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I bet you didn’t know, just by looking at me, that I walk or run a mile to two miles five days a week!  Or that I exercise, workout or I spend lots of time on the elliptical at least 3x a week.  Running or walking is my way of clearing my mind and keeping me motivated, active and allows me to really bring out my creative side and working out, well – it keeps me healthy and helps with my asthma.  A few weeks ago I was in a grocery market when a lady snickered at the fact that I had picked up a pint of ice cream… basically saying… “Are you sure you need to be buying that?”  I let it go, but I then realized that there is such a common misconception that if  you are plus sized, or larger than most that you are obese or overweight.  The fact of the matter is, yes – I could stand to lose about 100 pounds to make myself healthier for my children, my husband and me – but that doesn’t mean that I’m necessarily unhealthy as so many will assume that I am.  Prior to having children, I was a size 8, petite in body with a large bust and behind and after having children certain medical ailments have assisted with my weight gain.  I’m not an over eater, but because of my physique – I often get pegged as “the fat girl”.  I realized a few years ago that while I’m on my journey to get healthy and stay healthy (regardless of my size), many will not see it as such.  So – now I am categorized as a plus sized lady and hey, at this moment in time… it’s who I am and I’m okay with it.  The important thing is that I continue to live a healthy life to the best of my ability – regardless of what the social standards may outline.  Yes, I do have extra baggage on me, but – I do live a reasonably healthy lifestyle.  Today – after giving this topic some thought, I figured it would be a great way to not only share my story but also a few tips that can help you make small changes to your life for a healthy lifestyle.  5 easy, healthy lifestyle changes anyone can make and anyone can do.  Feeling a little frumpy or just feel like you need a boost of endorphins or happy thoughts or need a little pick me up?  These tips are simple, easy and you can do them too.

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Drink more water

This particular tip may seem like a no-brainer, but the fact of the matter is… most people do not consume or drink the recommended 8 glasses of water each day.  I love water and I love that I can add a little bit of lemon to my water and I am hydrated for longer periods.  I’m really good at drinking the recommended amount but if I don’t I make sure I have a trusty timer go off every so often so I do not forget.  Having a bottle with you at all times helps A LOT.  I fill up my Hydroflask with ice and water and take it with me whenever I’m on the go so I always have water available that is cold and refreshing whenever I need it.  Just adding the 8 glasses of water to your daily intake each day will make a huge difference in a healthier lifestyle.

Get up and move, walk your way to healthy

It may seem like it’s no big deal, but walking increases not only your oxygen but also helps in you regulating your breathing.  But, I get it – life can get busy and sometimes you can’t find the time… as a busy mother, I know this all too well.  There are still so many ways to get your walking in.  Park further away from the store, at the back of the parking lot (be careful to watch your surroundings if you are by yourself) and get a little extra walking time in that way.  I hate battling for parking stalls – especially when I’m at places like Costco or Walmart, so I’ll just park far and walk – exercise and a little extra steps are worth it.  You can also park your car at the end of the drive way instead of right near the house.  Since my mailbox is at the bottom of the drive way and we have another house in front of us, I like to walk back and forth to the mailbox a few times if I know I can’t devote any time to walking that day.  And, sometimes walking by yourself is boring… so head to your local big box store like Target, Walmart, etc. and just walk around the store window shopping (if you can avoid the need to make a purchase) and get some walking done there.  Last week while walking around target I clocked over 1200 steps just browsing the store and it didn’t feel like exercise to me.

Got a sweet tooth?  Don’t let it get the best of you

Let’s face it – we all have it… that dreaded sweet tooth that makes us crave those favorite goodies that satisfy our souls.  For me, it can be ice cream, gummy bears or the occasional chocolate.  Thankfully – I am not the type of person that feels the “need” to have them, but I do have my moments.  Instead of letting these things get the best of me, I just don’t keep them around me but I also don’t deprive myself if I have a craving.  The key is moderation and control.  Since I know I like ice cream – I will either replace my ice cream with a frozen smoothie with frozen fruit or make a sorbet and if that really doesn’t work, I will eat some ice cream, but make sure to choose the smallest bowl in the house to serve me in.  Sometimes all we need is the taste on our tongue to satisfy that craving and a little of it will go a long way.  Also – stock your house with fruits, when you want that snack – have a small bowl of fruit and you will be amazed at how fast it will curb that craving.

