Aug 1, 2015

Taking some weight off my shoulders and hopefully the rest of me...

One Haute Mommy was created years ago with the purpose of reminding moms to take some time for themselves.  One Haute Mommy was created to remind moms and all women that they are beautiful.  One Haute Mommy was created as a reminder to myself that aside from motherhood I was still a woman and I was still beautiful.  It was a reminder for me to take care of myself and be confident in my new journey of motherhood. 

One Haute Mommy has been neglected for a few years.  When I went back to work it was hard to keep up with this blog but I have really missed writing.  Writing has always been a vent for me and by neglecting this blog, I was truly neglecting myself.  However, tonight I feel the urge to write and I plan on continuing to write so brace yourself. 

I have a confession to make...I HATE strongly dislike my body.  I weigh more than I did in both pregnancies and I am not pregnant.  I cannot stand looking in the mirror.  I used to love clothes shopping and now it usually ends with me in tears.  I dread going to social events and try hard to find flattering clothes.  I was on vacation this week and did not take a single picture of myself because I hate cannot stand the way that I look right now.  My wardrobe is predominantly black because it makes me look thinner although if you looked in my closet you may think I was a Gothic chic, haha! 

The ironic part is that I spent my life being "too skinny."  "Do you eat?" "Are you anorexic?"  These are questions that I was routinely asked for the vast majority of my existance.  I actually went on "weight gaining" diets trying to put on a few pounds.  I weighed between 90 to 107lbs on average.  90lbs was at my worst after my father passed away, I was extremely depressed.  I weighed 107lbs when I became pregnant with my son in 2007.  After giving birth I went down to 102lbs.  In 2009, I became pregnant with my daughter and once again bounced right back to my beginning weight.  I kicked the nasty habit of smoking cigarettes for good in 2009 and put on a few needed pounds.  I was happy.  My pregnancy with my daughter gave me an ass which I never had and I got my tits back (I lost them after giving birth to my son, seriously).

In November of 2010, my anxiety became really bad and I finally agreed with my doctor and went on anti-anxiety medication.  I went on Paxil 20mg.  Within a few weeks, I was feeling great and the anxiety was under control.  I began putting on a little bit of weight but I looked great. 

I got married in October of 2011 and loved the way I looked.  My arms needed some toning but nothing major.  I weighed approximately 135lbs on my wedding day.

What I failed to notice was that I was gaining 10-15lbs a year since being on Paxil.  In 2012 I decided to get off of Paxil because I felt that I had my anxiety under control.  It is a non-narcotic medication so I just stopped taking it cold-turkey when my prescription ran out.  Three days later I was at the doctors sobbing like a baby.  I felt like my brain was zapping.  I was nauseous and my anxiety was insanely high.  I cried easily and felt dizzy all of the time.  The doctor explained to me that even though Paxil is a non-narcotic medication, you have to taper off of it to avoid unwanted side effects.  I resumed taking Paxil immediately and felt better a couple days later. 

Fast forward to 2013.  At this point I am weighing 145lbs and I start researching.  I  learn that Paxil effects the metabolism and causes weight gain on most people.  I learn that Paxil effects cortisol levels which can cause sugar cravings which I have every evening.  I decided to do a slow taper over the course of 3 months.  It goes pretty well, a few side  effects but nothing major.  I take my last dose and I am doing good.  I was up for promotion at this time and was stressed but handling it well.  Two weeks after stopping Paxil completely and I became a mess.  One big anxious and depressed mess.  I took a leave of absence from my job to try and get myself under control.  After being off the medication for one month I lose 15lbs without changing my diet or exercising.  My evening sugar cravings are gone. My doctor put me on a new anxiety  medication  however, I react badly  to it and end up back on Paxil. 

Fast forward once again to today.  I weigh 165lbs.  I started this new journey at 169 lbs so a 4lb loss so far, woohoo!  I am using an app called "MyFitnessPal" and am counting calories.  I have a fitbit and keep track of my steps.

I have managed to taper to 10mg of Paxil from 20mg and remain at 10mg for a year with NO SIDE EFFECTS!  Hallelujah! My goal is to reach 140lbs and then I will go from there.  I am going to do a 10% taper off of Paxil.  I will taper 10% of my current dose per month.  At this rate it will take me over a year to be Paxil free but it is proven to work by tapering at this slow and steady pace. 

I have started eating cleaner and am learning a little bit more each and everyday.  I am trying to make healthier choices.  For example ground turkey instead of ground beef.  I was doing 30 minutes on my treadmill daily but stopped for a while.  I plan on adding that back in to my daily schedule. 

