I Confess, I’m a Yo-Yo Dieter – My 12 Step Program

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12 Steps to Overcome Yo-Yo Dieting


OK, you caught me.  I’m a yo-yo dieter.  I seriously have a problem.  I will do really well for two months.  I get all excited.  I believe I can do anything (being the extreme optimist that I am) and then suddenly, my will is not strong enough any more.  I quit eating healthy.  I start drinking a little soda.  I stop exercising as much.  Then I drink even more soda….  I start having a daily treat or two.  And guess what?  I gain back the 10 pounds I just lost.  Yep, that’s me.  Mrs. Yo-Yo herself.  This just happened to me… again.  :(  Can you relate?


Honestly, I hope you can’t relate, but I have a feeling a lot of you are right alongside of me in this.  It’s a common problem.  How can we as human beings keep our heads in the game?  After all, in order to lose the weight and keep it off, we’re going to have to make a lifestyle change.  We know this to be true, but for some reason, we think that we need to hurry up and hit our goal and once we’re there we can say…. “phew…. all done”.  But that’s not the case!  We cannot say “Phew, all done!”.  We must say, “that was a good start, let’s keep going”.  We have to embrace the lifestyle change with all of our hearts and minds.  It cannot be a maybe.  It has to be met with determination.  Otherwise, we’ll continue on the yo-yo plan of lose it, gain it.


So how can we as people who need to make healthy habit changes do it and stay motivated to keep going?  Why do we keep giving in?  For me, one of the main reasons I give up is that I get tired of having to think about it all the time.  I much prefer to indulge myself in all the food and drink decisions than have to carefully calculate what it is that I need to be eating.  Also, I find it difficult to quit my unhealthy choices, because I find them fun.  My mind associates soda with getting to relax and enjoy myself.  It’s the same with sweets.  If I take them away, I feel like life isn’t nearly as fun.  I know that it is just a mind training thing that I have to get through.


I decided that I have to more carefully plan if I’m going to be successful.  The problem is, I’ve known this for a while, but I’m still failing to make my plan.  You know what they say…. Failing to plan is planning to fail.  That’s not good.  I don’t want to keep failing!  So….here’s my 12 step plan.  In it, I’m saying “you”, but I’m talking to myself.  You may not need my 12 steps….but maybe you do, too….read on to see.


1.  You must find a replacement for drinking soda.  It can still be carbonated, but it can’t be diet and it can’t be full of sugar or high fructose corn syrup.  You may have to mix your own soda to make it into something healthier, but it will be worth it.  Soda is the main reason I am so plump.

2.  You must make a meal plan, including breakfast, lunch and snacks to keep you on track.  That doesn’t mean only make one meal plan ever.  That means, every week, make a meal plan.  Or, you can repeat the prior week’s meal plan if that helps, but it has to be planned.

3.  You must make a motivation Smash Book.  (If you haven’t seen these, check out my Pinterest board here).  This will help you when you’re down by giving you motivational quotes, before and after pictures, and things to think about while losing weight.  You can include quotes like this:


Why Climb the Same Hill Twice


4.  You must decide why you really want to be thin.  Not the politically correct answer but deep down, why do you want it?  Is it enough to make you get it done?  If not, can you find a new reason?

5.  You must have a plan on what to do when you’re eating out.  Make a list of allowed foods while eating at fast food restaurants.

6.  In addition to the Smash book, you must make a travel smash book.  One that you can keep in your purse to help you while you’re out and about.  A few motivational quotes, your fast food list, etc.  Anything that will help you to stay on plan when you’re out with your husband at lunch.

7.  You must find replacements for Emotional eating.  I know you like to eat when you’re tired, sad, happy and frustrated, but you’re going to have to find something else you can do when you’re feeling these emotions.  Emotions are normal.  Eating to celebrate them or to make them go away, just complicates life and doesn’t make anything go away.

8.  You must set goals.  Not just weight loss goals, but exercise goals, maybe even a bucket list!

9.  You must stay hydrated.  You need at least 64 ounces a day, but since you are overweight 100 ounces would be even better.  Strive to get 100 oz of water in a day.  Remember how your wrinkles around your eyes tend to go away when you’re drinking enough?  You’ll look better for it!

