20lbs in 5 months

Yes!

You read that right. I did in dead loose 20 lbs in the last 5 months. I have been asked how I did it over and over again. It has actually been a year long struggle to lose the weight, once I got it to start coming off It really came off. I just had to find what worked best for me.

At the beginning on the year I went completely vegetarian for 3 months and since then I have been and on and off vegetarian. I have circumstances beyond my control as to why I am on again and off again. But being a vegetarian doesn’t mean that that I ate healthy. I just quiet eating meat and kept eating junk.

I have not been much of a soda drinker for a long time. The occasional soda is usually a lemon lime or ginger ale drink. I do drink coffee but I cut back to a couple times a week from a couple times a day. I still drink some tea and juice but not often.

For the most part my secret is portion control and limiting the amount of junk I eat. I have never been one to cut something like a dessert completely out of my diet. So I indulge once in a while rather than all the time. If I choose something small like a mini candy bar I will actually allow myself one or two a day.

Something that I wasn’t doing that I did when I was younger is I went back to eating 5-6 small meals instead of 3 bigger ones. The days that I know I can only do 3 meals I have my bigger ones for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is always the smallest meal and never after 8 pm.

So my secrets are things that I’m sure you have all heard over and over again. Yes I lost the weight in 5 months. But that was after 7 months of failed attempts.

My plans are to stat a mild exercise routine with some yoga and strength training, however that may still be a ways out. I am doing all of this on my own time.

Lastly I have been getting criticism for announcing that I lost 20 lbs. Even people who are “skinny” by some standards may need to loose weight, and sometimes that may be more than you think. I am naturally a small person and under went a lot of stress over the last few years which caused me to put on 20 pounds. Within less than 2 years I went from 115 to 135. For someone who is just under 5’2″ that is on the higher end for my build. But most importantly I didn’t feel well physically, or mentally. Even skinny people can be self continuous.

I am sick of people telling me that skinny people cannot have body issues. We are Women and we all have them from time to time. Even us women of God have them. We know our creator created us in his image, but we sometimes need a reminder or a push to help us along.

xoxo-simplycrystal

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I’m back… maybe… hopefully

After a long await time I am able to slowly get back in the hang of things. I still have a lot going on. I am still not entirely sure how I am going to keep up with this or anything else. I should have a more interesting post up in the next couple of days. If not know it will be up as soon as I can. I miss blogging very much

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I’ll be back soon.

I have a few short minutes to write to you all. I under estimated my experience with the kids I nanny’s grandmother being here. She isn’t a terrible person, I can tell she doesn’t like me but I already knew that. She tells them I did stuff just about every day when indeed I haven’t done whatever she states. I knew this was going to happen. I have known here for almost two years. However with her being here and the move coming up this week. I haven’t had a free moment to sit down and do anything. I haven’t been able to even crochet or watch TV on my break. The twins and I have had our whole routine shaken. Nothing feels right or normal. I am egarly waiting the day she leaves. But until this I do not foresee myself being able to get on here. 

I will write again soon. 

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July Favorites

I cannot believe the end of July is near. It hasn’t really felt like summer, which is really sad, because it is my favorite season.

Sweets

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I found this at Walgreens a couple of months ago, but forgot about it. It had been sitting in my night stand just waiting to be eaten. I am not a big sweets eater, but I ate this whole thing in two days. This would normally take me a week or two to get through.

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I found a box of these for $2 at Big Lots, I love them. They are light and airy and are nothing like a granola bar. I gave them a try because the didn’t seem to be like a granola bar. I’ll eat them but they are not on my list of have to’s.

Beauty Products

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This Saving Cream and Razor combo is the first that doesn’t give me razor burn. Gillette came out with a ultra sensitive, fragrance free shave gel It is fabulous. The razor is the Schick Quattro for Women. It gilds really well and leaves my legs smooth, even when I didn’t have this awesome shave gel.

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I’ve tried these before and liked them so I repurchased them, love them. they hurt like the dickens when I ripe it off my nose but they do the job. I recently started getting more blackheads for some reason. These pore strips take care of it.

