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About Sheila Thomas

Hi, My name is Sheila and I am the Living Smart Girl. My goal is to bring everyone the latest and greatest tips and advice on fitness, healthy choices, recipes, shopping, beauty, home and garden, family and parenting, daily deals, travel, and so much more. I love fitness, but life is more than just exercise and when you visit Living Smart Girl you can connect the dots and live a well rounded life ~ the Living Smart way :)

I love working online and spend most of my day blogging, and researching new topics and tips to bring my readers.

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Getting Green with Darlene and Living Smart Girl

spring clean dream team

SPRING CLEANING SEASON IS HERE!  A time to refresh your home, inside and out, it’s an annual chore that can make some cringe at the thought of the effort… but, can be made easy by just adding water!

That’s right, ONLY WATER…and it’s not ‘special’ water, either… just the water out of your home faucet. With Norwex microfiber and water you do not need any additional toxic chemical cleaner to achieve a REAL CLEAN!

ALL ‘microfiber’ products are NOT created equal!

Different makes of microfiber cloths have different characteristics, and the name ‘microfiber’ should not imply superior cleaning efficacy.  Two very important factors to consider are HOW the microfiber is made and WHAT it’s made of…. Norwex is the World Leader in Microfiber Technology and has developed a fiber so small and absorbent it cleans “mechanically”, without the added need of those toxic chemical agents that are costly to your pocketbook and health!

Color me a skeptic!

Like most people, the concept of “just add water” was difficult for me in the beginning, too.  I have a complete understanding for the response I receive when I share Norwex with people for the first time. That is why I am so passionate about sharing what I have learned, and how I have applied this new way of achieving a real clean to my own household.

Norwex has changed the way I clean and live!

Personally, I have not purchased one single cleaning product off the store shelf since I started using Norwex in 2013. I don’t even go near that section of the store if I can help it… the overwhelming chemical stench just about gags me!  Sadly, that chemical smell was once such a familiar (albeit false) indicator of “clean”… I now realize this; clean has no smell!

Clean virtually every home surface, floor to ceiling, inside and out… and the body, too!

I am one of the millions of people worldwide that have embraced cleaning with only Norwex Microfiber and water, and will testify that without the use of toxic chemical laden products, my house and my body are as clean as they’ve ever been, my family and pets are healthy, and I have saved oodles of time and money. It’s true!

Get started now with our Spring Cleaning Dream Team!

Our Top-Selling EnviroCloth, paired up with the Window/Polishing Cloth, is the absolute must-have duo I recommend for anyone beginning a Norwex adventure, and will clean nearly every surface of your home, floor to ceiling, including fabrics & carpeting. Add the Dust Mitt for superb dry dusting of furniture, electronics, window treatments/blinds… and when used wet, your window screens!  The Mop System, also microfiber and can be used dry or wet (only water!), will clean not only your floors, but with the telescopic handle will allow you to reach high wall and ceiling surfaces, beams, fans, vents… and even your outside windows – no ladder needed!

There’s so much more to share!

I invite you to learn more about Norwex microfiber and other home cleaning and personal care products @, and join me on facebook @ Darlene Nagy – Norwex Independent Sales Consultant (

Feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance to your Norwex needs, and be sure to let me know Living Smart Girl sent you… Sheila has something special for when you do!

Happy, Healthy Cleaning!



Get Your Education Online with Concordia University #CUWinspire

Disclosure ~ This is a sponsored post brought to you by Markerly and Concordia University.  #CUWinspire

Do you remember the board game called Life? It was a favorite of mine. You pick your favorite color car and then put a little blue or pink driver in it. Advancing through the game, you add family members, earn money, and even have life “experiences” along the way. Looking back at the game though, one thing sticks out at me. Relatively early on you have to choose either to attend college or enter the work field. I think these days, it would be more up-to-date to allow people to choose college at various times throughout the game.


I know it used to be expected that people attend college right after high school. Those that opted to start a job or family instead were generally expected to forgo furthering their education. I’m happy to say that there are so many ways for people to start or continue their education, even being a non-traditional student. I’ve always maintained there should be no stigma to bettering yourself, whenever you’re able to! I strive to learn things as often as I can and luckily in this day and age there are many ways to accommodate that learning.

