getting in shape for fashion

Monthly Archives: August 2012

I LOVE accessories! And the great thing about them? They fit. No matter what size you are, accessories always fit, and always look good. Whenever I feel like my outfit is looking a little drab or boring, I just throw on a few of my favorite accessories, and instantly feel better. Here are some of my favorite items:
  • Statement necklaces
  • Bright colored shoes
  • Gold hoop earrings
  • Scarfs
  • A big ring
  • Bright, fun nail polish
  • A good bag
What are some of your favorite accessories?



Current weight – 148#

Goal weight – 128#

Weight lost since last weigh in – 3.2#

Total weight lost – 10#

Weight still to lose – 20#

My weight loss goal is to lose 1.5# per week, and I’m hoping that having a weekly update will give me a good idea as to whether I’m on track with that or not.

I will be at my half way mark at 143#

It feels great to have broken another 10# barrier! Now my focus is getting under 140#

I think it’s probably pretty obvious that fashion is a major motivator in my quest to get in shape, but in all seriousness, I’m doing this for a much deeper reason. I’ve never had a great body image. I didn’t always hate my body, but I don’t think I’ve ever loved it either. And now that I have children, and especially a daughter, I want to lead by example and instill in them a healthy body image. I want them to know that it is important to be healthy, not skinny. I may be a little extreme, but I don’t use the words ‘fat’ or ‘skinny’. I know that they are words my daughter will hear throughout her life, but I want her to remember that they never came from me. Some of this may be a bit confusing, so let me try to be as clear as I can. I do want to be thin. I want to feel confident and comfortable in my body and the things that I wear. But, I want to do it the right way. I don’t want to starve myself. I don’t want to lose weight by not eating. I want to eat right. I want to eat healthy foods, in healthy amounts. And I want my body to be strong. I want to run and play with my kids and not get tired. I want to tone and see muscle, and I want to be proud of the things my body is capable of. I want my kids to know that their body is a gift, and if they treat it right and take care of themselves, they will be capable of so many things.

I have a ways to go still and I know I’ll have set backs. Making such a big lifestyle change isn’t easy. But for the first time , I am serious and dedicated to making this my way of life. There are days when I don’t want to go to the gym and want to chow down on some pizza and ice cream. But then I think about how far I’ve come, and how far I still have to go, and I know it’s not worth it.

What are some things that keep you motivated?

I think it’s important to be comfortable and confident in what you wear to the gym. If you don’t have work out clothes you feel good in, chances are, you’re not going to go work out.

My favorite colors are pink, turquoise, and anything with glitter. I tend to gravitate to pink when it comes to work out clothes. My husband and brother (aka. personal trainer) picked out a pair of bright pink Nike Free running shoes for me, I was in desperate need of some new kicks. My old pair was a good five or six years old, and definitely outdated. The Nike Free’s are super comfortable, and super cute. Check out Nike’s website for all the fun colors they come in.

What are you’re favorite clothes to work out in?

Work It

Current weight – 151.2#

Goal weight – 128#

Weight lost since last weigh in – 1.8#

Total weight lost – 6.8#

Weight still to lose – 23.2#

My weight loss goal is to lose 1.5# per week, and I’m hoping that having a weekly update will give me a good idea as to whether I’m on track with that or not.

And, I met one of my milestones this week… My wedding ring fits!!

1.Counting calories

The concept is simple, you need to burn more calories then you are eating, in order to lose weight. All the efforts put in at the gym won’t mean anything if you aren’t eating correctly. There are a few simple ways to cut calories:

  • Watch what you are drinking. You don’t want to drink all your calories with soda’s and juice.
  • Eat healthy calories. 250 calories worth of fruit, is better than a 250 cal candy bar, and will keep you fuller, longer.
  • Cut portion sizes. Most people eat more food at a time then they need.
  • Eat smaller meals, more frequently. This way you will stay more full, even though you are eating less.
  • My fitness pal app – Use it on your smart phone, or online at Become my friend and we can cheer each other on!
  • Check at restaurant before ordering. I’m realistic with myself in the fact that I like to eat out occasionally. And eating at home isn’t always an option (at least not the easiest one sometimes). But, when I go to a restaurant, I either check my phone app or check the restaurants calories online.  I usually end up having to box up half the order to stay within my calorie range, but it is possible.
  • Input individual items for home meals. My husband does the cooking at home. He is a great chef, and well, anything would be better then what I’d be capable of cooking. We eat a lot of lean meats and are trying to incorporate more vegetables, and healthier carbs. When we eat at home, I make sure I put in each individual ingredient to make sure I get the most accurate calorie count possible.
  • Measure out servings. ALWAYS measure out your servings when you’re counting calories. If you eyeball 3/4 cup of cereal, you will more likely then not, over estimate. Most serving sizes are actually a lot smaller then you would assume.

2. Resistance training

Along with counting calories. Building up muscle is very important. When you have muscle in your body, it continually burns calories throught the day. So, the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. My brother (aka. personal trainer) has me doing the following on separate days.

  • Chest/shoulders
  • Arms/back
  • Legs

Abs are done daily, unless they are super sore. And cardio is done as often as possible.  I’m asking for an elliptical for my birthday next month, so hopefully I’ll be able to fit cardio in more often.

My brother, Casey is studying to become a certified trainer.  He told me that the following percentages can be used loosely to gage weight loss success;
Nutrition 50-85%
Weights 40-75%
Cardio 10-15%
These percentages will change depending on the person and their situation.

This is a basic summary of what I’m doing right now. As my diet and workouts evolve, I’ll continue to update you on them.  In the mean time, what are some of your favorite exercises, and low cal meals?

A friend of mine has recently introduced me to thrift shopping. She always looks so cute, and whenever I ask her where her clothes are from, the answer is almost always a thrift store. There are a few things I’ve come to love about thrift shopping.

It is great for in-between clothes, when you are losing weight and not staying in one size for a long time. This way you can buy a few things that fit and you don’t have guilt because the cost is so cheap. I’ve found a few great in-between skirts at Good Will recently. Good Will is great, the area you live in will likely determine the type of clothes you find at your local Good Will. For example, I’ve gone to the Boulder Good Will, and they seem to carry a decent amount of nicer brands. I found a grey, J.Crew pencil skirt this last Saturday at their half off sale.  It cost me $2. To find a Good Will in your area, just go to their website and type in your zip code.

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Another store worth checking out, is Plato’s Closet. They are a second-hand retail store that carry gently used name brand styles. The great thing about this store, is you can bring in the clothes you don’t wear anymore, and if they are in good shape and current styles Plato’s will give you cash for your clothes or a credit to the store. A great way to filter out clothes you’ve out grown, and pick up some “new” items.

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