Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Weight Loss Wednesday: Obstacles

Well it's Wednesday again. Sadly Sunday night I somehow ended up with a pinched nerve that went into Monday. I couldn't move my head or hardly move without pain so I obviously didn't get on the treadmill then. Yesterday I was still pretty sore but better so I decided to keep resting to get better faster if that makes sense. Luckily on Saturday we went to the wildlife park and walked forever! We really got a good workout.
    Now I got on today even though I'm not 100% and I only walked but it's something and felt if I could do it I should. Weight wise, I am back to 185.4 lbs. So for me I'm a little surprised considering I haven't really been working out much the last couple of weeks but I guess any little bit helps, plus eating better portions.
    I know it's not a lot and maybe if you are in the same spot of having a hard time getting started think of this. It's really not the number on the scale. At the park just walking from the parking lot uphill to the entrance gate would always get me out of breath, I would have to stop a lot and just sounded terrible. This weekend we parked farther away than ever before and as we were walking even my husband commented that I was doing a lot better right from the start. So even if the numbers haven't gone down or anything I'm becoming a little more fit. I wouldn't go as far to say I'm actually fit haha yeah right. But there is a difference happening and that's exactly what I want. So keep it up, even if you aren't seeing a difference on the scale there is a difference happening on the inside and that is the best kind of change!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Maybelline Color Whisper: My New Obsession!

Alright so as the title says I have found my new lip obsession. I actually wasn't intending to buy any of the color whispers just because I already have a bunch of Revlon lip butters and a color vivid lipstick as you may have seen on here. I don't get to wear makeup, especially lip products too often just because, why wear it when I'm lounging in my house in my PJ's haha. But my curiosity got the best of me, especially since it was 25% off at the MCX, The MCX is a store on military bases just in case no one knew.  I think these are Maybellines version of the Revlon lip butters but honestly, I think I like this one more. I had bad luck with the lip butters, sometimes they were sticky, or the color was off when first using it, or my lips looked like a drag queen and a fairy exploded on my lips with all the glitter.  But I still really like a couple of them.
    This Color whisper is a really nice finish, not sticky at all, its so nice feeling! I think my lips are really getting moisturized and it doesn't sink into any lines on my lips. There is glitter in the product but once it's on my lips I can't tell at all. The only downfall is that this is something you will have to reapply depending on what all you're doing. These don't stain but that's ok for me, I've been just putting it on throughout the day just because I love it so much!
    It's probably not only the feel but I am absolutely in love with the color I got which is always a good thing. But this isn't something that is in your face, it can be really sheer or have a little more color but I don't think it looks like I have anything caked on my lips. So here are some swatches for you of the color I got.

                                                           
This is the color Mad for Magenta                                                             



The one on the left is one swipe, the one on the right is three. 


Up close on the lips


Bare lips, except for some lip balm

Yay! It's not a huge difference but enough 

From a distance. I love that it's not an obvious bold lip color but enough to add a little something and pull the look together. I will definitely be reaching for this all Spring/Summer long! 

Here is the link in case you want to check it out!  Mad for Magenta Color Whisper! 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Background Part 2

Alright so it seems my first post on my background seemed to resonate with a lot of you which I'm glad! Thank you for the feedback! So that was a basic overview but I thought I'd go a little more in depth from the beginning. There are so many stages to gaining weight and so many feelings every day it can get a little overwhelming.
     So I guess I will start with High School. It's rough, I think that goes without saying. The popular thin girls, the sporty girls, then the big girls, the shy girls, all that. I loved school I really did. I took art, was in Choir, played volleyball for the first couple of years (I had been playing since elementary school). I dated, went to all the games and events and had a blast.  Even though I was active and did sports I could never compare to my teammates. Even if I might have been better on the court (no I'm not bragging) they had it all, cute clothes, super thin and pretty. Great at hair and makeup and just in that popular crowd that was always on homecoming court. The girls you wanted to be.  I was always the biggest. Not to mention I was very "top heavy" from 4th grade I was a size C. It's a little creepy to look at in pictures.
    My knee injury (from basketball in 7th grade, surgery involved) and what I felt was an unfair bias eventually led me to stop volleyball. So of course I gained and became out of shape. But whatever I had my best friends and we had fun, I could still go shopping with them but like I said before I said before it was really hard buying a large or XL in some cases. I couldn't try on there clothes and that hurt. I was never ok with it but it was what it was.
   I ran into a crowd who long story short made me lose who I was. I no longer had me best friends my Senior year that I had had since 5th grade. Things happened that I'm not proud of and still haunt me today. Basically these people were losers and still are.  In the end when I broke up with a guy and I was treated like garbage by the whole crowd. Everyone stared at me in school and I was even more body conscious and miserable. I turned to food. 
    I graduated early and got a job. Immediately every person who walked through the door was, in my mind, someone judging me. It's a terrible nagging feeling.
   A few months later I messaged a boy about his art on Myspace, a boy who I had only seen briefly in a few classes. Luckily he was what I needed to feel better about myself.  We would go on walks every night so I could get in shape, and so he could get in shape for the Marine Corp. Yes that's right I'm now married to that boy from Myspace haha!