10.  You must exercise daily!  I realize you have 7 children, but that doesn’t give you an excuse not to exercise.  You can always fit 15 minutes in at a time.  You can always go outside and jump on the trampoline with the kids.  You can take them on a bike ride  or a walk.  You don’t have to exercise alone.

11.    You must eat more vegetables.  Your body needs the vegetables to grow stronger and leaner.  Your skin looks better with more vegetables, too.

12.  You must refer back to this list often, so you don’t forget about all of your plans.  You know how forgetful you are!


While I may not have all of these goals accomplished immediately, or even in the next month, this is what I know I have to do in order to finally reach my healthy weight.  I’ve debated about even talking about this on my blog any more, as I always just seem to fail and hate to keep talking about my failures, lol, but…I’ve decided to do it as it helps me.  If it helps me, it may help someone else as well.


Oh and speaking of eating your vegetables, if you’re interested in growing your own vegetables (or already are!), be sure to check out today’s sponsor, Born to Grow and their free gardening webinar:


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What about you?  What would you add to this list?

12 Steps to Overcome Yo-Yo Dieting


Don’t Miss Out!!!

Hey friends!  I hope you had an amazing weekend.  My weekend has been great.  I got to take the whole weekend off.  Yay!  You may have seen on my Facebook page, where my husband and I even ran in The Color Run (my first ever 5k race).  Here’s a picture of us (my husband, his brother, his wife and I) after we were done.


The Color Run After


As you can see, I was not the one who got too colorful.  I kept rubbing orange off of my face, and I thought it was my makeup until I saw the orange in my hairbrush later.  It wasn’t overly noticeable though….

My husband on the other hand…. he got shot with blue, right up the nose….


The Color Run During



Being a busy mom, who always seems to be “working”, I was excited for the chance to get away this weekend.  After all, being mom, teacher, house cleaner, cook and chid trainer is tiring!

Speaking of being a busy mom….I wanted to remind you about the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.  Today is the last day that you can buy it (and if you buy it, you’ll get ALL 10 of my Freezer to Slow Cooker menus for free, including the $250 Walmart menu!).  If you’re a work away from home mom, don’t let the word “homemaking” turn you away.  This bundle is made for busy moms.  Not just moms who stay home, but moms who want to make the best home possible for their families.  (What mom doesn’t want that?)


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Let me tell you real fast, what I think are the most valuable aspects of this bundle…the perks are pretty good, let me tell you!


1.  Have you ever wanted to take a craft making course online teaching you something that you don’t know how to do?  Maybe I’m weird, but I have…and I’m usually too cheap to buy one.  Not because I don’t want to learn, but because I am not always sure that it will be worth it.  When you purchase this bundle, you’ll get one free online class from Craftsy.  You could pick one of their 24 courses.  This would include anything from cake decorating, photography, sewing, paper crafts, etc.  This alone could be a $60 value (depending on the course you choose).  Personally, I think that I’ll choose the photography course, as I’m trying to grow in my skills as a photographer!


2.  Do you like scarves for dressing up your outfits?  You can actually get a free spring scarf from Deborah and Co.  You only have to pay the $4 shipping charge to get it to you.




3.  Free $15 to Hope Ink, plus 2 free 8×10 Art Prints.  (Shipping does apply on this deal)  


4.  Free 65 Points from Tyndale that you can use for a free book (appoximately a $15 value).


5.  Free Kids Discovery Box from Green Kid Crafts, ($19.95 value and you pay $4 shipping).  This is a craft kit subscription program.  They send a kit each month (if you were to keep the subscription), but you have the chance to try it for free!   Talk about happy kids!


6.  Declutter Buddies Course is included!  ($16 value)  – Have you ever said, “Today we’re going to clean the house and this time it’s going to stay that way!” but it never does? Have you ever thought it would be so much easier to declutter if only you had a friend to help you?  In this eCourse, Alina Joy Dubois – author of Easy Peasy Chores – will be your very own decluttering buddy! Join Alina Joy and together with her work step-by-step, de-junking, purging and reclaiming your home!




