Monday, March 8, 2021

Double Digits

 I am bursting at the seams to share so many things.  I can already tell 2021 will be a big blogging year (maybe...possibly...don't hold me to it).   Let me start off on a super positive note – I have officially lost 10 pounds since January 1, 2021.  WOOHOO!  So, this will be what I learned about my body, and what is working for me.  

Knowing my body - I should say – getting to know my body.  I was slowly but surely losing a pound a week, but the next week after my last weight loss/fitness post I had a day or two where I gained and was gaining weight rapidly every day, and not losing and I struggled with the fact that this may be muscle because my measurements were not changing.  Realizing I needed to understand more about the food I was eating I started evaluating myself more after I ate.  I started keeping a 'food journal' in MyFitnessPal and weighing about 2 or 3 times a day.  Granted, in a lot of circles, this is a HUGE no-no.  Keep in mind that I was not using this as a reference to my weight loss but trying to understand when my body would retain water.  My body thinks it is fun to retain water, so I wanted to see what worked best with my body.  I was not happy with what I found out.  

D.A.I.R.Y.  – I would not be lying to say it is my number one favorite food.  I am huge on cheese, yogurt, milk…all the dairies.  One thing my body did not like and reacted to the most…. delicious dairy.  I took it out of my diet (tearfully) and was shocked by the scale that coming week.  I had lost 3 pounds in one week.  I was still eating plenty, keeping my calories at the right place, etc.  I knew that I had to keep dairy out of my diet until I reached my goal, then I would slowly add it back.  Let me also tell you a crazy thing.  This past week I tried Almond Milk because I really enjoy a sugar-free decaf latte for dessert some evenings.  I had about a cup of Almond Milk (Unsweetened, Plain, read the ingredients) and within 24 HOURS I had gained 5 pounds in water weight.  I am not kidding.  I do not know exactly what happened, but I changed nothing in my diet or exercise other than adding that.  Taking it back out, I was back on track about a day later.  So frustrating.

Water – I finally listened to my husband, as well as 1000 other people tell me this is key to healthy weight loss.  Drinking the recommended amount to start with, then as my body understood I was being nice to it (finally), I started craving more and now it is my go-to after coffee.  I believe this also helps keep my water retention at bay as well as any bloating. 

Anti-Inflammatory Foods - The majority of what I was eating fit on this list, but some did not.  I focused more on foods that really help to reduce inflammation, which will also help in my water retention - among a gazillion other things.  Foods like almonds, fish/seafood, olive oil, berries, leafy greens, mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, garlic, onion, eggs, brussel sprouts, zucchini, green tea, and a lot of others.  Not only did I pay attention to foods on these lists, but also what other foods would do the opposite and cause inflammation... sugar (white, honey, agave, splenda, aspartame), peanuts, sodas, alcohol, iodized salt, gluten, refined carbs, trans fats, and others.  These foods that cause inflammation are easier to avoid if you eat cleaner, and there are lists that contradict themselves - so take the bulk of knowledge and work with it.  For example, there are some dairies that are good anti-inflammatory foods, but after my snafu with dairy, I just listened to my body and not the lists. 

10 pounds feels amazing, but my goal is not fulfilled yet.  I was talking to a friend of mine, and I let her know that this next stage might be the most difficult.  I don’t know where my 36-year-old body will want to be, and if I can even reach my goal.  We shall see.  You know I’ll keep you updated. 😉  I’d be happy just looking killer in a bikini..which will be shipped very soon. Yay!  

