Sprinkles of Jacqueline

My Thoughts on Fashion, Food, Fitness and my weight loss and skin removal Journey

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

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

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

Day 10 – 3 Healthier Hot Chocolate Recipes Winter time is my favorite time of year to enjoy hot drinks, especially hot chocolate!  There is nothing more comforting than snuggling up with a nice hot cup of cocoa when it is chilly outside.  Being from California, it doesn’t get super chilly but for those few days when it is a little cold I love to make these drinks.  Today I thought I would share a regular recipe along with two other flavors that are perfect for this time of year.  These recipes are a “healthier” take on hot chocolate.  These recipes can definitely be altered to make them sweeter, more chocolatey, using the milk of your choice, or even using a different sweetener.  For all of you coffee lovers, you can definitely add coffee to any of these recipes.  So turn on your fireplace, and get your snuggly blanket ready because we are about to make some warm chocolatey goodness.     1. Original Hot Chocolate  INGREDIENTS 1 cup of Non fat milk 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 1-2 Tbsp Stevia  marshmallows (optional)    INSTRUCTIONS 1. Bring milk to a simmer in a small sauce pan 2. After milk starts to bubble at the edge whisk in cocoa powder and stevia until everything

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

Day 9 – Christmas Question and Answer I thought it would be fun to do a little holiday Q&A for you to get to know me and my love for Christmas!  I will leave a blank set of questions below in the comments and I would love for you to fill it out and share your answers and don’t forget to tag me, I would love to see!  1. What is your favorite thing about Christmas? Everything! the lights, sounds, smells, shopping, wrapping, decorating, movies, music, baking…I LOVE it all! 2. Favorite Christmas song. Away In A Manger3. Favorite Christmas movie. Elf4. Favorite Christmas CD or Album.  You can never go wrong with the N’Sync Holiday Album, but I also love the Panatonix Christmas albums5. Favorite Christmas Memory. Getting engaged in front of the Disneyland Castle on Christmas Eve.6. Favorite Tradition. Getting dressed up to go to church on Christmas Eve and coming home to have spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. 7. Favorite New Tradition. Baking cookies for Santa with my two little cousins.8. Do you open presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?  Kevin and I

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

Day 8 – Comfy and Classic Christmas Outfit Ideas  Styling Christmas outfits is one of my favorite things to do.  I love classic red, green and white Christmas colors.  For me, my Christmas outfits have always been about style and comfort, because on Christmas we usually spend time with family at my parents house all day.  These looks are all perfect for staying nice and cozy at home, yet they also work great for any party or gathering that you may be attending.  Below I am sharing three different looks with links to where you can find outfit details.  I have included plus size options as well.  Many of the items aren’t the exact items in my pictures but I tried to link similar items/styles.  My surgeries kind of put a hold on shopping since my body is continuing to change (and I can’t really move right now.)  I hope that these ideas can be used to inspire you to create your own Christmas outfit.  I am excited to see what I can come up with for me to wear this Christmas since my arms aren’t very mobile, I can’t stand up straight, I’m still pretty swollen and everything just…hurts.  I can guarantee it will still