Fat VS Skinny, is that even a thing? I’ll be honest with you, this is probably a topic that many people are thinking about, but don’t normally talk about. As most of you know, I have been on a “Getting Healthy Journey” as of September/October of 2017. It’s been almost a year since I started working on my overall health while losing my weight. And boy oh boy have I noticed how differently I’m treated now that I’m smaller than I was before. Let’s chit chat about this, shall we?
As much as we all love to share our accomplishments with others, I think talking about weight loss is like an unspoken language. You either have those that support you and encourage you no matter what and those that talk about or put you down. Then, you have those that just don’t talk about the subject at all. But, once you really start losing weight, do people treat you differently? Well, after 10 months of working on my weight loss journey, I’ve noticed that I am most definitely being treated nicer in comparison to my heavier self.
You can read more about my weight loss journey here, but I’ll tell you that in about 10 months, I’ve lost over 80 lbs. Having gained all of my weight after having children, I was about 125 lbs through my mid-twenties, I guess I never really remembered how differently I was treated as I started to gain my weight because I was so caught up in everyday life. Fast forward to 2018, having lost as much as I have, I notice that so many people are polite and sweet to me. Going as far as acknowledging me with a smile (instead of a nod or a smirk) and often times holding my door open for me when they wouldn’t have done so before.
How can you tell that you are being treated differently?
Now you may be saying… “How can you tell that you are being treated differently?” Well, Maui (my island home) is small and you basically shop and visit the same locations most of your life, while seeing the same people each day, time and time again. So it’s very easy to compare how they treated you at one time VS how they treat you now. I’ve definitely noticed.
I’m super proud of my accomplishments, having not only losing over 80 lbs but also going from a size 3x/4x shirt to now wearing an XL. When it comes to jeans, pants, and shorts – I was wearing a size 22/24 and can now comfortably fit into a size 14/16. It’s been a long and challenging road and making the changes has taken a lot of time and effort. I’m very happy with the new me, but I can’t help but notice that being smaller means people are much nicer than before.
If you’re smaller in size, you may not have experienced this before, but imagine being overweight (or fat to put it bluntly) and in a grocery store and purchasing food. It doesn’t have to be “bad for you” type of food, because we don’t eat badly in our household. Imagine you’re buying vegetables and have a person say under their breath “Yeah right like you actually eat vegetables. If you did, you wouldn’t look like you do.” Or imagine that when you’re shopping for clothes, you have someone tell you, “no ma’am, that will not fit you, it’s meant for a more petite frame.” How about someone not say anything to you at all, but just snicker when they look at you, snob you or ignore you when you ask for assistance. I grew up with my Dad holding open the door for any woman or girl as my husband and sons do for me now, but imagine being at a door and a man walks past you while letting the door slam in your face.
Now, those may seem like they are quite extreme scenarios, but I assure you that if I didn’t experience them myself, I would have never known that it happened. While I experienced these things during the time when I was much larger, I just assumed that people were having a bad day or just didn’t like me. It didn’t dawn on me that it had to do with my weight. Fast forward to the present and I’ve had many encounters in similar situations and in some cases with the same people only to find that I was treated respectfully and nicely. Many of these people smiled at me, took the time to greet me and even have conversations with me. Some of these people even continue to acknowledge me by name, which only instills in my mind that they just did not like the fact that I was overweight before. Whether it disgusted them or they just had a phobia of it, I don’t know. All I know is that I noticed a difference.
This is a long post, so if you want to hear the Podcast version, click here.
I guess the reason for this post is to remind people that it doesn’t matter if a person is skinny or fat, tall or short. It doesn’t matter if someone has a skin color that is different from yours or they have curly hair and you have straight hair. No one deserves to be treated like they are beneath you. There’s a stigma in the world that basically states that “overweight people are gross and disgusting and that they don’t deserve to be treated with respect because they don’t respect themselves enough to lose the weight,” but most of the time that could be furthest from the truth. I didn’t gain my weight overnight and much of it stemmed not because I overate, but because of underlying health issues. I didn’t like being overweight or unhealthy and it took me a long time to figure out the formula to change all of that for me. I do want to say, that I am in no way skinny, but I’ve noticed a huge difference in my body as others are noticing as well.
If there is a lesson to be learned from this post, it is that everyone, no matter their size should be treated with respect. Smile at more people, hold doors open and treat others as you would like to be treated. We shouldn’t have to deal with that on top of everything else that is happening in the World.
I hope you all enjoyed this post. It may have been a little bit of venting or a whole lot of nothing, but it came from my heart and I wanted to share it with all of you.
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Today on my YouTube Channel I share a little video reveal on what was received in my GNC Pro Box. Make sure to watch the video below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.
I actually filmed this video quite some time ago, but the footage was lost, so I apologize that it is up so late.
