I was tagged by the always sweet @lowcarbcrystal for a #bodypositive quote. This is what I believe and how I've tried to live my life in the body I was given. I struggled with a lot of pain, self doubt, and self hatred when I was young. I thought I couldn't have a life because I was in a big body. I was a chronic and compulsive dieter and every diet made me heavier, crazier and more depressed. I finally realized I had to get off that roller coaster and accept myself and move on. It wasn't easy but It was the defining decision of my life. I took this body to the beach and anywhere else it wanted to go. Including Culinary school in NYC, and College, and even to be married in Central Park. I waited over twenty years for someone to say something about weight loss that made sense. I believe I finally found that in this #ketogenic lifestyle. But believe me even if I never lose another pound I will continue to live my life with joy, passion, and purpose. I believe that's what I was brought here, in this body to do. Thanks for listening #ketofam and thanks for the tag. @lowcarbcrystal
Alright I need your help!
Best networks that stream workouts to do at home?
I have come a long way with my ptsd but locker rooms and gyms still make me nervous. The crowns are terrible, if I see too many cars in the parking lot I will turn around. That being saod, I know a home workout may not be as good as the gym, but a girl needs to do what she can over time. So, suggestions? #workout#fitfam#networks#girlswithcurves#ptsd#recovery#domesticviolenceawareness#bodypositive
#tbtpost Short on time? I feel you on that one! I've become a bit of an "expert" (not by choice! 🙈) at getting things done with little to no time to do them, and I want to share with you! 🙌👌 Check out my list of 14 things to get done when you only have 10 MINUTES to spare! Click the link in my bio @becominghiscrown to read 😘🤓
Http://becominghiscrown.com to search for this post in the SELF DEVELOPMENT category!
Heading to the gym to do chest and triceps. I've been on a roll and I feel like nothing can stop me in the gym. Is it my preworkout? 😂🤣. Either way I don't even care. I love the feeling of crushing goals. Gone are the days where I am complacent with where I'm standing. I will always move forward. Don't let anything hold you back. Not even people. Now don't get me wrong. Still care about others, make someone feel like somebody-everyday. But remember you in the equation. Remember it's your life, therefore you must take care of it. You have to come first to yourself in order to care about others healthily and properly. Never put yourself aside because you think you have time to work on you. Start now.
Can I let you in on a little secret? The original rainbow flag had turquoise on it which represented Magic/Art. ✨🌈 The one magic trick I know to impress friends is that I can make any sausage disappear in seconds. Don't ask me where I hide them. #happypride
Yesterday I committed to another half marathon (I know I'm crazy, right?!?!). With that commitment comes training. St. Louis summers are HOT and HUMID. When I woke up this morning to run I made the bold choice to run shirtless- it was just too hot to run comfortably otherwise. My belly in motion looks like a hot bowl of jello sitting on a dryer- losing almost 130 lbs in 15 months will do that to a girl.... I had a daunting fear in the back of my mind that everyone who saw me would be staring and laughing. Am I really going to let the fear of judgement stand in the way of my goals?? HEEEEEELLLLLL TO THE NO! Fear is what got me to over 280 lbs in the first place. I am a beautiful, glitter sweating, unicorn magic fueled, goddess powered WARRIOR and like all great warriors I have my battle scars. And if some stranger really wants to judge me, let them because Those who matter don't mind and those who mind don't matter. #embracethesquish#battlescars#warrior#selflove#bodypositive#weightwatchers#extremeweightloss#wlstories#motivation#wlmotivation#fitness#run#strongwomen @nourishandeat
“When I say that I am a woman, I am acknowledging that I am a non male bodied person that needs to exist very loudly in this world. And we need to exist very loudly in this world and not apologize for our existence.” -DIANA, 30
PROGRESS PICTURES ARE 🔑!
The far left picture is from 2014, my unhealthy skinny days where I did cardio 2xs a day for 30+ minutes, restricted foods like crazy, asked for my food to be cooked plain when out to eat (embarrassing) 😐, and binge ate like crazy. I was probably about 114lbs.
