Weight Watchers Journey- Entry #1

This isn’t my first weight loss rodeo.

No, seriously, I have blog post from years past to prove it.

Weight has always been my struggle, and even now as I sit on my porch writing this I feel apprehensive about sharing something so personal again. I mean, by the time you hit 29 you’ve pretty much given up on ever being the person you wanted to be in your head. Diets make you miserable, and even if they work it’s hard to maintain.

Especially when life comes at you.

Last year I lost 20lbs and I was so proud of myself. People noticed, I went down a size, and I thought that this was finally it. I was finally going to succeed.

And then my mamaw got sick the week of my brother’s wedding and everything went to crap.

Honestly, life from July 2017 to December 2017 is a blur. In September of that year she was admitted to this hospital and three days later admitted to skilled nursing at the local nursing home. Two months later she had a series of strokes that made her immobile and they admitted her into the nursing home.

Two days later she passed away.

My whole family was there and watching someone you love take their last breath is something I’ll never forget, and it changed my very being. I stumbled around in a fog until a month ago when it seemed to lift and by chance I signed up for Weight Watchers.

I know, I know, how can you sign up by chance? Well, they were having this deal where your first month was free if you signed up for 6 months and something in me told me to take the chance. Of course, about an hour later I was like, what in the fresh heck have I done?

I spent the next week planning on how exactly I was going to change my whole way of eating, when that’s not what I originally intended to do. The voice in my head told me it was a waste of time and money, that it would never work, and that I’d fail like I always did.

But I started.

Two and a half weeks later I’m down about 8lbs and while it hasn’t been easy, it’s somehow just sorta clicked in place. My clothes already fit better and I can actually see myself making this work.

I guess this is my journey, let’s see where it takes me.


Intermittent Fasting Day 2 – A Fat Girl’s Weight Loss Journey

It’s 9:33 pm. I’m sleepy and hungry, but I’m pretty sure I’m only hungry because I know I can’t eat right now.

Okay, I could eat, but I’m serious about trying intermittent fasting. My mind wants to convince me that I’m hungry and that I need to eat when I know good and well that I was full an hour ago.

*of course you’ll be reading this after I break my fast*

I need to be getting to sleep – I’ve been staying up later and later thanks to the Chicago Med/P.D./ Fire shows, but the allergy medicine I took earlier has had just enough time to make me feel that delirious version of sleepy.


Fyi – I stayed up to watch Chicago Fire 😍

Okay, so it’s 12 hours later – 9:34 to be exact – and I’m feeling a lot better this morning than I was yesterday. I slept a bit later, so that might have something to do with it, but that theory will be tested tomorrow because I will have to be at work at 7am. I’ve also got a lot going on, so that should keep my mind busy.

*I work as a Human Relations Coordinator and it’s open enrollment for healthcare 😱*

Honestly, intermittent fasting is easier than my actual diet, because I know that I can eat, I just have to wait until a certain time. With my diet I know that once I hit my calories I’m done – at least, I should be.

If you want to follow my journey via my Instagram then click here! I’ve been posting different foods that I’m trying and progress pictures – when there are progress pictures! 😂

Until next time! Thanks for reading!

Intermittent Fasting Day 1 – A Fat Girl’s Weight Loss Journey

I think when you know you can’t eat, well, it makes you want to that much more.

It’s day one of my intermittent fasting and it 8:48am. I’m fasting from 8pm-10am, so fasting for 14 hours and eating for 10. I’d like to get up to a 16/8, but I know myself and it’s something I’d need to work up to.

It wasn’t too hard to stop eating at 8. I mean, I had the munchies, but nothing that lead me to stealing into the kitchen like a thief to gorge myself and potato chips and chocolate.

This morning though? I’m hungry and I’m at work staring at a computer screen that just won’t seem to turn into a big bowl of oatmeal.

I have goals. I want to lose 50lbs by the end of the year and I’m determined to succeed. I’m using My Fitness Pal and paying more attention to what I’m eating instead of just how much. This is a lifestyle change and it’s one that I need to make. I need to be healthy so my future self won’t end up with a crap ton of medical issues that could have been prevented.

* I’ve included a blog post by someone who knows me about this than I do, so if you’re curious about the logistics of it click here! *

I’m going to try to past daily blogs about how I feel, how much weight has been lost, and what kinds of foods I’m eating – for myself to look back on and for others to see that maybe what their feeling is normal. I’m not naturally thin nor athletic and I never forget to eat a meal.

But it’s time to make changes for the better, so this is my journey.

The DO NOTS of online dating!

