Wednesday, February 22, 2012

God Works in Mysterious Ways

God Works In Mysterious Ways…

“What does this have to do with weight loss??”

Glad you asked! LENT IS HERE!! (getting there I promise!!)

For those of you who aren’t Catholic, let me give you the low down…

During Lent, we must fast in some way. Some people, mostly children, choose to give up candy or soda, while some people give up smoking or drinking. You do this for the entirety of the 40 days of Lent in representation of the temptation Jesus faced in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights.


This year, I’m cheating and using Lent for my own benefit. (Does that count as cheating??)

I will be giving up a slew of things that I otherwise would have a hard time letting go of. First on the list? Soda. (With the exception of soda in drinks on the weekend… I know. I’m picking and choosing. But its either that or I drink beer… yuck. And MAJOR calories.)

What else will I be refraining from? Excessive sweets. “What constitutes ‘excessive’?”

Well thanks for wondering- “Excessive” would be more than one sweet a day. And it’s gotta be SMALL. I’m talking ¼ of a cupcake; ¼ of a Kit Kat bar; 1 scoop of ice cream, etc. You get my drift?

I know- I’m being very particular about what exactly I’m giving up. But we all know that quitting something cold turkey hardly ever works. : )

Here’s my big question: Are any of you taking the opportunity to use Lent as a tool to aid you in losing weight? If so, what are you doing? Maybe I’ll steal some of your ideas!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Feeling the Love

If you don’t love yourself, how do you expect others to love you?

Happy Love Day, Ladies!

Lets just get this started, shall we?

This is me in a two piece swim suit….

I am one... curvy... lady.

Wanna know what I learned this week?

I have TERRIBLE self-talk.

After taking these photos, I have been obsessing all week, using words like “fat ass”, “disgusting”, and a plain and simple “gross” to describe myself….. TO OTHER PEOPLE. And this is what I realized: No one can make me feel worse about myself than I already make myself feel- and that’s a huge issue.

Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I figured what better topic for tonight’s blog post than loving yourself?

This weekend, I challenged myself to only regard my body as beautiful- to focus on what I love about my body instead of what I dislike.

And you know what??? IT WORKED. Instead of feeling tired and lethargic, I popped out of bed after a night of drinking and felt amazing. I was literally bouncing all over the place, feeling gorgeous in my sweats with my hair in a messy bun atop my head. Only one person had to tell me I was gorgeous to make me feel better: Myself.

My point? I know that I go on and on about how I’m trying this and that to lose weight, but losing weight isn’t going to solve the issue. If you hate your body now, you’re never going to reach weight loss point that will make you stop and say “I love ME.” You will keep trying to change things about yourself- even after they don’t NEED to be changed. If you don’t love yourself, how do you expect others to love you?

This week, I want all of you to focus on positive self-talk. Make note of every time you say or even think something negative about yourself. The amount of times it happens will most likely shock you.

Aside from that, keep working towards a healthier you! Happy Valentine’s Day, lovelies! Remember to feel the love!