Saturday, July 23, 2016

Better-For-You Delicious Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas Recipe (372 Calories)

I absolutely love to eat. Mexican food is my weakness; enchiladas in particular. Sadly, my favorite restaurant version contains over 500 calories and 24 grams of fat per serving. Needless to say, that doesn't really fit into my current diet.

Because I was craving enchiladas a couple of weeks ago, I decided that I wasn't going to deprive myself and would make a "better-for-you" version at home. With this recipe, one serving is two enchiladas. This gives me the chance to treat myself without going overboard on my calorie count.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Quality, Affordable Activewear for Plus Size Women: Juno®Active™

As many of you already know, my fitness journey started on May 18, 2016. Since then, I have gone from 220 pounds to 193 (as of June 17, 2016). This journey has been challenging, it's been exciting, and it's taught me quite a bit about being a plus sized woman trying to get fit and healthy.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Overcoming Bullying: My Story

As a child who struggled with weight most of my life, I was quite insecure and quiet. You know the kid who typically stands off in the background until spoken to? That was me.

Because of my shyness and my large physique, I was often the target of ridicule and bullying. I was called fat, fatty, and obese. At one point, I was even punched in the arm and called a "fat ass" by someone who I was very close to. I remember collapsing to the floor, uncontrollable tears pouring from my eyes. It wasn't even the physical assault that hurt me. It was that three letter word: F.A.T.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Carriage Hill MetroPark: Huber Heights, Ohio

Carriage Hill MetroPark is located in Huber Heights, Ohio, and is a fun, historical destination for adults and children alike.

We visit Carriage Hill often because it's only a fifteen minute drive away. I've written about Carriage Hill MetroPark before on Freelance Lady.

At the Visitor Center, they have a model of an old one-room school house, as well as a barn/stable area where children can build their own creations with blocks.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Fitness Results Update + Work Out Routine + Daily Meal Plan

I've only been on this fitness journey since May 18, 2016, but I have learned so much in the past month-and-a-half. The one thing that really stands out is that we're all going to have bad days once in awhile. For me, that day was yesterday. I was discouraged because I wasn't feeling my muscles working during my workouts. That alone was enough to put negative thoughts in my head. You're not doing it right was a thought that plagued me all day.

It's absolutely true that throughout this journey—or any journey for that matter—you can be your own best friend or your own worst enemy. Yesterday, I was my own worst enemy.

This morning, fortunately, I woke up with a better attitude. I jumped on the scale and saw that I'm still sitting at 194 pound. This, to me, is great! I am 26 pounds lighter than I was in May and that is extremely exciting!

My goal weight, for those of you who don't know, is currently 175. That might change as I tone up, but for now, that's where it stands. For my height (5'7"), that is still considered "overweight" but every body is different and I have a large frame to begin with.

NOTE: I don't usually pay much attention to the number on the scale in terms of progress. I do, however, use it to determine how many calories I'm burning. I weigh myself weekly.

Inches Lost

After checking my weight, I measured my body to see how many inches I've lost. So far, I've lost a total of 8.5 inches. The break down is below:

Friday, July 8, 2016

Fitness Equipment For Beginners - Plus-Size Workout Gear

On May 18, 2016, I put a plan into action. That plan was to work hard, get fit, and be healthy. I didn't make any excuses. I didn't wait until Monday. I just started.

Of course, it's not fair to say that I went in without knowing what to expect. Truth be told, I did know what to expect because this wasn't my first rodeo. I've tried to lose weight before. The one thing that was different was that this time, I actually did it.

Because of my previous, unsuccessful journeys, I already had an exercise bike. Early on in this journey, I picked up a set of moisture-wicking active wear. This helped me eliminate possible excuses. With the bike, I had no excuse to skip cardio. With the clothes, I couldn't say that I was "too hot" or "too sweaty."

It is incredibly important that you make preparations prior to your lifestyle change to reduce the risk of "relapse." You can start at any moment, but as you go along, you'll want to make sure that you have what you need to make your journey a little easier. Old habits die hard, so it's up to you to have what you need to stay on track. Not to mention, purchasing new goodies for your exercise routine is also a good way to stay motivated!

Fall 2016 Fashion Trends: Pumpkin Hues, Dresses, Denim, and More

Fall 2016 is creeping up on us faster than I imagined. Fortunately, I'm a fall-lover so I'm excited about the change in season. I'm all about the cool, crisp air and the leaves changing—and football, of course. My favorite part about fall is the fashion, however. I've done a little research and put together this "must-have guide" to clue you in to the hot trends this season so you can stay warm, cozy, and stylish.

Pumpkin Hues Are In!

For the 2016 Autumn season, fashion has taken an interesting turn when it comes to colors. It looks like muted oranges are the color this fall, so now you can represent your favorite pumpkin foods in style.

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