I really want to start taking Yoga classes to help with both the weight and anxiety but I am so nervous.  I am really insecure with my appearance and my strength but I know that I need to suck it up and go.  

So my plan is to write about my weight loss journey.  I will post before and after pictures and share what is working for me as well as what isn't working. I will be brutally honest as usual.

A couple current pictures of me. I would love to post pics of myself in work-out clothes but I am not ready for that yet so these are my "before" pictures. 

I hope that you follow along on my journey and please feel free to comment below with any advice or comments that you may have.

Jul 25, 2014

Break Up With Your Makeup and Win a Trip to the Emmy's!

Disclosure: I’m participating in the Break Up with Your Makeup Blogger Contest
Sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.P.

The appearance of my skin is very important to me, and I try to make it look as fresh as possible. I’m lucky to have never experienced symptoms of rosacea, but many of my close friends have. Rosacea is a treatable, chronic inflammatory skin condition and one of the most common symptoms is persistent facial redness. It’s estimated that 16MM Americans are affected by the condition. Unfortunately, not many people know it is treatable and instead cake on the makeup to conceal the redness. That’s why I’m excited that Mirvaso, the only FDA-approved treatment for the persistent redness of rosacea, is hosting this sweepstakes to raise awarenessof the treatment, encouraging people to Break Up with Your Makeup. Mirvaso works fast, providing same-day results that last up to 12 hours before theredness returns, leaving users red-carpet ready!

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Important Safety Information
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Word Up! WordGirl Season 7 Kicks-Off August 4 on PBS KIDS!

"Worrrrd up!"

 Get ready to embark on electrifying, brand-new, word-fueled adventures when WordGirl, the Emmy Award-winning animated TV series from Scholastic Media, makes its Season 7 debut, Monday, August 4, on PBS KIDS (check local listings)!

The new season begins with a week of five "brain-ier" than-ever episodes - each inviting kids to join WordGirl and her friends as they fight the "cheesy" tactics and dastardly tricks of local villain Dr. Two Brains, while learning new vocabulary words all along the way! To help keep kids' minds in gear and their vocabularies growing all summer long - and to get them set for all-new word-driven hijinks - here are some tips inspired by WordGirl's Word of the Month for August: CLEVER!

Find the word! - Turn reading into a fun game for your child! Host a reading-based scavenger hunt and ask them to find the nouns, adjectives, or rhyming words in a book. And, before embarking on your road trip this summer, give your kids a list of words and challenge them to check off each one as they spot it from the car window.

Solve the puzzle! - It's important to keep your child's mind working, especially during the summer months, and one super way to do it is by working on logic puzzles together. Purchase crossword puzzles and word search books, find free printable puzzles online - or even create your own!

Make it a reading challenge! - Reading is rewarding for kids of all ages. Create a log of the books your child reads this summer. During the school year and all year long, continue to track the titles your child completes. For each book they finish, reward them with a special sticker. Add to the challenge by asking them to pick out a word they don't know from each book they read and look it up together in the dictionary. See how many books they can read - and new vocabulary they can learn - in just one week or month!

Spell it out! - Throwing a mini spelling bee into the mix is a great way to test your child's spelling ability. Say a word and ask them to spell it out. Then, go around the home, the park or the supermarket asking them to spell each item you point out! And don't forget to tune-in to Season 7 of WordGirl, August 4 on PBS KIDS (check local listings) for more word-powered fun!

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Jun 24, 2014

Freedom Mentor: Mentoring Real Estate Investors to Financial Freedom

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Overnight Reputation for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Freedom Mentor is led by the nation’s premier real estate mentor, Phil Pustejovsky and recognized as one of the leading real estate investing mentoring programs in the industry. Made famous by a bold and daring profit arrangement, Phil and the Freedom Mentor team put their money where their mouth is by mentoring and coaching real estate investors and making their money by sharing in the profits of the deals with their students 50/50. This is extremely unique in the world of real estate investing education. It creates a special relationship where both the real estate mentor and the mentee both have “skin in the game” and aligned interests. When the student succeeds, the teacher succeeds as well.

Starting from very humble beginnings, even going homeless and living out of his truck for a short time, Phil went on to become an extremely successful real estate investor with the help of a mentor. Through the tutelage of his real estate coach, Phil was eventually able to live the life of freedom he always wanted, moving to a waterfront mansion in Florida. But rather than rest on all his personal success, Phil wanted to do more deals across the country and to help others achieve what he had accomplished. So he began mentoring and coaching other investors and sharing in the profits with them 50/50, much like his mentor did for him. The company name “Freedom Mentor” embodies his secret to success as well as his goal for each person he mentors. His secret to success is to have the right mentor and his goal for each person him and his team coaches is to live a life of freedom.

