I’m sure you’ve all heard of them, and maybe even participated in them; I’m talking about crash diets. These are the worst. They promote an unhealthy way to lose weight such as cutting calories to the extreme, cutting out important food groups, detoxes, and so many other awful ways “to lose weight fast.” Many people don’t realize the risks of these diets, or that they aren’t even a proper diet in the first place. If you aren’t patient enough to lose weight the right way, then you might need to take a look at this infographic. This infographic has some very important information about why crash diets don’t work, the risks involved, and other pertinent information that everyone should read.


I hope this infographic was able to open your eyes to the downfalls of crash dieting. If you’ve ever experienced a crash diet or the aftereffects of one, I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

Motivation Comes, And Motivation Goes

I was watching an Instagram story the other day, and Christy was talking about how motivation goes through cycles. I never really realized it until she said that, but she was absolutely right. Once I realized that I decided to go back and have a look at my FitBit app. The app syncs with MyFitnessPal and keeps track of calories in vs calories out. I was completely shocked by what I discovered. If you’re struggling with understanding how to use that function on your FitBit (I know I was at first), here’s a quick tutorial!

I noticed a trend where for a while I was on it perfectly; one cheat meal a week and either under my calorie goal or right on target every day of the week. This trend was from November to about the end of January (not counting holidays because those are too special to not indulge in). After January I noticed a steady trend of some weeks on and some weeks with more than my one day over my calorie goal. I was honestly a little down because I had a lot of weeks of just maintaining and no loss. I see why now. I knew I felt differently at the time, but I never realized what I was missing. My motivation. It had kind of just disappeared and I was going through the motions, mostly. I noticed that I wasn’t working out as regularly and I remember making a lot of excuses, but at the time I felt mostly fine. I wasn’t giving up, not at all, I just wasn’t as committed as I had previously been.

Now though, two weeks post cruise, 5 days perfectly back on track and I’ve never felt more motivated or driven to reach my goals. I feel like I did when I first started this whole journey, and I honestly couldn’t be happier. I have the willpower again to say no to little bites here and there, I have the drive to go for three walks in one day just so I can reach my step goal. Motivation, it’s so great to see you old friend.


I have this really odd feeling that my motivation will leave me again. Christy said that happened to her in cycles for the two years she’s been doing this. She made a valid point, however, that despite a loss in motivation, YOU CAN’T QUIT. I didn’t feel like quitting in those several months, but who knows how I’ll feel the next time it happens. She said that you have to keep going through the motions because eventually, you’ll get that motivation back, you’ll get that wonderful feeling of knowing you’re doing everything right and you’ll see results. I know that the next time I lose that drive that I can overcome just like I did this time. I just gotta keep tracking my food and water, and just keep on pushing.

I am so happy to have my motivation back. I can’t wait to see what I’ll accomplish in the next few months. If you’re lacking motivation, or just found it again, I would love to hear from you!

It’s Okay To Enjoy Yourself On Vacation

I just recently got back from a cruise. I decided that I wanted to truly enjoy myself and not be as strict as I am when I’m at home. I really do enjoy my lifestyle, but it was nice to relax and not worry about anything for once. I had an amazing time, and I’m so glad that I made the decision to just enjoy life.

IMG_4220This is not just a diet for me, it’s a lifestyle change. As corny as that sounds, it’s true. I want this to fit into my life, not fit my life around what I’m eating. So I think taking the time to enjoy yourself and new and different foods is a good thing. I wanted to experience every aspect of what my cruise had to offer, and if that included 24-hour ice cream and pizza, then so be it. I enjoyed the heck out of it. I also think it’s important to enjoy being with friends and having a good time. We spent a lot of time relaxing by the pool, and then, of course, we spent a day in Cozumel, and I wanted to enjoy it as much as possible.

