Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year...New Me

Wow...the holidays! I will say, I haven't weighed myself in literally, 30 days. Since we have last talked I moved. Which has completely thrown me out of my routine. But I am aware of this and a few weeks ago decided to create a challenge on (This website is a godsend). Its a 40lb challenge starting January 1st and ending on June 1st. I figured I would start the challenge and have a good 20 people. Boy was I wrong! I have approximately 120 people doing this with me! Which is crazy, but so exciting that 100 other women are ready to start 2011 off right!

I feel like this is a challenge that I absolutely have to complete. Not only am I doing this for me...I am doing this for over 100 other people who are counting on me to be motivating. I know this may not be how any of the participants think...but I feel this way because its one thing to let myself down; however, I WILL NOT let 100 other people down! This 40lbs will put my 20lbs shy of my goal. Now I will say this is 2 months later than I wanted to be at this goal...but I will be just as elated to bring in the summer with a foxy body!

I ordered Zumba, and plan on doing that at night and 30 day shred in the morning! This is serious now! And for every 10lbs I will be rewarding myself..why? Because I freaking deserve it! This is not going to be a cake walk and I plan on documenting every day of that way others can know that it may not be easy...but it is going to be SO worth it at the end! I am ready to take this on...full speed ahead, with an AMAZING team of women that are ready to do this also!

January 1, the beginning of the journey to become the same Krystle on the outside, that I know on the inside!

Monday, November 15, 2010

I Think I Got It

So I did prety well this week....lost 6lbs and I am happy about that. I have not had ANY juice or soda for 9 days...and I am totally ok with that too. I am not craving it at all, and kind of feel like it is not something that is necessary in my life anymore.

I realize that I lost 6lbs and really didn't work out as much as I could have. With that being said, I am really excited about going strong this week and really putting up a big number on Monday. I also vowed that I am only going to weigh myself once a week! The daily fluctuations stress me out and it messes my head up. So once a week is all. I also think that I set more realistic mini goals for myself...which I didn't before.

I just learned to take one day at a time and listen to my body. I find it a lot easier to stay focused about what I eat when I am at work. Strange, I know, because for most it is the opposite. I am just really excited to be serious about meeting my goals and rewarding myself. Because this is definitely a journey....and one that I am so ready to take.

I think the week previosuly where I just wasn't working out or eating right....I just didn't want to do it. I didn't have the desire or get up and go to really do this! So now that I have realized that once I put in the work....things will change and I just have to keep faith in the process.

I also feel that the most important thing is having the faith and confidence in myself that I can do this! And not just that....but that I will do this!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Turning a New Leaf

So I know it has been a long time since I have updated this. But I will say I was on the wagon and then fell off a little...I am happy to report that I didn't gain anything that I have lost so far and I am sitting at 233 as of this morning. I am at the point where I feel like I know that I can't make any excuses about not knowing what to do in order to lose weight, because I have done it before.

I really feel like weight loss is LITERALLY day by day and you have to learn to celebrate the small victories, since it doesn't happen overnight. So my goal now is to just stay consistent with working out 6 times a week and eating my 5 small meals a day. I just have to remind myself that I won't have to do this for the rest of my life!

I will say that when I went to Genie's wedding in September, I wasn't at the wait that I wanted to be at. However, it felt really good for some friends and family to notice that I had lost some weight...even if it only was 20lbs. And now being on I feel like there are people who are counting on me to stay motivated, so that I can keep them motivated.

And more importantly, I have to stay on track for myself. I have seen myself at my absolute worst, and I NEVER want to go back there! I need to let go and give my absolute best every single day, because the rest of my life depends on these next few months.

And Lord knows I am so ready to be happy and to take my life back. Because I know as a child of God..He wants me to be happy, I deserve to be happy...and I am going to WORK until my body hurts

Monday, September 27, 2010


So I have had to readjust my goals....I didn't make my first mini-goal...but that is ok. I have to be grateful that I lost 20lbs and that people actually noticed when I went back to California. Which I will admit, made me feel great! Now that I am back in Cali, I just have to refocus and regroup. Excuses are not an option anymore and I know that I HAVE to do this now. So my next trip to Cali is in January. So I would love to be down AT LEAST 30lbs!

