Monthly Archives: September 2014

Being On Time

By Jessica Rector

I’ll admit, being on time was never my strength. I would always plan to leave on time, but something would come up (namely me thinking it wouldn’t take me so long to get ready, me “just” having to do something quickly, or sleeping just five more minutes which turned into 15). Then I’d end up leaving 15 minutes later than I planned. That was before I had a baby. So you can imagine how being a single mom to a newborn made that 20 times worse.

When my son was just two months old, we went to a football game. I planned on getting to the game after the first quarter. With a small baby, I didn’t want to be there the whole game. It was one disaster after another that morning, and I ended up getting to the game in the third quarter.

As my son got a little older, this changed. I figured out how long it would take me to get things together, then I’d tack on about 30 minutes extra…because you never know what could come up, a poopie diaper, his not eating quickly enough, or just a breakdown from things not going the way I expected (not that it happened often but you never know). I got better with being closer to on time, but still not quite on time…and you can’t definitely count out being early.

Then I went to a woman’s entrepreneur conference with the lady who is now my coach. At the conference, she said two things that really struck me. The first is, “How you do one thing is how you do everything.” The second is taking personal responsibility for yourself. It’s easy to blame others or things that come up and not take responsibility for our own actions.

I thought I was pretty good at holding myself accountable, until I heard her relate it to being late. When you are late, you don’t hold yourself accountable. What does that say about you not only to yourself but also to your clients? Being late isn’t respecting your time, others’ time, or what you have left to do in the day. In essence, when you’re late to something, it throws off your whole day.

One time, I was meeting a friend for lunch and a playdate. The weather was bad, and I had to drive 3 hours one way to meet her. Why I was driving three hours one way for lunch and a playdate, I wasn’t quite sure, but I had agreed to do it. I woke up late, so I left my house late. Then I ended up getting to lunch about 45 minutes late. She was staying in town, so she wasn’t at the restaurant that whole time waiting for me, but she was still somewhere waiting to meet me.

I had a phone meeting that I had timed perfectly for my drive back. Since I arrived late, the phone meeting ended up cutting into the playdate time. So when I left late that morning which was the very first thing of my day, it had a snowball effect. Everything else in my day was late as well.

After listening to what my coach said about being on time, I realized I don’t want people to think being late (or really being disrespectful of others) is how I do everything in my business, because it’s not, so I needed to hold myself accountable to that. I’m not only doing a disservice to others, I’m doing a disservice to myself. I have a duty to respect other people’s time and my time as well.

Although I’ve never been late to an appointment with a client, when you are, you can lose them as clients. They will think if you can’t even be on time with them, what else will you not do that’s expected or professional courtesy?

Now, I’m on time (and even early many times), because I know I owe it to myself, to respect my purpose, and to hold myself accountable. I also know that how I do one thing is how I do everything.

As a single mom and founder of The Single Mom Movement, Jessica Rector knows how single moms are overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed. With targeted private coaching, programs, and school, she connects single moms to happiness, fulfillment, and empowerment by using her proven strategies. Clients praise Jessica for getting massive results after one session.

Why It’s Important to Take a Trip Without the Kids

By Jessica Rector

I leave my son in the care of my sister. I know he’s in good hands, but it still tugs at my heart. The floorboard to the room where he sleeps is creaky. From experience, I know when I go in to kiss him bye, he wakes up… and then doesn’t go back to sleep.

It’s really early, so I don’t want him to wake and stay up. To prevent that, I decide not to kiss him bye. As I sit in the airport waiting to board my flight, my heart tugs. Of course I miss him, but I’m also missing the forehead kisses I should have, could have, would have given him. I was being considerate not waking him, yet it tears at me that I didn’t do it. That dang creaky floorboard.

Sitting on the plane, I try to get my mind off of it by closing my eyes. A flight attendant comes over the intercom to say they are de-icing the plane, so we won’t take off for another 10 minutes. The guy across my aisle starts up a conversation with me. We chat a few minutes about where we live, kids, and work.