As a GNC Pro Member, I received the GNC Pro Box. It is a cool thing to receive as a Pro Member because you get the opportunity to try new things.
GNC Pro Membership is $39.99 and is definitely worth it if you are a shopper of GNC. You get to Pick-Your-Day Sales, Free Expedited Shipping from the website, Pro Access Giveaways, an Extra Month to Redeem Rewards, and also Pro Boxes. Pro Boxes offers you 8+ Samples, coupons and so much more delivered to your door twice a year. You can choose between men’s or women’s sports performance, wellness essentials or weight management PROs Box to get tons of good stuff for your goals. It’s awesome because these boxes give you the opportunity to try new products prior to buying them.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were purchased by me with my own money.
Hi friends. I hope you are all doing well. Today, I’m gonna get a little personal with all of you and share a little update on my weight loss journey. It’s been years in the making, but I’m super excited to have all of you on this journey with me. It’s like I’ve had a bunch of awesome cheerleaders all for me. If you are interested in learning a little about it, definitely keep on reading about my weight loss. This is just the beginning of this series and I plan to update all of you on this journey as I experience it. Also, I just released a video on my YouTube Channel so if you want the breakdown in video form, click this link and check out the video. So, let’s chit chat a little… shall we?
At the beginning of this year, I posted on Honeygirl’s World about how I needed to get going on a healthier me. Since October 2017, I felt the need to really get my health issues together and start working on being a better version of my self, physically and mentally. I’ll be honest, it hasn’t been an easy road. I had worked my butt off the last few months trying to get in shape and lose weight, but it’s been difficult and I haven’t been the easiest person to live with because of it.
Let me break a few things down for you… So, in November 2017, I decided I would cut out all the things that really were dragging me down (food wise). I stopped drinking my Cherry Pepsi (I’m glad the world didn’t come to an end because of it) and I ultimately stopped eating white rice (most rice for that matter) and pasta. Yup, I said it… pasta. Let’s just say that it was not an easy choice for me, but I was amazed at how easy it was to give them up when I look at myself in the mirror and I’m excited about my progress. There are days when I see white rice smothered in gravy or a giant slice of pizza topped with ooey gooey cheese and I just want to lose my marbles, but then I realize that I’ve come too far.
Here’s the deal… there is no such thing as a fad diet or a 30-minute exercise once a week that will help. It took me a long time, lots of money and many years of realizing that because I really struggled with my weight after having my sons. I wasn’t always big (though I did always have thunder thighs… lol) and so I really wanted to get myself back on track. I realized that after years of the struggle, I needed to really do this for my health, not just my looks. This epiphany was probably the one good thought I had in my mind and it has been a constant reminder of how I’ve been able to keep going on this journey (or lifestyle change).
“I am down over 50 lbs in about 8-10 months and I’m so excited to be able to shop in stores that carry regular sized clothing, instead of only plus sized clothes.”
So what am I doing? Well, I’m at the gym 3 to 5 times a week concentrating on not only cardio but also strength training. You don’t need to spend excessive amounts of time at the gym if you don’t have it and if you don’t have a gym, use what you do have. I signed up for the gym in March, but prior to that I was walking/running and jogging several times a week – averaging about a mile to three miles each time I went for a walk and tried to do that 3 times a week. I also work with my kettle balls and my own walls to help with building my muscle and keeping the muscles I have. There are a number of different exercises you can do while utilizing your own body weight as your option to strengthen your muscles. I like doing push-ups against the wall if I can’t make it to the gym and if I do make it to the gym, then I love doing pull-ups and using the different muscle toning machines available. Remember, that it’s all about using what you have, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t have a gym membership. I like it because it’s my time to myself, but if you don’t have that – use what you go. Run or walk the dog or your baby or even go on a hike with a friend or two (or three) if it helps get you mobile and outdoors.
Now, when it comes to food… that’s a little more difficult. I try to concentrate on the Keto diet since I did a liquid fast prior to getting my metabolism jump started. The Keto Diet and 21 Day Fix have been two diets or lifestyle changes when it comes to food that I know I can actually keep working at. They aren’t easy diets, but basically a way of changing your lifestyle to accommodate what works better for you. I concentrate on healthy proteins and fats at each meal so that I can keep my muscle lean. I also have cut out most sugars from my diet (of course many fruits and veggies have sugar so I try to be mindful of how much I eat) and carbs. Making this change did not happen overnight, but it has definitely gotten easier as time progresses. Sugar-free popsicles have been my best friend lately (because it’s been so hot here on Maui) and I am really loving protein ice creams like Halo Top. However, everything is best in moderation, so if I am gonna eat a few sweets, I will definitely be putting in more work at the gym or I make sure I only have a little in moderation. Remember my words – “Moderation is more than just the key, it will be your new way of life.”
“Moderation is more than just the key, it will be your new way of life.”
