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Here's the thing, for the longest time I neglected to take care of myself physically.

I ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted without any regard to my health and well being. I had a wake up call when I reached 250 lbs. I was struggling to to do simple things and the word workout would never come out my mouth unless I was trying to lose weight for a particular reason. Even then did diet, after diet, after diet. So when I finally started this Journey to getting healthy in November of last year, it was an up and down battle with trying to stay consistent and not giving up. There were periods when I would go a few weeks without working out, but I always got back on it. Yes I am on this journey because I want to lose weight and get my sexy back after pushing out two babies, but most important I wanted to be healthier and I had to keep that as my main goal in order for me to stay consistent. Losing the weight was just a bonus. As of today I have lost a total of 22 lbs the healthy way mentally and physically. Here are 10 things I did along the way to help me get healthier and stay consistent.


1: Have Patience.

I was always down for a quick diet trying to lose a quick few lbs, but the thing with those is that they never last. I had to remind myself that this time I was in it for the long haul which means results may not come as quickly, but they will come. Just like the Tortoise and the Hare, I had to remind myself that slow and steady wins the race.


2: Eat to be satisfied, not full.

This one was big for me. I love to eat, but I had to reprogram my relationship with food, yes I said relationship. It was that deep okay. Food was my comfort when I was sad, mad, happy, depressed, etc. It always made me feel better, The worse I felt the worse I ate and the more I ate the better I felt, or so I thought. So now when I eat I don't eat based upon me emotions. I eat when I'm hungry and when I am SATISFIED I stop. I no longer eat until I'm full because it just packed on unnecessary calories.


3: Workout/Stay Active

Girl the Dadiana a year ago would not workout unless she had a special occasion coming up and I wouldn't even workout for like a month. I would workout for like two weeks and then try to pair along with some crazy diet to lose those quick 10 lbs, then go right back to my unhealthy habits. It took a lot of convincing from my husband at first to even get me into step foot into a gym, but after I started forcing myself consistently, it became easier to go. I still don't prefer to work out, but I don't hate it anymore. So that's progress. I try to work out at least 3 times a week, but there was a point when i was working out 5 days a week. Working out definitely has played a big part in my health, but I realized that working out alone would not get me the results I wanted.


4: Stop eating late

Another thing that has helped me is not eating past 7pm. I used to very late and again they wouldn't be the healthiest choices. When I stop eating at 7pm it gives my body time to digest my food and start the fasting/metabolic process. This is something I use as a guideline. I am not super strict on it if I go to dinner with friends or my hubby, or I I just didn't eat dinner in time. When that does happen though I do try to make healthier choices in what I am eating and I definitely try my best to stay away from foods with high carbohydrates past that time. Now if I do get the munchies or a craving I either drink tea or have a hand of nuts or granola and call it a night.


5: Limit bad foods

Notice I said limit not eliminate. Guess what your girl has still been eating burgers, fries, and pizza, but in moderation. These are things I used to eat a lot and now i may eat one of them once a week and it doesn't feel like I'm missing out. For example for burgers if I know I want some fries, then I will make that sacrifice and eat it on a lettuce bun or sometimes I'll just eat a few fries off one of the kids plates and call it a day.


6: Drink More Water, less sugary drinks,

This is something that comes more naturally for me because I'm not really a juice or soda drink, but when it comes to the ah ah ah ah ah alcohol it was more of a struggle. One thing I did was stopped drinking cocktails with lots of syrups and sweeteners and get simple ones that have vodka or tequila with some lemon juice or cucumber or mint. For wine I have switched to semi sweet red and I am alright. I like to have a drink when I go out to dinner or glass of wine at home sometimes, so finding healthier alternatives when it came to that was important.


7: Drink Hot tea with Lemon

Not sure if this has contributed but it something I do pretty consistently. I drink a hot cup of green or mint tea and squeezed half a lemon in there. It helped me to curve cravings


8: Celebrate every milestone and achievement

Whether it was the fact that i woke up at 6am to workout, lost a few lbs., or had more energy, I would try to celebrate those things because they mattered. I still have a long way to go, but I am taking it one day at a time and appreciating my growth thus far.


9: Treat yourself

Yes I treat myself to anything I want. If I want a piece of cake and I haven't had any sweets in a while best believe I'm going to eat the damn cake and enjoy every bite. I learned that depriving myself from things I wanted to eat all the time like carbs, or ice-cream didn't help me because I would just end up binding on all those things later on. So I've learned that it's okay to treat myself and not feel quality as long as it's within moderation.


10: Change overall lifestyle and attitude

Overall what has really helped me progress in getting healthy is transforming my overall lifestyle. It started with me changing my actions and habits and then my attitude started changing from negative to positive.


Health is wealth and these days I'm feeling pretty rich and proud of my transformation mentally and physically. Thanks for stopping by.


