Weight Loss Journey

So…. A really long time ago, and I mean an eternity, I started on a weight loss journey. One that has been up and down. It all started when I saw a photo of myself in 2011. I felt horrible and sluggish and when I looked at the picture I saw someone who had let themselves become incredibly unhealthy.

I made the decision to diet and add exercise to my everyday life. For about 6 months I did an extreme diet, one that was impossible to keep up long term. I cut out everything and limited my calorie intake to an unhealthy amount. Did I lose weight, yes. Did it stay off, no. Not all of it anyway.

I dropped 39 pounds. I got close to my goal weight. Then emotional eating kicked in. My life took several backflips. I was in an abusive relationship. My weight loss took a front seat to the myriad of reasons my ex-husband chose to unleash his rage on me. Of course in his eyes it meant I was cheating, not getting healthy. Life got really difficult and I would say 4-5 days out of the week were filled with fear in my own home.

But in 2015 I left the marriage and decided to get healthy again. I ate decently off and on but the stress of getting out of that relationship and being a single parent took its toll. I found it hard to stay on track. I basically fluctuated back and forth for over 2 years.

Finally in June of 2017 I decided to work hard and stay on track. My health is important. I want to feel better and be active with my kids. So here we are… I started Keto in June and have lost 16 pounds. I took a break when I went to Vegas and just recently started back up. My body responds well to this way of eating and I don’t feel deprived. Mostly I just miss bananas lol. I’m excited to see my body changing in a positive way. It’s something I can do for myself and honestly just helps release some stress.

I am super excited to be back on the band wagon and hit my goal of toning up and staying healthy. What better way to keep me accountable than to incorporate it into my blog?!

What’s your goals? What works for you? I want to hear!

2011- The picture that started it all
July 2017
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What Do You Love? #motivationalmonday

What is it that you love? What get’s your mind spinning and excited? What’s something you feel like you just couldn’t live without in your life?

Do something that excites you and brings out the passion and fire that burns inside you. This life is far too short to waste it on a mediocre life. We were all placed here on this earth with a purpose. Find your purpose and go after it with abandon.

Mine is this little $5 jewelry company that gave me back my fire, confidence, voice, social life, financial freedom and sooooo much more. There are no words to describe how much it saved me when I felt like I was sinking. This is what I love and why I will never dread another Monday!

Happy #motivationalmonday

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Fashion Friday- Thanksgiving Casual

It’s almost turkey time!! Yes, that’s right. Time for good food, family, friends and football (for some of you lol).

Personally, it’s all about the food for me.  Give me some turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy, mac and cheese and sit me at a table because I am set. Can you tell where my minds at?? It’s drifting off now as I type just thinking about all the deliciousness to come in a couple weeks. Not to mention, it’s my birthday!

So I don’t know about you guys, but for me, I need something comfortable yet cute for this day. I want to look put together with a bit of a baggier and slouchy look. I’ve put together a go to look to help accomplish just that!

Click the picture links to find these products. Happy shopping!

 

Find these gorgeous studs for only $5 at my website!

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Paparazzi Accessories $5 Jewelry Adventure

My life has been crazy busy lately! I know it’s been a while since I’ve been on and made a post which I’m truly sorry about.

Life as a single mom has made it hard to juggle my time. I’m beginning to find ways to manage and get myself into a set routine instead of just flailing around aimlessly.

So….what have I been up to over the last several months?? I’m glad you asked.

Paparazzi Accessories, that’s what. It has been the most amazing, life changing decision I’ve ever made. I went from this shy, self conscious woman who walked with her head down to someone who braves the world openly and with confidence. I’ve met some amazing people along the way, I’ve traveled (which I will be posting about soon), I’ve had some incredible people join my team and become like family. I’m so proud of them , my upline and myself.

I found this opportunity at a time when I needed it most and jumped on the train without hesitation. Now when someone asks what I do, here’s my response…

I Am The Jewelry Lady! I help others achieve their goals and embrace the strength, independence and empowerment that comes from this company. I self confidence and self esteem in the form of gorgeous $5 jewelry that is affordable for anyone. I started with Paparazzi Accessories a little over a year ago and haven’t look back. I get to pursue my passion and goals while making my kids a priority. Anything is possible with this company!

