Operation Skinny Jeans

Friday, October 24, 2014

Progress

Like I mentioned when I updated my About Me tab, I need to also update my progress tab. Its been a few months so I thought I would re-do it too.

I think more than just pictures, its important to show weight progress and measurement progress. As you know this journey for me hasn't been all down, which is actually really normal. I have met a lot of really awesome people along the way that have struggled with plateaus, regains, and being stuck. I believe it is what you do after that that matters. Some have quit. Some have deleted their instagrams and started over. Some keep on chugging along. It can he so discouraging when you find yourself taking steps backward, but its nothing to be ashamed of, it's part of the process.

So I wanted to show you what losing 60 lbs, gaining 30 back and losing 5 of that looks like, cause thats me today.


And here is what it looks like on a graph



Am I happy that I gained that weight back? Nope. Not even a little bit. But I got out of control, and it happened. Am I proud that that line is going back down right now? FUCK yes. I am back in control and that is what matters. 

Am I pleased as punch that I have lost almost 10 inches from my waist? You bet your ass I am. 

I knew I would struggle with weight loss. This shit is hard. When I started this blog, I did so to chronicle my struggle and my journey, not my success. I never promised I would succeed. I am proud that I haven't given up yet, and thats what matters. 

This is progress. 


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Under Where??

I want to talk about something we all use, need and should love. Our underwear.

I was putting away my laundry yesterday and I came across my old lingerie. I bought it about 4 years ago, when I was feeling the opposite of sexy, in an attempt to feel better about myself for the sake of my marriage. I haven't worn it in about as long, but only because when I put it on after I got it, I felt the opposite of sexy. I was so deeply unhappy with my body that I couldn't feel sexy in anything, let alone the $100 or so of lingerie I had just bought. So to the back of the sock drawer it went, to be moved many many times, but never worn again.

So when I was putting away my socks, I grabbed it and thought I would try it on. My body is different than it was the last time I wore it, and my mind is DEFINITELY different than the last time I wore it, so I figured what do I have to lose. And the awesome thing was- I felt sexy! I was kinda shocked how what once highlighted all of my flaws was now highlighting my curves. Which gave me the idea for this post.

I believe that every woman of every size deserves to feel sexy. But feeling sexy isn't just about the clothes (or lack there of) you have on. It is about how you feel about yourself. I can't help you with that one, thats between you and your mirror, but I can show you my favorite pieces and places to find good quality, well fitting, sexy (and normal) underwear.

I own pieces from all of these places, so I feel pretty good speaking to their quality. I wouldn't ever recommend something I haven't tried, and clearly these people don't know who I am, I just want to show you my favorites.

#1- Lane Bryant. This habit dies hard when it comes to underwear. While I revel in the fact that I don't have to buy all my clothes here anymore, I can't seem to find a good day to day bra and underwear I love like theirs. Now its important to get fitted and try on different styles, because some styles I love and some I hate. I found one style that fits me and is comfortable, so I stick to it. I am pretty lame.

The Smooth T-shirt bra is where its at for me. I am a no frills kind girl, so I like that it doesn't have lace or anything fancy. It goes well under clothes, and is supportive and still cute.


 The Sassy Cotton Hipster Panty is where its at for me too. They are comfortable, fit well, and sit perfectly (they don't come up too high).


They also have a nice selection of sexy stuff, so you have options.

#2- Torrid. Can I just talk about how much I love Torrid? I feel like its the hip and young version of Lane Bryant. They have really stepped up their underwear game recently. And since I have my day to day stuff covered (literally, I wear the t-shirt bra and hipster panties every day) I like to look at Torrid for sexy stuff.

The Lace Unlined Demi Bra is pretty. Its like a date night bra.
Why does she look so annoyed?
I would wear this with the Lace Hipster Panty.


And lastly #3- Hips and Curves. As far as I know they are exclusively online, but I have been impressed with their quality.

I won't give you recommendations.... That feels weird. Go. Have fun. They have some really pretty stuff :D

I hope that helped for those of you asking where I get my underwear. And if you are still wearing those $3 for 10 Walmart panties and you aren't feeling very sexy, maybe taking a trip to one of these places can help.

Where is your favorite place to buy underwear?


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Apple Pie Smoothie- and a Giveaway!

This is a sponsored post for Puritans Pride, through Sweat Pink. I was given products in exchange for my recipes, but my recipes and opinions are all my own. 


So as you know, I like shakes. I drink at least one a day, so I am always looking for great recipes. So when Puritans Pride approached me (through SweatPink) I was excited to experiment! I love coming up with new yummy recipes, so this was right up my ally!