I couldn’t possibly sum up how to do all of this in just one blog post, so I am gonna wrap this up in a bit. But, before I do, I wanted to share with all of you that this lifestyle change is not easy, but it’s doable and it can work. It took me a long time of saying excuses and my shoulda-coulda-wouldasbefore I realized that I need to take action and keep at it before I’ll see results. Don’t worry, I’ll be here to answer all of your questions and I’ll also be posting more frequently about this journey so that I can offer you some tips, ideas and even food choices. My goal is to actually share this journey with all of you because the support from each of you means the world to me and it helps more than you realize.
Stay tuned for more updates as I discuss products I’m enjoying to help with my weight-loss and get healthy jourey and everything else.
I know, I know… new year means, “new me” right? Wrong! I’ve realized that I’ve been looking at getting healthy incorrectly all of these years. I didn’t start putting on my weight till after I had kids, so I guess, you could say that my mentality was a tad bit construed, or maybe I was just lazy. But, this year (I actually started in December 2017), I’m making a change in not only my thoughts and how I view things, but what I’m doing to get to my healthy me. Today I share with you my 2018 Personal Fitness Goals. I whole-heartily agree that a person’s fitness and health goals should be tapered and adjusted, customized and unique to that particular person. We aren’t cookies, so, therefore, we shouldn’t have cookie-cutter goals and routines. Don’t you agree?
Try New Things: I really want to be able to embrace new workouts by trying new things and including a variety of different stuff. By doing so you will encourage your body to continue burning fat for energy and increasing your metabolism. While I know it, I often get stuck in the same rut. My schedule is never my own, so I workout and exercise around everyone else’s time. Because of this, I find myself doing what I know works and that fits within that given time frame. The problem is that my body eventually gets to a standstill and as I plateau, I get discouraged. I have somewhat figured out a way around this. By creating a schedule block of different exercises throughout the week, changing between interval training, cardio and stretching as well as a good walk/jog each week, my body will still be active while still burning fat and building leaner muscle. Adding in additional dance and hip-hop fitness into the mix is a great way to jumpstart the routines as I’m changing them around throughout the month. I’ll test my theory and I’ll get back with all of you on how it has worked for me.
Get Running: I also look at my current fitness and exercise regimen and compare it to what I used to do before. I bet most people didn’t know that I was a runner. I ran cross country and track in middle school and high school. I used to be pretty fast too. After a few ankle injuries in the last 20-25 years and a bad knee, I stopped running or even jogging and it’s been a struggle for me to get back on track. By the end of this year, I want to be able to at least jog without being in so much pain. I have been slowly increasing my walks to a light jog lately and I noticed that it’s a challenge for my aches and pains. But with proper support and effort, I think I can include low impact running into my workout routine before the end of the year.
Planks, Pull ups and Push ups – oh my: Before planks were a popular thing, my Daddy had me doing them along with pull ups and push ups each day. It’s how I kept my core strong and strengthened my arms so that I could paddle my surfboard out to the wave breaks and stand up on the board, balance and catch a wave. It’s been years since I’ve been able to really do any of those things. However, I’ve been slowly incorporating all three into my exercise regimen the last month. I’d love to be able to do planks, push ups and pull ups easily, without having to stop to take a break between each set. I’d also like to be able to do it the challenging way instead of easy. I think by incorporating a little of it in each workout, by the end of the year, I’ll be to able to do it without struggling.
Positive affirmation and goals: You see the photo above? Well, that photo was taken in 1998, back when I was smaller than a size 8 and 125 lbs wet. It seems like a lifetime ago. Obviously, I have had three children (2 pregnancies) and I weigh more than 150 lbs above that weight that I am in that photo. I’m realistic that I can do well and I can lose my weight, tone my muscles and build lean muscle, but, honestly, I will never look the same again. I will have saggy skin once I lose my weight and that’s something I have to deal with, but I will be healthy and happy because I accomplished it all. My biggest fitness goal this year is to use my past body as inspiration, determination and drive to be a healthier person, not using it as a way to bring me down. Our lives are filled with enough negativity and lack of drive, that I want to make sure that I’m not soaking all the bad energy in. I’m doing all of this for a healthier me so that I can be there for my husband and sons. It doesn’t matter what anyone says or the looks they give because it doesn’t feed my drive to be a better me. My goal this year is to keep positivity around me as much as possible so that I can be much more successful in this healthier lifestyle.
My 2018 Fitness goals are minimal but I believe they will make a huge impact on me. Besides, when we try out new things or focus on things to drive us, sometimes starting off small is the key. What about you? Do you have any fitness goals for this year? Is there anything in particular that you would like to try or incorporate into the year to get you on track?