One such option is Concordia University Wisconsin Online. It’s designed for busy adults, people that delayed college for any reason or were unable to go the traditional university route, or anybody that wants to continue their education, especially Moms! They know how difficult it can be to juggle family, careers, and personal lives. They have specifically designed online programs relevant to the careers of tomorrow and made them accessible from home. With Concordia University Wisconsin, you can expect a personalized approach on every step of your educational journey. Their world-class Student Support Advisers take a genuine interest in your progress and aiding your education achievements.


Concordia University Wisconsin understands you have priorities and they feel there’s no reason to sacrifice your role as a mother, sister, wife, friend, neighbor, etc. in the pursuit of higher education. Whatever your career of choice, these study offerings have been tailored to help you keep life in balance. There are a variety of options including full degrees from bachelors to doctorate as well as free MOOCs or email courses. There are even low price Academies where you earn digital badges. With over 50 different degree programs, Certificates, and individual courses, you are sure to find the best fit for your goals.


Some people might be concerned that online education is different from other colleges. Concordia University Wisconsin is a member of The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Their instructors are currently working in their area of expertise and are required to hold a minimum of a Master’s degree or higher. They have experience and knowledge in their industry which is then taught to you through cutting edge theory and practice.


What I appreciate is how flexible the courses are. They have several options from self-paced, to those that are organized into groups and work together throughout the course of the program. There is also a collaborative program that turns in assignments weekly. The length of time it takes to complete a degree varies based on a few criteria. The program requirements as well as the transferable credits are taken into consideration when determining how long it takes to finish. Speaking of transferred credits, Concordia University Wisconsin accepts up to undergraduate credits from a 4 year school and up to 70 credits from a 2 year school. They even accepts military and work related credits as well.


Visit their website at Concordia University Wisconsin Online to sign up, explore their offers, or discuss the benefits of continuing your education through them.

Biosphere Magnesium Keeps Me Going

Disclosure ~ Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate this post.  All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl.

I recently took a two + week trip and drove through multiple states, stopping at various venues between Minnesota and Florida. I got to see amazing sites, chat with fantastic people, and dip my toes in the ocean. It’s hard to make healthy choices, especially while on vacation. I have to admit I fell off track a few times. I consumed all kinds of things that I generally steer clear of, but there are times to splurge and celebrate. Typically said foods and drinks might cause a flare up of my IBS-C and I was worried I might have some issues with that on my trip. Thankfully, I’ve been taking a magnesium supplement and it has helped greatly with my IBS and I had no flare ups on vacation! Biosphere Magnesium Keeps Me Going, if you know what I mean. 😉   I have taken Magnesium for a while now due to it being a great supplement to add to ones daily life. But never have I had it in a drink mix form, and now am sold on it like that.


Biosphere Nutrition provided me their elite-level magnesium supplement for review. They are a New Zealand based company founded in 2015 that focuses exclusively on creating bioavailable supplements that are used to aiding the most common health health concerns and deficiencies. They ensure that their products actually work. Their products are designed with nature in mind, naturally sourced and without anything harmful. These supplements are made with no artificial sweeteners or unnecessary chemicals. Biosphere Nutrition recently announced that their products are newly available for purchase on which allows them to further their reach and sales potential.


Biosphere Nutrition offers a line of premium products including magnesium supplements and liquid astaxathin capsules. They are both essential minerals in achieving optimal levels of health. Magnesium is essential for overall health and many as many as 300 bodily functions rely on it to run smoothly. Without magnesium, your body would be unable to produce energy. Everything we do is based on having energy! Magnesium aids in controlling cholesterol levels and keeps the body from being in a constant state of contraction. Magnesium is a required macro-mineral, we need it in large amounts as well as calcium, potassium, and sodium. It is so important that the average body holds around 25 grams of magnesium through bones and muscles! Being that every single cell of the human body needs magnesium, I’d hate to be deficient and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to ensure my body has all it needs.


The Biosphere magnesium supplement is available in lemon flavor stick packs or sachets. Each stick pack contains 400mgs of elemental magnesium. It mixes well with water and has a high absorption rate. I’ve been taking this nightly and I can tell you that in addition to relief from IBS – the magnesium supplement has given me better night’s sleep. That’s a win in my book!

