What I Wore Wednesday

Hello Lovelies!

I'm back with another edition of What I Wore Wednesday.

Fall is finally making an appearance around these parts and I couldn't be more excited!

Fall and Winter clothing have always been favorites of mine and I'm so ready to pull out the cozy sweaters and the boots.

I have a couple of outfits to share with you today.

First, one of my very favorite ways to transition between summer and fall...

I love this sleeveless dress from Old Navy and have worn it many times throughout the summer.  Transitioning to fall is very easy for a dress like this one...simply add tights, a cardi and cute ankle boots and you've got a great look that will last all Autumn long.

Cardigan:  Old Navy    Boots: Breckelle's

Next, a cute and casual sweater& jeans outfit perfect for getting a little work done.

Sweater:  Gap Factory    Jeans:  Old Navy    Watch:  Target

I've got some really exciting things in the work for the blog that I'll be sharing in the next couple of months.  I can't wait!  I sure hope you'll join me!

Have a great day!




What I Wore

Hello Lovelies,

This is the last week of my self-wardrobe evaluation mirror selfies.   Lol!  

And I actually forgot to document a couple of my outfits...but here are the remaining four for last week.

First up,  Striped Tunic:  JCrew Factory,   Jeans:  Old Navy,   Shoes:  Gap Factory

Top:  Brass & Roe from Called To Surf,   Jeans:  Old Navy,   Shoes:  GroopDealz,   
Bracelet:  Hope Ave.

Tee, Necklace and Watch:  Target,   Jeans and Shoes:  Gap Factory

Dress:  Old Navy 

You've probably guessed by now that I live really close to an Outlet Mall.  😂

Next week, I'm going to dissect some of what I learned about my wardrobe.  Hope you'll join me!




Motivation Monday

Hello Lovelies,

Today I want to follow up on my 30 day challenge.  

In a nutshell, for those of you who don't want to click through and read the post (although I would totally recommend it)  I shared a bit about my weight loss journey which began just over a year ago.  

My success has leveled off and in an attempt to jump start it again, I decided that I would issue a challenge to myself (and anyone out there who might want to join me) to exercise every day for 30 days.

So how did I do?

I failed.  Miserably.  (Face Palm)

I exercised.  But sporadically.  I wasn't diligent about what I was eating.  In short, I really didn't put in the effort...and I didn't lose any weight.  Big shock, right?

This is a before and after taken right before I started losing weight and roughly 3 months into my weight loss

I debated whether or not I even wanted to follow up on my original challenge post.  I thought that if I just didn't address it then the original post would fade away into cyberspace and hopefully no one would even remember.

But I want to be honest with myself.

Since I started my year of transformation, I have been making a lot of changes and one of the biggest is delving into the reasons that I have had difficulty achieving some of my goals.  My weight is something that I have struggled with my entire life.  I went through a chubby phase in elementary school, and although I grew out of it, I had already developed a very negative body image.

I was thin throughout Jr. High, High School, and College but I was constantly dieting.  I always thought that if I could just lose a couple of pounds or an inch or two around my thighs, life would be perfect.  Well, we all know that's not the case.  But that was my mindset.

And even though I realized, as I entered into adulthood, that I had a warped view of my body, my relationship with eating and weight loss was already ingrained in me.  I have realized a lot of other things about my relationship with food, my feelings about my body and other related items which I will discuss in future posts.

But for now, one thing I have learned is that I need support and accountability.  So I have gone back to Weight Watchers.  As some of you may remember, I attained my lifetime status a few months back, and so I quit going to meetings and got a bit lax.  I haven't really gained any weight (a couple of pounds that come and go) but I haven't lost any more, which is something I still want to do.

I guess I should explain that since I just said that I received lifetime status.  You see, I set my goal at the top end of my healthy weight range, and then maintained it for six weeks so that I could receive my lifetime status.  But I am small boned and actually feel better when I weigh toward the bottom end of my healthy weight range.  So I would still like to lose just over 20 lbs. 

The one thing that I learned through all of this is that I really need to attend meetings and weigh in.  The accountability of having to stand in front of my weight loss leader weekly and show the progress (or lack thereof) that I've made is very motivating for me.

And when I see the scale changing, it is more motivating for me to work out.

Soooo, all of that said, I'm starting fresh here at the beginning of September.
I'm attending Weight Watchers meetings and I'm working out.  And I'll check in with you as well..and let you know how it's going.  And if anyone out there is trying to lose weight or just get in better shape, let me know in the comments.  I'd love to give you any support I can toward your goal.  These are the only bodies we get, let's do right by them!