Monday, May 10, 2010

How I'm Getting in Shape and Gaining Confidence

Many of you girls and guys saw my Twitpic that I uploaded today. I decided to do this so you guys could get to know me and see that I have been dealing with my weight forever. The pictures are obviously very different (I hope, haha) and the one on the left was taken during the summer of 2008 in Greece. The one on the right was taken yesterday, on May 9th.

I was always a little heavier than I should be. Never MASSIVE but just always a little bigger. I pretended that it didn't bother me but it ALWAYS has. I have never been comfortable in my own skin, and i've always tried to hide my body with sweaters (ask ANYONE who knows me well IRL). I started seeing a Nutritionist when I was around 11 and I saw her until I was around 12. I learnt a lot, but I always thought i'd be bigger than everyone else. I felt hopeless. This is why I am still a little shocked at how I put myself on YouTube: The place for anonymous cowards who like to hate on people. At first I got no hate on my weight, everyone was really nice. But looking back at my old videos where my arms were huge and my double chins were massive, I wonder how I ever posted them. When I started getting "bigger" the haters started arriving and they attacked me about my weight. As much as I would like to say that they had nothing to do with my dedication to weight loss, I can't. I did this mostly for me, but part of me wanted to lose weight so the haters wouldn't have THAT (AKA my body) to use against me. I thank them. They gave me the push I needed to get in shape. So I did, and I couldn't be happier.

Looking back at pictures during my heaviest days definetely provide my with the inspiration I need to know that I never want to look like that again. So Tip #1 is to find pictures of yourself that make you disgusted at yourself. It sounds harsh, but it's the truth. After you find those pictures, think of what you want. I never want to be skins and bones. I get most of my features from my Greek side. I have hips, I always will! So embrace them! I just want to be happy with my body and that is my number one goal.

Now that you got the whole mental thing down, you actually have to work on it. When I started my working out in January (I remember because it was the first day I had Strep throat that I decided this) I only did Cardio. I walked on the highest incline (incline = God) I could on my Treadmill at a fast walking pace for just 20 minutes. I did this 5/7 days. Not having a treadmill is not an excuse. You must have a street near you. A hill? Stairs? A backyard? Use it! I also do 60 crunches a night, and some reverse crunches!

Once I was comfortable with cardio, I added weights to my work out. I went to Canadian Tire and bought two 4LB weights. Not much, but trust me. They work! So I started doing arm lifts and Bicep curls! Add this all together and it takes me 30, MAX 35 minutes a night. You can fit it in if you want too.

As for my diet, I really don't deprive myself of anything. Moderation is the KEY. If I want pizza, i'll get some. But I won't have a whole small (yes. a whole small) like I used too. I'll have 2 slices. Some cheesy bread? Fine. But only 1 piece! Ice Cream.. One scoop! All in moderation! I cut out most of my unhealthy snacks (like those carb-y snacks) and substitued them for healthy snacks like apples, strawberries, wheat thins, Greek Yogurt (flavored ones are AMAZING!!), ect.

I can honestly tell you that losing weight and getting healthy will make you feel so much better about yourself. As the pounds come off, my shyness does also. I'm less shy because I feel like my weight won't be such a focus now! It's a really good feeling, I know it's stupid but it's how I feel :)

So that's it-- cutting out the bad foods, drinking more water and working out often really makes a difference! If you have any questions, please let me know! Hopefully I help some people!

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments. They really are amazing and so kind. I don't know what I would do w/o you girls and guys! I love you!!!


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Get to know me Survey/Girl Confessions

1. What is your first name?:

2. Drama?

3. Are you a girly girl?:

4. Who was the last person you hugged?:

5. Small or large purses?:
The bigger the better!

6. Are you short?:

7. Do you like somebody:
not at the moment

8. What would you do if someone smacked your butt?:
depends on who it is and if they were joking around haha

9. Do you care if your socks are dirty?:
i hate socks in general!

10. Do you dress up on Halloween?:

11. Are you double jointed?:

12. Where is the weirdest place you have slept?:
Best Western Motel... The only hotel in the little city haha. Never staying there again!

