#CGGS Is Official!

If you follow Elisabeth at Everything & Nothin’, then you know that Chubby Girl Gets Skinny is officially a group on facebook! If you don’t follow her, then you definitely should.

 

What is CGGS?

It’s a weight loss journey support group for plus size women wanting a healthier lifestyle. In the group, we support each other, encourage each other and enlighten each other about all things health and fitness! A lot of us at CGGS are big girls and are newbies at working out and eating right, but if you are more advance in that area definitely join us! Beginners and Experts are more than welcome.

CGGS is for all levels of fitness and health to join in supporting others who are trying to get a healthy lifestyle and holding each other accountable. I have tried so many times to lose weight and even share my journey online but I never received feedback or “good job!” so when the hard times came, I simply stopped. So far I have been going 4 weeks strong with my healthy lifestyle journey and it’s because I have Elisabeth rooting me on and counting on me to continue and not give up. We want to help you find that group, or person, that will encourage you to continue and work through your struggles!

How do I join and what do I do?

To join CGGS, you can simply join our facebook page! There you will have access to all our tips, resources, support, rantings and more on weight loss and eating healthy. If you are a blogger, go ahead and share your CGGS related posts on the FaceBook page to get extra readers and viewers! Yes, it’s a great way to promote your blog and that’s totally okay to do (as long as the posts are healthy lifestyle/weight loss related)!

Do I have to share Before and After pictures/share my measurements and weight?

No. If you are not comfortable at first sharing those facts, you definitely do not have to share them. But it is highly encouraged to share. It is a step out of your comfort zone, yes. You may feel embarrassed sharing those stats, you may even feel ashamed. We have all been there. The only reason I even posted my stats is because I read Elisabeth’s post and she had her stats up, front, and center. She inspired me to do the same. After all, we are all working to change our eating habits and be more physically active. We wont stay at our current stats forever (unless you are comfortable where you are at with your weight/size and just want to maintain that!).

Rules and Policies.

We have a few rules (what group doesn’t?) but they are only for your comfort and safety.

  1. Do not spam the group. You can share your eating habits throughout the day, you can give daily updates on your journey, you can post your pictures of before and after workouts. Do not post the same thing x times in a row. That is never amusing and it will get you kicked out of the group 🙁 We don’t want that.
  2. If you are looking to promote your blog with our FB page, then please be respectful and share only posts relating to eating healthy and finding a healthier you.
  3. Have fun, find confidence to share your journey, and be supportive. Do NOT bash on the other girls, no matter how big or small they are for sharing their journey. This is a support group. Not a hate group.

Why was CGGS created?

Honestly, Elisabeth started this as her own personal journey and I felt so inspired by it that I stole it. No, I’m kidding. I asked her if I could join her journey and keep her title of Chubby Girl Gets Skinny because I thought it was 1. Absolutely adorable. 2. Inspiring (I cannot stress enough how inspired I am by her, I know I sound like a broken record). and 3. I was really hoping she would read my weekly progress and encourage me to keep going (which she so sweetly did!). All in all, I stepped out of my comfort zone and asked her directly if we could make it a thing.

You can read Elisabeths reason for starting CGGS in the first place here.

Does it cost?

Nope! None. Nada. Nothing. No. Not at all! CGGS is completely free and we will even have chances for our members to win awesome FREE prizes in the future with succession of the group! So it costs nothing, you get great support, tips, tricks, recipes(healthy, of course), and you will eventually get to win awesome FREE stuff. Need another reason? Well if you have tried so many times, that you’ve lost count, to lose weight or find a healthier you and you’re ready to give up, dont. Join our group and we will do our best to inspire you to keep pushing on and find the healthier you you’ve been looking for.

Links to spread the word: (copied from Elisabeth’s Official Post)

  • Tweet the post to your Twitter Account (you can use any of the images with Buffer)
  • Tweet about the Facebook Group and use the link
  • Or simply copy and paste this pre-made tweet: Tired of failing at a healthy lifestyle? Join #CGGS today and finally achieve your goals! http://bit.ly/1TGM2wf #lifestyle #blogger
  • Use the CGGS logo at the top of the page and post to your Instagram
  • Mention the group on YouTube and link the Facebook Group in the description
  • Share the group to your Facebook Wall
  • Reblog this post on your blog
  • Write your own blog post about the group
  • Pin any of the images to your Pinterest boards
  • Add our Join #CGGS button to your blog. Click here to see how to do it! 

