The Ultimate Treat Yo Self Guide: Self Love is the Best

February is sniffing at my dress and I am in a flow of life and love. I wanted to embrace this month of self-love with Black History and Valentine’s day! I look at self-love as one of the most precious and highest levels of love. We often don’t and mascaraed as though we do.

I have been aggressive on my healthy weight loss journey so far and I have made a point to enjoy my journey this time around. Instead of waiting until I get to the end to reward myself I am doing it along the way.

Fitness

I have really been trying to take advantage of moving. I am an avid watcher of the show “My 600lb Life” On TLC. It really resonates with me because at one point in my life I was tipping the scale at 350+lbs. I was so ashamed of myself and wouldn’t look at the scale.

Now after losing 100lbs before and now working on going for the goal again and more, I know the stories that most share.

. Don’t hold yourself back my loves by holding on to things that are expired! If you wouldn’t drink expired milk then don’t keep holding on to that expired narrative.

I have been on the road a lot so I have been getting creative with my workouts and make sure I plan than like any other appointment. I have been using a lot of different apps to help me keep my body as healthy as possible. My favorite fitness apps are Nike Training and Simply Yoga. These help me to not have any excuses for not getting a workout in. If it’s important to you, you will make the time.

Nutrition

What you eat is just as important if not more than your workouts. I know a lot of people say they work out so they can eat whatever they want. I sadly have to let you know that unless it’s in moderation that ain’t going to work boo. You have to add quality fuel in order for you to push in your workouts and your life goals. I am a fan of adding supplements like my beloved Optimum Gold Standard Whey Protein from GNC. The more you increase your workouts your body will need more especially if you are lifting heavy which has proven to burn more fat and help you to be stronger for your daily life.

If you aren’t getting a balanced diet that is tailored to your special needs, then your body won’t live up to it’s highest level. I have been trying to incorporate a lot of green veggies and a few vegan items. I actually am enjoying the process as I find replacements for items I really love. I recently made vegan nachos using cashews as my cheese substitute.  That was life changing experience and so easy to make.

Respect your body and it will pay your dividends. Wonder why those who are wealthy will go out of their way for health. They have the true sauce which is your health is connected to your net-worth. If your health is funky so is your mind. Your mind is what is going to give you the keys to the winner circle. Make sure you are practicing self-love with your foods.

Fashion

When I created my goals for the year I also created a weight loss milestone reward plan. After losing 10lbs I allowed myself a little shopping spree. True story, once an upon a time I was wearing a dress when I was losing weight. I tried as much as possible since I was broke and didn’t believe in rewarding myself, I wore some undies that were a bit too big. Well as I was strutting on the catwalk aka the workplace, I felt my undies start to make a nose dive. Luckily I was able to slowly get to an office and snatch them off.

I will not be doing that this time so I partnered with Thred Up! They are an online thrift store which is so amazing. They carry major brands with deals up to 70% off retail. So you know your girl loves a good deal while she lives her most festive life.

I picked up a few items that I feel will be able to flow into my current wardrobe and keep me motivated to hit my other goals. I picked items I felt that I could wear to the office but also flip it and wear it on this rare thing called time off.

Corporate Fierce

I have been compared to wildfire in many professional settings lol. I had a professor who would say she is no wallflower, she is like wildfire. Over the years I have become more comfortable in my skin. I use to try really hard to assimilate but failed each time. I noticed that when I honored who I was more and did what I wanted, it made me stand out in the way I wanted. When I saw this INC International Clothing dress I was like get into my basket.  I love bold colors and prints.

Red is a power color that most women are scared to wear. Whatever makes you scared unless it’s life-threatening you more than likely need to do it. Maybe it’s wearing a statement piece to work or speaking up in a meeting, you have to step out to make a change. I can rock this with a blazer for work and then take it off and be instantly ready to find my redhead at happy hour.

Now this spicy number may not be in stock anymore, which is the joy and at moments sad face when shopping. However, I would never leave you ladies out so here are some possible options.

 

Reclaiming my goals

I am a force to be reckoned with. I was extremely excited to get my hands on a nice blazer. Many of my professional pieces are from Jones New York. They make high-quality items that can truly go far. When your picking items for your professional wardrobe pick items that are high quality and constructed well. When Oprah calls me and says she needs me to speak at an event, I don’t have time to worry about if an item will fit well.  This look was a hit at the office as it has balance. I give you pulled together sparkle. You can pair anything with a well-made blazer and instantly go from basic to refined.

As you are pursuing your goals in 2018 especially those that involve in branching out of your comfort zone, it’s a great time to take a deep look at your image. Does your image match your goals? Do you want to start that business or go for that promotion yet your wearing poorly made clothes or just look disorganized? Many people say that being concerned with their image is frivolous or too self-indulgent. Let’s be honest ladies, if a guy walked up to you looking like he may be homeless would you still chat? Nope, you wouldn’t, that also applies to how you look for the goals you want. Your image matters because if you look great you will feel great and the energy that will come out is amazing.

Plus Size Jones New York Black Blazer Forever 21 Sequin Skirt

Warm and Professional

When I saw this dress I was intrigued. I loved the cowl neckline and the detailing. The model vibes really came out in this look as you can see lol. Those who love dresses can totally understand. I love dresses if you can’t tell but I especially love dressed that can go the distance. The dress has a lovely belt that you can tighten as your weight changes. I believe this dress will keep me nice and cozy.  At work, I tend to pick bold items so I can feel my most authentic self.

This dress is one of those you can wear to work or transition easily for a book club. I also love that the print can be paired with a variety of shoes from pumps to boots. Fashion for work and life is meant to be fun. Wearing fashion that really enhances your look is truly the best self-care you can give. It makes the self-care circle of life come full circle.

Cory Plus Size Sweater Dress

 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and let me know if you did in the comments below. Now because I love to share my favorite things, use promo: ChristianSimone and you will get It gives 50% off all first-time orders up to $50 to the first 150 users! Let’s live our best lives and be cute too!

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