He asks what I’m doing in New York. I’m out of town for three days for a group business meeting. Then he asks what I do. I mention I own my own business, and the group I’m attending is amazing, because like single moms, entrepreneurs are some of the loneliest people. He says he’s an entrepreneur too so he understands.

I further explain how this group allows me to be around like minded entrepreneurs who are making a difference and are motivated and driven to grow their business in big ways. It will be exhilarating, exciting, and energizing. I’ll be rejuvenated and eager to implement strategies. He says it sounds like fun and a great group. As the conversation comes to an end, we begin take off, and I close my eyes.

I’ll be working, learning, and growing, but let’s be honest, it’s three days off from full-time single motherhood. That, my friend, feels like a vacation. In a job where there are no breaks, time outs, or “give me a few minutes.” Where the job is full-time, all the time, 24 hours a day every day, it feels good to be around adults. More importantly, it feels amazing to be able to make decisions about me and what I want to do or eat.

When you have kids, especially kids not in school yet, you are constantly thinking what do they want to do, play with, or eat, and you adjust your thoughts and behavior accordingly. So, to be able to think, “Hmmm, what sounds good tonight to eat? I can have a burger and fries and not have to make something separate for him,” sounds so ideal. You can go to the bathroom and not worry about a child at your leg, calling you, or whining. You can do your hair and makeup without rushing around like a chicken with your head cut off, because your child isn’t eating, getting dressed, or moving fast enough. You can actually think about you!

WWWWOOOOAAHHH, there’s a novel thought. To think about you! Yes, I love my son. But gosh darn it, I love a good vacation too, even when I’m not on the beach, exploring new cultures, or discovering fascinating parts of the city. When I have to get up earlier, stay out later, and work harder than I do at home, I still enjoy a vacation. Because let’s face it, there is nothing quite as spectacular (no matter how much we love our kids) as time to ourselves in any and every capacity we can get it.

I know it might not be the popular thing to say, but I also know you feel the same way. You love time without the kids, whether it’s running to the store, driving just about anywhere, or getting a root canal. There is no such thing as really running to the store anyways. If you have the kids with you, you wish you could just run in and out, and it takes two hours. If you don’t have kids with you and you could run in and out, you intentionally take two hours, because that’s your mini vacation for the month.

It’s not selfish, it’s a necessity. If you want to keep your wits about you and your easy going temperament, you MUST implement taking care of yourself. Part of self care is keeping your sanity. If you refuse to practice self care, you will get depressed or become easily angered. That’s not good, productive, or fun for anyone. But that won’t show itself all at once. You won’t go from Sunny Sunshine or Debbie Downer in a matter of a minute or even an hour. It will slowly creep up on you. You will start to get easily annoyed. Then that annoyance will turn into frustration, which will eventually turn into yelling about the simplest thing.

Think of it like this. Today when your child picks up his toys, they will look dishelved. You will be annoyed, but let it go. You still feel your annoyance when you’re cooking dinner. Then your child says he doesn’t like what you cooked. You slightly raise your voice saying, “You’re going to eat it anyways.” You’re now frustrated.

Then after dinner, you ask him about his homework. He says he doesn’t really have any. You look through his backpack and find a note from his school about an activity he was supposed to register for. The deadline was that day. As a single mom, you think, “Why am I the only one who has to deal with this?”

Then you scream to your son, “Jaaaaake come here.”

He comes to you and says in a sweet voice, “Mama, I’m here.”

Barely breathing, you continue yelling, “What is this? Why didn’t you tell me about this?

The deadline has passed. What were you thinking?”

He just stands there listening. When you finish, he says, “Mama, I’m sorry. Maybe you can call the school tomorrow and ask them if there’s any way we can still do it. If not, I understand.”You angrily scream, “Fine, go to your room.”

He walks off feeling defeated and sad saying one more time, “Mama, I’m sorry.”

Then you feel it hit you. You know you shouldn’t have gotten that mad. It isn’t even that big of a deal. Why did it hit you like this? You didn’t even feel that mad at first. One thought spiraled into another and into another.