13. Has anyone touched/smacked your butt in the past 24 hours?:

15. Do you call anybody by their last name?:
Tons of people!

16. How many guys will read this just because it says “Girl Confessions”?:

“X” Marks the Spot:

[x] I do wear make up
[x] I have cried at a movie theater.
[x] I can put mascara on without opening my mouth.
[] I get jealous.
[] I think Johnny Depp is sexy.
[x] I love to laugh.
[] I like death/grind/black metal.
[x] I like rap.
[x] I like country
[x] I carry a purse.
[x] I’d be lost without my computer.
[x] I own a Spice Girls CD.
[x] I own a Britney Spears CD.
[x] I own a boy band CD.
[x] I get bored watching football.
[] I’ve never been called a spoiled brat.
[x] Guys are confusing.
[] I’ve been called a bad influence.
[] I have/had a piercing other than my ears.

17. What color is your bra that your wearing?:

18. Do you prefer light or dark haired guys?:
either or

19. Are you currently frustrated with a boy?:

20. Do you have a best friend(s)?:
3 real ones :)

21. Have you ever had your heart broken?:
not yet

22. Have you ever thought of having plastic surgery?:
Kinda.. Just keeping it real.

23. Do you like your life?:
very much

24. Has one of your friends ever stolen a boyfriend from you?:
not yet!

25. Have you ever jumped in the pool with your clothes on?:
of course

26. Do you have more friends that are girls or boys?:
i think girls

27. How long have you had Facebook?:
3 years

28. Have you ever slapped a boy in the face? :
haha yes (not that hard)

29. What are your biggest fears?:
spiders, death, plane crashes, being buried alive, burning alive

30. Have you ever cried yourself to sleep?:

31. Have you ever not been able to get someone off of your mind?:

32. Do you believe in the saying “once a cheater, always a
depends on the person

33. Have you ever had a good feeling about something?:

34. Do you ever wish you were famous?:

35. Are you currently missing someone?

This guy or that guy?

Punk/Goth or Gangster?: neither ...

Preppy or Cowboy?: preppy!

Face or Body?: face

Sweet or Sexy?: mixture of both would be nice.

Well-educated or Dropout?: well educated

Armani or Abercrombie?: armani

City-slicker or Rural Guy?: both, a good balance.

Blue, Green, Grey, or Brown eyes?: blue or green

Contacts or Glasses?: contact

More Questions.

36. Eyeliner or Mascara?: mascara

37. Louis Vuitton or Dooney & Bourke?: Louis Vuitton

38. Pumps or flats?: Pumps

39. Skirts or pants?: Depends

40. Socks or leggings?: leggings

41. Hoodies or jackets?: hoodies

42. Heels or sneakers?: Heels

43. Straight or curly hair?: straight

44. Hoop or dangling earrings?: studs

45. White or black?: black or white

46. Victoria’s Secret or Bath and Body Works?: victoria’s secret

47. Smoothies or lattes?: smoothies

48. Diet or regular sodas?: diet

49. Water or daiquiris?: water

50. Pearls or diamonds?: diamonds

51. Vintage or boho?: boho

52. Mary-Kate or Ashley Olsen?: Ashley

53. Lindsay or Hilary?: Hilary!

54. Ipod or cell phone?: iPhone

55. Friends or family?: Family.. Friends are the family we choose :)

56. Lip gloss or lip stick?: both

57. Manicure or pedicure?: pedicure

58. Tiffany’s or Chanel?: Is it possible to choose?

59. Love or peace?: both

60. Sunglasses or purses?: Purses.. I can use them to shield the light haha

In a girl or guy…

Funny or Serious?: funny

Romantic or Daredevil?: both

Cute or Hot?: either

Dark Eyes or Light Eyes?: light , depends

Long Hair or Short Hair?: depends

Curly Hair or Straight Hair?: straight

Clean-cut or Rough?: clean cut or rough..

Good Dancer or Good Singer?: both

Basketball Player or Football Player?: football

Jock or Rebel?: rebel jock? idk!

Smoker or Non-smoker?: non smoker

Druggie or Clean?: clean

Has a Motorcycle or Has a Sports Car?: sports car or motorcycle

Beard/Mustache or Clean-shaven?: clean shaven

Younger or Older?: sames

Player or Loyal?: loyal!