Monday, October 31, 2011

Did you ever wonder where the weight goes??? ;; Happy Healthy Halloween wishes.

1st and foremost: NATALIE!! If you're reading, please email me!! You have won the giveaway and I have no way to contact you! Email me at 

I hoped to have some recipes to share with you today but I don't. They came out yucky. Bummer. I usually have great success in the kitchen but I tried to make two recipes for our Halloween get together that we have every year and neither one came out good. They were from my WW cookbook too, which normally doesn't fail me. I TRIED making cheese straws and roasted red pepper dip. The straws were just plain gross and the dip came out as more of a soup than a dip.

Anyway, I'm bringing Apple Cinnamon wine that you serve good!!!! I am totally focused and staying on track tonight!! I will post pics of our costumes tomorrow!

My Weigh In this weekend:: I lost 1.6 again this week!! Just dwindling away :) This puts me at 87.2lbs GONE. I almost gave up on my mission to lose 90 by my birthday since I stayed the same one week but now I only have 2.8 to lose! Can I do it???? I have been tracking EVERYTHING that goes in my mouth. I mean everything. I think if I continue to stay focused I can come pretty darn close!

So, my mom asked me a while ago "When you lose weight, where does the fat go??" ...I am positive that she is not the only one to wonder that. I did some research and I could put it all into scientific terms but who wants to read that?? So here is a short video that I found explaining where the weight goes:

Interesting!! Considering I am constantly in the bathroom, it doesn't surprise me that I have been successful in losing weight almost every week. Again, that's why I strive on H2O - constantly!!

One more goody to share with you. In case you haven't already seen this from Hungry Girl, here it is again. This is her Massive Halloween Candy Guide! It has all the nutritional facts as well as the PointsPlus values for any Halloween candy you can think of!

STAY FOCUSED TONIGHT LOSERS!!!! YOU ARE IN CONTROL!!!! This is the start of the "eating season"....are you going to come out on top???? I know I am! Food doesn't control me. I control me.

On that note, have a very Happy and SAFE Halloween!! *And if you don't want the candy in your house - check out your local dentist - many of them are offering money to trade in your Halloween candy and sending the candy to the US Troops. If the dentist doesn't want it, the individuals who eat at soup kitchens and depend on the Salvation Army for their nourishment, don't get many treats - share the love with them. 


Friday, October 28, 2011

and the WINNER is.....

Thank you for everyone who entered to win my first giveaway! And thank you to all the new followers that came along with it.

So, like I said in my original post, we picked the winner old school style.

16 entries = 16 even sheets of paper 

I wrote down everyone's name on one sheet...

Folded and scrambled...

Congratulations to Natalie. You are the new owner of an awesome S2H Step! I looked to see if I could find an email for you and couldn't so when you see this, send me an email to !

Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend. I have more bloggy goodness for you tomorrow :) 

Giveaway Reminder / Some Other Things!

Gooood Friday Morning!!

Today is the last day to enter my first ever Giveaway!. Thank you for all who have entered and the new followers that have come along with it! I loved reading all your inspirations. This evening I will post another blog with the process of choosing the winner and of course, the big winner!!!

S2H Step

Hope everyone had an awesome week. I have obviously been slacking on blogging but I just wanted the giveaway to be the focus of the blog this week. Anyway, I'm not so sure how my weigh in will go tomorrow. I know I say that often then end up losing anyway but this week has been a rough one! I had to really check myself after last weekend. I was just reading David Kirchnoff's blog (The CEO of Weight Watchers). He had a little segment that I can relate to 1,000% ! Reading this post came just at the right time for me. He said:

One of the aspects of maintenance that I struggle the most with is the following thought in the recesses of my mind:  that any day I will receive the following notice:

Dear Mr. Kirchhoff, 
We have reviewed our records, and it has come to our attention that your visa in our beautiful country has expired.  You are now in violation of our laws, and we are beginning steps to have you immediately deported. 
Thanks for visiting us. 
The citizens of Thin-landia
 Not that I am in maintenance YET but I do have that recurring thought that this could be just a phase and at any moment I could go back to being the same old Fat Krystle that I have always been. It could happen. It won't. But it could. Read the rest of that blog here. He goes on to talk about some very interesting topics about self image.

