2016 Year in Review

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          2016 has been such a crazy year.  It was filled with so many highs, lows  and some memories that I will never forget and some that I hope to forget.  For me, I believe that everything happens for a reason and this year especially I had to constantly remind myself of this.  I am also a very impatient person and when things don’t go as fast or as I would like them to go it is a real struggle for me.  For me, 2016 was a year of struggle, pain, fighting battles, love, excitement, and pushing myself to see how far I could go.  All in all, this has been a year of discovering more about my self, and reassuring myself that I am tougher than I think, braver than I believe, and stronger than I know.  I wanted to highlight some of the major points that happened this year to help remind myself and all of you that if you keep pushing, fighting and believing in yourself and never give up that anything is possible.  Sure there may be some rough patches along the way, but those are the moments that help us grow, and also help us learn the most about ourselves.  These moments are the ones that teach us who we really are.   2016 started off great.  Kevin and I woke up early to get our first workout of the year in on New Years Day.    Kevin and I celebrated our one year…


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Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale 2016

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        If you didn’t know, the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is happening  right now and ends January 2nd.  You can save up to 50% on select items for men, women, children or even items for your home.  Nordstrom is my favorite place to shop, and what better time to go shopping than when there is a huge sale going on.  I like to take advantage of these sales to get my favorite brands and items such as workout pants, shoes, sweaters, tops and cardigans. This sale is a great way to get good quality items for a discounted price.  I am sharing some of my favorite items from this sale that include some of my favorite brands/picks for plus sizes too.   Workout items  Zella ‘Uptown Remix’ Jacquard Ankle Leggings (plus size) Zella Live In Slim Fit Leggings   Nike ‘Roshe Run’ Print Sneaker (women) Nike Modern Sweatshirt   Bomber Jackets  MISSGUIDED Satin and Faux Suede Bomber Jacket   Sejour Bomber Jacket (plus size)     Cardigans Bobeau One Button Fleece Cardigan (plus size)  Bobeau One Button Fleece Wrap Cardigan (regular and petite)   Tops Halogen Cold Shoulder Turtleneck Sweater Caslon Cable Knit Tunic Sweater (plus size) Sejour Off The Shoulder Blouse (plus size)  Melissa McCarthy Seven7 Crystal Shoulder Tunic Top (plus size) Topshop Cold Shoulder Keyhole Blouse Bobeau Cold Shoulder Mock Neck Top Lush ‘Perfect’ Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic Chloe & Katie Tie Neck Blouse  Lucky Brand ‘Bungalow’ Plaid Button Back Shirt (plus size)     For me shopping and fashion have always been something that I have loved but it was very hard when I was overweight.…


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12 Days of Blogmas. On the Twelfth Day of Blogmas.

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        Day 12 – Christmas Eve, Baking cookies for Santa.  One of my new favorite Christmas Traditions is baking cookies with my two cousins for Santa.  Every year we bake and decorate sugar cookies as well as one other flavor that they pick.  We make whatever flavor they choose together from scratch, this year they chose snickerdoodle.   Kevin does a lot of the work while I get messy and have fun with the boys and my sister is usually taking pictures and laughing as we fool around and get flour everywhere.  I love watching the boys faces as the mixer brings the cookie dough together.    They always get to take a tiny taste before its baked and somehow there always ends up being more M&Ms or chocolate chips that make in into their mouth than into the bowl.   Once the cookies are all baked we of course need to taste them to make sure that they are up to Santa’s standards.  Making cookies is a tradition that all of us hold near and dear to our hearts and look forward to around Christmas time.    A few weeks ago I was reminded by my 8 year old cousin that we might have a little problem on our hands.  When they came over for a visit after my surgery he asked how we were going to make cookies for Santa, if I was hurt and couldn’t move my arms.  Holding back the tears, I told him don’t worry, with Christmas magic in…


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12 Days of Blogmas. On the Eleventh Day of Blogmas.

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        Day 11 – My Top 8 Tips for Getting Started With Exercise  I get so many questions about what my workouts were like when I first started my weightless journey!  Being over 500 pounds it was a physical struggle to really do anything. So I just walked.  I started with 5 minutes everyday which turned into 10 minutes and then 20 minutes.  Before I knew it, I was doing workout videos at home.  To be honest, I hated it!  Moving my body hurt and it was very hard to do.  I never let that stop me or make me give up.  I pushed myself and made working out a priority.  We all have excuses as to why we feel we can’t workout.  Reality is that the only thing stopping us is…us.  You CAN do it!  You just need to believe in yourself and give it your best shot.  Push yourself out of your comfort zone.  Nothing will change unless you are willing to throw out the excuses and try.  Create new habits by making exercise a part of your everyday routine.  It will get easier I promise, and the pain you may feel now will soon be filled with so much pride in how far you have come.  I hope these tips will help you to get started and start the New Year off on the right path.  Starting is always the hardest part, but after you get going it will be hard to stop you.  Just know that you CAN do it.    …


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