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This summer I'll be 40. Wrinkles and fine lines know their way around my face like a road map. I wish what I know now about anti-aging, I knew 20 years ago so that I could take better care of my skin. However, since I can't literally turn back Read more

Beauty Benefits of Lime

It may sound silly, but even though I don't drink, those Corona commercials snag my attention every time. Sounds of the ocean, the sense of relaxation and the refreshing lime placed perfectly in the bottle neck. It's that lime that calls out to me saying, "Let me quench your Read more

Gail Lewis - SUPER Model

If you've read the bios of the A Girl's Gotta Spa! editors, you may stumble across the fact that Gail Lewis is a model. I don't mean model being kind, like Gail is attractive, I mean model like fierce, confident and in-demand. And of course, as in actually having Read more

#BeautyInspiration Twitter Party April 16th #shop

 Image credit: Hairspray & High Heels We have major love here at A Girl's Gotta Spa! for makeup. From makeup trends to makeup tips, when to spend and when to splurge, as well as the latest products for each season, you can count on us to bring that info to you. Read more

Spa Week 2014 A Girl's Gotta Spa! and Giveaway

It's that time of year again when spas lower their prices on some of their spa treatments, otherwise known as Spa Week! From April 21–27th, spas, fitness facilities and wellness centers across the country will be offering $50 spa treatments, including a few spas that we've reviewed like The French Read more

Nutrisystem

Nutrisystem Food

@Nutrisystem Food review #sponWhen I began my Nutrisystem journey back in July, I was worried about the taste of Nutrisystem food. Would it taste like cardboard? Would chicken taste like chicken and beef like beef? Would the frozen meals taste like TV dinners? Needless to say, I’m sure if you are reading this post, you are wondering the same thing.

What I can tell you, is that I am OBSESSED with their breakfasts–double chocolate muffin, cinnamon roll, granola cereal, egg omelets. My mornings have never been more flavorful. I like that for pantry meals, I am able to go a la cart, which meant I chose foods I knew I would eat (and happily did so!) Read more

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Nutrisystem Week 5 Losing Inches But Not Weight

Losing Inches @nutrisystem #weightloss

Remember when you were told, never say never (and I’m not talking about Justin Bieber)? I feel like having said, “I never want to be 170 lbs,” is haunting me because it simply won’t go away.

While everyone says not to pay attention to the scale, but rather how you look, I know I should listen (but it is so hard to do!) Due to losing inches, I’ve definitely noticed that my favorite blue shirt is looser on me. I also noticed on Sunday that a shirt I haven’t worn in a while (due to muffin top issues) suddenly looked a lot better. Not to mention that my jeans are looser and require a belt (or at least me pulling them up multiple times until I buy one.) My husband even told me that it’s hard to believe I haven’t lost weight because I look like I have (brownie points). Read more

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Nutrisystem Week 4

Nutrisystem Weight Loss

Just like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, I’m ready to call my Life Line. That Life Line being a Nutrisystem dietician.

On a sidenote: I wish the above picture was really me.

I’ve been on the Nutrisystem weight loss program for a month now. I’ve definitely learned a lot during this time, but I’ve also encountered a lot of frustration. 30 days of Nutrisystem has only results in 4 pounds lost for me, the majority of which were in the first week. For the last few weeks my weight has been at a stand still. Inches have been lost in some places, while in others it fluctuates. Read more

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Nutrisystem Week 3: Reality Check

Healthy Weight Loss @nutrisystem #ad

Nutrisystem’s weight loss plan is not The Biggest Loser.

This is the reality check I had this past week.

In my pre-Nutrisystem life, I ate junk food like it was going out of business. I consumed fat like there was no tomorrow. Portion size? That would be two helpings of everything. Vegetables were only to be eaten at dinner time and late night snacking was a must. Exercise? Wasn’t being a mom (aka taxi, chef, maid, organizer, grocery shopper and overall “clean your room” harasser) enough exercise for one day?

I’d sit and watch The Biggest Loser religiously and think, “That’s going to be me.” I wrongfully assumed that as soon as I cut calories, ate healthier, ate the right way with the right portions and included more exercise that BOOM! the weight would drop off me like a sack of potatoes.

But I was so wrong. Read more

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Nutrisystem Week 2 Stress and Hunger Challenges

Stress eating! Overcoming it.

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” – Fred Devito

This week has been a tough one for me. I’ve struggled in week two with stress, anxiety and wicked cravings for chocolate. All women know “that week” once a month where we become an emotional mess, which always leads me down the path of feeling depressed about how I look and burying those feelings in ice cream and cake.

But not this time. This time I simply…struggled. I didn’t give into the cravings, which essentially made me feel like I was crawling out of my skin. Throw in my youngest son being diagnosed with Lyme Disease and my ex-MIL passing away, and it was a week frought with stress. Read more

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Nutrisystem Weight Loss Week One

Nutrisystem Weight Loss Week 1

Nothing is more exciting than watching the weight come off. Even better is knowing that your weight loss is as a result of committing to a healthier lifestyle.

Today is check-in day for me. I started Nutrisystem one week ago with the goal of losing 43 pounds. I’ll tell you at the end of this post how much weight I lost (the suspense!) What I really want to do is share some tips for those thinking of also starting Nutrisystem (or similar weight loss program.) Read more

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Nutrisystem Weight Loss with Organization and Portion Control

Nutrisystem Weight Loss with Organization and Portion Control

Diet. It’s truly an ugly word. To me, it means something that is short term. My goal when deciding to do the Nutrisystem weight loss program was to attain both short term and long term goals. In essence, a lifestyle change.

This is my first week (I officially began on Monday July 29: You Had Me at Weight Loss Nutrisystem) and I can honestly say I’ve learned a lot so far. I’ll give you my weigh in on Monday (and yes, only a few days and I’ve lost weight!) but for now I just wanted to share some things I have learned in just a few short days. Read more

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You Had Me at Weight Loss Nutrisystem

Weight Loss Journey with @Nutrisystem

Hoping to be the Incredible Shrinking Woman

When I was younger I would always say, “If I get to X weight, then I’ll go on a diet.” “X” would always vary based on what was going on at the time.

I always had a cap weight though. 170 lbs. I’m only 5’1″ and knew that this was too much weight for me. I recall with my 4th son I reached 170 during my pregnancy. I gave myself the excuse that I was pregnant and that it would go away once he was born..and some of it did, but not all of course. People would try to say nice things like, “Well you did have 4 kids, so of course you’ll be out of shape and have some weight on.”

At some point full length mirrors disappeared from my house. Read more

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