I, like millions of other women, have joined the world of online dating. I’ve come across sweet guys, creepy guys, and everything in the middle. From guys with pictures with cute dogs to pictures of them holding their shirt up to show off their “abs”. 

Believe me, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it all. 

So, on this cold Friday night, I thought I’d make a list of dating site dont’s for guys to read and learn from. 

P. S. This is pure fun and not to be taken seriously. (At least mostly)

After all, maybe some of these donts are attractive to other girls. 

Anyways! Onward!

  1. Exnay the shirtless pics unless you’re doing some sort of activity that requires you to be shirtless. I.e. Swimming, hanging at the beach, wake boarding, etc.  I get you’re proud of your abs, but it comes off more conceited than attractive. IMO. 
  2. Don’t go on and on about how you’re done with the games. I get it, you’re looking for something serious. Instead of going on about how your ex cheated on you or took you for granted, just say you’re looking for something serious and life long. That’s it. It’s as simple as that. 
  3. Leave the alcohol out of your pics. Let me just say, I have nothing against a good glass of wine, a bottle of beer, or a good mixed drink, but a picture of you hold a bud lite just comes across as if you’re a 21 year old trying to look cool. 
  4. Speaking of pictures, have some! What’s the point of an online dating profile if you have no pictures?!
  5. Be honest, for heavens sakes. Don’t put that you’re 5’10 if you’re 5’3 or that you’re 30 if you’re really turning 40. I know that may sound cute in your head, but I know that for me that makes you a big no. 
  6. Don’t have a generic profile! There’s millions of guys out there and you’re, in a sense, competing against them. Tell me about yourself! Do you have dogs? Sisters and brothers? What are your hobbies?
  7. Please, try to not start a conversation with, “hi how r u.”. I’m serious, unless you have a great profile I probably won’t even reply. Start with something cute, like commenting on how cute my dogs are or how you love to write as well. Get that convo going!
  8. Please, please, don’t say anything sexual in the first few message exchanges. Unless you’re looking for just a hookup, then go for it, I guess. 

Okay, that’s all I have for now. ✌🏻

Dear Girl Who Only Posts Pictures of Her Face 

Dear Girl, 

I get you. For years I didn’t post or even take full body pics. I felt like my face was way better than the rest of me and if I showed the world what I looked like no one would want to pay attention to me. 

I see people who have so many pictures from high school and how they lovingly look back on them. I, however, have very few pictures from that period of my life. 

Don’t get me wrong, I have a few, but I spent that time avoiding the camera from the chest down. 

Why do we do it?

We are trained to think that unless you look a certain way, you aren’t attractive. We see pictures like this splashed all over the internet and magazines and we think this is the norm. 

Or maybe we feel that our chest is too big. Maybe it’s too small. Maybe we think we look too thin and are afraid people will make fun of us. Maybe we hate our stomach. 

There’s a million reasons we don’t like our body and I couldn’t even begin to name them all. We also forget that it’s not just curvy girls that feel self conscious. 

All women feel that way; big or small, tall or short. 

But that’s the thing – if we all feel that way at some point, then why can’t we just be accepting of each other? 

Your body does not define you. Your skin color does not define you. Your clothes do not define you. Your hair does not define you. 

You define who you are. 

Take control of who you are and go on a journey of learning to love yourself. Take those pictures. Post those pictures. Life does not wait for you to decide you’re good enough, so live each day. Enjoy your friends and family. Wear that bathing suit to the beach. Wear the leggings. 

Don’t hide everything but your face. Be proud and unapologetically so. 

Tarte’s Works of Tarte Set *first impression*

Oh, the Holiday palettes are here again! So many to choose from and only so much money 😫 So how do you choose? By reviews, of course!

Today I bring you my first First Impression Thursday! I’ve reviewed the new Tarte Holiday 2016 Set that’s available at ulta.com 

Click here to see product at ulta.com

I’m trying something new and making a video instead of a blog post 😱 Click here for the YouTube video!

Let me know what you think and leave me some love ❤️

It’s November!

Happy November 1st, y’all! It’s officially the holiday season and we’re even playing Christmas music at work (yes, we’re those people)! 

This month is about thankfulness, and I want to take the time each day to post something I’m thankful for. I want to focus more on the less generic things, so today I’m thankful for running water. 

It’s an easy thing to take for granted, but there are people who don’t have running water, and some that do don’t have dependable running water. 

It’s so easy for us to turn the water on to take a bath or wash dishes, but to others it’s a luxury they’ll never experience. 

What are you thankful for today?