Tips and Tricks

This is just what it sounds like…tips and tricks that I have learned along my journey.

How Did I Stay Motivated to Lose 350 Pounds? Being Disciplined with Healthy Habits are Keys to Success.

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        Let’s talk about motivation. I think this is one of the questions I get asked the most. How did I stay motivated to lose 350 pounds and how do I still continue to stay motivated now? Where does your motivation come from and how can I have it too!?  Well, let’s start with the definition of motivation. “Motivation is the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a certain way”. Where to find Motivation If I am having a difficult time staying motivated I like asking myself, “why am I doing this?” I like figuring out what my “why” is.  These “whys” are your motivation, they are why you want to make the changes and pick a plan to make those changes happen.  For me, I ask myself, why do I want to lose weight?  I came up with a whole list of reasons as to why I wanted to lose weight. I came up with all of my “whys”. Yes, one of the reasons was to “look good” but that wasn’t the sole reason I wanted and needed to lose weight. Many of my “whys” had to do with my health, wellness, and overall wellbeing. I knew that I needed to change my lifestyle in order to be successful. I knew that what I had been doing was not working and would not get me where I wanted to be. Starting Out Super Motivated After I figured out why I wanted and needed to change,…


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10 Things I Wish I knew Before Losing Weight

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4      4Shares  There is so much that goes into losing weight. I wish it were just as simple as getting started and, just lose the weight.  For me, I have always struggled with my weight and at one point, a few years ago, I found myself weighing over 500 pounds.  I set a goal to lose over 300 pounds, and I thought all I have to do is lose weight and all of my problems will go away.  It is, just losing weight right? Well, it started off as just losing weight, and I quickly found myself becoming a slave to the scale, letting my own self-worth be determined by what the number was on the scale.  I found myself taking 2 steps forward and 10 steps back.  I thought losing weight was all about that…losing weight.  What I did not realize is how much more goes into it.  How it was so much more than just losing weight.  I came up with my top 10 tips that have been helpful for me on my journey and things that I wish I knew before I started my weight loss journey.  I want to share these tips with you too so hopefully you can be successful on this journey of life and help you set yourself up to succeed. 10 Things I Wish I knew Before Losing Weight 1. It Will Be Hard Realizing and understanding that weight loss is hard and will not come easy, is huge.  Hard does not mean…


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Self-Love and Body Shaming; All In a Trip to See My Doctor

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2      2SharesSelf Love and Body Shaming A while back, I shared a picture on Instagram of me in a bathing suit from my trip to Mexico. I talked about how I was body shamed by a couple sitting at the pool who was laughing at me and making fun of my body. I talked about how other people who do not know you or what you have been through have no right to sit there and judge you. When we were on vacation in Mexico a few weeks ago, it was the first time I had worn a bathing suit in a long time, and it had been even longer since I wore a bathing suit without a cover up. I was nervous to take my cover up off and to walk into the pool or walk on the beach. I still felt like that same 500 pound girl…then it happened. A couple sitting by the pool started laughing and pointing at me and making fun of me as soon as I took my cover up off. So what did I do? I took a deep breath, smiled and walked into the pool. That was a huge moment for me. I had changed. I was not the same girl anymore. Yes I still have a lot of loose skin, I may still feel insecure at times, and yes I may still get made fun of. To be honest, yes it bothered me. But I was not going to let people like…


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It’s Never Too Late for Happily Ever After but It Starts with Self-Love

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                      Today I am heading off to watch two friends get married and I am so excited!  I love weddings and watching the celebration of love.  It is safe to say that I just love, love!  There was a time in my life where I dreaded going to weddings and I thought that no one would ever love me for me.  I know weddings can be hard for others too and they can make you feel alone, sad, and left with a feeling that you will never be able to find that kind of love. “love will never find me” I know what it feels like to feel alone and that no one loves you.  That no one can possibly love you for you.  For me, I thought that love would never find me because I was not good enough.  I was too “fat” and who would ever want to date a fat girl, let alone get married to one.  I used to think that until I lost weight, or changed my personality ( I am kinda shy believe it or not) and just completely changed who I was that I would be alone forever.  Because who could ever love me? I am not alone The sad part of this is that I know I am not alone in thinking like this.  The amount of messages and comments and emails I get from others telling me that their weight is holding them back…


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