I’m pretty confident in how I look, but sometimes I still struggle with being a little self-conscious, especially in a swimsuit. I just told myself to get over it and that it didn’t matter what these people thought of me, I’ll probably never see them again anyways. So I just focused on having a good time and didn’t worry too much about how I looked. It was hard not to compare myself to others around me, but I tried my best. To keep things in perspective for myself, I often found myself thinking about how I would have looked 30 pounds ago and how I would have felt in my bathing suit 30 pounds ago. That normally did the trick; it reminded me of how far I’ve come.

This picture I think really showcasesFullSizeRender how far I’ve come. I was so happy and carefree that day in Cozumel. I’m pretty not once did I even think about how I looked. I was just so focused on having a good time that it didn’t even cross my mind. This picture shows what I’ve overcome, I felt so good wearing that bikini. Last summer I was wearing something similar, but I was not feeling as confident as I do now.

I think my 6 months of dedication have truly paid off. I couldn’t even imagine going on a cruise 30 pounds ago. I would have struggled so much with my self-image, and I’m so happy that I’m treating this journey as more than just a physical one. I not only lost weight, but I’ve also gained a great deal self-confidence and happiness in who I am as a person. I’m not where I want to be physically or mentally, but I’m so much closer to my goals than I used to be. I would like to add that I only gained 2 pounds on my cruise, and the memories I gained were so worth it and I have Carnival to thank for those, as well as my bffs!!

If you have a different opinion on dieting while on vacation, I would love to hear from you!

My Must Have Weight Loss Staples: Tools to Success Edition

Earlier on in my blog, I did a post about all my must have foods. I thought it would be a good idea to continue that idea into a post about my must have tools to success. These five things have literally been a big part of the reason I’ve been so successful.

  1. FitBitIMG_4147

If you’re interested in losing weight, I really can’t stress enough how important it is to stay active. Even if you’re just walking a lot, you’ll still burn calories and still lose weight. I really enjoy my FitBit, especially because I’m pretty competitive. I always try to get my 10,000 steps, and I think that’s been a big factor in my success. Even if it’s 11 at night and I still need 2,000 steps. I will walk in place until I get them. It helps hold me accountable for my activity level and pushes me to beat my own personal records.

  1. MyFitnessPal

I really don’t see how you can be successful doing this without tracking your food. Trust me, I’m speaking from experience. In high school I would just try to “eat healthy” without thinking about portion sizes; it might work for a little while, but it’s so easy to go overboard on “healthy snacks” and still be eating more calories than you’re burning. Tracking your food really puts into perspective how not worth it junk food is. It’s literally empty calories that do nothing for your body. Now don’t get me wrong, I eat junk food during my cheat meals, but to me, it’s just not worth it to be hungry again 30 minutes later after eating a bunch of chips.

  1. Food scale

IMG_4151If you’re looking to lose weight you need a food scale. You would be surprised about how big or small an ounce is, which is a common serving size for a lot of snacks. I use it to weigh basically everything, from cheese, snacks, meats, salad toppings, granola, cereal. Basically, anything you can think of, weigh it. The way I see it is that you want to get the most out of your serving size. It really does help keep your portion sizes in check. They’re pretty reasonably prices as well. I just got mine from Walmart for around $20. So go get one asap, if you’re wanting to start a weight loss journey!

  1. Cute water bottle or cupIMG_4153

I think this belongs on the list because water seriously helps so much. Drinking enough water, even if you aren’t trying to lose weight is important. However, I think it’s even more important when you’re on a weight loss journey. It helps keep your body all cleaned out and it also helps with cravings. Drinking it out of a cute cup or bottle always helps me want to drink water. I think having something cute to drink out of makes it into a more fun process.

  1. Measuring cups and spoons

IMG_4152These are also an important part of portion control. I’m pretty sure before this journey I would actually eat like 4 tablespoons of peanut IMG_4149butter instead of the serving size of 2 tablespoons. It’s so easy to try to guess a serving size, but you’re probably gonna be wrong. Just take a measuring utensil and get it done, it’ll show on the scale when you’ve lost for that week. Portion sizes are everything.

I wouldn’t be where I am today without these 5 tools. If you’re missing one of them you should probably endeavor to include it into your routine. You’ll be surprised about how much it helps make things easier.

