Talk About Motivation

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Wanting to get skinny for fashion is no new ambition for many women; the motivating factor for slimming down is usually either for the clothes or for the men. Well hot darn, Asos has provided PRIME fashion reasons to get down all tiny and tight. I was browsing through the site randomly and stumbled upon their petite section which in itself is a total fashion coup for me because at 5’1, many clothing items (such as much coveted maxi dresses) would never fit my height because they were never INTENDED for my height. So how pleased was I to see that the petite line is for women 5’3 and under that includes maxi dresses in the bunch??? Someone please catch me, I think I’m swooning.

Everything on that site was OMG reaction after OMG reaction, feast your eyes on these must-get-in-shape-for dresses:

Image 1 of ASOS PETITE Mesh Twisted One Shoulder Dress

Image 1 of ASOS PETITE Exclusive Bodycon Embellished Colour Block Dress

And now for the ULTIMATE in sexy.  If this dress isn’t motivation to get my ass in gear so that I can be someone’s luscious arm/eye candy, then I don’t know what is.

What are some clothing items that you are just LUSTING after but can’t have for whatever reason?  Have any motivation pieces set to the side as an end goal (teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini perhaps)?

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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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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

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)

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