7.  A Parent’s Guide to Natural Remedies course is included! ($99 value!)  Have you ever wished you knew how to treat your child’s ailments at home?  A Parent’s Guide to Natural Remedies will give you the confidence you desire as a parent to learn how to use natural remedies to treat your child’s common ailments at home. You will learn how to use methods like homeopathy, cell salts, essential oils, probiotics, and more to treat things like fever, sore throat, ear infections, tummy bug, coughs, digestive issues, sleep issues, and first aid.


8.  Meal Planning Galore – Not only do you get 10 of my Freezer to Slow Cooker weekly menus (this is a gift, just for Sidetracked Sarah readers!), but there’s also many other great menu planning options in the bundle!  You’ve got Costco Slow Cooker Freezer Meals, Gluten Free Aldi Meal Plan, Simply Scheduled: On the Go, Backwards Meal Planning, No Cook Freezer Meals, Easy Oven Free Dinners and even printable menu planning forms!  Really…your meals will be covered with this bundle!


9.  In addition to all of the other resources listed above, you’ve got ebooks to help you with homeschooling, organizing your home, training your children and even to help you to have the best marriage you could ever have!


Now that’s a lot of benefit for one low price of $29.99.  In fact, they say that everything included in the bundle is worth over $984, not including the added $30 that my menu plans have added.


If you already own my ebooks, you can purchase this set and give mine away to a busy family that you know.  In fact, as long as you don’t keep the copy on your computer, it is completely legal to give away anything in the bundle that you don’t want.  So…you and a friend could potentially split the price of this bundle!  Click the Buy Now button below to learn more about exactly what is in the bundle.  It is totally worth it!





The catch is, you have to hurry, hurry, hurry, because your sale ends tonight at 11:59 P.M. EST.  Once that time has past, you will not be able to get it any more!


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Are You a Frazzled Mom? 10 Tools to Help!

10 Tools to Help Frazzled Moms


Frazzled.  That is one word that I use to describe myself a little too often.  My house is in constant need of attention.  My kids are in constant need of attention and my dog….well, he needs attention, too, but that’s the kids’ job.  :)  My website/business really needs some attention and my man needs plenty of attention, too.  :)  There’s only one of me though and I’m in need of attention.  (aka, I need to lose weight and get healthier).  Sometimes my brain just wants to shut down and be selfish.  That doesn’t work too well though when you’re the mom of 7 and you have all of these responsibilities that you signed up for!


A little while ago, I did a survey of my Facebook page readers, asking what their biggest challenges as women and mothers are.  Do you know what they said?  It’s losing weight, getting organized/decluttered and having enough time & money to do the things we enjoy.  I must admit, I find each of those things to be a struggle, too.  If I get overwhelmed, I’m good at shutting down and not getting the things I need to do done.  I’ve been threatening to schedule out every 15 minute block of time that my kids and I have  to help us be more productive, but I’m not sure that I would stick with it.  My brain is not that type, if you know what I mean.  :)  I truly wish it were though!


Because I’m not the type of person who can do a really scheduled out life, I’ve had to modify the ways I do things to make my life easier.  I make systems.  Sometimes I use them, sometimes I forget (did I mention how very forgetful I am?), but when my systems are running smoothly, I feel like I can conquer the world!  Take, for instance, my crockpot freezer meals.  When I have a weekly meal plan in place, my life feels like it’s on autopilot.  When I’m not using them, I’m going to the grocery store nearly every night.


10 Tools to Help Frazzled Moms


10 Tools to Help Your Life Run More Smoothly!

Yesterday, I shared about the homemaking bundle and how you get all of my Freezer to Slow Cooker ebooks for free if you purchase it (that’s a $31 gift to you, just for being a SidetrackedSarah.com reader!).  Today, I thought I’d share exactly how that bundle can help us frazzled moms out.

5 Helpful Books From the Homemaking Bundle That I’ve Read:


Here’s 5 of the books from the homemaking bundle that I actually own and love.  My favorite is the first one…but I love the others as well!


