Are you ready for the weekend? I’ve got a list of “irresistible links” here for you to check out. Oh and be sure to check out my posts from this week, Weekly Weigh In and Honoring Robin Williams by Sharing Our Stories About Mental Illness.

Dos and Don’ts of Plus Size Summer Trends from Daily Venus Diva.

♥ From The Curvy Fashionista, His Two Cents: Trusting in Yourself.

♥ Loving this Plus Size Party Dresses Lookbook from Ravings by Rae!

 

♥ TLC’s Curvy Brides Shines the light on Curvaceous Couture Bridal

♥ Need some InstaInspiration? 12 Fierce Plus-Size Fashionistas You Need to Be Following from Fab Sugar.

♥ More from the Curvy Fashionista, Style 101: Your Plus Size Jeans Guide- The Fit and Style Guide.

Have an Irresistible weekend! xoxo

“As we drive along this road called life, occasionally a gal will find herself a little lost. And when that happens, I guess she has to let go of the coulda, shoulda, woulda, buckle up and just keep going.”
~Sarah Jessica Parker ~

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This post has literally been sitting open (half written) in my task bar all day. Yea, it’s seriously been that kind of day! I don’t think exhausted begins to describe it. I’ve got 5 other posts/projects that are due tonight that I need to get completed. Eeek!!!!

Anyways. I weighed in this morning and I’m happy to report that I’m officially out of the 230’s for good! I’m down 1.8 lbs. Woo Hoo!

Weekly Weigh In

I don’t have anything crazy to report. It’s been slow and steady but I’m making progress. I’ve just been doing what I need to do but still enjoying life at the same time and indulging occasionally.

Sorry to cut this short but I need to get going.

“Success is steady progress toward one’s personal goals”
~Jim Rohn~

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I’m not one to usually be phased by the news of a celebrity death. That was not the case earlier this week when I heard about the tragic death of Robin Williams. I was shocked and in disbelief. Really? Robin Williams? No!

He’s always been one of my favorite people in Hollywood because he’s amazingly funny, talented, and I just really liked him. Even though I never met him, he made an impact on my life. He is one of the greats and he will be truly missed.

Robin Williams RIP

I always knew that Robin struggled with addiction and depression. I don’t think that makes him any different from the rest of us. If anything, these issues are what truly bonds us  together as human beings. We ALL have issues and demons that we deal with in our lives.  The problem is that nobody is willing to talk about these issues because there’s a negative stigma and shame attached to mental illness.

Often times when people hear “mental illness” they only think of someone who is detached from reality and locked away in a hospital. Sadly, that is sometimes the case but most high functioning, successful people also suffer from some form of mental illness. YES, depression, anxiety, alcoholism, addiction, and eating disorders are all common forms of mental illness. I think it’s safe to say everyone has experienced one of these issues or knows someone that has. It’s much more common than you think.

Honoring Robin Williams by Sharing Our Stories About Mental Illness by IrresistibleIcing.com

As human beings we are terrified of looking weak to other people. We live in a society where you are expected to put your armor on and just dust yourself off. To admit to anyone that you’re depressed or addicted to something would be a sign of weakness.  So people go about their crazy, busy lives dealing with the day to day stressors on top of staying quiet about their mental illness. Personally, I can tell you that’s when thoughts can become really dangerous and scary.

Asking for help isn’t easy. It takes strength to admit you aren’t doing ok and need someone else to help you through it. I just want you to know that you can ask for help.  A few years back when I got severely depressed I didn’t know what to do. When I shared how I was really feeling with my husband, he’s the one that picked up the phone and got me an appointment with a therapist. That took a lot for me because I NEVER ask anyone for help because I’m stubborn and independent. I now recognize that I can’t always do everything alone and it’s healthy to share how I’m feeling before things build up too far. Asking for help can mean either telling a spouse, a friend, family member, calling your doctor, a crisis hotline, etc.

I also want to point this out from the other perspective. When someone is severely depressed or addicted, they may not be able to ask for help. If you see this behavior in someone you care about, PLEASE speak up and get them the help they won’t ask for.

Share Your Story Quote

Part of what’s therapeutic for me is writing on this blog. I can literally feel a weight being lifted from me when I finish a post. Getting online and sharing my story with the entire world is not always easy. There’s plenty of times I type and save to drafts because I’m afraid to share.  I’ve personally dealt with severe depression, anxiety, Agoraphobia, and of course Binge Eating Disorder. I know that people have judged me for getting online and airing my “dirty laundry”. I don’t care what those people think. I’m not doing this for them. I do it for two reasons and these 2 reasons only:

1. Sharing MY story helps me to move on and live an irresistible life.

2. Sharing MY story gives someone else hope that they can also move on and live an irresistible life.

Sharing ALL of our stories gets these topics out in the open, creating a conversation that moves us closer to removing the negative stigmas and shame attached to mental illness.

