A tutorial on how to tie a blanket scarf! Blanket scarves are always a great addition to a fall or winter look! The perfect finishing touch and so very cozy! This tutorial shows a few simple ways to tie a blanket scarf! ASOS is a great place to find affordable blanket scarves. I linked several options, all under $30!
Hi friends! Thanks so much for stopping by!! If you’re like me you love a good before and after photo. I would find myself scrolling through fitness Instagram pages, hopping from one page to the next on people who had posted about their fitness journey! Always thinking, I’d like to see what my body can do! I want a challenge! Healthy living has always been important to me and just like with most things in life I’ve been on a journey where there are times I am fit and making good choices with my nutrition. Then, there are times where I’m a bit heavier and indulging when it comes to the food I consume and that is okay! Life is full of ebb and flow. I recently read an article that said our health journey isn’t about being rigid and finding the perfect weight, and staying there forever. This just isn’t practical. I think this is where I have felt failure. The failure is in thinking that I will stay 135lb for the rest of my life. Sure, this is the weight where I feel most comfortable in my skin. But, I know that it will fluctuate with life. This is really important to remember. Life happens and it’s messy. Being active and making good choices with your nutrition most of the time is important and best for living a long and healthy life. But, I’ve seen 145lb, I’ve seen 156lb, I was 198lb when I gave birth to Kashmir. Wherever you are at on your journey, you’re never too late to start making changes! Slowly but surely you can make small changes that lead to big ones. It just takes the desire for more. The desire to invest in yourself. This is my journey in deciding to challenge myself and push my body to new limits. It hasn’t been easy. But, it is so worth it! After all, nothing worth having is easy. Right?
*****When I took my photo in July I did not intend on sharing my progress. This is why it looks like a mug shot and I’m in my undies. hehe!! Whoops.
HOW I DID IT:
Until I was done nursing Kyrie I didn’t want to do anything drastic towards losing the weight I gained while pregnant. Keeping up my milk supply was important to me and I struggled to keep my milk supply with Kashmir. Kyrie weaned himself in July. This is when I decided to put in extra effort towards losing the last few pounds and building some muscle. I started in July at 145lb. At the end of October, I weighed 137.4lb. It took me three months to lose 7.6lb.
How I lost the weight: I worked out anywhere from 2-4 times a week, depending on what the day allowed for. I worked out in my living room or went for a walk/run. I did not use weights. I did not go to the gym. I did not buy a workout program. I did not but a meal plan. I really want to stress this! It does not take purchasing a single thing to make a change. All it takes is a lot of determination and commitment.
WORKOUTS: I used and still use Fitness Blender for free workouts on YouTube as well as on their website fitnessblender.com
NUTRITION: I used and still use the app, My Fitness Pal. It’s free!!!
Weight loss, maintaining weight, weight gain is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. This is CRUCIAL! I used to struggle with the thought, “But, I ate a salad! But, I didn’t eat that cookie! But, I ate chicken and broccoli!! I am making healthy choices. Why am I a not losing weight????” Healthy foods are great, but you won’t lose unless the body is in a caloric deficit. So, yes I ate a salad or chicken and broccoli. But, if the portions are too big nothing is going to change. I have a hard time with portion sizes. Eyeballing it is not a good way to start out. This is why I use My Fitness Pal. It helps me stay on track. I measure out every single thing I am putting in my mouth and I am entering it before I eat it. It is important to be accurate with your entries otherwise the time spent using the app will not be fruitful.
FAILED ATTEMPT: My Fitness Pal asks for your age, height, weight, and amount of activity you partake in. These factors calculate how many calories you should be taking in, in order to lose or gain weight depending on your goals. I was 145lb and wanted to lose 10lb. I wanted to lose it as fast as possible; so, I entered I wanted to lose 2lb a week. The app told me I needed to be eating 1200 calories a day. I did this after having Kashmir and it worked! I lost all my baby weight. This time around I did not have the same success. My friend is really into healthy living and has a lot of knowledge on fitness/nutrition. I turned to her because after a month and a half of consuming 1,200 calories a day I had only lost 3lb. I was so frustrated and so hungry!!!! I was supposed to be at my goal weight by now and was feeling so defeated. She and I are about the same height and have a very similar body type. She told me of how her caloric intake was much higher than mine and she was losing weight. My body was in starvation mode! I wasn’t taking in enough calories. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. Less isn’t always the answer. There is a balance that is needed and our bodies need calories to function. Food is the fuel that keeps us going. Never starve yourself for the sake of losing weight. I wasn’t starving myself. But, sure I was hungry. The body will feel hungry when we take calories away. That is normal. But, not eating enough to keep your body functioning in a healthy way is bad the same way eating too much is bad. With that said we recalculated my caloric intake and what I should be consumed by adding a little more information.