It was a mistake. Just like you forget things, so does he. Registrations, school work, and homework are a lot for a kid to remember. On top of that, he does everything he can to try not to make you angry, because he knows he has to walk on eggshells around you. He never knows when you’ll be nice or mad and yelling. That’s even more for a kid to have to think about, ponder, and consider. That’s extra pressure on him, and no child needs to take care of his mom.

So five minutes here, five minutes there isn’t enough to keep your sanity. You need more. You need to take a long, long bath. Read a book. Take your mind off the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Let your imagination think of what you want to do, what you like, or where you see your future. Think of the man of your dreams and having the family you’ve always wanted.

Stroll the aisle at the stores, even though you aren’t buying anything on that aisle. Sit in your car just a little longer. Ask your dentist if you need to come back more often. Take advantage of every chance you get when you’re childless, because your every day comes too quickly when you’ll have the leg tugging, mommy calling, never-a-minute-to-yourself routine, and you’re going to wish you had a dentist appointment.

As a single mom and founder of The Single Mom Movement, Jessica Rector knows how single moms are overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed. With targeted private coaching, programs, and school, she connects single moms to happiness, fulfillment, and empowerment by using her proven strategies. Clients praise Jessica for getting massive results after one session.

5 Tips For A Healthy Weight Loss Diet Plan

By Jon Allo

It can be challenging trying to stick to a healthy diet plan when you have a busy life. It will always be simpler to opt for foods that are pre-prepared. When you’re pressed for time, eating food from a can or a box can make life easier. But, it’s not an ideal way for your body to get the nutritional requirements it needs.

If a product is filled with preservatives, is pre-cooked, has extra sugar and colours, it will have lost a lot of the nutrition it had before all that processing. Check out these top 5 tips for a healthy diet plan to help you lose weight naturally.

You Can Lose Weight Naturally.

While convenience foods offer a certain amount of, well, convenience they are not the best things to have on your healthy diet menu. When you eat foods that are as natural as possible, you allow your body to get the most of the nutrients in it. You won’t have a buildup of unnatural ingredients in your system. This will help you not only to lose weight naturally but have better health.

1. What Does The Food Contain?

If the list of ingredients has words you can’t pronounce, pass it by. Processed foods are generally full of preservatives, sugars, sodium, trans and saturated fats and have very little nutritional value. Be careful too with the ‘fat free’ versions of processed foods. Manufacturers remove the fat but often add extra sugar to improve the taste which generally results in extra calories.

2. Fresh Is Best.

Try to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, not those out of cans. If you can’t get fresh produce, chose frozen over canned. Frozen is the next best thing to fresh.

3. Grow Your Own And Freeze Them.

Most vegetables you plan to freeze should be blanched for two to five minutes, or until they are just done. Blanching is the process of heating vegetables with boiling water or steam for a set amount of time, then immediately plunging them into cold or iced water. It stops enzyme activity that causes vegetables to lose nutrients and change texture.

4. Choose Organic Or Grass Fed Meats.

Studies show that grass-fed beef has less fat and more nutrients than grain-fed beef. Going organic also reduces exposure to toxins from pesticides that might accumulate in animal fat. Also look for milk that is made from cows not treated with growth hormones. If anything sounds like it was made in a lab instead of grown on a farm or ranch, leave it in the store.

5. Don’t Forget Healthy Fats.

There are “good fats” which are good for your heart, your cholesterol, and your overall health. These are monounsaturated fats (eg, olive oil, sunflower oil, avocados, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts and cashew nuts) and polyunsaturated fats (eg, soybean oil, sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin seeds, salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines).

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Rebranding Your Personal Self

By Jessica Rector

I recently re-branded my company from A Clueless Mom to The Single Mom Movement. It takes a lot to rebrand a company that you are so invested in. But what I didn’t know about re-branding until I did it, was how amazing it would be and more importantly, how fantastic it would feel. I’m able to reach so many more people, because the new brand aligns with my single mom audience more.

When I first thought of re-branding I was scared. I was nervous. I thought people wouldn’t like or accept it. Then where would I be? It was all this fear I had, and none of it turned out to be true. Since re-branding, the company has taken off like wildflowers. I’m about to launch something amazing for single moms, and I’m working on a fabulous program for them too, because why? You’re asking for it. Whereas before, my company wasn’t reaching single moms for me to even know you are asking for it.