If you don’t get anything else out of this post, I want you to walk away knowing that:

1. Share your story! Opening up about your pain might give someone else the courage to seek help.

2. It’s OK to ask for help! There’s nothing to be ashamed of. 

3. If you’re dealing with a mental illness, it does not make you “crazy”. It makes you a normal human being that’s trying to cope with life and let’s face it, life is hard!

4. Suicide is not the answer! It’s a permanent solution that effects the lives of many. It might seem like there’ isn’t a way out but there is. It WILL get better. If you are having suicidal thoughts, please, please, please tell someone or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.

Robin Williams Suicide Hotline

I love each and every one of you.

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I’m almost a week and half late with my weekly weigh in. Last week I was out of town for business travel and didn’t get to weigh in. It was also my birthday last Wednesday so when I got home on Friday, we celebrated. All weekend.

Weekly Weigh in at IrresistibleIcing.com

This week I feel like I’m coming out of a fog. I’m exhausted mentally and physically from traveling and attending lots of meetings last week. When you’re an introvert, being “On” 12 hours a day feels more exhausting than running a marathon.  This week has felt like a total waste because I’m just playing catch up on work, my business, sleep, and life in general. I feel totally out of whack and I hate that feeling! I haven’t worked out one time this week and I’ve been getting to bed around 1am. I feel sluggish, bloated, exhausted, etc.

Progress Does Not Equal Perfection

I didn’t even want to post my weekly weigh in because it’s a gain of 1.2 lbs. Sometimes as a blogger you get caught up in only wanting to show people the positive and happy stuff. I know I tend to think that if I share the negatives then it will discourage you. However, I’ve realized as a blog  reader myself that it’s humanizing to read that other people aren’t perfect in this weight loss journey. There WILL be gains along the way. I’ve never known anyone that’s lost a significant amount of weight without a gain here and there. I’ve learned that the important part is to accept it, learn from it, and get right back on track ASAP.

Weekly Weigh In

Business Travel, Birthday Celebrations, and What Tracker?!

I’m actually not upset about this gain because I enjoyed my birthday celebration with cupcakes, drinks, cake, fried oysters, lobster mac n cheese (yes you read that right!), and Mexican food all without tracking. I expected a gain after all that good food! Sometimes you just have to live a little!

My 33rd Birthday

On my business trip, I did really well the first 4 days and by Thursday evening I started to fall off the wagon. It’s also hard to accurately track when you’re eating restaurant food that doesn’t have the points listed and you’re forced to eat whatever you’re served during meetings. BUT, I actually did get in a workout while I was there! Yes, “only” one but every single healthy choice you make counts.

Every Health Choice Counts

These past 2 weeks reassures me that I HAVE to have an accountability system like Weight Watchers to stay within my allotted points range or I WILL gain the weight back slowly but surely. I need this for the rest of my life. I used to resent that. Now, I’m perfectly ok with that because I know it makes me feel good emotionally and physically when my food choices are in control…especially when other parts of my life feel out of control.

Confessional Time

I have a confession to make about yesterday. I ate Wendy’s twice in one day. TWICE! I had been craving a cheeseburger for weeks and well yesterday I let it happen. I had a double stack for lunch and single for dinner . . .with fries! Anytime I come off “plan” and feel out of control, I consider that “binge like” behavior. Yesterday, I felt out of control with my emotions and I let that dictate how I treated my body with food. I have to tell you that I felt absolutely physically ill after eating that garbage. It’s funny because in the past I’ve had moments where I made it a mission to eat until it physically hurt. I guess it was to subconsciously mask painful emotions that I didn’t want to deal with. I didn’t know that at the time but have received some clarity over the past year or two about myself. Yesterday, it did nothing for me other than just make my body HURT on top of dealing with other stuff. I have no desire to do it again today or continue back down that path. It’s an awful, awful, feeling.

Well, today is a Friday and I’m not using the weekend as an excuse to start on Monday.  Let me know how you’re doing with your weight loss journey in the comments below. Remember, it’s one day at a time!

A Strong Person Quote

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Hello doll face! Did you miss me?! I’m a day late with my weekly weigh in. So, let’s get right into it.

This week I’m down .5 of a pound. I thought for sure I’d be out of the 230’s this week based on last week’s weigh in but I’m still happy with this loss.

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Overall I did really good and stayed on plan until Sunday night when I had a cheat meal at Sonic. As in Double Cheeseburger Combo cheat meal. Ugh.  I would have been fine if I just stopped there but I ended up having a crappy Monday and Monday turned into one big cheat day. I didn’t go grocery shopping like I normally do which set me up for failure. Lesson learned.