 

Click either button to join our group!

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Chubby Girl Gets Skinny: Hello Lovely! week 4

WEIGHT-LOSS/HEALTHY LIFESTYLE JOURNEY

Hello Dolls and Kens! Today I wanted to speak and introduce a personal part of my life with you. I have been speaking with Elisabeth at Everything & Nothing about her wonderful weight loss posts and she inspired me to make and share my own! She has been so sweet and accepted my request to join her and collaborate with her on this journey! Make sure you check her posts out, she’s very inspiring!

To give you some background, I went through an awful experience at the age of 6 and began to eat my fears and stress away. I have been a big girl since then. I have tried many times to workout and eat right but it never went through. My heaviest weight was 230lbs. I am only 5’2 so that is obesity for me. I was devastated hearing that word, I was 15 when I heard it from the doctor and I vowed to get healthier. Well, I haven’t stopped my journey, but I havent had much difference either. I will admit that I have lost some weight. I am currently at 215lbs, which is good, but I am 24 years old…it shouldn’t have taken me this long to lose that little amount of weight. I am working out daily, starting small as I have an irregular heartbeat (so I can’t put too much stress on my heart).

I will be posting a weekly summary every Sunday of how I did during the week!


STATS:

Heaviest weight: 230lbs                                Largest size: 18-20

Current weight: 213lbs                                  Current Size: 16-18

“Healthy range”: 104 to 135

Current BMI: 39.3


GOALS:

Goal Weight: 135-148lbs

Goal size in clothing: 8-10, medium.

To live and enjoy life. I want to be healthy but not deny myself of tasty treats. I want to show my family and future children that being healthy is about being confident and doesn’t require you to be a size 0.


WEEKLY REVIEW: 

  • Sunday:
    • didn’t eat breakfast
    • Beef roast soup.
    • Pasta with turkey & broccoli
      • Rest Day
  • Monday:
    • a few BBQ chips
    • Pasta
    • BBQ (Memorial day!)
      • Walked

 

  • Tuesday:
    • Banana
    • Chips
    • Left over bbq
      • Jogged and waist trained

 

  • Wednesday:
    • Almonds
    • Yogurt and almonds
    • Turkey burger with chips
      • Jogged. Walked.

 

  • Thursday:
    • ChoBani Peanut Butter Dream Flip Yogurt w/ handful of almonds
    • Pizza Bagel
    • almonds for a quick snack
    • Lemon Pepper Salmon, Couscous, Cooked Asapargus with Cherry tomatos
      • Light walking while grocery shopping.

 

  • Friday:
    • tofurky sandwich with chips and a banana.
    • Boiled chicken breast salad with almonds, strawberries, and avocado. Balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
    • Baked Cod with small salad, baked sweet potato, and a small helping of hamburger helper.
    • Oreos and milk.
      • no workout

 

  • Saturday:
    • ChoBani PB Dream Flip yogurt
    • Banana
    • Sesame tofu mix with rice and veggies (I can do a recipe post about this, if you would like!), this was actually a meal prep!
      • Light activity at the park.

REFLECTION:

I have lost another two pounds!!!! I am so excited and ready to keep going. I do believe, that I will lose another 2 pounds each week if I continue my journey with determination. In the last four weeks I started at 215lbs, I gained 4 pounds, reaching 219lbs in between week one and two, and now I am down to 213lbs! So I have lost a total of 6 pounds in four weeks!!! That doesn’t seem  like much but for me, it’s a huge deal. It was consistent, I stayed strong and honest with myself. I am closer to my weight goal. I feel so good! I’m not sure how week 5 will turn out because I am getting my wisdom tooth pulled so I won’t be eating much, but that also means I won’t be doing any exercise. We shall see how week 5 turns out.

Photos for the foodies!

 

Don’t forget to check out Elisabeths’ CGGS Journey!

Happy Days!

Shai

Hopes and Prayers in California

I would like to talk about my trip to California. I went this past Memorial weekend with my mom and my brother and it was…hell. We went to Los Angeles, for my brothers audition with The Voice at the LA Convention center.

