Wednesday, 28 September 2016

End of week 12 with Nutrisystem #NSNation

Disclaimer: I was provided with Nutrisystem in exchange for my honest opinions and views based on my own experiences. Your experiences may differ from mine. Thank you! 

This is the end of week 12 on Nutrisystem and I have come so far in those 3 months. I started at 298lbs and am now down to 268lbs on the dot. That is a 30lb weight loss total for 3 months and I am very proud of myself for that.

I had had some bumps in the road and issues that prevented me from helping myself out with exercise and such, but you know what? That isn't going to stop me from continuing to do good. I am 100% now and so have been working out again this week and I feel the benefits of that along with the food.

If you had told me (this time, last year) that I would be sitting here even 1 pound lighter I probably would have laughed. I was in a bad place health-wise and really had no motivation to change because I didn't particularly care what anyone thought of me.

I am losing weight for me, now. Not for anyone else. I have the confidence to really shine and focus on myself for once. Before-hand I was busy thinking about everyone else and making sure they were all O.K, but now it is just the right time for me.

I have been on a plateau almost for the last few weeks, which is a little disheartening, but the fractions of lbs lost in those couple of weeks is better than putting anything on, so I am also happy with that! I don't ever want to get close to 300lbs again and so I am determined. I just have to wait it out and kick my butt into gear.

A wise woman at my doctors office once said to me that you just have to wait out the plateau and then when it starts to come off again you will be all the better for it. So - here's to waiting, working out and working on me!

Here is this weeks photo - you can see my happy little man decided to join in.


I was never a huge fan of this angle, but I adore it now that I am 30lbs lighter and accept the truths it speaks. I also realize that I no longer look 10 months pregnant, which has been a huge deal for me as I just couldn't shift that belly and my youngest is 3!

I still have 50lbs to go to reach my ideal target of 220lbs, which I would be happy with for my height and so here's to some hard work and another 3 months of Nutrisystem! 

Are you on Nutrisystem? I would love to hear from you! 

Keep on keeping on! We've got this! 

- MGB



Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Nutrisystem, end of week 11!

Disclaimer: I was provided with Nutrisystem in exchange for my honest views and opinions. Your experiences may differ from mine, thank you!

It is that time again - it is my check in with Nutrisystem!

This week I have lost 0.2lbs, which doesn't seem like much to some, but it is "that" time of the month again and usually I lose nothing, so I will take that 0.2lbs and run with it!

I am now 268.6lbs and working on the rest! I would love to lose 50lbs more and I know it is going to be a struggle getting there but I am going to do it!

I am feeling SO MUCH BETTER than last week! My back is feeling better and I am on the move! I took the kids to Ballocity yesterday and we all had fun jumping around and going down slides and climbing the little courses in the play area and it was more than a workout at the gym after an hour or two of that! I bet that is where that 0.2lbs went!


I have been sticking to Nutrisystem and am still enjoying it just as much as ever. The variety never leaves me bored of my food and the portion sizes are something I have become very used to. In fact, even on my flex meal days I am happy to put together a meal that I know is about the right size and really don't worry or stress over eating at all.

My body is really starting to change shape and when I catch a glimpse of my reflection in the mirror now I notice I don't look pregnant anymore, which is something that had been bothering me since my youngest son was born 3 years ago! I am so thankful for that!

I feel great and I look forward to sharing the next 3 months with you as I am teaming up with Nutrisystem for a little longer - so big shout out to them for believing in me, and giving me the tools to really get myself back on track. I will forever appreciate it!

Until next week, folks!

- MGB


My son is fueled by awesome! #yoplaitgobig





I recently discovered Yoplait Go Big pouches at my local store and they are perfect for my ever-growing teens as the pouches are wide with a fist-full of flavor.

Designed specifically with teens in mind, Go Big knows how awesome teens are and has challenged us to write a letter to our teen to let them know it.

In such a letter to my oldest son, who isn't a teen for much longer, I would let him know (as I do already) that the things that make him awesome are the things that matter - like his loyalty, dedication and strength to persevere.


In such a letter I would let my boy know that he is a son that I am proud of. He will open the door for people and help them with a bag or two and he will help with his brother and sister and do little things like making me tea when I am tired and just need a five minute break.

I would tell my son that he is growing into a strong and well adjusted young man and that I am more than proud of the things he has achieved with the hand that has been dealt to him.