*Keeping myself in CHECK...not going back to the land of "Heavyopolis" as Mr. Kirchnoff calls it* 

Birthday is next Saturday!!! I ended up not buying a dress since my friend Courtney let me borrow a couple dresses to choose from. I'm not going to post pics until after my bday but I'm wearing a cute little purple thang with some lacey tights and I have to find some awesome shoes. :) I'm excited! The birthday was NOT supposed to revolve around food and I will make sure that it doesn't but we decided to have dinner at The Melting Pot - a fondue restaurant that only serves a FOUR course meal on Saturday nights. lol But afterwards I plan to dance it off. I'm thinking KARAOKE! 

LOL this is the last time I went for some Karaoke with the girls! (No I hadn't been drinking hahaha)

I'm just excited to have some fun with my friends and celebrate what has been an INCREDIBLE year!! 

More later! 

Don't forget to enter the giveaway! I'll extend the entry period until tonight because I probably won't get to it until after I get back from food shopping after work tonight. Good luck to everyone who entered! \


Sunday, October 23, 2011

GIVEAWAY!!!! Enter for your chance to win a S2H Step!

I've been wanting to do this for a while now and I was waiting until I reached 100 followers as a little celebration and thanks for following my blog. I am currently at 99 followers but that's close enough! LOL It's the weekend and I'm feeling generous.'s the deal...

I'm giving away a Switch To Health Step (pedometer):

I know some of you are saying "Well, I already have a pedometer" ...but this little guy is different. This little guy REWARDS YOU....yes gives you something other than better health for just walking! You can check out the detailed at S2H.COM. But here is how it works: 

It's that simple. You get a code after every 10,000 steps that you just go onto S2H.COM and enter. By entering this code, you get 60 points towards a reward. When you let your points add up, you can cash them in for prizes such as gift cards for Dick's, Sports Authority, Sears, itunes, Heartland Spa, and more. All YOU have to do is do what you're already doing!


I was going to go the same route as every other giveaway I have seen and do what we do in 2011 - use technology,  but I decided we're going old school. Put your name in the hat! 

To enter:  Comment on this blog post stating in 2-3 sentences what inspires you keep pushing towards your healthy goals. (FYI: This is not an opinion based contest. Whatever you say, will not determine the winner. It's just the entry requirements.) 
Winner Selection: Yes. I am putting your name in a hat. I will document this whole process in photos, of course. Once all the names are in the hat, I will have my 16 month old genius of a daughter choose the winner!!
Deadline: Have all entries in by Friday, October 28th by noon. That is the day I will choose the winner! 

Good luck! I'm excited to hear what inspires YOU. My contest judge, Elliana, continues to inspire me every day! 
Have a blessed Sunday!

*Disclaimer S2H is not in any way affiliated with this giveaway or my blog.*

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Because She's Krystle...

ahh why do I cry so much??! Lol it's like embarrassing after a while! Every week at Weight Watchers, it never fails - whenever I say something - I get watery eyed. I'm so freakin' emotional about this whole thing! Well, I'm emotional about everything but especially about this journey. Today in my meeting my Bo-Pop (my grandfather) summed it up in 3 words..I told the story about the woman I mentioned in my last blog. The lady who stopped coming to Weight Watchers meetings because she didn't think NSV's were worth celebrating. Mind you, I don't even know this woman!! But when I told the story, I ended it with "And I just feel so bad! *with tears in my eyes*" and Stephanie said "Well, why do you feel bad?" .....and that's when Bo-Pop chimed in: "Because she's Krystle" 

I just have such a big heart. Like there are people who are genuine and there are people who love their families and their friends and people who feel sorry for others and then there's ME. I seriously am convinced that when God made me he looked through all the hearts he had in storage and picked out the largest one he could find for me then searched around for the biggest tear ducts and the biggest set of emotions and combined them to produce Krystle Bailey and said "Here you go, world...enjoy...but beware: If you tell her anything inspiring, sad, happy, or just hug her too tight she might start leaking" 

but 99.99% of the time they are happy tears!!

*sigh* ...I love who I am though. God made me who I am for a reason and even though it's sometimes embarrassing to cry the way I do, I am perfectly made in His image and I'm okay with that.