  1. Drowning in Clutter? Don’t Grab a Floatie…Drain the Ocean – This book was written by my friend Dana of A Slob Comes Clean.  She used to be a messy person with too much stuff (much like me, I’m afraid), but taught herself how to part with all of her clutter.  When I need a dose of motivation on how to get rid of all this junk I’ve accumulated, I definitely turn to this book!  She motivates you like nobody’s business!  She has completely transformed her home and she’s not afraid to show you just how bad it had gotten.  
  2. How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) – As a blogger, this book has been amazing!  I’ve been slowly building my business as a blogger and found this book very motivating and helpful.  If you’ve ever considered starting your own website, even if it’s just a hobby, you may want to consider reading this one.  It’s a gem!  She will explain the different methods of making money as a blogger and exactly what steps you need to take and in what order.  You would be amazed at just how complicated being a blog owner can be.  This book demystifies it for you!  
  3. DIY Breakfast Station – My friend Kim Sorgius of Not Consumed has a unique idea here!  She puts together a breakfast meal plan and makes packets/freezer bags, etc. full of breakfasts where her kids can grab what they need and go.  She gives you her complete plan along with recipes in an ebook!  It’s pretty cool!  Breakfast is the one meal I refuse to cook and this is one way to make it a little more interesting than cereal, fruit and toast.
  4. Paperless Home Organization – In this amazing ebook, Mystie Winckler has showed you how to free your life of all the paper!  She gives you systems, using tools like Evernote and she even teaches you how to use them.  This is such a helpful book to get you onto the path of organization in your home!  Paper seems to overtake the world, but this is one way to get it under control1
  5. That Works for Me: Tried and True Tips from Works for Me Wednesday – It’s been a while since I’ve looked through this book, but one of my tips was featured in this book!  It was the one on how to clean out your dishwasher (taking it apart and everything!).  It was a very popular post, but the book was even better!  So many amazing tips from moms just like you and me.  This one is a true gem!!  You will be amazed at what you can learn!  


5 Books I Can’t Wait to Read


The bundle has so many books and e-courses that I haven’t seen before, but so many of them look amazingly helpful to the discouraged homemaker!  Here’s the 5 that I can’t wait to read and think that I’ll take on my next trip with me…. (but first I must fix my broken phone screen, yet another thing for this frazzled mom to do!)


  1. On the Road to Joyful Motherhood – Find yourself struggling or grumbling as you go through your day as a MOM?…
  2. The Busy Mom’s Guide to Teaching Character – Inside you can find tons of spiritual and practical help, as well as printable Scripture character cards for daily encouragement and to pray over your children…
  3. Treat Yourself: Real Food Desserts – If you enjoy dessert – and who doesn’t? – but don’t want to use junky ingredients, Treat Yourself is for you.  
  4. How to Save Money:  A 21-Day Challenge To Save $500/Month –   taking twenty-one days to make some drastic, but realistic changes in order to save at least $500 each month…
  5. How Do I Get It All Done?…and Still Have Time to Enjoy It? – Some days will be tougher than others, but with a few strategies, systems…


If you’d like the chance to buy this bundle, be sure to read about it here.  It will give you a list of the rest of the books, printables and e-courses in the bundle (99 of them!)  In addition, you’ll get my 10 Freezer to Slow Cooker Cookbooks for free!  (This is a gift, just for Sidetracked Sarah readers who purchase the bundle using my link.  You’ll need to fill out the form on this page to let me know that you’ve bought it.  And, the free gift from me is worth a $31.90 value!)  Now that’s a deal!  Hurry though, this bundle is not available for very long!  


About my Freezer to Slow Cooker Meal Plans:

I have developed 9 weeks of meals that you prepare a week at a time and pop into the slow cooker for an easy meal!  When I have a week or two made up in advance, I am so happy with how productive I can be! I don’t know about you, but when I’m in frazzled mode, meal time is one of the more stressful parts of my day.  The last thing I’ll want to do is think about what we’re eating. 


Speaking of deals…. don’t forget to get the pack of Huggies Diapers from TopCashBack.  Today is the last day!  You pay $18.97 plus shipping (unless you can get the site to store shipping to work) and you’ll get $21 back as a rebate.  I’ve used this company before….and it works!  .