CURVACIOUS_10's SparkPeople Blog CURVACIOUS_10's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Domestic Violence: Help Create Awareness Sadly, I lost a friend due to domestic violence. On Sunday, May 17, 2015, Breanca was fatally shot by her Boyfriend in Las Colinas, TX. She was only 25, a young lady who is a single parent of one child, Kaedon, 5 years old. He currently lives with his Grand-mother in Houston, TX. <BR> <BR> I am deeply saddened by this tragic loss of my friend, and just working to create awareness against domestic violence. I have earned another angel watching over me from Heaven. May 2015 has been a VERY tr... Thu, 28 May 2015 21:55:42 EST 40 Pounds Down, How I stayed Successful I’m still on my journey…I’m 40 pounds down, and I still have 100 more to go. Here are some things that have truly helped me along the way: <BR> <BR> 1. Changing my MINDSET and my ATTITUDE towards weight loss. <BR> 2. Writing everything down helps! Keeping a food journal keeps you accountable. <BR> 3. You MUST exercise or move around as often as possible. <BR> 4. Cutting the sodas, juice, coffee, and sweet tea, and DRINK WATER! <BR> 5. Preparing every meal/snack as fresh and “clean” as possi... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:20:05 EST OHMYGOD! I'm 30! :) I am officially 30 years old! I have never felt so wise, and comfortable in my own skin. I've lost about 40 pounds since last year and I have about 70 more to go which I plan to accomplish in 2015. I had the most amazing Birthday of my entire life, and I even found true love at 30. I'm so thankful for what my 30's will bring. I feel so confident and sure of myself, I'm settled in my career, and I'm learning more and more things about myself and life in general. I want to push myself a little ... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 11:11:55 EST DANGEROUS CURVES AHEAD! I finally reached my 1st milestone…40 pounds gone!!!!! I am SO proud of myself, as I have achieved what I once felt was impossible. I still have a ways to go, but I will keep pushing on. People are starting to notice that I’ve lost weight, and it feels good to just have my hard work acknowledged for a change. The fat is melting off, and my curves are coming forward. <BR> <BR> I was slightly concerned about my weight loss because I have had 3 bothersome side effects: Trouble sleeping, high an... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:55:36 EST When People Don’t Believe in You, Believe in YOU Today, I had to confront my best friend of 17 years about a hurtful comment she made to me. It’s very hurtful when your closest family and friends do not believe in what you are trying to accomplish, and don’t support you. I learned that I have to take that negativity, ALL OF IT, and use it in my favor. I took her hurtful words, as well as other negative things I’ve heard over the past few months and I am using it to propel forward. Using negativity as fuel to keep going to the gym daily and... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:25:27 EST Keeping the Promise & Loving Yourself January 1, 2014 I made a promise to myself, and so far I've kept it. I did take 1 month off and over indulged, but I got right back on my horse knowing that I have further to go. It is June, and I have reached the mid-way point of my journey. I have learned so much about myself, as well as my endurance, and ways to tweak my lifestyle change and eating patterns. I've lost a total of 30 pounds, and each day taking the next step towards another 70 pounds coming off. Not many people have noticed ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 13:51:56 EST Living Life with Purpose I never thought I would say things like…”I love salads” or “I love working out”…but, I’m saying it! I never thought I could wake up and feel energized and amazing, and I did this morning! Now that I am being healthy, I feel like I have purpose in life! I deserve to be alive, healthy, and well, and you do too! I feel so good about myself, and my life! I finally feel like life is worth living. I have a reason to be here and be my healthiest self so that my family can enjoy my time. At one point... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:27:12 EST Tighten Loose Skin DURING Weight Loss Skin is the largest organ of the body, and taking care of your skin is just as important as your weight loss. I have been doing a lot of research on how to tone and tighten my skin while I am losing weight, as well as what I can put on my skin and in my body to help. <BR> <BR> Products to use on the skin: <BR> Vitamin C Renewal <BR> Skin Firming Jergen's Lotion <BR> Shea Butter <BR> Vitamin E Oil <BR> Coconut Oil <BR> Extra Virgin Olive Oil <BR> Almond Oil <BR> <BR> Foods to help tight... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:02:24 EST Do What Works for YOU! I finally found what works for ME! I’m learning that I have to cater my lifestyle changes specifically to my needs, and it varies each day. I’m not going to be able to be in the gym every single day, but I CAN squeeze in a walk outside on lunch, and take the stairs. I also learned that I don’t have to weigh myself every day or every week, I’m going by how I FEEL in my clothes. I weigh myself every now and then to see my progress; I don’t focus so much on the number. <BR> <BR> So, Do What Wo... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:08:08 EST 21 POUNDS GONE IN 1 MONTH! :) The results are in Sparkers…21 POUNDS GONE and it took me 1 month of full dedication and consistency! I couldn't be more proud of myself for making the necessary changes and putting in just 1 Hour a day of low impact exercise. I'm seeing the results, and other people are starting to take notice as well. My clothes are fitting looser, my skin is getting tighter, and I am walking taller. I am ecstatic for how I will look and feel when the next 20 pounds comes off! <BR> <BR> Here's a recap of w... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:10:23 EST Curvacious_10 in PRINT! A year ago, I volunteered to take some professional print photos for my company. I had no clue they would be using the pictures ALL around the office. On windows, walls, and doors, even on the elevators. I was shocked to see my picture on the elevator door, but even more excited to know in the next 6 months – 1 year I’m going to look totally different! TRANSFORMED! This picture will serve as a constant reminder of where I am now, and where I’m going! <BR> <BR> There I am, representing my co... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:37:45 EST 3/18/14: What I ate today! :) Here's an example of what I ate today, and how I've lost 15 pounds so far!!! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Banana, 1/4 cup of Blueberries, 100 Calorie Yoplait Greek Yogurt <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: Protein Shake, Large Red Apple, Almonds & Walnuts <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snack: 1/2 Avacado on 1 slice of Wheat Bread <BR> No Picture <BR> <BR> Dinner: Baked Chicken & Steamed Bro... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:41:27 EST Eat the D*MN Cookie! Every now and then, we will be faced with life’s temptations. Your company will have a catered party or potluck, people will offer you delicious, yummy, treats, and let us not forget PIZZA Friday’s! It does not mean you DON’T have strong will power, and determination to restrain from bad foods if you indulge once in a while. You don’t gain a pound eating ONE cookie once a month, you gain a pound by eating 10 cookies every day. <BR> <BR> So, the next time you are faced with that challenge, a... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:39:28 EST Lifestyle Change It took me baby steps to get to where I am now. I’ve made little changes and stuck to them, and I am reaping the benefits daily. I realize that I have to teach myself new habits in order to propel myself to the level of health and fitness that I want to attain. I accept, and realize that I have to use food as fuel and not abuse food. I clearly see how I feel after a week of clean eating: baked, fresh veggies and fruits, and lots of water. As opposed to the way I used to eat: Fried, sweets, ju... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:58:58 EST Down 10lbs My First Week!!! Wow, the results are in, I put my mind to it and dedicated myself ONE week of healthy changes and I lost 10 pounds!!! Sure it might be just water weight, but it's nice to see the numbers reflect the changes I made for the week. I am ecstatic and looking forward to working out today. Feeling great, excited to see the results continue. <BR> <BR> Typical breakfast under 300 calories! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Changes made week 1: <BR> -E... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 12:24:19 EST Guess what...? I'm Back and I'm Juicing! It took a New Year, and for me to step on the scale and see that I'm at the highest weight I've ever been in my life for me to make some changes. I've experienced too many health problems to continue on like this. So, I took a giant step...and I purchased a juicer! The Breville Fountain Juice Plus for $165. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I also ransacked my refrigerator and threw out ALL of the processed foods, sodas, and sweets. I replaced the... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 17:58:46 EST 2-9-6 I stepped on the scale this morning just curious of what I now weighed? <BR> <BR> The scale blinked, I stepped on, and after about 5 seconds the digital numbers popped up; the numbers staring back at me read 2-9-6. The sad part is that I really wasn't even shocked. I'm not surprised by what the scale read because I know the types of things I've been doing to get me to that number. The numbers support the fact that I snack continuously throughout the day on Oreo's, chips, and burgers. The nu... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:44:31 EST Staying Encouraged My desire to exercise comes in waves: I have many days where I don’t feel like dedicating myself, and then I have days where I am just overwhelmed with excitement to get fit. This week has been a high point, where I want to get started again with my fitness goals. <BR> <BR> The downside to that is, people who I consider to be my close “friends” have the most DISCOURAGING comments to say about my efforts: <BR> <BR> “You’re going to burn out…I don’t think you can work out 2 hours.” <BR> “Yo... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:34:31 EST Week 1: Grocery Store Items Hi Everybody! Here are the items that I purchased from the grocery store. I am most excited because most of them are fresh and not the processed items I used to purchase. Embarking on my new journey! Sun, 3 Feb 2013 18:38:04 EST Day 1: What I Ate Today :) Hi Everybody!!! <BR> <BR> I first wanted to thank you all for reading my blogs, and leaving such encouraging comments! Your support is greatly appreciated. This means so much to me as I embark on my new life style. <BR> <BR> I've already been recording my daily caloric intake in a food journal, but I deicded to phtograph and possibly even video blog my food in hopes that it will encourage someone. All it takes is a little research, creativity, and preparation. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:34:32 EST Old Me vs. New Me I can laugh now, but when I went to the grocery store to shop for my new list of items I fought with myself mentally. Literally, as I was pushing my basket through the grocery store, I stopped in the middle of the aisle. I began to psych myself out, and I asked myself “what are you doing?!” <BR> <BR> Part of my mind was saying: What are you doing with all this fresh fruit in your basket?! You never eat fresh basil! You never eat cherry tomatoes, fruit, and steamed broccoli?! Don’t you want ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:43:49 EST Facing the Truth On, Sunday, January 27, 2013, at 2:34PM…I faced the truth. I stood on the scale to find out the number that I’d been running from for a long time. The numbers that stared back at me were astronomical. I stood there taking it all in, looking at myself naked in the mirror in shock that I’d let it get this far. I stood there knowing in that very moment that I was the heaviest I had ever been in my whole life! All the late night snacks, cupcakes, pizza, nachos, and sugary drinks added up to the n... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:30:56 EST The FIRST step was the hardest Today was my 1st day working out for the new year, and the 1st time I've worked out in about 6 months. It was the HARDEST thing I've ever done thus far, but I did it! <BR> <BR> I literally dusted the spider webs off of my treadmill, wiped off the digital screen, plugged it up, and got on it! At some point, during my 2 hour walk, I couldn't even feel my legs, but I kept pushing. I thought about all the careless things I used to do with my health, and how I've turned that around. I struggled ... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 16:39:13 EST Transforming I can tell that even the smallest changes help! <BR> <BR> I started off by simply cutting sodas, juices, and slushes (little frozen treats packed with sugar). Then, I began to cut out fast foods, and not eating after 8PM. Now, I'm about to incorporate exercising 30 mins-2 hours per day. <BR> <BR> Now, when I stand in front of the mirror, I can see inches lost off of my body already. My skin has a nice glow from eating so many fruits and vegetables, and drinking plenty of water. I can tell... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 00:21:08 EST My Journey Begins...Stage 1 Detox Well, here I am, facing life's challenges again! The difference is, this time around I'm more focused and motivated than ever before. I feel like it literally took me 5 years to get my mind prepared for this fight, but I have no doubt I AM going to win this time. With God on my side, I know that anything is possible. <BR> <BR> Today is day 7 of a liquid protein diet (inquire to my inbox for details). I would only suggest to those trying to jumpstart their weightloss to do this, and under a... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 14:19:30 EST