My friend once told me, "I've never met anyone quite like you. If you had a jar full of love and what you had to give and you had *this much*, you would give THIS MUCH!"

Soo anyway, I lost 1.6 this week for a total of 85.6! Whoop Whoop! Today I am spending the day with my honey. We are going to hang out at the pool for a bit and then going to the Food and Wine festival. Tonight is a family birthday party for my nephew. SO all of that combined, I have to strive to focus on tracking. We just talked about this in our meeting about how the weekends are so challenging!!! I am terribly guilty of getting too lax on my tracking during the weekend. I bite here, a nibble there, it's terrible!

Have a wonderful, healthy, happy Saturday folks!!
Krystle... *tear* lol j/k

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Be a better you today than you were yesterday.

"Something in me won't let me stop until I reach the top...I keep going, I keep showing, the whole world every day I'm growing. Everything, everything, everything, everything, everything in me says I GOT THIS!!!" (J.Hud)

Love that song. :) 

How is everyone doing today?? I am wonderful, as usual. I rarely am un-wonderful LOL yes, I just made up a word. Don't get me wrong, I have things that make me upset in my life and things I don't always agree with but I just try to make the best of life 100% of the time. If my lunch sucked, I thank God for having food. If I don't want to wake up early, I thank God for waking up at all. If my boyfriend makes me upset, I thank God for having a man who loves me unconditionally. If my back hurts, I thank God for having access to medical care. You get the point? So, for those of you who may think "This girl is so giddy all the time, her life must be perfect" - IT'S NOT. I just make the best of it. You should too.

Check out this little girl telling herself how awesome her and her life are, we should all strive to be more like her!

In other news...

The Story Of You video is here!! So please, I'm asking you to take two minutes out of your day and go to Facebook and vote for it! You can do that here. I tried to post the actual video here but it took up the entire screen and I am not tech savvy enough to know how to fix it so just click the link! lol 

I was in the elevator last night in my Weight Watchers Lose For Good sweat shirt and an elderly lady said to me "You're not on Weight Watchers, are you? You're so thin!!" ...I was completely caught off guard by that but I responded, "Yes, thanks to Weight Watchers. I have lost 84lbs." The lady Sally that was also in the elevator who knows me said "Oh that's because you had a baby right, that you gained the weight?" ...No, Sally. Far from the reason!! lol She was pretty impressed also because she had thought I was just losing baby weight all this time but always points out that I am getting "quite a figure".

Some more weirdness that I am trying to figure out how to process in this brain of mine that is just so overwhelmed with things these days:
  • Around my family the other night and my aunt says to my cousin, "It's so weird seeing Krystle so thin!" 
  • Around my new friends that I met this semester today and got in the convo about WW and they say "I can't even picture you fat!"
Weird. lol

I think I will have to spend a lot of time consciously soaking this all in once I reach my goal weight. It's a lot to process for an over active brain such as my own!

KJB FACT: I cry about everything. lol 

I read a blog today on the WW page about a woman in a WW meeting who was unhappy with the results on the scale and when another member mentioned acknowledging her NSV's, she said "What's the point of NSV'? It only matters what shows up on the scale." .....sadly, that woman stopped coming to the meetings. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I thrive on NSV's  - Acknowledge them, relish in them, let them motivate you to work harder!

A few random thoughts:
  • The chiro upped my elliptical workout today!! Excited for the morning. :) 
  • If you're reading and not following, please do. When I reach 100 followers I am doing a giveaway!!
  • Stay tuned for a new poem coming soon about my love affair with Weight Watchers. It's kind of silly! 

     Love and hugs,Krystle

    P.s. Don't forget to vote for the video!!!!!

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    My Morning Routine.

    Hey lovelies.

    I just wanted to talk really quick about morning workouts. I love morning workouts. It's done, it's out of the way, and it's a great way to start your day but like everyone else, I love my bed. It's not easy getting out of bed in the morning, especially since I started this 5:30am gym trip (I used to workout around 7 or 8 in my living room whenever my daughter woke up but I have been wanting to use the elliptical in the gym so I have to get up early before my BF leaves for work.)

    So I know some of you are like 5:30 though???!! How the hell does she do that???

    I'll tell you how.