Never having panicked me senseless, gotten lost, ran away, did anything too stupid or given me too hard of a time, I am thankful to be able to call him my son and I am, indeed, one proud mother knowing that he knows his own mind and isn't to be easily lead astray.


Go Big has given me pause to sit and consider so many good qualities in my son, especially in a week that happens to be his birthday, too.

Always on the go with a skateboard in his hand, he needs to stop once in a while to try things like Go Big, while learning and evolving into the best version of himself that he can be.

Go Big contains no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors, contains real fruit, good source of calcium, is gluten free and kosher dairy packed into a big pouch that any teen would love to grab and take on the go.

My son is certainly awesome but I couldn't pen an entire letter [here on my blog] because that kind of thing is far too personal - but you get the idea of the things I would say and the things that he already knows that I feel about him.

Similarly I would tell my soon-to-be teen step-son how I feel about him, too!


My son's reaction to hearing about how I feel is usually modest or backed up with a "geez mom", but as long as he hears me, then we're doing it right! A good word or a great letter really makes you think/feel appreciated, even if it is a little embarrassing to hear it! 

I bet your teen is just as wonderful and you can tell the world, plus have a chance to win big with Go Big, for your teen by visiting Go Big's Facebook page and letting them know how your teen inspires you and put them in the spotlight for it! (Nominees must be 13-17yrs old for the competition on the Facebook page, but you can still share your stories even if they aren't in this bracket!).

I would love to hear what makes your teen amazing to you, and if you plan to fuel awesome with Go Big, too! 


Find Go Big at most of your local grocery stores and follow around social media with hashtag #YoplaitGoBig for more inspirational stories! 









Friday, 16 September 2016

Ovation Brand's Family Fun Nights with the Underdogs Movie and MORE! - GIVEAWAY! Ends 9/21

Disclaimer I was provided with product in exchange for my honest opinions. Your views may differ from mine. Thank you.

Ovation Brands have launched their latest run of family fun nights in collaboration with the movie Underdogs at participating Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s, Hometown Buffet, Country Buffet. Furr’s Fresh Buffet locations, from 5-8pm on the specified dates (below) through until October 6th.

Local heroes have also been invited along to talk about what it means to be a local hero in their own communities and to inspire and educate the next generation.



As well as the constant of the Underdogs movie concept every week, the featured activities are as follows:
  • August 25th – Meet a Firefighter Hero Day

  • September 1st – Scout’s Honor

  • September 8th – Teacher Heroes

  • September 15th – Soldier Hero

  • September 22nd – Thank you, Police Officers!

  • September 29th – Literary Heroes

  • October 6th – Little Heroes
GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate these fun family nights, Ovation Brands would like to offer one of our lucky readers the chance to win a pack of tickets for a family meal at one of their participating brands/locations, the Underdogs movie, PLUS a $25 Amazon Gift Card

All you have to do, to be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize pack, is enter via the rafflecopter, below! 

This giveaway will end at midnight on 9/21 and the winner notified within 24 hours. Please enter with valid contact details so we can find you if you win - we can not chase you around the internet, but will do our best to find you where we can, so that you can claim your prize! Unclaimed prizes are forfeit after 48 hours and winners are redrawn until we have a confirmed winner. Any questions, please feel free to contact me - I am always happy to help! 

***AFTER 2 NON CLAIMS, WE FINALLY HAVE OUR WINNER! LOU B. *** Thank you all for entering! Please enter our other giveaways, too! Love you all! 

That's it! GOOD LUCK! 


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For more information on Ovation Brands, you can visit here. Thank you! 

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Nutrisystem, end of week 10!

Disclaimer: I was provided with Nutrisystem in exchange for my thoughts and opinions based on my own interaction with the brand and my own results. Your views may differ to mine. Thank you. 

This week was a slow going week. I didn't lose any weight (still stuck at 268 and change) but that's fine. I am lucky I didn't gain. I put my back out Sunday night and Monday it got worse and worse to the point that I couldn't stand up straight. I've been having problems with my back since I was in my teens and so I am very used to it, but it doesn't mean I am flippant about it - I listen to my body and took a break. 

I stayed on course with Nutrisystem, but stopped exercising for a few days, while my back got a grip on itself. It is now Thursday and I am feeling 90% better. Phew. 



