My Unconventional Weight Loss Story

B0E0AE98-2A42-49A2-9250-A5E5DD4FE220.JPG

Dropping these 20 pounds definitely wasn't what I was expecting!

 

As I'm slowly getting back into the swing of making videos and writing blogs again, I have to let you all know I haven't been missing for the past 5 months because I lost my passion. I took the past 5 months to focus on me, and one of the biggest things was building my confidence in myself and my body again.

I had lost a significant amount of confidence in myself through multiple events that happened in the past few months and I didn't want to sit around and accept it. I wanted to make a change. You might have seen glimpses of it through my working out in the real world blog and essential oils blog, but my change was deeper than that. 

 

Why I wasn't incredibly proud of my weight loss

It wasn't healthy. I went through about two months of constant stress, from wondering where I was going to live, to my car dying out of no where and getting a new one (that had problems in the beginning), to working 24/7 for my job just to be laid off from that same job, to developing stress induced psoriasis (that I'm still struggling with btw) I mean the list goes on! Through that time, I ended up losing about 10 pounds just from stress alone.

I was forgetting to eat lunch at work, going to pilates to clear my head and having no appetite afterwards. It was not great. I curiously stepped on the scale one day and realized I had dropped 10 pounds and was happy!... for only a few minutes. I then wondered more than anything... why

Going through my head to wonder why I had such a dramatic weight loss, I first thought of pilates, then I thought it was because I was eating smaller portion sizes, just to come to the realization... I was actually forgetting to eat, not fueling my body for workouts, in a constant state of stress and wasn't paying attention to how badly I had let my life circumstances effect my body.

Unfortunately, it wasn't until I had developed the stress induced psoriasis that it finally clicked for me.

I needed to make a change for the better and I needed to make it ASAP.

 

Why I'm extremely proud of my weight loss now

24BA921B-8E8C-47A4-ADD5-D9B371A2C099.JPG

That isn't me anymore! While I dropped the 10 pounds initially, I decided to make a mental shift from I'm so happy I'm getting skinny to I don't care if I get skinny, I need to get healthy. I was tired of living in a constant state of stress, so I took time to focus on my mental clarity by using essential oils, reading (which I had never done for fun before), journaling my days, going to pilates ONLY when I had properly fueled myself before, starting yoga, and taking more time for my skin care routine at night to feel my best.

From there, I changed the hardest part of all: my diet.

I didn't try out some crazy fad diet or even consider a diet at all! I just made sure I was aware of when I was eating, what I was eating and decided whether or not I felt it was good for me.

I didn't force myself to eat skinless chicken because it was healthier, I chose parmesan crusted chicken because I knew I would eat it and enjoy it. I didn't throw out my pasta because it has sooo many carbs, I ate the pasta, but added veggies and laid off some of the cheese. I didn't cut out in-n-out completely because it was unhealthy, I treated myself to it because it would make me happy, but only on Friday's and I HAD to workout the next day if I did.

I chose happiness, and that is the only choice I needed to make.

 

So, the title of this definitely explains the truth! I didn't drop 20 pounds because of consistency and workouts and meal preps and diets. I dropped 10 pounds because of poor choices, but made a change and dropped the other 10 because I chose to live my life, work hard, and be happy, and those 10 pounds lost have been the most rewarding.

 

My point of telling you this is not to go stress yourself out to lose weight or be happy about losing weight because of unhealthy practices. It's actually quite the opposite.

Be aware of what you are putting your body through and always put yourself, your health and your happiness FIRST

 

This by no means was easy, as this has by far been one of the most difficult times in my life. I've had to put every area of my life as a priority, between my new job, my health, finances, side-hustles, mental clarity and social life and that has taken a huge amount of dedication and effort, but it has been paying off in more tremendous ways than I ever could have thought.

I had never felt more down about myself than when I realized I dropped 10 pounds and developed a skin condition because of the stress that I had let myself endure (yes, I let myself get that stressed.)

When you know you're stressed and do nothing about it to make a positive change, we are intentionally putting our body through the stress. We can't always control what happens to us, but we can always control how we react and move forward with it.

 

I still have more progress to be made (hoping to drop another healthy 10 and get back to my pre-college athlete body lol) and I hope to take you guys along with me :) 

Love you all more than you know <3

 

xoxo,

Battleforbeauty 

 

8 Tips to Make You Feel More Confident Daily!

9BAC7105-B924-493A-8550-40FAFDD63CDB.JPG

You have three exams today. You studied until 3 AM and the only thing you ate the day before was, well... coffee. And more coffee. You wake up at 7 AM and just don't have the energy to get out of bed. But you do and you feel like crap for the day.