Stop drinking soda or try to eliminate it the best you can

I never drank soda growing up and once I was really introduced to the taste of it in my early 20s, it was hard to ignore.  I’m a Pepsi girl and my husband and I both enjoy Pepsi soda as well (who do you think introduced it to me? haha).  It was a hard one to battle and while we don’t stock soda in our house, we still treat ourselves from time to time.  I NEED soda with Pizza.  I know, I know – no one needs soda… but it’s something I look forward to when I have a piece of pie to eat.  So if we really find the need, my husband and I will share a can of it together.  That way – we get the flavor, the satisfaction and we are not stuck with a huge case of it in our house and feel the need to drink it all.  We can go a whole year without it and then one day, we find the need to taste the yummy, sugary carbonated flavor we enjoy and we’ll treat ourselves.  If you can quit cold turkey – do it… if not, just try eliminating it to the best of your ability until you don’t find the need for it any longer.

Get up – stand up, stand up for your life!

As someone who works from home, I can find myself on the computer for hours at a time trying to work on campaigns, type out posts, answering emails… etc.  Like with any job, the time can get away with you when you have a deadline or are busy working.  But, you should always remember that it’s important to get up once in a while, stand and stretch – walk away from your desk.  This will not only allow you to take a breather, maybe have a second to gather your thoughts, but also stretch those muscles and move.  Standing up is so important to help in the blood flow of your body and it also helps to give you a little boost of energy that you may be needing after sitting a while.

While this is just a starter list, there are so many more things you can do to make a healthy lifestyle change.  Remember, it doesn’t have to be uncomfortable to do and it shouldn’t make you feel like you are dreading it each day.  Living a healthy lifestyle could mean that you are getting an extra 10 minutes of walking in, each day or you cut out your favorite junk food.  Rome wasn’t built in a day and things take time.  These steps and tips are there to help you be more confident in your choices.  If I can do them, well – you certainly can too.  Remember, a little at a time and you’ll see a change.  Also – if you are in the same boat as I am, know that no one can make you feel terrible – but yourself.  Have faith, think positive and know that I’m cheering you on.  A healthy lifestyle isn’t about killing yourself at the gym or starving yourself… it’s about being healthy so you can live life.  Good luck!

Like posts like these?  It’s been a while since I have done these types but I promise there will be a lot more coming soon.  😉

xo

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Disclaimer:  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.  I was not paid to provide my thoughts and this post is not sponsored.

 

Thirsty Thursday - Chit Chat, Weight Loss and Gain

Click here to watch this week’s Thirsty Thursday episode on YouTube.

I can’t believe how fast this week went by and thankfully the boys are all off of school tomorrow due to a Statehood Day.  Today I share with you my Thirsty Thursday episode and there is a lot to talk about.  Lately I’ve been experiencing an increase in weight gain and I’m not sure what is going on.  Considering that I have changed my diet and exercise – I’m hoping that everything is okay with my body and overall health.  I’ve been in the reminiscing mood lately so I pulled up some old vlogs from the last few years and it just reminds me how important it is to document life.  I can’t believe how fast the boys have grown and I’m thankful to have those memories to fall back on.  Basically, it’s just me in my relaxed state hanging out and chit chatting so come say hi.  Video below.

Happy Thirsty Thursday!
xo

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I’ll be the first to admit that weight loss or losing weight in general is not the easiest road traveled.  In 1998 I was 125 lbs (that’s when I graduated from high school) and in 2001 I was 160 lbs (that’s when I got married to the love of my life).  While my weight slowly increased over the years, having children definitely added to the weight increase and while I’m working my butt off (literally – lol) to drop the weight, it’s a journey that doesn’t come easy and a goal that is ever changing in my life.  It’s not just a “diet” as they say but a way of living and it’s a constant thing that I know I have to work on.

So let’s talk about my weight issue… I’m a busy lady who runs a full time business, blogs and is a team mom as well as homemaker and wife.  How difficult can it be for me to eat healthy and exercise or stay active?  Well, here’s where the issue lays… I don’t necessarily eat very unhealthy – portions seem to be okay, I don’t snack profusely and I have a green juice every single day.  While I do have my naughty days when it comes to food, it’s quite balance with regards to veggie intake, etc. and we are not scarfing down prime-rib every 3 days.  lol  My issue is more about finding the time to eat and keep my metabolism going.  Starving myself is not my intention but it often is what happens when you live a crazy and hectic lifestyle.  I keep fairly active, chasing after my 3 kids keeps me on my toes, I do daily walks and I also incorporate work outs into my regimen to keep my cardio up.  Again – it’s all about fitting time into my schedule to take time to do for me and that includes eating.  Read a little more on my story about my weight loss here.