    1st of all, before I go to bed at night I prepare myself to not make excuses in the morning:
    Sneaks, sports bra, socks, and shirt. I go to sleep in my workout pants.
    This is what my morning routine is like: 

    5:00 - One alarm goes off. I go back to sleep.
    5:30 - My alarm goes off. I take a deep breath and sit right up.
    5:30-5:35 - The angel and devil on my shoulders begin to battle each other. The devil fights hard to make me lay back down. I listen to this argument considering both sides.
    5:35 - The angel and devil are still at it but I am busy putting on my sports bra and sneakers amidst the negotiations and rationalizations from the devil. She tries to tell me that I can just drink lots of water today and stay on plan and go back to sleep. Even tries to convince me I might go later tonight.
    5:40  - I flick that B word off my shoulder and head to the gym. :)
    6:40 - I walk back in my apartment feeling fantastic and ready to conquer my day. Kick rocks with no socks, little devil. ;)

    What the shirt says.

    Here's to an awesome, healthy, fit, on plan, day!!

    My Challenge For You Today: Drink half your body weight in ounces of water. (Example: You weigh 200lbs, drink 100oz of H20)

    God Bless,

    Saturday, October 15, 2011

    Moment Of Truth!

    Lucky you! You get 2 posts from me today :)

    Moment of Truth: The other night as my boyfriend was getting a snack shortly after dinner I asked him "Are you really still hungry or are you just eating just to eat?" and we got into a discussion about it. Long story short, tonight we are hanging out and have just been sitting around shooting the breeze and he has been munching on and off. Finally, I was up walking around and I grabbed some PB&J on a small tortilla and as I put the last bite in my mouth he said: "Are you eating because you're hungry or because you're bored??"

    My speedy and honest response that came as a shock even to myself:: "Eating because I'm bored. Well, not even bored but because you're eating and I just felt like eating too. I'm not hungry."


    *shaking my head at myself* I immediately went and brushed my teeth and mouth washed to avoid any further unnecessary munching (because what tastes good with mouth wash breath???...nothing.). Regroup. Gain control. Onward.

    Confession is good for the soul. lol. I'm far from perfect!! Here goes my unpaid Weight Watchers announcement: The beauty is that I can track that uncontrolled munching, which makes it not really so out of control. Weekly allowance points are Weight Watchers gift to me for being human.Thanks, Weight Watchers.

    • Wild rice has approximately 30 fewer calories per half cup serving than brown rice and about a gram less fat?? 
    • Grape seeds contain compounds that may help ward off Alzheimer's disease? 
    • On average people consume 570 more calories per day than they did in the 1970's? 
    *The above are just a few random facts that I found while reading Women's Health today, a magazine that I have never subscribed to yet somehow have been receiving regularly lol* 

    One more PSA: In a haste to finish my previous blog while my daughter was yanking at my leg I forgot to mention the most important thing! But instead of me summing it up, I'm going to share with you a comment that my good friend Erica posted on my Facebook regarding my last post.

    "Great blog .... Here are my thoughts though : you might have been invisible to other men but clearly you weren't invisible to the man who saw u for u, who loved u for your inner beauty and loved every inch of your body.. Now that's what its truly about.. and if u feel he's loving you more now that your slimmed that's not the case. he's LOVING YOU MORE B/C YOU HAVE FOUND A NEW LOVE FOR YOURSELF .. Remember no can love u till you learn to love yourself and from your photos your head over heels for yourself and that's exactly how it should be.."

    Can I get an Amen??! I love that girl. Thanks again E for being you! 

      Until next time ladies and gents, 

    I have a dream...

    We gotta talk...

    So I'm having a bit of a hard time with this. I always felt as though I was a beautiful person and I always was told by my family "You're so pretty..........if you'd just lose weight" and I used to hate when people said that but now that I have lost weight, I am wondering if they were right. I guess that's how everyone saw me. All of a sudden I am getting doors held for me by young men, getting hit on at the playground while I am playing with my daughter, I go to get gas and the gas attendant is asking where I'm from and my age half way hanging in my window, I go for a walk on the boardwalk and the maintenance workers are eyeing me up and down, etc..'s flattering that these men find me attractive but it's like when I was 250+lbs I was invisible and now all of a sudden that I am the "ideal size", all eyes are on me. It's just one more aspect of this journey that takes getting used to, I suppose.