I would love to hear everyone’s must have weight loss tools! Let me know in the comments below!

6 Quotes To Help You On Your Weight Loss Journey

These quotes have gotten me through some tough times on my journey. I thought it would be a good idea to share in case you were needing some quotes to help you through those struggles that we all face at some times.

  1. How Badly Do You Want It?

When I feel tempted by anything I always ask myself how badly I want it. Or when I’m feeling discouraged I like to ask that question in reference to my goals. How badly do I want to see those goals? That normally puts me right back on track.

  1. You’re not being selfish when you put your health first.

When you skip a night out with friends because you want to wake up early the next morning for a run, you’re not being selfish. This journey is all about you and if people can’t accept that, then they must not want to help you accomplish your goals. For you to be successful on this journey it has to be a priority.

3. Don’t Forget Why You StartedIMG_4081

When the goings get tough this is always very relevant. When I feel like I’m making no progress I really like to remind myself of my goals and the reasons why I started this journey. To be healthy. To be happy. To be able to shop wherever I want. To feel good about myself.


  1. Do this for you and no one else!If you’re doing this to please your family, your boyfriend, or society, then you’re most definitely doing it for the wrong reasons. You should choose to better yourself and your health because you want to do it. Not for any other reason.
  2. IMG_3834Turn a setback into a comeback. When you fail, which you probably will. You just have to pick yourself back up and get back on track. You just need to be aware of why you decided to go off track and work on the feelings behind it to try to counteract it next time you’re feeling that way.6. Find Joy on the Journey

I think this is especially important. If you’re miserable on this journey, you won’t be successful. You need to find an exercise FIND JOY (1)you enjoy and find a meal plan that you like. If you aren’t eating healthy food that tastes good or doing an exercise that you enjoy, then you’re most likely going to quit.



These quotes have really helped me when I feel like I’m failing. I’ve been feeling that pretty intensely these last few weeks. I’ve had two weeks of no losses, and then this week I only lost half a pound, due to a binge Nutella episode last night. My quote that I’ve been focusing on since last night is turning my setbacks into a comeback. I’m getting back on the losing train asap! I hope they can do the same for you! (ps I made most of these graphics with the awesome app canva!)

If you have some awesome quotes that help motivate you, let me know down below in the comments!

My Must Have Weight Loss Staples: Food Edition

Today’s post is about my top-nine-must-have-in-my-pantry foods. These foods are my staples and I probably eat several of these in one day. I’m a person of habit and I’ll eat something until I get tired of it. But these foods, these foods are things I’ve yet to get tired of. If you haven’t tried some of these, you need to get on that, asap!

1. Smartfood White Cheddar PopcornIMG_3895

I’m a super snacky person, and I will literally eat a smaller meal so I can have more snacks throughout the day! I love this popcorn so much because it’s crunchy, salty, and cheesy! It’s also only 160 calories for an ounce, which is actually a pretty big serving. I love to take a serving of this with me when I go to the movies! I don’t even feel like I’m missing out on real popcorn with this.

2. Candy GrapesIMG_3879

This is probably one of my favorite things at the moment. What you do is get some grapes, rinse them and take them off the stem, put them in a Ziploc, add a pack of sugar-free Jello powder to the bag, and SHAKE! Then you can put them in the fridge in an open container and let them chill. Once they’re chilled the coating of Jello powder is hardened like a candy coating. OMG! They are addicting!


3. PineappleIMG_3899

I think this speaks for itself! Pineapple is my all time favorite fruit. I never get tired of it. Sometimes I’ll eat so much pineapple that I get ulcers in my mouth, which probably isn’t healthy. I just love the sweetness and sometimes tartness of a good fresh pineapple!

4. Strawberry ApplesauceIMG_3882

This is something I eat literally every day. I buy packs of this weekly. I always eat it as a side to a meal because I like to eat a serving of fruit with every meal. This is something that has been in my grocery cart every week since I started this journey in October, so you know it must be good!


