My Healthy Lifestyle Journey

 

some of the. meals/snacks I’ve prepared!

Good Morning! I’m writing this post right before I have to head to the dentist (ugh!) to get my wisdom tooth pulled. I still have to go back for fillings and crowns and I am so disappointed with myself because things shouldn’t have gotten this far in regards to my dental health and my health in general. I know exactly why I am at this point though. I grew up in a household where I could eat anything I wanted at anytime. I didn’t have to ask permission for snacks and goodies and my mom bought and cooked whatever I liked. If she couldn’t cook it, we ordered it and I just accepted that as a way of life. I’ve worked out here and there but I knew to see real results, I’d have to change what I eat as well and that part would be tough for me. I want to be the best version of myself and I knew that in order for that to happen, I’d have to change up my eating habits. I’m not too big on beef or pork ( I do like bacon though!) but chicken as always been my weakness. I love Chick Fil A and when I go there, I get the same thing: 12 piece nuggets, waffle fries and a Coke or sweet tea. On this particular lifestyle plan, I can’t eat red meat, can’t drink soda and no processed foods…bye bye Chick Fil A šŸ˜¢ Fortunately, pasta is still on the menu in whole wheat form which doesn’t taste half bad. I have to prepare all my meals myself and that’s a first because I NEVER cooked on a regular basis. It’s been a challenge especially since many of the foods I love are no longer on the menu so I’ve had to be creative and try other type of dishes like my almond apple muffins above ( I know they look like cookies but it’s only because of the angle) steamed asparagus (eh!)  and boneless, skinless chicken breasts ( at least I can still eat chicken!)

I’ve been working out at least once a day as well doing things like squats, crunches, lunges and other types of exercises that will tone my tummy, legs and booty. I want to look and feel healthy and I feel that with this new healthy lifestyle, I am on the right track. I may have a “cheat day” in the future but as long as they don’t turn into cheat weeks and months, I think I’ll be alright. I will continue to keep you up to date on my progress and in a future post, I’ll show you before and after pics(yikes!) Keep giving your all into whatever it is you desire and make sure to share your journey with me. We’ll talk soon!
Always remember to love and live luxuriously!

Advertisements

Plastic Surgery: Yay or Nay?

I was talking to my girl Robyn (who will be co-hosting with me on a future show really soon!) about being confident with your appearance and the challenges we faced growing up and learning to love ourselves in the process. I started thinking to myself “What would I like to change about myself physically to be completely satisfied with myself?” I always had an overbite but braces made it less noticeable and closed my once prominent gap so my smile hasn’t been a major issue. I was always the skinny girl in middle school and high school and was 107 pounds at my lowest but within the last few years, I’ve filled out dramatically so that really isn’t an issue anymore either. I do want to tone but I can do that by going to the gym a few times a week and eating healthier but none of these “changes” seemed extreme to me so I thought about what it would be like to take the next step and receive cosmetic surgery. I could receive veneers to fix my teeth, a butt lift to get the perfect booty and liposuction to get the perfect stomach and then I would be happy right? Heidi Montag (the woman in the video) claims she is happy withĀ the 10 procedures she had done to change her look so it seems like the logical thing to do if you have the money right? It would seem that way but now I am not so sure.

I consider myself to be an attractive woman. I’ve been told that I’m cute or pretty many times and when I get dolled up, I feel great at first but even in those moments, I can find a flaw that can distort the image that I see staring back at me in the mirror. Plastic surgery can these “flaws” but what it can’t fix is my confidence overall. These issues are deeper than what people see on the outside and stem from how I viewed myself growing up and how I related to others. I would have to deal with these issues first before ever considering going under the knife. I don’t believe in quick fixes so I know that fixing my tummy or booty won’t bring instant confidence and the changes may be damaging to my health so I would have to live with these decisions for the rest of my life. I believe that to feel confident in all aspects of your life, you have to be confident in your appearance so if plastic surgery will help in your journey to positive self worth, then go for it! My advice is to focus on why you want the changes first and work on an “inner makeover” before you take the next step and change what’s on the outside. As long as you are true to yourself, you can’t go wrong!

love.laugh.live.life