8 Ways to Boost Your Confidence

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I know that as a female, we tend to struggle with self confidence issues. I know from personal experience & being overweight (60 lbs heavier than now) half my life definitely destroyed any confidence I did have before I gained it. I have really been working hard lately to get that confidence back though! So I want to help you do the same. Today I have 8 ways to boost your confidence that you can start doing right away!

1. Stop looking on social media & comparing yourself to models. The average size woman in this country is a size 14. Models are a size 0. Enough said.

2.  Love your own photos. Instead of picking out what you don’t like about yourself in a photo, look at what you do like. No, LOVE! Your smile, your cute outfit, your shiny hair, whatever it may be. Focus on that, not what you don’t like.

3. Lift others up. Instead of gossiping about others & making them feel down, lift them up! It will give you a boost, too!

4. Move in a way that you love. Find a workout that makes your body feel good. Maybe it’s running, maybe it’s yoga. Switch it up, every day doesn’t have to be the same. Just make sure you enjoy it. 

5. Don’t talk “fat” with your friends. It will influence your own opinion of your body. So instead lift each other up & work towards your goals together! Focus on the good.

6. Push yourself harder. Don’t wait till you make another huge goal, like running a marathon. Start now! At your regular zumba class, just try a little harder. Do your push-ups in your next workout with a little more intensity & effort. Every little bit counts.

7. Try out Yoga or PiYo. This type of movement helps relieve stress & in result helps you have a more positive self body image & esteem. (If you want to try out PiYo, just message me on Facebook  & I am happy to help!)

8. Start a blog. Start sharing your story with others. Share your feelings, get them out. Getting those feeling out will attract others to you feeling the same way & having someone else to go through it with you makes you feel empowered! Take it from someone who has many struggles that shares openly (me!), it helps to have others in a community with you.

I really hope these 8 ways to boost your confidence helps you out! If you ever need advice, have health & fitness questions, need prayer, or would like to join one of my support &  accountability groups don’t ever hesitate to reach out! Always here to help!

xoxo

Quick Confidence – How to Boost Self Esteem

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Today I felt in my heart to share a topic with ya’ll that I struggle with myself in hopes that it’ll help others. After being overweight half my life, self confidence is something that I have battled with. I am my own worst enemy & own worst critic. I guess that’s what we do as females! But today, I wanted to give you some tips on quick confidence – how to boost self esteem.

  1. Sit up straight. Slouchers tend to not have as positive of thoughts.
  2. Smell pretty. Research shows that women who wear perfume feel more confident.
  3. Be superstitious. Weird right? Good luck charms can actually help you perform better!
  4. Nod your head. When you are listening to someone, nod. It heightens your belief in what you’re hearing.
  5. Flirt. Smile, laugh, & engage with others.
  6. Pump yourself up. Shake your body & move around!
  7. Strike a pose. You’ll have more confidence than standing with your arms crossed.
  8. Focus on your breathe. Just for 10 minutes. It helps with self acceptance.
  9. Grab a cup of coffee. It increases alertness, energy, & confidence.
  10. Get a workout in! Just 20 minutes will boost your mood. You can even walk!
  11. Put together a toolbox. Include reminders or photos of proof that you can be bold, a photo of those closest to you, a token of improvement, just to name a few.

I really hope these suggestions help you with develop quick confidence – how to boost self esteem!

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As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3

Have Fun Getting Fit

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Before & after I lost 60 pounds icon smile Have Fun Getting Fit

I was overweight half my life & used to think that eating healthy was boring & miserable.

I was wrong.

After losing 60 lbs, I became obsessed with doing too much cardio & eating too little calories, while also calorie counting. Then I realized that eating healthy is AMAZE, super yummy, & it’ll change your life.

I started playing with food . . .and having a blast. I created new recipes – made them and the most fun part . . . taste testing!! Now, I have teamed up with my friend Sarah to bring you the most FUN cookbook!

We’ve been working on yummy & healthy recipes for the past couple of months. And it is ready!!

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My most recent pics! Before Insanity & after Insanity

INTRODUCING: FUN – FIT – FOOD!

Just some of the tasty recipes that are included:

  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Bars
  • Chocolate Coconut Crepes
  • Asian Sesame Salmon
  • Healthified Pizza
  • And so much more.

Seriously eating healthy does NOT have to be boring & it can be delicious!

Start having fun with food. . . get your copy of Fun-Fit-Food now!

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Note: Because the purpose of this cookbook is to have fun, calories & macros are NOT included. Just know that if all the ingredients are healthy, the end result is too!