5. CashewsIMG_3878

I love nuts. I really love almonds and pistachios, but I got tired of those pretty early. I definitely prefer cashews now, even though, they’re a good bit higher in calories and fat. I think they taste way better! They’ve been a staple for going on a good two months now, I probably eat some every day.

6. Jiff Whips (peanut butter and chocolate peanut butter)

I absolutely adore peanut butter and Nutella. These Jiff Whips have kind of filled that hole in my heart that they left. For only 140 calories for 2 tablespoons for the plain peanut butter and 150 for the chocolate version, they’re definitely winners in my book! You seriously need to try these, especially the chocolate one! I love putting the chocolate on some toast and topping with a banana for breakfast!

7. Simply Cheetos Puffs White CheddarIMG_3890

I love chips. They are seriously my favorite, and finding better for me versions is so helpful in making this journey one I can continue on for a long time. These puffs are so yummy! The serving size is very nice for only 160 calories! I eat sandwiches a lot and I feel like a sandwich isn’t a sandwich without chips, and these guys have stolen my heart. I was a big fan of veggie straws for the longest time, and I found these babies within the last month. They have quickly replaced my veggie straws!


8. Cheese SticksIMG_3891

I love cheese. I’ve heard a lot of people say you have to give up cheese to lose weight, but I seriously don’t think that’s true in the slightest. I’ve been eating cheese this entire journey and I’ve definitely lost weight. I just normally look for lower calorie versions such as part-skim mozzarella or something similar to that. These cheese sticks are my favorite and I’ve tried several different ones throughout my journey. These take the cake. I love having one of these with a ½ ounce of cashews as an afternoon snack.

9. Chocolate rice cakesIMG_3888

This + Jiff Whips Peanut Butter is to die for!! It literally tastes like a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup!! I don’t normally eat this by themselves but they’re pretty good, they just taste way better with the PB on them! They make for the perfect dessert! I got the idea for this from the lovely Sophie on Instagram!

So that concludes my ride or die foods. So it’s only nine things, but I couldn’t think of another thing to add to this list! You should totally check some of these out! If you do, let me know! Stay tuned for my second edition of weight loss must haves, featuring tools for success!

My Top 5 Don’t-Taste-Healthy-But-Are-Healthy-Recipes

A big part of this journey is preparation. That is a major key to success. I normally meal prep on Sundays and that way I’ll have food for the entire week. I really enjoy finding yummy recipes that are lightened up to be healthier. I have found most of my recipes from women doing the Weight Watcher’s program because they’re low in calories, but still super tasty! So, without further ado, here are my top five recipes!

1. emilybites Chicken Egg Rolls


Okay, so this is to die for. This is number 1 for a reason. I can’t even put into words how yummy these are. I have made them twice already, and can’t wait to make them again. I honestly like them more than regular egg rolls. However, I do exclude a few things from this recipe, the mushrooms and snow peas. I don’t really care for mushrooms, but I’m sure it taste just as good with the mushrooms!

2. cheeseandcardio’s Cauliflower Mac & Cheese


 This recipe has kind of slowly taken over my life. I’ve made this two week in a row. I am obsessed with it. It’s even better because its cauliflower and it seriously does not taste like it. This is decadent, and probably one of my favorite things right now. It’s so cheesy and yummy. I really struggle with eating vegetables, and this has helped so much! It’s such a simple recipe that can be modified in so many ways. I’ve already decided I want to add some turkey hot dogs in there, which reminds me of my childhood, but in a healthier way! This is just so versatile and delicious. If you only try one of these recipes try this one.

3. drizzlemeskinny’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Muffins


I absolutely love muffins. Especially ones that have peanut butter and chocolate. Please sign me up. These are really good! If you like really sweet things, then you probably wouldn’t like these. Otherwise, these are so yummy and filling! The only thing I would probably change the next time I make them is to add a little bit of stevia to the recipe. I just wanted them to be a tad bit sweeter.