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I have a little more information and explanation behind the photos above in this post here so you can get caught up if you are not sure what I’m talking about.  But regardless… keep on reading because I got more to talk about. lol

So – while my journey has been long and it continues on I have had some really awesome support along the way and that is why I want to bring you all a little Weight loss Motivation.  This week’s tip…

Surround yourself with those that will love and encourage you – regardless of how long your journey may take.  This may be a long road for you and you may experience a plethora of negativity, but as long as you have someone who believes in you – supports you and encourages you, it makes it much easier to accomplish your goals.

It may seem like something easy to do – it may seem like that is already happening, but I’ll be the first to say that the Beauty Community whether on YouTube or other can be filled with a bunch of Negative Nancys that don’t give a you know what about you.  If that wasn’t bad enough – the World in general is filled with negativity.  Now – don’t get me wrong, I have a strong support system in many of my Blogger buddies and YouTube besties, but I’m talking about those that just seek to destroy.  Earlier on when I first started YouTube, I got pregnant with my twins and let me just say the hurtful comments started and they didn’t stop.  I am so lucky that I have a husband that supports me regardless of my choice so long as I am happy with who I am.  It may seem like this is a small thing in comparison to everything else you should focus on – but it is all about support and encouragement that gets you to where you want to be.

I’ll touch base more on this subject a few times a month with little tips I learned along the way as well as things that help to keep me on track and focused.  I have been promising to make this a weekly thing and I am just working on getting my blogging schedule and life on a system that works.  But I have a ton of green juice recipes (which you can find on my old YT channel) and so much more that I use to keep me on top of my goals.

Lastly, I was interviewed by Fitness Motivation Podcast recently after they found my story through my blog and if you have some time – listen to my interview… I do things very differently than the norm and I’ll be sharing these tips with you soon as well.

You can also listen to my interview by clicking below.

Wishing you lots of love and happiness always!

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In May of this year – I decided it was time that I really kick it into high gear and work at being healthier.  I’ll be honest, it hasn’t been the easiest decision but it always makes it so much more of an accomplishment when you can see how far you have come.  Let’s be honest, I’m not going on a crash diet… my goals include really just trying to eat more (since I often times do not eat during the day) and incorporate exercise or at least walking into my routine.  I have been a bit behind on my walking over the last couple of weeks, but while I do enjoy my naughty foods, everything is in moderation.  I do not eat bad actually – don’t get me wrong, I’m not vegan… I love my meat and fish, but I consume in moderation.

I went through some old photos on Facebook that I had from before I was pregnant with the twins and came across these (below).  They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and while this is only photos of my face, that is the place I slim down first.  The photos to the left were taken in 2008 (before I had the twins).  While I had been fairly slim most of my life, after the birth of my eldest child (he’ll be 10 in January), I put on most of my weight after giving birth.  So I look at the photos and compare to those I took the other day (right) and you can certainly see a difference in my face.  My cheeks and hollows of my cheeks have definition and you can see my chin and neck separately.

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In 2008 when I was working in Corporate America, I was approximately 268 lbs – 270lbs.  I was not happy though I tried to be positive but working 12-16 hour days didn’t allow me to really pay attention to what I looked like let alone how I felt about myself.  The photo taken just 2 days ago in 2013 – I weighed in at 245.5 lbs.

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Hmmm… so some will argue that everyone loses weight in their face first so I decided I would try and find a photo of me full body taken previously in the last couple of years.  The photo above on the left was taken in 2011 when we went to Washington, DC.  I weighed about 258 – 260 lbs.  I wasn’t very happy with myself, but after giving birth to my twins, I really didn’t have much time to give it a second thought.  From postpartum depression to just being super busy – I never really took into consideration that I wasn’t really taking care of myself.  The photo on the right was taken last week, I weighed in at 245.5 lbs and you can significantly tell the difference.  While the scarf is covering up my belly and I do still have a belly – it is not hanging over my pants as bad as it was in 2011.  In general – I am feeling much more confident in myself.

Now – it’s always a work in progress.  I’m a busy mom, run my blog and YouTube channel and the house.  Like I mention in my weight loss journey updates on YouTube, my biggest challenge is finding time to eat.  This morning I had cereal and coconut milk, which is great – because I don’t normally find the time to eat anything but dinner.  Exercise is definitely something I need to add to my list of things to do consistently.  I enjoy walking with my boys and need to keep up with that as well.  But, I’m still proud of myself and the accomplishments I have made thus far.  My ideal is to get below 200 lbs.  It’s been years in the making but it’s my goal and I can do it.  It’s a journey – not a diet.  Stay tuned because I’ll continue to update my progress as much as I can.  Thanks for reading. 😉