Pounds Gone…Pants Too??

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As many of you know, I’ve been on a weight loss mission, trying to get down to a size 4 or 6, whatever looks right on my frame.  Well, so far about 20 lbs down since June 7th (go me!) and still working at many more being dropped.  BUT there’s an unfortunate side effect….what is that you ask?

MY CLOTHES ARE ALL FALLING OFF!!  What’s a girl to do when she’s trying to run to the train and must juggle a large laptop laden MJ tote bag, a handbag, in addition to now pulling up sagging pants?  I swear, any moment now I’ll have a visit from this guy:

Don’t get me wrong, clothes being too big is a great sign of accomplishment.  I could have WAY worse things to gripe about, right?  But it’s no fun to not be able to wear any of my CURRENT clothes and know that I can’t buy new pants because it wouldn’t make a lick of sense if I’m still losing weight, which would result in having to  then pull THOSE up in a couple of weeks as they make their descent to the ground.  Waste of money, and goodness knows times aren’t ripe for that.

Fear not, there is a solution for those with steadily slimming waistlines.  Leggings/jeggings, long tops, and dresses will be this girl’s best friend in the upcoming weeks.  Leggings mold to the body and will not try to embarrass me with a  pantsing in the middle of Michigan Avenue (can you IMAGINE the mortification?  Oprah would kick me out of Chicago for that one).  Flowy dresses can be comfortable and made more structural with the right belt.  A cute tunic or sweater dress over the leggings will prove to be a staple.  With those options, the fall wardrobe should be functional yet cute!

What are some of your fall must have items?    If you’ve gone through any significant weight loss, what were your transitioning clothing solutions?

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Goal Oriented

Now that I have a fabulous trip to NYC planned and tickets to the see the glorious Diana Ross (that’s MISS ROSS to you) the hunt is on for the perfect dress.  As I was browsing through site upon site of glam, sparkly, chic dresses cool enough to be worn in Miss Ross’ presence, I thought about the fact that I’d look even better with major weight gone so that I can fit the more sexy numbers.  I’m already on a weight-loss mission that I’ve talked about here, here, and here, with 15 lbs gone since June 7th and practically no exercise.  Imagine what I could do if I weren’t being such a lazy bum?  So now the race is on, no excuses about not wanting to work out, so that I can possibly lose 30 lbs by the trip in September.  I’ve found the dress that will be my inspiration, the super cute little number that I’d love to get my body into shape for:

TFNC Scatter Sequin Open Back Dress

Now of course I know that I won’t be HER size, nor do I want to be, but I feel that I could probably knock down some major inches in two months if I put my mind to it.   Maybe get to a size 8 (I’m a 12/14 now).  Do you find that you have to have concrete goals in mind to get anything accomplished or are you disciplined  enough to say that you are going to go for something and then get it done?  What’s your crutch when it comes to losing weight?

body inspiration: Gabrielle Union

Workouts and Seeing Progress

SW: 186 NW: 178

Down 14 pounds since I first started trying to lose weight on June 7th and 8 lbs down since taking the phentermine pills and starting the weight loss journey via the blog here on June 12th.   Very happy about that, as you can imagine 🙂  14 down, about 55 more to go, lol!

I’ve been taking the phentermine every morning and because of that my appetite has been suppressed. What has become an issue is making sure to eat enough calories because I guess a side effect of the pills is that I never really have a specific taste for anything anymore and by the time I figure out what I want to eat sometimes I just DON’T eat because I’m no longer hungry.  Perhaps creating an eating schedule would be ideal so that it’s something to stick to and makes sure that I get at least 1200 calories.  Something to ponder!

The workout of choice today was 40 minutes on the elliptical and then lots of jump rope fun!  Jumping rope is considered one of the best cardio workouts that can be done because it works on toning the legs, arms, butt, and it gets the heart pumping (hence it being CARDIO 😛 )  so try to incorporate that in any future workouts!  Best to jump rope every other day, so that your muscles can relax in between days, do something more low key to the muscles such as the elliptical on in between days.  I watched this video for jumping rope techniques:

michelle obama jumping rope

After the jump rope and elliptical, I utilized the techniques from my Hip Hop Abs: Hips, Buns, and Thighs workout dvd for the booty exercises at the end of the video.  That workout is intense for the booty, will tone it up but beware, your butt WILL be sore!  Lol, you definitely feel the burn and I love it, watch that section here:

The only downside to working out and losing weight is the problem of clothes not fitting.  New things that I just bought a month ago no longer fit because my waist has gone down 2 inches since I  bought them.   Tailoring?  I guess it’s much easier to tailor things down than to have to let out, lol, so no complaining!  And of course, that can mean shopping 😉

body inspiration: beyonce bikini body

Updates and Reviews

Starting Weight: 186

Now Weight: 184

I have a gym setup in my house that includes weights, an elliptical, an ab lounger, fitness quality jump rope, and dvds such as hip hop abs and celebrity bootcamp, so those will be the main things that I utilize for workouts and mention on the blog.  Since dedicating to getting healthier on Saturday, I used the elliptical for 30 mins and the ab lounger for many repetitions , all while watching Law & Order to distract me from the fact that I was doing a dreaded workout 😛  I find that music is cool to work out to, but watching tv DEFINITELY makes the time go by much more quickly.  Which do you prefer, music, television, reading, silent meditation,  etc while working out?