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As many of you know, I’m working towards a healthier lifestyle. I have so many plans for 2018 (I’ll be sharing that with you in another post coming up next week) and one of them is to eat better. To help me out a bit, my nutritionist suggest Premier Protein Shakes. After drinking a few of these over the last two months, I’m coming to you with a review and my thoughts on these drinks. Press play on the video below to get the rundown or click here to watch directly on YouTube.
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I am burdened with so many emotions right now. Honestly, I’m excited because after months (maybe even a year) of not doing a post like this – I’m proud to say that Sunday Letters is up and running at this moment. I’m excited because it seems like it’s been ages since I’ve been able to write like this. But, on the other hand, I’m filled with dread and an overwhelming sense of anxiety building up inside. My Sunday Letters posts are a way for me to get a bit personal here and a way for me to put myself out there for others to read. I miss it, but use it as a way to hold me accountable of things I set forth for myself. It’s been a long while since I’ve done a post like this – so I’m going to get real for a moment and get you all caught up.
Ugh… where do I begin? It’s already March and I have been sick so many times over the last few months that I can’t even count or begin to. I rang in the new year with the flu and I feel like it’s just all piling up on me like the plague. No matter what I do to get my health back in check, I find myself dwindling into the despair of sick and tired… literally. I have also been struggling with my weight. What the frick is up with my weight? No matter what I do health wise, it seems like I’m putting on weight versus losing no matter the countless hours and sweat I put into trying to drop the pounds. My skin has been freaking the frick out… like literally freaking out and my once good skin is now proving that it has an alter ego that is mean and evil. My skin is freaking out so bad it is worst now than it had been when I was in my teens. How is that even possible? How could this be?
“Some women fear the fire, some women simply become it…” – R.H. Sin
I think the health issues I’ve been having over the last year have been something that has literally been keeping my faith and my energy down. Over the last 6 months I’ve had every possible friend contact me and tell me “I have this new product line or product for you to try and it will make your health better, help you lose weight.” Trust when I say I have heard it all. What I really want to tell these friends is that “I’m not your get rich quick guinea pig that you can dump your new product on to make money off of.” I know, I might be a little harsh here, but it’s true. Instead of telling me… “I’m sorry that you are going through this, how can I help?” I get “hey, try this product and start using it faithfully and it will help you get better quick.” Who the frick do these people think they are talking to? I’m just over it.
Over the last 8 months, I have had more tests done to me than people have had in their lifetime. And, I might add – these are not easy on my body. Taking blood is like seeing a vampire for a neck bite. I don’t have easy veins and they are what phlebotomist call “disappearing veins” because they move or you think they are there but it’s all an illusion. Just to get a blood test done, I get poked and prodded over 5 times and then the blood suckers don’t even get enough blood to complete their testing. I had to have a CT Scan and Endoscopy done within the last 8 months as well and the CT scan required the technician to send me to an ultrasound tech to find my veins so he could start my IV, a procedure that should have taken 15 minutes took 2 hours. My Endoscopy – again, finding my vein to start my IV posed a challenge for the nurses, so after poking my arm over 8 times, they finally found a vein in my hand which wound up collapsing eventually, resulting in a huge bruise and a vein I can probably no longer use. Then, so have anesthesia rendered to put me to sleep so that I wouldn’t feel the scope down my throat, only for the medicine to not put me to sleep and I be up the entire time. These are just a small amount of issues I have with my body each day and it’s frustrating.
I have been waking up each day with a lost of drive lately. Those that know me, know that that is unusual for me. It’s outside of the norm of what many have come to expect from me and my personality. I’m just so overrun with emotions that it’s frustrating and I’m frustrated.
The other day I was chatting with a friend when she basically told me… to my face, “You just need to lose the weight and everything in your health and life will be better.” What the fuck? Don’t you think I have already tried or am trying to do that? Don’t you think that I know all too well that my weight is probably an issue? I try and stay with a program day in and day out and it hasn’t worked! So then, I ask you – why isn’t it working if you say that that is my end all, fix all? Why?
I know I have ranted and vented in this post more than what anyone has ever seen here, but just know you may be seeing more of this. I’m exhausted and more so exhausted of trying to explain myself to people who are supposed to support me, not tear me down. My goal is to become the fire that is causing havoc in my life right now and not run and fear it. So, I hope to update you all on my journey and let you know how things are going. I have a series of different appointments with doctors coming up and I’ll be writing about those here as well… so stay tuned.
Anyway – on to Sunday letters…
Dear Kevin, my husband – You have been an unwavering support system for me and I didn’t expect anything otherwise. I’m so thankful you are my rock for me to vent to and my shoulder to cry on and there is a reason why you are my best friend. I don’t know how I could have gotten through these last several months without you. Thank you for being there for me.
Dear God – Please, please give me the strength to be able to get passed this time in my life. Whatever the issue with my body that seems like it’s failing me, please heal my body of its ailments and help to give me peace. Please give me the strength to walk away from those that claim to be my friends but don’t realize they are putting me down while they are thinking that they are lifting me up. And, please give me the courage to get my health back on track and my mind back to being and thinking positively.