I was so excited when my box of goodies came, and I couldn't wait to start! For real tho, if you have been stalking my MFP, you know I use the Unflavored Soy Protein Isolate daily. I am in actual romantic love with it. It has a smooth texture and no flavor and it is SO FULL OF PROTEIN! It has 24 grams of protein, one gram of fat and ZERO carbs. Its exactly what I need because I am struggling to get my protein in, but I don't have carbs or fat to spare. We're a match made in heaven!

Honestly, choosing a yummy recipe to feature was the hardest part of this. Over the last few weeks I have made SO MANY and so picking one was tough. I fought the urge to feature a pumpkin pie smoothie (one I have made tons of times using the protein powder) and instead decided to share an apple pie smoothie I am obsessed with right now. mmmm apple pie!




Apple Pie Smoothie

1/2 apple (I grabbed gala) roughly chopped
1 scoop Puritans Pride Unflavored Soy Isolate Protein Powder (you could use any vanilla powder tho)
1/2 cup apple juice or cider
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup oatmeal
1 tbs vanilla extract
a few shakes of cinnamon

Put all the ingredients into a blender.
Blend....
Enjoy!

If you are feeling fancy- pour into a mason jar, and top with a pinch of oats and a few pieces of apple.

And here are the stats!


And in all honesty- I have to tell you after I made it and tasted it, I added vanilla Shakeology to mine. I can't help myself! I love it and it goes well with this if you are a Shakeo drinker. So my stats are a little different.

BUT this isn't about Shakeo, its about Puritans Pride and I love their protein. I have been adding it to my daily Shakeology every day for a few weeks.

What is the coolest part of this whole thing is that Puritans Pride is gonna give you some awesome stuff! Woop!

You can win the:
Puritans Pride Unflavored Soy Protein Isolate 
Super Greens Powder
Carob Powder
Barney Almond Butter


All you have to do is:


  • Follow @puritanspride on Twitter
  • Tweet about the giveaway.
  • Post a smoothie on Instagram using #seasonalsmoothie and #puritanspride hashtags (or repost my smoothie with the same hashtags)

I love giveaways!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Commitment

I shared this today in my Rocktober challenge group, but I wanted to share it with all of you too. 
I wanted to talk about commitment today. When we think of a commitment, we think of a relationship, maybe marriage, but it's usually something that you stick to no matter what. I love this quote because I totally agree. Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it in has left you. I think that is pretty spot on. 
I have been married for 4 years, and some days I don't want to be married. I am not in the mood. But I made a commitment, before God, our families and the state of Colorado that I won't break, even if I am in a bad mood. Marriage isn't easy, it takes work, but I am committed to it. 
What if we treated weight loss like marriage. What if we made a public commitment, before God and our loved ones, to focus on our relationship with ourselves. Do you think we would look at it differently? I am not sure I know anyone who doesn't take marriage seriously, but I have met PLENTY of people (myself included) that don't take a weight loss commitment seriously. Why are they different? Why do we think its okay to cheat on ourselves, but not our spouse? 
What if today you made a commitment. A real one. Commit to yourself to love yourself. Commit to yourself to eat like you love yourself and MOVE like you love yourself. And take that as seriously as you take your wedding vows. Because it is serious. Being successful at weight loss isn't about doing it when you are in the mood. It's about doing it day in and day out regardless of your mood, and I think that is something a lot of people struggle with. 
Decide what you want. Commit to it. 
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Monday, October 20, 2014

P90 Week 2

So I just finished Week 2 of P90! I am really excited about my progress and I am still loving the program!

In case you missed it, I posted a video about week 1 last Monday, and I will be making another one to post today.


So far I can feel my strength improving and I am able to do more/ longer while still maintaining good form. I think by the time we move on to B, I will be able to do pretty much everything unmodified, hopefully even sprawls. My half push ups are getting better, which is awesome, and overall I am just feeling really good! 

I am going to keep going on schedule this week, but I might add a little something to what I am doing. I am starting Shaun T's Diet Bet this week, and I want to crush that, and I am kinda missing PiYo, so I might add a few of those in. Or some P90X3 Yoga and Pilates. Who knows. 

I am also going to try to get closer to my macros each day. I have been staying under them for the most part, but I haven't focused on adding more food at the end of the day to get exactly to them. I want to at least hit my protein. I have learned tho, that you have to track your food before your workouts because your workouts change your macros. Fun fact! 

Oh and I am sure what you all have been waiting for, as of this morning (and my new official weigh day, doing it Wednesday for one thing and Monday for another got confusing) is I am down another 1.5 this week, so 4.2 total in 2 weeks. I am super excited about that! And that puts me firmly back in the 240's, which feels pretty good too. Hopefully with more focus and calorie burn I can get back to where I was in the 230's and keep moving right along. 

