the small things

With Christmas and Thanksgiving around the corner people begin to soften up, they begin to realize the small things they’re thankful for. Today was one of those soft days for me, I began to really notice the small things that bring me so much joy. So I typed up a list of “my small things”

1| waking up before the alarm

More often than not I will wake up to the sound of my alarm, which isn’t the most fun thing, as many of you know, but once in a while I will wake up before the alarm. Usually when I wake up before the alarm Im not tired and I end up being in an over all greater mood all day.

2| Rainy Days

Rainy days aren’t too common where I live, so when they do come along I take in every second of it.

3| Getting new music

I absolutely love getting new music, change is always nice,and whenever I do download a new song/album I have it on repeat all day.

4| Good face days

I don’t know about you but some days my face just looks better than others (silly I know)!

5| Baths

Baths are my favorite thing, so relaxing and calming. Im very thankful to be able to have a nice hot bath as frequently as I do.

Remember to notice the little things. That’s what’s in my cup of tea.

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How I lost 50 pounds// My weight loss journey

This topic is so dear to my heart, and I struggled with my weight all my life. Please take everything I say lightly, I encourage everyone wanting to lose weight to do it the healthy way and to focus on personal health and well being other than looks and being thin. You can also check out the youtube video I made on this topic here >http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa4MfOxt69Y 

With that being said, Ill go ahead and share with you my weight loss journey. 

All of my life I was “chubby” I always had extra fat on me and I was always bigger than the other kids. I’ve always had a slower metabolism so I couldn’t eat the way the rest of my siblings did. For example, my brother Jack could eat McDonalds and Pizza for every meal and not gain an ounce, but that wasn’t the case for me. I noticed that I had an “eating problem” around 5th grade, yes I was much too young to be worrying about my weight but that didn’t cross my mind at the time. 5th grade was when the crash diets started. It started with nutrisystem, I lost maybe 5 pounds with that, but when I grew tired of limiting my portions I gave up on it and gained all the weight back and then some. I went onto e-diets, raspberry ketones, and then HCG. if you don’t know what HCG is, it’s a crazy, ridiculous, and totally unhealthy diet in which you take a pregnancy hormone by mouth 6 times a day which convinces your body that you are pregnant. Not only that but you also only eat 500 calories a day. I’m ashamed to say that I would have ever been so desperate to look a certain way that I took a pregnancy hormone and put my body through that. 

Just like all the other diets, I gave up on HCG and gained all of my weight back plus more. By December of 2012 I weighed 185+ pounds. This is when it dawned on me “maybe I need to loose weight”, but this time I wasn’t going to do a crash diet, because obviously they hadn’t worked out too well in the past. I set my new years resolution just like everyone else, in 2013 I’m going to lose weight. Thats exactly what I did. 

There isn’t much I can say other than I ate clean. If you don’t know what clean eating is, it’s eating what comes from the earth, not eating processed foods with oils and sugars and preservatives. I ate the natural stuff, the good stuff. Kale was my best friend, and so was the gym! I worked out 6 days a week! Shout out to my dad for being a trooper and working out with me for hours at 8 at night 6 days a week. Once I started seeing results I became inspired! 

You will see changes in your body, thats a promise, but only if you stay consistent! Consistency is key, but to stay consistent you have to have motivation. I looked to visualization for motivation, I realize now that I had the wrong mind set, I visualized myself with a thin body when I should have visualized myself with a healthy body, not only on the outside but on the inside. 

Today I am a size 6 when I used to be a size 13 and I am 50 pounds down. I am so glad that I decided to make a change in my lifestyle to better my health. I wrote this post not only to share my story but also to encourage others to take control of their lifestyle, the way I did 11 months ago. 

That’s what’s in my cup of tea.