Dear Friends (those that I talked about in this post) whether you are family or friends, this letter is for you. I don’t despise you. I don’t hate or and I’m certainly not mad at you, but more so disappointment in your actions. You can be mad that I chose this route to discuss it, but I didn’t mention any names. I can only hope and pray that God opens your eyes to how much you have hurt me. I’m not hopeless or someone who is without hope for the future, I’m simply in a little bit of a rut at the moment. Instead of pushing me down and making me feel more like crap and putting me deeper in depression, how’s about you offer positive reinforcement to help. I don’t hate you, but can only hope that you can be a more positive influence instead of constantly tearing me down.
It’s a new year and welcoming the new year usually means that we are all looking to work on resolutions, goals and in many cases, losing weight. For me, trying to lose the weight and improve my health are a never ending journey but I am always so thankful for the little tidbits and tips I learn along the way. While losing weight is great, to me – it’s all about improving my nutrition and overall health and today I’m excited to share with you a few tips that help me keep my body and mind in check.
When you are reassessing your health and nutrition goals for the year, the biggest advice I can give you is to make smarter choices but don’t completely strip your body or mind of the things you love. Here are a few tips to help you on your journey:
1.) Replace your sodas with flavored sparkling waters if you simply can’t give up the carbonation and fizz. I am a huge water drinker and love it, but I’ve been told time and time again that eliminating soda is one of the hardest things for a person because sometimes it’s not the flavor you crave, but the fizzy. By replacing your favorite soda with a Zero Calorie drink, you’ll be making a big difference in how you feel. On average a 20oz soda has 66 grams of sugar – wowzers! When I need the fizzy bubbly drinks I crave (I’m a Pepsi lover by the way), I turn to Cascade Ice Sparkling Water. Cascase Ice has no sugar, sodium, calories, gluten or caffeine. Cascade Ice drinks come in so many fun flavors (my family and I have probably tried them all) and they can be purchased at most stores.
“I love my Pepsi and I’ll admit that from time to time, I’ll have a small sip to not only wet my whistle but quench that craving, but when it comes down to it – it’s rare. Again the key to success in improving your nutrition is not to deprive yourself of the things you love but substitute them for healthier versions or cut down how much of it you consume.”
2.) Replace your white rice with Quinoa to give your taste buds a little variety and to add more fiber in your diet. I love Quinoa and it’s something I can eat daily. Transitioning to an “all Quinoa” diet for my family is not something we are ready to commit to yet, but it’s something we slowly incorporate into our meals. White rice is a huge part of who we are as locals of the Hawaiian Islands. Everyone eats white rice here and most local restaurants have it on their menu consistently. But, that’s what I love about changing up your meals – there’s no need to complete omit and discard your favorite foods. If you’re not sure that you like Quinoa, instead of eating it on its own – try mixing it with your white rice. Just like with brown rice mixed with white rice (we call it “hapa rice” here in Hawaii) you can easily incorporate both to make it more tolerable for you and your family. Like I said before – I love Quinoa, so I use it to top my salads or as a side to my favorite veggies and protein. I also enjoy mixing it with vegetables or in a stir fry. The options are endless. I’ll try to post some of my favorite Quinoa dishes this year so you have a little inspiration.
Why Quinoa? Quinoa has over 21% of the recommended daily intake of fiber while white rice only has 14%. Quinoa also offers 50% more protein which makes it ideal for those days where you need the extra fuel. Studies have shown that white rice is linked to obesity when consumed on a daily basis, but while I can’t give up my rice just yet – supplementing and replacing my rice with Quinoa is definitely something I can do.
3.) Substitute your favorite snack foods for a healthier alternative. Oh – this one is absolutely my favorite tip of all. Thankfully, I’m not a huge snacker and not someone who craves chocolate or candy often. But, when I do – I’ll pull at anything and everything in the house to fill that craving. Whether it be chips, cookies, cake or candy bars… if it’s in the house and I don’t have an alternative – I’ll eat it if the need and craving arises. My suggestion – try taking out your stock of junk food in the house. If you like to keep a candy bar or two around or a small bag of chips – hey, sometimes we need it, but eliminate shopping for them in bulk if at all possible. Small portions are okay in moderation but if you feel the need to pick up a large bag of potato chips or fries, try going for something like Kale Chips or unsalted no butter popcorn. I find that instead of candy or chips, I love snacking on carrots and broccoli with hummus. Fried foods like chips are high in saturated fat and salt which can make you vulnerable to diabetes, among other diseases. Don’t get me wrong – it’s okay to have a few of your favorite foods from time to time – but again, all in moderation and only enough to satisfy that taste – don’t over indulge.