I don’t have pictures for you because it was so hectic. I didn’t vlog out there either like I had planned to do. Getting on with the experience.

We had everything planned out: the rental car, the room, and our plans. We were going to go to the beach that Friday and relax, have some dinner, then get sleep, wake up, go to his audition, go back to the beach for a few hours, then head home.

Well the first mishap was the rental car. It didn’t go through for various reasons so we had no choice but to take my grandfathers truck. Now, “Red” (this is the trucks name) has not been out of Vegas for years now and hasn’t been kept up very well either. There are a lot of problems with Red, so my brother was rightfully worried and stressed about that alone. We didn’t want to miss his audition though so we took Red on a hope and Prayer. Because of the rental car mishap and Red’s quick-at-the-last-minute-oil-change, we didn’t leave Vegas until about 4pm. So we reached LA around 9pm. We were dead tired. No beach. Thankfully, we made it to LA safe and sound (on one tank of gas that only took $40, praise Jesus), and got our room. There was nothing wrong with the room and it was actually very very nice. We stayed at the Holiday Inn at LAX. It was pretty crowded but I think a lot of other The Voice auditioners were there too (I may or may not have just made up my own word).

We slept wonderfully on the plush beds and got a good nights rest. The morning we wake around 5 and begin to shower and pack because we knew we were leaving that morning. We packed all the important stuff and left the hotel at 6:19am. We left a few small things behind, but we had plans to come back and get them before checkout which was at noon.

We reached The Convention Center near the Staples Center and my brother got in to do his audition. We got there at 6:50am, and were told (as we expected), that it would take hours for him to come out. My brother is 18 years old so my mom and I couldn’t go in with him. We made plans to go back to the hotel and get the rest of our stuff, checkout and then window shop at the Downtown Fashion District.

Well. God had other plans. When we reached the truck that was in the Convention Center Garage, the truck wouldn’t start. At first, I thought my mom was joking around. She wasnt. I immediately became frustrated because that could only mean one thing, the battery was dead. Neither me nor my mom had the finances to fix a battery so I was at my wits end. After about 30 minutes of complaining about my problems and praying that God gets us back to Vegas safely, I remember I have roadside assistance with my credit card, now that I could afford. So I called them. It took 4 calls to finally get some help. I then had to call the hotel and tell them my situation and check out over the phone. Because of this, we couldn’t go get the rest of our stuff. Thank God we got the importance out!

The tow truck mechanic arrived around 10:30am (yes we were stuck in the garage frustrated from 8am to 10am), but then he called and asked where we were parked. I kept telling him the address that we were given, which was 1201…he was parked there, he swore up and down he was parked at that exact location. So he tells me to come meet him so he can drive back and I show him where the truck is. I walk a few blocks and finally find him parked where? Directly at 1201… we were at 1301. SMH No wonder we were so confused.

We reached our truck and as I was trying to get out of the mechanic’s truck, I got stuck. I was so flustered by this point that I couldn’t even find the door handle to open the damn door. I was embarrassed because the mechanic laughed at me but after all that I had been through on this trip, I had no choice but to laugh with him. Eventually I found my way out and he fixed Red. The battery, as it turned out, was not at all dead, there was a wire that wasn’t attached to the battery which gave the truck absolutely no power. I paid $70 to have a wire tightened and put back on the battery, with a wrench…I could have done that myself and saved money but I was still grateful the truck was fixed.

My mom and I didn’t want to chance going anywhere else and having the same thing or something worse happen so we decided to walk around the area we were located. We went across the street to the Staples Center and I felt all emotional because Michael Jackson worked there and I’m a huge fan of him, not to mention that’s where his memorial was held.

Around noon, my brother called and told us he was done. We get to the truck and tell him what happened with us. All of us are a little tired, grateful, and ready to be back in Vegas. We fill up the truck again, only $35 this time, and we made it safely back home to Vegas.

Do I have a point with this story? Well, you can take what you want from it, but I want to also say this: whenever you’re trying to find success in anything (business and singing in this situation) the road to success is never easy and will take sacrifice and being uncomfortable. That’s just the way it goes. We learned our lesson and trusted in God, and He kept us safe, fed, and healthy.