Well that was a long rant. Part 3 will come soon I promise. So from this please take away  that it only takes one thing to start a better life, a new you. You just have to be willing to find it.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Weight Loss Wednesdays: Oh Well!

Well Sad to say I don't even have to weigh myself to know I have gained back at least 2 pounds this week. I   don't work out on the weekends as a rule, we are usually running around to begin with. On top of that instead of eating out once we ate out twice for lunch. Bad I know. And we had been eating at Stone Oven because I love their salads and tea. So good! But this weekend we ate taco bell and then after I spent forever grocery shopping I realized we had no lunch so we grabbed in and out really late since it's a couple blocks away. I don't know if this is a perk or a downfall to living in the city and right off the freeway. hmm.
      Then I had a brilliant idea to check out a little donut and deli shop that is actually right below us (we are on a hill) and well I'm addicted. Such good donuts and one I have never seen before. Plus the drinks are AMAZING! The frappes anyway. My husband had a cookies and cream that he loved and I tried frozen hot chocolate. Holy cow you guys. I've seen frozen hot chocolate in passing on Pinterest but it scared me. I didn't understand how it could possibly be good, I hate when my hot chocolate goes cold you know? And it was strange at first but geez so good! The guy is super nice too so that's always a plus. We had that both days too. Its bad but we had a rough rough night with stupid neighbors until 3am and other stuff we still had to do so we relaxed a bit.
     I know I should have worked out for sure after eating all that but what can I say I also was up all night a couple nights with my daughter. The first day after being up all night I was able to get myself on the treadmill but I couldn't go as fast so I just amped up the incline. The second day I said screw it though haha. Then this morning at late notice we ended up babysitting a little boy so no treadmill for me. Oh well, I know I've been super hungry from eating bad and I need to get a handle on it. But tonight is Zucchini Pizza so maybe that will get it back on track.  I know I know sounds seriously gross right? NO!!! It's actually pretty good! And super quick and easy. I'll put the Recipe down below in case you want to give it a try.

But see, this is what I mean by I'll work at being healthy and all that but I'm not going to kill myself for eating donuts and not working out for a few days. It was fun and we enjoyed it so who cares? Not me! lol

ZUCCHINI PIZZA RECIPE (from reservation4two.com)

Ingredients:
2-3 zucchini's (adjust for however much you want to eat per person.I eat 1 my husband eats 2)
pizza sauce or marinara
mozzarella cheese
Your favorite pizza toppings (We use turkey pepperoni)
Italian Style breadcrumbs
Salt and Pepper

1) Preheat Oven to 425 Degrees
2) Cut Zucchini lengthwise. Then scoop out the flesh until a thin layer is left
3) Place these halves on a baking sheet (i'd put tinfoil down first though, easy cleanup!)
4)Add 2-3 tbsp of your sauce (adjust if needed) into the little zucchini "boat"
5)Add the desired amount of cheese and your toppings
6) Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top and season with salt and pepper

Bake for 20 minutes and enjoy!