I have been enjoying some great meals this past week, including some hot, cooked blueberries on top of some delicious Nutrisystem waffles, Broccoli and Cheese stuffed Chicken. Hamburger with tomato, lettuce and hot sauce and more. With meals that actually have some taste and color to them, I am always enthused to try more. 

I never thought that i'd be where I am, today, even just 6 months ago. I was in bad shape and I felt awful. I now have a lot more energy and am definitely more present. I don't have the breathing problems I was starting to have when I was 30lbs heavier either. I found 2 more pairs of jeans and some old shirts in my winter clothes when sorting through them yesterday and they ALL fit again, which is the best news I could have hoped for because this means no huge new fall wardrobe bill this year, either! 

I am always confident, no matter what my size, but dropping some weight has most definitely boosted that confidence and made me actually realize just how bad of a shape I was in [before I started] and given me drive to get to where I want to be. I would love to lose another 50lbs and then i'd be at a goal weight of 220ish lbs, which is great for a 6 foot tall amazon like me!

Here is a photo my 5 year old daughter took of me, yesterday, while waiting for a bus. Nobody likes this angle because it tells a lot of truths. I am strangely comfortable with this angle for that exact same reason - it tells the truth of where I am, right now [with weight] and I love it! 


I am really looking forward to the next month or so as the weather starts to change and I am able to get my fall clothes out and rock some boots that I have been dying to wear since I bought then mid-summer. I am looking forward to sweaters and pants and cozy clothes and rockin' hats, scarves and my old favorite coat which was a little too snug this time last year and now fits me perfectly. 

I have gained so much from taking part in Nutrisytem over the last couple of months and know that portion control is going to be something that sticks with me as I continue on my journey. I know what a meal could look like and what a meal really should look like and realize that, in hindsight, I really was eating far too much if i'd wanted to have lost weight, but not enough that my body kept fueled through the day. 

What I usually do, now, is make sure I take with me all the food I will be eating during the day if we are out all day and I make sure to pack shakes just in case we didn't plan to get caught out all day and something happens. I make sure my body is always hydrated and that it is getting the energy it needs to keep going without hitting a block and just that alone has helped tremendously. 

I don't think I would go back to drinking beer or anything like that. I don't like it enough to ruin the achievements I have made, and would rather a cheeky red wine now and then with a meal instead - though, honestly, I haven't had a drink of anything since July 1st and really haven't felt like it at all, which is great coming from someone who used to live in a pub (literally, my mother owned one) and who has seen her fair share of booze. 

I hope that the weight loss trend will continue and that I will start to lose again this week! Until next week, whatever you are doing, do it with a smile! 

- MGB 



Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Therafit Shoes for Fall - GIVEAWAY HOP! #Septembergiveaway #Fall (Ends 9/28/16)

Disclaimer: I was provided with a pair of shoes from Therafit Shoe, in order to give my honest opinions. Your views may differ to mine - thank you!

Make this a September to remember with this giveaway hop - lots of participants and prizes, just scroll to the bottom and take a look when you are done, for more chances to win prizes this fall season! Thank you to our hosts at http://thekidsdidit.com & http://themommyisland.blogspot.com



THERAFIT SHOE - NEW COLLECTION!


Just in time for fall, Therafit Shoe has released into the world some great new styles for your walking pleasure and I just got mine to try out last week! 

Just like every other pair of Therafit Shoes I've owned in the past [and there were many] these are a great fit and style that work with my needs as the weather starts to cool down and the chores continue to keep on coming!

I walk a lot and I can't tell you how many pairs of shoes or sneakers I have gone through over the years, but I can tell you that the ones that have lasted me the longest were always Therafit Shoes. The quality of the shoes is worth the money you pay for them and there are so many styles to choose from that there really is something to suit everyone on their website!


What I like about Therafit Shoe is their patented PCS - Personal Control System, which lets you adjust the impact protection along with the level of cushioning on your feet to fit your personal preferences or a specific need. You can remove 1, 2 or all 3 of the soft rods in your shoes or leave them all well alone and you'll soon find which combination works for you!

If you are a busy lady, like me, and want to look fashionable, while adding an extra layer of comfort, then Therafit Shoe is definitely a brand for you and I'd encourage you to go take a look at all the NEW shoes available, right now and use this 10% off coupon: BLOG16 to sweeten any purchases! (valid until October 30th, 2016)

GIVEAWAY!