Overall, it was an experience that I will not forget for a long time.

 

Safe travels and big success!

Shai

Chubby Girl Gets Skinny: Hello Lovely! 3

Weight-loss/Healthy lifestyle Journey

Hello Dolls and Kens! Today I wanted to speak and introduce a personal part of my life with you. I have been speaking with Elisabeth at Everything & Nothing about her wonderful weight loss posts and she inspired me to make and share my own! She has been so sweet and accepted my request to join her and collaborate with her on this journey! Make sure you check her posts out, she’s very inspiring!

To give you some background, I went through an awful experience at the age of 6 and began to eat my fears and stress away. I have been a big girl since then. I have tried many times to workout and eat right but it never went through. My heaviest weight was 230lbs. I am only 5’2 so that is obesity for me. I was devastated hearing that word, I was 15 when I heard it from the doctor and I vowed to get healthier. Well, I haven’t stopped my journey, but I havent had much difference either. I will admit that I have lost some weight. I am currently at 215lbs, which is good, but I am 24 years old…it shouldn’t have taken me this long to lose that little amount of weight. I am working out daily, starting small as I have an irregular heartbeat (so I can’t put too much stress on my heart).

I will be posting a weekly summary every Sunday of how I did during the week!


Stats:

Heaviest weight: 230lbs                                Largest size: 18-20

Current weight: 215lbs                                  Current Size: 16-18

“Healthy range”: 104 to 135

Current BMI: 39.3


Goals:

Goal Weight: 135-148lbs

Goal size in clothing: 8-10, medium.

To live and enjoy life. I want to be healthy but not deny myself of tasty treats. I want to show my family and future children that being healthy is about being confident and doesn’t require you to be a size 0.


Weekly Review: 

  • Sunday:
    • Smoked Sausage, pancake, tofu.
    • 100% whole grain pasta with tomatoes
    • Ribs with potato salad
      • Rest Day

 

  • Tuesday:
    • Scone
    • Banana Shake (mid morning snack)
    • Creamy chicken and wild rice soup with saltine crackers
    • Chicken Enchilladas
      • Jogged and waist trained

 

  • Wednesday:
    • Another scone (pretty much my breakfast every morning this week lol)
    • Almonds (mid morning snack)
    • Chicken enchilladas
    • Didn’t record dinner
      • Jogged. Waist trained. Squats. Arm lifts..

 

  • Thursday:
    • Nothing to log – I was so busy getting ready for my weekend getaway I forgot to log

 

  • Friday:
    • No workouts to log, was traveling this day. Had Filet-O-Fish, fries, and Hi-C from McDonalds for dinner.

 

  • Saturday:
    • Lots of walking around LA, but no other exercise to record. Snacked on almonds all day then had Taco Bell for dinner.

Reflection:

This week was hectic. I had a lot to get done (which I did accomplish, yay!) and I was dealing with my business work. My family and I traveled to LA for The Voice Auditions and the trip was…..an experience. I am going to write all about my trip and post it this week! My choices of food weren’t the best this week but I had small portions of everything and I still managed to get walking in every day which reflects in my weight! In my last CGGS post, I was 217,  I am happy to announce that I am back at my starting weight of 215lbs! I was shocked to find that I had still lost weight. I expected to not have lost anything but two pounds make me happy! This is still a huge process and I will have my ups and downs but I am happy to be seeing constant progress within myself and on the scale!

Photos for the foodies!

 

Don’t forget to check out Elisabeths’ CGGS Journey!

Happy Days!

Shai

Chubby Girl Gets Skinny: Hello Lovely! 2

Weight-loss/Healthy lifestyle Journey

Hello Dolls and Kens! Today I wanted to speak and introduce a personal part of my life with you. I have been speaking with Elisabeth at Everything & Nothing about her wonderful weight loss posts and she inspired me to make and share my own! She has been so sweet and accepted my request to join her and collaborate with her on this journey! Make sure you check her posts out, she’s very inspiring!