Facing Acne with Proactiv



I think the teenage years are rough on just about everybody. You’re busy figuring out who you are and what you want out of life. You’re filled with all sorts of angst and other feelings that can often seem like a roller coaster. You would think that’s enough to deal with but no, on top of that teenagers get to deal with acne! Of course, the severity of acne ranges from the single zit that’s sure to show up on picture or dance day to the confidence-draining, face covering variety. I dealt with acne as a teenager and thankfully I was able to find a product that helped – Proactiv. It still helps keep my face clear as an adult as well. Recently speaking with my son and his girlfriend, I mentioned that Proactiv would likely help them as they both deal with teenage acne. This post was made possible by Facing Acne, head over to their site to read additional pros and cons for Proactiv Solution. My son David and his girlfriend Maddy were excited to get the Proativ kit and see what it could do for them.  Both very beautiful people, but yet dealing with acne just like many many others.  They loved it, and it made a huge difference in both of their lives.  Clear skin equals confidence.

I’m sure you’ve seen commercials and celebrity endorsements, but might have wondered does Proactiv actually work? Proactiv Plus are newly reformulated acne products and said to heal acne faster with fewer of the known side effects such as skin dryness and irritation, but I have experience using their original acne solution items. As I’ve said, Proactiv did help me as a teenager and still helps me when I have used it as an adult. I’ve seen clearer skin with fewer breakouts when used consistently. I thought I’d break down a few of their products with the good and the bad.

Proactiv Renewing Cleanser – Obviously in the quest for clearer skin, you’ll want to start with a good cleanser. The Proactiv renewing cleanser utilizes a combination of salicylic acid and polyethylene beads to both scrub and peel your skin. The tiny beads do feel like they are getting all the gunk off your face, scrubbing away the impurities and leaving your skin healthier. You’re supposed to massage this into dampened skin twice a day and rinse. I know having healthy, clear skin takes work, but sometimes having to do this whole routine twice a day is a bit much. The benzoyl peroxide in the wash is supposed to penetrate deep within pores fighting bacteria. The only problem with the use of benzoyl peroxide – Proactiv uses a 6% solution that is approved by the US Food and Drug administration – is that can cause dryness, stinging, redness, and peeling of the skin. I did experience both dryness and redness at times, but was able to continue using it. I have read that their new formula address some of those issues by no longer including alcohol. I can also say that this is a small container, it’s only two ounces and when you’re using it twice a day you can run out quickly.

Proactiv Revitalizing Toner – This toner is meant to be applied with a cotton ball or pad twice a day as needed. Again, the container is small so I do recommend using it only as necessary. It feels cool and refreshing on the skin and is supposed to help balance skin tone while removing old skin cells to make way for new, vital skin underneath. The Proactiv revitalizing toner is alcohol free which I appreciate and includes witch hazel for pore purification as well as aloe to soothe and soften skin. I experienced no drying or irritation with this step that I’m aware of.

Proactiv Repairing Treatment – This is the last step of the original Proactiv stystem. It also contains prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide which can cause skin irritation. It’s meant to treat blemishes and also prevent future breakouts. Proactiv recommends applying a thin layer to the entire “affected area”. I used it as a spot treatment when I would have a particularly bothersome pimple, but it is safe to use on your entire face. This container is only one ounce and I wanted to avoid any further so I used it sparingly and only as necessary. Proactiv recommends using sunscreen after any of their products.

Proactiv also has a variety of other products that are given as free gifts or add-ons to their acne systems. These include Deep Cleansing Wash, Advanced Blemish Treatment, Oil Free Moisture with SPF 15, and others. Proactiv helped me achieve clearer skin and I would recommend it to others with a caution of know your face. If for any reason you experience worrisome side effects, discontinue use and speak with your doctor.

Body contouring to get rid of excess skin and fat



Body contouring is for those who have been obese before and reduced massive weight. It helps in getting rid of excessive skin and fat that remains after losing weight. For some people reducing weight is a nice experience as they get a nice body but for others it may be a disappointing experience as it will leave their body in a bad condition with saggy skin that will make them look ugly.

There are different parts of body contouring for different areas and different purposes. They include Bariatric surgery, Body lifting, iLipo, etc. These surgeries are available almost in every hospital but before opting, you should check the reputation and the results produced by the hospital.

How much Body Contouring cost?

These are included in the list of expensive surgeries but hence you have thought of taking them then you must be prepared for it financially. Undoubtedly, a reputed hospital or a surgeon will always charge more for their facilities and treatments but the end results will be the best. You need not have to worry about post surgery care as they will look after everything. There are great ways to earn money to fund your surgeries.

How to choose the best body contouring surgeon?