Excited by the new shoes you see at Therafit Shoe's website? I am too! So excited that i'm offering one lucky winner the chance to win a pair of DAKOTA WOMEN'S SUEDE ANKLE BOOTS (pictured, but in the winner's size), worth $139!

To be entered to win, all you have to do is head on down to the rafflecopter, below! - Giveaway ends 9/28/16 at midnight! Thank you!

The Nitty Gritty: Entrants must be 18 or older to win, live in the U.S.A and leave valid contact information, which is not used for anything other than to get in touch with you should you win. 

Winners will be chosen within 24 hours or giveaway end and will have 48 hours after notification to claim their prize. If no confirmation is received within 48 hours then the winner becomes forfeit and a new winner is chosen in their place under the same conditions until we have a confirmed winner. 

These rules are non-negotiable as they help to keep our giveaways timely for our sponsor and help us to get your prize to you as fast as we can to wrap up our giveaway!

Any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or email me via my contact details, above! 

That's it! You're all set! Check out the new collection of Therafit Shoe goodies over at their website and follow on social media (@TherafitShoe) to keep up to date with more! 

**For more great prizes, please do check out the other giveaways listed in this giveaway hop, below, too!**


GOOD LUCK! 


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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Better Things on FX is here, and I can certainly relate! I bet you can too! - GIVEAWAY INCLUDED!! (Ends 9/29/16)




There's a new TV show in town, written by Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon and stars Adlon as “Sam Fox” - a working single [actor] mom, trying to raise her kids in a world not quite as filtered as some other T.V show's might like us to believe in! 

With real-life-like situations, comedic thrills and life's ups and downs thrown all around, Better Things is right up my alley and almost feels like my life put on screen if I weren't married, and if I actually acted for a living!

There is something so great about comedy that comes from real-life and Better Things is semi-autobiographical in that it reflects some of the real-life of Pamela Adlon and hits home with me as I have zero filter and call things like they are, too.



I've always adored Louis C.K. and loved all of his family-related skits and I am sure [with him on board] that this show is going to be a big success. His matter-of-fact, dry and reality-based situational humor gets me every single time and I can't wait to see what he and Adlon bring to the table here as the series progresses! 


"She is mom, dad, referee and the cops" - FXNetworks.com

Sound familiar? It does to me! I'm often saying that I should write a T.V. show based on the ridiculous situations that come with every-day family goings-on, because there are MANY that happen, and many we laugh about in private, but to see a reflection of real life parenting and its struggles [that we all identify with if we're honest with ourselves] is just exhilarating. 

There is much power in identifying with a character, and I've definitely been there, which I'm sure you have at some point, too. Better Things is going to have us all nodding our head and laughing in agreement. 


GIVEAWAY!


To celebrate this fresh new take on life as seen in Better Things [Thursday's on FX] I have a sweet giveaway for one cool mom (or dad), who is trying to keep up and tell it like it is! The giveaway will be for a groovy "swag bag" of goodies, which will include the following: 

  • Ray-Ban Sunglasses, 
  • Chipolo Bluetooth Keyring, 
  • Leather Clutch for mom things,
  • Emergency Beauty Kit, 
  • Hypoallergenic Travel Pillow, 
  • Ultra-Soft Travel Pillow Protector, 
  • Essential Oils Blend Mini, 
  • Skinny Lip Balm,
  • & "Credit Card" Mints!
One lucky winner will win it all and ALL you have to do to enter is LEAVE A BLOG COMMENT [below] - You could tell me some of your funniest parenting moments or how you cope with mom-stress, a tip for keeping life in check or the best piece of mom wisdom you know! You could even tell me a little something about Better Things that makes you want to tune in, it really is up to you! What are you waiting for!? 

Rules: Giveaway ends 9/29/16. Entrants must reside in the U.S., be 18 years of age or have parents permission if younger, must leave a valid email address (or twitter handle so I can find you) and leave a genuine, thoughtful comment!  Entries will be counted from Facebook, Blogger and Instagram and chosen by number via random.org and contacted within 24 hours of selection. The winner will then have 1 week to claim their prize before the prize is re-drawn and a new winner chosen.

Note: Your email and/or personal details are not used by Mom's Gone Bronson for anything other than to contact you should you win this prize, please enter with confidence!

 If you have any questions, please get in touch, thank you! 

GOOD LUCK! 