Monday, March 18, 2013

Mani Mania: Spring Coral! Essie

Ok so Spring Coral isn't really the name of this nail polish but that's what I think of for it.  I've never really been into wearing bright colors, mainly because I think I usually look a little strange in them but I am loving bright nail polish. I'm becoming a little obsessed with getting nail polish for spring. I need to stop haha.
   So while I was at Target I of course had to pick up a Essie color. Which by the way I'm not sure if it is just my local Target but they had a lot of new colors in. So go check it out!  I ended up going with Cute as a Button which I am so glad I did. It was a hard choice!
   It's one of those colors that I think is hard to capture on camera, in different light it looks more pink or more orange.  I think the best way to describe it is just a coral with a pink undertone...maybe....I don't know I suck at describing color.
  The great thing about this is it is very opaque I only used 2 thin coats and I was good to go!

Don't mind my cheesiness in the background but here are some pictures for you :)

                                                 

                         
Click Here to check it out!

What are you doing to get ready for spring?  Let me know in the comments!

I am possibly starting a Youtube channel, please look me up there Plussizeinspiration :)            

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wednesday Weight Loss

Ok so I decided to keep myself in check I would start the Wednesday Weight Loss series. I basically got the idea from PunkChyaz off youtube who did the same thing basically.  I know I might sound contradictory since I say be yourself and go ahead and eat cake or whatever and now I'm doing a weight loss thing. You might be thinking "WTF Nicki?" well I still eat what I want for the most part but I do want to get healthy.  I want to be healthy but I don't want to deprive myself if that makes sense.
    So in getting healthy maybe you want to start but don't know how and this can help you. I certainly didn't know what to do. I don't have anyone to watch my daughter if I went to a gym, by the time my husband gets home he usually has to go to the gym or do other things for work and we go to bed so that wouldn't work. So there was that issue. Then before I had her I didn't want to go to a gym because I was embarrassed. I think a lot of people have that fear though. At home work outs failed because frankly I just can't find one I like enough to actually stick to. So these were my excuses but valid none the less.
    Now I've had my daughter, and I've gained weight from then, not lost it. A whole 10 pounds. It's scary when you almost weigh more than your husband, for me at least. He's a big guy. And I'm just not happy knowing I could do it and that I want it. So I finally decided to do something about it. And that can be a hard step. What if you failed, or didn't achieve your goals? Or couldn't stick to it yet again.
    All those went through my head for a long time and it held me back. And I think I was trying to find reasons outside of myself to do it. Well I should do it for my husband but I don't want to fail and if it doesn't happen quick why do it.  Terrible right? And maybe doing it for your husband is a good motivator for you, but it wasn't for me and it took me awhile to figure it out.
     I had to do this for me. Me and only me, I needed to see if I was going to get healthy and lose the weight I wanted I needed to want it for myself. Once I got that through my head I had to get into the right frame of mind. The one that told me I had to do it every day and I might not do much, and what little I did I might suck at for awhile, but eventually Id get better and stronger. It won't happen over night. I think once you can wrap your head around those 2 ideas picking a plan for you will be easier.  My plan was to take our tax money (on approval of the hubby of course)  And get a treadmill. It doesn't have to be fancy, mine was a $350 from Walmart and it's great. I've only used it for 10 minutes for 2 days but have already lost 3lbs. It's not much, but it's a start right?
    So if you are struggling with your weight try these things out, it might change you and your decision to take action. Good luck with whatever you choose!

Youtube adventures?

Hey everyone so life has been a little hectic lately. Me and the hubby are trying to figure out financial aid to go to school and all that. Oh and I got a treadmill! Yay for getting healthy :)  So I thought I'd venture out and see how to edit videos and whatnot and maaaaaaybe start Youtube. So I thought I'd put the video up here for you to watch. If you want please subscribe or like I think I may make a few more that are a little more planned haha.  


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Friday, March 1, 2013

Mani Mania: Essie Lovie Dovie

I have yet another nail color for you all today that I am really excited to wear for this spring/summer. It is Essie's Lovie Dovie.

                                                 
Super bright pink color. Isn't it cute? This is 3 coats, I think it helps with the patchiness with this color. My nails have really weird indents in them so I tend to get patchy there.   Click Here to check it out yourself :)

Anyone have a favorite color for the spring or summer time? I'm looking to get more hopefully!