To give you some background, I went through an awful experience at the age of 6 and began to eat my fears and stress away. I have been a big girl since then. I have tried many times to workout and eat right but it never went through. My heaviest weight was 230lbs. I am only 5’2 so that is obesity for me. I was devastated hearing that word, I was 15 when I heard it from the doctor and I vowed to get healthier. Well, I haven’t stopped my journey, but I havent had much difference either. I will admit that I have lost some weight. I am currently at 215lbs, which is good, but I am 24 years old…it shouldn’t have taken me this long to lose that little amount of weight. I am working out daily, starting small as I have an irregular heartbeat (so I can’t put too much stress on my heart).

I will be posting a weekly summary every Sunday of how I did during the week!


Stats:

Heaviest weight: 230lbs                                Largest size: 18-20

Current weight: 217lbs                                  Current Size: 16-18

“Healthy range”: 104 to 135

Current BMI: 39.3


Goals:

Goal Weight: 135-148lbs

Goal size in clothing: 8-10, medium.

To live and enjoy life. I want to be healthy but not deny myself of tasty treats. I want to show my family and future children that being healthy is about being confident and doesn’t require you to be a size 0.


Weekly Review: 

  • Sunday:
    • Cinnamon Brown Sugar Pancake with 2 slices of Bacon
    • Cheez-its
    • Spaghetti with french bread
      • walked 20 minutes
  • Monday:
    • Banana Shake with chia seeds
    • 4 pieces of twizzlers
    • chicken breast, grilled with cut broccoli and baked sweet potato
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  • Tuesday:
    • Whole Mango, water, Roasted salted almonds
    • left over spaghetti
    • Turkey Burger with romaine lettuce, two tomato slices, feta cheese, tomato and avocado dressing and spicy brown mustard.
      • 25 squats. Jogged 3 laps around the block with moderate walking.
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  • Wednesday:
    • boiled egg with whole wheat bread
    • turkey burger (same as Tuesday night)
    • chicken and tomato and mushroom with whole wheat pasta
      • jogged around the block 4 times, arm lifting, squats, and russian twists.
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  • Thursday:
    • Scrambled egg with grilled asparagus, mushrooms, cherry tomato and smoked sausage.
    • licorice
    • grilled chicken breast, grilled asparagus, uncle bens ready chicken rice.
      • Jogged 2 laps around the block. Walked for 2 more laps. 17 squats, arm lifting, russian twists.
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  • Friday:
    • Smoked Sausage. 2 pieces of cinnamon bread.
    • Banana PB Shake with chia seeds
    • Grilled Chicken Breast, Uncle Bens Ready chicken flavored rice with brussel sprouts.
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  • Saturday:
    • Smoked sausage, scrambled tofu ( slightly different from my Tofu Scramble), and one pancake.
    • Turkey burger with romaine lettuce, and spicy brown mustard.
    • Pan grilled chicken breast in roasted tomato juice with roasted tomatoes and garlic skinny spaghetti with cherry tomatoes.
      • Light walking while shopping + 15 minute walk around the block.

Reflection:

Well if you read my 1.5 CGGS:HL post you will see that I gained weight. I have good news. I lost weight also! I am now at 217lbs!!! It is not much but it is a small victory for my hard work that I have been putting in. To reward myself, I bought this beautiful bathing suit from Amazon and it was only $25!!!

Photos for the foodies!

Don’t forget to check out Elisabeths’ CGGS Journey!

Happy Days!

Shai

 

Check in: 5-19-2016

Hey Dolls and Kens.

Today I want to talk about entrepreneurship/business/success/struggles and more. You may or may not know but I am starting my own businesses. I have a bakery, a YouTube, this blog, and I am working on creating a new product to sell(it’s geared for all types of students who need organization in their life. hint hint). Yes, it’s a lot. Is it all realistic? Yes. Very much so.

That is not what I am here to speak about though. I want to talk about how hard it is to start and maintain your own business(es). It’s frustrating at times! Let’s just get that out there. I knew I always wanted my own business, I never wanted to work for anyone else. Never. It took me a hell of a long time but I finally began to put myself out there and work on creating my own empire.

I keep wanting to complain and go down the bad memory lane but I am going to refrain from that. Working the mind out to not automatically go back to those depressing and negative thoughts.  I have had so much success in these last two weeks and I am so grateful of that. I have also had many obstacles (that I have passed through). I am not giving up nor taking a break, it’s way too soon and I have way too much to continue for that, BUT, I want to say that right now, this day, this very moment…I am a bit overwhelmed. With all of it. I have so much on my plate and I want to get it done, I know I can get it done but it’s still a lot and I am only human.