    I'm about to just gain the weight back....

    JUST KIDDING!!! lol I would never do that. But I'm just getting it off my chest.

    I have a dream...that one day all women, fat or skinny or somewhere in between, will be treated equally.

    I have a dream... that all women will find themselves beautiful despite what society says they "should" look like.

    I have a dream...that women everywhere will take care of their bodies not because they want men to look at them, but because they want to look at themselves and feel PROUD of what they see, because they will go to the doctor and get a clean bill of health, because they will be able to play with their children in the ways they want to play.

    I have a dream...that women will LOVE themselves more than they love anyone else's opinion about themselves.

    I have a dream...that my voice will be heard because I have a lot to say and, Lord have mercy, I want to make people feel GOOD about themselves day in and day out.

    As always, thank you for reading! FYI: I stayed the same this week at weigh in. Thanks to my fantastic leader I got over my little "bummed" moment. Oh and I am too dag on emotional! I cry all the time at meetings...I don't know how I'm ever going to lead a meeting... I gotta get over that! haha

    Have an awesome Saturday!

    Friday, October 14, 2011

    Another Random Day In The Life of KJB.

    Hey Folks! Happy Happy Friday! These weeks seem to be flying right on by. Every time I turn around it's Friday again!

    This week was awesome though. I didn't do so hott with my choices last weekend after weigh in but I feel as though I made up for it the rest of the week. I was really on plan and this week was my first week that I really got to workout!! I woke up Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:30 to the go to the gym:

    yes, even at 5:30am I am taking pics. 

    too excited to be back to working out!! 

    So anyway, I am curious to see how weigh in goes tomorrow. There's only one thing that can get me up at the butt crack of dawn on a Saturday morning and that's Weight Watchers! Oh and Stephanie (Hey Stephanie! I know you're reading this :)) - Yes my awesome WW leader (read about her awesomeness here) reads my blog now and told me that I inspired HER. *another unreal feeling to add to the books*. But now I also get to see my mom, step dad, grandfather, and good friend Kim every Saturday morning for some weekly inspiration!

    More Saturday fun - I get an afternoon/evening date with my honey, baby free! We haven't had one of those in a WHILE!! Not sure what we're doing but I know it will be great. He surprised the heck out of me yesterday. I came home to dinner on the stove, a cleaned up living room, and beautiful roses with a card! He's just the greatest.

    Just because :)

    Sunday I'm sleeping in. 

    The Story Of you contest is coming to a close and the photos will be turned into a video soon then I will need votes! So as long as you didn't enter also, stay tuned and I'll let you know when to vote for my video! The prize is $5,000. Here a couple of the photos:

    How do you define weight loss success? 

    How has the Lose For Good campaign inspired you to make a difference in other ways? 

    I also entered the Inspiring Stories contest to be in WW Magazine. I don't think they release the results until after the new year though. 

    I still haven't found a perfect birthday outfit but I haven't been out shopping yet. I do have one dress that I haven't worn yet that I got from Forever 21....that may be an option. Of course no pictures until my birthday! haha 22 days and counting!

    Sorry this blog is super duper random!!

    Shout out to Manths @ Turn Up The Lights  who awarded me the Liebster Blog! I already posted my awards here but check out Turn Up The Lights!

    My little super star. 

    Also, keep up the followers!! If you're reading and not following, make sure you do so to the right of the page. When we reach 100 followers I'm doing a giveaway so tell your friends! :)

    I just really like this shirt so I thought I'd share :
      Alrighty, that's enough randomness for one day. I'll bring you the goodness this weekend when I'm not so tired! 

    Until then, keep this in mind: 

    Stay Positive people!!!

    Tuesday, October 11, 2011

    Decisions, decisions.

    Hey ladies and gents!

    Thanks for all the feedback regarding what my goal weight should be (in my previous blog if you missed it). I am going to wait and see but I'm leaning towards having the 103lbs as my goal weight loss for a few reasons.
    1. Then I will have two big celebrations: Losing 100lbs and reaching goal. 
    2. What's 3lbs after losing 100lbs??
    3. I think the 3lbs will drive me nuts and I'll end up losing it anyway. 
    That's my thinking for now anyway!!