A good resource that I’ve come across for tracking your progress while losing weight, getting healthy  is the website http://sparkpeople.com/ It tracks calories, progress, fitness, and gives good tips so I would highly recommend it.  Just remember to keep it updated!

On to beauty and hair product reviews 😀  I know that’s what you want!

Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme - Hand Cream - Burt's Bees

I have found the key to satiny soft hands!   Burt’s Bees Almond Milk beeswax hand creme is pure heaven because it smells good, feels like lush creamy goodness, AND garners awesome results.  My hands take a beating in the winter because of the harsh cold winds of Chicago, so it’s nice to pamper them with something that leaves the skin feeling healthy and moisturized.  Wish that I’d had this for the winter!  A+ for this product all of the way.  I purchased mine while at the Cracker Barrel waiting to eat, but it can be found online or anywhere that Burt’s Bee’s products are sold such as Walgreens.

Since my hands are looking and feeling so much better, I’ve been on QUITE the nail polish kick, changing the color practically every other day.  Part of that changing so often is because of my general restlessness with one look, but another is the annoying fact that so many polishes chip if you happen to even LOOK at your nails the wrong way.  So annoying, right ladies?  Well, Sally Hansen has created a godsend for those of us who may want a nail look to last for more than half an hour.  Their new Complete Salon Manicure really does have the effect of a base coat, rich polish, and top coat in one.  This stuff LASTS!  So far I’ve purchased in Choco-latte and Hidden Treasure.  Hidden Treasure is fun because it’s clear with flecks of grey, pink, gold depending on how you look at it and works wonders when used as a top coat over something else.  When I went to Jamaica last week, I put on a cream colored base coat with Hidden Treasure on top and it lasted the whole trip of 4 days and beach fun.   Definite A+ on this line of products as well and I WILL be getting many more of the colors which can be seen here: http://www.sallyhansen.com/product.cfm?product=385

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish, Choco-Latte

Remember when I posted about starting to take biotin to help my hair continue to grow?  Well dear readers, I am one of those people who had the unfortunate side effect that they say can happen, which is broken out skin 😦  I’ve curtailed my usage of the supplement because it has caused a massive slew of bumps along my jawline and on my cheeks.  NOT a good look, especially when my hair has been healthy anyway and not really needing the extra help.   So I just wanted to give the update that Biotin is not the route for me, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t work for you because different bodies react differently to it 🙂

Now about this huge head of hair I am growing.  My beloved Qhemet’s Amla and Olive heavy cream is running low, so of course I had to go to the health foods store and replace it.  While there, I happened to notice Qhemet’s Olive and Honey Hair Balm and a light bulb went off.  I’d spoken “here” about wanting to incorporate honey into my summer program because honey is a humectant and therefore takes moisture from the air and imparts it into the hair!  So when I saw that, I bypassed the heavy cream which may be a bit much for the summer humidity and grabbed up the olive/honey balm.   Can I just say, this stuff is divine?  PARTY time, I LOVE Qhemet’s 😀  Hair is soft and pretty and smells nice.  So far I’ve just added some to dry hair that was in an old twist out, but when I was my hair tomorrow, I will use it out of the shower for a wash and go and see how that works and to do some two strand twists.  I have high hopes on it’s moisture potential!  😀

hair hero: Singer Nneka (Check her out here: LOVE this song – Heartbeat)

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 socialitedreams@gmail.com and we can talk about maybe meeting up and motivating one another 🙂

Starting stats:

5’1

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: http://www.olivera.com/index.htm (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)

Gotta Look Good For LA

In fashion news, I am REALLY digging Jessica Simpson’s shoes/handbag lines!  I bought the most fab purse from her called the Limelight in color pine and it looks like it cost no less than $300.  It’s so luxe, I may have to rock that purse tonight to dinner with my girly Ashley.

it’s like this, but a deep teal color that is so chic for fall/winter and you know that jewel tones are in.

My daddy bought me a new ring/necklace set from Swarvoski that I wanted for months now.  It was a surprise and I am so in love with it and appreciative that he got it from me.  The thing is MAJOR blingage for my Hollywood life.

it’s called the Chic ring, and I must agree!  The necklace is small and has a couple of gems so as not to compete or overpower.  Ahh, I love it!  What do you think?

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