From Fat to Chic

To be positively cliche, today is the first day of the rest of my life.  Why?  This marks the beginning of my weightloss journey, a quest to be a tighter, toned, healthier, sexier me.

My weight story: warning, novel size post ahead!  this is the first entry of the weight chronicles, so I’m piling it all in, but future posts about this won’t be so long 😛  Bear with me

I’ve never been a skinny girl, but that’s mainly due to my own bad eating habits which includes a massive love of sweets and pasta while having an aversion to salads.  I come from a family where my grandma was the good ole southern type, making huge chicken and dressing sunday dinners,  smothered pork chops during the week, sweet potato pies just for me because she knew they were my favorites, piled on plates suitable for a grown man and the admonishment that I better clean my plate before I left the table.  So that pretty much meant that I’ve been quite thick then chubby then fat from the time I was 9.  God rest her fiesty soul (RIP grandma, love you!) but that didn’t set me up for good eating habits  and that carried on later in life, then came lots and lots and lots of pizza in college so that freshman 20 added on to what was already a chunky shape.   Through high school I was  solidly a size 9/10, maybe with bouts of being an 11/12 and got down to a 7/8 for prom my junior year because I’d had mouth surgery and couldn’t eat for two weeks much more than smoothies.   Went right up to an 11/12 once I could eat again.

In college I was an 11/12 and then picked up weight to become a 14/16 because of said pizza consumption and no desire to workout even though I WORKED at the gym.  Now how silly was that?  Here I was in the place to be healthy and fit, and I paid it no mind.  Other than sometimes doing a kick-boxing class and hopping on the elliptical every now and again, I was being very lazy with my lifestyle habits.  THEN I met a boy…oh this tall fine basketball player whom I wanted to impress.  With THAT heart pounding crush came the desire to get smaller by ANY means necessary and I’m sad to say that it wasn’t healthy means.  I refused to eat over 700 calories a day, worked out on that elliptical like it was going out of style, and even threw up when I felt that I had let myself down with bad foods.  NOT good.  This equaled 25 lbs gone, cutely curvy thick shape, but it wasn’t sustainable.  As soon as I started eating regularly again that 25 lbs came back plus about 15 which threw me into sadness.  Combine that with graduating college and being stressed over not having some stellar career mapped out and no plans, working freelance from home for a magazine and therefore not getting out and DOING things like walking around work, and I ended up being the biggest I’ve ever been and quite unhappy which didn’t spark energy to DO anything about it.   And here we are with the present size 14/16.  Certainly not whale proportions, the average American woman is a 12/14, but for my family history of diabetes (my other grandma died from that) and the fact that I have a really small frame (I’m only 5’1), then I know that I must get it together to live the best life that I can.

So no more excuses.  My weight isn’t genetic nor caused by any disease, it is just pure laziness and a willing mouth to gobble down any cookies that come my way. My cousins on my dad’s side are mostly slim with either cute round butts or nice boobs (lol, they can’t seem to have both, always either or) and my mom’s side had really slim ladies while younger so I know that I am not predisposed to being big.  I hit the jackpot from both sides of the family of having great boobs AND a round butt, so it really irks me that I’ve allowed myself to have so much fat piled around those assets and not show them off to their best potential.  Well, that’s going to change.  Come with me on this journey and if you are losing weight, let’s do it together!  If in chicago, email me at and we can talk about maybe meeting up and motivating one another 🙂

Starting stats:


Starting Weight: 186 lbs

Goal Weight (GW): 125 lbs

Starting Measurements: 38-32-43

Goal Measurements:  34-25-36 (or 38)

I am not doing this to be skinny, I love my curves and don’t want the boobs or most of my butt to go ANYWHERE, but the chub on my back and waist and thighs LEADING to the boobs and butt can surely go away and be toned up 🙂 Around a size 6 would be great for me, maybe even a 4 but I’m playing it by ear on what looks right and feels right.

The plan:

My aunt recently lost 65 lbs by a set up that her doctor gave her of taking a B12 shot for energy and daily phentermine pills in a 30 mg dosage, so I too am starting with that: (if you are in the Chicagoland area and would be interested in doing that program, please check it out and say that Javonne Stewart sent you and we BOTH get a discount!  Total win).

