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The Battle…

Living as someone who is overweight is a battle.  It is a constant fight with yourself.  “I should get some exercise.”  “Nah.  I don’t want to…I’m too tired.”  “I shouldn’t eat that.”  “But I want it!  Just this once…” “I should lose some weight.”  “I’ll start tomorrow….right after I eat this.”  Sometimes you win that battle, sometimes you lose.  Obviously, most of the time, I lost.  If I had been winning, I wouldn’t have watched the scale go down 5 pounds and up 10…or down 60 and up 80.   Down and up, down and up, until I finally hid the scale and stopped weighing myself.  I couldn’t face it anymore, so I didn’t.  I gave up the fight.

Just because I gave up, that didn’t mean the problem just went away.  As much as I tried to hide from it, I was reminded every day.  Every time I looked in the mirror, put on clothes, went shopping, traveled, got into or out of a car…or a chair…or pretty much did anything moving around in the world.  Since I had given up, I just got used to it.  This was my life.  I was the fat girl.  I didn’t really know how to be anyone else, so I stopped trying.

Last year, by the grace of God, I decided that enough was enough.  I decided to start fighting again.  Little by little, one decision at a time, it became my life.  Now, for the first time, I’m not fighting any more.  I’m not giving up either.  I’m living.  I am finally free.

Laughing Cow is my friend…plus an announcement!

Disclaimer: I do not work for, nor do I have an affiliation with The Laughing Cow, and this is not a sponsored post. All products were purchased with my own money, and were not provided by the manufacturer for review.

I know I am not the first to say this, but I have made a discovery that has changed my life. I have discovered Laughing Cow cheese wedges. For months, I have been enjoying the Mini Babybel cheeses for a quick bite of protein, but I have only recently begun to enjoy the Laughing Cow wedges. They are full of creamy deliciousness, and have a variety of uses. I have personally had them in tacos, grilled cheese sandwiches, pasta sauce, as a bagel topping, and on pizza. My favorite way to use them is on a flatbread pizza. They are so creamy, you can use them as a sauce and a cheese, which will save you a ton of points/calories/fat grams!

The light varieties come in six flavors. I have personally tasted the Creamy Swiss and Queso Fresco & Chipotle. My personal favorite so far, the Creamy Swiss flavor, has 35 calories and 1.5 grams of fat per wedge. It has one point for 1-2 wedges. It is kind of exciting to figure out new ways to use this, making delicious low-point snacks and meals. In doing a little research for this post, I noticed that you can find recipes on their site as well. I definitely plan to try some of them and will review them here. If you are working on a healthy lifestyle plan, I highly recommend you check these out. Let me know if you do and how you use them!

Now, on to my announcement! I have created a Facebook page for my blog! I hope you will check it out and “like” it. I will be posting blog updates, photos, any other thoughts or links I want to share with you. Please feel free to post any ideas on my wall as well, or just stop by to say hello! https://www.facebook.com/HealthyBeautifulBlessed

Have a great evening everyone! Weigh-in day approaches…dun dun dun! Stay tuned for my weekly update!

Momentous Occasion

I had to stop in and share this very exciting moment with all of you. I bought new workout pants today. They are a MEDIUM! I never have worn a medium in my adult life. This was just too exciting, and I couldn’t wait to share it! What is a size or weight milestone you have been excited to accomplish? What is your next goal?

A healthy, beautiful, blessed life.

I’m sure everyone has heard that the 30’s are the best years of your life.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I didn’t believe it.  I was absolutely terrified to turn 30.  I know that technically I was no longer a child in my 20’s, but to me it was a prolonged adolescence.  Even though I was an adult who was responsible for my own life, I was still figuring things out.  There are so many decisions to make, so many paths to choose, that it all seemed very overwhelming.  As I neared 30, I began figuring things out.  I started becoming more comfortable in my own skin.  When I turned 30 last year, I knew I still needed to make some changes, but I wasn’t quite ready.   In February of 2012, I hit the refresh button on my life.

There is something you should know about me, in order to get the full picture here.  I have struggled with my weight for most of my life.  Healthy foods were just not for me, and I certainly wasn’t into exercising.  I just liked to eat and I didn’t like to do what was necessary to burn the calories.  Every once in a while I would get on a health kick and lose 10, 20, 30, or maybe even 70 pounds.  However, I was always doing it because I felt like I should, not because I wanted to.  I didn’t try to find healthy things that tasted good, and I certainly didn’t try to find exercise that I enjoyed.  Being on a diet was not supposed to be fun.  It was work, so there was no way I could enjoy it.  My attitude was never in the right place.  So, a few months (or weeks…or a year…) later, the weight would slowly creep back on until I was back where I started.

This year, something just clicked.  I decided I was going to let being healthy become my lifestyle, not something I was forcing myself to do.  I started Weight Watchers once again.  This is a program that I tried twice before.  I was pretty successful at it too.  I lost 70 pounds the first time and 20 pounds the second time.  However, my head wasn’t in the right place, so I quit and it came right back on.  I knew this program worked, but I was too lazy to put in the effort.  This time, something was different.  I was different.  I wanted to change my life.  So the journey began.  I started working out regularly, finding things that were actually fun.  I started tracking what I ate, which became like a game.  I found healthy versions of the foods I always loved.  Right away, the pounds started coming off.  The results were definitely encouraging, but most of all, I liked how it made me feel.

As I began sharing my story and my progress with others, people began asking me questions about it.  I found that there are so many people in the world with stories just like mine.  We are different ages and come from different backgrounds, but our struggles are the same.  I wanted to create this blog to expand the circle even more.   Here you will find personal stories on health, beauty, fitness, and faith.  As I also struggle with sensitive skin, you will find an occasional beauty review as well.  I am not an expert by any means, but I hope that you will be able to relate to my story and feel encouraged to share your own.  Maybe you will even hit the refresh button yourself;  and start your own healthy, beautiful, blessed life.