My Weight Loss Journey So Far!

These past 4/5 months have been ridiculous for me.... I have gained an incredible amount of weight and my insecurities were at an all time high. I have always been kind of bigger (and quite frankly, bullied all my life for it), but within these past couple months I noticed myself get out of hand. I knew I had to put an end to my crazy eating habits ASAP. I also wanted to prove everybody wrong.

So, I think it's about time to share my progress so far with how my weight loss is going! I started eating more healthy around December of last year but mid January I kind of realized that I was unhappy eating entirely "healthy" foods. I wanted to lose weight eating the things I love! So, thats what I did. I swapped out the occasional brownie for a salad or lowfat/lowcarb yogurt and maintained a steady exercise routine. I can't tell you any secrets of losing weight because I honestly don't have any. I still eat what I want to eat, just not as often. I've found ways to make salads taste good and found other foods at the stores that I wouldn't usually pick up, like soups or fish. Here's my month progress summed up:


I started actually working out about mid January. By working out I mean actually sweating my ass off and using every bit of force I can until I just can't. I actually quite enjoy running so I've been primarily just doing that. I've been running around 4-6 miles a day, which for me averages at about an hour to an hour fifteen minutes a day. I've just recently within the past week or two started incorporating some muscle workouts to strengthen my core and speed up the fitness process. The reason I didnt start doing that at first was because I was just really unhealthy. I couldn't even breath and I just wanted to get that out of the way before I started to actually challenge myself. The first picture shown was at my heaviest I HAVE EVER BEEN!!! I was really unhappy with myself and I wanted to change that immediately. I weighed a whopping 157 pounds and at 5'2", I was extremely overweight. 


A lot of people have asked me "How do have the motivation to work out?" and honestly I don't. I hate gathering the energy to get up and use even more energy, but I've learned of a way to avoid that. I start exercising before my mind has time to even complain and once I start, I usually am glad I did. I've also noticed a complete lack of hydration on my part so I've been drinking EXTRA water to make up for everything being lost. Nothing like a cute water bottle to remind you to drink more!

So now that it has been about a month of solid working out, I decided to weigh myself today and I came out to 144. Thats a whopping 13 pounds from my starting date!!! It makes my goal of 135 a positive and achievable one, thats for sure! I hope this encourages you all to get up and work hard!
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Caleb Diaz Photography


Caleb Diaz is an AMAZING photographer, but I'm not just saying that because he's my cousin. At a young age, he has shown much interest in film and photography and has a large family to back him up and cheer him on ;D. He is currently attending Columbia College Hollywood and is also a freelance filmmaker and an interning fashion photographer. As quickly as he started, he started to excel and become even better at what he does. From his shabby chic to rustic themes, this guys pretty much has it all.

Meet the artist. Caleb Diaz, currently living in Los Angeles, California and that is his huge honking camera. He knows pretty much everything about cameras and his passion for it seems never-ending, but enough chit chat, look at his work! Links to his blog will be down below.





Don't forget to check out more work from Caleb at http://calebdiaz.weebly.com/
 or if you want to book any shoots http://calebdiaz.weebly.com/contact.html

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Valentines Day '14

Valentines Day for me this year was emotional, but in a good way! Not only was it the BEST valentines day I've had, but it was also the only one I've celebrated (does that give me the right to still say it was the best?)!! Anyway, it was basically just a bunch of eating sweets and such but for the sake of privacy, I'd like to keep SOME of my life off the internet, right?! Anyway, heres a summary in photos...


I definitely baked my a** off this valentines day! A dozen cupcakes, a bunch of chocolate chip cookies and a couple of heart shaped brownies. WHO WOULDN'T WANT TO RECEIVE THAT?!


Dress: Hollister (I got it as a gift when I was younger, and I've always thought it was pretty)
Shoes: American Eagle Link 1
Bag: Unknown




So, overall, valentines day for me was pretty darn amazing! Lots of smooches and sweet treats and all that lovey dovey stuff. I hope you had a lovely time this valentines day wether you had a valentine or not! :) Have a good day lovelies!

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A Bowling Felt Hat

On my curtain rod I have hanging a ton of hats. Everyday when I open my curtains, these said hats just kind of fall on the ground but I have no other place to put them so instinctively, I put them back up on the rod. TODAAAYY, the same thing happened but instead of putting it back on the rod, I felt inspired to actually weeearrr them! I put on the hat and couple of other items in my closet that have had the same neglected attention and put a together a little sumthin sumthin. I actually felt realllly comfortable today, but since I was gifted (more like cursed, really) with a large bust I feel like the dress kind of accentuates that, and for those who know me know I kind of try to smush those bad guys as small as I can, but no matter what I try with this dress, my bussoms just look ginormous! I grabbed the bulkiest scarf in my collection and bam, no mo problemo. Kind of balanced the whole thing out.


