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25 Halloween Costumes w/Your LBD

The easiest way to create a last-minute or inexpensive Halloween costume is to start with things you already have. I do it every year, because I get so frustrated with how expensive yet poorly-made most Halloween costumes are. I'd rather use what is already in my closet, or spend a little extra on accessories or a new dress that I can wear anytime of the year. A little black dress is the easiest way to use what you have to create a Halloween costume with a few inexpensive accessories and other accessories you probably already have in your closet.Pictured Above: Halloween Black Mesh Dress

1. Black Cat - This is the easiest way to use your little black dress on Halloween. I know it's pretty much the most generic costume in history, but for good reason - it's just so easy and affordable. It's the perfect last-minute costume for women, because you could really use any black outfit even if you don't have a little black dress. Pair it with your black flats or heels and a…

My Favorite Free App for Weightloss - Lose It!

Now that I've got this particular post out of the way, I feel I can give you guys some honest and hopefully original weight loss advice. Note that this is not a sponsored post. I just really love this app for weight loss. This time of year good intentions may be fading when it comes to fitness. I do still hold to my previous advice that your end goal has to be about being healthy if you want to keep your motivation going. But hey, sometimes a gal has got to squeeze into her skinny jeans! Sometimes I also need to keep my weight in check and make sure I'm back to my healthiest weight, especially after the holidays. And the only way to really accomplish that is to keep those calories in check and to be more active.

I also recommend this for anyone who is just starting out with trying to get healthy. While calorie counting or food diaries can become tedious and even counterproductive, I firmly believe that whether you have an addiction to certain foods or simply don't know much about nutrition, it's a game changer to spend sometime being real with yourself about how many calories you're consuming. When I first set out to lose weight years ago, I not only knew little about nutrition, but I had no idea just how many extra calories, fat, and sugar were in the unhealthy processed foods I was eating. Nor did I realize just how small a "serving size" actually is. It quickly became clear why none of my workouts ever made much of a dent. I was simply consuming way too many calories.

The most recent time I needed to trim down in a short amount of time was last year, and I discovered a wonderful app called Lose It! I tried My Fitness Pal first, but to be honest, I really didn't like it. I also tried using a simple journal, and that just wasn't for me either. The Lose It! app was so quick and easy, I was instantly hooked on it, and still use it whenever I need to get my weight back in check - like now after all those holiday cookies! You can use it to set a weight loss goal, and Lose It will calculate a daily calorie budget for you. Your daily budget goes down as you add your meals and goes back up as you log your workouts. You do have to know how many calories are in what you're eating, but once you log something, the app saves it to "My Foods", and it does the same with workouts. So let's say you eat oatmeal with fruit everyday for breakfast, all you have to do is log into your day, click on "+ breakfast" then "My Foods" and select oatmeal. It'll automatically deducts the number of calories from your daily food budget.

It really helps to plan out your day, and on days when you're really craving something bad, it can keep you on track. If you're not counting calories, you may have a tendency to over-compensate your treat allowances. For example if you've run a few miles, you make indulge in a large serving of cake after a slice of pizza and a glass of soda, telling yourself you earned it. When in reality, that could actually set you back hundreds if not thousands of calories! Unless you're a total health nut on a very restrictive diet, it can be very hard to lose weight without keeping track of your calories. 

Not counting calories during weight loss is like going shopping without looking at your balance and without looking at any of the price tags!

I don't know about you, but whenever I'm busting my butt at the gym, if I know that something I'm about to eat is three times over the amount of calories I just burned, it's just not worth it.

What I really love about Lose It! is that it's super flexible. You can be as specific with your plan as you want. You can get a premium plan with meal plans, etc. Though even with the free app, you can customize your nutrition goals to include things like protein and fiber intake. Though if nutrition and weight loss seems overwhelming to you, you can keep it simple by entering just your daily calories and daily workouts. Get the app, or use the full site at You can get healthy recipes, tips, and read motivational stories from other Lose It users on the Lose It Blog.

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  1. I've never heard about this app until now. Thanks for the information! I'll have to check it out. I always like to know how many calories I've burned. It keeps me motivated!


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