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)

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