What would you do if you were finacially free? I can think of a million things like spend more time with my family and not have the stress of paying bill on my plate. I definitely recommend heading over to and checking out what Phil and his team have to offer.

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Apr 7, 2014

Scotts Bonus S: New and Improved

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts Turf Builder for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Bonus S is an existing lawncare product designed specifically for southern grass and weeds. A new, more effective formula that’s guaranteed to clear out listed weeds including dollarweed and clover is being rolled out this spring, in Jackonsvill and Ft. Myers, Florida.

Scotts Bonus S is the most effective Bonus S formula ever that’s guaranteed to clear out listed weeds including dollarweed and clover.  It controls 82% more types of weeds. It is now safe for more major southern grass types including St. Augustinegrass (including Floratam), bermudagrass(new), centipedegrass, zoysiagrass, seashore paspalum(new) and buffalograss(new).

Scotts Bonus S is currently available at major retailers in the Jacksonville & Ft. Myers area

Here are a few pictures of my yard before using Scotts Turf Builder:


Here is a picture after I used Scotts Bonus S:

Isn't in beautiful? Yes! All the dollar weeds are gone and my lawn looks healthy!

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Mar 29, 2014

KIND Healthy Snacks - Review

nice to meet you, we’re KIND

There’s healthy. There’s tasty. Then there’s healthy and tasty. At KIND, we believe you deserve both—we call it our brand philosophy. That’s why you’ll find all of our snacks are pretty much the nirvana of healthful tastiness. What began with just 8 bar varieties in 2004 has grown to over 22 bars and 6 Healthy Grains snackable clusters, and a multitude of new recipes being perfected and refined to our standards in the KIND kitchen.

ingredients you can see & pronounce 

We believe if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, it shouldn’t go into your body. Actually, it shouldn’t even go into your pantry. That’s why all KIND Healthy Snacks are made from all-natural whole nuts, fruits and whole grains. No secret ingredients and absolutely nothing artificial here. Just a delicious way of getting your body essential nutrients like fiber, protein and antioxidants (to name a few).

The generous folks at KIND sent me a very delicious sample pack of products to try out and I am hooked. I was sent one of each flavor of the KIND bars and a bag of the delicious and nutritious peanut butter granola! YUM! My favorite KIND bar is the peanut butter dark chocolate + protein! It is divine!
I also had the pleasure of trying the Peanut Butter Whole Grain Clusters and the granola is delicious. I added it to my greek yogurt for a high protein delicious afternoon snack.
KIND snacks are all natural, gluten free and NON-GMO (they are not genetically modified)! They are a truly healthy snack option made with natural ingredients that you can pronounce. KIND snacks can be purchased at your local grocery stores and online here.

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Mar 11, 2014

Scotts Bonus S: Jacksonville BBQ with the Pros!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts Turf Builder for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Scotts Bonus S is an existing lawncare product designed specifically for southern grass and weeds. A new, more effective formula that’s guaranteed to clear out listed weeds including dollarweed and clover is being rolled out this spring, in two markets (Jacksonville and Ft. Myers) in Florida.

The amazing folks at Scotts are hosting a few BBQ's to introduce the new and improved Scotts Bonus S formula and answer any and all questions that you may have!

Event Information:

Jacksonville BBQ With the Pros
- March 15th 11am-3pm Lowes #502 4040 Oldfield Crossing Dr. Jacksonville, Florida 32223
- March 22 11am-3pm Ace Hagan's Mandarin : 12501 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32223
- April 5th 11am-3pm The Home Depot #226 9021 SOUTHSIDE BLVD St Augustine, FL 32256

Theme: Backyard BBQ/Life on the Lawn
- Backyard setting: picnic table, lawn furniture, corn hole
- Backyard cook out on the grill with hot dogs/hamburgers

On-Site Radio Remote
- 11AM to 1PM (3/15 and 3/22)
- 12PM to 2PM (4/5)

- Coozies and sunglasses representing NEW BONUS S
- Scotts product giveaways
- Product coupons with discounts off the NEW BONUS S!!

Product Knowledge:
- Scotts Backyard Pros on-site to answer Bonus S questions as well as providing tips to all other lawn and garden questions.
- Product boards and displays showing product features & benefits

Here is a video to learn more about Scotts Bonus S and Scotts Turf Builder:


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