Here’s the deal – at the end of the day, you will only truly improve your nutrition or diet if you put in the effort. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was the habits that you developed over the years. I’m a believer that change never happens overnight, but making the effort to change – even if only a little at a time, makes a huge difference. I never believed in weight loss fads and diets (let’s just say I have been down that route and know how it worked or didn’t work for me), but I do believe in hard work, determination and one day at a time. If your goal is to improve your nutrition, making little changes each day will make a huge different in the long run.
How about you? Are you a healthy eater already? If not, what steps can you take to change up your nutrition, diet and overall health?
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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.
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. 😉
Disclaimer: All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. I was not paid to provide my thoughts and this post is not sponsored.
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.
If you have been here on my site before, you know that I’m on a “healthy journey” to not only lose weight, but just get at a comfortable size where I’m healthy and happy. With that in mind, I’m always looking at additional things that can assist with keeping up with not only weight loss but overall body tone, losing inches, etc. Recently I tried the AZSPORT Waist Trimmer and wanted to share my thoughts with my readers on this product.
The AZSPORT waist trimmer sauna belt retails for $43.00 but is currently on sale for $15.00. This waist trimmer is lightweight – which is great and comfortable, offering you an ajustable and stretchy fabric that allows you to wear it under any workout apparel. It is a “one size fits most” and has a high-quality waist trimmer belt that can fit up to 50 inches. I’m a plus sized gal and found that it fit both myself and my husband without any issues.
This product is said to promote weight loss by maximizing your burn to lose belly fat fast by preserving body heat and removing excess water weight especially in your abdominal area. This belt really does help you to sweat – so before using such, I definitely suggest you discuss this product with your physician prior to use and to assure you are using it properly.
The belt will help to strengthen, tighten and protect your core muscles by stabilizing your whole body – per claims of the product and company – however, if you are going to use the belt and simply sit around and do nothing – besides a little sweat under the belt, I don’t think you will notice any results. I like to use this while going on my daily walks or runs as it will increase the sweat I have and give me a little extra burn. After a work out I’m completely drenched in sweat and I need to wash this product immediately.
The material it is made of is very strong and the velcro that closes the belt tight is very strong. In fact, it is so strong that I cannot remove the belt myself, my husband has to help me because pulling the velcro off of me is very challenging and almost never happens because I struggle with it. With that said, I couldn’t put the belt on me to take a photo, so I asked my son to help me out.
It’s quite comfortable, even thought I have a little more meat on my body then the average person. While it does help me to sweat off inches (hahaha), I noticed that it is still quite breathable and not uncomfortable to use. I am able to use it under any of my workout pants without any issues and the material moves with me allowing it to be easy to use.
When using something like this you must ensure that you drink a lot of water. I consume about a gallon of water each day and I find if I drink less than I normally would, I feel dehydrated due to sweating using the belt. Please make sure if you are using something like this that you discuss with your physician and make sure you are using it correctly. Overall – at the discounted price, I think it is a great deal and even at full price, while a bit costly I think I would still spend the money on it because I have spent much more than the retail cost on similar in the past that did not hold up to use. I think this one is made well, with quality products and worth the cost.
You can purchase this product or check out other reviews here.
Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post was sent to me for review and consideration. All thoughts and opinions are my own and 100% honest and unbiased. I was not paid to provide a review on this.
When it comes to detoxing, I can honestly say I have tried so many of them. The common misconception is that a detox is all about starving yourself and being hungry while only drinking liquids filled with things like lemon and water and other ingredients. I remember a few years back I did a detox drink that didn’t taste very good and it was all I could consume for 10 days. Times have certainly changed over the years and now there are other options that are different and taste so much better. Skinny Teatox is one of those new things. The Skinny Teatox is a detox which uses the combination of special teas to promote good health and weightloss and I’m sharing it with you today.
The Skinny Teatox includes a combination of Daytime Tea and Evening Tea. The Daytime Tea consists of a variety of healthy herbs and the Evening Tea is blended with premium Alexandrian Senna leaf. The Senna plan is used in both herbalism and modern medicine due to the plant’s high levels of sennocides, which have a mild laxative effect to naturally cleanse and detoxify your digestive system. The unique combination of herbs and Senna leaves in Skinny Teatox help with many benefits including suppressed appetite, weight loss, boosted metabolism and increased energy levels. This particular detox system is what someone like me would use to help jump start their weight loss and then incorporate healthy eating and exercise to stay on track.
The 14 Day Teatox Cleanse comes with the Daytime & Evening Tea and costs $32.00. All the ingredients in Skinny Teatox are 100% natural and there are no chemicals or preservatives.
