Cents of Style: 2 Scarves for $11.95 Shipped

Cents of Style has an amazing deal going on that is perfect to help you transition from this miserably cold weather we’re having to the hopefully warm weather that is just around the corner.

Today, you can buy 1 beautiful, colorful Spring scarf for $11.95 and you will be offered a cozy, black, cable knit, infinity scarf for FREE at checkout. Just use coupon code 2FOR1. Plus, Cents of Style always offers FREE SHIPPING.

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Weight Loss Wednesday: Christmas Eve

Yesterday I was listening to the radio while I was driving and they were discussing the average American’s weight gain during the holiday season.  They said most Americans gain between 5 and 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and  New Years Day.  While I have been that American so many other years, I’m thrilled to say that the scale is still moving in the right direction.  I’m on vacation and we’ve been eating out every night, but I’m still making good choices and those good choices are paying off. This week I’m down a HUGE amount of weight! I lost 5 pounds!

On another cool note, my clothes are getting looser.  I bought a pair of jeggings the week before Thanksgiving and they were snug.  I can now take them off without unbuttoning and unzipping them and when I tried on the next size down, they fit comfortably! Woot woot!

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Confession Time: The Day I Tell The World How Much I Weigh

I am bound and determined to reach my healthy weight/healthy size goals in the next 12 months (and I’d be thrilled if I could do it before my 39th birthday in July), but if I’m going to do this, I’m going to need some serious accountability.

When the idea to post my actual weight first popped in my head, I immediately rejected it because I really don’t want everyone anyone knowing how much I weigh.  The idea kept popping back into my mind and I finally decided this may just be the extra motivation I need.

I’m still playing around with the idea and trying to decide what day I want to be my official “weigh-in day”, but I thought I’d at least throw the number out there today before I chicken out.  Because once the number is out there, it can only get better, right?  If my goal is to lose weight, then theoretically, every number I post from here on out will be lower (I hope).

Ok…enough hemming and hawing!  My weigh-in weight this morning was 234.0 pounds. I have some mini-goals along the way, but my ultimate goal is to weigh 159.8.  My highest weight was 277, so if I can when I get down to 159.8 I’ll have lost over 110 pounds!

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Wide Calf Boot Sale PLUS Guaranteed Christmas Delivery

I love me some boots…especially at this time of year.  I literally wear boots every single day!  For many plus size women, finding boots that fit is a tricky thing…and when you do find them, they cost you an arm and a leg!

Today, Zulily is running a Wide Calf Boots sale.  Plus, they guarantee that they’ll be delivered by Christmas!  They have lots of cute styles to choose from!

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Aster Plus Size Sale

If you’re looking for some fun tops, Zulily has a great Aster Plus Size Fashion sale going on today.  They have a lot of great dusters (like the one pictured above).  If you haven’t signed up for Zulily, you can click here to sign up or click here to go directly to the sale!

Aster Plus Size Sale

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Weight Loss Wednesday

It’s amazing what happens when I get super disciplined and cut out everything I shouldn’t be eating. This week I’m down another 4 pounds. That’s extra awesome considering that I had dinner Sunday night at Cheesecake Factory and had lunch yesterday at a restaurant in Michigan called Schulers. It’s easier for me to be disciplined when I’m at home and I tend to make not-so-good choices when I’m out to eat…especially when it’s my favorite restaurant. I was even able to pass on S’mores Cheesecake and since I LOVE all things S’mores, this was a major feat for me.

I didn’t get in as much exercise as I had hoped.  I had planned to do T-Tapp Basic Workout Plus at least a few times this week, but my DVD came up missing during our move.   Instead I went walking a few days.  I ordered a new T-Tapp DVD and while I wait for its arrival, I’ve signed up for a FREE 30 day trial to Daily Burn, a workout video subscription service that allows me to stream videos on my iPhone, iPad or computer.  You can also stream videos to your Android device, iPod Roku, Apple TV or Samsung Smart TV.

Hopefully next week, I’ll have more great news to share with you.  For now though, I’m absolutely thrilled with my results!

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Weight Loss Wednesday

Hey everyone! Since I thrive on accountability, I’ve decided that Wednesday will be the day that I share my weigh in with you.  Hopefully they will be losses, but either way, I’ll share with you.

After deciding last week that enough was enough, I came up with a plan of action that includes better eating and more exercise…and it worked! {Shocking…I know!}

Last week, I lost 7.8 pounds and I couldn’t be happier!  I still have over 90 pounds to go, but at least I’m making progress.  My goal is to take some before pictures this week (even though my before was really last week), so I’ll have something to compare to in the upcoming weeks.

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This Fashionista is Coming Back to Life

So I gave you a Flabby update on Wednesday, but I thought a Fashionista update was a good idea as well.  Since I’ve been gaining rather than losing, I’m at the point where I hardly have any clothes that fit…and I have been refusing to spend money on clothes that are not the size I want to be.  {Ever been there? It’s NOT a fun place to be.}

So I’ve been wearing the same tired old dresses, jeans, and black shirts over and over and over again.  {FIY…they weren’t tired or old when I started wearing them, but even my husband commented that I might need to do some shopping because I’m wearing the same things repeately}.

But I digress…

I have FINALLY found the answer to my prayers and my dilemma {cue angels singing}…

Gwynnie Bee

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about Gwynnie Bee.  Gwynnie Bee is a monthly subscription service for size 10-28. You pay a monthly fee for access to an unlimited wardrobe and unlimited free shipping.  You can choose to borrow 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, or even 10 garments at a time!  And they’re clothes are really cool!  They have darling dresses, fabulous shirts, and more!  I know I’ve used about 30 exclamation points, but I haven’t been this excited about clothes in a LONG time.