Hat: (Target?)
Scarf: F21
Dress: F21
Socks: My moms closet. (;D)
Shoes: Doc Martens


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Dressed Up To Go Nowhere

I've been super duper sick lately with maybe the stomach flu? I'm not sure. But I'm also taking a bunch of antibiotics and such which just add on to the never ending nausea, buuuuuut I finally felt amazing today and decided to actually get ready! I've had a couple of items lying around in my closet and decided to bring them out since the weather is finally getting nice. I was also feeling kind of edgy so, hey what's  girl to do?


Cardigan: Boutique American One 
Dress: Target (not sure if still in stock, H&M has similar ones) Dupe 1 , Dupe 2
Boots: Target (also not sure if still in stock but Steve Madden also had similar ones?!) Dupe 1
Bag: Fossil 




Face of the day!

Eyeliner: Revlon volumous liquid
Lips: MAC Kinda Sexy
Eyebrows: Nyx Eyebrow Palette


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I Saw It On Pinterest: Zucchini Noodles With Pesto


A couple days ago, I was scrolling across my pinterest as usual when I see a FREAKING ZUCCHINI NOODLES WITH PESTO RECIPE. Holy moly, I instantly stop my scrolling, clicked that darn link and instantly saved the recipe. The awesome thing about this recipe is HOW EASY it is to make! I had almost everything needed aside from the pesto. I didnt have an instrument to noodle-fy my zucchinis but thats okay, but you can do it by hand! This segment is here to show you guys that you CAN make dishes as a complete noob! 

 Here is how the original creator had theirs turnout. Challenge accepted! All links will be listed down below.

Zucchini Noodles with Pesto

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Turn your zucchini into noodles and toss with fresh basil pesto. A fresh and healthy meal in minutes!

ingredients:

4 small zucchini, ends trimmed
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Cherry or grape tomatoes, optional

directions:

1. Use a julienne peeler or mandoline to slice the zucchini into noodles. Set aside.
2. Combine the basil and garlic in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the lemon juice and Parmesan cheese. Pulse until blended. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Combine the zucchini noodles and pesto. Toss until zucchini noodles are well coated. Top with tomatoes, if using. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
Note-if you want to cook the zucchini noodles, you can. Just add the zucchini pesto noodles to a skillet and sauté them up over medium heat. It only takes a few minutes.


Mine didn't quite turn out as noodley, but thats probably because I hand cut mine into thicker pieces, but it was still basically the same.

The only thing I did differently apart from the cutting of the noodles and perhaps adding a bit too much pesto ;D , was sautéing them on a pan on the stove. I'm kind of a sucker for warm food, especially pesto (I've never had it cold actually) so I gave it another 5 minutes on the stove top and shazaam!  Delish. Took a total of 10 minutes to make and a whole 5 seconds to eat. Plus those cherry tomatoes were just PERFECTLY sweet. Yum yum yum! I hope you guys try it as well and tell me how it works out for you!




Original Recipe : http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/zucchini-noodles-with-pesto/#_a5y_p=1216370
 http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/


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Who Cares?

I'm pretty sure the best thing I've ever done for myself this past year was to stop caring, in all honesty.

I stopped caring about embarrassing myself. Quite honestly, I regret a lot of stuff because I was too shy or embarrassed, and although I'm still working on it, I'm getting those small things out of the way. I've actually started to run outside and whenever I trip and fall in front of a bunch of people I just laugh. Who cares? I'm no longer embarrassed to check out of the grocery store with tampons (haha) because why the hell should we? Why do we worry about these things when theyre only helping us? Let people mind theyre own dang business. If we're doing things to better our own lives why should we be embarrassed?

I also stopped caring to mend broken relationships with people becau
se I realized, not everyone is going to like me and quite honestly, I don't care. I have been in so many arguments and feuds and whenever we try to mend things its never truly genuine. Whats the point? We're not in high school, we don't need everyone to like us. Who cares if someone doesn't like you or who cares if you don't like someone else? That's the beauty of the world. If you dont like them, disassociate with them. Once I learned to do that, my life became 10000x more happy and simple. I feel like this is the biggest part of being an adult. Every day I see kids I went to school with constantly just hating on each other, STILL, and I feel like that really does bring into light who the real adults are. Going to college does not make you an adult, clearly, but its about your attitude and perspective.

I feel like these two things from an outsiders view may seem like I'm disassociating myself with the world, but I'm not. I'm trying to find the right people in my life that bring me happiness. I may be lost right now and I may still be in about a year or two, but I'm happy. I'm happy that I don't have to worry and pull my hair out about things that were just so silly and stupid.

Those may seem like two really big obvious things, but in reality people STILL struggle with it. Although it's known, its a huge difference to actually apply it to life. I hope you all try so that you guys can see what it feels to be emotionally free! ^~^

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