I’m still really happy with my weight loss this week because starting on Monday it was that time of month and I’ve had a migraine every day since. I get really strong cravings and never seem to feel full during that time no matter what I eat! It’s passed now and I feel 100% better!

I got in a total of 31 activity points which I’m really proud of! We even went for a 12 mile bike ride earlier this week  which was relaxing and fun!

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Monthly Check Up

I had my first monthly checkup with the doctor since I started the medical weight loss program. I wanted to share a few things that we discussed yesterday.

  • I’m down 10 lbs since my first visit last month. Woo Hoo!
  • I’ve lost 2 inches off my waist!
  • I’ve dropped a point on the BMI scale. I really don’t agree with BMI because there’s so many other factors besides just height and weight that should be considered but thought I would mention it.

I got my blood work back which the doctor reviewed in detail with me. One of my concerns was a possible thyroid condition but the blood work came back normal for that. Actually, all of my levels are in the normal range! That said, I’m really grateful that I’m putting my health first because while I’m in the normal range, I’m not far off from being in the area of concern. For example, my blood sugar was 84 and once it hits 90 (fasting) there’s room for concern. My cholesterol was 189 and 200 is when they raise the red flag. I know that if I continue down an unhealthy path, those weight induced diseases will catch up to me and I refuse to let that happen!

I’m also Vitamin D deficient so I have a RX I need to take for that. Who knew?!

Final Words . . .

Weight loss is tough. It’s a daily battle with yourself to make the right choices.  It’s usually never a straight path to success. Yoyo dieting is emotionally draining. I know one thing for sure and it’s that I’m DONE living like this. It’s so hard to re-lose the weight you know you busted your ass to lose already. Many days I just feel like I’m backtracking to get back where I was.  I have to shut off that voice in my brain that keeps saying, “OMG, big deal you’ve already lost this weight once, twice, or even 3 times!” It is a big deal if you’re still here in the arena fighting for your life. Keep fighting! Even if this is your 3rd, 4th, or 5th time losing the same weight! On that note, I’d like to leave you with this quote,

"You Don’t Drown by Falling in Water; You Drown by Staying There"

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Are you ready for the weekend? I’ve got a list of “irresistible links” here for you to check out. Oh and be sure to check out my weekly weigh in post. 

♥ A list of 25 places to shop for Plus Size Swimwear from the Curvy Fashionista.

♥ Five Truths About Plus Size Fashion

♥ Don’t believe those pics of celebs that you see in magazines! This example of Mariah Carey proves my point.

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Stay Fluffy, Ladies. A beautiful post.

♥ Cover Models Speak: What Is Curvy Confidence?

♥ Amazing weight loss story! Couple Loses 280 Pounds After Hurtful Comment from Family

♥ Skinny Girl’ Bethenny Frankel Jeered for Posing in Kid’s Tiny PJs. This story has caused quite a stir. What are your thoughts?

Have an Irresistible weekend! xoxo

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
Buddha

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I got on the scale this morning for my weekly weigh in as I usually do and gasped when I saw the number.

230.8

That’s right. I lost 3.2 lbs from last week! I actually had to weigh myself 3 more times to make sure that was accurate and it was. I also hit my 5% weight loss goal and went down one point for my daily allowance.

I have to admit it was a bit emotional for a few seconds. I finally feel back in control of my body, my choices, and my health. In this crazy world, this is really all we can control. I will never allow myself to let food control my life again and make me feel miserable and out of control. NEVER!

Weekly Weigh In

I’ve contemplated in my head over and over again why I’ve gained and lost weight so many times. I’m starting to think it’s to teach me a lesson about appreciating my body. All the times I lost weight, I was never satisfied. All I could still see was the 250 lb fat girl I had become. It’s hard to shake the mental image once you’ve lived through it. I look back at pics of myself and think “what was wrong with you?! you looked amazing!” Yes, I was still overweight but not “fat.” Does that make sense? This time around I’m going to be nicer to myself through this process.

What I Did Differently

I looked back over my tracker from last week to see how I had such a successful week. As promised in last week’s weigh in, I cut out the Arnold bread for breakfast and lunch. I’ve been sticking to just egg beaters with a laughing cow cheese wedge for breakfast and a grilled chicken salad for lunch. I’ve been trying to only eat carbs during dinner. That seems to have always worked best for my body when I eat like that. I don’t mind eating the same meals every day because I don’t have to think about it.