To get the best body contouring surgeon you should take the reviews of other peoples from your friend and family. Also you can check in the internet about the reputation of a surgeon or hospital by going through the reviews of various patients. However one such name in the field of body contouring is Sono Bello. They have top surgeons who are expert at their works. They offer a number of facilities and treatments in affordable price.

Before opting for body contouring, go for a basic health checkup to know the pros and cons of the surgery. It will help you to stay alert of any condition which you may have after the surgery that may affect your health. If you are seeking treatment from professional surgeon, then you don’t have to worry about anything as the experts will handle everything with extreme care and will suggest you the best. They will help you get the best treatment for your body with amazing results. You can either get to them directly or you can call them and pre book yourself to avail their treatment and facilities.

When it comes to your look and body, you should never compromise and should always seek for a professional surgeon. There you will feel at home with the state of the art rooms and the very best doctors and surgeons to take care of you. Avail your treatment within the best price by going through the website and simply call them and know everything you want to know about the treatments. You get dedicated people to look after you and your needs and will never disappoint you.

Dog Gone Crazy for Dog Toys

Disclosure ~ Living Smart Girl received product to facilitate an honest review. All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl.  #review

It’s no secret I spoil my dogs – or any of my pets – like it’s my job. They are my babies! Each of them has such a unique personality and they all have a special place in my heart. I love finding new products to pamper them with. Of course, their favorites include treats and toys. My favorites tend to lean towards whatever makes my life a little easier in caring for them. Recently I was given the opportunity to try a few new items with my furry family including dental chews cleverly disguised as dog treats and a few toys. Poika is Dog Gone Crazy for Dog Toys! I can be in an awful mood, but watching that fur ball bounce around with a toy is sure to brighten my day. And as expected, both Poika and Marshall give enthusiastic praise for the treats.

Whimzees Natural Dog Treats are created by people obsessed with bringing the healthiest and most fun choices to dog/people/Earth lovers such as myself. They strive to be sustainable and socially responsible. Those are standards I can get behind. They offer natural dog treats in a variety of shapes and sizes such as Stix, Hedgehog, Veggie Strip, Alligator, Rice Bone, Veggie Sausage, Toothbrush, Veggie Ear, Crossbone. Each is designed with different shapes and textures to help remove plaque and tartar while your dog enjoys the delicious flavor. These dog treats are made simply and with love. They are made without the addition of artificial colors, flavors, GMOs, gluten, or meat. That’s right, these treats are vegetarian! Each treat is low in calories and sugar, yet high in fiber. You can feel good about feeding these treats to your dogs. I love treats like these, they are a win/win because my dogs enjoy eating them and they help clean their teeth for me.

goDogs Crazy Tugs Monkey Plush Dog Toy comes with Chew Guard Technology which adds a super tough, durable liner. We got the lime green color, but it also comes in black, brown, and pink as well as other animal shapes. Even the lightest of chewers can do damage to toys over time, so I appreciate that this toy comes with chew guard technology. This toy has arms that pull and a squeaker in the center. Poika sure loves that squeak! It’s designed to be sturdy with double stitched seams that last longer than other plush toys.

goDogs Furballz Plush Dog Toy also has chew guard technology. We got this adorable orange fuzzy ball that Poika loves to chase around. Of course, this toy squeaks too! It’s available in small and large and you can choose from orange, lime, and purple. It’s such a colorful toy, sure to make any dog happy. Again, this plush toy has double stitched seams to ensure toughness.


We also got to test the Hear Doggy toy, featuring chew guard, in the Flattie Pig design. What’s cuter than a pig plush dog toy? This toy also features a squeaker, but it’s ultrasonic! That means that dogs can hear the squeak, but it’s too high pitched for humans to hear. The Flattie Pig is understuffed to avoid messy fluff getting strewn about. Double stitched seams create the toughest, roughest toy for your pooch to play with.

What toy would your dog like best?

Rainy Day Fun


In reading through my blog, you might have surmised that I have a bit of a competitive nature. I’m pretty sure it started when I was fairly young. Growing up, playing games such as Red Rover and Hide and Go Seek was taken seriously. Even playing card and board games could get heated! Whoever was playing always had fun, but you could feel the competition in the air. As a child, my winning spirit came in handy when I headed off to the community center with my Grandparents each Friday evening to play bingo. The anticipation of winning some cash or prizes fueled my competitiveness and the very first time I got to shout “Bingo!” I knew it was a game for me.