The company states that their Teatox is the #1 Teatox in North America and can help you with the following as it promotes:
Increase energy levels
So, how did the product work for me? Let me start by saying that I have a sensitive stomach after having my gall bladder removed 10 years ago so with any change in diet, oily food or even detox supplements or drinks I can have an upset stomach very easily. This was no exception with this product – but I did expect it to happen since similar has happened to me for years. Using the product itself is really easy, you basically just use as instructed using the day and night teas as directed. As suggested in the pamphlet that is included, it is suggested that you be near a bathroom while on this detox as the evening tea can likely cause a laxative effect.
You want to make sure that you are following a healthy diet during this cleanse if you are not already on one. This helps with the detoxification process and it will help with noticing results.
So let’s talk about my results. I noticed a huge increase in energy within the first few days – in fact, so much so that I had a hard time falling asleep some days even if I followed the directions properly. I don’t necessarily attest to it being the fault of the product as similar have done this to me in the past and my body just doesn’t react to it well. My face also started to break out and I got 3 pimples in the first few days of using the product. Since I haven’t changed up my skin care routine at all – I knew it had some to do with the tea. I chucked it up as my body purging anything to help with the detox. During the second week of the teatox I noticed that I was not as tired and overall my body just felt like I had more energy and was able to last the day without coffee. Considering I survive on about 2 hours of sleep a night – this was definitely a big deal. I didn’t notice a huge weight loss with this product, however – I am dealing with some health issues at the moment that has had me gain weight consistently over the last month so I figure it has some to do with that.
I did get a cute little strawberry infuser to use with my teas and I had to stop using it after the first time. It was super cute and I love it but the holes on the infuser was a little large for the size of the loose tea which meant that some of the tea ended up in my cup. It may not seem like a bad thing for some, but I just didn’t like it and decided to use my mesh tea ball to the strawberry one I received.
So – what are my overall thoughts on this product? First of all, if you are looking to lose weight and get a jump start on your weight loss journey, you may enjoy this. I felt like my appetite was definitely suppressed and I enjoyed the energy I got. However, for long term – I suggest you use this as a starter and work into a good regimen for a healthier lifestyle that includes diet and exercise. I think this product would be great prior to an event if you want to lose a few extra pounds. I do recommend this product, however I also want to note that like the brochure make sure that you are near a restroom while including this in your diet just in case your tummy does not agree with you.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes via Brandbacker. I was not paid to provide my thoughts on this item and all opinions and thoughts are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. This is a weight loss type product and I am not a doctor so please discuss with your physician prior to use and do not use if you are under the age of 18. This product worked as stated for me, but I am not responsible for anyone’s when using this product.
I’m all about exercise and staying active, cardio and weight resistance, but I also love using resistance bands to help strengthen my ankles. About 6 years ago I sustained a bad injury to my left ankle, resulting in a class 3 sprain. Now, I would have rather my ankle break completely so that it would heal properly, but due to the fact that it did not, my injury is a burden constantly. Having had several physical therapy appointments over the years, resistance bands has become a part of my lifestyle. I have tried several different types and brands and found that the PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands have become a favorite of mine to use.
The PhantomFit Resistance Loop Bands ($12.99) is an affordable way to get in your exercises without all the strain of weights. The sets include a total of four bands and one nylon carrying bag. The bands included are:
1 Blue “Light” Band
1 Red “Medium” Band
1 Green “Heavy” Band
1 Black “X-Heavy” Band
After injuring my ankle, I have been using resistance bands to strengthen my ankle. While most bands do work well, I like the fact that the PhantomFit bands come in four different strengths, allowing me to start my exercises with a light band and when I’m comfortable, work my way up to the X-Heavy band (black). I also like that my husband and sons can use the bands as well. My husband, who can easily use the Black band, enjoys using the bands to strengthen his shoulder (which he had surgery on about 6 years ago). As a family, we also love using the bands as a form of exercise in place of our weights. Using the bands work well form arm, leg and ankle work outs and I love that they are durable, light weight and portable. If we are traveling, this can easily be tucked into our luggage or overnight bag without taking up any room.
PhantomFit also offers a 100% lifetime no-hassle free replacement guarantee. If it breaks, they will replace it. Overall, I am impressed with these bands and my family and I have enjoyed them over the last month. We incorporate them in our daily work out routines as well as use them to strengthen the parts of our body that need Physical Therapy. This will definitely become a brand we will use moving forward in the future.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
I was super duper excited to find out I qualified for another Voxbox from Influenster. This is my third box that I have received over the last 3 years or so – because up until recently, they didn’t ship to Hawaii. I always look forward to testing out new products and this is a fun way to try new things out, share with the brands your thoughts on the items and take part in future VoxBox campaigns.
The GoVoxBox is a box that is geared towards those who enjoy the outdoors, exercise and staying active. Being a busy mom who is consistently running around after my littles and one who is consistently on a path and journey to a healthier lifestyle and weight loss – this box includes some fun goodies that I am putting some good use to. Check out my open box reveal embedded in the video below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.