I know I can do it...I just have to kick it in gear and look at the big picture.

So I will post my new goals, once I hop on the dreaded scale, and see what damage I have done in the past two weeks!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Random Thought

So my good friends just went to Vegas for my friend Eugenia's Bachelorette Party....I was really sad that I couldn't go with them. However, in hindsight I started thinking about how I didn't want to be the fat girl parading around the pool with my thin, gorgeous friends. I know I shouldn't think like this, but I honestly couldn't help but be thankful that is just wasn't in the budget to buy two plane tickets within a 2 weeks span of time.

I am down almost 20lbs now, and although I am happy about makes me think more and more about how much longer my journey is. Setting small goals is the key, but I am the type of person who is ALWAYS looking at the BIGGER picture.

I will say this....I fully intend on having an awesome trip to Vegas planned, once I hit my goal is a must for me. It can be like a reward for myself! So I am going to invite all my girls, so we can parade around the pool together! And I won't have to be ashamed or self-conscious about my body!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Friends ehhhhhh

I find it very interesting how friends or family react to you when one is trying to lose weight. I find that you have three groups of people: true supporters, believe it when I see its, and people who act like all of a sudden they can't take the time to encourage you.

The true supporters are obviously the ones we all want. These are the people who are with you 100% whether they know the struggle or not. These people are asking how you are doing, possibly buddying up with you, or keeping you motivated on those days where it just seems too much!

Then the "Believe It When I See Its" are the friends of family that don"t necessarily discourage you, but rather when you tell them about starting your journey...they ask a ton of questions about how you are going to do it and may even throw in a jab or two about "The last time you tried this" I find these people to be the most interesting really. It is like they only want to invest (emotions) in something that is going to have a return. They would rather not go on the physical and emotional rollercoaster with you...but will be there when you get off, cheering and congratulating you.

Lastly, the what I like to call...straight haters! These people are in no way there for you during your journey. Plain and simply put these are the people who are mad that they cannot have the same willpower that you do and would be perfectly happy to see you fall on your face. They may not say it...but they damn sure are thinking it! These are people that will say, "I don't have time to do all that counting calories stuff" when you talk about how you do this! I have found that some people's happiness is determined by your level of misery. For example, have you ever had a friend that was just an enabler of your bad behavior (eating habits, drinking, partying, etc)? These people are all about being your friend, as long as you are not doing or looking better than they are! All bad! And with friends like these, who needs enemies right?!

Now I will say there are friends and family that just fit into a category of, "I don't understand". These people have no clue what it is to try to lose weight or how hard it is to stay motivated. These are the ones that say things like, "I love exercise" or "I just eat whatever I want and workout". Well guess what? If I liked exercise...I probably wouldn't be overweight! Most of the time, it is not their fault. They truly just don't have the empathy gear in their brain, when it comes to this.

I wrote this post to say this...You have to choose who you want to inform about your weight loss and healthy lifestyle plan. Because you will have people who are in your corner, people who are only in your corner if you win, people who would love to see you get knocked out, and lastly...people who didn't even realize that you were stepping into the ring! Either way you have to fight your fight...with or without them!

The Biggest Loser Syndrome

I feel in weight loss that nowadays we what I call, "The Biggest Loser Syndrome". These weight loss TV shows somehow lead us to believe that EVERYBODY can lose 12lbs a week as long as you workout! However, there is a problem with this. What we don't see is the contestants working out 8hrs a day! Who can do that? Not an everyday person. And I will say...if I had 2 of the best trainers in the world, a nutritionist, and no access to the very foods that got me into this predicament...I would lose 80lbs in 3 months also! I am just saying. On a side note, I do love the show because it is very inspirational.

