Thoughts on Weight Loss and Motivation

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This week I was looking through some pictures and ran across this picture. It has been cropped to cut out the kids in the picture, I was making cookies with them at school.  I was flipping quickly through pictures and passed this one and just.. froze.

Literally.

That was me? A year ago? How could I not have noticed? I swear I didn’t notice that I had gotten that fat. I couldn’ t believe it.

I never want to be fat again. I never want to look like that again, that is not me. Fat is not me. I don’t care what the heck is happening in my life, I want to focus on health and being healthy and not.. that. WHatever that was. It was horrible. I can’t believe I looked like that.

January to July Progress Pic

January to July Progress Pic

I have goals for this second half of the year. I want abs. I want smaller, toned arms. I want a lower body fat percentage. I will achieve these goals and I will because I know what I am capable of. I may be obsessive in taking pictures and perhaps even posting them, but it is something that motivates me. I have been on weight loss track for 6 months now, staying motivated is hard, but I will do what it takes.
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I have been surrounded by friends and family cheering me on for my weight loss. I thank all of you for it. Alexandre, I thank you for cheering me on, daily. For fighting with me when I want a cheat meal when I already had one, for going to the supermarket numerous times, looking for healthy foods and picking up things even if I forgot to ask, thank you for being my rock. Isabele, you have been spectacular. You have motivated me in food and eating healthy and making great choices, you have introduced me to our awesome nutritionist, Larissa, who is just spectacular! Dayvid, dragging me out of my warm house to run, pushing me to run more, harder until I feel like I am going to pass out or die, but I do it. And I survive, and it’s just the motivation I need.Thank you. Mom, you’ve lended me clothes, you’ve worried about what eat at your house, thank you so much for caring. All of you guys, thank you so much! You guys have no idea how much motivation you have given me, and I thank you for it, because really, sometimes it gets tough, but you guys are there. Y’all are amazing!!

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Sunday Outfit!

Queen Shoes Sale- always

Queen Shoes Sale- always

This week I decided to buy a pair of black flats to wear to work. Unfortunately, when I got to the store, after having tried on all the black flats I could find, I came to the conclusion that black flats look like house slippers on me, and therefore I wouldn’t buy any. I don’t know.. I kept trying on different pairs, but they all looked weird, like it was a pair of glorified flip-flops or something. I just, couldn’t. But then I remembed a pair of black heels that I own and wear all the time, they have a thicker heel and aren’t so high, but they look nice and aren’t so attention calling that I can’t wear them on the bus. So I decided to buy another pair similar because I know that I will get a lot of wear out of them.

When I got to the store, they were having their winter sale, so I ended up buying three pairs because I would get a 50% discount, all three pairs above were 290 reais total, less than 100 reais each, totally worth it! I bought a pair of short boots to wear on super cold days ( I tried on a million pair of long boots, but I think they just don’t look good on chubby people unless you wear leggings, but I am not wearing leggings to work. A friend of mine pointed out that I could wear a long shirt over the leggings, but that would just look weird, especially since when you wear boots you are wearing a coat, so just, no.)  I also bought a pait of blue flats, they are a varnish material ( whatever that means) and have pointy toes, so they look great to wear out when I have a lot of walking to do, or to wear at home since I cannot wear heels at home because I live in an apartment!

Suit Top- Zara. Scarf- Riachuello, gifted. Jeans- Looper.

Suit Top- Zara. Scarf- Riachuello, gifted. Jeans- Looper.

Please don’t mind my dirty mirror and the unorganized room in the picture above, haha. I believe in looking your best everywhere you go or everywhere you are. I hate not being all prettied up, even if I am at home. I like looking and feeling beautiful, even on weekends! Today I had lunch at the mall with my husband and daddy, so I tried to choose something practical and warm! I ended up wearing jeans, blue flats, red suit top from Zara and a blue scarf. Red, White, and Blue for the 4th of July- a day late! hahahahha

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As I mentioned in my last post, I have been working on organizing my wardrobe and building a better wardrobe. I also mentioned that I had a lot of black clothes, the picture above proves it hehehhee. I love black, it’s slimming, it looks great with skin, it doesn’t get dirty- it’s perfect! I also love white…buuuuuut, white gets dirty easily so it’s not always a practical go-to-piece.