I apologize that the order I list and talk about each product is different from that in the video :/
PROFOOT Triad Orthotic: $10.49
“This original, three zone everyday orthotic is clinically proven to relieve knee, leg and back pain when worn in your favorite shoes.”
I go walking with my sons daily, if not running… and I have been enjoying these orthotics in my shoes. Having worked for a Podiatrist before, I know that the proper cushioning of your feet helps to align your feet, knees and back for good back posture and better walking. I am loving these and they do really nicely considering they are a small percentage of the cost of my custom fit Orthotics I got from the doctor.
PROFOOT Pedi-Rock: $8.99
“The PROFOOT Pedi-Rock is the first soft foot file ergonomically designed delivering the ultimate foot file experience. The silicon carbide crystals gently remove even the toughest calluses in the shortest amount of time. Can be used wet or dry.”
I don’t think I will ever use anything else after using this product. I will have a complete review posted on my blog here later, but if you have the chance to get your hands on this product – get it, because it definitely “rocks”. I love that even if my feet are super sensitive, it leaves them smooth and feeling and looking great. I use a lot of flip flops – daily basically, and these are just awesome to help with my feet when they are dry and need a little TLC. I have been using it daily since getting it in my box.
Playtex Sport Fresh Balance – $3.99-$4.99
“Introducing NEW Playtex Sport Fresh Balance with Odor Shield technology. Designed to neutralize odors for ultimate freshness on and off the field. Combined with a 360 degree design for Sport Level Protection you can go the distance and play on.”
Now – honestly, it is not that time of the month for me so I haven’t had the chance to try these out yet… but I have used the brand before and it definitely is comfortable. I think finding the right feminine products to use while staying active, whether it be to work out or other, is definitely important to be comfortable and to avoid accidents.
Blue Diamond Fruit Flavored Almonds: $3.19 for a 4oz bag
“Loaded with antioxidant Vitamin E, our Fruit-Flavored Almonds combine the delicious crunch of almonds with the subtly sweet flavors of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.”
I am a huge fan of Blue Diamond Almonds… but never tried the fruit flavored ones until now. I’m completely hooked and can’t wait to try the other flavors. If you are one that likes to stay healthy and is looking for a great snack for on the go – these would be a great choice. If you want a little sweet with your plain almonds, simply take a packet of these and mix them in with your plain ones to help keep your plain almonds from being boring.
“Muller Yogurt is known for its delicious, silky smooth texture and playful mix-ins, and it comes in three unique varieties. Muller Greek Corner is a thick and creamy Greek-style lowfat yogurt that comes with fruit or crunchy mix-ins.”
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to make use of my coupon for this goodie yet because I haven’t been able to find them in my local stores, but I’m surely excited to try it.
The Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Shaker Cup: $7.99
“Unique Jaxx mixer thoroughly blends smooth shakes. Patented mixing technology completely mixes all types of powders. BPA Free”
Yay – I was sold at purple, seriously, lol. I have quite a few shaker bottles at home because I do drink protein shakes or mix them in with my green juice. I love them a lot but love that this one is perfect because it is the right serving for my needs. Did I mention it had purple on it – hello, love it.
The Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Fit and Full Shakes – Swiss Chocolate, French Vanilla, Fresh Berries: $24.99 for a box of 14 packs (I received a sample of each flavor)
“A quick healthy meal that supports reduction of body fat, reduces hunger and cravings (as a part of a healthy diet and exercise program), clinically studied ingredient. Use as a meal replacement, add a packet to a 8fl oz of cold water and mix well. Does not contain: Yeast, Citrus, Fish, Animal Derivatives, Artificial colors.”
I tried the French Vanilla and Fresh Berries packets out and I did enjoy them. I am very picky about my shake mixes, so what I did is add it with my Silk Coconut Milk (French Vanilla) because mixing it with water is never something I enjoy. It tasted great and definitely curbed my appetite. I then took the Fresh Berries and added it to my Green Juice – which was delicious as well.
Aqua Spa Relax Collection – Lavender+Chamomile Bath Soak: $9.99
“Aqua Spa Relax Collection gives you a hydrating beauty boost when you need it most so you can skip the spa and bliss out at home, leaving your skin and mood all a-glow. “
I have used this in my bath once and I enjoyed it. I’m not huge on Lavender scents that are over powering or too strong – but this was not as strong as I had thought it would be. The chamomile helped to calm me after a long day and I felt rejuvenated, relaxed and ready to hit the hay for a busy day the next morning.
Overall this box averaged about $50 worth of products and I’m enjoying all of them. I’ll be having a full review on some of the products listed on my blog here so you can see what the hype is all about. If you are someone like me that stays active with your children or just loves the outdoors, many of these products will be an awesome fit into your busy lifestyle.
Thank you Influenster for considering me again for another VoxBox – I’m surely enjoying it.
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.
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.