4.  drizzlemeskinny’s Chicken & Bacon Alfredo Pasta

chicken bacon alredo pasta

This is pretty yummy and really does not taste healthy at all. I really like the combination of the bacon, ranch, and alfredo sauce. I really enjoy this recipe as is, and I have made it a few times. I’ve even passed it on to a friend, and she loved it! This is definitely a regular in my recipe rotation!



5. dailydoseofpepper’s Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

chicken parm meatballs

I’ve only made this once, but I really enjoyed it! I really love the unhealthy version of this! I have to say, though, that the healthy version is just as good. Italian food is one of my favorites, and this definitely passed the test! I had this with zucchini noodles (zoodles) and marinara sauce and it was delish!



I love all of these recipes so much! I really love that there are so many women out there who come up with lighter versions of recipes we all know and love! I hope you decide to make one of these a regular in your recipe rotation! If you do, let me know your favorite!

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Weight Loss How To: Stay Motivated

So you’ve decided to start trying to lose weight, but you’re struggling with staying motivated? Don’t sweat it; it happens to us all, including myself. Staying motivated is probably the hardest part about losing weight. It ties into every aspect of weight loss. If you’re not motivated and excited about your journey, then you probably won’t be as committed. If you’re not motivated, then it won’t reflect on the scale. If you’re not motivated, then you won’t be as strict as you sometimes need to be on this journey. Motivation literally has everything to do with losing weight. So if you’re struggling with motivation, then sit back, relax, and read these tips on how to stay motivated that have worked for me!

Progress Pics. These are so important. Progress pictures really help put into perspective the hard work you’ve put into your journey. I know for me, sometimes it’s really difficult to see any changes in myself in the mirror. To me, I often still see the same thing I’ve seen

progress 1
11/3/16 vs 1/18/1

in the mirror for years. I still see the size 18 girl who was so unhappy with how she looked, and then other times I’m able to see the new size 12 girl who is loving life. I think your brain likes to play tricks on you. So, I think progress pics really help you see more clearly. Sometimes when I’ve taken a progress pic and compared it to an older picture, I’m literally shocked. It can sometimes blow your mind to see the progress you’ve made in picture form, especially when you look in the mirror and feel like you don’t see much change. It’s there, you just need to take a picture, find something to compare it to, and boom! There’s your motivation to keep going when the journey gets hard. You just need to see it in a new light that isn’t the light in your bathroom mirror. That picture for me has kept me going when things have gotten super difficult, and I didn’t feel like I was making any progress. It shows you where you came from, and that is something I always have to remind myself of. I’ve come so far, even though it doesn’t seem like it sometimes. Just take some progress pics, and keep going. You’re making progress, no matter how slow it is. It’s progress.

Reward Your Losses. I find that positive reinforcement does wonders. I made a list for myself of rewards I will buy myself in five-pound increments. These rewards are something I can look forward to, and are never food related. You shouldn’t reward yourself with food because then you’re just going back to old habits, and relying on food to bring you positive emotions.

My Rewards

I normally choose material things or things that I enjoy as rewards. This way I’m not rewarding myself with food, but I still get those positive emotions from the reward. I think this really works for me because it gives me something to work towards. I have that reward to look forward to, and it often really helps me stay on track. This is especially true if it’s something I’ve really been wanting to buy for myself, but feel like it’s something I don’t really need.

Track your weight loss. I honestly recommend tracking everything, from food, measurements, weight, water intake, just everything is good to track. However, if you don’t want to track that extensively, tracking your weight loss is a good way to stay motivated. I like to see how much I’ve lost each month; this way I know what I need to do the next month. ( ps I used the typorama app to make that little yearly calendar!)

monthly weight loss
A look at my year so far


It really helps hold me accountable. I also like looking at my weight from week to week. This way I can look back, and know that if I didn’t have a loss one week, then I probably
treated myself a little too extensively, so I need to reign myself in the next week if I want a loss. It really helps with accountability, but it also can help with motivation. It’s so cool to look back and see a constant downward pattern of weight loss, especially when I feel like it isn’t coming off as fast as I want.

weight loss tracker
A peek at my weekly weigh ins

These tips have really helped me stay motivated and committed to my weight loss goals. I’ve had a steady downward trend of weight loss, so I feel I can thank these tips for that. Without using these methods, I probably would have given up a long time ago. I hope you can implement these into your current weight loss journey, or motivate you to start down the path to better health! Let me know in the comments if you have any tips on staying motivated!