My side of the "wardrobe"

My side of the “wardrobe”

And just in case anyone is wondering, that is the most part of my wardrobe, the rest are dresses that are hanging up on a longer space. I need to take more updated pictures of my “walk in closet” that isn’t finished and since I am moving, will never be finished lol. I am NOT fixing up my house if I am  going to move :D

Well, anyhow. That was my look for today in my never ended quest to look nice. Or, according to my sister Rachel, “How not to be  a Frumpy Wife” hehehe. Hope you all have a good Sunday!

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Building My Wardrobe

Since I have lost weight, I have been working on building up my wardrobe. I always tend to buy cheap pieces that I think I will wear, of all crazy types of styles, ecletic, basically. The problem is…I never end up wearing all these clothes, so I have started selling all the clothes that I don`t really wear. My criteria is, If I don`t feel spectacular in it, then sell it. I only want to own clothes that make me feel amazing, so I have been sorting and going through my clothes to only have clothes that I love and make me look great. I have stopped buying clothes just because they are cheap. I am only buying clothes that I LOVE. I am trying to establish myself as a person  and I know I can do this through my wardrobe.

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Cute, new outfit that just makes me feel good-lookin’! haha Jacket- Zara. Dress- old,Marisa. Shoes-Queen shoes.

Recently I went through a personal crisis and was wearing some.really weird stuff, but thankfully that phase has passed and I am back to my normal, classic self haha. I really like to wear suit tops and jeans. I have a small (enormous) shoe addiction, specifically heels.  I don`t care too much about purses, I have one I always wear and two small ones for when I don`t feel like carrying anything. My dream is to have a suit top with a matching pair of heels for every color that exists hahaha.  But in reality, I love black and probably have way too much black. Although, having a lot of black is good because all my shoes and outfits are easy to match haha.

My show collection in the making, their are shoes crammed in their in two rows for each shelf..

My shoe collection in the making, their are shoes crammed in their in two rows for each shelf..

I am getting back into wearing all my suit tops, but now I am going to invest in slimming tops to go underneath the suit tops and give a more feminine look. I would prefer something that is not spaghetti straps because I love wearing a normal bra with straps on it. Yesterday I went to Zara and found a cute top on sale for 30 reais.. but it was only one because apparently the price was marked wrong on it, it was actually 40 but the store did that top for 20.. If it were 20 I would have bought a couple of other colors, but for 40 I can wait it out a bit.

Cute top and blazer from Zara. Blazer is old, top is new:)

Cute top and blazer from Zara. Blazer is old, top is new:)

I also have to admit that I may have a Zara addiction. I love many things in the store and could walk out with bags and bags full of stuff. Since I have lost weight, I have been buying their Extra Smalls, they fit a lot better than the smalls, especially for jackets.

Some of the clothes I sold that didn't fit right

Some of the clothes I sold that didn’t fit right

Nowadays I am focusing on buying less and buying specific things, things that I won’t doubt that I will wear. Only things I try on in the store and absolutely love. If not I will wear it for six months and never wear it again, but I want to have a long lasting wardrobe, so I will invest more moolah for items that I like more.

Hello, Alaska! WInter coat from Zara to face all his Brazilian cold!!

Hello, Alaska! WInter coat from Zara to face all his Brazilian cold!!

Slowly I will start to talk more about this subject on my blog… I will have to divide it into sections to be able to explain everything that goes on in my head, but this was just the first general introduction!

Do any of you have tips for building a better wardrobe??

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What a day! What a lovely Sunday!

I don’t think that I have ever had such an eventful Sunday like today! I woke up early to running with my friend, I did this last week too.. but this week our time was much better! I feel really bad for him because I probably slow him down, but we ran 4.8 km in less than 40 minutes. We always forget to time it, so next time I will have to pay more attention to time.

During the week my goal is to practice my running.. I would like to run 4.8 km  three times a week at the gym and once on weekends. So, let’s see if I get accomplish that goal this week!

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Post run selfie!

I had lunch at my in-law’s house because they were celebrating their 35th anniversary and my brother in law’s 33rd birthday. Cute.