You do the same thing if you’ve ever changed jobs. You were once in a certain role with those expectations on you. Then you move to a different position with other obligations and responsibilities. So we are able to change our companies and our jobs, but why do we fight against re-branding ourselves?

You’re not the same person you were ten years ago, five years ago, or even a year ago. Yet you keep pretending to be the person they think you are or want you to be. You continue to hide away the parts of you that you don’t want others to see out of fear. Fear they will reject you, not understand, make fun of you, stereotype you, judge you, or shame you. So you keep hiding, scared to show others who you really are out of fear of “what could happen.

“And “what could happen,” will cause you pain every day, because we have active imagination. We think the worse will occur, so we don’t bother. We don’t bother to share our opinions. We don’t bother to stand up for ourselves. We don’t bother to disagree. And what happens is then we don’t bother to believe, hope, or dream. We don’t bother to believe in ourselves. We don’t bother to hope for a better life. We don’t bother to think our dreams are possible. Because why bother when you think the worse will happen anyway?!

We don’t bother to show people who we really are out of fear of what their reaction will be. You will never control their reaction, and their reaction doesn’t matter. When you have the courage to re-brand yourself and share with the universe who you really are, you will be met with acceptance, worthiness, and love EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.

I don’t want you to waste another minute of your glorious life pretending to be someone you aren’t, putting a mask on when you leave your house or hiding away. Cast away the doubt, toss aside the worry, and kick fear in the behind. I want you to lift your head high, put your shoulders back, and say, “Here I am, come and get me!” Then share with anyone and everyone who you really are, because that’s when the magic starts. You begin to connect, and everyone will embrace you.

This is YOUR moment to accept who you really are and throw yourself out there. You will be pleasantly surprised when NONE of your fears happen. You deserve to live in your glory and walk in your worth. Now…take your first step. Welcome to the rest of your life.

As a single mom and founder of The Single Mom Movement, Jessica Rector knows how single moms are overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed. With targeted private coaching, programs, and school, she connects single moms to happiness, fulfillment, and empowerment by using her proven strategies. Clients praise Jessica for getting massive results after one session.

Being On Time Affects More Than Your Schedule

By Jessica Rector

I’ll admit, being on time was never my strength. I would always plan to leave on time, but something would come up (namely me thinking it wouldn’t take me so long to get ready, me “just” having to do something quickly, or sleeping just five more minutes which turned into 15). Then I’d end up leaving 15 minutes later than I planned. That was before I had a baby. So you can imagine how being a single mom to a newborn made that 20 times worse.

When my son was just two months old, we went to a football game. I planned on getting to the game after the first quarter. With a small baby, I didn’t want to be there the whole game. It was one disaster after another that morning, and I ended up getting to the game in the third quarter.

As my son got a little older, this changed. I figured out how long it would take me to get things together, then I’d tack on about 30 minutes extra…because you never know what could come up, a poopie diaper, his not eating quickly enough, or just a breakdown from things not going the way I expected (not that it happened often but you never know). I got better with being closer to on time, but still not quite on time…and you can’t definitely count out being early.

Then I went to a woman’s entrepreneur conference with the lady who is now my coach. At the conference, she said two things that really struck me. The first is, “How you do one thing is how you do everything.” The second is taking personal responsibility for yourself. It’s easy to blame others or things that come up and not take responsibility for our own actions.

I thought I was pretty good at holding myself accountable, until I heard her relate it to being late. When you are late, you don’t hold yourself accountable. What does that say about you not only to yourself but also to your clients? Being late isn’t respecting your time, others’ time, or what you have left to do in the day. In essence, when you’re late to something, it throws off your whole day.

One time, I was meeting a friend for lunch and a playdate. The weather was bad, and I had to drive 3 hours one way to meet her. Why I was driving three hours one way for lunch and a playdate, I wasn’t quite sure, but I had agreed to do it. I woke up late, so I left my house late. Then I ended up getting to lunch about 45 minutes late. She was staying in town, so she wasn’t at the restaurant that whole time waiting for me, but she was still somewhere waiting to meet me.