 

We all have those days that we roll out of bed and don't feel very confident with ourselves. We don't have time to shower, need to wax our brows but can't find time, haven't shaved in weeks, anything!

 

Here are 8 of my favorite small things you can do to make you feel confident and ready to take on the day instantly!

 

1. Bold Lip Color

 

This is number 1 for a great reason. Bold lips = bold you! A powerful lip color shows that you are confident and you are powerful! Even if you're feeling bad that one day, go ahead and throw on that red, bright pink, purple, black, anything! Bold lips are confident and sexy, so rock it! 

 

2. Dry Shampoo/shampoo substitute

 

I know the miracles that can happen from dry shampoo for you ladies that need to wash your hair everyday. Sometimes it takes too much time, so spray on some dry shampoo in the morning, throw your hair in a cute messy bun and head out for the day. You'll feel MUCH more confident without that greasy hair in your way! I also recently found out about shampoo and conditioner substitutes. Not exactly sure if they work, but here is one I recently received from my mom if you're interested in looking more into them. (if it comes from my mom, I know it's good.)

 

3. Mascara

 

We ALL know what a good set of lashes can do for your look! One coat of mascara instantly attracts attention to your eyes, makes you look more awake and feel ready for the day. You don't need a full face of makeup to feel confident, you just need some mascara! It only takes a minute to throw on a coat and head out for your day.

 

4. Perfume

 

A perfume that's either fresh or citrusy is my go-to for waking me up in the morning. If you are rushed and had to skip your morning shower, or worked out and didn't have time to get ready before class (talking to all the college athletes out there), a nice light perfume can give you that boost of "smell-good" so you won't have to worry if you missed out on deodorant for the morning.

 

5. Concealer

 

Under eye bags and dark circles are a dead giveaway of lack of sleep and stress. A good coverage concealer instantly brightens your face and you won't have to worry about the "wow you look tired today" comments. My two favorite high-end concealers are the Tarte Shape Tape for a full-coverage concealer and the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer for a medium to full-coverage look. If you're looking to go drug-store, you can't go wrong with the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer or the LA Girl Pro Concealer

 

6. Throw on Your Brightest T-Shirt!

 

Wearing bright colors makes you feel brighter instantly according to color studies. Neon colors especially! Bright colors ensue a bright attitude and we'll make sure your confidence shows through regardless of how your morning went. Heading into the winter months and don't want to be too bright? Incorporate a pop of color like reds, greens or royal blues into your wardrobe to fit better with the season. 

 

7. Athleisure

 

With this rising trend, it's acceptable to wear your athletic clothes, anywhere! They're increasingly cute as well. Throw on your most comfortable leggings with your brightest sweatshirt and you'll feel comfortable but fashionable as well. Take it up a notch and pair your athleisure with your best pair of sneakers so if you're on your feet for a while, they won't feel tired either. 

 

8. Have you had your nails done lately?

 

Getting your nails done can instantly have a great feeling affect! Pick a day to pamper yourself and you'll leave feeling refreshed and comfortable with a new set of shellac!

 

 

xoxo,

 

Battleforbeauty <3

 

CONNECT WITH ME!

Instagram

Facebook

Youtube

 

COUPON CODES

-EBATES: ebates : http://bit.ly/2nNgUH5

** Sign up with this link and receive $10 automatically!

-NOVASHINE SMILE novashine: http://blog.battleforbeauty.co/novash...

** Use code “BattleForBeauty” for 15% off!

Monday Motivation 6/5

Happy Monday everyone!

As you all know, this past week has been extremely difficult for me as I lost my puppy and best friend of 14+ years.

So! Today's Monday Motivation, I chose based on that. I hope none of you are experiencing pain or loss this week, but if you are, here is a quote to get you through the week. 

PAIN IS TEMPORARY! It may last for a minute, or an hour, or a day, or even a year. But eventually it will subside and something else will take it’s place. If I quit however, it will last forever.
— Eric Thomas

Although it still hurts to think about going home and my beebs not being there, I know this is temporary.

Any pain you are going through is TEMPORARY!

Comment down below or on my Instagram with some of YOUR favorite quotes to be featured next Monday!

Love you all and hope you have a great week.

 

xoxo,

battleforbeauty