My Current Workout Routine

I also kicked it up at the gym this week. Let me tell you . . . I’m addicted to kickboxing! I’ve always loved this as a form of cardio. It works out your ENTIRE body so it burns fat and sculpts your muscles at the same time. I’ve been doing the Jillian Michaels Kickboxing DVD and doing my own intervals with our boxing bag. My husband and I have our own little gym in the garage so there’s no excuses!  Here’s what my daily workouts look like lately:

  • 20 – 30 minutes on the treadmill at 3.0 or higher
  • 10-15 minutes of free weights (I’ve been focusing on my arms)
  • 20-30 minutes of kickboxing
  • Walking Chuy around the neighborhood as a cool down

Goals for Next Week and Beyond

My next mini goal is to get out of the 230’s for good which I know will happen by next week. The goal from there is to blast through the 220’s. From there, I can really see the light again. That’s only another 20 pounds to put me back in onederland! It finally seems doable.

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
~Theodore Roosevelt~

How was your week?

 

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Are you ready for the weekend? I’ve got a list of “irresistible links” here for you to check out. Oh and be sure to check out my weekly weigh in post. 

♥ J Crew has introduced a new size 000 for women. What is that exactly? They say it’s for women with a 23 inch waist. They say it’s due to demands for the size but it’s funny that these major brands don’t do the same for plus sizes!

♥ I don’t owe you perfection! My body my rules: Curvy Huma Qureshi slams hour-glass body image in new Femina cover. I never knew who she was until now but she’s absolutely stunning! Go girl!

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Emoji Yoga. Is this seriously a thing?

I Wore a Bikini and Nothing Happened. What do you think of this story? Would you be brave enough to wear a bikini even though your body isn’t “perfect” according to society’s stick and twisted standards?

♥ From the Curvy Fashionista, Five Places to Shop For Full Figured Bras.

No, My Boyfriend Isn’t “Settling” For A Plus-Size Girl from The Plus Size Princess.

What exactly is plus size? Plus size isn’t one size fits all and this post proves that!

♥ Remember Man Versus Food? Well the host, Adam Richman is back with a new show but I will NOT be watching after reading about his vile comments on Instagram.

♥ Why the naked pics of Prince Fielder disgust me and it’s not what you are thinking. 

♥  Do You Feel Stuck, Overwhelmed, and Dissatisfied? Then make sure to read this!

Have an Irresistible weekend! xoxo

“You cannot be an attractive and life-changing presence to some people without being a joke or an embarrassment to others. You simply can’t. You have to be controversial to succeed.”
~Mark Manson~

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Hello! I’m back with this week’s weigh in.

Weekly Weigh In 7.10.14

I lost .7 this week for a total of 11 lbs lost.  That’s almost a pound, right? I’ll take it. I didn’t get in as many workouts as I wanted to and was a bit off my eating schedule with the July 4th holiday and all.

This week I’m going back to eating a big ole’ salad for lunch every day. I’ve been eating a Boca Chickin sandwich on Arnold bread every day for a few months now. I’m trying to find ways to cut out the carbs where I can.

I’ve just been feeling a bit burnt-out with life in general. I heard a commercial the other day that said,

“When’s the last time you did something for the first time?”

That really resonated with me. Things just don’t feel exciting anymore. Is that just part of growing up? Don’t get me wrong, routine is good and I hate change anyways. It just seems like there’s nothing new or exciting to do. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that everything outside of work revolves around socializing with food or drinks. When you are trying to watch your diet, it takes away the fun of just letting go.

I’ve even been in a slump with my blogging career and that’s my creative outlet. I’m just letting it happen and going through the motions. I’ve found that you can’t force creativity when you’re going through this. I’m sure it will pass.

How was your week?

“Boredom is the root of all evil – the despairing refusal to be oneself.”

~Soren Kierkegaard~

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Let’s cut right to the chase.

This week I’m down a total of 4.6 lbs which puts me at 234.7 lbs. I have FINALLY  hit the 10 lb mark!

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Like I mentioned in my post yesterday, going to the doctor has restored my faith and hope in this process. It’s obviously working with the new medication. I just want to point out that my diet and exercise has not and will not change. My RX are not in lieu of sticking to my daily points allowance and getting in daily workouts. I’m taking them because diet and exercise alone was NOT working for me.

Weight Loss Quote

I refer to each 10 pounds as a decade. The 240’s are a decade, the 230’s, 220’s, etc. I call my current weight the “safe zone” from the 240’s. Why? Well, you know how you fluctuate a few pounds throughout the day? For example, if you weigh 238 lbs in the morning, you might weigh 240 at night or after a workout. I feel like once you get below 235 you are in the safe zone! I have NO desire to EVER see 240 for the rest of my life. NEVER again. My next mini goal is to get out of the 230’s decade.

I’m actually looking forward to my work out tonight. Never thought I’d say that!

Remember, It’s a process and a journey. Don’t ever give up!

Leave a comment below and let me know how you did this week!

“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” ~Anthony Robbins~

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