Afterwards I had a free pilates class because my friend decided to give us one and it was SO MUCH FUN, I loved it! It was the first time I had ever done pilates with machines, but it was awesome!

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Goofing around with pilates poses!

When I got home my husband decided we needed to walk the fur babies, so we went on ahead and took them for a walk, after that I cleaned the house, gave the dogs a bath and blow dried them  and took a shower and gave myself a pedicure:)

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I feel like today was a good day. It started off the right way and everything I did today involved exercise but it was so much fun. It felt so invigorated. I like going to the gym but I don’t feel as invigorated as I do when I do exercise outside. I know exercising outside is not something that can be done every day,but when I have the chance I think it is amazingly fun!

Well, I need to get going becase today I can finally go to bed early, so good night to all and I wish you all a happy Monday!

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23 things to do in my 23rd Year

I was supposed to post this on my birthday, but actually, I forgot to post it on here and only posted it on facebook. Little by little  I will update this post as I complete the things I have been doing!

So this is it… I am now closer to 25 then to 20.. my 20’s are slowly beginning to leave OMG. I can’t even fathom the idea.. it’s… insane. I know I am exaggerating just a little but I feel as if my youth is leaving and I haven’t really done anything.

A couple of months ago I started thinking about things I want to do with my life and decided that this year I would make a list of 23 things to do in my 23rd year. So…let’s go!

  1. Act my age. I am 23 years old. I honestly act like I am 35. For the past six months I have been working on this one, but is definitely a work in progress. I have been working with adults since I was 15, so I kinda skipped a part of my youth, it doesn’t mean that my youth Is gone… it’s there all right, I just haven’t taken advantage of it… and now I will!

2. Get a tattoo.  I always say… one day I want to get a tattoo and I know exactly which one I want. I just need to save up money and get around to it.

  3. Take better care of my skin. The sooner I start taking care of my face, the longer preserved it will be! I need to remember to ALWAYS use sunscreen, especially on my body because that is where I forget the most, I rarely remember to use sunscreen on my body and this Brazilian sun is killing it!

 4. Move.  Everyone knows my husband and I are trying to go to the States, for my going BACK, but for him going. I just want to move soon. Hopefully in my 23rd year, but this one is out of my hands.

 5. Lose 8 more kilos. I have already lost 8 kilos… however I have 8 more kilos I would like to lose to be smoking hot! The secret will be keeping it off.. that is where I have the most difficulty. I have joined a gym though, and I am now going to a nutritionist who is doing amazingly crazy portion control with me.

 6. Do a radical sport. This one is a toughie… I would LOVE to do a radical sport while at the same time I am TERRIFIED of doing it. This year I am going to get the guts to do it though!

 7. Find more me time. In 2014 I spent too much time working, and forgot about ME. I gained weight, I was overly stressed, I had way too many activities. This year I want to concentrate on spending time with myself and getting to know my inner self better.  I have started pilates and would LOVE to start yoga to have some ME thinking time.

8. Read 23 books. I have always been an avid reader, but I have lost the habit due to not having easy acess to books. This year, however, I will go out of my way to get some books!

1- 50 Shades Darker

2- The Last Queen of Sheeba

9. Continue avoiding medicine. I stopped taking hormones and anything related last year, this year I am focusing on not taking painkillers for things like headaches and muscle pain. When I really am in pain I have some chamomile tea to relax the muscles and that usually does the trick.

10.  Build a good wardrobe.  I have the habit of buying cheap clothes, and then not liking them later. So this year I will focus on buying fewer things, but higher quality things. I have some clothes I bought three years that I paid a mini fortune for, but they have lasted until now and look brand new. So I believe that instead of buying “cheap” clothes from big stores with low quality, I will buy better quality clothes, even if they are a higher price, but I will just buy less.

11. Teach more . I am now becoming more and more an adult (yikes) and I know that as an adult we need to teach younger people. I am not talking about teaching English, I have done that for 8 years. I am talking about spiritual life, or things I have learned over time

12.  Eat caviar. It looks horrible, but people seem to rave about it all the time, so it is something that I would like to try just to see what it is all about.

13. Go back to my natural hair. I have been straightening my hair ever since I was 14.. that is 9 years:O OMG, haha Now I would like to get my wavy/curly hair back, it is going to be a long process, but it will be worthwhile.