In addition to taking those, with the new energy from the pills I will work out 4-5 times a week if not more, at least 30 mins a day, eat WAY better and cut down the sweets/pasta/pizza/fats, and up the water intake.  I hope that I can find a workout regimen that keeps me interested and some foods that don’t make me feel totally deprived, that is the key to everything.  Portion control and allowing myself treats sometimes just not any time that I want it will also be important.  Here we go!

Body shape inspiration: Salma Hayek (we both are curvy and short, actually a pretty feasible goal body for me)

7 Responses to “From Fat to Chic”

  1. JenellyBean Says:

    Hey sis!

    I want you to know that I’m so proud of you. This was very brave of you to post all this personal info on here.

    I applaud you for this and I will be here every step of the way with you. I’ve been through this a few times and I learned a great deal.

    A great thing for you to do is keep a food journal. When I started my weightloss journey I HAD to write down everything I ate in order to keep MYSELF accountable to ME. When I didnt write down what I ate, I’d eat anything. But when I wrote things down I was very aware of what decisions I was making and could better analyze them.

    • Socialite Dreams Says:

      Thank you so much for the support 🙂 You are quite an inspiration with all of your hard work and immense weight loss! The last time that I did the weightloss thing I used to keep track of everything and may go that route again since electronically keeping track seems to work best for me. Have you ever used that site?

  2. chas.nicole Says:

    I think that this post is a wake up call for me.

    As I was reading your story, I felt like I was reading my story. I always start working out and end up making an excuse. I have a sparkpeople account, but I pretty much gave up on that the second day. I don’t want to be skinny at ALL, just a smaller version of what I am now.

    I’m currently in college, and my apartment building has a mini-gym that I live two doors down from. There is also a rec center on campus that I get free entry into, so there is NO reason for me to NOT exercise regularly.

    And my eating habits should not even be mentioned. I loathe anything green or in the vegetable category, && I love anything with artificial coloring.

    Unfortunately, I am not in the Chicago area, so we can’t support each other in person, but I will definitely be sending good vibes your way 🙂

    • Socialite Dreams Says:

      we are really similar. my freshman year i lived RIGHT next to the gym and then my sophomore year there was a gym right downstairs in the building. Did I utilize that amazing perk? clearly no.

      You have to get on it honey and stick to it. I’m here to root for you too and can talk anytime, because trust me, I SO wish I had gotten to a healthier, more desired body while in high school or college versus now trying to. and you never know what the gym situation will be when living on your own after college, so may as well use while it’s free and accessible, because you’ll only be MORE discouraged if you have to pay for the gym AND are working in your real life. please try to get it incorporated, we can do it! if having to be answerable to some helps, i’ll bug you everyday if you need 🙂

      as for the eating habits, pick out the things that you know are healthy and do more of it and then just have the other stuff in moderation. Like, i KNOW that i pretty much do NOT like salad but that’s mainly because I mainly want warm cooked foods, not raw veggies. I counter that by eating cooked veggies with maybe some lemon pepper or adding some spice to vamp it up. Get in oatmeal for fiber, plenty of apples to regulate digestive system, watermelon for iron, etc. You could also “hide” the veggies in a smoothie! Make it mainly fruits and then have some veggies added, it can taste good like v8 fruit fusion juices (maybe add those to diet too). I KNOW how it is to not want to stop eating all of the goodies and loathing the thought of all that healthier less tasty stuff, OH DO I KNOW the battle. We HAVE to do better though or will always struggle with it. It’s disappointing to STILL be whining about the same things, years later and i dont want that to be you too. Good luck chica

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  4. diamondlucia Says:

    i think the problem with bigger women (myself included) is that we don’t want accept the fact the we are in control of our own image. When we lose weight we pat ourselves on the back so when we gain weight we should also take the credit and slap ourselves on the wrist. Good luck with your goal! You will do it!

  5. Armand Says:

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    without side effects – worth a try?

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