5 Lessons I’ve Learned While Trying to Lose Weight


It’s easy to say, “Oh, I want to lose weight!” but it’s a lot harder to follow through. I’ve learned that through many failed attempts, and I mean many. I’ve been overweight all my life, and I’m only 20, so that says a lot. I’ve tried probably every fad diet out there, but they never worked in the long run.

Then, one day I woke up, and it just clicked. I knew what I needed to do, and I knew it would be difficult, probably one of the hardest things I’ve done. But I can say with absolute certainty that when it finally clicked, it was going to stay. I’ve never been happier or felt better about myself than I do right now. I’ve lost 26 pounds so far and I’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way, but these 5 stand out the most in my mind.

  1. It’s hard.

Oh man, is it hard. That’s honestly kind of an understatement. It’s hard to get up every day and know that what you’re going to eat is already tracked and planned. I track everything the night before on MyFitnessPal to hold myself more accountable. It’s hard sometimes to get the motivation to want to go to the gym. Sometimes I really don’t want to, like yesterday, and I didn’t. It’s hard to say no to temptations around your friends and family. We’ve had 3 King Cakes in our house. Sometimes I was able to say no, and sometimes I wasn’t. And all of these might be mistakes in some people’s eyes, but I’ve learned that it’s all okay. As long as you aren’t mean to yourself for making a mistake then you’re on the right track. We’re all human, and I’ve learned that as long as I get right back on the wagon, that’s what counts in the long run. This journey is unbelievably hard but so worth it.

  1. Drinking lots of water helps.

I can honestly say now that I love water. I rarely drank water before this journey started, and now I’m drinking a gallon or more of water a day. Water has so many benefits when it comes to weight loss. It has helped me feel more full after a meal, especially when I first started. Water helped tremendously with learning portion control. It makes me feel good. Water is just in general, really good for your body. I think water has honestly been a huge factor in my success

  1. Track everything.

    A quick look at my daily tracker

“If you bite it, write it. If you snack it, track it. And if you nibble it, scribble it” -Unknown. I live by this quote. I track everything I put in my mouth, even on treat meals. Even when I get the urge to binge, and I follow through. I track it. If you don’t track what you’re eating, you’re just lying to yourself. Your tracker might show “good days” because you refuse to track your cheats, but your body will not reflect it. Trust me I know from experience.

  1. Sometimes it seems like you’re not making any progress.

This is so unbelievably true that it hurts. Sometimes your brain tricks you into seeing what you’ve always seen in the mirror. I struggle with this constantly. I know I have made progress. I’ve lost 26 pounds and two pants sizes, working on the third. It is seriously so hard to see progress sometimes. When I feel like I’m not making any progress, I remember where I came from. I know I’m making progress, it’s just slow progress. And progress is progress in my book.

  1. A treat meal with friends is good for the soul.

You know what sucks? Depriving yourself of anything while trIMG_1360ying to lose weight. I don’t deprive myself of anything. I either try to fit it into my daily calories, try to satisfy it in healthier ways, or eat it in my weekly treat meal. Eating healthy 24/7 is hard. Thinking about what I’m having for my treat meal on Fridays often helps me through a rough day full of cravings. Just knowing that on Friday, I get to go have fun with my friends while eating whatever I want makes me happy. I really try not to go overboard on my cheat meals because then I wake up on Saturday with an awful stomachache. I often use my treat meals as an opportunity to catch up with friends, so I see it as more than just a meal where I eat what I want.

These lessons have literally changed my life. It’s been over four months now, and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. I can only go up from here, or should I say down?

I hope these lessons have inspired you to partake on your own journey, and if you’re currently or wanting to start the path to getting healthy, let me know! I would love to talk to some like minded people!