Your Body and Your Image: Seeing Yourself Healthy

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The way you see yourself & your thoughts are literally what creates your life & happiness. I have personally struggled with an unhealthy body image for most of my life. I was overweight for half my life & a few years ago finally lost 60 lbs. Since then I’ve kept it off (gained a few in muscle though), but I continue to view myself as the girl I used to be when I looked in the mirror. Then God & the Pastor at my church started working on me about this topic. There is a way to love yourself & I like to call it your body and your image: seeing yourself healthy.

It’s all about the thoughts that you let stay in your head – you have to control that ACESSS – those negative thoughts CAN be kicked to the curb! There are going to be so many negative thoughts that pass through your mind each day, but you MUST overcome them with positive thinking & the Word of God. Remember how God views you & just how beautiful & fearless He made you. You DESERVE to be happy! Surround yourself with positivity so that those negative thoughts don’t stand a chance. It’s your body and your image: seeing yourself healthy.

Here are some more tips that I found, I love this list!!! It’s your body and your image: seeing yourself healthy.

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I want to encourage you to enjoy the process & be thankful for what you do have! My body has changed A LOT since starting Insanity almost 2 months ago! I’m not exactly where I want to be because I want to continue getting more toned & stronger, but I’m so thankful for how far I’ve come! I’m now able to get through almost all the workouts without stopping, I’ve lost several inches & a few pounds, I have a little mini two pack that comes & goes, my cellulite is basically go on, & my arms are more toned. So I’m sharing that with you to say pick out the GOOD – go write down your list & be thankful for that today! Stop complaining about the rest & thank God for what you do have right now! It’s your body and your image: seeing yourself healthy.

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As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3

Your Mind Controls Everything

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Am I a coach? Yes! Do I love eating healthy & working out? Duh! Am I motivated to most days? For the most part, sometimes I still feel like my old 200 lb self though! Today was NOT one of those days though where i felt motivated, just being real. I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, wanted to keep sleeping, was beating myself up for everything imaginable. Seriously, your mind controls everything.

But you know what? I’m SO thankful for Jesus to get me through anything, for my accountability partner, & to be a part of the online groups that I’m leading because they help keep me on track! And guess what else? None of these people I knew before, my accountability partner I didn’t know, yet they’re the most amazing group of people ever! People are losing the amount of weight I’ve lost (60 lbs) in just MONTHS, whereas it took me a little over a year because I didn’t have accountability or support. Your mind controls everything.

I took some extra time feeding my mind with positivity because we determine what thoughts come in to our minds & stay. Like Pastor Steven says, make a decision what you let in & out of your life so you don’t let certain thought patterns control your mind. I’m so thankful for my group & my Jesus today!! Your mind controls everything, feed it something positive.

In today’s video I wanted to address just how your mind controls everything. I actually made this video for my group, but wanted to share it with y’all as well icon smile Your Mind Controls Everything

So let’s watch today’s message on how your mind controls everything.

Just click below to watch!

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As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3

How to Renew Your Life

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Renewal is something that we typically think of around New Year’s or maybe even Spring, when Summer is quickly approaching. For so many years, I could care less about taking care of my health, body, mind, or soul. I was far away from God, overweight, depressed, & in a dark place. What I’ve learned is that it all starts with your MIND. Once you overcome your mind, you can overcome anything.The body, mind, & soul all work together. I know that can seem very difficult, believe me. I still struggle with it myself sometimes, even after losing 60 lbs & maintaining that the past 4 years. But, I want to show you that you CAN & just how to renew your  life.

When I began my weight loss journey, I had a lot of trouble getting my mind right about it. I tried so many things & continued failing. Then one day I finally figured out what my WHY was – what  made me want to get healthy – & that pushed me along. It started in the mind. I learned how to better control my mind. This was just the beginning of my journey & I’ve figured out so much since then about how they all connect, so I want to share it with all of you. I want to show you how to renew your life.

I’m sure by now you’ve heard me talking about my Healthy for the Holidays group that starts next Monday. I’m very excited about helping people take control of their mind & their life. I  lived so much of my life in fear & depression. Now that I’ve been released from that, I want to help you all break those chains of bondage that we are not meant to live in. God has a bigger plan for your life, you don’t have to feel this way any more.

This group will last from October-March so that I can help you get through the holidays without gaining any weight, but still enjoying yourself & lots of yummy foods. But, you will not just be learning about health & fitness. I am going to help you gain a new perspective on life, have a fresh start, & show you how to renew your life.

So, I wanted to give you a sneak peak at what we will be discussing during the 6 months of the program so you’ll know what to expect.