I had to ask God for forgiveness today. I was introduced to an opportunity for my blog that will catapult it further into success, then I saw the price for it (literally speaking. it was expensive) and I freaked out. I thought to myself “there’s no way I can afford that! What about my trip that is coming up? What about my savings?? Is this even going to pay off???” Then I gave myself a mental slap in the face and got my shit together. It was then that I asked for forgiveness.

How can we expect to move forward if we don’t take risks? How can we build our business and be successful if what we have to give up sometimes doesn’t scare us? Entrepreneurship and business owning aint easy. If it were, everyone would do it. I took the leap of faith and paid for the next step in my blog to happen, then the product began to give me hell. I couldn’t work it, I couldn’t figure it out, I couldn’t get in touch with support, I could barely understand the basics!

That’s when I began to feel overwhelmed and as if I made a mistake. I knew, though, the only reason I even thought of it as a mistake is because is cost me money. If it were free, I wouldn’t have been nearly as worried and anxious as I was. This is all apart of the process though. This is what I, and people like me, have got to understand. There are going to be choices we will have to make that we wont like, there will be risks to take, bridges to jump off of and we must do it, not all of them of course (always listen to your gut instinct!) but most of them are needed to show that we trust God, we trust our work, and we trust ourselves.

 

On that note, dolls and kens, I am going to end it. I don’t want to bore you all to death with my little ramblings. All in all, I am grateful for all of the opportunities and windows that have opened. I have seen more success in the last two weeks than I have in years of working for something. It’s all about the mind. If you believe you can, you’re already half way there.

 

Happy days. Smile. Laugh. Live. Love.

Shai

Chubby Girl Gets Skinny: Hello Lovely! 1.5

Hello Dolls and Kens.

Today I wanted to speak about my weight loss journey and a few road bumps that I battle with on a pretty constant rate. Fluctuating weight.

I have always had this problem. It’s never been drastic but it’s enough(on the scale) to bring me down or bring me up. It has been two full weeks of my getting-in-shape-and-eating-healthy lifestyle and I have to admit, I’ve done pretty well. Yes, I’ve had some not so healthy meals or snacks but I’ve kept my portions pretty well maintained and have worked out everyday, even if just a little bit. I weighed myself this past Saturday to have an accurate weight for my initial CGGS:HL post and I was 215lbs. I weighed myself today (something was telling me not too, I should have listened) and I’m at 219.5 pounds. This shouldn’t upset me as I am used to this thing happening.

I will magically lose 5 or so pounds one week, or at the very beginning of working out and eating healthy, then the next week I will have gained not only the lost pounds but 5 extra pounds on top of that. As I said before, this is something that has been happening for a long time. I should be used to it. Am I? Nope. Not one bit. I understand weight does that sometime and it could be muscle weight that I am gaining but it’s still a let down to see that weight come back before I even see a significant change in my body (for the better). I didn’t eat that healthy today, granted, but I still counted my calories and I am only over my goal by 200. That can’t add 5 pounds back on the body. One pound is equal to 3500 calories, from what I hear. So what is going on? Why is this happening? I’m not stressed. I work out. I eat right. What’s the deal???

I know that this is only a part of my journey but I can’t help but get frustrated by what I see. I feel healthier but I see more than what I started with. I just have to continue practicing to accept things that I cannot control and deal with them as they come. I am still a work in progress. 

 

On that note, I’ll be going. Talk to you all in my next post!

Stay happy. Live. Love. Laugh.

Shai

Chubby Girl Gets Skinny: Hello Lovely! Initial post

Weight-loss/Healthy lifestyle Journey

Hello Dolls and Kens! Today I wanted to speak and introduce a personal part of my life with you. I have been speaking with Elisabeth at Everything & Nothing about her wonderful weight loss posts and she inspired me to make and share my own! She has been so sweet and accepted my request to join her and collaborate with her on this journey! Make sure you check her posts out, she’s very inspiring!

