Before Pictures

Taking before pictures has never bothered me. I mean, it is what it is, right?

You put on a brave face, find some decent lighting, and set the timer on your phone or take a mirror selfie. You have full control over who sees it and WHEN they see it. You also get to take as many pics as you need to before selecting the perfect “before”.

However, when you step into a room of strangers, a professional photographer, and nothing but a tiny bikini on under your sweat clothes. . .yeah, I sweated more in that 10min than I ever have during a workout!

For the challenge, it said that the judging is mainly based on pictures. So being the nerd that I am, I looked at the winners from past challenges. All of their before pictures were in two piece swimwear or active-wear.

I assumed that the other participants would be stripping down to their skivvies too. . .but NOOOOOOO. . .just me, my chubs and my tiny bikini lol

I consider myself a pretty confident person, but let me tell you, I wanted to throw up and get some cardio by running away! But I didn’t. I just said, well, I’m wearing a bikini so y’all get ready for all my glory!

I can only hope that my winter body and skin tone look nice against the black bikini and white background. Maybe the headline on the USA Today paper was engaging enough to draw everyone’s attention to the headline instead of my waistline.

Or. . .maybe everyone there was just like me. Too busy judging their own bodies to give a hoot about the glaringly white, chubby chick, sweating in the bikini.

Take a moment and think about the last time you were anxious about what others thought. Are you giving “them” and their thoughts of you more power than you give yourself? Do you let what MIGHT be going through a strangers mind stop you from experiencing something great?

I didn’t like the feeling of standing there, a foot away from a professional lens with all my razor bumps and super chubs, but I can guarantee I’m gonna like posing down in 12 weeks looking like a winner! (and hopefully with a tan!)201511_1122_aaaba_sm

 

 

Meal or Entrée?

Thanksgiving, crazy work schedule, and stressful life events are all good reasons to reach for the Sour Patch Kids and Krispy Kreme.

I made it through Thanksgiving by eating a little spoon of everything and just having a few bites of dessert. I didn’t feel deprived. . .I was STUFFED and enjoyed my meal.

Follow that by working 6 days in a row, long shifts, where work catered food twice a day.

For times like those, I would pick out the foods that were good for me, instead of being like, Well, I’ll just pick up my healthy eating after this week.

Then comes a stressful event. You know, the kind where even others say it’s OK to eat whatever you want because you deserve it!

Trust me when I say, what you deserve is to keep your eating and gym sessions in tact. At least those are things you CAN control!

Then yesterday it happened. “Meal or Entrée?” It was some type of kids night at Chick-fil-A. It was pack and people were literally swarming. “Meal!” I said without thinking.

I didn’t even realize I had inhaled half the fries. . .uggh. Well, it was an accident. I’m sure the fries didn’t do too much damage.

Ummm, oh yes they did!! Wiped out 400 calories from my daily allowance and didn’t even fill me up!!!

Having said all that, if you don’t do anything else for your diet. . .skip the fries!! It’s in the extras. The sauces, sides, drinks. Empty calories!

Stay strong y’all. If you feel like you deserve a break because life is being difficult, then take a break- meditate, chat with friends, read. Don’t screw yourself even more by loosing control of your healthy choices!

The Problem with Cheat Days

Today has been ROUGH!! I’ve been looking for any and every excuse to “cheat”. I’m still following my plan and doing what I’m supposed to do, but I’m slipping into depression.

I found this article and thought is made a lot of sense. . .it’s SO TRUE!! I’ve literally been obsessing over foods I can’t have!!

After reading this article, I don’t feel so bad. I’ll probably drink my protein shake & if I still feel some cravings hit, get a small pack of Twizzlers.

In a nutshell, I need to stop viewing the foods I LOVE as bad & just view them as tasty options every now and again 😙

How do you view your food??

https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/the-problem-with-cheat-days/

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So I’m on day 3 of my new meal plan, and needless to say, my body is going through some detox. Feeling full all the time, and I’ve yet to actually finish all of my food yet.

Good news is that I haven’t eaten anything NOT on the meal plan! Also, just a heads up: unlimited greens DOES NOT taste like Krispy Kreme. . .

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I’ll do a meal prep video for y’all once I fine tune all the shortcuts, because. . .let’s be honest. . .eating the right thing is hard enough, if it’s gonna be difficult to prepare, I’m simply not gonna do it!

I would love to know what kind of lifestyle changes you are making! Feel free to comment or send me a message 🙂