If you are interested in talking to me about P90, you can always email me at Jess at operationskinnyjeans dot com. It's on sale until the end of the month, and a portion of the proceeds are being donated to the Wounded Warrior Project this month. 

Here's to another awesome week!
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Looks I Love

So as you probably know, I love to go shopping. I don't have the money to buy 99% of what I want, but I can live vicariously through the internet. Some places that I love, tho, are almost impossible to go to in person. Torrid is one of these. Sure, I could drive 45 miles to the other side of town, but 1. Who has that kind of time? and 2. Who has money for that gas??

So instead, I get to get my lust out over the internet. If there is something I just HAVE to have, I might plan a day trip over there one weekend. But for now, I am happy with this :D

So allow me to present to you something that might happen more than once- Looks I Love. Virtual shopping for stores I can't get to to take dressing room selfies of clothes I am never going to be able to afford ;)

First up is Torrid (which you could have guessed.) I looked through their website and found some pre-made outfits that I love! How lucky is that! Here they are.

Torrid


The first look is something I would wear on date night! I like the military detailing on the top, and how it flows which is really flattering. I think that top would also look great with jeans, so there's that. I also am in the theoretical market for some cigarette black skinnies. In theory they make your legs look longer. My legs are short as shit so if that will help, I am happy to try. 

I have to say I am kinda in love with this dress. I discovered that peplum is super flattering on me this summer, and I think this dress has it all. It's sexy and a little sophisticated, and is something I would totally wear to my husband's work Christmas party. Yep- I might have to make a day trip for that beauty. 

I am tapping into my inner lumberjack this season with my love of plaid. I have always been afraid of it, but I am obsessed with my plaid shirt from Old Navy. I pair it with rolled up skinnies like these (tho mine have WAY less holes) but I am totally digging the combat boots. I am not sure I would buy jeans like this, I am just fine with less hole-y skinnies, but I need some combat boots. 

And back with the peplum. I like the sweetheart neckline, great for chesty girls like myself, and the lace detail is pretty! I would wear this on date night too. Or on a Tuesday. I am cool with looking fancy sometimes. 

I am also loving the colors with all of these. Hunter green is one of my favorites and happens to bring out my green eyes. And black is always in. 

So yeah- that's what I am loving right now at Torrid! If there are any stores you want me to virtually shop, I am more than happy to do so. Leave suggestions below :D And I am sure you know this, but Torrid doesn't know me and I was not perked or paid to write this. Just a bored girl on the internet wishing she had 7 million dollars to buy all the clothes with. 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Grab life by the drill

A few years ago, I decided I wanted to build furniture. Not like Ikea, but from wood. I had some, but very little, woodworking skills and none of the tools. But I loved the idea of making something functional and being able to say "I made that." My husband thought I was nuts. He also had no woodworking experience, and really no desire to build anything, but he loves me so he agreed.

We decided our first project would be a bench. We had a long window in our living room and we could always use some extra seating, so we went to work. I found bench plans on a woodworking plan website, we purchased all the materials and decided not to follow the plan at all (cause we're those people) and we went to work. It took us probably 6 hours and 10 meltdowns to make this stupid bench. And it was crooked. But it was ours. We were so stinking proud of that stupid bench. Any time someone would come over, we would show them. And they would (kindly) say "Oh wow! I wouldn't even think you made that!" while glancing over the 7 half in stripped screws sticking out of the sides. We didn't care, we were so proud.

Could this picture BE any blurrier?? 
Shockingly that inspired us to build more furniture. We made a few shelves before we dove head first into our next big project. A bed. God that thing was a beast. It took us an entire weekend, dusk till dawn, but we did it. And it was beautiful. We had a better handle on woodworking at that point, we had more tools and we didn't have any half in stripped screws hanging out this time. After the bed we went on to build a dining room table, two other benches, and an entertainment center. Each piece better than the last.


We eventually fixed the crooked door lol
We were classy and kept our liquor in the garage.... apparently lol
You are probably thinking "this is a nice story, but what the hell does this have to do with fitness??" and that is a great question.

My point is, you don't have to be great to start. We made some huge mistakes in the beginning, but we didn't let it ruin us and we didn't stop there. We just kept getting better. That journey has been a metaphor for my weight loss journey. I have made some rickety ass benches with screws sticking out of the sides, but I am so proud of them anyway. I have failed countless times, but I don't stop trying. I keep looking for ways to improve and things I can do to be better.

I am not perfect. I am not a fitness expert. I am not a woodworking expert. But I am someone who decides I am gonna do something, and I keep trying, no matter how hard it is, and I never give up.

Pick up the drill. Take the first step. Even if you have no freaking clue what you are doing, do it. You never know where it might lead.


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