To give you some background, I went through an awful experience at the age of 6 and began to eat my fears and stress away. I have been a big girl since then. I have tried many times to workout and eat right but it never went through. My heaviest weight was 230lbs. I am only 5’2 so that is obesity for me. I was devastated hearing that word, I was 15 when I heard it from the doctor and I vowed to get healthier. Well, I haven’t stopped my journey, but I havent had much difference either. I will admit that I have lost some weight. I am currently at 215lbs, which is good, but I am 24 years old…it shouldn’t have taken me this long to lose that little amount of weight. I am working out daily, starting small as I have an irregular heartbeat (so I can’t put too much stress on my heart).

I will be posting a weekly summary every Sunday of how I did during the week!


Stats:

Heaviest weight: 230lbs                                Largest size: 18-20

Current weight: 215lbs                                  Current Size: 16-18

“Healthy range”: 104 to 135

Current BMI: 39.3


Goals:

Goal Weight: 135-148lbs

Goal size in clothing: 8-10, medium.

To live and enjoy life. I want to be healthy but not deny myself of tasty treats. I want to show my family and future children that being healthy is about being confident and doesn’t require you to be a size 0.


Weekly Review: 

  • Sunday:
    • I had my Tofu Scramble with bacon for breakfast.
    • Panera Bread: Full Chicken Avocado salad with full size creamy chicken and wild rice soup. Both came with a side of their french baguette (that is my weakness, I promise you omg).
      • Rest Day
  • Monday:
    • I forgot what I had. I didn’t log this day.
      • Walked a mile
  • Tuesday:
    • Banana Shake
    • Oven fried Chicken thighs, brussel sprouts, mashed potatos. Very small portions, 1 small thigh. I wasn’t feeling so great this day.
      • walked and jogged for about 10 minutes

 

  • Wednesday:
    • Tofu Scramble with bacon. Coconut water.
    • Leftover Oven Fried Chicken thighs (2 small thighs), brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes.
    • Sloppy Joes (1 sloppy joe burger)
      • Jogged around the block. About 10 minutes. Slow pace.

 

  • Thursday:
    • Bananas and cream oatmeal w/a spoonful of PB and some chia seeds.
    • Banana PB Shake, lays chips, one whole avocado (I had a weird craving for this)
    • Panera Bread: Full Chicken Caesar Salad with french baguette
      • Jogged about 10 minutes. Slow pace.

 

  • Friday:
    • Avocado with toast (2 slices of wheat bread), black pepper.
    • Banana PB Shake with chia seeds
    • Chicken Nuggets and Curly Fries (frozen)
      • Jogged about 7 minutes. Medium pace.

 

  • Saturday:
    • Strawberries and cream oatmeal (2 packs) made with almond milk.
    • Mango smoothie with a handful roasted sea salt almonds.
    • Grilled BBQ Hot Dogs (2) with a layz wavy plain chips.
      • Aerobics & Jogged. 30 minutes total. Burned 301 calories.

Reflection:

I did better this week than I have in a very long time. I pushed myself and went further and I actually feel great. My legs are sore but my body feels really good. I had some not-so-healthy foods this week but I didn’t have much of a choice on those select days. I did try to stay well portioned though!

Photos for the foodies!

 

Don’t forget to check out Elisabeths’ CGGS Journey!

Happy Days!

Shai

Reflections

I wrote this essay a few months ago for a scholarship I wanted to apply for. I changed my essay completely for the scholarship but didn’t get rid of this one because I really like it. It makes me feel good about myself and reminds me that I am only human. I can only take so much and put only so much. Please enjoy.

Entrepreneurship: Confidence in the World

            The introduction is always the hardest part. I never know how to get my point across before actually stating the point. In 2011, I began my journey of baking. It became a passion for me and eventually my family pushed me into sharing my baked goods. Once I realized that my baked goods were different enough to share publicly, I tried to do just that; share them. My grandparents, my auntie, and my parents are the only ones that were actually requesting my cookies and willing to buy them or pay for them. I offered free samples as birthday gifts to a few friends and they have praised my goods but they haven’t come back to order any more. I worried constantly about what was wrong with my cookies and cakes until I realized that it had nothing to do with my baked goods, it was my confidence that was lacking. Nobody wants to give their money to someone who doesn’t have confidence in themselves. Not even I would want to do that. Sure, I would give advice, I would help promote others, I would give them the confidence and compliments they might need to hear, but would I invest in them? No.  There wasn’t any assurance in myself or my work and that was showing every time I asked “Did you really like it? Do you really think others will like it? Would you buy this?” Starting a business needs confidence, hard work, and determination. In order to pull myself out of poverty and become successful, I am learning this and embedding it into my everyday life.