I had a phone meeting that I had timed perfectly for my drive back. Since I arrived late, the phone meeting ended up cutting into the playdate time. So when I left late that morning which was the very first thing of my day, it had a snowball effect. Everything else in my day was late as well.

After listening to what my coach said about being on time, I realized I don’t want people to think being late (or really being disrespectful of others) is how I do everything in my business, because it’s not, so I needed to hold myself accountable to that. I’m not only doing a disservice to others, I’m doing a disservice to myself. I have a duty to respect other people’s time and my time as well.

Although I’ve never been late to an appointment with a client, when you are, you can lose them as clients. They will think if you can’t even be on time with them, what else will you not do that’s expected or professional courtesy?

Now, I’m on time (and even early many times), because I know I owe it to myself, to respect my purpose, and to hold myself accountable. I also know that how I do one thing is how I do everything.

As a single mom and founder of The Single Mom Movement, Jessica Rector knows how single moms are overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed. With targeted private coaching, programs, and school, she connects single moms to happiness, fulfillment, and empowerment by using her proven strategies. Clients praise Jessica for getting massive results after one session.

Checking In With Yourself

By Jessica Rector

You are great at asking other people how they are. Whether it’s your friends, coworkers, neighbors, or family, you ask, “How are you,” without a problem, but you never ask, “How are you doing,” to the one person who needs it the most…yourself.

You go through your days, weeks, and months and never even think about asking yourself how you are doing. The same thing happens when you’re taking care of everyone else and forget to take care of yourself. When you don’t check in with yourself on a regular basis so much can go wrong.

What does checking in with yourself mean? Make sure you are okay. Mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually find out where you are. Is everything aligned? Are you off balance somewhere? Where are you out of sync? How do you feel about your life? Your work? Your future? Money? Time? Dating? Where do you see yourself in a year or in five years?

If you’re not finding out how you are doing, it’s very easy to be driven by emotions and not rationale. When you make emotional decisions, often times they are on a whim, not thought out, and not going to yield the best outcome for you or your family. When you’re not finding out how you are doing, you might have a meltdown or breakdown and not even really know why. You’re not alone, but it doesn’t have to be like that.

It’s imperative that you check in with yourself daily. Before you go to bed, sit down and ask yourself how you feel about the day. What happened? What didn’t happen? Where are you in it? How do you feel and think about it? How will you act, react, or behave about it?

Aligning yourself daily allows you to know your next course of action. What needs to be done, accomplished, or achieved? Where do you stand relative to where you want to be? Who can help you? Being able to ask yourself where you are and where you stand allows you to insight into yourself so you can succeed, because you’ll be in tune with who you are and what you want. It will provide amazing clarity into yourself, your career, your family, and your future.

If something is foggy, you will not only see it better, you will feel it. You will get the answers you seek, the knowledge to go further, and ability to serve others. You will be a better version of yourself. So before you ask someone else how she is, ask yourself how you are….every single day. Then watch the magic transpire, when you start realizing what you’re capable of.

As a single mom and founder of The Single Mom Movement, Jessica Rector knows how single moms are overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed. With targeted private coaching, programs, and school, she connects single moms to happiness, fulfillment, and empowerment by using her proven strategies. Clients praise Jessica for getting massive results after one session.

The Best Exercises For Stomach Fat

By Jon Allo

There is lots of different information around on the best exercises for losing belly fat. The initial thing to keep in mind is that if you want to lose your belly fat is you must be willing to exercise properly and eat a nutritious and healthy diet. It’s not just about the exercises that work but also what exercises you enjoy and can stick with.

Just doing loads of sit-ups or crunches will not help you to get a flat tummy fast because you can’t tone fat. To get those toned abs showing, you have to lose the fat that is on top of them first. Let’s take a look at the exercises that are, time and time again, proven to be the best way for losing belly fat fast.

Beginner Exercises For Losing Belly Fat.