Toddler Hairstyle

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I tried and succeeded. I’ve wanted to do their hair like this for some time now, but it hadn’t been thick enough or long enough. All I did was braid it and the do a little messy bun on top of their heads. Once I was done doing that I clipped the bow by the rubber band.

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Getting ready for Christmas

As a small business owner I have to have my Christmas line up by September 1st. I am going to do my best to keep blogging in the mean time. I am also getting ready to move so I have to focus on that as well.

photo 1 photo 2Here is a sneak peak of some of the new stuff that is going up. I am going to have some of last years best sellers up as well. Including the very popular fox hat.

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The though of dating

I have tried the online dating thing. I went on a few dates, none of them were great. Only one got a second date, and that was almost a year ago. I have this app on my phone that is a free dating site thing. Well every time I look at my matches or the people I have messaged me I get a lot of guys who are 21 who message me. I want to message them back and say “do you realize i’m almost 25” or to the guys who aren’t Christians and message me for a booty call. REALLY my profile says Christian. READ IT!

Just from looking at the people on the online dating, reading all the profiles, and the thought of going out to meet people just makes me sick and nervous. I love people most of the time. I am not an outgoing person at first. I have to get to know people before I am. So I come off as this really shy or snobby person when really I’m just thinking and observing.

I have also started this new thing where I talk way to much when I see anyone who isnt a toddler. So I do not want to scare a guy away.

In order for me to find someone to marry God is going to have to drop them in front of me, and make them like me. He did that with my best friend he can do that with my husband. I am ready when he is, but the thought of me going out on my own to do this is so nerve wrecking I want to curl up in a ball and cry.

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18 Struggles Of Having An Outgoing Personality But Actually Being Shy And Introverted

I found this article that sums me up almost to a tee. You can find the original article here. I will also past it and make comments on a few things.

1. You’re not anti-social, you’re selectively social.

2. At any given point, you have one (maybe two) best friends who are your entire life. You’re not a “group of friends” person. You can’t keep up with all that.

  • This being said If you go to church you have a group of friends, but you don’t usually hang out with them. They are “church friends”

3. Social gatherings that are supposed to be “rites of passage” like prom and dances and other such typical nonsense is just… not for you. You don’t understand it. You want nothing to do with it.

4. When you do choose to grace a party with your presence, you are the life of it. You’re dancing on the table and doing body shots until 3 a.m.

  • This is true in a since. I am not much of a drinker so I don’t do body shots all night, but you get the point.

5. … You then retreat into three days of complete solitude to recover.

  • I require almost a day to recover from a work week alone.

6. You go out of your way to avoid people, but when you inevitably have to interact with them, you make it seem like there’s nothing in the world you’d rather be doing.

7. Dating is weird, because you’re smiling and laughing and talkative at dinner, and then you don’t want to answer their texts for four days, because like, you just want to be left alone…

8. You’re accused of being flirty with everybody, which is hilarious, because in reality, you can only tolerate like four people.

9. You retain an air of mysteriousness about you, completely unintentionally. (There’s no mystery. You just feel no need to update the social sphere on what’s going on in your life every two hours.)

10. Not to mention the fact that you either have days in which you’re tweeting and status updating every five minutes… or you delete your accounts for a month.

11. You become unintentionally awkward because you at once feel the need to be a social life jacket for other people, though you’re just as uncomfortable yourself.

12. You’ve never really understood the whole “introvert vs. extrovert” dichotomy (can we call it that?) Because you’re… both…

13. You’re always thrown into the ringer because people think you’re best suited to be the one who gives the presentation, confronts the boss, gives the speech, etc. Meanwhile, you’re practically throwing up over the thought of it.

14. You ebb and flow between wanting to be noticed for your hard work, reveling in the attention and achievement you receive, to sinking and panicking over the thought of somebody else paying more than 30 seconds of attention to you.

15. The entirety of your being is a conundrum, so needless to say, indecisiveness is your Achilles’ Heel.

16. You’re at your happiest in places like coffee shops and cafés: surrounded by people, but still closed off and keeping to yourself.

17. You prefer to travel alone, but meet up with people once you’re there.

18. It’s taken you years to figure out that you’re shy. Literal years. And when you tell people, even your closest family members, that you’re “actually just shy” they pause, and then their eyes go big, and they go: “Oh my god you so are.”

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