    So I'm on the hunt for a perfect birthday outfit!! My birthday is in 25 days and I am on a mission to reach -90lbs by then!! 6lbs to go. It's going to be awesome. I don't know what kind of outfit I want though!! I saw a dress on TV earlier that I soo wanted. It was a tube top and it was tight at the top then had like ruffles at the bottom and was long enough to cover my not-so-sexy thighs but short enough that it was still sexy! I started looking around online and here are a few I came up with but not completely sold on anything yet. I think I just have to go out and actually try things on.

    I saw this lady on the boardwalk with an outfit like this and I loved it! 

    LOVE this but it's a little too short for my liking. 

    I like the detail in the middle. 

    But none of these have me sold just yet.

    Soo in other awesome news: I was able to workout today!! I went to the chiropractor yesterday and he gave me the green light to try the elliptical and some ab workouts he gave me to strengthen my core. All he had to do was say the word and I was in the gym at 5:30 this morning!! I managed to do 15 minutes on the elliptical and 15 minutes on the bike plus my core workouts. As soon as I'm done typing this blog I'm going to bed so I can do it again! I was pain free most of the day. PRAISE GOD!

    I am seriously still in awe at how many people have told me that by reading my blog, they know they can do it too or that my blog is the only reason they believe in themselves to lose weight. Do you know how that FEELS???!! It's so crazy. God is definitely using me in His will, that's for darn sure. For those who have told me those things: Don't think it goes unappreciated! You make my heart happy!!

    Short and sweet blog. More to come soon, I promise! I wish I could blog every day but I just don't have that much to say lol. If you know of any good stores for some party dresses or see anything and think of me, send it my way! You can always email me too at

    You have brains in your head.
    You have feet in your shoes.
    You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
    You're on your own.
    And you know what you know.
    You are the guy who'll decide where to go.
    ~Dr. Seuss

    <3 Krystle 

    Saturday, October 8, 2011

    Celebrations, polls, challenges, and all that good stuff!!

    Hey guys,

    How is everyone today??? As for me - fabulous, as usual! It's hard to bring me down from my cloud these days haha So AWESOME news: I AM IN THE 160's!!!!! I weighed in today at 169! Down 1.6 for the week and a total of 84lbs. Super exciting! I took this pic today and made this side by side collage (You know I love my collages!!)

    So other than that, I have a few things I want to talk about / ask opinions about.

    I'm debating what I want to be my actual goal weight. Here's my dilemma. I like the whole "even number" idea. Now, I could make my goal to lose 100lbs (even), which would put me at 153 (odd) OR I could make my goal to lose 103lbs (odd), which would put me at 150 (even).  See my issue? LOL I know that ultimately it is up to me and I should go where I feel comfortable but I am curious to see my biggest supporters' opinions so feel free to take the poll below....(I hope it works! haha)

    What should Krystle's goal be?

    I'm joining Sarah @ She's Coming Undone in her challenge to reach goal by Christmas! I don't normally put a time frame on my goals but I started to recently. However, I refuse to be discouraged if I don't reach them by a certain time. The one and only time frame I put on my goals was to lose 50lbs by the time my baby turned one and I exceeded that goal by 12-13lbs. Now that I am nearing the end of the journey to the goal, I need a few smaller goals to celebrate so I am aiming to lose 90lbs by my birthday (November 5th) and 100 or 103lbs by Christmas, which leads me to my next topic.

    My birthday last year

    I feel as though the holidays this year are going to be my biggest test as to whether or not I can do this FOR LIFE. Last year I was just starting out and pretty much took the whole month of December off from plan. This year, I will hopefully be at my goal weight and pursuing lifetime status. This year will be the true test of what I have learned over the preceding 15 months.

    If you didn't get Weight Watchers magazine this month and are thinking about the holidays, my suggestion is you go out and buy it. It had so many great tips for surviving Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah and everything. I will definitely be using some of those recipes this holiday season!