Weight loss really comes down to, what works best for the individual. I cannot do the same workout plan and regimen as some of the other ladies I know on, as they cannot do the same routine that I do. Plain and simple! You have to take each day as a personal challenge. Everyday you have to set goals for yourself, as it pertains to exercise and eating. You have to play your mental "Rocky" theme song and take on the day.

So do not be discouraged by the fact that your weight loss may not be what it is for contestants on weight loss shows! These people are not in normal, everyday positions that the majority of people on a weight loss journey are in.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Let's just say that the weekends are the hardest days to keep it together! I went out to eat twice this weekend, and it wasn't the best idea. I hopped on the scale and what do you know...I have gained 2lbs. I will say that I was quite disappointed in myself for this!

However, it was a lesson learned. I realize that I am not far enough into my journey to eat out 2 times in a weekend. It did taste good though! LOL But I am paying for it mentally and physically. Because now I have an upset stomach!

So like I said, now I know I cannot do this type of stuff to myself. I cannot allow this minor setback to deter me from my ultimate goal! So today was a new day, as is tomorrow.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I'm Baaaaaaack!

So once again it has been awhile since I have been able to share.....but I am back and in full effect.

I think I have found something that actually works for me! I found this great website called that allows you to log your daily calories and exercise, as well as gain and give support! I also started a "Mommy Weight Loss" group on I have found that it is even more motivating for oneself when you can motivate and share stories with others that are going through the same struggles and progesses.

I had to step back for a minute and ask myself, "Why am I sabotaging my own happiness and well-being!?" It just didn't make sense. I also had to realize that I had to be my own biggest cheerleader. As much as I want friends and family support with this journey, it is really me and only me that knows what kind of daily sacrifice I go through to stick with it!

Now I try my very best to exercise everyday. I have been waking up at 6:00am to walk 2 miles and then when I get home from work I do 50 minutes of cardio. I force myself to do it, no matter how tired I may be. I had to let go of the excuses and stop beating myself up if I don't do ALL the exercise that I should.

I am now down to 235....which it has been awhile since I have been there....let me tell you.

I just have to take it one day at a time and realize that I CAN DO THIS! You only get one shot at life and I don't want to waste years being unhappy in my own skin...especially when I know that I am a wonderful person on the inside! I want and need the two things to match!

I have also decided that I want to write a book about weight loss for women in their 20's. I have always felt like most books are geared towards 30 to 40 something women. And I definitely feel like women in their 20's go through a different set of struggles because their is so much pressure to look a certain way, when you are in your 20's.....I want to redefine beauty and teach women to celebrate the small things. I want to call my book....."My Biggest Cheerleader"

So these are my new goals:

September 18th-215lbs
November 6th-200lbs.
January 11th-180lbs
March 11th-165-175 range THE ULTIMATE GOAL!!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Its Been A Long Time

Wow....I cant believe that I havent been here for 5 months already! Well to catch all of you up to speed. I moved to Atlanta, GA in January...and absolutely hated it at first. I still kind of dislike it, but since I have been out here visiting Cali for the past month...its not so bad LOL. No, but really. In the month of April I started working out more vigorously and more intensely..I changed my diet completely and was working out literally three times a day to pre-recorded workouts on my cable's ON DEMAND. It helped so much! The first week I lost 5lbs! I felt that I had more energy during the day, and just felt completely better.

I ended up coming to Cali at the end of April, and I am still here. So no working out and no eating right because my grandparents LOVE to cook! But its ok, I havent gained any of the weight back that I lost. But now I feel like I am eager to get back to Atlanta and continue what I started and what I was doing so well at.

I read this book by Chantel Hobbs "Never Say Diet Again" it was amazingly inspiring because this woman lost 200lbs on her own...with no surgery, pills, etc. I think that was the ultimate for me. Because if she could have the will power to lose that much weight after having 3 kids...there was really no excuse why I couldnt do the same.

So Im not going to beat myself up for not working out since I have been out here. I just know that I have a few months until one of my best friend's weddings and I definitely have to be down 50lbs by then! No excuses...and I am ok...because I know I can do it.

Its time to take my life back, one step at a time.