Bingo is a perfect game for rainy day fun as well as a girls night in, but I recently came across a new way to incorporate this fun game into my life. Health bingo! The rules are the same for this kind of bingo as any other, generally played on a 5 by 5 square. There are some pre-made cards you can find if you do a little searching online, but I feel it would be best to create it yourself to best suit your needs. Those of you that are a whiz on the computer could easily design them online or if you’re crafty you could use cardstock and markers, the sky’s the limit! Be as simple or as creative as you’d like, both get the job done.

You’ll want to decide what your health goals to be able to use them on your bingo scorecard. Do you want to take vitamins? Drink eight glasses of water a day? Eat your servings of fruits and vegetables? You can choose any health goal you hope to achieve. You could include fitness goals as well such as a thirty minute walk, a yoga session, a bike ride, or even a hike around on your lunch break. Make the things you pick within reason, but you do want them to be a bit of a push. After you’ve made a list of goals, decide where to place them on your bingo card. I recommend alternating an easier goal with one that is a bit harder on each section.

After you’ve placed your goals on the scorecard, you need to decide what your rewards will be. A single bingo could be a splurge on your favorite coffee drink or a new book. A double bingo might be worthy of a new pair of shoes or workout clothes. Blackout bingo – where you cover the entire board – could score you a new haircut or color! Choose incentives that you really want, it will help you commit to achieving your goals!

Of course, after a long day or week of trying to get a bingo, you might want to relax and actually play! There are usually bingo halls in every town, but an easier option is to play Foxy Bingo.  They have a variety of game styles and tons of player bonuses for new players and existing customers. Use your computer or play on your smart device. Plus check out the dancing fox while you play this amazing collection of games!

Achieving Total Wellness with Nature Made

“This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.”


On any given day, I put my body through the ringer and I fully expect it to keep up. I’ve made taking vitamins a priority to ensure my body gets everything it needs to see me through a busy day. Vitamins, as well as a few other life changes I’ve listed below, are essential to keeping my body on track while I tackle an ever growing to-do list. I am Achieving Total Wellness with Nature Made. From work, to play, to fitness and everything in between Nature Made has a variety of products to keep me on my toes. Did you know that Nature Made is the nation’s #1 best-selling brand for quality vitamins, minerals, and supplements* to help support nutritional gaps? I was pretty excited to head over to Wal-Mart to choose from the Nature Made line especially because they are at every day low prices and there’s no need to wait for a sale.

The Nature Made vitamins I chose were:

D3 5000iu softgels – These are perfect in supporting teeth, bone, and immune health. The last thing I need is to break any bones…again! And any boost to my immune system is greatly appreciated. I loathe being sick.

Vitamin C 1000mg tablets – Vitamin C is powerful and Nature Made has developed theirs with a concentrated antioxidant that protects and supports your body against cell damage. It also aids in the absorption and retention of iron and creates a shield against free radicals.

VB12 1000mcg tablets – Vitamin B-12 helps keep me on the go as it is vital for energy production. It’s also important for cardiovascular health, red blood cell formation, and nervous system function.

I knew I could feel confident that each vitamin would help make me a better me because they are the #1 pharmacist recommended supplement brand in 9 categories**. While vitamins are a healthy building block to overall total wellness, I’ve made additional changes throughout 2016. Each is a piece of the puzzle that boosts my confidence, health, and happiness. I started keeping track of my daily food intake. This is beneficial in allowing me to see whether I’m eating too much or too little and make adjustments. It also is helpful in keeping me from boredom snacking. I’ve also been striving for a 30 minute workout per day. This gets my body moving and I feel good about myself afterwards. I also aim for a 10 minute yoga session in the evening prior to bed. Yoga allows me to release any tension built up throughout the day, while focusing and centering myself. It’s a great relaxation technique. I’ve also tried to reduce extra stress from my life. Each of these changes in combination with Nature Made vitamins enables me to stay at the top of my game.

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Have you made any wellness goals for 2016? How could Nature Made vitamins, minerals, and supplements help you achieve them?


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Before You Take that Drug

Health: Before You Take that Drug

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Virtually all drugs, when ingested, do something in the body in addition to what they are intended to do.  The unintended actions, which are called side effects, are largely undesirable and they could range from a mild inconvenience to severe and life-threatening implications. Side effects occur either because the body is allergic to a drug or because of the action of certain chemicals in drugs. There may also be side effects due to the reaction of one drug with another drug or food in the human body.  Certain illnesses and the use of multiple drugs increase the risk of drug side effects. The side effects of a particular drug may differ from person to person. Common drug side effects include nausea, stomach upset, skin irritation, rash drowsiness and dry mouth.