If this is something you would love to know more about then feel free to email or visit

Nikki’s Paparazzi Boutique

gallowayn84@gmail.com

 

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My Love of Ambre Blends

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this fragrance oil!!!!! I’m not sure how to put my excitement into words so that you all understand. I mean I REALLY love it!

A friend always smelled so amazing. (I know it sounds weird, but just stick with the story!) It wasn’t a scent that would come from a perfume and it was so unique that I just had to find out what it was. Ambre Blends she said. I had never heard of it before so I immediately went to the computer to find it and Voila, there it was!

They offer four essences in a variety of products. Everything from body cream to skin tonic. It’s the perfect way to create a lasting scent. It is the way the company intends it to be as well. Putting on another brand of scented lotion could take away or alter the scent. I tried it with the Ambre Blends body cream and with another scented body lotion, just to see, and it’s true. The scent is much better with the Ambre Blends body cream or no lotion at all.

These oils work with your body heat and body chemistry.  Once it warms up you get your own unique and individual scent. I applied the essence to my wrist and crease of my arm and rubbed it together slightly to heat it up, then dabbing some on my neck. Even though it will smell slightly different on everyone, it seems to wear amazingly well on everyone I know who has tried it.

They offer four essences in a variety of products. Everything from body cream to skin tonic. It’s the perfect way to create a lasting scent. It is the way the company intends it to be as well. Putting on another brand of scented lotion could take away or alter the scent. I tried it with the Ambre Blends body cream and with another scented body lotion, just to see, and it’s true. The scent is much better with the Ambre Blends body cream or no lotion at all.

I was lucky enough to try all of the scents through the sample pack, but let me just show you my 2 favorites!

Ambre Essence

Ambre Essence is the original Ambre Blend. It carries a clean, euphoric and sensual aroma. This flirtatious essence is the base of all Ambre Blends products.” Ambre Blends Description

This is my FAVORITE! I just love this blend. It smells exactly as described in the website description. It’s a clean and super fresh smell.

 

Solace Essence

Solace infuses Ambre Essence with a sensuous vanilla blend, interwoven with a rare special ingredient. This essence was created for the sole purpose of comfort and attraction.” Ambre Blends Description

This essence was much more subtle than the others. It has a sweeter, more comforting smell. An everyday essence maybe.

 

These products just don’t stop! Other than smelling great, it left my hands and arms so soft. Definitely worth trying.

I love this company. It is women-owned, using 100% pure and natural ingredients. They are a green company, making all of their packaging recyclable and some even biodegradable.

Again, I can’t even describe how much I love these products! Once you have experience and smelled what I am talking about, you will understand. Check out everything they offer at Ambre Blends Website and grab your own bottle of paradise!

 

Disclaimer- This was not a paid post. I was given products to try for this review, but as always my opinions are my own.

 

 

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Skinny Chicken Pot Pie

I read this recipe at http://www.skinnymom.com/ and it sounded so delicious that I just had to try. This was a huge hit at our house and your don’t miss all the extra calories of regular chicken pot pie.

Use about a pound of boneless skinless chicken thighs

Use 2 cans 98%fat free cream of chicken soup, 1 Tbps onion powder, 1/4 tsp black pepper

 

Add 16 oz bag of frozen veggies 30 minutes before it’s done. Cook reduced fat biscuits as directed on package.

That’s it, so simple. Trust me you will love how easy and tasty this recipe is.

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Introducing Snap Lyrics

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I’m so excited about this announcement!!

I LOVE lyrics and quotes, things that make you feel. It’s the ultimate expression for me. When words fail me, writing never has. I think that’s why I relate soooo much to lyrics. Doesn’t really matter from what genre, just matters that it speaks to me.

So I forged 2 of my favorite things together and now have SnapLyrics

I find things that inspire me, take a snap and add some of my favorite lyrics.

You all should follow along…

Link to SnapLyrics Facebook page found here

Link to SnapLyrics Instagram page found here

 

Check it out guys!!!!!

 

 

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