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Your Whims Wednesday #339 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Up-cycled Sweater Slippers by Busy Being Jennifer
Upcycled Sweater Slippers and easy and practical way to repurpose an old or outdated sweater! - BusyBeingJennifer.com

Paleo Brussels Sprouts with Dijon Dressing by Bites of Wellness
Paleo brussels sprouts in an iron skillet with creamy dijon sauce being poured on it

Heart Garland by Sparkle Living Blog
Dancing Hearts garland. The hearts are sewn on to fall different ways, so they look like they are dancing. Plus, the garland can be hung vertically or horizontally and doubles as a Valentine's card. It's so easy to make!

DIY Love Sign by Our Crafty Mom on Centsible Chateau
DIY Valentine's Day Love Sign CentsibleChateau.com

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Now... onto this weeks party!

How I Maintained my 100 Pound Weight Loss for Two Years

This week is my two year anniversary of maintaining my 100 pound weight loss and also marks my four year anniversary of the first day of my journey of starting to lose weight!

I wrote a post last year after hitting one year of maintenance so I thought I would give another update on how I'm doing with maintaining my original 100 pound weight loss these days! I can't believe that I have actually been maintaining my weight loss now for the same amount of time as it took me to lose the weight originally.  I started in January of 2014 and hit my 100 pound goal in January of 2016.  Two years going strong maintaining that loss still!

You can check out my weight loss story to read more about my journey to lose 100 pounds and land at my goal weight of 146 pounds.  I will say that a HUGE thing I learned over this past year is that I can maintain my weight loss without having to weigh 146 pounds exactly every week.  Weight fluctuations are common and as long as I averaged out around my goal weight that was all that mattered to me. I think the lightest I ever was this year was 140 pounds back in February and the heaviest was 157 right after this past New Years. 

(My scale is the body analyzer scale from Vanity Planet: affiliate code "whims" gets you 60% off. It tracks body fat too!)

That may seem like a HUGE difference, but it wasn't like I gained or lost 17 pounds overnight! In February I had really been keeping my nutrition on point and was averaging on the lower end of my maintenance range and got to that low number.  The 157 weight was after three straight days of eating cheese and drinking wine during the New Years weekend that had just followed the Christmas holiday and so I still hadn't shed the extra pounds I had put on from Christmas and thus led to that highest weight. It was only temporary - the scale crept back down to my normal range after about a week and a half of getting back on track so it obviously wasn't true fat gain! I'd say I average between 146-151 pounds on a regular week.

Your Whims Wednesday #338 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

White Hot Chocolate with Polar Bear Marshmellows by Glue Sticks Blog

DIY Valentine Candy Dispensers by White House Crafts

Low Carb Cauliflower Buns by Happy Mothering
Are you looking for a low carb bun option for your summer BBQ? These tasty Low Carb Cauliflower Buns are perfect for the ketogenic diet!

DIY Rustic Three Tier Tray by Aka Design
DIY 3 Tier Tray

DIY Macaron Place-Card Holders by Bird's Party
DIY Polymer Clay Macaron Place-Card Holders - a fun & easy craft to make with kids! These are perfect as hostess gifts or to embellish your party tables! by BirdsParty.com @birdsparty #kidscrafts #polymerclay #diymacaronsplacecardholders #placecardholders #macarons #diymacaronclay

Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)

Now... onto this weeks party!

Your Whims Wednesday #337 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Embroidery Hoop Orbs by Aka Design
industrial table hydrangea sphere candle

Bacon Infused Old Fashion by Taylor Bradford

Honey Crisp Apple and Kale Sale by Delightful E Made
How about a healthy, easy delicious lunch idea? My Honey Crisp Apple & Sweet Kale Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette is the perfect lunch solution! Assembled in mason jars, these salads stay fresh and crisp for the perfect make-head lunch!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Low Carb Oatmeal by Bites of Wellness
Chocolate Peanut butter Low Carb Oatmeal is the perfect low carb breakfast! Gluten free, grain free, vegan and dairy free #lowcarb #oatmeal #chocolate #peanutbutter | bitesofwellness.com

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Now... onto this weeks party!

Collagen Chocolate Chip Bars

These high protein, low calorie collagen chocolate chip bars taste decadently sweet and have a great texture but pack extra health benefits from the collagen peptide proteins they are baked with!

Happy 2018 friends! The start of a new year often comes with new health and fitness goals and it feels slightly strange for me to say it...but this is the first year in awhile I don't really have a weight related goal for the year.  I'm still happily maintaining my 100 pound weight loss and just want to keep on keeping on in that area. That's not to say I don't have overall goals for my health though.  The start of a new year is a great time to focus on overall wellness a and part of that is analyzing parts of my health that could be better.

Specifically speaking, I have noticed a lot of hair loss/thinning recently and it has led to me researching ways that I can naturally promote thicker, healthier hair and prevent more thinning.  I'm trying a few different options but part of my research led to me discovering collagen which seems to have TONS of health benefits including healthier skin, hair and nails, it supports bone and joint health, contributes to weight management, and helps support a healthy gut.

The brand Vital Proteins was recommended to me on my instagram page and I recently had a chance to try their products for my first time and I'm VERY pleased with my first experience!

Collagen is a type of protein so for my first use I decided to use it in baking.  These chocolate chip bars turned out SO GOOD! Baking with protein can sometimes lead to a baked good with a dry texture if not mixed with the right ingredients/ratios but that was NOT the case with these bars at all.  They are gluten free, low calorie, low in sugar but still high in protein AND taste.  My boyfriend declared them the best "protein baked good" I had ever made before!

WOOT! That's a win for me: they taste delicious, have great nutrition stats, packs tons of extra health benefits from the collagen, and are still man approved.  Here's the breakdown on the nutrition and how to make them!