April 3rd, 2015. That was the day I opened my business, Shai’s Bakery, online. For years I planned my business, expecting and wanting it to flourish within a month due to all the word-of-mouth promotion I was giving on my social media. I didn’t realize until a month later of being opened that I was lacking considerably in my promotion. I had extremely high expectations and didn’t put in the hard work that needed to go with it. My family and close friends praise my work and honor my taste and quality but my grandmother and parents are the only people who’ve actually bought my baked goods. That I am grateful for but it is also a huge disappointment in myself, in my work.

“Believe in yourself. You are the only person who has the ability to radically change your life. Focus on your time and energy on increasing your belief in what is possible for you, building your skills and creating a network of achievement focused relationships.” This quote by Les Brown (2015, Facebook) gave me a huge amount of inspiration. It was actually what inspired me to write this topic for my essay. Believing in yourself is one of the hardest things you can do in life. I know this personally. In high school, I gave up on life and contemplated suicide many times. Thankfully, I never had the guts to actually attempt it, though I did develop a slight addicted to pain killers. My confidence now isn’t perfect or the best it can be but I am much better than I was in high school. I stopped worrying about what people thought of me and my life. I started living for myself and not others. All of my relationships have changed. I don’t even talk to the people who I considered to be my best friends anymore. I now surround myself with friends and those alike who want to succeed in life and not just party all the time or be in a relationship because it’s a trend. That’s not what I’m worried about.

I want to work hard while I’m young and able, then relax when I’m older. When all my children are in high school or going off to college, I want to travel and experience the world in ways I couldn’t even imagine. I want to retire at 60 but still have a wealthy income coming in every month to provide for my family. In order to be healthy enough to retire at 60, I have to work hard in getting my eating habits and lifestyle healthy. Success starts from within, being healthy physically will help me endure the long work hours when baking a wedding cake for a customer, or standing all day when I have an order for 50 dozen cookies. Losing weight has been my biggest challenge but it incorporates itself into the determination of a successful business. When you work hard to keep your lifestyle healthy, you’re more equipped to work hard in other areas of your life, accomplishing what you want.

All in all success isn’t just for businesses. It’s taken me a long time to figure that out but once I realized it, I knew I could do anything I put my mind to. When people tell you “anything is possible,” it’s so true. I struggled with my confidence in myself, working to please others and living to their expectations of me. Now I am confident in my work, and am working to please myself and live to my expectations. I set my own pace and records and whether I meet them or not, I know that as long as I never give up, that as long as I keep trying, my determination will always pay off for the better.

 

 

 

Prince The Singer.

Prince was announced dead at Paisley Park this morning. Prince was sent to the hospital earlier this week for the flu. Later on his sourced claimed he was fine then this morning he passed away.
I wanted to not believe it as the first few reports from CNN.com were saying there was a death investigation but police werent saying anything until the family was notified then it was confirmed.
I was never that big of a Prince fan but i loved some of his music and i have very close friends who are huge friends of him. I immediately began to feel for them. I experienced the passing of an idol in 2009 when Michael Jackson passed away. That broke my heart and left me crying everyday for a good 3 months. Not even exaggerating. Then Whitney houston passed. I was heartbroken again. Now that Prince is gone i feel devastated. The biggest thing i can think about is all of our legends are going home and we wont have anyrhing but their memory and music to guide us through life now.

Im grateful for the few legends we still have with us: Aretha Franklin. Patti Labelle. Gladys Knight. Chaka Khan. Diana Ross. Those ladies inspire me and encourage me and i know their deaths will be just as hard. But after that…there wont be anymore legends, for me personally, that will guide me. It will only be their music and memory. That makes me so sad.

Its hard losing anyone, including pets. But its a part of life. Though we hurt. We must continue their legacy through the next generation so that they may live on.

I send my condolences to Prince’s family and all those hurt by his death.
Rest in Paradise, Prince.

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