(And don't forget to tune in to FX on Thursdays for Better Things and keep up to date with hashtags #BetterThings, #BetterThingsGiveaway, and by checking out @FXNetworks) - MGB


Protein Energy Power, in BANANA!

Disclaimer: I was provided with products in order to share my honest opinions. Your views may differ from mine, thank you!


I am currently on Nutrisystem and they provide some shakes, which I like a lot, but I was looking for other shakes that came in different flavors, which complimented the Nutrisystem plan.


I was given the chance to try out this natural, plant-based protein supplement (Protein Energy Power) and so gave it a go for a couple of weeks when I ran out of my regular shakes. 

I really enjoyed the texture, even when made just with water (you can make it with water or add milk) and it tasted just sweet enough that it wasn't too much and it didn't leave any lingering aftertaste, which I can fully appreciate!

I really enjoy the banana flavor and would definitely use this again in the future and will give it a full 5/5 as I can't seem to find anything to fault it on!

If you are looking for a supplement that keeps you going at breakfast or puts a pep in your step for a workout, or if you'd just like to add something new to your routine, then definitely give this one a try!

You can find out more about Protein Energy Power across social media for more ideas on how and where to use it and you can find it from good retailers, today!

Keep on keeping on!

-MGB






Spiced & Infused for your popcorn-snacking pleasure!

Disclaimer: I Was provided with products in order to give my honest opinions. Your views may differ from mine. Thank you!


I love a popcorn snack, while watching a movie or catching up on a show and sometimes it becomes a love-hate relationship when I'm not having so much fun with the plain, buttered or salted anymore and so a new take on flavors got my interest when I was given the chance to try Spiced & Infused popcorn!

With flavors like Asian Barbecue, Bombay Seasoning, Chipotle Taco and French Herb, I knew I was in for something different and so gave them a shot. 


I shared the bags out with my children and they all each had a taste - they were huge fans of the Asian Barbecue and I really hovered towards the Bombay Seasoning, but my step son pinched that one from me and enjoyed the rest of the bag, himself!

I like to try something new and I honestly wasn't sure if I would like these, at all, but it turns out, they're a great hit in our home and I was pleasantly surprised. 

I think these are a great way to make lunches a little more exciting and at fewer calories than some of the other options available in other flavors - they make a great snack on the go, too, or while watching your favorite movies, just like me!

If you want to know more about Spiced & Infused popcorn, you can find them HERE and across social media - well worth a look if you are looking for something exciting and new in popcorn!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

End of Week 9 on Nutrisystem - Results are in!

Disclaimer: I was provided with Nutrisystem in exchange for my honest opinions. My results and opinions are genuine and your views and results may differ to mine. Thank you! 

We have come to the end of week 9, which I can barely believe. The weeks have gone fast and we are on the home stretch of the 3 months that I agreed to do with Nutrisystem, which has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.

I am down, this week, to 268.8lbs, which is 29.2lbs down from where I started and, in just a couple of months, I have not only lost this weight, but inches as well.

I measured myself back in the beginning and my measurements were:

Bust: 44 inches
Waist: 46 inches
Hips: 57 inches

My measurements this morning are:

Bust: 40 inches
Waist: 41 inches
Hips: 51 inches

Here is a photo, also, which my daughter took with my phone, this afternoon.


I still have a long way to go, at least another 50lbs, but I am getting there, slowly and I am enjoying the journey, the re-connection with my family and the confidence boost. 

I'd love to hear from you if you are embarking on a weight loss plan! Let me know how things are!

Until next week!

- MGB




Monday, 5 September 2016

HEY! Summer's not over, yet!

You know, the nights will soon get cold and we'll be in our sweatshirts (and warm boots) but, until then, summer is still here and we still need to have fun and stay hydrated at the same time!


Nestle Splash* is something new that we've been able to try this week that quenches that thirst and tastes great - something which the kids and I all agree on! I drink a lot of water and so a little taste in mine goes a long way and I definitely could switch it out in a heartbeat for plain old tap water.

My daughter loved it so much that she called dibs on the bottle and off she went into the sunny day - beach-ball and all!

5/5 from me for a taste that is refreshing and light. A very welcome addition to my day!

Find out more across social media with hashtag #splashoffun

Enjoy!

*I received Nestle Splash for sampling purposes, but that all opinions are my own, thank you!