If you are just starting your exercises to lose fat, the best combination are simple cardio routines combined with exercising using weights. If you’re serious about losing belly fat fast, you would need to aim for about 3 aerobic and 2 strength training sessions per week. If you are a little more experienced, you’ll want a mixture of higher intensity interval training and strength training. Doing both interval training and strength training will help towards losing belly fat more quickly and improve your lean muscle tissue.

Interval Training.

Interval training means changing between higher intensity exercise with low intensity recovery periods. For example, if you use a running machine, alter the speed and incline regularly throughout your training session. Do not maintain the same pace and level all the time. This applies to any cardio machine you use in the gym or you can do it outdoors with walking and running on hills.

Resistance Training.

Resistance or strength training is one of the best exercises for losing belly fat. This is because muscles burn up a lot more calories, even while they are resting. Sometimes, this kind of exercise doesn’t appeal to women because they don’t want big muscles. But, when you put emphasis on training the large muscle groups, like the legs, back, and chest, you’ll not get the bulging biceps.

Changing your exercise routine is an important part of the success your workouts. You don’t have to make it significantly different every single time but try to consistently develop a specific training strategy for an average of 4-8 weeks. This time period typically works well as your body will adapt to the particular training strategy and after 8 weeks there will be less progress and that is the time to change your workout program.

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Reasons To Be The Change You Want To See In The World

By Paul A Philips

There comes a point at some time in one’s life when questions get asked like: ‘Who am I?’ ‘Why me?’ ‘Why NOW?’ or ‘How is it I am here..?’ Because of our limited viewpoint we cannot see the multidimensional ‘big picture’ and give completely satisfactory answers to these big questions.

However, go with me on this for a few moments. Let me say that we’re here to ‘break the spell.’ To snap people out of the hypnotic trance that’s rife throughout the world… be it through programming, brainwashing, ignorance, apathy or arrogance… Something has to be done to prevent this ship called planet Earth from sinking: Indeed, the hidden controllers of the world and their insane global domination agenda has to be stopped.

Having made the decision to serve others (as opposed to service to self) and do something about it, what could you do to make a difference for the world?

It’s true to say that one person alone cannot change the world, but is capable of creating ripples of cause and effect that push out far and wide, potentially influencing others more than can be imagined. The analogy I use is the result caused when throwing a pebble in a pond. Once the pebble hits the water the disturbances are little but it causes concentric ripples to spread out far and wide: And when we focus our energies in numbers on being the change we want to see in the world these ripples of cause and effect get strengthened synergistically.

With regard to the question ‘Who am I?’ Ask yourself ‘Who am I as a resource towards making a difference for the world?’ Do you have some area of expertise that can be used to enlighten others? Could you contribute in the long run to stopping the global domination agenda? What seeds of cause and effect could you plant today that will turn into great trees in the future? How about doing this for your family, your children and their children to be? What will they make of you when their old enough to realize that the hidden powers that be and their terrible global enslavement agenda has happened and you did nothing about it along the way?

Business, baking, finance, political, medical / pharmaceutical, politics, media, law, science, technology, religion… Since almost everything under the sun is based on deception it doesn’t matter what your expertise is. It can be used to expose the hidden powers that be and show how things can be traced back to their dark agenda and wake up enough people to want to see change, just like you.

-This is my plea. It’s time to listen to your heart and take action.

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5 Practical Diet Tips For Women Who Are Fed Up With Diets!

By Jon Allo

When trying to losing weight, there are some diet tips for women that are the same for men. But some issues are unique to women. These issues can make diet plans for woman challenging to follow but by becoming mindful of them can help you to deal with possible setbacks.

Diet tips for women need to take into consideration that a woman’s hormones are different to those of a man. To lose weight successfully, you need to focus on changing your lifestyle by improving your nutrition and fitness. But, if you constantly feel that you are on a diet it will be very difficult to lose weight. Here are 6 diet tips for women only that can become part of your every day routine.

1. Hormonal Changes.

Women have to deal with changes in their menstrual cycle. When on a diet, women need to acknowledge PMS because it can cause an increase in cravings, water retention, and make you feel like you simply can’t cope with your diet. Diet plans for women begin with being mindful of your cycle so that you can plan ahead for these issues and temptations. For instance, if you know that you’re going to have a few pounds of extra water weight at a specific time of the month, you can avoid the scales for a couple of days.

