Hello beautiful, I hope that you had an amazing holiday and that you were able to enjoy the people that you love the most. I was surrounded by family and friends and blessed tremendously. I couldn’t have asked for anything better, however, I can not believe that we are days away from 2017. Can you believe it?
Happy Monday! I hope that everyone had an amazing weekend. Can you believe it’s almost Christmas and it’s still warm in Mississippi? Unbelievable, right!
I know that everyone is gravitating toward big chunky knit sweaters, but here in Tupelo the temperatures have not dropped drastically so it’s barely coat season here.
Sooooo what do you do when you want a layered look but it’s not cold enough for one? I have the answer!! You grab a perfectly, casual-styled, mock-layered sweater and jeggings from Lane Bryant. You can make it look as if you’re wearing two different shirts without all the bulk and with ease. This sweater is perfect for the days you want to be casual and fab.
Pairing blush and pink colors with white or dark wash jeggings is a great way to rock your neutrals and soften up your winter wardrobe. Add a pastel pink coat, nude flats, or a blush bag and you will feel cozy, feminine, and pretty.
Oh! I almost forgot….. I can’t leave without telling you guys about my awesome time with Mud & Magnolias (a lifestyle magazine born in Mississippi that explores our way of life and highlights the best parts of the South). The photographer Lauren Wood is so creative and talented with the camera. I really enjoyed our session and I’m so excited about my feature in the Health Edition this January. Click the link to see more about this magazine and subscribe so you don’t miss anything.
So I don’t know if I have given you the whole spill about being a plus size kid but I’m going to fill you in.
I was born weighing 9 lbs, 10 oz (that’s pretty much what I would call a plus size baby, lol) and most of my years as a child I remember squeezing into my big cousins clothing (who at the time was maybe 15 or 16), and I was only about 9 or 10 years old. I’m estimating I could have clearly been younger than that.
My teenage years I remember shopping for my Easter dresses at Lane Bryant, which at the time was the old woman store) and wearing a size 16 in high school I was the biggest in my circle of peers.
In college, My weight skyrocketed to a 24 and this was my size pretty much until I made up my mind to live a healthy lifestyle.
Today, I am proud to say that I am a size 18 and I have never felt better about myself. I’m truly confident in my own skin, so when I received emails about self-esteem, I was very inspired to write this blog post.
Most of the time the way women love/view themselves is based on how the opposite sex responds to them. Women always feel better when the opposite sex thinks that they are attractive. Think about it our culture has become so superficial wanting to appear flawless to appeal to the opposite sex. However, what if the opposite sex does not think you are attractive? What if you do not get the ego boost and extra love from that male in your life? What if you are single with no male in your life? What do you do? Do you continue to wait for someone to think you are good enough? Let me answer that real quick, NO!
Self-confidence and self-love comes from within. “Self-esteem begins and end with you. The more you know about yourself, the less moved you’ll be by the opinions of others.” (B. Dilley)
So here are 3 tips to help you walk into 2017 with more confidence.
1.LEARN TO SAY GOOD THINGS TO YOUR BODY.
The words that we speak everyday shape our reality. So if we constantly talk about the things we hate about our bodies we will eventually hate our bodies. Think about this garbage belongs in a garbage can. You are not a garbage can so do not fill your mind up with trash about yourself.
2.YOU HAVE TALENTS AND YOU WERE CREATED WITH PURPOSE
God created you with beauty and purpose. God created only one you (that’s pretty awesome). No one has your DNA or fingerprint. You’re special. God created us to be purposeful. You have talents and someone needs you. Someone is waiting on you to inspire them. Follow your dreams.
3. STOP COMPARING YOURSELF
We have all been guilty of this. We compare our lives, homes, cars, business, kids, etc. Comparison traps are the recipe for failure. Comparison is the biggest liar that screams you will never be good enough. Comparison is a joy thief. Always remember that your story, your journey, and your process is unique to you.
Start changing the way you see yourself today and watch it work! Start saying positive things to yourself and watch it manifest.
I also hopped on the #blogmas train meaning that I will be posting a new post every week in December. Yay!!
So it’s been 29 days and tomorrow starts the 10 day countdown to the end of the “Healthy Curves 40 Days No Bread” challenge. I feel amazing. I’m in control and I can make better decisions without carbs haunting me in my dreams. This was not about weight loss with me. I am a body positive advocate and I believe that healthy comes in all shapes and sizes, but for the people who only understand in pounds I’m down 12.
Foods that have saved my life during these last 29 days are broccoli, humus, cauliflower (mashed and riced), and the food love of my life lily’s chocolate chips. Never in my life have I had so many options to eat bread. I’ve had more friends offer to buy my lunch in the last 29 days than in 33 years, but to be real I am craving strawberry pancakes (but I will make them the low carb way).
