The Best Accessory You Can Wear Is Your Confidence…Go Ahead and Rock that Red Jumpsuit!

      Maybe she’s born with it…maybe it’s this red jumpsuit! I have to say this red jumpsuit is one of my favorite items of clothing I have ever bought. I think the reason is that I never thought I would EVER be able to wear not only a fitted one piece but that it would be bright red! Don’t get me wrong, this is totally me! Colorful, sassy, girly…everything I am… all in one item! But actually being able to wear it on my body…now that is a different story. You see, I never thought someone like me could pull off something like this. Wearing something so fitted, and bright would draw so much attention to me. Only girls with slim bodies and big boobs can pull off jumpsuits like this right? WRONG!! So wrong!!! That is old Jacqueline’s way of thinking. In the words of Taylor Swift…old Jacqueline is dead! So when I saw this jumpsuit and found those negative thoughts coming back into my head…the only thing I could do was grab it off the rack and try it on. No more thinking we have to be a certain body shape or type to wear something. No more thinking bright colors are only for people with “perfect bodies.” (PS, there is NO SUCH THING AS A PERFECT BODY) and no more thinking that we have to only wear black, and baggy clothes, and things that do not show off our figures and draw no attention to…

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

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, I…

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Celebrating Small Goals and Achievements is Important; Pink and White Striped Skirt Flash Back To Our Engagement Party

Pink Striped Skirt When I found this pink striped skirt in the store I almost broke down. I had to get it because it was a great reminder to celebrate reaching small goals.  On Christmas Eve, 2013, Kevin and I got engaged in front of the Disneyland castle.  It was such a special and magical moment that I will never forget.  At that time I had already lost over 100 pounds but was still struggling with my body image and still had more than 200 pounds to lose.  I had never felt more determined to reach my goals and I promised myself that I would have the wedding of my dreams and NOT have to have a wedding dress custom made for me because I could not find one that fit.  We went home and immediately started planning our engagement party.  I was so excited to be engaged to my best friend and celebrate with my loved ones this special moment in our lives. Engagement Party Planning When we were planning our engagement party, I found super cute invitations.  It showed a man in a suit and bow tie, and the girl in a pink and white striped skirt.  I thought it would be so cute to have Kevin and I dress to look like the invites.  Kevin found a light blue jacket and pants that matched perfectly.  I, on the other hand, could not find a pink and white stripe skirt that fit me.  It felt like I looked everywhere and was…

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10 Things I Wish I knew Before Losing Weight

  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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