    The other day I was at school in the student center, drinking coffee, and reading my WW Mag and realized something. I am so proud of being a Weight Watcher that I breathe success. In younger years it wasn't something to be proud of. It wasn't cool to be the overweight kid trying to lose weight but that most of my friends are in the process of losing weight or wanting to lose weight, now it's nothing to hide. Now, I am the cool kid. hahaha jk. But I do think that being so proud of my journey and being willing to show it off and talk to people about it has been a big part of why I have been so successful this time around.

    My honey said today that he is trying his Body For Life program that he has been successful on in the past and if that doesn't work then he is joining Weight Watchers with me. I wish him all the best, of course, but I would LOVE if he was on this ride with me! I've said it a million times and I'll say it again, this man is amazing. He never has looked at my size, just at ME, and I so appreciate him for that.

    My #1 Fan 

    Until next time, God Bless,

    and remember: A Setback is just a setup for a COME BACK!

    Wednesday, October 5, 2011

    Tara Lynn - Plus Size Model Comments & Opinions.

    You have probably seen this picture floating around Facebook today or in the recent days. This woman is absolutely gorgeous and I applaud her for taking this photo.

    The story posted with the picture is as follows:

    A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"

    The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:

    "Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.

    They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
    They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

    Mermaids do not exist.

    But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?

    They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
    Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
    And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?

    Without a doubt, I'd rather be a whale.

    At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

    We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn't enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.

    We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
    Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: "How amazing am I ?! "

    I thought it was beautiful and felt so happy for "real" women everywhere who feel that being a size 14 or 16 or 24 is not attractive. Then I read the comments and I was completely disgusted by how some people felt!! So instead of getting involved in an argument on a picture that has 30,000 comments, I figured I would share here a couple that bothered me. While the majority of comments were positive, there were so many that were so degrading and disrespectful. Here are a few:

    "Honestly if you don't have a weight problem you've been dealing with your whole life, theres no excuse for your ass be fat. Get your lazy ass up and hit a treadmill, and eat healthier. And for those saying "real beauty is on the inside" shut up please, we all know know that's something ugly/fat people say. Happy Wednesday y'all!!!!!"

    "that is the most disgusting retarded fat excuse joke I have ever read, I hate when fat people are all like OH WELL I'M JUST FAT CUZ CALORIES ARE LITTLE CREATURES THAT SHRINK YOUR CLOTHES AT NIGHT... seriously fat people, you are fat, that is negative shut the f up."

    "Ummm, is heart disease and stroke beautiful? How about high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer osteoarthritis, and breathing problems? I could lose 20 lbs and I don't like it. I need to get my ass of the couch and down to the gym before I get any of the above "beautiful" ailments that go along with being obese. just sayin'."

    "being fat is unhealthy no matter how you phrase it "

    "fat is ugly"

    I was stunned by the amount of people who said that this woman was unhealthy and ugly because she had rolls.  1st of all, being plus size does not make someone unhealthy. Even when I was a size 22, I had good blood pressure and cholesterol and blood sugar. Although I do know I was at risk for all those things, not so much because of my size but because of my habits. I didn't eat well and I didn't exercise. However this woman, if I had to guess, would be about a size 14 - a size that I couldn't wait to reach and it the average size of a woman in America. Not to mention, if she wasn't comfortable with herself I'm sure she wouldn't be posing nude!

    2nd: Fat being ugly??! Broke my heart that people actually feel this way. I can't count the number of times that people have told me "You were so beautiful even before you lost the weight" and clearly THIS woman is far from ugly. She is actually a french model by the name of Tara Lynn. (More photos below) 

    3rd: Why are people SO judgmental??! Who determines what is considered "Fat" and what is considered "Skinny"  and what's considered "ugly"? People keep calling me skinny these days and yet I am not far off from Tara Lynn and they call her fat. But the kicker is, these people making all these comments are no super models yet have the nerve to judge this woman because she is not your "typical" nude model. 

    The bottom line is take care of your body and be happy in your own skin. If you are a healthy size 16 then by all means, be a HAPPY and HEALTHY size 16! Whatever your size is, the key is health and happiness and I wish that for every woman (and man) on this Earth. We are all children of God, therefore we are ALL beautiful.

    And don't judge!! You never know someone's story!!    

    Be true to you.  

    Monday, October 3, 2011

    scattered emotions

    I am 18lbs away from goal and I am excited, nervous, scared, anxious, worried, and a million more emotions.

    Who is that??? 

