back and Got Fit

This post is going to sound a little like a sales pitch, but I promise I’m not selling anything. It’s just the story of how I got my life back.

This is me (and my beautiful friend Allie) one year ago.

I was tired. Seven kids, homeschooling, working part-time, and traveling was beginning to take its toll on my life. Almost every Sunday at church someone would ask me if I was “okay” or feeling under the weather.

I was totally exhausted, suffering from weekly migraines, back pain (from a previous surgery) taking ibuprofen like it was candy, and consuming caffeine like it was going out of style.

In April of 2012 I returned from a trip to California completely worn out. I felt like I could sleep for a year! I knew something in my life needed to change immediately because I could not go on living in a constant state of exhaustion and pain.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing how I gave up soda, stopped taking ibuprofen, got rid of my back pain, cured my migraines, lost twenty pounds, and feel better than I have in twenty years. The awesome thing about it is, that if you are suffering from “mom exhaustion” you can do it too! It’s really very simple.

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What Gets in the Way of Your Perfect Smile?

Two months ago I gave up soda. Now, those of you who know me, know this isn’t the first time I’ve given it up. I usually quit soda (caffeine) when I’m pregnant or after the dentist guilts me into quitting.

But not this time. For the past several months I’ve known I needed to stop drinking soda. It isn’t good for me and I’d become addicted (I hate that word) to the caffeine.

Two months ago I quit cold turkey. To my surprise I didn’t have a single headache or even miss it that much. I guess my body was ready for me to stop drinking it.

Soda can stain your teeth (or make them fall out) so I was excited with Arm & Hammer asked me to try their Advance White Toothpaste with Stain Defense. After many years of drinking soda I’m sure my teeth would love a little stain defense!

Over the next few weeks I’ll be using Arm & Hammer Advance White Toothpaste with Stain Defense and I’ll report back to you to let you know what I think. According to Arm & Hammer this toothpaste helps with stain prevention, deep cleaning, breath freshening, tartar control, and more.

I know baking soda is great for brushing teeth, so I’m hopeful Arm & Hammer Advance White Toothpaste will give me all the benefits of baking sode without the gross taste!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Arm & Hammer. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.


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Reading Through Hebrews: May Facebook Bible Study

A few months ago we read through Ephesians (via Facebook). I’ve had lots of requests to go through another book, so in May we will be reading through Hebrews.

Since I’ll be out of town tomorrow for field trip we are going to start reading through Hebrews on Thursday May 3. You’ll find the schedule below.

  • May 3:  Hebrews 1:1-7
  • May 4: Hebrews 1:8-14
  • May 5: Hebrews 2:1-9
  • May 6: Hebrews 2:10-18
  • May 7: Hebrews 3:1-11
  • May 8: Hebrews 3:12-19
  • May 9: Hebrews 4:1-11
  • May 10: Hebrews 4:12-16
  • May 11: Hebrews 5:1-6
  • May 12: Hebrews 5:7-14
  • May 13: Hebrews 6:1-12
  • May 14: Hebrews 6:13-20
  • May 15: Hebrews 7:1-10
  • May 16: Hebrews 7:11-28
  • May 17: Hebrews 8:1-6
  • May 18: Hebrews 8:7-13
  • May 19: Hebrews 9:1-10
  • May 20: Hebrews 9:11-22
  • May 21: Hebrews 9:23-28
  • May 22: Hebrews 10:1-14
  • May 23: Hebrews 10:15-25
  • May 24: Hebrews 10:26-39
  • May 25: Hebrews 11:1-12
  • May 26: Hebrews 11:13-23
  • May 27: Hebrews 11:24-40
  • May 28: Hebrews 12:1-12
  • May 29: Hebrews 12:13-29
  • May 30: Hebrews 13:1-19
  • May 31: Hebrews 13:20-25

Every day I’ll post a verse that spoke to me from the reading passage on my Facebook page and you are welcome to leave a comment on my wall sharing your verse.

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Jesus Paid it All….

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

Cross & Clouds

Lyrics: Jesus Paid it All by Elvina M. Hall

photo credit: John H Wright Photo

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