We used my BMI (Body Mass Index), height, weight, age.
This is what my current information looks like; just to give you an idea:
CALORIES TO MAINTAIN: 2,139
SUBTRACT 500 (calories) from the above number
CALORIES TO LOSE: 1,639
SUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT: I should be consuming 1,639 calories in order to lose weight. I had myself at 1,200. That’s 439 calories more each day!!!! Two small meals or one bigger meal. Those are important for sanity! Gosh, once I added these calories back in it was so nice!!! Both for my sanity and for the scale. Once, I added the calories I started losing consistently and got myself down to 135.4; which is where I currently am at.
Calculate how many calories you should be consuming to lose: CALORIES TO MAINTAIN – 500= CALORIES TO LOSE
*500 is the number of calories you need to take out of your daily intake to be at a caloric deficit.
REMEMBER: Being healthy isn’t all about the scale! It’s how you feel in your skin, how you fit in your clothes. Muscle weighs more than fat! You might weigh more than you’d think you “should” but look and feel better because you have more muscle than fat. There are just so many factors and I am by no means an expert. Just, sharing what worked for me and hoping to show that making a change doesn’t have to cost you a gym membership or an expensive supplement regimen. (None of those things are bad) Just not a necessity and good to know if it’s not in the budget to go to the gym or purchase special food for gaining a healthier lifestyle. 🙂
Currently, I am doing a challenge which I did pay for; wanted to change things up and see what will come of an 8-week change of pace! It’s important to keep things interesting and keep your body guessing. I’ve hit an ebb again. But, that is okay. It’s a marathon, not a sprint right?! Ebb and flow, friends. Ebb and flow.
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My absolute favorite bracelets are these bad boys right here!! The original roll-on bracelets; made by, Aid Through Trade. First time I ever laid eyes on em’ was several years ago when my sister gifted me a couple for my birthday!! They were beautiful; You can bet I loved them from the get-go! I was sadly unaware of what Aid Through Trade stands for. My sister, Megan told me all about how absolutely amazing Aid Through Trade really is!!!! The real beauty is the story behind how they are made. The Original Roll-On bracelets are handmade in Nepal by female artisans. This company allows for women to rise above poverty through fair trade. Is that not just so exciting?!?! Seriously, so empowering for the women of Nepal and really important!! These bracelets are ethically crafted and come with a lifetime guarantee. To know that the person was fairly paid for their time in developing countries is important and something to be proud of when you make a purchase!
My sister loves a gift that is meaningful. She definitely pulled through with these beauties! Since then I purchased two more sets over the years! The set photographed above is the mocha set. I love these colors! Perfect for fall- my favorite time of year!! The other thing I love about these bracelets is that they are one size fits all! They easily stretch to fit a larger wrist; one like mine! I have large hands and often struggle to wear bracelets that don’t have a clasp. I never struggle with these, just as they are called the original roll-on bracelet; they roll on with ease! I wear my bracelets regularly. If you watch for my posts or Insta Stories you’ll seem them make a regular appearance as my arm candy of choice! The other thing is that they still look amazing! They don’t look worn out, there are no strings hanging from the beads. In fact, there are no beads missing at all. This wouldn’t be an issue anyway because they offer a lifetime guarantee. But, the fact that Aid Through Trade offers the lifetime guarantee means they truly believe in their products; just as I do!
With the holidays around the corner, I wanted to share these amazing bracelets now!!! They make such a great gift! They’re not only really pretty and easily dressed up or down. But, the fact that a purchase means you are supporting women in Nepal is even more amazing! The best kind of gift for anyone who loves some good arm candy! Photographed above is the sweet packaging that comes with any purchase. The bracelets come with a tag that has the name of the woman handwritten on a little card stating, handmade with love in Nepal by, in this case, Indy! Such a personal touch. I love that every time I wear my roll on’s I know I am supporting a woman in Nepal through fair trade! The bracelets come in a cute little canvas pouch and a note card with a short description about Aid Through Trade. The perfect way to let that someone know how meaningful their bracelets truly are.
This particular set: Mocha/$38 *This set is new. I have yet to wear them; I’ll be sure to share the first time I style them!!!