14. Not drink soda or boxed juices . I haven’t drunk soda or boxed juices for a while now, a couple of months, I intend to keep it that way for the next year.

15. Get my third piercing. I have wanted my third earring for a couple of years now, but I never seem to be able to get around to getting it done    COMPLETED MAY/2015

16. Go camping. The last time that I went camping, I was 13 and it was with my Grandpa. I would love to go again during this next year

17. Go to Rio. I am dying to visit the Christ again and walk along Copacabana beach and have coffee by the shore.

18. Have flat abs. Ok, ok, ok, I know. Super vain on this one, but a girl’s gotta have goals, right? During the next year I would like to achieve and maintain, flat abs. Laugh all you want.

19. Say what I really think. I am actually not that bad on this one, but it could be better. Sometimes I am not as sincere as I should be.

20. Go to a music show. I have never been to one. I have no idea what all the fuss is about. I would like to know

21. Save more money. I need to focus on saving, having more money for a rainy day. You never know what life brings.

22. Enjoy life. Sometimes I just get so caught up in things that I just don’t ENJOY life, That is what I need to do this year, enjoy all the little moments and everything that comes with it!

23. Drink 10 new kinds of coffee. Ok, Everyone knows I am a coffee addict, I know, I know. I love coffee. But I would also like to try ten new kinds of coffee:D 

1. Mogiana

So this is my list, these are my goals. And why am I making them public? To hold myself accountable to making these goals happen!

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Valentine’s Day Weekend

This past weekend was Valentine’s Day weekend here in Brazil, it was on Friday and by coin cidence, Friday was a holiday, so we had the long weekend off ( except for me who had to work on Saturday haha) But still, Friday off was amazing!

For lunch my husband and I celebrated by going to OUtback which is our current favorite restaurant:) I think we have been to most of the restaurants in Londrina and are just kinda tired of them all to be honest. They all seem to be the same thing with bad service, so whenever we can we end up going to outback:)

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As you can imagine, I completely went off my diet, so now I need to focus once again on losing weight, Sigh. Why does eating have to be so good?

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Saturday and Sunday I basically spent resting… my mind is spent and I am waiting… just waiting on the green card process. I want to leave as soon as possible and I feel like I am just in stand by mode waiting for it to happen.

I don’t know about you guys, but for me there is nothing better than sitting around watching movies. Rainy weekends were made for it;) I spent Saturday cuddled up with Sabrina in bed, she actually isn’t allowed on the bed but she is so insistent and keeps jumping up that I eventually give up and let her stay, Terrible parenting, I know.

vale5Sunday I spent the day on the couch watching movies cuddled with Bonhoeffer and Sabrina, and by cuddled, I mean literally:) Bonhoeffer’s such a cutie.

I had Sunday lunch with my dad since he is going to the states today and I wouldn’t see him for a while. I decided to make something somewhat healthy since I spent the weekend not eating right, bleh. My Sunday lunch however, turned out amazing:D

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I made oven baked chicken with oat bran ( no flour! ) and salad.  It was great!!

My weekend was also spent drinking loads and loads of coffee, as always:D hehehhe

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All in all, my weekend was just what I needed, a lot of rest! I wish I hadn’t eaten off the diet plan, but oh well. What’s done is done. This morning I wasn’t able to go the gy, but tomorrow I will start back 100% !

Hope you all have a good day!

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Getting it Done

Well, I finally got back down to 59 kilos, hooray! Now comes the hard part where I have never been….keeping them off and losing more and going lower. I think that now I am thinner than when I got married…so thats good news!

Post Workout!

Post Workout!

The only thing is that I am starting to feel weak. Which sucks. Hopefully My body will get used to it soon. I lowered My food intake and went back to not eating at right. I came to the conclusion. Either I am happy and eat, or I am pretty and thin, but both definitely dont walk hand in hand. Sigh, what a sad realization to make.

Birthday Dress!

Birthday Dress!


Thankfully My husband is being super supportive. I dont know what I would do without his help. Hes the best!

My guy! Love him!

My guy! Love him!

Well, I need to get going. Hope everyone has a good week!

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