  • Month 1 – Lighting Your Fire
    • Finding your “why”
    • Determining your motivation
    • Creating your dream board
    • Creating your action plan
  • Month 2 – Lifestyle Change
    • Everything in moderation
    • Small steps
    • Mindset
      • Body, mind, & soul
    • Exercise & Being Active
  • Month 3 – Organizing the Lifestyle
    • How to design your plan & recipes
    • Grocery shopping
    • How to prep
      • Why it is important
      • Cooking
    • How to maintain momentum
  • Month 4  – Secrets of Nutrition
    • Calories
      • Calories in vs. calories out
    • How to read a nutrition label
      • Serving sizes & measuring
    • What makes up your calories
    • Healthy substitutes
  • Month 5 – Dining Out & Eating On the Go
    • Plan ahead
      • Eating healthy snack before leaving house
    • What to order at restaurants
      • Keywords to chose & skip
      • Skipping chips & bread
    • Eating on the go
      • Snacks
      • Fast foods
    • How to avoid temptations
      • Sharing desserts & meals
      • Having a bite instead of whole meal
  • Month 6 – Revisit & Prosper
    • Review goals
    • Food, nutrition, & dining out
    • Create long term goals
    • Create action plan
      • New vision board

As you can see, you will be learning way more than just about health & fitness. I can’t wait to have you join us so I can help you see how to renew your life.

Head over here to sign up.

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As always, don’t forget to love yourself!

Xoxo,

Jess <3

It’s All About Environment

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If you’re going to change anything, it all starts with YOU. And your environment hugely contributes to everything about your life. Your thoughts, your moods, your motivation levels, your beliefs, your confidence, and I could keep going. As most of you know, for half of my life I was overweight, dark, depressed, far away from God, and disrespected myself and others. I had been yearning for a change in my life and then one day I finally realized I had to change my environment in order for that to happen. Seriously, i’s all about environment.

Here are just a few things in your environment that could be affecting your life:

  • People
  • Foods
  • Music/TV
  • Books/Reading
  • Living Space

Now I want to tell you why each of these things could affect you.

  • People – This one was the toughest one for me to change, but it had the biggest impact. When I gained all my weight, my friends all stopped talking to me and started making fun of me. I went from “popular” to an outcast basically. So, I made all new friends and it was with the wrong crowd. After associating myself with the wrong crowd for so many years, even in to my adulthood, I realized that a lot of these friends were not helping me move forward in life. They were negative, had unhealthy lifestyles, liked to party, didn’t have big dreams, & were just lazy. As much as I loved them, I had to distance myself from them because it was having a negative impact on me. Once I did that, my weight loss became easier and I started surrounding myself with people who believed and supported my big crazy dreams. It’s all about environment.
  • Foods - This one is pretty obvious, but seriously if you’re keeping unhealthy foods in your living space that is just going to derail you if you’re trying to be healthy. When you’re eating unhealthy foods this can affect your mood and how you feel about yourself. Which will then in return affect your thoughts and all other areas. Body, mind, and soul all work together. Eating a healthy balanced diet will give you energy and make you happy. It’s all about environment.
  • Music/TV - I basically stopped watching TV earlier this year and stopped listening to mainstream music as well. There is so much negativity out there and there are so many females on TV that us women will compare ourselves to. Actresses don’t look like your average person, the news has nothing positive to share, and TV is a waste of time and energy for the most part. And music is about the same. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry just to name a few. But, I blast Elevation Worship music all day er day! It’s all about environment.
  • Books/Reading - This year I started reading a lot of personal development. This was something that was absolutely foreign to me that I had never done before. Do you know how much this has changed and impacted my life? I have grown so much as a person and feel like I am growing all the time, which in result will help me to change my life and others. If you’re reading the news or other negative things, you’re likely to not be as happy and positive, or be growing. It’s all about environment.
  • Living Space - This one is super important because your home/apartment is where you live. I’m really huge in to this and I do pay more for my rent than most people would want to pay. But, since I work from home I want to love where I live. It’s peaceful to me. I also have lots of pictures with motivational quotes and pictures of family and friends that make me happy. I make sure to keep my apartment clean and tidy because if I don’t my mind can’t function as easily. It’s all about environment.

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So if you’re looking to make a change in your life, take a look about your environment. Since I’ve done this, my entire life has transformed. If I surrounded myself in a negative environment like I used to then I have no doubt I would be more tempted to go back to my old ways. It’s all about environment.

I know a lot of people out there struggle with this self  , so PLEASE re-tweet & share this post so that I can help others! icon smile Its All About Environment

Remember to always love yourself,

xoxo <3

Jess