I'd like to add a life moment reality- this past weekend was special.  I took a vacation day and had an amazing day-date with my husband (post/s coming soon 😉 it was seriously such a fantastic day).  I ate whatever I wanted.  This included Dairy Queen Chicken Basket (gravy of course), lattes with oat milk, specialty tacos, diet soda, chips & salsa, mall pretzel bites with cheddar cheese sauce & pretzel covered hotdogs, and ending with a cheeseburger meal. ❤ Balance. ❤

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Ooo la la & Omgoodness

First of all, let me say I am already breaking one of my 2021 resolutions of no self-shopping.  Secondly, I don’t care – Mama has worked hard and I will be rockin’ a new suit in my hopefully toned body.  It has been so hard finding the right swimwear this year, on top of the fact that it's normally hard finding a swimsuit that fits right.  You would think with all the options out there I would find a suit that I like.  Well, finally I did.  Hooray! I was scrolling through Instagram and there it was - the swimsuit I have been looking for.  Come to find, out one of my favorite clothing brands was launching swimwear in a matter of weeks.  I was ecstatic.  I loved it so much, that 2 nights before the launch I had a dream that it sold out before I was able to order.  Woke me up out of a dead sleep.  I'm still giggling about it.  I blocked off my calendar because these products seem to sell out in a matter of hours.  I had looked over the measurement guide and knew exactly what size to get in each, I was ready to pounce.   

They were launching at noon on a weekday, so I made sure to leave work at just the right time to make it home in time.   Because I had a dream that they sold out within minutes, I didn't waste any time.  At noon I refreshed my screen put the sizes in my cart and checked out by 12:02 pm.  Guess what?  By 12:13 pm my sizes were completely sold out, as well as 3 other sizes.  It is such a beautiful suit, I knew it would fly.



My next purchase was a dress for a May wedding I am attending.  The wedding will be hosted in one of my favorite places in all the world – Nashville, TN, and I am counting down the days.   AH!  The excitement is so intense!  You will be tired of seeing the happiness on Instagram I can tell you that for sure.  With all this in mind here are some of the shops that I am regularly stocking.  My recent fashion obsession is cut-outs.  The designs with it in just the right place to add that "Ooo la la" 😲 without the "omg" 😳.   


Kittenish 

My beautiful bathing suit is from here.  This is Jessie James Decker's clothing line and I love how it's unlike anything else.  I've window/screen shopped for years, but never actually bought from them until I saw the swimsuit.  Her line is just what you'd think Kittenish would be.  It's cute, playful, and country but yet still has a great deal of sex appeal. The fanbase followers to her line are growing quickly, and she usually sells out multiple items hours/days after launching them.  The good news is that she has a Nashville, TN store and one close to Destin, FL that remain fully stocked.  Here are some pieces that I haven't bought, but I really like (mostly because, you guessed it..sold out). 



VICI 

Another online retailer that I have screen-shopped for a long time and never purchased.  Also, they sell out quickly as well.  They have daily drops - DAILY - which is why I love following them.  With so many selections, it's hard not to find something that fits your style-personality.  There really seems to be something for everyone.  They've got a brick store in Nashville, TN...it's on my list to visit. 

 











Southern Alternative 

This retailer has to be my favorite.  I've been following them for almost a year now, and today was the first time purchasing from them, and I am stoked to receive the item in the mail.  Southern Alternative takes a twist with a sweet & southern style and mixes it with sultry.  A lot of open back tops during the summer, plunging necklines, cutoff shorts, crop tops, and everything else that pushes the envelope while still holding onto southern-class.  If you watch them long enough, you will also find out that they are months ahead of trends.  Just scrolling through their Instagram they were posting outfits last summer. that are currently starting to show up in stores    They are simply amazing.  I don't know why it took me so long.  I have so many pieces that I wish I had purchased that are completely sold out now. 


I decided to finally purchase this dress when I realized after a day of unsuccessful shopping that this was the look I was hoping to see.  I'm am nervous about the color, yellow tones can be all over the map. Yellow is normally considered a 'warm' tone but a lot of yellows are mixed with cool undertones that can throw my skin color sickly ill.  I do believe the best way to handle any yellow is a nice coat of darker self-tanner.  Yellow is a color of summer, and usually, tanned skin accompanies & compliments.  Here are some past styles that I wish I had added to my cart.  Cheers to better luck this season.