The middle picture is from sometime last year. I was stuck in a boring workout 💪🏼plan, could barley get myself to go to the gym daily, loosely tracked macros, but all and all extremely unhappy and unhealthy. Probably weight in at an all time high of 132lbs.
The right picture is from today! I do Crossfit 5xs a week and eat whatever the heck I want! I have never felt stronger or more athletic in my life, nor have I felt this mentally or physically happy! I enjoy life, good food, push myself SO hard in the gym, and never lose out on memories! I have no idea how much I weight!
The key here is I haven't stepped on a scale since probably April and I don't intend to because clearly changes are happening and whatever I'm doing is physically working for me! 🏋🏼♀️ But most importantly its mentally working for me as well!
This is NOT a brag post!!
What this actually is, is a from the heart post!! Hear me out...
For the first time in what feels like FOREVER I walked around Fort Walton Beach in my swim suit WITHOUT a towel. I stepped out of the ocean/pool and didn't hustle to grab one. Now I know I have work to do, rather let me say I have work I "want" to do. But I walked around that beach with a hell of a lot more confidence than I've ever had. For the first time in a long time I was actually happy and not worried about any body part that was hanging out for all the beach goers to see. Even though I shouldn't have been in the first place, I know many of you know what I mean. I'm telling you this because it wasn't until following @dr._katie's nutrition that my body started seeing the changes that got me here. I'm truly inspired by the way my body is reacting to the science part of nutrition vs just eating clean. I can't wait to see where it goes and the changes yet to come. All the unrealistic images in magazines, and on social media make it so hard to be confident. Seeing what we feel as "the perfect body" makes it hard to love ours. Well, I'm learning to truly love mine and be more confident in my own skin. This IS huge for me. I've always been self conscious. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS
My daughter took these, these aren't meant for progress pictures that I share as "accountability" these are just random pics that she snapped because in her eyes, I was her mom having fun on the beach, I was a nana walking down the beach with her granddaughter, I was just a girl on vacation making memories ❤️❤️ I'm glad she took these, it helps me to see "me"
Happy Friday Eve!! 🤗 here's little old me posing with my FAVORITE bucha 😍 Kombucha is filled with live probiotics that are so so so good for your gut! There is a bit of a funky smell and unusual taste but I personally love it! Last night I celebrated my cousin's graduation with a little too many desserts so this is a great way to keep my tummy happy too 😊
Something I really struggled with in my eating disorder recovery was looking at old photographs of myself and thinking I looked so much better in the past than I do now. Comparing myself to my past self. To this day it still makes me a little uncomfortable to look at photos where I look thinner because it makes me feel like I'm less attractive now! Eek!🙈 But what if the old photos were just taken at a "better" angle? 🤔😮 I took these two photographs at the same time this morning, to show you how much of a difference angles can make. In the first photo, I look like I weigh a lot more than in the second photo, but I'm actually the same size in both of them!! Please don't look at a photo of yourself and allow it to make you feel ugly/disgusting. Lighting, angles and posture can make a huge difference to how we look! 💖 Focus on how you feel in your body right now and learn to love yourself regardless of what you look like. You have to keep moving forward. It's the only way 😊💕
So @klouise216 and I have started this little blog. One day we were texting (probably about periods), and thought “Hey, we are funny.” We pretty much were always looking for ways to work together again – and one time even seriously considered opening a food truck together even though I can’t cook (Our friendship is strong if Kristen was willing to work with me on that one, haha). Then the idea of this blog came. We both love writing, and how often had we talked about real life stuff? Answer: All the time. We mean the real stuff that is messy and difficult and weird. Why don't more people talking about that stuff? So we thought we could be the people to start conversations.
So here it is. Real Always Wins (because truth always wins in the end). These blog posts are filled with our unfiltered truths. The messy, perfect truths that make up our lives.
We have a few posts up, and you can expect a new post each week from one of us. We hope you follow along, laugh (and maybe cry) with us along the way. But most of all we hope you share your perfectly messy stories too. *Link in bio Follow @real.always.wins