You can also plan for specific foods you might crave. For example, one way to battle your chocolate cravings is to try dark chocolate. It can satisfy your craving for chocolate, but because it’s very rich you can’t eat a lot of it at once.

2. Think Ahead For Social Events.

Social gatherings are often centered around food and often those foods are not the healthiest of choices. One of our simple diet tips for women is to have gatherings where food isn’t the focus. Try going to performances, museums, or having a game night where the snacks are the sideline, not the main event. You can combat the unhealthy foods by bringing your own healthier choices or hosting a party with a health-conscious theme.

3. Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth.

Sweet snacks are generally the most appealing to women. Biscuits, desserts, chocolate and other treats can be the toughest thing to avoid. Many women try to cope with this by picking out fat-free snacks but many of these are still have a high sugar content. As a substitute, the best diet snacks are fruit and protein that give you energy, but don’t have the processed sugars that make those cravings more intense. Before too long, when you cut down on your sugar intake, those cravings will become weaker.

4. Use A Smaller Plate.

To curb your calorie intake, one of the best diet tips for women is to use a smaller plate at your meals. Instead of using a large dinner plate, use a smaller salad plate for each meal. It will help you keep portion sizes in check and trick your mind into thinking you are eating much more than you actually are.

5. Drink A Lot More Water.

One of the easiest diet tips for women is to drink more water. For added flavour, use some squeezed lemon. If possible, you should drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water on a daily basis. As an example, if you weigh 170 pounds (approx 77 kilos or 12 stone), you should drink at least 85 ounces of water each day, which is approximately 2.5 litres. Water helps to fill you up so you won’t feel too much of an urge to eat tempting foods and flushes your system of any potentially harmful toxins.

Do you want to learn more ways to lose weight and get fit? Are you confused about healthy eating? Do you want to know the best workout techniques to get the results you want? Claim your FREE ebook with over 100 tips to lose belly fat.

Are You Listening?

By Jessica Rector

Sometimes our days are crazy. Or maybe it’s your weeks and months. You head off one catastrophe after another. You wonder when it will end. Then it finally does, but you’re restless. You wait for “the other shoe to drop,” because you think something’s bound to come up again.

Relax. Relax. There are no fires you need to put out. Be quiet for just a minute or two. Listen. What do you hear? What has everything been telling you?

If you’re anything like me, many times you have to hear it several times before you listen. It’s not that you don’t want to hear it (or that may be part of it), but you need time for it to soak in. You need time to actually process what it’s saying and more importantly, what it means to you.

You could hear something a year ago. You hear the same thing today, and a light bulb goes off for you. Something occurred within that time frame to allow you to really listen to it this time around. The same thing goes for when you see a billboard. You pass by that billboard every day, but today, for some reason, you actually notice what’s on it. You might hear the name Bill three times within a hour, and your brother’s name is Bill. You think it’s weird or a coincidence.

But it’s really the vibrations you’re sending to the universe. Maybe you’ve had your brother on your mind or you have been thinking about something which happens to be the message on the billboard. These things could happen daily for you, but if you’re not in tune or aren’t listening to them, they will pass you by, without your giving it a second thought.

Coincidences are not real. When you see something three times in a short span, it’s because what you’re saying to the universe. When you read something on a sign or billboard, especially with millions of distractions in the world, it’s because what you’re telling the universe. Be careful what you keep saying to the universe, because you just might get it.

When the universe is speaking back, please pay attention. I even have to remind myself of this, so it doesn’t take me several times, or being hit over the head, in order to actually do it. If I do it the first time, it will save me a lot of time and energy. When the universe speaks, listen and respond, because it could be the one thing you need to get unstuck, leap forward, or create juiciness in your life.

As a single mom and founder of The Single Mom Movement, Jessica Rector knows how single moms are overwhelmed, exhausted, and stressed. With targeted private coaching, programs, and school, she connects single moms to happiness, fulfillment, and empowerment by using her proven strategies. Clients praise Jessica for getting massive results after one session.