    Who's that???

    I can't even explain it. I almost want to slow the process down...I'm not sure I'm ready to be at goal yet but at the same time I am so ready to reach it! ahhhh emotions!!!  I feel like I'm in a dream.

    If you pray, please pray for my injuries. I am seriously DYING to exercise!!

    That's all I have for you today. My emotions are way too scattered to think straight. lol

    Until next time,

    Saturday, October 1, 2011

    You know what I feel guilty for??

    I had a completely OFF plan day and I am okay with that. I am on track and focused 99.9% of my life and I just wanted a day so I took it! I had pizza and a cheese steak and drank chocolate milk and ate 2 Oreos and you know what the crazy part is???? I don't feel guilty for today.......I feel guilty for eating like that EVERY day for most of my life prior to Weight Watchers. I feel guilty that I treated my body so badly day in and day out for so long. I feel guilty that I didn't feel guilty THEN. I feel guilty for eating those things and not working out the next day or drinking 100oz of water to flush it all out. I feel guilty that I completely neglected my one and only, God given, body for as long as I was old enough to make my own decisions. THAT's what I feel guilty about.

    Yea, I enjoyed my cheese tasted wonderful and was worth every one of those 40 points but I could never eat like this day in and day out and I am sooo happy that I feel that way. Eating the way I did today did not make me miss the "old days" one just reminded me of why I can never, ever, ever, every, EVER go back to my old habits and it motivated me even more to be completely 150% focused tomorrow and the rest of the week. 

    I'm not going back here...
    and that's my word. 

    Onward and downward!!

    In other news... I lost 1.6 this week and I'm down a total of 82.4lbs! Holla!! :D It feels wonderful...really, really, really wonderful. I am so close to goal I can taste it tastes 10,000x better than cheese steak!! 

    Update on my family:: My step dad is rockin' the program down 8.4 in two weeks!  My mom is down 5.8 and my grandfather is down 3.6! I am so proud of all of them and I just love seeing them 1st thing Saturday mornings! 

    When my good friend Nicole reached her 100lbs mark I was just beginning my journey. She was featured in a magazine where she talked about how her fiance told her that he felt like he was with another woman and I remember crying my eyes out thinking about how crazy that must feel for Nicole and how I so wished I could feel that feeling. WELL....this morning I was getting ready to leave for my WW meeting and my honey said to me "Babe, you look like a completely different person!!" ....ya'll know I had to hold back the tears!!! I said " that a good thing??" and he said "yess definitely". I love that he appreciates me for all that I am and all that I have to offer whether it comes with 250+ pounds or 170lbs. 

    September 2009
    Today - 10/1/11

    OH..I can't believe I almost forgot to mention!!! Did you guys watch Dr. Oz on Monday??! I'm sure if you're a WW member you did. 1st of all: MY STEPHANIE (my WW leader) WAS ON THERE!!! andd....they cut her interview segment out! I was so super duper upset but she's so silly and totally made up for it today at our meeting. If you watched it - she was on the panel of 4 leaders in the beginning but she was the last one that they cut to commercial before they talked to her. Punks!! Anyway, if you don't already know, Dr. Oz is giving away a million dollars this year to someone who transforms their life. So get with it! Get on it! Sign up! Check it out here.

    What they were SUPPOSED to ask Stephanie was "What made you join Weight Watchers?" and "What keeps you motivated to remain a Weight Watchers member?" and her answer to both was "Pain". She was in a wheel chair from terrible back pain when she joined and let me tell you....she's not in a wheel chair anymore!! You should see her jump around our meeting in her heels and all!! She is a true inspiration and real life proof that not only does weight watchers WORK it can be about way more than just looking better.

    So my question to you is WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?? Whether you are a Weight Watchers member or you do another weight loss plan, what keeps you motivated to keep on pushing??

    My answer???

    My best friend. 

    She will never experience the things I experienced being the "Fat Kid" and I can promise you that. It starts with me. I swear on my life that I will never go back to the picture I posted at the top because of this little girl right here. She deserves the world and that includes a healthy and active mother to run, jump, and play with for as long as God will allow my body to do so. 

    Nothing is impossible. The word itself says "I'm Possible" - Audrey Hepburn

    What is your motivation?
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