The advantages of using a drug will, in most cases, outweigh the inconvenience that may be suffered from its side effects.  To ensure safety of the drug consuming public, the department for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the different countries where drugs are manufactured obtain proof that any drug to be sold to the public is safe and has the therapeutic effects it is claimed to possess. Reports on effects of drugs that are already in the marketplace are obtained through surveillance programs and appropriate actions are taken either to withdraw offending drugs or to issue warnings to the public. Drugs also have labels or literature listing adverse effects that may occur and the conditions in which they may occur. In spite of all the regulatory measures, however, drug consumers still suffer adverse effects.


Before you take the drug, therefore, you need to exercise some caution to increase your chances of suffering a side effect to the barest minimum.


Be sure that you really need the drug.  Leave some time between the consumption of vitamins or minerals and other drugs.  Read the drug leaflet to determine dosage, components, possible side effects, reaction with other drugs and health conditions that may not be favorable for use of the drug. Drug leaflets may also list remedies to side effects.  Compare any stated possible side effects with your past experiences. Comply with the guidelines, and if there is anything you do not understand about the drug, ask a doctor or pharmacist.


Observe the following don’ts.  Do not take medicines with alcoholic drinks and, unless with a doctor or a pharmacist says so, do not mix medicine into food or a hot drink.  Do not open up capsules nor crush, cut or grind tablets unless the instructions say it is okay to do so.


Drug side effects do happen in spite of all known precautions, even when drugs are taken under the supervision of doctors.  Anytime drugs are taken, the consumer should be on the look-out for signs listed in the drug leaflet or those advised by the doctor or pharmacist.  If ensuing  side effects are beyond what you can handle, consult a doctor immediately.

Practical Tips to Promote Healthy Lifestyle for People Living Alone


Living alone is often an excuse for people to get lazy and unhealthy. Since they are living alone, they do not care much what they eat and often times, they end up eating fast food take outs or instant noodles and canned goods. They spend most of their time on their couch, watching Netflix while drinking ice-cold beer. Every night they spend hours surfing the Internet, finishing their work or watching more Netflix until the sun rises already. They form a routine that is truly unhealthy no matter what angle you look at it.


And then one day, they will look into a mirror to realize that they’ve grown big and fat. Well, if you’re following the same kind of lifestyle, there should be no surprise at all if you get fat.


Living alone should not be an excuse for you to take for granted your health and lifestyle. In fact, living solo should inspire you more to follow a healthy routine since no one beside yourself is looking out for you. Thus, you should aim to be healthy and strong all the time.


In this article, we will give you some practical tips to improve your lifestyle into a healthy one.



  • Learn how to cook – instead of ordering pizza every night, why don’t you learn how to cook and start making your own meals. It will help you control your calorie-intake and you will also get to control the portioning of your meals. So go ahead and get yourself the must-have kitchen appliances to start learning how to cook. Online shops like Harris Scarfe provide slow cookers, cookware and stove burner perfect for people who are living alone. Buying from shops like this is practical because it saves your time and energy from buying on retail stores.
  • Make a weekly trip to the supermarket – it is advisable to squeeze in grocery shopping in your schedule so you have ingredients and food supply in your place. Some people lose interest in cooking once they see that they do not have all the ingredients that they need. So make sure to do your weekly visit to the supermarket to buy your groceries.
  • Find a hobby – it is recommended to find a hobby other than watching Netflix. You can try skateboarding, cycling, drawing, playing instruments, or even playing sports. These hobbies will help your body become active and strong. And it helps you socialize with people other than your officemates.
  • Set-up a home gym – if you are too lazy to go to the gym to workout then you should just bring the gym to your house. Set up a home gym with equipment like treadmill or stationary bike, some dumbbells, kettle bells, TRX, and other necessary gym equipment. This way, you no longer need to go out to exercise.
  • Sleep early – lastly, it is advisable that you develop a healthy sleep routine. Do not push yourself too much by doing all-nighters every night whether for work or pleasure. Your body needs to rest too. So make sure to have at least six hours of quality sleep every night. This will give you enough energy and strength to face your day.



It is important to keep a healthy lifestyle not just to look good but to feel good as well. Follow the tips discussed above to say goodbye to your old, unhealthy habits and routines.


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