Most of all I have killed my bread addiction. It’s weird, but it works..
I’m so thankful for everyone that participated. This is only a start of what’s to come.
The next challenge starts December 1st. So enjoy Thanksgiving, and set new goals.
I would love to know how you guys are holding up? Comment Below!!
Got questions on how to join the next challenge? Comment Below!!
Everyone is up for a challenge right,
I have a wonderful friend name Faith who begged me to ditch the bread and to live a low-carb lifestyle. She promised me that I would feel better and not only that but my skin would shine like never before. I was like blah, blah, blah, but I gave it a shot, considering this has been her lifestyle for years and she has the glow to prove it. So I ditched the bread for 60 days last year and felt the best I have ever felt in my life. Fast forward to now I have went about 33 days without bread, but between my birthday and anniversary, I’ve gotten a little shaky in my low-carb faith (lol) but I’m back.
I wanted to make this challenge public to my readers as a group challenge. Here’s the tea, It’s more than no bread, it’s absolutely no sugar, nothing white, and only about 40 carbs per day. I’m going to create a private Facebook group so that we can share ideas and push each other through. You’re going to be shocked how much your body changes in 40 days if you commit to this challenge.
The challenge starts Monday, October 10th- November 18th.. (this will give everyone time to get in, time for grocery shopping, and fair well binges even though I do strongly disagree with those lol)
If you are down for the challenge.. Click the link to our private Facebook group.
Let’s do this together.. Team Healthy Curves!
If you’re a major #foodie, such as myself, then you know that nothing sabotages a clean eating streak like the holidays, especially when you’re home visiting your family, such as myself. I’m proud to say that I am an Alabamian, Decatur to be exact. The home of good barbecue and the mayo based convocation, WHITE BARBECUE SAUCE. It’s my fave. I can’t eat barbecue without it, but that’s a whole nutta’ blog post (Alabama White Sauce deserves its very own blog post) and by the way I’m here to tell you guys 5 simple ways that I’m cutting calories this Labor Day.
1) I’m going bun-less. I’m selecting alternatives for bread this Labor Day. Thinking outside the bun is going to save me at least 200 calories and reduce my belly bloating.
2) The deuces up to soda. Swapping soda for infused water or La Croix will save me 240 calories and boost my energy levels. Drinking soda increases my sugar cravings by the tons. I definitely do not need that!
3) I’m going to be active. Every family get active with some friendly competition going on during the holidays. Whether it’s Volleyball, Kickball, or running the fields with your kids there is a way to be active. I will be up and moving around for a slight workout during all of the Labor Day festivities. The best workouts are the ones that are not planned.
4) I will have a snack bag. Clean eating is all about preparation. You can never be caught slipping because the temptation is hard to escape. I always have a snack bag in my purse that contains nuts, fruit, and raisins. That makes it easier for me to resist that banana pudding.
5) I will hit the veggies up. Instead of the amazing side items of potato salad, baked beans, etc. I will opt out for veggies or coleslaw. I overdose on the veggies so that I’m too full for dessert anyways. Lol
I will never starve myself in attempts to being a stick figure. I know by making small, manageable changes to my lifestyle, I can be as healthy as I choose. It’s totally up to me. Now it’s time to stay positive, relax, and focus.
How do you cut calories? I would love to know? Leave me a comment!
Gym time does not always mean fitness time. I started my fitness journey at the gym, Solo. I was clueless as to how to operate the different exercise machines, I didn’t know what to do on my first day, and I was slightly intimidated. It was like my first day of college. I was completely clueless.
I’m more of an extrovert. I’m very social, outgoing, and the life of the party at times, (ijs) so being alone in a workout was completely opposite of my personality. Maybe that was the reason I was dreading my workouts. I was so inconsistent, unfamiliar, and flat-out overwhelmed.
Does this sound like you: maybe a little, a lot, or in between?
Just keep reading I’ve got 3 reasons why you should try a group fitness class.
1) Stay Committed/Motivated..
Working out with a group helps you to stay more committed. You are developing friendships that inspire you to keep going. It’s the connection and relationship you have with the group/new friends that will make you more responsible to show up. It motivates you to work harder and provides a combination of accountability and support in achieving your goals.
2) Go At Your Own Pace
You are allowed to burn calories at your own pace while keeping your heart and body fit. This is not “The Biggest Loser”, this is not a race. It’s all about you and what works for your body. Instructors will modify and show you what works best for your body. No one is down your throat about your speed and this is what I love the most about group workouts.
3) Fun Times
If something is fun you will continue to do it. Not only that when something is fun time fly while doing it, right. 1 hour will go by before you know it and you will be drenched in sweat.
I could name 1000 other reasons why, but I’m sure you’re already convinced.. Now Ready, Set, Go find you a group of ladies/men to workout with..