Right now they are offering a free 30 day trial.  You can sign up for a 1, 2, or 3 item subscription and get the first month free.

Thanks to Gwynnie Bee I have a feeling that the Fashionista side of the blog will be coming back in full force!

Hurry and check out Gwynnie Bee today!

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When You Feel Like a Failure

I started this site to chronicle my weight loss journey and to share tips on fashion and fitness.  Unfortunately, since I’ve experienced more of a weight gain journey, I’ve been hesitant to post.  Really, who wants to hear “I gained another pound this week” or “I had to buy new pants because my other ones are too small.” ?  The truth is that things have been difficult lately.  It’s nothing major or horrible, it’s just life…and sometimes life is hard.  And when life is hard, the thought of losing weight is overwhelming.  And when I’m not actively working hard to lose weight, I seem to gain weight. And when I gain weight, I feel like a failure.

In my mind, I know that the number on the scale is in no way tied to my value as a person, but my mind and my feelings aren’t always on the same page.

I’ve made the realization that I’m only a failure if I refuse to try… if I give up and throw in the towel and refuse to give it one more shot…or ten more shots.

So today, I choose to be courageous.  I choose to continue to post even though I’m not making the progress I hoped to make.  I choose to make the positive changes I need to make to lose weight.  I choose to be vulnerable in sharing my feelings, and in doing so, I hope I can encourage one of you to be courageous as well.  I hope I can encourage you to continue even when it’s hard and it doesn’t seem like it’s worth it.

On those days when you feel like you’re a failure, please know that YOU ARE NOT.  You are valuable and loved.  You are not defined by your circumstances or your weight.  The Creator of the Universe made you in HIS image and He loves you more than you can imagine.

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Project 36 Update: 37 Days Left

When I kicked off Project 36, I had no doubt in my mind that I would and could accomplish everything on my list. I knew some of the items on my list would be a stretch, but I needed a good challenge. I had no idea that our life was going to drastically change this year and that my time, my efforts, and most of my energy would be spent on the 2 new additions to our family. It seems like everything has fallen to the wayside since we added the twins to our family and now that life is moving along at a less chaotic pace (and also now that we’re only 37 days away from my 37th birthday), I thought I’d check in to see how I’m doing with Project 36.

1. Make my bed 36 days in a row.
2. Walk or walk/jog for at least 36 minutes, 36 days in a row.
3. Go on 36 dates with my hubby.
4. Make a realistic to-do list and accomplish it 36 days.
5. Do 36 fun things with my family.
6. Take 36 good pictures of my daughter Amina.
7. Take 36 good pictures of my daughter Khrystyna.
8. Take 36 good pictures of my husband Fred.
9. Get family photos taken before I’m no longer 36. :)
10. Do T-Tapp Basic Workout Plus 36 times.
11. Do T-Tapp Total Workout 36 times.
12. Do Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred 36 times.
13. Try 36 new recipes.
14. Memorize 36 Bible Verses.
15. Make a 36 day menu plan.
16. Do 36 days of C25K. (This will allow me to repeat weeks if necessary).
17. Do 36 consecutive days of clean eating. (no gluten or sugar)
18. Complete a 5k in under 36 minutes.
19. Do 36 consecutive days of at least 36 minutes of exercise.
20. Lose 36 pounds.
21. Lose another 36 pounds.
22. Lose yet another 36 pounds.
23. Read 36 books. (At least 10 of these were Chautona Havig books. I seriously love her writing!)
24. Jog 36 miles in 1 week.
25. Do 36 Random Acts of Kindness.
26. Send 36 Snail Mail Cards.
27. Do 36 “man pushups” in a row.
28. Take 36 walks with friends.
29. Play piano for 36 minutes on 36 days.
30. Get rid of 36 pieces of clothing (and socks don’t count).
31. Do 36 craft projects.
32. Save an extra $3600.
33. Take at least 36 pictures of myself in various outfits as I lose weight.
34. Call, write, or visit with my grandma 36 times.
35. Watch 36 hours of TV or movies (I don’t watch TV and I rarely watch movies, but I thought this would be a good way to unwind).
36. Spend 36 minutes doing non-blog writing on 36 different days.

As I looked through the list, I was shocked to see that I’ve only completed 4 of the 36 items. I think that if I really go after it for the next 37 days, I can accomplish 21 more of these goals. While I had hoped for a 36 out of 36 (A+), it looks like I’ll end up with 25 out of 36 (69% D).

While this may not seem that impressive, I realized that if I accomplish these 25 things I will have done the following:

  • Made my bed 36 days in a row
  • Walked 1300 minutes in 36 days
  • Gone on 36 dates with my hubby
  • Had 36 fun experiences with my family
  • Taken 108 good pictures of people in my family plus taken 36 pictures of myself.
  • Had family photos taken (even though I’m not at my goal weight)
  • Completed T-Tapp Basic Workout Plus 36 times
  • Completed Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred 36 times
  • Completed 36 Days of C25K
  • Completed 36 consecutive days of exercising at least 36 minutes
  • Made a 36 day menu plan
  • Read over 50 books
  • Made 36 peoples day with snail mail
  • Downsized my closet by 36 pieces of clothing (easy to do when you lose that much weight)
  • Enjoyed 36 consecutive days of Body by Vi Shakes
  • Lost Over 60 Pounds

So here’s to the next 37 days! I’m going to be a busy girl, but I’m looking forward to being able to say that I accomplished these things!

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