Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A few updates

Well, this probably won't be too long tonight.  I am truly just here tonight to update you about a few things.  I think I have written about them, so this shouldn't be too hard.  However, I will do my best to give you some background info so you won't have to jump back and forth between blogs...even though I can assure you that you will enjoy what you are reading!  

First thing - getting back on this eating right track has been easier than expected.  I am actually planning out meals and sticking to the plan! Absolutely awesome, right?  Just to remind you, I am using the app LoseIt (@loseit) to help me count calories.  It has been the best app for me and if they wanted me to, I would endorse them.  I haven't been on the scale yet because I have learned to only weigh myself once a month (I do it at the beginning of the month), but I don't expect a huge change right now.  If you are wondering why I don't weigh myself more often, it's because I don't want to get caught up in a number.  As long as I get to the size I want to be, I can maintain that weight.  The really awesome thing is that even though it has only been two weeks, I can already tell a change in the fit of my clothes.  

Second - My clothes and hair are getting rave reviews at work!  People are so impressed that I wear bright colors and I change my hair up (even though it is #natural).  You can do a lot with natural hair, when you feel like doing it.  Yes, I just described myself because I don't always feel like doing my hair.  

That leads to point three.  You have probably noticed on my social media feeds this ~~~> #Aria313.  Well, it is something that I am getting ready to be part of and I am so looking forward to it.  Yes, there is going to be a blog involved.  That means more reading material for you.  However, I will not be the only author of that blog so I am really looking forward to working with someone else.  This will be the first time doing something like this, so I'm excited.  I don't want to give too much away, but I look forward to sharing outfits and just letting you into more of my personal life...something that doesn't happen too often in this blog.  

Fourth - THANK YOU!  I have some of the best readers and supporters in the world!  You help me keep going.  

Fifth - Be sure to share this blog with your friends.  

Sixth - Follow me on twitter, instagram, and tumblr @TheShaylaEm.  As soon as we get the Facebook page for Aria3:13 set up, I'll give you that contact info as well.  I love to interact with you and I love it even better when you give me ideas.  Keep them coming!  

Friday, August 14, 2015

The bright side

I seriously was hoping that I had a photo to share with this post (which is why I didn't write it yesterday), but that didn't happen.  So, instead, I will just share what I experienced and how much I loved it!  

I think you all know how much I love bright colors.  It's not a big secret at all.  Yes, I'm a thick girl, but my curves are wonderful and deserve to be in something other than black all the time (or any other dark color).  Well, this story happened yesterday and it simply made me smile.  

Yesterday, I decided to rock a pair of my bright pants to the office.  To be exact, the color of the pants were yellow.  I was standing in line at our little "diner" at work to get breakfast and the lady that works in the other area came over the talk to me.  She said, "When I saw the pants, I knew it had to be my girl.  You are always so bright and have a smile on your face".  Yes, she said a lot, but that made me feel so awesome.  

First, she loves the facts that I love bright colors.  Second, she has seen me enough time in the past few weeks to know that if I am not smiling, something is terribly wrong.  Here are two things I want to remind you of, plus divas - you are worthy of wearing bright colors and never let people take the smile off your face.  

To some of you, this post might not mean too much.  For some of you, this is exactly what you needed to see it today.  I hope that I have been a bright spot in your day, like her words (and my pants), were a bright spot in mine! 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Body Talk

I have no clue why this happens, but I seem to experience a writing drought around this time every single year.  Seriously, you can check it out.  It just never fails.  I've tried to figure it out, but I don't have a reason for you.  

Maybe it is because it is the summer and this time of year in the area where I live, it is absolutely miserable here.  Well, at least for me it is.  Everyone else might be cool with this triple digit heat, but it isn't for me.  Or could it be that it's the downward slope of the year and I'm already thinking about the direction of my writing for the next year and I'm already trying to come up with my year end post.  Woah!  

I could keep going, but there is really no point.  However, the writing bug is here tonight.  

I try to be transparent when I write.  I mean, there is really no point in reading these if I am not going to be honest with you.  So, I'm about to have a very transparent moment with you right now.  

Carefully choosing my words, I am once again having a battle with my weight.  I don't if I should use battle, issue, problem, or anything else that seems to fit.  I'll just stick with battle.  Of course, my problem area is my tummy and right now, it is just not going anywhere.  I'm back to using my the app LoseIt (@LoseIt) and it is helping, but I think I am just ready to have results.  I have tried the waist training things and apparently, I am allergic to the material because the next day, I have to put Cortizone cream on my entire torso and take some Benadryl.  A crazy reaction is not an option.  It's like not matter what I do, nothing is changing.  But that isn't true.  I'm already losing inches.  I can tell because my dress looked a lot better this week than it did earlier this year.  I can still fit into my adorable top that I love so much.  I have a new dress (that I'm still waiting to wear) that is beautiful on me...well, at least I think it is.  I can see these changes and as much as I love it, I hate it just as much.  

I guess in my body's own way, it is going to teach me patience.  More important, my body is going to teach me to enjoy the process.  Basically, my body is giving me life lessons.  If I have the ability to change something I don't like, then I need to change it.  Instead of trying to go through life so quickly, enjoy the process of learning the lessons and take time to enjoy the little things.  

As much as I hate to admit it, my body isn't going to change until it is ready to.  And for those of you that have been reading my work for a while, you already know this fact - my boobs are not going anywhere...in fact, I think they have grown...again!!!  But until the change is more visible, I'm going to enjoy the workouts and a few good books while I am on the machines.