Stay beautiful,

Dadiana


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If you love a good PB &J then you will love this smoothie! I absolutely love this smoothie as a quick meal in the mornings. Since I wake up a lot earlier these days to get through my morning routines, I don't have a big appetite, so created this smoothie recipe as a meal replacement for those mornings. I absolutely love everything about this smoothie. From the taste to the many benefits of it's ingredients. It really packs a punch!



Benefits of Smoothie Ingredients


Almond Milk is dairy free and vegan and it has way less calories than regular milk

Coconut Water is a natural electrolyte and contains many antioxidants

Berries are high in fiber, vitamin C, and Antioxidants. They also help reduce cholesterol and lower blo0d pressure


Bananas contain vitamin B6, Vitamin C, improve digestive health, gives your energy, and contains manganese which aid the body in creating collagen


Chia Seeds contain large amounts of fiber and omega-3s

Peanut Butter Good source of protein, in moderation

Raw Unfiltered Honey contains antioxidants, helps with digestive issues,



Cooking Instructions:


Prep Time:5 Mins

Cook Time: 5 Mins

Servings: 3 Servings



Here are the ingredients for my delicious PB&J Smoothie:

1 1/2 cup Almond Milk

1 1/2 cup Coconut Water

3 cups Frozen Smoothie Mixture ( with Banana, Strawberries, Blueberries, and Kale)

1 tbsp. Chia Seeds

1 tbsp. Peanut Butter (Or any nut butter you prefer)

Generous Drizzle of Honey




Directions: Add All Ingredients to blender to blend until smooth.


Last but not least Enjoy! Let me know how you liked it!


Stay Beautiful,

Dadi



You ever receive unsolicited advise or opinions that rubbed you completely the wrong way? Well I recently went through something like this. I'm irritated and I am disappointed. A family member of mine suggested that I am only shooting boudoir photography because I am battling a confidence issue within myself because I am trying to love myself and accept my body for what it has become and I am trying to "make" other women do the same. On top of that, they stated that because I am Christian I shouldn't photograph boudoir photography.


So I am going to set the record straight. Yes I am on a journey of self love and acceptance because I've struggled with diets, body image, and self esteem since I was in college. I use to always feel that the slimmer I was the more beautiful and attractive I would be. I've come to a point in my life where I no longer feel that way. My Beauty and my confidence is not determined by how skinny I present myself to be. I didn't come to this conclusion because I took boudoir photos, but I have taken boudoir photos to love myself even more and feel empowered. I chose to photograph boudoir because I want other women who have felt the same way I did to understand and know that they are beautiful and can feel confidence in themselves not matter their shape or size. Boudoir wasn't something I fell into because I was having some sort of body crisis and didn't know how to express myself other then take half naked photos of myself. I chose to shoot boudoir because I truly wanted to make a difference in others women's lives. Like tear jerking difference. Like life changing difference.


On the other note of Christianity and what it means to be Christian, I could do on and on, but that would be a whole other type of conversation and I've learned that there are certain conversations you just shouldn't have with certain people. Some people are close minded and lack the ability to see beyond their own beliefs and opinions. Yes I am a Christian, but I didn't know that meant I couldn't help empower women to love themselves. I didn't know that being a Christian means that I can't impact peoples lives in a positive way or spread a message of self love and appreciation. I didn't know that being a Christian meant that you can't feel sexy in the skin you are in. I also didn't know that being Christian gives rights to judge, judge, and judge some more. Side note: how is sharing photos in a bikini or bathing suit are any different from lingerie? Also why is one more acceptable then the other for some people? Also why is it that the bigger you are the more socially unacceptable it is for you to share photos that show some skin?


I've said it before and I will say again. I know that seeing half naked women might make some people uncomfortable, especially if you only look at it from that perceptive, but you have a choice to not follow what I'm doing. You do not have to like what I'm doing out of pity, and you definitely don't need to comment if you have anything positive to say. What I'm doing is not just about me. It's not just for me and it's so much more than taking pretty pictures of women in lingerie.


At the end of the day there needs to be a certain level of respect for other peoples choices. If I want to take photos of other women to empower them, its my choice. If I want to have photos taken of me to feel empowered, its my choice. If I choose to share these images on my social media to spread a positive message, it is my choice. No bible verse or well prepared speech will make me stop, it will only fuel the passion I have to go harder. So thanks, but not thanks for unsolicited opinions, judgement, and negative vibes, but I'm swiping to left on ALL negativity in 2020, No exceptions.


On a more positive note leave with this. Never let your goals, dreams, passions, or vision stop because someone may not support you. Know that you can and will make it happen. Stay positive and just swipe left on all negativity period. Do you boo. Do you.


Stay Beautiful,

Dadiana






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